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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 9 : Issue 2

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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen While economies all around us continue to struggle, BC is still leading Canada in employment growth. Stats Canada’s annual Labour Force Survey showed that BC’s unemployment rate declined by 0.3% to 5.8% - the lowest rate among the provinces. We know a job is the best way for people to take care of themselves and those they care about, and we will continue to focus on the economy and jobs to create opportunities for people. 17,000 jobs were created in December. Even BC’s youth have seen a decrease in those unemployed. In December, the Program For International Student Assessment (PISA) results show BC’s grade 10 students in 1st place for reading, 2nd in science, and 6th in math when compared to 72 countries and all 10 Canadian Provinces. Our teachers should be commended and proud of the work they do every day to produce well educated youth who will be the wage earners of tomorrow. We will need a strong tax paying workforce as the baby boomers age out of the system. My work as Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education has given me the opportunity to talk to School Boards and administration staff from all over the province. I am encouraged by the dedication and commitment of these people to the education of the students in their districts. The issues are remarkably the same ... access to special supports for kids who need extra help, the condition of their aging schools, the difficulty in attracting staff to rural areas and transportation, just to name a few. There have also been many participants through the online survey which closed on January 9th. The next phase is the public forums, which will begin soon in 10 locations throughout the province. It has become clear through the input so far, that schools are closely tied to their communities economically and emotionally, and that communication between school and community is the key to the success of even a small school population. Young people are also more likely to return as adults to where they went to school and help to keep their communities viable into the future. My hope is that some of the best practises from around the province will be shared through this consultation process and more appropriate funding models will be identified for our rural and remote schools.

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In keeping with the rural theme, the Select Standing Committee on Health, which I chair, is in the final stages of a report on the challenges of providing good health care to all areas of BC outside of the Lower Mainland. Hundreds of submissions have been reviewed by the Committee over the last two years and ideas and best practises, as well as recommendations for improvements, will all be part of the final report to be tabled in February at the Legislature. The Committee also tackled the general issue of the mental health supports currently available, and identified some of the areas of success and failure with the help of many of those who work in the different areas of mental health care. It has been an extremely interesting committee to have been a part of, as it is a bi-partisan committee made up of members from both sides of the House. The snow on our hills has given our ski resorts a wonderful start to the 2016/2017 season. Special family events like tobogganing day at Baldy got lots of locals and visitors out for a day of fun and the upcoming World Para Snowboarding Championships at Big White will attract participants and their families worldwide. Even in winter, tourism is alive and well in the Boundary-Similkameen. The Legislature will re-open on February 14th with the Speech from the Throne, and the following week, the Budget Speech. While this will be a shorter session due to the election in May, it will be business as usual for myself and all the provincial MLA’s. The business in our constituency office will continue right up until Election Day. January always brings a mixed bag of issues that challenge us. The weather starts to get to us - we miss the sunshine and warmth. It’s also when all the fun we had over the holidays comes back to haunt us with those credit card bills. For many who suffer from depression or other forms of mental illness, this can be a very difficult time of the year. Please reach out to those you know that need a helping hand or smile. Looking forward to a great 2017.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Snowbirds are Cool”

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The South Skaha Housing Society ~ Work continues on an exciting new plan for the Senior’s Housing project in Okanagan Falls. Watch for a good news announcement in the coming weeks. Town Hall Meetings Coming Soon ~ I have decided to hold two Town Hall Meetings at the end of February; one in the Kaleden Community Hall on Tuesday, February 28th from 7-9pm and a second in the Okanagan Falls Community Centre on Thursday, March 2nd at the same time. We will start each meeting with a brief overview of the 2017 Budget, followed by a broad ranging discussion of important issues in each community. These could range from community policing to highway maintenance issues, environmental protection to affordable housing and town centre planning. A number of invited guests will be present to help address some of your concerns. Well, that’s all for this month. Remember to give your Sweetheart a big hug on Valentine’s Day. And, don’t forget to feed the birds! Sincerely,

Watching the birds lining up at our bird feeders or stopping over in the Sickle Point marshes below our Kaleden home these past snowy weeks, I marvel at one quality they all seem to have in common. Whether they be chickadees, finches, quail, stellar jays, doves, ducks or trumpeter swans; they all manage to survive our chilly Okanagan winters without the benefit of coats or cars, heated homes, groceries or shopping centers. Nor do they need Tom Siddon politicians, budgets or governments to Director of keep them safe and healthy. RDOS Area ‘D’ So what is the secret of the snowbirds? How can we learn from them about living in peace and harmony in these unsettling times? One thing we in the human world can do is to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism by practicing the golden rule of “giving back” to others Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca and supporting the needs of our communities. Many of you do Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 this through the churches, service clubs, charitable and volunteer organizations, and by making generous personal donations to those who are struck by sudden, unexpected tragedy. A Big Thank You to Chief Bob Haddow ~ In this spirit of “giving back”, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Chief Bob Haddow who has served as Chief of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for more than 50 years. His unequalled record of leadership and service to the Falls and surrounding areas was duly recognized by dozens of his fellow fire fighters, and countless other citizens who attended a special commemorative celebration held in Bob’s honour at the Legion on Sunday, January 8th. For all those years of protecting lives and property and for organizing one of the best-equipped VFD’s in British Columbia, we all say a big “Thank You” to Bob Haddow. And of course, this honour extends to Bob’s wife Carroll, his four children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great Lorne Davis, Owner of Wine Valley Security, has been in the Security grandkids all of whom have sacrificed so many hours of “Dad’s” time Business since 1975. His expertise and professionalism in security has over the years, so he could serve the greater good! been noted when he and his staff provide services in: Commercial and Kudos to our Parks and Recreation Commissions ~ My Residential Security; Construction Site Security; Mobile Patrols; Guard compliments to Chair Don Clark and members of the Okanagan Falls Services; Residential House Checks; and Special Events. “Making You Parks and Rec Commission who held their 2017 Annual General Feel Safe” is our Goal! Special Snow Bird Rates for ‘House Checks’ may Meeting on January 12th. The Commission was joined by its two new still be available. Call Lorne at 250-689-1496 or Tyler at 250-486-1126. members; Matt Taylor and Kevin Tom. Both reside in Okanagan Falls. Kevin has agreed to serve as Treasurer. A few days later on January 17th, the Kaleden Parks and Rec Commission held their AGM. Doug King was re-elected as Chair. The Commission was joined by one new member, Tanya Hansen of Highway 3A, West Kaleden, who has assumed the position of Secretary. My thanks to you all! The Parks and Recreation Commissions provide excellent voluntary oversight of our great parks and recreation programs in Area ‘D’. The Commissions are also supported by the hard-working RDOS staff, Justin Shuttleworth and Luis Barroqueiro who look after the park facilities, and by Janet Black and Nancy Wigley who manage the popular recreation programs in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. A few openings are Should you want to learn more about current recreation programs and available now in our activities for 2017, you might refer to the commission websites: www. kal-rec.ca, or www.okfalls.net. weekly maintenance Three Cheers for the Icemakers! ~ Residents of Kaleden and visitors lawn cutting rotations. during the holidays were treated to an excellent skating rink on the old packinghouse floor in Pioneer Park, from early December until the big melt came just a few days ago. Many skaters and wannabee hockey Get Your Free Estimate! players had loads of fun thanks to the dedicated ice-making skills of Len Bzdel, his self-made Zamboni machine, and his two loyal “rink rats” Hugh Winter and Neal Dockendorf. Congratulations and many thanks for the ice, gents!

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Are you new to the area? Here are some things you may want to know about emergency services in Kaleden: • The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department can be reached for emergencies through 911 and non-emergencies through calling 250-497-8231. • Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street and is illuminated at night! • If calling for an emergency ... Be sure to answer ALL of the dispatchers questions, it really helps in us getting to you much more quickly. The KVFD is almost always dispatched when requesting an ambulance, as we can usually get First Response and aid to patients before the BC Ambulance Service arrives. • If you live in the Twin Lakes area, you are NOT in the KVFD Fire Protection District. • Any more questions? Call 250-497-8231 or visit the Kaleden Firehall located at 303 Lakehill Road any weekday morning.

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The “Open House” on January 8th held for Bob Haddow’s 50th Anniversary as Fire Chief was well received. Past members, members, colleagues, friends, family and dignitaries paid their respects to Bob for his great achievement. A few notable comments made by Bob: “What we have now to what we had then is just incredible. It’s just tremendous change over the years.” When asked about retirement: “I’m looking into it.” Bob Stevens, president of the Volunteer Firefighters Association of BC stated, “We get the odd guy who will make 50 years in the fire service, but to be a fire chief for that long, we’ve never heard of it before.”

Bob Haddow: “Thanks to everyone for attending, those who sent wishes and gifts, and to the community for their support over the years.” The members of the Fire Department thanked the Legion for donating the hall, the Ladies Auxiliary for making the wonderful lunch, Donna Mae Thompson and Ray Haddow for making the awesome cake, Lori Oliver for taking the great photos, Deb and Joy Haddow and family for the beautiful display and Lyonel Doherty for the colourful MC and Bob Haddow for his 53 years of service. Thank you all very much!!!

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For the year of 2016, there was a total of 248 Incidents: 177 first responders, 19 MVA’s, 4 structure fires, 3 grass fires, 15 misc. fires, 3 boat rescues, 17 false alarms, 5 investigations, and 5 misc. calls. The members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department made donations to: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, Muscular Dystrophy, South Okanagan Similkameen Ride Don’t Hide, Okanagan Falls Elementary School, and Okanagan Falls Girl Guides. Fire Safety Tip: Early warning from a working fire alarm, plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly, can save lives.

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Axe Takes The Cake For Chief Haddow with Deborah Puder (Chief Haddow’s Daughter)

OKVFD members along with friends, family, special guests and the community held a collective breath before erupting in cheers and laughter as Fire Chief Robert ‘Bob’ Haddow raised a huge fire axe overhead that unexpectedly finished with a hefty swing directly into the middle of a cake made in his honour for 50 years of service as Chief. The January 8th event was packed to capacity, as Chief Haddow in full dress uniform arrived on scene after a quick pick up at his home in the Department’s largest fire engine. Escorted and safely delivered by fellow firefighters and his two sons, Raymond and eldest son Robert, a former OKVFD member. He was greeted by cameras, news media and deputy chief Rob Oliver. Bob was noticeably touched upon entering the hall to a waiting honour guard of volunteers, including his grandson Ryan Biro. Heartfelt hugs and handshakes followed as he proceeded into the room amidst overwhelming applause from a standing ovation. One of the first to take his hand was longtime friend and former member Don Tasker. Still neighbours today, they share a LOT of stories and many adventures as one can imagine! Bob was heard commenting on the immense changes they have seen in half a century. From equipment upgrades and fire gear to the emergency vehicles, fireproofing and training procedures. Still at the end of the day, he summed it all up with “it’s all about coming home safe”. Seated with his family and wife Carroll, Bob was honoured with words and awards from several speakers on behalf of the Regional District, the Fire Commissioners Office, The Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, HUB Fire Engines, and former and current OKVFD members who presented Bob with a beautiful crystal plaque engraved with his likeness. It was placed with great pride beside the albums, scrapbooks and old fire paraphernalia from the department where photo boards created by daughter Joy Biro offered many a trip down memory lane. There also among the day’s certificates and plaques, a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. At one point Bob was so taken by the accolades that he said, “I will have to build a new shelf!” It wasn’t long before a common theme emerged. Bob was praised not only for his dedication to the community, but to his position, and the ‘responsibility and passion’ he felt for the job, “… a real fireman’s fire chief” was said. His professional attitude, attention to detail and training that saw no major injuries on his watch. “Bob taught me not only to be a better fireman, but to be a better person”, said a volunteer. Son Robert stood by daughter Deb as she recalled on behalf of the siblings, “Bells, sirens and beepers often woke our house”, in the small town where you knew everyone! Friends on bikes chased trucks, the Haddow kids ordered to stay home. Dad coming home exhausted, his head on my mother’s shoulder, too tired or emotional to recall the day’s events. So many proud and grateful moments when lives and homes were saved, mountain fires were beaten. BBQ’S, parades, fundraising dances (a tradition started in 1950) or buildings, it was people helping people, that raising a barn kind of thing! At Christmas, we carolled the streets while people waited with cookies. Sounds like a made for TV Movie, doesn’t it? ”Dad just really cared all the time, it was his life, and our life and that was a good thing. We were truly brought up by a village”, said Deb. Overcome by his own emotions, brother Rob reflecting on his life as the chiefs’ son, was so moved to see and hear all the respect and praise for his father from this new perspective, could only say, “I’m so proud”. To finish, the two called up Bob’s wife Carroll and promptly ‘borrowed’ one of Bob’s plaques, representing it to their mother, an award they felt she deserved to share. Carroll took the mic to acknowledge the family, along with thanking not only the community, but all the wives and families of the OKVFD, then and now, pausing with two other wives by her side to recognize those whom have passed along the way. Ending with a little humour, Carroll called on applause for ALL the wives and many others who have stood fast over the years. ”After all”, she said, “we have to put up with all this!”

Top Left - The pick up at the Haddow home with Bob’s sons. Top Right - Bob enters the Legion through an Honour Guard. Bottom Left - Bob and some of his loyal crew of volunteers. Bottom Right - Bob receiving an award from the RDOS.

Commenting on what appears to be a rare position as chief of 50 years, Martin Bell of the CVFSA (Canadian Volunteer Firefighters Association) said recently, “I am aware of one other volunteer Fire Chief who is serving his 50th year”, stating there may be a few more out there we are unaware of. “I can say that based upon what we know, Robert Haddow is in a group of about 1 in every 8,000 volunteer firefighters! Bob, not sure when he will hang up his axe, remains humble. “When people come and say thank you, it fills you, that’s the camaraderie and sense of community that keeps you going. It went by so quickly, I can’t believe it!” We invite the community to visit your archives of those history articles that Rene Van Uden has put together in the months leading up to January’s event. There is a lot of interesting stuff in there that may strike a different chord with people now. Thanks again Bob!

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RCMP Community Report Winter Ice Safety

As I write this in mid-January, it is still quite cold outside. Although, many people are saying it will warm up soon. As a result of our long cold weather, both Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake have started to freeze over in places. This has caused skaters and other people to venture out onto the ice, even though there are numerous “ICE UNSAFE” warning signs posted. This has further resulted in numerous calls to police reporting people out on the ice skating or walking. Callers often demand that police do something about this before someone falls through the ice. It is not illegal to skate on frozen lakes or ponds and as such there is not much the police can do. Police certainly will do what they can to keep people safe in regards to dangerous ice, but most of this responsibility remains with the individual. Skating on frozen lakes and ponds can be great fun, but like many outdoor activities, it can be dangerous if safe practices are not followed. That can be said about many sports and activities and again in most cases the ultimate decision to participate and ensure it is done safely remains with the individual and not the police. Remember, ice is NEVER 100% Safe! Many factors, other than thickness, can cause ice to be unsafe. There are numerous websites on the internet that provide information on safe practices with regard to venturing out onto ice. Most would agree with the following on new clear lake ice: If the ice is 2” or less, it is deemed as “Stay Off” and very unsafe; the ice should be 4” thick for ice fishing or other activities on foot; 5” thick for snowmobiles or ATVs; 8-12” thick for a car or small pickup; and 12-15” thick for a medium truck. White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong a new clear ice. Be sure that you check the ice when you get there. Temperature, snow cover, currents, springs and rough fish all affect the relative safety of ice. Also, ice is seldom the same thickness over a single body of water. It can be two feet thick in one place and one inch thick a few yards away. Check the ice at least every 150 feet. Skating, a game of shinning, or ice fishing on a frozen lake or pond is a great Canadian tradition that make our long and cold winters more enjoyable. Protect yourself, follow safe practices, and do enjoy. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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New Standby Operator ~ OFID welcomes Jeff Leidl as our Standby Operator. Jeff has (semi) retired to Okanagan Falls from Alberta and brings much experience in municipal water systems. Jeff replaces Ed OFID Operator Ken Peters (left) with Smith, who was with us for two new Standby Operator Jeff Leidl. years. We wish Ed well. Sanitary Landfill Concerns ~ This past January, OFID became aware of the dumping of a large quantity of contaminated waste at Okanagan Falls Sanitary Landfill. The material was the result of an accident near Hedley in October and resulted in the deposit of over 2300 metric tonnes of contaminated material to the Landfill between November 23-28. This raised the concern of OFID Trustees, as the Landfill is situated near aquifers, which provide water to wells in and around Okanagan Falls, including the five wells of OFID. OFID Trustees have expressed their concerns to the RDOS and have asked for an explanation of measures that are in place to prevent contamination of the aquifers from materials deposited in the Landfill. Trustees have also proposed that OFID and RDOS improve lines of communication, so that information that affects our ratepayers is shared in a more timely manner. Curb Stop Locations ~ The curb stop is the valve located between the water main and the property the line serves. In the event of an emergency with water on the property (a leak or frozen line), it is essential to know where the curb stop is located in order to quickly shut off water to the house. In many cases, owners have inadvertently paved over or covered curb stops with landscaping, resulting in great difficulty in locating them. OFID Bylaw 147 states: “No person shall obstruct at any time or in any manner the access to any hydrant, valve, stop cock or other fixture connected with the District’s works, etc.” In the event that the District is required to take measures to locate a curb stop in an emergency, it will be at the expense of the property owner. If you do not know where your curb stop is located, please contact the District office. Irrigation District Information ~ For information about Irrigation District Business, check our website or call the Office at 250-497-8541.

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Okanagan Falls Traffic Signal Update

with Pat Burton I have been personally told by some Okanagan Falls citizens that it is difficult to tell if the pedestrian activated lights are in operation and there is need to step onto the Highway to see if they are working. I also read a “Fish Heads” with the same concern in the January Issue of Skaha Matters. This is a very valid concern, as many citizens are experiencing the same problem. This is a Ministry of Transportation design issue. The most effective way for citizens to ensure corrective action occurs is to directly contact the Ministry of Transportation at the following email address and cc Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon. Please email to steve.sirett@gov. bc.ca. If there is not a timely response from Mr. Sirett, then please email the Minister of Transportation Todd Stone directly with the design concerns. If you would like more information on how you can continue to help with this process, or hear the latest updates, please contact Pat Burton by email to okfallstrafficsignals@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!


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Donations accepted I am once again in awe as I sit down to write this column to find I can always start with Thank You’s. There are an amazing number of people who volunteer in this community and help make it a thriving and vibrant community. To each and every one of you – your efforts are appreciated and we are grateful for your time and dedication. A HUGE Thank You to Len, Hugh and Neal for all the time, effort FEBRUARY 23RD and expertise they have put into our skating rink. It has been a long KALEDEN COMMUNITY HALL project this year, thanks to the cold weather, with 7+ weeks of ice. I Navigat Travel - January 26 know lots of people in the community have enjoyed skating outdoors on “real” ice. It definitely is a jewel in Pioneer Park this winter! (Shhh! Don’t tell too many people or we might have to share.) Thank You also to the people who turned out to the Kal-Rec Annual General Meeting and to Tom Siddon who facilitated the election of Doug King as the chair of the commission as required by the new bylaws. It was a dark and stormy night and it was nice to see some community members join us. An information meeting was held after P Frauds and Scams Feb. 23 the general meeting and reports on events from 2016 were presented. Presenters: Cheryl and Arthur Halstead of the COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute There are many programs continuing and some new programs starting up. The New Horizons Group have started their Zumba Sampler Series www.kal-rec.ca Phone and their Lunch and Learn gatherings have just started too. A new kids Investigating the ways in which fraudsters take in people in order email: apfadults@gma program called “After School At The School” is now underway. There to rob them of their money and possessions. Seniors are frequent are still a couple of spots left, if you’re interested in joining. A Play victims, and need to be aware of how to protect themselves. Time program for preschool age children at the Kaleden Community CARDS AND GAMES CLUB Hall has also just began. MEET FROM 2 – 4 We are now starting to plan events for Canada’s 150th birthday AFTER LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES celebration. If you have an idea for an event or are interested in helping out, please call 250-497-8188 to share your thoughts or perhaps join us on a Canada 150 committee. LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES SPONSORED BY KALEDEN PARKS AND RECREATION AND RDOS A big welcome to Tanya Hansen, who joins us as a newly nominated Recreation Commissioner. We are just waiting her appointment by the RDOS. We are still short some Recreation Commission members and have some portfolios that need to be filled. If you have ever thought of becoming involved, we would love to hear from you through the numbers below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full February is a month for expressing the love we feel, not just for activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. our partner, but for all those around us. We’ve all heard the

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Medication Review Services ~ Did you know that only approximately 50% of long-term medications are actually taken as directed? Polypharmacy, or when four or more chronic medications are taken together, often leads to unplanned hospital admissions and emergency room visits. However, a Navigating Healthcare - Feb. 9 Travel January 26 “Medication Review” offers a great way to increase communication Presenters are Cheryl and Arthur Halstead of the COSCO Seniors’ Health and Wellness Institute between patients and their pharmacist. Medication Reviews help We will be reviewing many of the available medical services and what you can expect from the. Effective communication between the patient create a better understanding of medications, including what, why, and the health care provider will be emphasized. and how specific medications should be taken. Side effects are also CARDS AND GAMES CLUB MEET FROM 2 – 4 identified in order to help improve adherence. Safe and effective AFTER LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES medication use leads to improved health outcomes. LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES SPONSOREDBY KALEDEN PARKS AND RECREATION AND THE RDOS Medication Reviews are an individualized,Frauds in-person, appointment Pruning - March 9 and Scams - Feb. 23 where a pharmacist gathers all patient medication information to find By Appointment Only any issues. Common issues include: taking an unnecessary drug; www.kal-rec.ca Phone: 250-497-8188 ineffective drug; wrong dosages; adverse drug reactions; and email: apfadults@gmail.com adherence. A care-plan may be created, in order for patients, pharmacists and doctors to resolve any issues and help evaluate results. Follow-ups may be discussed to address understanding and evaluations of any changes in order to help suite each patient. Please call at 250-497-8050 or stop in see us at the Okanagan Falls An Okanagan Falls Pharmasave to book a 100% Pharmacare-funded Medication Review! Stay healthy Okanagan Falls and South Okanagan! Healthy Communities CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls!

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Sing for Your Life coordinates Silver Song Clubs in communities to provide regular sessions of singing and music making. This is primarily for seniors who are aging in place at home. The program creates more age friendly communities and improve the life and care of older people, including those affected by dementia, and their caregivers. Okanagan Falls Recreation is working with the Foundation to bring this free program to our community. We have some start-up funding on offer. We are seeking one or two dynamic, musical type volunteers who might enjoy helping facilitate the sing-a-long sessions. Check out the website at sfyl.org or call the Recreation Office at 250-497-8188, if we have piqued your curiosity! If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.


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

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner While looking for information and trying to find ways to convince older people how important and good massage is for you, I came upon a wonderful article called “Therapeutic Benefits of Massage for the Elderly” from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website. I couldn’t have said it better myself, so thought it was worth sharing. “Massage for the elderly has various physical and mental benefits, which results in the improvement of health and general well-being. The techniques used for senior citizens differ greatly from those used with younger individuals, so massage therapists strive to understand those differences in order to better treat their patients. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has been at the forefront of the promotion of massage for the elderly for many years. The board promotes massage as a treatment for the management and prevention of age-related diseases and views it as a good alternative to less natural pharmaceutical treatments. With regular massage, the quality of life is greatly increased, allowing the older patients to feel younger, healthier, and balanced. Massage for the elderly involves gentle stroking, kneading, and the application of light pressure on specific points. Studies by the Touch Research Institute shows that massage facilitates communication and relaxation, and is therefore an effective therapy in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients. The manipulation of specific points on the body has also been shown to promote the natural lubrication of joints, greatly assisting in the pain management of patients suffering from the stiffness of arthritis. Therapists administering massage for senior citizens are also trained to incorporate stretching in the massage session. The specific stretching technique involves the application of just enough pressure on the joints, soft tissue, and muscles to make the massage safe for an older individual, while still retaining its efficacy. Patients greatly benefit from massage by gaining an increased range of motion, strengthening of muscles while reducing tension, and a higher quality night’s sleep. Those who undergo regular massage have reported sleeping deeper and for longer, which allows the body time to regenerate and repair itself, resulting in an overall state of greater well-being. Massage also improves posture and reduces tension that accumulates in the muscles over many years. This not only assists seniors in obtaining higher quality rest, but also helps them avoid and manage painful age-related conditions, such as degenerative disc disorder and spinal stenosis.

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Studies have shown that the effects of aging take place faster in people lacking mental stimulation and who engage in little physical activity. Further studies have shown a link between a reduction in physical activity to an increase in depression, which leads to many age-related diseases and conditions. Due to the connection between the physical and mental, any treatment for the aged should aid in improving the balance between the two. By manipulating the body and stimulating the mind, massage provides the perfect balance needed for an individual’s health to thrive.” (Courtesy of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine website.) Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com

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

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

Join us for a special Valentine’s meal We will be open for dinner February 10, 11, 12 & 14

Treat Your Sweet !

Valentine’s Brunch Feb 11 & 12 11 am – 3 pm

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Become a part of the family when you join our wine club! Sign up online by MARCH 1st to get the next shipment 3 shipments per year, 10% discount on wine purchased online or in our tasting room, complimentary tastings for you and up to 3 guests, invites to “family” only events & more!

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“Maggie’s Getting Married”

“Maggie’s Getting Married” Feb 2-25, 2017 Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton

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Signature Dinner Series! Sunday, February 12th 6:00 pm Open Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

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SEASON 5 BC Talent Quest

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Fresh BC Talent Quest Showcase is now scheduled for only two show dates: Preliminary Round on Saturday, February 18 at Sandman Hotel with the Finals on Sunday, February 26 at Orchard House. These are the only two dates available which will not run in conjunction with and with respect to the Kiwanis Music Festival dates in March to May. Let’s ‘Keep Live Music ALIVE’ by supporting Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 5. All Acts and Skill Levels Welcomed. Open to performers ages 9-18 years. Registration fees are $35. Register Online: www.freshbctalentquest.com | Contact: 250.460.2221 AGAN FA L AN K

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Many Hats Theatre Company is opening their 10th Anniversary year on February 2nd with a nostalgic look back at their very first show, “Maggie’s Getting Married” a Norm Foster jewel that started it all in 2008. This hilarious tale of marital mix-ups has been a crowd favourite everywhere it has been performed. Many Hat’s 2008 production was no exception with multiple sold-out performances. In the original production their dear, late, friends Sharon Amos and Phillip Seipp played Cass and Tom Duncan, Maggie’s supportive parents. James Fofonoff and Shannon French played the happy couple to be. Now with 45 productions under their belt, Many Hats feel like they’re a more mature theatre company. In their ‘grown up’ 10th Anniversary production, James and Shannon are with us again, but as the parents of the bride to be! Many Hats is thrilled to welcome four talented young newcomers to the stage: Isaac Gilbert, Carl Keys, Teagan Phillips, and Lisa-Marie Snow. Ed Schneider and Eric Hanston direct and Ross Arnot and Eric Hanston are producing. The action takes place in the Duncan kitchen the night before the nuptials. Maggie Duncan (Lisa-Marie Snow) and her sister Wanda (Teagan Phillips) discuss their lives and loves, particularly Wanda’s actor boyfriend Axel (Carl Keys) and of course Russell, the groom-tobe (Isaac Gilbert). A delicious mix-up leads to mistaken identities and general hilarity that threatens to derail the wedding. “Maggie’s Getting Married” is showing February 2-25 at The Cannery Stage in Penticton. Tickets are $22/adult and $19/student or senior. Purchase tickets at the box office, The Nest & Nectar, in The Cannery 1475 Fairview Rd or call 250-493-7275. www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

Providing Christmas Hampers For Those In Need

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications.

To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.


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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

Three policies are available on the district website (sd67.bc.ca) for review and comment: • Policy #220 ~ Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI) is a new policy and is available for comment until February 1, 2017. • Policy #310 ~ District Code of Conduct has been reviewed and updated. It is also available for comment until February 1, 2017. • Policy #620 ~ Financial Investments is a new policy and is available for comment until February 2, 2017. I encourage you to have a look at these, as the Board would like to hear your comments. Resulting from the recent Supreme Court decision on Class Size and Composition, interim funding of $50 million will be distributed among all public school districts. The allocation for School District 67 is $527,000. The funding is to be used for teachers, special ed teachers and ancillary staff. At the time of writing, the Superintendent and Director of HR are in consultation with the principals and the teachers union (OSTU) as to the best placement of the additional staffing. The Ministry of Education is hosting an Open House on February 21st at the IMC Building (425 Jermyn Ave). Parents are invited to share their thoughts on student progress reporting, including report cards. This is part of the three-year implementation of BC’s new curriculum. Parents can drop-in to this casual Open House between 5-7pm to share their ideas on how to make student reporting better. A brainstorming workshop will take place from 7-8pm, giving parents the opportunity to participate in small group sessions discussing their thoughts in greater detail. (http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress) Jeff Guy, Principal of the International Student Program, provided an update to the board on the program. The program now has 111 students from 14 different countries, including Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Korea, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Venezuela and several others. This program generates fees of over $1.6m. Jeff also discussed the benefits of the program, not only for our visiting students, but also to our students being exposed to many cultures. Homestay information can be found on our website, if anyone is interested in billeting a student. (www.sd67.bc.ca) The Board approved the proposal for a Hockey Skills Academy program at Skaha Lake Middle School commencing for the 2017-18 school year. The program will operate from September to June. The focus will be to develop personal potential and a positive attitude for student-athletes to carry into all aspects of their lives. Discussion of the program outline will now move on to parent consultations. For more information, please contact Skaha Lake Middle School. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm Held at Kaleden Community Church

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal

January’s Great Things Include ... • • • •

Kaleden School recently enjoyed a day of “Tubing” at Apex Mountain Resort. Thank you to KPAC for the hot chocolate, hot dogs and transportation! All students are enjoying our weekly “Hip Hop” sessions with Jake Evans. Thank you to KPAC for supporting this for our students. We are looking forward to our next “Spirit Day” in late January. Students will be encouraged to wear their team or sports jerseys. The last week of January is “Literacy Week”. Students will engage in a variety of literacy activities to celebrate our love of books and literature.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day At the 1912 in Kaleden

5 Course Valentine’s Dinner Tuesday, February 14th at 6:00 pm $85/person

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Free Wireless Internet!

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Kaleden Branch:

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

Preschool Storytime (for ages 2 to 5 years old) is being held on Tuesday mornings at 10 am until March 14th. A Special Valentine program will be held on Tuesday, February 14th, so be sure to wear pink or red that morning. Join us for Valentine stories, make a heart craft and meet new friends. After-School LEGO (for ages 5 to 12 years old) will be held Thursday, February 27th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Bring your best Lego building skills to this after-school program. A light snack will be served and one lucky child will win a door prize! All creations will be displayed in the library for patrons to admire. Space is limited for this FREE program, so please call the library for more information. Library Tours ~ We would be happy to present a tour of the Kaleden Library for preschools, daycares, elementary school classes, and any other groups or adults. Please call the Kaleden Library to arrange a tour, or have Glenda stop by and visit your group. Book Clubs ~ Anyone with an ORL library card can check out a kit for their Book Club. Book Club kits can be borrowed for 42 days with no renewal. A Book Club kit usually contains 6-8 copies in a plastic tote. For more information about these programs, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us at kaleden@orl.bc.ca. Found Item ~ We found a ladies ring at the library in December, please call the library at 250-497-8066 to identify.

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm Valentines Story Time is on Tuesday, February 14th from 9:30 10:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! LEGO Night is on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO skills! Duplo is available for younger siblings. We are always looking for donations of regular LEGO bricks! Creative Colouring for Everyone is at the Library on Saturdays in February, so drop-in anytime between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids bring your parents! Colour to express your creativity and meet others who share the same interest. All supplies provided. Children must be accompanied by parent. Community Enrichment Information Sessions at the Library have resumed. Please join us from 1-2 pm on: • Wednesday, February 1st ~ Area “D” Community Services Office presents Kim English who will highlight findings from the Age Friendly Business Assessment, as well as the benefits from the three years of Age Friendly Funding. Details will be shared on seeking special recognition for Okanagan Falls. • Wednesday, February 15th ~ Stitch & Sip - Are you a keen knitter, a committed crocheter, or just cross-stitch crazy? Then why not join us for Stitch & Sip, a sociable stitching experience! Bring your project and stitch while conversing with others who share your interest over a cup of coffee! If you have a topic for discussion, and would like to host an information session, please contact Lynn at the library. Book Club meets on Tuesday, February 21st from 10-11 am. For more information on any of these programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email us at okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

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

Dillys Richardson, ARCT

Carmen Leier, ARCT

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Thank You From The Haddows!

Carroll and Bob Haddow and family would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone for your show of support for Bob’s recent celebration of 50 years of service as fire chief. There are so many people that have been a part of our lives along the way, it is a big task to thank you all, but please know we appreciate the difference you have made to our family and our community. Thank you to all the special guests, speakers and presenters for your thoughtful words and awards. Special thanks also to Donna Mae and son Raymond for the fantastic cake you created. For all the people and family who helped with the photos and decorating. To Rene Van Uden, along with former and current members of the OKVFD, for helping to make the day so special for Bob, and for the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary for all your work with the catering. For those of you who were unable to attend and would like to drop Bob a note of congrats, send your ‘smoke signal’ or email message to chiefrhaddow@shaw.ca or give him a call.

California Bighorn Sheep Are In Trouble

By Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship (www.osstewardship.ca) Long-time Okanagan residents might remember the Pneumonia outbreak that devastated the Okanagan herd of California Bighorn Sheep in 1999. The herd has since almost recovered and bighorns are often spotted around Okanagan Falls. Now there is a new disease threatening our Bighorns: Psoroptic (sore-op-tic) mange. Psoroptic mange is caused by a tiny mite, or rather thousands of tiny mites. The mites create weeping sores on the skin and the crusts that result can become so thick on the ears that it nearly deafens the sheep, making them easy prey for predators. The sheep may be thin, with bald patches and sores along their body. In 2011, Psoroptic mange was confirmed in a Bighorn sheep in Olalla, the first known case in Canada. Since then, the mite has become widespread in the Similkameen herd of Bighorn sheep, and that herd has declined by nearly 75%. Currently, the mite is confined to the Similkameen Valley and McIntyre Bluff, with the Highway 97 fence and the Okanagan River providing barriers to disease transmission to the larger, healthier herd in the East Okanagan Valley. Psoroptic mange is rarely fatal to Bighorn sheep, but it weakens them making them more susceptible to death from other factors. During a recent GPS tracking project, half of Psoroptes-infected Bighorn that had been GPS-collared had died of various causes in the first year of study. In order to protect the healthy herd, the Ministry of Environment is planning to relocate the Bighorns on McIntyre Bluff to the Similkameen Valley. This will help create a mite-free zone to protect the Bighorns on the East side of the Okanagan Valley and will also bolster the dwindling herds in the Similkameen. Although there isn’t much the average person can do to protect the sheep from Psoroptic mange, we would like to remind farmers that contact with domestic sheep can prove deadly for Bighorns. Contact as brief as touching noses with domestic sheep can transmit viruses between animals - the pneumonia outbreak in 1999 that devastated the Okanagan herd was traced back to infected domestic sheep. Likewise, wild infected sheep could transmit diseases to domestic ones. Keep sheep safe by double fencing, using guard dogs, or choosing to rear other livestock species in areas where wild sheep herds are found. If you see a sheep that may have signs of Psoroptic mange in the Okanagan Valley, especially on the Eastern side, please call the Ministry of Environment’s Penticton office at 250-490-8200.


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If your child will heading to preschool or kindergarten this year, please attend our RSL Event!

Instilling A Love Of Literacy Starts At Home!

Literacy begins at birth, as children learn about language and first experience words. Babies need to hear and experience language and books to become readers later on. How we interact with our children is key to the development of their literacy skills, and quality home literacy activities can provide ways to engage the whole family. It’s never too early or too late to talk, sing and read with your children. Rhymes, chants, songs and storytelling create a rich environment for language development. Children learn through rhythm, rhyme and repetition. Speak with your child, rather than at them. Don’t forget to listen to what your child has to say whether it is first words or baby’s babbling. Encourage and explore learning different languages. By reading, talking, drawing and writing with children, you are helping them develop skills they will use forever.

Fun Home Literacy Activities ~ These five home literacy tips

seek to foster motivation, engagement, literacy development, while encouraging benefits of spending quality time together. 1. Grocery Hunt ~ Write a grocery list with your child and let kids find all the items in the store - a fun way to do the grocery shopping! 2. Home Restaurant ~ Spice up mealtime and have kids create a menu by drawing food items or using grocery store flyers - kids can take orders too! 3. Where’s That Shape? ~ Have a shapes scavenger hunt by taking turns to find shapes indoors and outdoors. Then make each shape with your body. 4. Game Anyone? ~ Playing a board game is a fun way to learn together. Try the “Get Winston” game at FamilyLiteracyFirst.ca. 5. Happy 150 ~ It’s Canada’s 150th Birthday this year - that’s a lot of candles! What would you do for your dream birthday party and where you would go? Now parents, your turn to tell kids about your dream birthday party. Copyright www.familylit.ca and www.scholasticreadingtipsforparents.ca

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

Ready, Set, Learn is an opportunity for families to begin positive connections with the school system and with community agencies providing early childhood resources, support and services. RSL is sponsored by School District No. 53, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children & Family Development, and Ministry of Health Services.

By participating, you will receive:

 Complimentary pizza by the slice  An age appropriate book for your child  A parent/family kit with helpful tips for supporting your preschooler’s learning and development  Information for families from early childhood service providers  Tours of the school and kindergarten classrooms  Connections with school system and parents with similar-age children

Pre-registration required, contact Ms. Sam James at OKF StrongStart or phone 250-497-5414.

OK Mini School OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, please send an email to Bonnie. OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

with Samantha James During the month of February, we will be learning all about “ourselves and friends”. Join us for our Annual PJ and Valentine’s Day Party on Tuesday, February 14th. Our special visitors this month are “Speech and Language” on Monday, February 6th at 10am. “Storytime with Lynn” on Wednesday, February 8th at 9am, along with “Infant OK Mini School students enjoy their volcano science project during a January class. Development at 10am. “Aboriginal Art” is on Wednesday, February 15th at 10:20 am, while “Dancing with Miss McCall is on Wednesday, February 22nd at 10:20am. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, March 1st from 5:30 - 6:30 for our annual “Ready, Set, Learn” evening. This is a perfect time to look around the preschool and kindergarten rooms, if your child is heading that way in September. 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 837 Main Street Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2016/2017 school year. For Okanagan Falls more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


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SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN)

with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53

Happy New Year to all our students, families, school staff, PAC and communities! I look forward to new and exciting opportunities being offered to our students, while supporting and maintaining the excellent teaching practices our staff are recognized for. May 2017 be a year of growth, good health, positive opportunities, and exciting 1. new adventures!

NOTICE OF KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION January 9 - March 17, 2017 Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2017, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September 2017. These will be children who were born in 2012. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 9 to Friday, March 17, 2017 at the following schools:

District News Student Achievement: Priority Measures Memorandum of Agreement ~ School District No. 53 just received $246,744 under the agreement for additional FTE teachers to address priority measures identified in schools with regard to supporting services to students, class size, and composition. A total of 4.4 FTE teachers will be hired across our district this month. Several of our schools will be Cawston Primary 250-485-4434 8:15 - 2:45 pm offering increased Learner Support and special needs services for our Okanagan Falls Elementary 250-497-5414 8:00 - 2:30 pm students. Career Education: Culinary Program with Camosun College ~ Six Oliver Elementary 250-498-3468 8:00 - 3:30 pm students from our district will register for the technical training part of Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary 250-498-3415 8:00 - 3:30 pm their program using an “online” approach offered through Camosun Osoyoos Elementary 250-495-7248 9:00 - 3:00 pm College. For the second semester, the students will attend a lab per week at the SOSS food room starting in February. A local chef in our YouLearn (Call for Appt) 250-498-4597 Special Hours area will provide the instruction. 8:30-7:00 pm (Mon-Tue) & 8:30-1:00 pm (Wed-Thur) Update on BC’s Revised Curriculum ~ We are well on our way to implement the revised curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 9. Due to extensive feedback from teachers, principals, trustees and district 2. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and Medical Card with you. Should you require further details, please staff from across the province, the Minister of Education has recently contact your local school. announced more time for teachers and districts to work hands-on with the redesigned draft curriculum for Grades 10 to 12. This means that 3. Parents may defer the entry of their child into Kindergarten secondary schools in our district will have more time to try out the for one year, but registration must occur in the following draft curriculum, including teaching to the competencies and provide school year. thoughtful feedback before it is fully implemented in the 2018/19 4. Early registration assists the district with plans for school year. September 2017. Also, Kindergarten spaces in a school For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53, may be limited and placement is done on a first come, first at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary PAC wishes you all a fabulous BC Family Day this February 13th. There are many wonderful ways to fill the day, whether it’s with the family you were born into or the family you choose to hold dear. We hope we are seeing the end of cold weather, although skating on the lake and the amazing Kaleden rink was just down right awesome!!! Please remember to dress kids appropriately for staying dry and cozy throughout the changing days ... and there is always the handy dandy lost & found to check for those items that don’t make it home again. Keep your eyes open for fun volunteer opportunities coming soon to help with upcoming field trips with our little Falcons. Please feel free to contact PAC President, Kristine, with any questions or suggestions at 250-488-1271. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the School Library with free childcare. Everyone is welcome to join!

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) PARENTS OF GRADE 1 TO 12 STUDENTS REGISTERING OR REQUESTING A CHANGE OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2017 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 9, 2017 will be accepted on a first come, first served and availability basis. Beginning June 12, 2017, 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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“I’ll get pre-approved for a mortgage later.” ~ This puts you at a huge disadvantage right out of the starting block. First, an agent worth his or her salt won’t agree to invest countless hours showing homes to someone who isn’t approved for a loan. Secondly, it’s an unfair burden on the seller to bring tire-kickers into their home. Therefore, listing agents and sellers will often require a pre- approval letter alongside your offer. This letter strengthens your offer by instilling PRESIDENT’S confidence in all parties that you’re financially capable of purchasing the home. GOLD AWARD 5. “I don’t want to bother my Realtor®. Can you just show me the house?” ~ Not just no, but heck no. To be clear, you’re more than welcome to view it, but SALES ACHIEVEMENT there’s a protocol in play here. Contrary to what you think, asking your agent AWARD REALTOR to see a home is not “bothering” them. It’s their job. It’s how they get paid. It’s what they love doing. If there are extenuating circumstances preventing your agent from showing you a home, let him or her call the listing agent directly. Don’t worry, you’ll get to view the home one way or another. But if you’re already represented, then going straight to the listing agent is considered is a faux pas with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West in this industry (and a bit of a slap in the face to your agent). Just don’t do it. Let’s be clear on one thing ... by nature, real estate agents are not 6. “Real-a-tor” ~ The correct pronunciation is Real-tor. No need to throw that extra fragile beings. They’ve heard it all. And, for the most part, they have syllable in there. a great sense of humour about things. In other words, you can tell 7. “Oh, you sell real estate? You must make good money.” ~ Hold your horses ... them virtually anything ... in fact, you should if it’s pertinent to buying not necessarily. According to NAR (National Association of REALTORS®), the or selling your home. median gross income of REALTORS® was $47,700 in 2013, and that’s before expenses like MLS fees, marketing, insurance and everything else. Also, keep This list, let’s file it under “edutainment” ... important enough to warrant in mind that commissions are split between the brokerages representing the a dialogue, but light enough for you to realize it’s not the end of the buyer and seller. In other words, of that X% you paid your agent to sell your world if you’ve said these things to an agent in the past. Here they are. home, he or she saw only a tiny fraction of that. 1. “I want to buy a home, but I don’t want to commit to one agent.” ~ Loyalty is a two-way street. If you want an agent’s help, understand that he or she will spend 8. “I’m planning to sell my home ‘by owner’. I just want to know how to do it.” We all know that time is money, but so is knowledge. It’s not always free, a considerable amount of time, money, and effort shuttling you from house to and it certainly can’t be passed from one brain to another through osmosis ... house, scheduling home viewings, and previewing listings on your behalf. The especially not how to sell a home. So, if you ask this question to an agent, don’t be trade-off for this hard work is to sign a buyer’s agency agreement, allowing them offended if you don’t get the answer you were seeking. It’s not that agents want to formally represent you as a client. you to fail ... it’s just that advising you how to sell a home isn’t as easy as, say, 2. “Don’t show my home unless I’m available.” ~ Look down. See a hole in your forwarding a recipe for chocolate pound cake. I should know. Many people tried shoe? That’s because you’re shooting yourself in the foot. Real estate agents are to replicate my grandmother’s chocolate pound cake. They even had the recipe, busy. Therefore, if you want to maximize your home’s exposure, you’re gonna but they all failed miserably, every time. Bottom line? If you want to benefit from have to be flexible (i.e. as “hands off” as possible). I get it, though. You cringe experience, be willing to pay for it (especially when it comes to real estate). at the thought of muddy shoes dragging across your beige carpet. You naturally want to be present to keep an eye on things, but try to control that urge. Buyers 9. “I’ll only sell my home to a buyer who is ??? ~ This is a big no-no, and one that’s liable to get you sued (unless, of course, you list with a real estate professional get uncomfortable with sellers standing over them while they view a home. who’d certainly know better than to discriminate). Federal equal housing laws 3. “But Zillow said...” ~ Stop listening to Zillow. Relying on Zillow to determine were passed in 1968 in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, and they prohibit your home’s value is, at best, a crapshoot. Zillow itself even encourages renters and home sellers from discriminating against individuals on the basis buyers, sellers and homeowners to conduct other research, such as “getting a of race, sex, religion and other factors. So, in a nutshell: focus on getting your comparative market analysis (CMA) from a real estate agent”, and “getting an home sold, and forget about to whom. appraisal from a professional appraiser.” Sure, Zillow’s Zestimates® are quick, 10. “I’d love to get paid to look at pretty houses all day, every day.” ~ So would easy, and free ... but so is dating advice from your thrice-divorced Uncle Larry. agents. “Looking at pretty houses” is only one of about 184 things real estate The point? Just let a local real estate professional (who will actually see your agents do for their clients. home’s unique features in person) determine its fair market value.

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Learn To Ice Fish Event

with Larry Martin This year’s North Okanagan “Learn To Ice Fish” event was held at Shannon Lake. In previous years, the event which is weather dependent had to be moved to higher elevations on short notice. Our area event will be at Yellow Lake on Saturday, February 11th from 10am to 3pm. We haven’t had to cancel one yet due to weather, but please check to make sure at www.gofishbc.com events. The focus is on having fun and introducing those new to ice fishing. A few things to consider: If you are 16 years or older and intend to fish, you will need a valid fishing licence; Layered clothing is best, as we have had everything from rain to snow storms; Water proof winter boots, as there may be water on the ice; Fishing equipment will be available on loan, or bring your own if you have it; Free snacks available, being a hot dog and beverage; No pre-registration is necessary, just show up. Due to limited parking, please car pool if you can. This is a great opportunity to meet with fishing experts from several clubs, willing to talk about all aspects of fishing in the local waters.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor The new year began with a well attended General Meeting, along with the induction of the new executive for the coming year. Prior to this, however, many issues were discussed. Among the topics were policies and house rules for the Senior Centre. Should these be looked into? This was brought to the forefront because of discussion regarding our liquor licence and the popular, or unpopular, decision to have wine at our Potluck Dinners. A committee was formed to address this issue. We were reminded that the Centre is without a Secretary at this time. President Grethe Jensen asked for nominations from the floor and none were forth-coming. This issue will continue to be on the agenda at every General Meeting until a Secretary is elected. The question of whether or not we should have a defibrillator on the premises in case of a health emergency was discussed. This will be investigated by a committee headed by Stan Maber and reported on at the next General Meeting. On Wednesday, February 8th at 10am, a Choir from the Elementary School will present a Valentine tribute at the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre. Everyone is invited to attend. Our plea for someone to assist seniors with low income to file their annual tax return was answered by Ron Crawford, who is a certified General Accountant. He will be available at the Senior Centre every Thursday from 10am - Noon starting in March and will continue until the April deadline. We are so fortunate to have people in our community, like Mr. Crawford, who generously donate their time and expertise. A Belated Happy 80th Birthday to Johanna Rempel on January 5th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, February 4th Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, February 5th General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, February 6th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm Saturday, February 18th Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Shuffleboard ~ 1pm the last 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

with Barb Few, Committee Member Although we are not actually holding concerts presently, it does not mean we are not having an exciting time. We are currently in the middle of roughing out our programs for the months ahead and it is going to be great! Within a week of sending out letters requesting sponsorship, we have received three sponsors! On Mothers Day, we will be hosting a program featuring the choirs from local schools. This will be an afternoon performance and will be sponsored by Fortis. On Father’s Day, we are happy to announce the return of Elvis, a.k.a. Jeff Bodner, along with Terri Bremner. This popular concert will be sponsored by Brian Moen of Royal LePage. During July and August, we are planning two concerts per month. We are looking at hosting an international evening of guitar music and another of Jazz. More information will be forth coming in the next few months. Our hope is that our music concerts will be entertaining to everybody. If you have any special requests, please phone Myrt at 250-497-8097 or Barb 250-497-6224 and we will see what we can do. So far, it definitely looks like an exciting season coming soon!

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Melody Walker Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Sunday, January 8th - Thank you to everyone who attended ‘Reminiscing with past Members of the Department and sharing stories to Honour Bob Haddow’s 50 Years as Fire Chief’. 12:30pm Presentations followed by a Luncheon in the Banquet Room was well attended and appreciated by all. Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th ~ Join us for a great afternoon of football entertainment, complete with ‘Chili & a Bun’ for $5 or a ‘Huge Hot Dog’ for $3. Please join us! Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, February 19th ~ Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are FREE. Please join us! Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Beginning at 1:30pm. Check out all the fun and games. Please join us! Every Monday is Member Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Friday & Saturday Meat & 50-50 Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday Night beginning at 5pm. The Meat & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion & the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! Sports Teams - Please join us! • Darts: Pub League Teams ~ In-House Fun League & Monthly Drop-In Tournament. Monday Pub League at 7pm. Wednesday In-House Fun League at 7pm. 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Tournament ... Register at the Legion. • Shuffleboard: Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons at 1pm • Pool: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons at 1pm 2017 Memberships ~ Fees are due for 2017. Please contact Trudy (or leave a message for her) with regard to same. Legion Ph: 250497-8338. To transfer or join as a new member, applications are available in the branch. Reminders & Future Matters ~ DANCE on Friday, March 17th. Calling all Leprechauns and Friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Please join us! General Meeting - Tuesday, February 21st ~ Always the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 7pm. Please join us! 2017 Legion Executive Committee Update ~ The New Finance Chair is Bob Wilson. Thank you to everyone for their continued support of the Legion Meat & 50-50 Draws Friday & Saturdays. For 2016, Branch #227 donated just over $29,000 to community causes/recipients! Congratulations to the Branch #227 Ladies Auxiliary with their 2016 contributions of just over $13,000! Volunteer Recruitment ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws recruiting volunteers! Interested persons, please contact Bev. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. It’s fun and easy to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draws or with the 50-50 Draw. Additional details & sign-up calendar at the Legion. Bartenders interested in volunteering with our Serving Team: Contact Mel for information. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. Questions? Contact Mel at mellwalker@shaw.ca or 250-487-8765

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with Barb Few February is the month for romance, so how about winning a beautiful basket of goodies to have for your loved one? Tickets for this prize are on sale at the Legion and will be drawn at the Legion’s Valentine event. Talking about great events, our General Meeting on February 1st will be brought forward to 11am and then we will be carpooling to Penticton for a luncheon to celebrate our 69th Anniversary! You wait until next year when it will be our 70th! Things to mark on your calender: The first Sunday of the month is our LA Bingo at 1pm in the Legion; On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of February is when the LA will be serving suppers with the Legion’s Meat Draws; and our monthly meeting is always the first Wednesday of the month, normally at 1pm. We have a lot of fun and friendship, so come and join us. You will be very welcomed when you do.

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Only 7 more weeks until the first day of Spring! This cold spell that has been dragging it’s heels has finally left. It has made me look forward to the Spring with open arms of welcome, and with a handshake and goodbye to “Old Man Winter”. I guess we have known that Winter has been here, as the School Breakfast Program went through a lot of hot chocolate this Winter! I would like to extend our appreciation to the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand and IGA, along with the fine customers of IGA, and the people of Okanagan Falls for their support. Thank you! Without your help, the Lions School Breakfast would not be the same. Because of the last two months of fairly cool weather, the Lions Club was pleased to reaffirm our support of the “Coats for Kids” program with the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is February 22, 23, and 24 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please go to www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer there, please thank them. A chance to enjoy music is being presented at the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre on Wednesday, February 8th at 10am. This is when singers from the Okanagan Falls Elementary School will join the music program at the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre. See you there! If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, please talk to any Lions Club Member or simply call 250-497-8486.


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February 2017

Okanagan Falls Completes The Age Friendly Business Initiative!

with Kim English, Age Friendly Coordinator The Okanagan Falls Age Friendly Business Program was an initiative that provided education and self-assessment materials, an Age Friendly decal, and public recognition to local businesses and public services. It recognized businesses and service organizations that were, or aspired to become, Age Friendly. This meant businesses and services were committed to creating an environment and to provide a shopping experience which includes the comfort, safety, and respect of all customers, including folks of all ages and abilities. The initiative began in May and wrapped-up in early November 2016. At the completion of the Age Friendly Business Program, thirty-six businesses and service providers participated in the assessment, with several businesses making age-friendly changes or will make age friendly adjustments when they renovate. Below is just a snip of the findings in the report, if you would like to hear more about the Age Friendly initiative, please join us at the Community Information Session at the Okanagan Falls Library, on Wednesday, February 1st at 1:00pm. Safety • 99% doors are wide enough for wheelchairs • 97% there is clearance by the door for a person waiting with a wheelchair or walker • 78.8% sidewalks and parking lots are well and evenly lit • 93.9% parking lots and sidewalks are promptly cleared of wet leaves, puddles, snow • 97% entrances are clear of street furniture and other obstructions Comfort • 69.7% offer customer assistance when taking items to their car • 78.8% excellent in providing well lit premises

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84% signage has legible fonts and good contrast 97% businesses have background music either absent or at low volume • 98% staff speak clearly while looking directly at the person Respect • 94% businesses felt they provided excellent customer service, including refraining from condescending behavior • 93% of errors and complaints are addressed promptly and courteously • 96% staff are trained on how to manage situations, such as falls or an outburst, while preserving a person’s dignity Under Age Friendly Decal ~ Look for the Age Friendly Decal at local businesses. Age Friendly is People Friendly! If a business is comfortable for older people, it will also be comfortable for others. This includes: pregnant women; parents with children in strollers; people with injuries; people with sight, hearing or mobility limitations; and people with limited English. Businesses and Services That Are Age Friendly! ~ OK Falls Hotel & Liquor Store, IGA, Bullies Pizza, Matheson Creek Farm, OK Barber Shop, 3 Winds Hair Design, Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner, Royal LePage Real Estate Office, Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, The Natural Family Health Clinic & Chelation Centre, OK Falls Medical Centre, Centre for Dentistry, Johnston Meier Insurance, Sun & Sands RV Park, See Ya Later Ranch, Liquidity Winery & Bistro, Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars, Okanagan Falls Museum, H&M Thrifty Boutique, Interior Savings Credit Union in Okanagan Falls, Falls Market, Okanagan Stoneworks, Tickleberry’s, The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co, G&R Auto Repair, K&J Coffee Bar, Carol Munro Art Studio, Okanagan Falls Regional Library, Post Office, Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, Area 'D' Community Services Office, Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre, and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Centre.

Ask us about our New Whitening Promotion! We will be open Mondays beginning in February New Patients Welcome For Appointment Information Please Call (778) 515-6505


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February 2017

Spotlight on Volunteers! Thank You Farmer Len!

During the cold snap before Christmas, members of Kal-Rec flooded the basketball court at Pioneer Park in Kaleden. It’s one thing to make the ice ... it’s a whole other thing to maintain the surface. “Farmer Len” (Len Bzdel) could be seen flooding and grooming the ice, sometimes twice a day. With Len’s assistance, a great number of Kaleden and area residents have enjoyed the outdoor rink this winter. Farmer Len is the definition of the old school volunteer. Len does not donate his equipment, hot water or time for any other reason then to give to his community and those living in it. Many young children in this community first dawned skates at the Kaleden rink. The older population can reflect to our youth skating on the pond or frozen lake and smile at the youngsters skating and playing hockey on the Kaleden rink. This has been made possible by the generosity and community spirit of Farmer Len Bzdel. If you see him out there, remember to wave and say ‘thank you’.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the 9th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The McAllister Family

The AK McAllister family purchased and planted a five acre lot on Pineview in 1910, but didn’t move to Kaleden until 1918 when they built a cottage on the property and Mr. McAllister quit his job in Penticton. The older members of the family were pretty well grown up before the move, but it was the two youngest children, Norma and Winnie who became such important members of village life. Norma never married and lived with her parents, looking after them in their old age and operating the orchard with considerable ability. Winnie married Jack Coltman and they purchased an orchard on Linden. Jack served as Secretary-Treasurer of the School Board for a number of terms and both Norma and the Coltmans were active in Church and Sunday School and many community activities. Their homes were always open to the young people of that era and although they had no children of their own, they were Aunt Norma and Aunt Winnie to countless youngsters growing up here.

The Melville Family

Bob Melville moved here, along with his widowed mother, Charolette, and his sister Charolette, in late 1909 or early 1910. Although we are unsure of where they originated from, they always flew the Stars and Stripes at the small home which Bob built on his orchard on Oak Street. Mrs. Melville was an expert in all forms of handwork and Volunteers ... Making A Difference taught the ladies of the community the arts of needlepoint, crocheting, If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, embroidery, etc. The two ladies, outgoing and community minded, ensured that the Melville Family became an integral part of the village, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. although Bob, when left to his own resources, was something of a Volunteer In Your Community! Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic - Okanagan Falls hermit. There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! In addition to his orchard, Bob was a carpenter of some skill, and Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. 250.497.7808 had many small building jobs in the community during those early years. His largest contribution to Kaleden was the construction of the Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12 Medicines Surgery Vaccinations first permanent school. The location of this first edifice of learning was in a hollow at the end of Birch Street. The building itself was a spacious, high ceilinged, two classroom structure with wide halls EnerGuide®1 ® at both the front and rear, with a furnace located in the dirt cellar If you’re renovating, upgrading appliances or just replacing underneath. Behind the main building were two outbuildings, which light bulbs, it makes sense to buy the most energy-efficient were that period’s equivalent of washrooms and a stable for horses. At the beginning, only 1 classroom was required by the school, so product. But, how do you know what products are the most the spare room became Kaleden’s first badminton court, with the end efficient? Here are some tips when reading product labels. line markings painted a foot up the walls to make up for the lack of EnerGuide®1. This label tells you the energy length. Kaleden players usually did well against visiting badminton consumption and efficiency of household teams, since the relatively low ceiling and adjusted end lines required electrical appliances, heating and cooling a complete revamping of normal game strategies. equipment, new homes and vehicles. An Charolette, Bob’s mother, died in 1911 and his sister returned to EnerGuide rating doesn’t tell you if a particular Boston leaving Bob a rather lonely and reclusive bachelor who cut item is energy efficient, rather it tells you how himself off from the life of the community. He eked out a living from the small orchard and his odd carpentry jobs, but became a solitary much energy it consumes. drinker, at times spurning all company but that of this faithful dog. ENERGY STAR® ~ In addition to the Charlotte returned to visit as often as possible and when his health EnerGuide label, the most efficient products failed in later years, she returned to look after him, staying until his may also qualify as ENERGY STAR certified, an death in 1942.

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Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson Winter was very short this year. In my opinion, it has passed. We got winter on Thursday the 12th of January when it was -10 that day. It has been getting a little warmer every day since then. Eighteen members, volunteers and friends attended the AGM for the Heritage Society on Thursday, January 19th. Membership Director, Gerri Jackson, reported there are 15 paid members this year. There are a lot of new things coming soon at the Heritage Society. Shop manager, Noreen Fowler, would like to have the Thrifty Boutique open on Thursdays. We need a few more volunteers to make that happen. A winter sale is coming up in February. The sale starts February 7th and will run through to the 18th. In this sale, purchase one garment at full price and receive the second garment at half price. RDOS Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager, Shona Schleppe, spoke to the membership about the Keogan Chimney. It is now in an area that is unprotected and could be damaged. The RDOS is applying for a grant to study the possibility of moving the chimney into the Heritage grounds. It would then be signed and protected from future damage. The membership was in full approval of the chimney being on the Heritage grounds. There will be some new show cases in the Museum. Sue Walker has been working to get it all done by summer. There will be a grand opening of the Museum in April. Dates will follow as they are set up. A computer has been donated to the Museum for the Kenny McLean Room. The new computer will run CDs and a flash drive with information about Kenny McLean and his wonderful Rodeo Riding talents. It will be set up this winter, and up and running by opening day. Merle Laidlaw looked after the election of an executive for 2017. President, Heather Jackson; Vice President, Tara Higgens; Secretary, Marla Wilson; Treasurer, Karen Feniuk; Membership, Gerri Jackson; and Directors Ron Worth, Audrey Steeves, and Donna May Thompson. We are looking forward to an interesting and exciting new year for the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society.

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100 Men Who Care-Penticton kicked off their first meeting of 2017 by donating $6,200 to three charities in the region. The Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, Special Olympics BC and the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition made presentations to the assembled membership, with each charity outlining their mandate and goals and how a donation would help them serve their programs. After voting, Special Olympics BC received the most votes and was presented with a cheque for 80% of the total donations or $4,960. The other two organizations each received 10% or $620 dollars to help them with the wonderful work they do. Special Olympics BC will be using their funds to support Special Olympics athletes to attend the provincial competitions this year. The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition is working on a series of videos supporting healthy lifestyles and with the money they received the Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society will continue to capture the important stories about our heritage that would ultimately disappear with time and be lost to our future generations. This meeting marks only the third meeting of the 100 Men Who CarePenticton organization. The goal of the group is simple: four times a year get a group of men together who are committed to supporting the betterment of their communities, have each member donate $100 at each meeting and distribute 100% of those funds to three charities at the meeting. So far, the group has donated $15,800 to nine charitable organizations in the South Okanagan-Similkameen area. The organization hopes to build membership to a minimum of 100 men by the next meeting scheduled for April 12th. With 100 members the group can raise $10,000 at each meeting to support the hardworking charitable organizations in the region who make a significant contribution to our communities. For more information about 100 Men Who Care-Penticton, visit their website at www.100menpenticton.com or connect by email at info@100menpenticton.com.

From left to right ~ Reanna Holden from Special Olympics BC, Toni Boot and Angelique Wood representing Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition and Karen Collins from The Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Special Events and Programs: • To Mexico With Love 2017 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, February 11th at 6 pm 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 Video Study will start on February 5th. Theme: “What Is the Gospel”. Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm on February 5th, 12th & 26th. Please call/email the church for more information. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Drummer Wanted: We are seeking a drummer for our Sunday evening service. If interested, please call Ray at 250-488-4397. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Back Door Wednesday Gatherings from 6:30-8:30pm: Crystal Bowl Meditation on February 8 & 22. Watch for Mid-March Merriment! 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

John Simpson

John was born in Hazelcliffe, Saskatchewan. His Mother died when he was a young child and his grandparents raised him. John was in the service during the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Army Engineers and then was a heavy equipment operator for the BC Railway for 26 years, retiring as a Work Equipment Inspector. He retired in 1979 and moved to Okanagan Falls from Prince George with his wife Elsie. Elsie passed away in 1998. John moved to Heritage House in Oliver in 2008. In 2009, he moved into Sunnybank Centre until his death. John was a charming, gentle man and was well loved by all who knew him. He inherited a natural musical talent and loved to sing, as well as play the violin and piano accordion. He played with a Seniors Band when living in Okanagan Falls, and would regularly play at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. He played his violin until very recently and would often play for the residents of Sunnybank Centre in the evenings. John was an avid curler most of his life. He loved to tinker and would often be found working on his home made lathe in his small shop in Okanagan Falls. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was always cheerful and friendly. John had no children and was predeceased by his wife Elsie, his sisters Gladys and Marge, and his friend Rose. He is survived by his 6 nieces and nephews; Victor Cozens (Toon) of Binscarth, MB, Marje Dawson (Doug) of Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, Elaine L’Heureau (William) of Edam, SK, Shirley Biro (Mel) of Melville, SK, Laure Morrish (Ron) of Fonthill, ON, Kevin Tourond of New Westminster, BC, and his cousin John Follett (Colleen) of Nanaimo, BC. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family through the Providence website at www.providencefuneralhomes.com. 250-493-1774 “Every Life Tells A Story”

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 1:00 pm. 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 whoever is involved in the maintenance of the Kaleden Outdoor Skating Rink. What amazing, special memories you are giving the community and children. Thank you for your time and energy in keeping the ice surface so smooth. The kids and parents truly appreciate you! ~ From Subrina Monteith of Kaleden Flowers to the Okanagan Falls Legion for keeping us warm once again with their delicious hot chocolate during the Christmas Festival. Well over 200 cups were served! ~ From the Community of OK Falls Flowers to ... and an extra special huge bouquet to all those volunteers (especially Len, Hugh and Neal) who diligently worked to build and maintain a beautiful skating space in Kaleden. Awesome work, it was enjoyed by many! ~ From all the Kaleden skaters and families Flowers to the “snow angels” who have cleared the United Church sidewalk. Thank you! ~ From The Congregation Flowers to Ken Peters from the Irrigation District for all his help protecting my home from damage when the pipes froze last month. ~ From Tanya on Ash Street in Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the people that left the chesterfields on the side of the street by St. Barbara’s Church in Okanagan Falls. This is a total lack of respect for the community. ~ From the OFID Staff Fish Heads to the tenants along Main Street for leaving their unwanted furniture on the street across from the Fire Hall in Okanagan Falls. If you like living here, then show it by taking your garbage items to the dump. Or, why not ask your landlord about “bulky item” pick up dates. Perhaps, the landlord should be responsible for sharing these guidelines with you and helping you find a garbage removal option. ~ From Ian of Okanagan Falls

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We have said good bye to 2016 and this winter certainly has been one to remember. The U.S. election, the bitter cold, winds that howled down the lake, the very bad cold and flu epidemic that spoiled the holidays for so many of us. Even our Queen was absent from her Christmas duties. With all of that, we look forward to a new year with all the hopes that we can muster. No one can predict what awaits us, so the best we can do is to prepare for the unpredictable. Make sure our personal arrangements are all in order. Make that Will, if not already attended to. Make your final arrangements, so your family does not have to look after it. No one wants to make such personal choices at a time of emotional upset. Lesley is always available to answer any of your questions regarding at need or pre need requirements. Arrangements may be made in the comfort of your own home, or at our facility in Penticton by appointment. All you have to do is pick up the phone, or email Lesley at crediblecremations@shaw.ca Our sincere thanks to all those local families who placed their trust in us in 2016 and our sincere condolences to families that have experienced a recent loss. Credible Cremation Services Ltd - 250-493-3912 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 H&M Thrifty Boutique

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Secretary & Communications Director

Hi Everyone. This is Sharon Proctor reporting that we are still negotiating for Land Offers in cooperation with BC Housing for our Affordable Housing for Seniors Project. Stay tuned for some very good news in the near future and many thanks to our loyal supporters!

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