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February 2018

FROM THE DIRECTOR Welcome February! A month filled with Love

Some see February as the darkest, coldest time of year, when lingering winter brings doubt that brighter days will ever return. But most of us learn, as the years pass by, that February is a time to rest, reflect and recharge our batteries, as we contemplate new friends and new opportunities that will surely unfold in the springtime to come. Tom Siddon And, Valentine’s Day on February 14th Director of helps us rekindle a spirit of romance, of RDOS Area ‘D’ hope and love, no matter what hardships we have endured through the winter. Budget 2018 ~ Speaking of the year to come, the RDOS Board has now developed and given first reading to the Regional District Budget for 2018. Following further public discussion and some refinements during the next few weeks, the 340 page Budget document will receive final readings and approval by early March. The overall tax requisition for 2018 is projected to be about 17.5 million dollars or an increase of about 11% over last year’s budget. The largest portion of this tax increase arises from unexpected consequences of last year’s prolonged fire and flooding events that occurred mainly in the rural areas, and adoption of a new Master Plan for the Volunteer Fire Departments and enhanced emergency services within the eight Rural Electoral Areas. For Electoral Area ’D’, the 2018 preliminary tax increase was projected at almost 18%, or $550,000 higher than last year. I am now working with staff and services providers to bring this down to no more than a 12% increase, before final approval. This will mean that the RDOS taxes on an average $370,000 home in Area ‘D’ will rise by about $80 - $90 for 2018. For further details on the Area ‘D’ draft Budget, refer to www.okfalls.ca or call 778-515-5520. “Civic Ready” Emergency Notification ~ One of the tools for improved emergency response could be the adoption of a new computer-based “Civic Ready” notification system to quickly and efficiently communicate important information to citizens of the entire Regional District, or only within certain specific service areas. This new continent-wide system is presently under study by RDOS staff, and it may become available to our citizens in the near future. Pre-design for Skaha Estates Sewer ~ I indicated some months ago that a conditional grant was awarded under the Building Canada Fund, in the amount of $6.6 million dollars toward the cost of building a sewage collection system from Skaha Estates, along East Side Road, to the new Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Okanagan Falls. As the announced grant is less than 2/3 of the estimated funds required, and needing a referendum process to gain approval from citizens within the benefitting service area, our public works staff have recommended that a Pre-design Contract be awarded to Tetra Tech Canada Inc. in the amount of $337,500 to carry out the pre-design. The RDOS Board approved this contract on January 4th, with 1/3 of the cost to be raised from the RDOS Area ‘D’ budget for 2018. A citizen’s committee, comprising property owners from Skaha Estates and Kaleden, have been invited to work with the consultants on this pre-design project. Review of Central Composting Facility ~ Two short-listed sites for a new advanced composting facility for yard, farm, household and sewage waste have now been rejected by residents living near the staff-recommended sites at Marron Valley and near the Summerland landfill. So, it’s back to the drawing board in our search for an acceptable and non-offensive location. Now, there is a private sector proposal to locate this large composting facility at the Weyerhaeuser Industrial Park in Okanagan Falls. This is an idea which I and other nearby residents of Okanagan Falls will strongly oppose, given its proximity to many residential properties.

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Area ‘D’ Split Awaiting Final Approval ~ The now well-studied proposal to divide the present Electoral Area ‘D’ into two new electoral areas ‘D’ and ‘I’, along either side of Skaha Lake and the Okanagan River, now awaits final approval by the Provincial Cabinet. We understand the Community Services Ministry supports this proposal and I hope the government will approve it before the end of March. This will allow two new Electoral Areas to be created in time for the upcoming local elections next October. If so, Area ‘D’ will have two new Directors by November 1st. Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation ~ The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, January 11th. Following the recent resignation of longserved Chair Don Clark, Alf Hartviksen has been elected to replace him. Alf is a retired professional engineer and experienced member of the Parks Commission. Carole Barker was named Vice-Chair and Kevin Tom continues as Treasurer. My compliments to all! In 2018, the Okanagan Falls Parks Commission will work to complete three priority projects: renewal of the boat launch and wharf at the foot of Main Street; development of the new neighbourhood park in Heritage Hills; and completion of the public walkway along the lakeshore frontage, east of Christie Memorial Park. The Kaleden Recreation Commission ~ held their AGM on Tuesday, January 16th. Doug King was re-elected as Chair, and all of the commission members were re-affirmed to their respective committee positions. Following the AGM, a public information meeting was held with 20 members of the Kaleden community in attendance. Presentations were given by the Recreation co-ordinator on highlights of the 2017 and 2018 recreation programs, by the Facilities coordinator on planned upgrades for Pioneer Park, and an overview of the proposed Kal Rec Budget for 2018. There followed a regular business meeting of the Kal Rec Executive. Grants Chair Randy Cranston reported that two new grants have been secured from Fortis BC and New Horizons for improvements to the Kaleden Hall, and to continue the Senior’s Programs in 2018. My compliments to all who pitch in and support the good work of Kal Rec. OK Falls Town Centre Business Meeting ~ As a follow up to Phase 3 of the Town Centre Planning process, we will be hosting an informal meeting of business owners at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School on Thursday, February 22 from 5:00-6:30 pm. Subjects to be discussed include the recent Town Centre Plan, current zoning, form and character guidelines, enforcement of bylaws, traffic management and other issues relating to the future of Okanagan Falls. I will attend this meeting, accompanied by officials from the planning and development staff of RDOS. All business owners are invited to attend this important meeting to discuss emerging issues and to offer your input to the future development of the Town Centre. Please call Shona Schleppe at the Community Services Office at 778-515-5520 for further information. Election Readiness 2018 ~ The next local government elections will be on October 20th for another four year term. Having given serious thought to the issue, I have decided not to run again. And should Area ‘D’ be divided into two electoral areas by that time, we might see some interesting ideas coming forward from new candidates. Well, that is all that needs to be said for February. However, I do plan to keep writing till my time is up! Happy Valentines Day to all! And, don’t forget to give your loved ones a big hug. Best wishes,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca | Cell: 250-809-2548 Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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Olympic Dreams Do Come True! By Andi Naude

It has always been my dream to represent Canada at an Olympic Games. During a class activity in Elementary School, we were asked to write down where we saw ourselves in the future. I wrote that I was going to compete at an Olympic Games. I didn’t know what sport I wanted to pursue, but I just knew! With the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games just days away, my dream has finally become a reality. Words can hardly describe how Andi Naude, incredibly proud and honoured I From Okanagan Falls, am to represent Canada, and the In Women’s Mogul Skiing Okanagan, on the world stage. I have worked extremely hard to get this far in my sport of freestyle mogul skiing, and it is a true gift to have my ticket to the Games. After narrowly missing the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, I was heartbroken and devastated. Oddly enough, however, I am actually glad that I did not go to Sochi. The low point proved just how much I wanted it. I promised myself that, no matter what, I was going to be in PyeongChang in 2018 representing our country. The past six years skiing on the Canadian National Team has been full of hard work, sacrifices, but most importantly, fun. I think it is very important to love what you do, and that is why I am still skiing, day in, day out. I put my heart and soul into what I do, and I love it. In the end, it is not just about the Olympics, or that one important result, it is all about the journey. I am truly fortunate to have had all these amazing experiences. I want to thank you all for the overwhelming amount of love and support I have received; it really does mean the world to me. You have all played a role in my journey, and I cannot thank you enough! Until next time!

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At the time of writing this, most of our snow has gone and the above temperatures have been a pleasant treat. However, it is still winter and as we all know, the weather can trick us and change very quickly. So, always be aware that roads and sidewalks that are fine during the day can become icy when night rolls in and temperatures drop. With tax time approaching, we are seeing an increase in the Revenue Tax Scam again. It usually involves an email saying you owe tax money or will be getting a tax refund and you need to reply immediately. If you click on the links, you will be directed to the scammers who will either get you to send them money, or in the case of a refund, get your information such as your banking details to use or access. Remember, personal information is the new currency and with it scammers can create bank accounts, credit cards, and take out loans in your name. The tax scammers have resorted more to phone calls as of late and have become very threatening in their quest to get you to part with your information and/or money. I recently received one of these calls on my Community Police Station phone. It was a recorded message telling me that I owed tax money and that if I did not contact the provided phone number immediately that I would be arrested. While I knew better and simply hung up, the tone of the voice and message could certainly make some people comply with the request. If you called the number provided, you would no doubt end up speaking with a person who would be very skilled at convincing you that you owed the money and needed to pay them and/or provide them with your banking information. Recently, a person fell victim to this scam and was asked to pay their outstanding taxes with bitcoin. Revenue Canada does not accept bitcoin as payment, nor do they accept any type of gift card. If you become a victim of this type of scam, or any scam at all, you should report it to the police. These scammers are Photo (from left to right) Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Britt Cox, and myself, taken by Getty Images often hard to track down, so the best prevention is to never give out personal information or money before you fully check out who is asking. www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com For more info on Scams and Frauds, contact the Community Police Station located at 185 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca INGRAHAM

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History continues ... February 15, 1987 saw the Red Barn New & Used on Highway 97 and Willow Street go up in smoke. Okanagan Falls Fire Department with support from the Kaleden Fire Department extinguished the blaze, taking six hours to do the job. Arson was believed to be the cause. San Juan, Puerto Rico was the site of a fatal fire at the Dupont Hotel caused by an arsonist. Firefighters recovered 96 bodies, including 2 Canadians, 140 were injured, and 22 were rescued from the roof. There were approximately 800 guests staying at the hotel. A fire at the Soviet Consulate in Montreal got out of control, because firefighters were not allowed inside for over 15 minutes. Employees tried to put the fire out with snow. Soviet officials were seen destroying documents. With that delay, a 5 alarm was put out to protect the surrounding buildings. Then again, the firefighters were not allowed to go past the 3rd floor. Fire and smoke could be seen shooting out from the top 2 floors and roof. It took several hours to get it under control. In August 1987, the home of rodeo performer Kenny McLean was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected. The home, located on McLean Creek Road, was unoccupied at the time. A few firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. After 3 hours, the blaze was under control. To be continued ... During the 2017 year, the members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department donated $428 to Muscular Dystrophy, $50 to Okanagan Falls Elementary School, $250 to Pathways and $1000 to the local Helping Hands. At our Open House, citizens and businesses donated $873.75 towards the Fire Department in Loon Lake. The Okanagan Falls Firemen responded to 279 incidents for 2017: 16 burning complaints, 17 false alarms, 172 first responders (medical), 3 gas spills, 13 miscellaneous fires, 4 mutual aid, 28 motor vehicle accidents, 6 public service, 14 rescue and safety, 3 structure fires, and 3 vehicle fires. Martin Zenuik has been appointed to Fire Captain. Mr. Zenuik has 23 years with the Okanagan Falls and Westbank Fire Departments. His certifications include; NFPA 1002 driver pump operator, confined space, live fire training, team leader fire ground operations and auto extrication. He will share his duties with long time member Fire Captain Captain Martin Zenuik Peter Maliepaard. Congratulations Martin. Most of you have heard of the structure fire on January 11, 2018, resulting in the death of Wayne Rundle. A resident of Okanagan Falls since 1971, well known and liked by all. He retired from Weyerhaeuser Mill and donated his time to the Senior Centre, School, Legion and many other locations. Our condolences to the Rundle family.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Maliepaard to the position of Standby Operator. Peter comes from a career with Weyerhaeuser and with much experience and skills with equipment that will relate well to water distribution. Peter is also a Captain with Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department. He will work under the supervision of Operator Travis Prystupa. With our new team, we look forward to providing significant upgrades to the operation of OFID’s Our Operator Travis Prystupa (left) and newly hired Standby Operator Peter Maliepaard (right). distribution system. 2018 Water Tax and Toll Notices have been mailed to all registered property owners. If you have not yet received your notice, please contact the OFID office. For strata property owners, the invoice has been mailed to the Strata Council. Communication/Alerts ~ For information and news about OFID, visit OFID’s website. While there, you can sign up for ‘Alerts’, which will notify you by text or email with immediate information regarding water emergencies (eg. breaks, flushing, need to shut off water service, boil water advisories, etc.) We highly recommend this service, particularly for businesses.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Well, it’s back to business and getting on with 2018. I just want to thank Randy and his team at the OK Falls Pub for a great Fundraising Christmas Party held on December 22, 2018. We know it was a busy time of year, but we had a good turn out and y’all made it a lot of fun. Special thanks to Meyer Family Vineyards and Noble Ridge Winery for a great wine tasting party. Also, the Roast Beef, Yorkshire and Cauliflower Souffle was super yummy. So, a huge thanks to the great chefs, servers and other staff (Alicia, Bobby, Stasia and Kim, and of course ‘Dave the Bartender’). We will miss y’all and know we will see you again! Many thanks to our Sponsors; KJ Coffee Bar, Interior Savings Credit Union, 3 Winds Hair Salon, G&R Auto, Wine Valley Security, Okey Dokey Karaoke, Meyer Family Vineyards, Noble Ridge Winery, and Pharmasave Okanagan Falls. We are back to our regular meetings, while waiting to meet with RDOS and the Irrigation District to iron out what needs to be taken care of soon. We are all looking forward to a great New Year in our ‘Mighty Little Town’ and we hope to see a new building soon!

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Lawyer vs. Notary Public: What is the Difference?

By Sergej Sinicin, Realtor for Chamberlain Property Group Last week my clients asked me if they should be using a lawyer or a notary public for their conveyance, after I found them a wonderful new home to start their family. When you’re buying or selling a property, you will require the services of a Lawyer or Notary Public for conveyance purposes. I always make sure that my clients are advised that they will need to do that and that there is an extra “closing cost” that is associated when buying or selling properties. What is conveyance? It is the transfer of legal title or ownership from one person to another. The individual can use either a Lawyer or a Notary for this process. However, this boasts the question - what is the difference? The simplified answer is that Notaries do not represent clients in court and cannot get involved in litigation. Their work is restricted to certain non-contentious matters where those involved are in agreement, and often involves notarizing, or witnessing people’s signatures on documents. Unlike Lawyers, Notaries can only provide legal advice or services on specific types of matters. For example, they are not able to provide services related to family law issues, such as separation or divorce. However, Notaries just like Lawyers can provide services on matters including the preparation of wills, real estate transaction, drafting affidavits, estate planning and other documentation. Lawyers, on the other hand, may represent clients on all legal matters, inside and outside of the courtroom. Common misconception is that Notaries charge less. Even though I have a list for my clients who they could contact, I always encourage Buyers and Sellers to make their own inquiries. This allows an individual to make sure the office is able to assist them and they can meet client’s expectations. It is important to know that both Notaries and Lawyers carry professional liability insurance. In the end, choosing whether to use a Notary or a Lawyer for the conveyance of a property is a personal decision based on several factors (cost, complexity of deal/situation, trust or personal relationship, etc...). One thing is certain, you need to make sure you have a trusted Lawyer or Notary (maybe both!), just like you should have a trusted relationship with a good accountant, doctor and a reputable real estate agent, whom you are able to call on for their professional services when needed. “We’ve dealt with several agents over the years and Sergej was by far the best we have encountered. We live 3 hours away and because Sergej was so efficient, we were able to avoid driving to Okanagan to deal with the several problems that occurred throughout this transaction. He helped us deal with tenants who became difficult about the move, arranged things like bins for garbage, people to help with clean-up, advised on changes to be made to landscaping and who to hire to make those changes. The foregoing understates the difficulties he had to contend with. The tenant was often difficult to contact, sometimes not opening the door for showings or work people who needed access. Sergej put up with all of this and persisted to get the job done, all the while maintaining a gracious manner with us. “No problem” seemed to be his favourite response. When we asked for home assessments from 3 realtors in the area, Sergej’s estimate of price was the highest of the 3. That is not why we chose him (we liked his straightforward and personable manner on the phone), but in the end we feel he got the best price possible for us. He quickly understood that the value in this real estate transaction was the view, not the house. We always felt his advice was well thought out and considered OUR best course of action over the process. In short, we felt we could trust Sergej with the process and he delivered in more ways than we expected or have ever experienced with previous agents.” ~ Comments from Clients Chris & Jane B.

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“Building Community Spirit”

The hope in this new column of “Building Community Spirit” is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show community spirit is alive and well in many areas of our South Skaha region.

Meet Kim & Paul Glen of Okanagan Falls

Update with Jen Charlish First, I would like to thank all the people who came out to the Kaleden Recreation Commission Information Meeting on Tuesday, January 16th. Congratulations to Subrina Monteith, the newest member of the Commission. Presentations were made by the Recreation Coordinator (Janet Black) and the Parks and Facilities Coordinator (Justin Shuttleworth). As well, our treasurer (Gail Jeffrey) presented our proposed 2018 budget. Your questions, concerns and feedback are extremely valuable and will be factored into our decisions as we consider future projects and programs. Below is a picture of your Recreation Commission members.

Kim and Paul Glen, owners of Rock Glen Consulting, made history by becoming the first Platinum Sponsors of the Shatford Centre, Okanagan School of the Arts (SCOSA). Kim was the Vice-President of the Okanagan School of the Arts during the visioning process to find a ‘brick and mortar’ home for the OSA. Kim and Paul are Founding Contributors to SCOSA and have always been engaged members and supporters. When they informed about the new SCOSA sponsorship program, developed through the ArtsVest Program and the stability it could bring to SCOSA, they stepped up to the plate and became not only sponsors, they became the first Platinum Sponsors. In regards to developing a sponsorship program, OSA President, Georgia Krebs said, “The Penticton Board of Trade was part of the inception of the non-profit Okanagan Summer School of the Arts (OSA) in 1960. It was seen as a major initiative to draw students, families and visitors during the summer season. OSA is now a year round facility with great potential to bring cultural tourism visitors to our region. We are also in the unique position of taking care of one of Penticton’s most important heritage assets. After years of relying on grants, donations, memberships and other revenue sources, we recognize the need for on-going funding to maintain and restore the building, while continuing to develop the destination art school. We have launched the 2018 Sponsorship Program. We are very grateful to Kim and Paul Glen for their generosity, community spirit, and love Back row from left to right: Subrina Monteith, Jaynie Malloy, Wendy Busch, Jen of the arts for everyone.” Charlish and Gail Jeffrey. Front row from left to right: Neal Dockendorf, Doug King If there is someone or a group you would like to see honoured in this and Randy Cranston. Missing from the photo: Jennifer Strong. column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. Winter Recreation programs are well underway. Check the website Ladies Bollywood Bellydancing and posters around town for regular programs. A reminder about a couple of special events. On February 2nd and 3rd is the Shinobi February 7-28, 7:00-8:00pm at the OK Falls Zen Centre Training - “Ninjas on the Move” program at the Kaleden Hall. Friday Registration: $50.40 evening is for youth ages from Grade 4 and up and Saturday has Contact Get Bent at 250.462.1025 or fun@getbentcentre.com to register two family sessions. Curious? Pick a session and come check it out. Again, more information can be found on the website, in the flyer or by contacting the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188.

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The Kaleden Seniors Committee is also sponsoring More Fun, Food, & Facts presentations. February 12th is Japanese food with a hands on technology sessions afterwards. On March 2nd is Doukhobor Borscht with a gardening/landscaping presentation by Ken Hayter. And, on March 23rd is Chinese food followed by a presentation on Alzeimer’s vs. Normal Aging. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there. A reminder these lunches and presentations are open to ALL ages. See the Kaleden Seniors section of Skaha Matters for further details. Well, as the snow is melting, the days are getting longer and time is disappearing. So, it is time to get out and do something in the yard or to get involved in a new activity. It is also a wonderful time to go for a walk in Pioneer Park. Enjoy the days! As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com.


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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

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Dr. Browne’s Weight Loss Tips By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

When discussing weight management it is vital to first address the promotion of optimal health, because the two are synonymous with one another. In today’s world, the environment is becoming increasingly toxic and our food is becoming increasingly processed and infused with artificial chemicals. Add to this the confusion surrounding nutrition caused by the marketing of junk food, plus the alarming statistics around obesity and its chronic health implications, and it’s easy to make the connection between the environment and obesity. These environmental obstacles become overwhelming all too often, and lead to frustration and an acceptance of obesity as normal or inevitable. The great news is that science is uncovering some underlying causes of obesity that can easily be addressed with specific dietary and supplement regimes aimed at normalizing these underlying imbalances. People who gain weight easily and do not lose it easily often have three common underlying metabolic and hormonal imbalances that are amenable to natural therapies. These key areas are mitochondrial dysfunction, intestinal microbiome imbalances, and hormonal imbalances. The mitochondria are the power stations in our cells, which convert fuel from food to energy. Sluggish mitochondria cause a low metabolic rate and poor energy. This condition is often caused by a myriad of compounding influences, such as free radicals, toxic chemicals, nutritional deficiencies, low hormone status, hypothyroidism, inflammation, infections, and low oxygen utilization. The second major player is the intestinal microbiome. This is our storehouse of healthy, life-giving bacteria which out-number our own cells by a factor of 10 to 1. An enormous amount of scientific evidence now supports the fact that the microbiome is critical to our overall health, including our brain health, immune health, levels of inflammation, and weight. Toxic environmental chemicals, processed foods, antibiotics, and certain other medications can upset the delicate balance of bacteria in our intestines and trigger out of control inflammation, immune dysregulation, insulin resistance, and obesity. Hormone imbalances are the third major contributor to stubborn weight retention. An intricate balance of hormones works continually on our behalf in a well orchestrated manner to maintain good health and harmony in our physical and mental state. For instance, insulin resistance and pre-diabetes are conditions which develop when we eat too much CHO (carbohydrate), especially refined CHO in relation to the other macronutrients, fat and protein. All CHO is reduced in the body to glucose, some more rapidly than others; the more refined, the more rapid. Insulin is a hormone with the job of moving glucose from the blood stream into cells to be used as fuel. Over time, the cells become weary of constantly being bombarded by glucose and insulin, so they down-regulate their responsiveness to insulin, causing blood levels of both insulin and glucose to rise. At the same time, glucose levels in the cells is dropping, so the message goes out to the brain to eat more sugar or CHO! Thus the result of elevated blood glucose and insulin levels is an increase in sweet cravings, and an increase in fat storage. Yes, unfortunately, insulin has the effect of encouraging glucose to convert to fat for storage. It also inhibits the breakdown and release of fat from storage. So, excess dietary CHO makes us fat and keeps us fat! Too little or too much is dangerous, as with all hormones. Another obesity hormone which becomes blocked and rendered inert by toxins, inflammation and a heavy CHO load is adiponectin. This is the hormone which has been found to be deficient in obese patients and may hold a major key to weight loss. It’s role in the body is to burn fat for energy, improve insulin effectiveness, and prevent glucose production by the liver. Certain nutrients have been proven to increase adiponectin including fish oil, conjugated linoleic acid, grape seed extract, green tea extract, resveratrol, and the amino

acid taurine. We also have known for some time that reproductive hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone play a significant role in health and weight stabilization. These hormones decline with age and leave us more vulnerable to weight gain and the illnesses that often accompany it. Adrenal hormones, which help us to manage stress primarily, but also contribute to blood sugar balance and maintaining healthy cells and tissues, similarly decline with age. And, the most well known of the hormone glands, the thyroid, is often out of balance with aging. Due to the fact that thyroid hormones improve metabolism, poor thyroid function can also lead to sluggish energy and weight gain.

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So, here are some tips: 1. Avoid high carbohydrate/starchy foods such as sugars, grains, bread, pasta, processed and packaged foods, and sweet fruits. Instead consume more vegetable carbs, especially leafy green veggies and cruciferous veggies, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and kale. Aim for at least 50% raw, which can easily be achieved by adding in fresh veggie juicing or a powdered greens supplement. 2. Ingest good fats daily and with every meal. These include omega-3 essential fatty acids from flax seed oil or fish oil, medium chain triglycerides from coconut, coconut oil, omega 9 fatty acids from extra virgin olive oil and avocados, plus fresh raw nuts and seeds (Brazil, macadamia, walnut, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, chestnuts, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds). 3. Consume protein regularly, but in small to moderate portions. This includes organic meats and eggs, dairy products if tolerated, legumes, nuts and seeds, and wild northern fish. 4. Stay active. 5. Sleep well. 6. Reduce stress. My weight loss “hack” involves: Have a delicious green/berry/protein/healthy fat smoothie • for breakfast (very nourishing, detoxifying, stimulating to mitochondria, and energizing - plus it will prevent hunger for hours!). • Eat a handful of fresh raw nuts for lunch. Add a few dark chocolate pieces for interest and taste. • Have a plateful of fresh veggies for dinner with a small amount of veggie or animal protein. Add in healthy coconut or olive oil. • Drinking at least 8 glasses of water and/or herbal tea daily. Use filtered water only. • Supplement daily with B-vitamins, magnesium, vitamin C, and omega-3 fish oils. • Intermittent fast by avoiding food for a long stretch every 24 hour period. Aim for not eating for a 14 hour stretch. • Avoid food additives and preservatives and foods/beverages from plastic containers. This may not seem like enough food, but it is designed to be filling and to maintain energy for long periods, as well as to optimize the burning of calories. You will be surprised at how well you feel, how suppressed your hunger is, and how easy it is to lose excess weight when you eat only clean, natural food in the correct macronutrient ratios. It is important to find an eating plan that works for you and is sustainable. We are all individuals with unique metabolic needs, so an individualized approach is optimal. For recipes, individualized nutrition counselling, and further health promoting, weight loss tips, please contact Dr. Tamara Browne in Okanagan Falls at 250-497-6681.

Foot Care By Janel

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

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Cold Sores ~ Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by a virus.

They usually appear around the mouth and on the lips. They are highly contagious, but not dangerous. About 60% of the population have suffered cold sores at some point in their lives. On average, people who get cold sores have 2 or 3 episodes a year, but this figure can vary significantly from person to person. The virus that most commonly causes cold sores is herpes simplex 1, a cousin of herpes simplex 2. However, in a minority of cases, herpes simplex 2 can also cause cold sores. About 80% of North Americans have dormant (inactive) herpes 1 virus living permanently in their body. The virus typically resides in a dormant state within the body's nerve cells. The body's immune system is normally able to keep the virus in its inactive state. When an infected person is exposed to a "trigger," or if the immune system is weakened, then the virus quickly multiplies and spreads down the nerve cell and out onto the skin, usually on the lips. This produces the characteristic tingling sensation and subsequent clusters of blisters. Specific triggers include: cold weather; fatigue; fever, such as from stomach flu or other infections; menstrual periods; mental or physical stress; physical irritation of the lips (i.e. following a visit to the dentist); and sunlight or sunburn. You can catch the virus if you come into direct contact with the cold sore blisters or the fluid inside them, which contains a high number of the viruses. This can easily happen through touching the hands of someone who has touched their blisters. It can also occur through sharing toothbrushes, cups, cutlery, towels, lipstick, or other personal items that have been contaminated with fluid from the blisters. Once the blisters have stopped oozing or have crusted over, the person is no longer contagious. Complete healing takes from 10-14 days. If you are suffering from cold sores, or would like to know more on how to treat or prevent them, speak to your Okanagan Falls Pharmacist. We are here to help you!

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner February is known as the month of love. We celebrate St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th, but what’s it all about? According to an article on the internet (rosesonly. com); Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St. Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today. At the time of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St. Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love. Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor’s blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on February 14th in the year 270. Today, as with all holidays, it has become very commercialized, but that is the reality of our society. Even though many of us do this throughout the year, we can still take time to appreciate our loved ones and use this day as a special moment to express that love and do something special for them. The gift of a chair massage would be a wonderful idea, gift certificates are available! A chair massage is very relaxing and stress-relieving, but is also very good for your health and because you don’t have to remove clothing or climb up onto a table it makes it easily accessible for everyone to benefit. Chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state, and your sense of well-being and happiness. We will be at the Zen Centre in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday, February 14th and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage at sports events, conferences, in the workplace, and in-home. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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Learn to dance Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. There is a boom of new dancers already learning in the South Okanagan. Brian Udal is currently drawing students from Peachland, Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls to burn up the dance floor. Brian Udal is a Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) Certified instructor who began teaching in 2004 in White Rock/South Surrey. He has taught thousands of students how to be comfortable on the dance floor. With only 8 weeks of lessons, you can strut your stuff at parties, cruises, weddings or just have fun twirling around the kitchen. Brian’s Dance Class offers Wedding Lessons for the new couple that have a goal to look their best in only 5 private lessons. You will learn an amalgamation of patterns for a choreographed routine that will provide you with the confidence to set the stage with memories that continue to give back long after your honeymoon. Private lessons are also provided for the students who desire to refine their patterns or freshen up with something new. Need a place to dance? There are monthly dance parties at the IOOF Hall in Summerland starting February 24th. All Brian’s students will have a target dance to express their new skills. This is great news for students who are looking for a dedicated location to practice what they have learned, meet fellow dancers, and develop healthy exercise for body, mind and heart. Brian Udal and Natalie Dunser of Brian’s Dance Class are the new kids on the block and are excited to be your dance hosts. The next season of dance lessons commence in Penticton April 12 and April 13 in Summerland. Beginner and next level lessons will be offered for those keen to tackle another 8 weeks of more advanced patterns and skill levels. Be the first to sign up and join the Ballroom movement right here, right now ... Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

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Giving A Small Gift Of Comfort

South Okanagan resident, Brian Ball, goes to Penticton Regional Hospital three times a week for hemo-dialysis treatments, since being diagnosed with kidney failure about five years ago. Dialysis patients often have cold hands and feet due to anemia, the result of kidney disease patients not producing as much heat in their bodies because of fewer red blood cells. 40 patients (25 men and 15 women) on dialysis at PRH all received thermal socks in December from Kaleden resident, Annick Lim, who received a kidney transplant in 1999. This gift of comfort was funded by the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch, who provide many services and a variety of programs. To make a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch, (you’ll get a charitable tax receipt), visit kidney.ca/bc-home. In photo - Brian Ball (left), receives a pair of free thermal socks from Annick Lim (right) of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch.


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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

Make a VALENTINE CARD ~ Thursday, February 8th 2:30-3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. All supplies are included for this FREE program. After the Valentine card making, a story will be read while the children enjoy a cookie. Please register in advance for this program, as space is limited. The Kaleden Library Preschool Storytime continues on Tuesday mornings February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10:00-10:45 am. Join us for some Valentine stories on February 13th, and dress up in red or pink for this holiday storytime. Afternoon LEGO ~ Thursday, February 25th 2:30-3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. A cookie snack is provided and there is a door prize to be won. New Magazines ~ The Kaleden Library has ordered the following new magazines for the community, which can be borrowed for up to three weeks - Best Health, Bike, Chatelaine, Craft Ideas, Crochet, Fine Cooking, Money Sense, Teen Vogue, Lego & National Geographic Kid. The winner of the Gingerbread House Coloring Contest was Julia Struthers! Congrats to Julia and thanks to everyone who participated this past December ... we had 19 entries! The Kaleden Library is looking for volunteers to teach ladies how to knit or crochet. This would be an evening program on Thursdays. If interested in volunteering or participating, please contact Glenda at the Kaleden Library. For more information on these programs, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or kaleden@orl.bc.ca

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Adult Programs: • Developing Intuition with Elaine Hopkins ~ Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Reiki Master/Teacher. This presentation will demystify psychic phenomena and explore practical ways to tap into your inner knowing. Discover the unlimited potential of your own inner resources. This is a fun presentation, bring your friends and a sense of humour and prepare to enjoy yourself. Tuesday, February 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm and Friday, February 23rd from 1:00-2:30 pm. • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday afternoons February 7th and 21st from 1:00-3:00 pm. • Zentangle for Adults ~ Please join us for an afternoon of fun colouring, using the creative art of Zentangle! Jeannie will show you how! Wednesday, February 28th from 1:00-3:00 pm. • Book Club ~ Tuesday, February 27th from 10:30-11:30 am. Children’s Programs: • Origami ~ Join Ruell Smith as she shows us the creative art of paper folding! Tuesday, February 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm. • Story Time - Dinosaurs ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, February 20th from 9:30-10:30 am. • LEGO Club ~ Let’s build something awesome! For ages 5-12 years old. Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm. * Please pre-register for all programs by calling us at 250-497-5886 or email us at OkanaganFalls@orl.bc.ca. Do you have an idea for a program or something you would like to share with others? Please contact us and let’s see what we can do. All programs are free!

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EVERYDAY SPECIALS Bacon & Eggs ~ $5 Deluxe Burger ~ $6 Crispy Chicken ~ $7

WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS Tuesday ~ Stuffed Pork Loin, Potatoes, Veggie + Dessert Wednesday ~ Lasagne, Caesar Salad, Garlic Toast + Dessert Thursday ~ Roast Beef Dinner, Yorkshire & Trimmings + Dessert Friday ~ Old Fashioned Fish & Chips ... Everyone’s Favourite! Saturday ~ BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Veggie + Dessert

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day At the 1912 in Kaleden

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

Reservations Required 250.486.8939 or flambecatering@icloud.com

Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! with Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 5 “Great Things” include: 1.

Grade 2 & 3 students and their Senior Buddies had hands-on experiences with the Kaleden Museum artifacts.

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Basketball Season has started for the Grade 4 & 5 students with games scheduled with other Elementary Schools through January and into February.

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Kindergarten students are learning about the days of the week.

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Lots of snow tubing fun for the whole school up at Apex Mountain.

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Grade 1 students are excited to share their reading with others.

School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

The Board has written to the Ministers of Finance and Education requesting that the Rural Education Enhancement Fund (REEF) grant be included in the budget as a separate line item and that should the criteria change, schools currently receiving the grant (West Bench and Trout Creek Elementary) be grandfathered in to continue to receive it. The letter is a follow-up to a request by past Board Chair Linda VanAlphen directly to the Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Board input on the Funding Formula Survey, and an emergent resolution through BCSTA Provincial Council to the Ministry. I had the privilege of attending the unveiling of the monument to commemorate the local survivors of the Indian Residential school era. The tribute is located on the place where the trucks picked up the children to transport them to schools in Kamloops, Cranbrook and Omak, Washington. It is located adjacent to the Fish Hatchery and the En’owkin Centre in Penticton. The monument is open to the public. Starting in January, district staff and the Board will be discussing data compiled for a thorough boundary review. At least one public session will be scheduled to discuss the results and recommendations, the date to be announced. If any recommendations or suggestions have a budget impact, they will need to be added to budget discussions. The completion of the boundary review will be followed by a transportation review, likely in the fall of 2018. The district is currently piloting some bus route optimization software. Roger Wiebe, Princess Margaret Secondary School Principal, has volunteered to be the district lead on the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) Provincial Network. He will be responsible for raising awareness of SOGI issues and supporting teachers, students and parents. He will reflect and respond at a district level based on schools’ experiences. A training session took place in January for administrators and teacher representatives from each school, as well as trustees and senior staff. Mr. Wiebe will help schools set goals, train teachers, and support workers at individual sites. SOGI 1 2 3 shares tools and resources in three areas: policies and procedures; inclusive environments; and curriculum resources. It is lead by the ARC Foundation in collaboration with the Min. of Ed, BCTF, School Districts, UBC Faculty of Ed, education partners and local, national and international LGBTQ community organizations. More information can be found at www.sogieducation.org. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

H&M Thrifty Boutique

H&M Thrifty Boutique

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10-3 250-486-6371

Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories

Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street

So, February is here folks. Everyone is getting tired of shoveling snow, so we try to distract ourselves with fighting over reservations and stuffing ourselves with heart shaped chocolates. Nothing says 'love' like lying about your last name at a fancy restaurant. A few things to keep on your radar. First up, the wheels are a chugging on the great KPAC LOBSTERFEST Train. Choo Choo! We are looking for items for our silent action. Great time to re-gift any lingering Christmas gifts you missed the return date on. But honestly, we are always amazed and humbled by the extreme generosity of the community in supporting this event. If you are able to put something together, please contact Leanne (mcclartyl@hotmail.com) to donate. KPAC is also running an online petition to improve the safety infrastructure in front of the school. I have personally made pleas in this article asking everyone to be safe in front of the school. These changes will reduce speed, organize the parking, making the whole area safer for our entire community. Please see the Kaleden Community Facebook page for the link. That is all this month folks. Thank you, as always, for all you do for KES. Having your support is the best Valentine's gift.


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Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Alex Thomson

This 11 year old boy took it upon himself to not only shovel the snow off his driveway, but to also shovel the snow off the driveways of three of his neighbours during the holiday snow storms. There was no payment arrangement, no reward, no special recognition and no one even asked him to do this. Alex simply saw a need and something kind he could do for others. Let’s all think of something we could do for our neighbours too. Thank you Alex for your volunteering spirit!

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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

Volunteer In Your Community!

Johnston Meier

There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!

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School District No. 53 Board Report

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN)

District Innovation/Initiatives Kindergarten Registration ~ Information has been shared with schools to release to their communities regarding kindergarten registration for the fall of 2018. Registration is open in all schools as of Monday, January 22nd for parents to register children who will be five years old by December 31, 2018. These will be children born in 2013. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card. UBC Community Field Experience in SD53 ~ We have recently partnered with the University of British Columbia to offer a community field experience in our district to a group of elementary and secondary teacher candidates who will be completing their schooling this spring. We will be hosting these student teachers in two groups for three weeks each. They will have already completed their practicums and this is an opportunity for them to have a close look at our district, the programs and schools, as well as the innovative practices that are occurring. It also provides us with an opportunity to look at prospective hires of individuals who are familiar with our district and wish to reside here. We will be providing some in-service and assigning them to schools for their field experience. Leyton Schnellert Learning Series ~ Innovating and Inquiring Together: Approximately 50 teachers, administrators and senior staff are attending this series of evening sessions in partnership with SD67 (Okanagan Skaha). We are there as school teams to further our inquiry work under the mentorship of Dr. Leyton Schnellert from UBC Okanagan. The focus is on innovative practices that move schools forward. The sessions involve collaborative planning, reflection and sharing among schools and the two districts. Operations 2017/18 Enrolment: As of December 31st, our district wide enrollment was 2,397.66 FTE with is an increase of 61.28 FTE from September 29th, 2017 enrolment of 2,336 FTE. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca.

NOTICE OF KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION January 22 - March 16, 2018

with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee

1. Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2018, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September 2018. These will be children who were born in 2013. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 22 to Friday, March 16, 2018 at the following schools: Cawston Primary 250-485-4434 8:15 - 2:45 pm Okanagan Falls Elementary 250-497-5414 8:00 - 2:30 pm Oliver Elementary 250-498-3468 8:00 - 3:30 pm Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary 250-498-3415 8:00 - 3:30 pm Osoyoos Elementary 250-495-7248 9:00 - 3:00 pm YouLearn (Call for Appt) 250-498-4597 Special Hours 8:30-7:00 pm (Mon) & 8:30-2:30 pm (Tues-Thur) 2. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and Medical Card with you. Should you require further details, please contact your local school. 3. Parents may defer the entry of their child into Kindergarten for one year, but registration must occur in the following school year. 4. Early registration assists the district with plans for September 2018. Also, Kindergarten spaces in a school may be limited and placement is done on a first come, first serve basis.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update with Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

Quick PAC update for February ... Hot Lunch Program Dates: • February 1st ~ Shrimps & Chorizo Spanish Paella served with mixed green salad • February 6th ~ Mac & Cheese served with fresh bread • February 8th ~ Beef Fajitas served with mild salsa, sour cream and guacamole • February 13th ~ Salmon Teriyaki rice bowl served with fresh bread • February 15th ~ Quinoa & Panko coated chicken fingers served with plum sauce and fresh veggies • February 20th ~ Spaghetti & Meatballs with fresh bread • February 22nd ~ Sausage variety served with mashed potatoes, gravy & fresh veggies • February 27th ~ Pork Parmigiana served with Spaghetti and tomato sauce and fresh bread Next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, February 6th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the school library. Child minding is available. All parents/caregivers of children of the school are members of PAC, so come out and hear what exciting things are coming up at our school!

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN) PARENTS OF GRADE 1 TO 12 STUDENTS REGISTERING OR REQUESTING A CHANGE OF SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 2018 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 8, 2018 will be accepted on a first come, first served and availability basis. Beginning June 11, 2018, 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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Monthly Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School with Principal Karen Sinclair January’s Highlights Include: 1. 2. 3.

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Ukulele lessons with May Cooper for all Grade 3-7 students. Thank you Okanagan Falls PAC!

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Connections in a Digital Era

with May Cooper Cooking lessons for Grade 6-7 students making pizza. Thank Our language using words meaning love has not been quite popular you IGA and Interior Health for your partnership! in our history, especially nowadays. It is considered a cliché to use the Penticton Vees and Okanagan Correctional Officers visit the words love, friendship, honour, or commitment, even in songs that are Grade 6-7 students. “Stay Onside” presentation and floor hockey supposed to profess our love for another. Words that express violence, game. GO VEES! abuse and hate are not considered cliché at all, and tend to be words we use more to describe our emerging society, with the amount of Buddy reading - students helping students! Grade 6-7 Field Trip Fundraiser - Everyone LOVES cotton candy! fights, rallies and other such things that turn to be violent in different settings. Today, many of our youth and adults are afraid of intimate connections, and commitment to even a platonic, close friendship that requires conversation outside of their digital device. If you want to meet someone for coffee to have a face to face conversation, gone are those days you can ask someone this without them looking at you funny. If they have experienced true conversation at home, it is a blessing. But if they have not, where parents or other family members do not look into each other’s eyes when they’re talking to one another, these experiences will shape the way they interact, listen, and feel empathy towards others for the rest of their life. It will affect them as caring individuals in society. My parents, married for over thirty years, know that relationship is something that needs to be nourished on a constant basis. They write books about this, since guidance about matters of building a healthy family and stable relationships does not seem to be encouraged as much as other subjects. Emotional intelligence is something that is not put into focus as much as academic achievement. The rise in depression, loneliness, and social anxiety are staggering in its numbers, and it’s linked to the way our society is moving forward with our digital life, but not with our emotional state alongside it. A lot of people are afraid of real-time conversations and experiences that demand from them their full attention, creative and deep thought processes, as well as an ability to say what they feel and not edit it before they click ‘send’. This will determine the way our kids will be human towards one another, the way the next leaders will deal with national and foreign policy, and the way our planet will keep peace within its atmosphere. While we all now live in a digital era, let’s be aware of our connections nicoledimebookkeeping@gmail.com with others, so that they don’t boil down to just texts in cyberspace.

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Selling Your Home While on Vacation

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Summer or winter vacation: A time we all look forward to with child-like anticipation. Whether we get to lay on the beach, take a boat on the lake, or backpack through a remote mountain range, vacation should be a time to unwind, Having your house on the market during your vacation can actually be a fortuitous combination, as you aren’t constantly cleaning up for the next showing and buyers’ agents can bring their clients by at their convenience. That said, when we aren’t able to make sure the house was left the way visitors found it and we don’t have boots on the ground to take care of minor details during a transaction, the time that should be spent relaxing on the beach may leave us sweating - and not from the summer sun. By taking the proper steps prior to leaving your house, you can revel in the ability to relax and enjoy yourself and those around you without the constant pressure of stressing over what’s happening at home. Steps to consider when selling your home while on vacation: Lock Up Valuables ~ Anything of value, whether monetary or sentimental, should be locked up in either a safe, storage unit or left with a trusted friend or family member. Regardless of whether you are on vacation or not, this rule always holds true. Set Up Home Monitoring ~ In today’s high-tech world, you can easily find a live video-monitoring system for under $100 that wirelessly connects to an app on your phone through Wi-Fi. Depending on how many cameras you need and if you want digital memory, you can easily spend $200 to $500, but the systems are very user-friendly and easy to set up. Place the cameras in the most highly trafficked areas and in locations where items of the most value are kept. Set Light Timers ~ While light timers are generally a thing of the past, they are an excellent tool for deterring unwanted “showings” in the middle of the night. Again, there are many high-tech options that allow you to manually control lights through an app, but you can also opt for the $5 timer from your local hardware store. Remove The Stink ~ Be sure to empty all trash cans before you leave. Also, be sure to clean out your garbage disposal, as this is a common source of foul smells located in one of the most important rooms for selling a house. Once cleaned out, grind up half a lemon to leave it smelling fresh and clean. Leave A Key ~ Be sure to leave an extra set of keys with your real estate agent. Just in case there is an issue with the lockbox or a showing agent accidentally slips the key in his or her pocket and doesn’t return it, you want to make sure whoever needs access to your home can get it. If you have a trusted neighbour, leave them a key and ask them to check on your house occasionally. All it takes is the promise of a box of salt-water taffy and any neighbour will likely be willing to help out.

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Bring Technology ~ Should that highly anticipated offer come in during your trip, the last thing you want to do is hit pause because you weren’t able to review the necessary paperwork and end up losing the buyer. Bring a laptop or tablet to make reviewing documents easier than trying to read them on your phone. Contact the place you’re staying in ahead of time to ensure they have adequate Wi-Fi capabilities. Should there be any concern, you can also look into setting up a personal hotspot through your phone carrier (standard data rates may apply). Digital Signatures ~ Discuss setting up digital signature software with your real estate agent prior to leaving for your vacation. You want to ensure you are comfortable with the program and it is compatible with your systems, so you don’t hit any snags when it’s game time. It may be tempting, but don’t completely unplug while you’re on vacation. Your real estate agent will need to be able to reach you with any offers and necessary documents regarding the sale of your property. Whether you are a natural worrier or as laid back as they come, the stresses of selling a house will never completely go away, no matter how relaxing your surroundings. But by taking these steps, you are sure to make your vacation much more enjoyable.

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Vacation Home Planning

Making sure your financial future is secure.

By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor Whether you already own a vacation home or you’re just thinking about it, there are some key issues and planning ideas you need to consider. Before committing a large amount of money to purchasing a second property, consider renting in a few desirable areas for a period of time to test the location and neighbourhood. Financing Your Property ~ Once you are comfortable with the location and have selected an appropriate property to purchase or build on, the next major decision is how the property should be financed. If you require a mortgage, the mortgage interest will not be deductible if the property is used strictly for personal purposes. In order to make the loan interest deductible, consider the following two-step strategy: 1. Use existing cash or investable assets to purchase the property 2. Take out a line of credit to purchase income-producing investments In this case, since the loan is used directly to purchase incomeproducing investments and not the personal property, the interest on the loan is potentially deductible. Succession Planning ~ In straightforward situations, a person often acquires ownership in a vacation property either solely or jointly with their spouse for control and simplicity reasons. As people get older and no longer actively use the vacation home, they sometimes decide to transfer the property to their children. Here are some succession planning strategies that can help avoid disharmony among family members: • If your children will inherit the property and you expect it to significantly appreciate in value, consider gifting the property to the children today. Although this sale will trigger accrued and unrealized capital gains to you today, future gains may be taxed in your children’s hands and probate taxes may be avoided. • If the property value is high and you are over age 65, consider the cost/benefit of rolling it into a joint partner trust today in order to avoid probate taxes related to the property at death. • Life insurance can be used to pay any capital gains taxes realized as a result of the deemed disposition of the property on your death. It also creates a pool of funds to pay children who are not interested in inheriting the property. • If more than one child will own the property, they can enter into a co-ownership agreement to determine when and how they can use it, as well as how expenses will be paid. This article is an excerpt from the RBC Dominion Securities guidebook, Family Wealth Management - Ten Strategies to Build and Protect Your Family’s Wealth. Please contact us at 250-770-1214 for a complimentary copy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* Insurance products are offered through RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. *Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article. Robert McLennan can be reached at 250-770-1213. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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“Buying The Moose”

Many Hats Theatre Company is opening their 11th season with the hilarious Canadian romantic comedy “Buying the Moose” by Michael G. Wilmot. Jane Pilkey directs and Eric Hanston and Ben Amos wear the producer’s hats, while Eleanor Walker stage manages. Buying the Moose is the story of two couples: Rob and Betty and Rob’s brother Greg and his wife Cheryl. When Betty (Shannon French) catches Rob (Many Hats newcomer Jason Lane) in an embarrassing situation she immediately runs to Cheryl (Christa Phillips) to seek support. Little does she know that Rob is also seeking validation from Greg (Tony Collins). What we have here is a failure to communicate, as all hilarity breaks out when “he said, she said” careens off the rails! Buying The Moose opens February 8th and runs until March 3rd. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be two gala opening nights! First on Thursday, February 8th and then on Friday, February 9th, with a reception following both performances. Tickets are $25/adult and $22/student or senior. You can purchase tickets at The Nest & Nectar in The Cannery (open TueSun), or call 250-493-7275. www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

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The service station and bus depot were Vera’s area of expertise and her unique approach usually included a complimentary cup of tea and some cookies or cake. She befriended everyone. As a result, the Swales Service Station was known far and wide and many travellers arranged their fuelling stops to include a visit here.

This is the 16th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of In the 20s, they had two boys, Ted and Len. Ted went to Agricultural college in Guelph, Ontario where he met and married Cay Ross. the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982. Upon graduation, he brought her home to BC, living in Nelson and The Swales Family Creston, where he served as District Horticulturist before returning With most pioneers, we have a record of their arrival and perhaps the to the Okanagan in that same capacity. Ted and Cay had 3 children; work they did in the community, but rarely do have any idea of their Murray, Marilyn and Stan. Len joined the Provincial Police and served feelings as they settled here into a new way of life. One exception to in Prince George and North Vancouver. He later returned to Kaleden, this is Vera Swales (King), who wrote down the emotions of a fifteen where he and his wife Rose took over the operation of the station. year old girl from England as, in 1912, she crossed the ocean and They had one son, David. Canada with her father, Edwin King, to join her brother Bill in Kaleden. Jack, who was an expert horseman, enjoyed nothing quite as much as The following were some of her insights: The ocean trip - terrible - riding his horse and was still actively riding up to a few weeks before seasick all the way - the ship, The Royal Edward, hit an iceberg in his death in July 1973. Vera and her sister Kathleen were killed in the fog and the ship’s boiler burst - decided that she’d write and tell an auto accident during blizzard conditions in November of the same the rest of the family not to come. Okanagan roads - not much more year. Both Jack and Vera were very active members of the Kaleden than a trail and dusty, dusty, dusty. Kaleden - desolate, few homes, no community and played pivotal roles in its growth during their 60 years pavement, no church bells and dust everywhere. Her new home - just of residence here. a shack - our chickens in England had better accommodation. That Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical first winter she records waking up to icicles hanging just inches from path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to her face and sheets frozen by her breath. the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. Things improved. She learned how to bake bread, make cakes and do preserves on the little wood stove. People were friendly - the first Christmas was spent with the JC Findlay’s and with the other young people learning to make their own fun. The following summer, the rest of the family arrived and life settled down to normal in the shack and 3 room tent that was home. With the declaration of war in 1914 and the mass exodus of young men, Vera and her sister Elsie worked in the orchards, then attended packing school and finally packing fruit in Kaleden, Penticton and Summerland. The sisters became two of the valley’s top packers, providing a welcome source of income. Wishing everyone a John George Swales (aka Jack) emigrated to Canada from Yorkshire, England, at about the same time as his future wife, but spent several Wonderful New Year! years in the Kootenays before coming to the Okanagan. He worked in Penticton and Kaleden, where he met Vera. Jack and Vera married in 1921 and for the first 14 years of their with Marla Wilson married life they lived with H.H. Whitaker and managed his orchard. They then purchased the Esso Station, with a small home and orchard Well, you just might say that this winter has been a BLAST. First a blast right on Highway 97. Jack, for many years served as the water bailiff of cold wind and snow, then a blast of icy conditions and freezing rain, for Kaleden Irrigation District and in those days of wooden stave pipes, then a blast of warm air and sunshine making puddles everywhere. finding and repairing leaks before they became catastrophic was a job Old timers just might say “nothin’ unusual”. Big horn sheep are down that required constant vigilance. He was familiar figure, with his horse from the hill tops and there are still some swans on Vaseux Lake. and democrat, patrolling the water system. His intimate knowledge of The Society will be very busy this spring. New smoke detectors are the system’s idiosyncrasies was called upon for many years after his being installed throughout all our buildings. These will be connected retirement in 1945. to a security system. Also, the Bassett House is in need of new wall paper in the bedrooms. The old stuff has reached it’s “best before” date. It should look great when finished. New wall paper is on route, as I write this. Some water has leaked into the kitchen from the deck above. There needs to be some work done there too. Handy Man Andrew has been on the ball, and has also really been busy cleaning up around the ICBC Insurance 250.276.6257 complex. Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton The Thrifty Boutique is busy all the time. New volunteers are taking ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty THE BODY SHOP NETWORK over some of the shifts giving some others a bit of a break. It is all Computerized Free Estimates FIX AUTO PENTICTON good! www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com By May, when we open for the summer, all should be ready!

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Kaleden Seniors Programs with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

The Kaleden Seniors committee and guests enjoyed a jam packed event in January. Great food and pertinent information regarding nutrition and a whole food vegan lifestyle ... AND, facts about our recycling dilemma that we face day to day. A HUGE thanks to our presenters: Sheanne Moskuluk, for sharing her health success stories and recipes; and Cameron Baughen, for answering all our questions about what can and can’t be recycled and motivating us all for a positive change in our blue boxes and bags.

Our next Fun Facts and Food HANDS ON COOKING CLASS takes place on Monday, February 12th with Kan Tatsuo, owner of Sushi Kojo. Fabulous, fun-filled chef Kan will share his Japanese noodle soup and teach us the tricks of rolling out a delectable California and Avocado sushi roll. Chopsticks and bamboo mats are provided for this class. Hurry to register. Space is limited. Registration opened January 22nd and closes February 5th. Following the cooking class, everyone is invited for lunch and to bring their mobile device: Smartphones, iPads, Tablets ... along with your technology questions. Learn how to utilize your time on these amazing devices. Hands on help and instruction provided. Our HANDS ON COOKING CLASS series continues on Friday, March 2nd with Carolyn Johnson. She shares her recipe of RUSSIAN BORSCHT, a soup that has been handed down to us by our grandmothers! Learn the secrets about beets and cabbage. Registration opens on February 9th and closes on February 23rd. After the cooking class and lunch at noon, Ken Hayter from Linden Gardens will demonstrate the ease of Xeriscaping in our arid climate AND the magic garden that can bloom from Spring until Fall. All ages are welcome. Invite your friends and neighbours to our events. Lunch is by donation. Cards and Games, including Poker, will continue on Thursdays from 1-3 pm until April 26th. $3 drop in fee or $39 for all 16 weeks, if you pay in advance (prorated depending on when you start attending). To register for our cooking classes and other programs, please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com. DE

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Bob Wilson, President

January 8th marked our first meeting of the New Year at the Royal Canadian Legion in Okanagan Falls. This year will find us continuing our community efforts as usual. Lion Mike, our Past President and now Zone Chair, was in attendance and had some news regarding Camps for Disabled Children. Unfortunately, the camps on the BC coast are no longer operating and that leaves Camp Winfield as the only facility. If you have a requirement or desire to send a child to camp, the only one left is in the Okanagan. Request a spot soon, as they will be limited. The Lion’s School Breakfast program continues on Thursday mornings (early) thanks to our volunteer cooks and servers. They, along with the school, had a great year finish before Christmas at Okanagan Falls Elementary School - complete with Santa. Lions International continues it’s worldwide vision and diabetes awareness program targeting the less fortunate areas of the planet and our own backyard. Diabetes involves us all - be informed. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is February 19 & 20 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2366283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you see us around town, come over and say hello. If you have a Monday evening free, drop into our meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Elaine Chernoff

First, and foremost, we thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous door prizes at our annual Christmas Dinner: IGA, Caitlin's Homestyle Diner, 3 Winds Hair Design, Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques, Bullies Pizza, Pharmasave, KJ's Coffee Bar, G&R Auto, Heritage Market, Dr. Robertson, Johnson Meier Insurance, OK Barber Shop, Interior Savings Credit Union, OK Falls Hotel, Jan McNeal, Hawthorne Haven Naturals, Easy Lock Self Storage, Centre for Dentistry, Okanagan Stoneworks, Skaha Water Gardens, Heather Jackson, Reliable Travel, plus WINERIES: Wild Goose, Blasted Church, Meyer Family, Noble Ridge and See Ya Later Ranch. We continue to host opportunities for students from the Elementary School to visit our Activity Centre. Last month, Grade 6/7 students learned how to knit, as well as sing, with members from the "Sing for your Life" group. Special thanks to the "master knitters" and Eleanor Walker for facilitating the sing a long. Mark your Calendar for our annual Spring Flea Market - Saturday, March 10th. Donations of quality, used items, except electronics and clothing, can be dropped off in our Pool Room most weekdays between 9-11 am. All tables have been booked. Please phone Heather Jackson for donation details at 250-497-1171.

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Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10 am on Saturday, Feb 3rd General Meeting ~ 1 pm on Monday, Feb 5th Music Jam & Dancing ~ 1 pm Sunday, Feb 11th (11:30 lunch) Drop In Bingo (Must be 19+) ~ 1 pm every 3rd Saturday - Feb 17th Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5 pm on Saturday, Feb 24th Canasta ~ 10 am 1st 3 Mondays each month Shuffleboard ~ 1 pm last 3 Mondays each month Exercises ~ 9 am Tuesdays & Thursdays / 9:30 am Sundays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1 pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month Evening Pool ~ 6 pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9 am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1 pm on Wednesdays Music Practice ~ 6 pm on Wednesdays Scrabble / Bridge / Cribbage ~ 10 am / 1 pm / 7 pm on Thursdays Falls Music ~ 3 pm Fridays

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Hopefully, spring will now be on it’s way soon, but in the meantime we have our LA Bingo at 1 pm on Saturday, February 3rd to take your mind off the grey days. On Wednesday, February 7th is our General Meeting starting at 1 pm, so be sure to come and see what is going on. Then, after the Meat Draws on February 10th & 24th, we have a lovely supper cooked by the LA. We have a lot of fun in the LA and make good friends, so come as our guest on the 7th and see for yourself.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans” I have identified the soldier in the picture from January’s issue. He is Robert Gunn Christie. He was the only fellow from Okanagan Falls to be killed in action in World War II. Christie Memorial Provincial Park is named after him. When war was declared, Robert joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After his training he was sent to England, where he was assigned to the 97 (R.A.F.) Sqdn as a navigator. Christie’s crew joined 97 squadron on March 27th, 1943, having come directly from 1661 CU. The crew of Stevenson, Brett, Christie, Bradford, Mitchell, Malaber and Pugh remained together for many operations flown between April and September. One of the most eventful operations was that to Bochum in June. In a routine bombing mission, The Landcaster bomber was shot down over Ruchheim with all crew Our mystery soldier is on perishing in the crash. Extract from Bomber the Veteran’s walls. Command Losses 23/24.43 Lancaster lll. ED 868 of - A Op Mannheim.T/O 1939 Bourn. Crashed at Ruchheim, 10 km W of Ludwigshafen. All are laid to rest at Ruchheim, since their bodies were brought to Rheinberg War cemetery. Flying officer Christie was awarded the Distinguished flying Medal Posthumously on April 10,1945. Words can not express what I feel ... that this soldier and his crewmen did for the country.

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February Events at the Okanagan Falls Legion: February 3rd - Dinner & Dance ~ With the fabulous Wendy Rodocker. Dinner is $8 - Enjoy Chicken Cordon Bleu, Fettucine and vegetables, with dinner roll and dessert, of course. Sunday, February 18th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. We have pancakes French toast, hashbrowns ,bacon sausage, coffee and juice. Adults - $6, Children (3-10) - $3, and Children under 5 are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, February 20th ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out what’s going on at the Legion. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. Come on out, you could be lucky. Everyone is welcome. Every 3rd Friday is Beef Dip & Coleslaw for just $7 - Friday, February 16th. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. All the sports are up & running at the Legion: • Wednesday Darts ~ Starts at 7pm - Sign in at 6:30pm • Dart Shoot ~ 1st Sunday of each month - Sign in at 10:30am, Towline at 11am. Get your darts sharpened! • Shuffle Board ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm • Pool ~ Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Stan is your man for all your pool information. Call 778-531-8228. BIG NEWS happening with the pool, we’re getting a 2nd table!!! For more information on darts and shuffleboard, please call Denise at 250-485-4949. For other information, call the Legion at 250-497-8338. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. It’s a lot of fun! You get to meet friendly people at Branch #227. Everyone is welcome to become a member. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”


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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for February: 4th - Sarah Tupholme; 11th - Rev. David Sparks; 18th - Victor Ince; and 25th - Judi Ritcey. “Sing for Your Life” programs continues on Mondays at 10:00 am on February 5th and 19th. Participatory fun with music! All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

Now in PENTICTON ...

SUNDAYS at 10 am starting

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Consider joining The Volunteer Centre’s Team Volunteering project where new and seasoned volunteers meet the last Wednesday of each month from 11am to 1pm. Location: 102-696 Main Street, Penticton. The Teams’ purpose is to discuss volunteer experiences and opportunities to volunteer together. Volunteer opportunities are made available to the team. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to confirm attendance. Lite lunch and refreshments provided. The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Browse Opportunities and register as a volunteer to receive updates at www.volunteercentre.info. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

Kaleden Community Church (KCC) Upcoming Events: Pizza, Kid’s Movie, & Parents’ Circle Discussion

Topic: The Hard Thing about Hard Things Bring: A story about difficulty in parenting Bring: Your children (ages 3-13) for supper and a movie, while the adults eat and talk. When: Sunday, February 18th, 5-7pm, no charge Where: The Church House (434 Lakehill Rd. next to bottle depot) RSVP: kaledenchurch@gmail.com

Kaleden Church Film Series

Topic: Reconciliation Movie: Invictus - chronicles the story of Nelson Mandela, after his release from prison and during his first term as President of South Africa, as he attempts to unite his apartheid-torn and economically divided country. Popcorn provided - Discussion anticipated. Monday, February 26th at the Church, 6-9 pm, no charge

Ladies Drop-In

Every Wednesday 1-4 pm at KCC All ladies are welcome to drop in for coffee, quilting, crafts and conversation. If you have questions or need a ride, call Fran at 250-497-7850.

Rundle, Garth Wayne

Garth Wayne Rundle passed away at the age of 79 on January 11, 2018. He was a devoted family man, bringing light, laughter and happiness to everyone he met. Left to honour Wayne and remember his love are Wayne’s wife of 54 years, Joan Rundle; his four children, Jill (Bruce) Elvins, Garth (Sheena) Rundle, Melinda Rundle, and Jackie (Neal) Waterston; brothers and sisters, Edna Youd, Monty Rundle, Glen (Wendy) Rundle, Penny (Leo) Rivera; three grandchildren, Thomas (Jamie) Elvins, Melinda Elvins, and Maddison Horner (Andrew); and three great grandchildren, Brooklyn Elvins (5), Parker Elvins (3) and Jaxon Martin (2). Wayne will be fondly remembered by an endless number of friends. Wayne joins his parents, J.W. Rundle and Kathleen Rundle; brother, Leeland Rundle; sister, Jackie Rundle; sister-in-law, Jean Rundle; and brother-in-law Cliff Youd. Wayne was born in Las Pas, Manitoba in 1938. He spent his life working as an accomplished Heavy Duty Mechanic. He relocated to BC with his family in 1971, where he and Joan established their home for the last 47 years. He was a prominent and respected figure within the community of Okanagan Falls, evident through his indispensable contributions through volunteering at Okanagan Falls Elementary, Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre, the Legion, the Lions and through his contributions to the United Church. Wayne was admired by many, and will be greatly missed. In celebration of Wayne’s remarkable life, an Open House and refreshments were held at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre on Saturday, January 20th, 2018, beginning at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre. Condolences may be sent to the family through www. providencefuneralhomes.com. 250-493-1774 “Every Life Tells A Story”


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Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs Flowers to the snow removal angels who arrived with their equipment, $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) from shovels to bobcats, to clean the main parking lot, the drop off $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area) area and the side parking lot at Kaleden Community Church, both 250.493.3912 (24 hrs) times we had major dumps of snow. ~ From the Grateful Congregation of Kaleden Community Church 101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 BC Lic# 49382 www.crediblecremation.com Flowers to our Secret Santa! We love the scarves! ~ From Audrey F. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to putting out garbage the night before pick up. We woke up on garbage day to find someone else’s bag on our front yard ripped with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls apart. By the prints in the snow, it may have been a bear or cougar. I Credible Cremation Services is available 24 hours to assist you am asking that people remember to not put out their bags until morning with final arrangements whenever the need arises. We offer seamless of pick up. Thank you! ~ From Barb P. of Okanagan Falls personal service to all, at a very reasonable price. Call Lesley if you have any questions. Ask about our Seniors Wellness Programs! The scam artists are at it again. The calls from “The Tax Department” 250.487.7455 nicolesw@outlook.com saying we owe tax money and if we do not pay we can be charged with criminal fraud. DO NOT even speak to these people. Revenue Canada never calls a person, they contact by mail only! Do not get drawn in by fraud artists. The other scam, is the person who claims they have no where to go, and no where to sleep, and sometimes we GAN F A AL Emergency Hampers can be AN are tempted to bring this person into our home. This act of kindness K can result in the theft of one’s identity, bank accounts and valuables made available from from the home. Be very careful, as I know of someone in our area that Okanagan Falls Helping Hand has been the victim of this sad scenario. throughout the year with

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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell another of our Okanagan Falls Neighbours

GERHARD “GARY’ IWERS

Gary passed away suddenly on December 26th, 2017 at his home in Okanagan Falls. Gary is survived by brother Ben Iwers in Alberta, sister Irene Sedan, very best friend Connie Congden, friends and neighbours. No formal service by his request. Gary’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. Lesley is available by telephone 24 hours 250-493-3912 or email crediblecremations@shaw.ca

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Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits Dry Garlic Ribs Calamari Rings Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95 Great on a chilly day (in season) ................................... $5.75 Baked with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............ $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Tsatziki ...................................................... $8.95 SMALL - Carrots and celery with dip .......................... $4.95 LARGE - Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes ........... $8.95 tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

Burgers

All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) & your choice of fries, perogies or salad. Ask for Gluten Free!

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................. $9.95 Farmer Burger Add a hash brown .......................................................... $10.95 Ham & Cheese Burger ............................................................................................ $11.95 Hawaiian Burger Ham and Pineapple ....................................................... $11.95 Greek Burger Feta Cheese and Cucumber ...................................... $11.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $11.95 Surf & Turf Burger Beef and Calamari .......................................................... $11.95 Medieval Burger Our Best Burger .............................................................. $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Crispy Chicken Burger ............................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A Soy and Rice patty, dressed to please! ................. $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon! .............................................................. $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95 Add mozza, cheddar, 2 bacon strips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss $1.50. Add Feta $1.95.

Salads Garden Salad

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

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ..................................... $10.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $13.95

Pizza

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.95 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

12” 2 toppings: $12.95 | 14” 2 toppings: $19.95 | add topping $.95 ea

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Ye Olde Breakfast

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

1 lb: $9.95 | 2 lbs: $19.95 3 lbs: $28.95 | 4 lbs: $38.95

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

All Day Breakfast 2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns.

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $12.95 or without a meal $14.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.50 / Side of 3 perogies $5.25 / Add Mozza or Cheddar $1.39, Swiss $1.50, Feta $1.95 / Sauteed Shrooms & Onions $1.39

Entrées

Steak & Seafood

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or garden salad with your choice of dressing. Grilled Cheese A Classic Sandwich ............................................................ $9.95

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions or upgrade to Caesar for only $1.39!

Grilled Ham & Cheese Add ham to the classic sandwich ............................. $10.95 The BLT Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Hot Roast Beef

Lean roast beef piled high and ................................. $11.95 smothered in our own gravy

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

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $14.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $17.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, garlic toast and ......................... $29.95 baked potato or fries or garden salad.

garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $11.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95 cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

Served with garlic toast ................................................ $11.95

Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Iced Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Rype Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $11.95

Medieval Steak

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Volume 10 : Issue 2

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