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January 2015

New Years Resolutions

By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters

New Area “D” East Transit Service Starts January 19! To Route

— — 11:16 3:51 5:21

7th Ave and Birch

Heritage Hills

6:41 8:05 11:00 3:35 5:05

Eastside at Devon

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre (north entrance to The Bay)

New Years Resolutions ... Do you make them and break them each year? Do you set yourself up for destined failure? Research shows that only 10-15% ever follow through on a resolution. Or, do you take this opportunity to reflect on your life and identify the things around 20 Okanagan Falls you? What can and should be changed and why would you want to? Monday to Friday C1 HH SE OA What is really most important to you? What are your needs versus your wants? Is there a small change that could be realistic to achieve? Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Who cares what actual calendar day that may be? Life is short and you have the choice to make your life what you want it to be. Be fulfilled, not just satisfied. 20 Penticton Change starts with a simple change of mind or shift in perspective. Monday to Friday OA SE HH C1 Now, I hope that got you thinking ... but back to an actual resolution Click, Hike & Bike™ here. “I plan to not text or talk on the phone while driving.” Just that simple decision could save a life. Keeping resolutions simple and • meaningful could be the key to success. Happy New Year Everyone! Transit 6:57 8:21 11:24 3:59 5:29

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Transit Tips

Here are some courtesy and safety tips to keep in mind while travelling on the bus.

Always plan to arrive at the bus stop a few minutes early

From Route

7th Ave and Birch

Eastside at Devon

Heritage Hills

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre (north entrance to The Bay)

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Peach Cliff Estates

OK Falls Community Centre

OK Falls IGA

Peach Cliff Estates

7th Ave and Birch

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7:12 8:42

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Get Your Event on the Community Calendar!

Free Listing for Local Non-profit Groups. Advertise Your Business Event Too!

* Event info is included in this issue.


February 2015 Special Events

OK Falls Senior Centre*

Kal-Rec Budget 6 Meeting* 7-9pm at Hall OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre*


Jam Session 1pm

New Exercise Classes Tuesdays 9:30am

OK Falls PAC *

6:30pm School Library

Gentle Yoga *

OK Falls Zen Centre Mon/Fri 9:30am

Service to Summerland available on the Summerland Transit System. Visit www.bctransit.com .


New Year’s Day!

February 6th ~ Last Day for Free BC Transit Service for OK Falls - Free Jan 19 - Feb 6! * February 7th ~ To Mexico With Love 2015 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser * February 9th ~ BC Family Day Holiday February 14th ~ 5th Annual Valentine’s Dinner at the 1912 with Flambé Catering *


use offensive or abusive language on the bus

Service animals that are certified are allowed on public transit at all times. You may be asked to produce your Guide Animal Certificate.

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Plan your trip! Visit: enter the street in front of or directly behind a wwstopped w.bctransit.com bus – make sure traffic can see you


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January 2015 Community Calendar

Catholic Mass 11:30am

run after or hit the side of a moving bus

Service Animals

For more information, please contact Denise Melenka 250-490-4215 or Tom Siddon 250-809-2548

General Meeting at 1pm

Never stand in the street or sit on the curb when the bus approaches

11:35Did 11:38you 11:42know? 11:45 — 11:50 Transit is available for Transit Routes Transit Routes 4:08 — 4:11 4:14 4:19 4:22 5:38 — 5:41 5:44 5:49 5:52 and Schedules and Schedules residents on the west side of Skaha Lake


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

if you are using a wheelchair, be sure it is equipped with a lap belt. Not all types of mobility devices fit on a bus or have the proper securements. Customers using wheelchairs or scooters can call 250·492·5602 for a demonstration.

Plan your trip! Visit: Plan your trip! Visit: through the South Okanagan Transit System. ww w.bctransit.com ww w.bctransit.com

Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre


be a good neighbour – yelling or loud music on the bus can be distracting for the driver and other passengers


7th Ave and Birch



hold on while the bus is in motion

allow your children to stand or kneel on the seat while riding the bus

Plan your trip! Visit: Monday to Friday ww w.bctransit.com OA OP OS OK


Church Services*

take a seat as soon as possible after boarding

• 5 Loops within OkanaganTransit Falls. Trip Planner Trip Planner 21 OK Falls Town Local


Call 250.490.6951 or skahamatters@telus.net

have your correct fare ready before boarding


Special Community Meeting Re: OK Falls Parks *

2 Blood Donor Clinic * Penticton Senior Centre

OK Falls Legion #227* Jan 1 / 2 / 29 / 30 1:30-5:30pm New Year Party 2-8pm

Kaleden Women’s Weekly Drop-in *


Kaleden Church Wednesdays 1-4pm



New Exercise Classes Thursdays 9am

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

Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm

Carpet Bowling Wed 1pm

Chair Yoga *


OK Falls Zen Centre Wednesdays 9:30am

15 16 Bonfire Party * 17 Pioneer Park 4-7pm Skaha Matters OK Falls Legion #227* Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm OK Falls Senior Centre* Submission Deadline Drop-in Bingo 1pm


OK Falls Legion #227* Robbie Burns Night

Society AGM

OK Falls Legion #227* Fun Time with Hotdogs, Horse Racing & More! Sundays 1pm

NEW BC Transit Service for Okanagan Falls *

OK Falls Senior Centre* Tuesday Bingo at 1pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month

Free from Jan 19- Feb 6




OK Falls Legion #227* General Meeting at 7pm


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

Mondays Crib at 1pm

Kaleden Library Tues 10am Begins Jan 27th


Family Storytime * OK Falls Library Wednesdays 1:30pm Begins Jan 21st

OK Falls Legion #227*

Live Entertainment 6:30pm



OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre* Thursdays Scrabble 10am, Thursdays Bridge 1pm & Thursdays Crib 7pm

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

“Learn To Fish”


Kid’s Event on Yellow Lake

Family Literacy Day * Cherry Lane Mall

League Darts Wed 7pm


Pharmasave’s Customer Appreciation Day *

OK Falls Senior Centre* Living the Dream P-1* Tuesdays Pool 6:30pm


OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227*

OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Senior Centre* Shuffleboard Tue/Thur 1pm

OK Falls Senior Centre 7pm South Skaha Housing


Pancake Breakfast 8-10am

Live Entertainment & Food

OK Falls Rec Centre 7pm


3 OK Falls Senior Centre*

OK Falls Rec Centre 7:30pm

29 Blood Donor Clinic *

Penticton Senior Centre Jan 1 / 2 / 29 / 30 1:30-5:30pm

30 Lego Night *

Kaleden Library

31 OK Falls Legion #227*

Drop-in Darts Saturdays 1pm


January 2015


Happy New Year to all the residents of Area ‘D’! I’d like to start this second chapter in my mandate as Director by thanking you for your confidence and for re-electing me on November 15th. The newly elected Board of Directors for the Regional District convened on December 11th. With 8 of the 18 members on the Board sitting for the first time, it should make for an interesting and enjoyable year. The Board re-elected Mark Pendergraft as Tom Siddon their Chairperson for the coming term and Director of Michael Brydon as Chair of the Hospital RDOS Area ‘D’ District. Congratulations to both of these two gentlemen on accepting the challenge. As we enter a new year, it is also a timely moment to express my gratitude to our Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Bill Newell; to our several program managers at the RDOS and to the countless staff and outside workers who diligently maintain the services that the Regional District is mandated to deliver on your behalf. These folks, including our Area ‘D’ clerk Denise Melenka, our Economic Development Co-ordinator John Powell, and Alternate Director Tom Styffe, have provided outstanding service to the electors of the area during my past three years as your representative.

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Negotiations are presently underway to secure the necessary parcels of land required to build the proposed park. Simultaneously, and arising from discussions of options for the revitalization of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre, I have been urged by many residents during recent months to explore the possibility of the RDOS acquiring the last available privately-owned parcel of lakeshore property in Okanagan Falls, this being the former Lamb family campground site located at the foot of Willow Street. Acquiring this parcel will allow the RDOS to complete the Heritage Walk along the Skaha lakeshore from Lions Park to Main Street, as was envisaged in the Park development concept plan proposed by my predecessor, former Director Bill Schwarz. A conditional agreement to purchase this property, subject to financing, was successfully concluded on Friday, December 19th.

To this end, and in the spirit of open public discussion, I am calling a Special Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 13th, at the OK Falls Senior’s Centre to outline these two projects, with a financial proposal for achieving them. Together with our existing park acquisition reserves, the RDOS will need to borrow additional moneys in order to proceed with these two projects. The estimated additional funds needed to finance and complete these projects will be about $750,000. When amortized over a period of 20 years, the cost to each registered property would average approximately $25 - $40 per year (or about $2 - $3 per month). I can assure all taxpayers that no decision will be made to proceed with these projects unless there is an affirmative vote taken by referendum. Please come out and participate in the discussion on Budget Preparation for 2015 ~ At this time of year our Financial Tuesday, January 13th. Services Manager, Sandy Croteau, is busy compiling all of the financial Some Final News Items: line-items to maintain our departmental services, infrastructure costs • The Citizen’s Advisory Committee for sewer extension to and external agency expenses at reasonable levels for the 2015 Kaleden and Skaha Estates met informally with our engineering financial year. As always, our commitment as Board Directors is to consultants on Wednesday, November 26th to review progress keep our eye on the financial bottom line and to protect the taxpayers on design options. from unnecessary tax increases. This process started with our first • The Area D-1 OCP Review Committee held their first meeting full budget meeting on December 18th, and will continue through with RDOS Planning Staff on Friday, December 19th. There is numerous public and Board level discussions to “sharpen” our still room for a few more residents to join this project. financial projections over the next couple of months. This will include • A great Community Christmas Event, organized by Stan and Lana a public budget workshop in Area ‘D’ in mid-February. The budget is Maber, was held in downtown OK Falls on Saturday, December where we prioritize our projects and citizen input can still have a big 6th. Congratulations Stan and Lana, and to all your volunteers impact on what we do in 2015, so please come out. and sponsors, for a job well done! Kaleden News ~ On Tuesday, December 16th, I met with the • Our Age-Friendly Steering Committee, under the capable Kaleden Recreation Commission to discuss their budget priorities leadership of Janet Black has won a second $20,000 grant from for 2015 and to review the continuing upgrades to the Kaleden Hall, the UBCM Senior’s Support Initiative. This grant will be used to the kitchen, and parks and recreational facilities. Our RDOS Parks/ hire an age-friendly project coordinator and to develop workshops Facilities Coordinator, Justin Shuttleworth, also reported that work and services for seniors in OK Falls. Great work Janet, by you would be continuing on the Lakehill Road pedestrian walkway and and your team! the KVR Trail during the first half of 2015. These projects have been • The new Band Shell Construction Project in Centennial Park is delayed in recent months due to additional design requirements. now underway. A big bouquet to the Women’s Institute and Band Shell Committee for getting the contract awarded to Greyback Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec ~ The Parks & Rec Commission held Construction. And, thanks to our MLA Linda Larson for helping its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 17th. Four push this project “over the top” with a generous last minute grant existing members were re-elected for additional 2 year terms; five other from the Provincial government. incumbents will continue for one more year. Commission Chair Mike Pearce gave his annual report on the excellent work our Commission Well folks, that is enough to get 2015 off and running. and staff have done in 2014 to maintain our beautiful parks and Happy New Year! popular recreation programs for the benefit of the community. Mike Pearce then announced that he would be stepping down from his position as Chair. After a short discussion, Vice Chair Don Clark was unanimously acclaimed as Chairperson for 2015. A Special Public Meeting on Parks is scheduled for Tuesday, Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ // tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca January 13th ~ During the past several months, I and RDOS staff 250-809-2548 // Penticton Office - 250-490-4215 // www.rdos.bc.ca have been working with the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Resident’s Association on a plan to develop a long-anticipated neighborhood park in Heritage Hills. Last October I arranged for the HH/LH Park Committee to present their preliminary concept plan to the Okanagan Falls Parks and Rec Commission. This was necessary, because the new park will be located in the OK Falls service area.

Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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January 2015

Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office

with John Powell Happy New Year to one and all. I hope that 2015 brings great things to you and yours. As we embark on a new year, the implementation of our Economic Development Action Plan remains a priority for the Economic Development Office. I will continue to introduce, implement and build upon identified economic development programs that support our existing businesses and communities and work to attract new investors. I will continue to work hard to attract new businesses to the area, particularly to the former Weyerhaeuser site and to Okanagan Falls’ Town Centre. Few communities can boast the amount of commercial and industrial land that Okanagan Falls can. Therefore, Okanagan Falls is in a position to provide an antidote to Okanagan businesses that are faced with the dilemma of wanting to stay in the valley, but also needing space in order to grow and prosper. We remain committed to finding a developer/businesses that are willing to take over the entire Weyerhaeuser property. It is the expressed wish of Weyerhaeuser, the current owners, to keep the entire 130 acres intact rather than sell-off smaller parcels of land. It is important that I continue to hear from businesses that are exploring the option of relocating to the Weyerhaeuser site, as demand will help us to negotiate how the site is eventually sold. As a major regional economic growth hub, Okanagan Falls has a great deal to offer the South Okanagan and Similkameen (SOS) region. I have, therefore, invested a considerable amount of time working with other South Okanagan and Similkameen communities to position Okanagan Falls prominently within the wider region. As a small community, I have long since embraced the principle that Okanagan Falls and Area “D” has a stronger voice participating as part of a region than it can have when standing on its own. This principle permeates through much of the work that I have undertaken throughout 2014. In recent months, I, together with my Economic Development counterparts in other nearby communities, several Chambers of Commerce’s, Okanagan College, Community Futures and the Provincial Government have been successfully working as a consortium on projects that will benefit the entire region, as well as the individual communities within it. It has become very evident that many of the challenges that we are addressing in Area “D” are also being faced in other communities in the Okanagan-Similkameen. Working as a region avoids duplication, pools our resources and gets all of us a better “bang for our buck”.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to review and update the Kaleden/Apex Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area ‘D-1’. This plan covers all of Area “D” to the West of Skaha Lake. For further information, please visit www.okfalls.ca. Working with individual businesses to deal with immediate challenges is something that I do on an ongoing basis. One of the questions I get asked by these businesses relates to business start-up and development grants. These types of grants are generally far less abundant than business loans, which means that when I come across grants that I believe are worth sharing, I do so. Here is a couple: Canada-BC Jobs Grant which is open to any company (large or small, profit and not-for-profit) that could use some financial assistance in training employees. This program will assist in covering a whole host of training related costs. The website has an online application form with a 30 day turn around and a growing pot of money over the next few years. http://www. workbc.ca/canadabcjobgrant Buy Local Program Funding is now available and applications are being accepted. Please visit their website (http://www.iafbc. ca/funding_available/programs/buylocal/default.htm) for more info and to learn how to apply for funding. Applications are being accepted now. Please feel free to contact Willow Minaker Tel: 250-356-9453 | Fax: 250-514-6801 | email: willow.minaker@gov. bc.ca for more information. If you want to discuss items raised in this article, find out more about the role of the Economic Development Office, talk about the work I’m currently doing, get assistance with RDOS-related matters or other related questions, please contact John Powell, Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator at 778.515.5520 or jpowell@rdos.bc.ca

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A big THANK YOU to everyone for their support over the last year. We truly enjoyed meeting each and every one of you and look forward to continuing to help out with storage needs in the community. Wishing you all a successful and prosperous 2015. Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location

We are accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the OK Falls Helping Hand all year long. Anytime you have a little extra to share, come on by and donate to a local worthy cause that needs your support. Help us help those a little less fortunate throughout the year.


Winter Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-4:00 & Sat 10:00-3:30 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls



In-Store Bakery, Deli and Meat Department Wide Selection of Fresh Produce

Your Local Grocer ... Proud to Serve our Community! Closed New Years Day Open 8-7 Jan 2&3, then Open 8-8 Daily! 250.497.5818

5350 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls


January 2015

RCMP Community Report with Sgt Rick Dellebuur, Penticton RCMP Despite warnings and knowing better, people continue to leave themselves exposed to theft. A “break in and theft” attacks the very core belief that one’s home is a safe haven, somewhere safe shared only with family and friends. Along with the property and monetary loss, there is also the loss of feeling secure and a violation of your privacy. Still people don’t take simple steps to secure themselves against becoming victims of break ins and theft. We have experienced an increase of such activity in the area, and while all break ins and thefts cannot be prevented, certainly there are steps that you can take to prevent some and at very least reduce the impact on yourself. If you leave your snowmobiles / ATVs on an unsecured trailer, you are just inviting someone to simply hook up and drive away. If you leave your vehicle running or with the keys in same, you are again inviting someone to take a ride. Leaving your home unlocked or protected with poor quality locks on the doors and windows only further helps the thieves. The old saying that locks only keep out honest people may be true to some extent, but most thieves are lazy opportunists that look for the easiest targets, so the trick is not to make it easy and thus “lock it or lose it”. Theft victims often have very little description of what was taken and certainly seldom have serial numbers or identifying marks on the property stolen. Police need some way of identifying property, if they are going to be successful at locating and returning property. People need to record serial numbers, a description such as make, model, colour and where possible engrave their driver’s licence number on valuable items and tools. Police often find known thieves in possession of property believed to be stolen, and yet cannot prove that the property is stolen. However, if people were to simply record their serial numbers and where possible engrave their driver’s licence number on the item, as in this example: BCDL 123456, then if the item is ever stolen they can provide this information to the police. Police in turn can now enter the property with make, model, serial number and/or the owners BC driver’s licence number on the police computer. Police routinely check property serial numbers and identifying numbers on the computer to see if it is entered on the system as stolen. If it is, we quickly know the owner, when and where it was stolen and if anything else was also taken. This gives police the legal authority to seize the property and return it to the owner. It also helps in prosecuting the thieves. A BC licence number is very easy for police to check and get the particulars on licence holder, unlike a Social Insurance Number, which was the number that many placed on property in the past. We will be far more successful in locating your Red Honda 2000 watt generator with serial number 123456 & BCDL 3456789, than we will be in locating your generator simply described as a Red Honda. In conclusion, people need to secure their property and homes to limit the opportunity for thieves, as well as a better inventory and means of identifying their property in the event of a theft. The harder it is for the thief to access your property, the more likely they will go somewhere else to ply their trade. The better identifiable your property, the better chance the police have in catching the thief and returning your property. If you would like more information on how you can better protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft or home security, please contact Penticton RCMP Community Policing at 250-492-4300.

Kim Harris

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

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Sue's Gardening Happy New Year To All!

A special “Thank You” to those that used my services this past year. I look forward to serving you in the Spring! From Sue Upton of Sue’s Gardening

25 Years Experience Free Estimates 250-809-5499

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

with Bob Daly, OFID Chair The Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Trustees and Staff spent the December 2014 meeting reviewing the Districts’ work and accomplishments through 2014. During 2014, the Irrigation District has: expanded the number of committees in order to share the workload among the Trustees and to better utilize their skills and knowledge; begun a handbook of policies and procedures to ensure consistency in its’ operation; worked to improve communications with the public, Interior Health and other agencies; developed a model for budget planning for 1/5/10 years; continued to update the Emergency Response Plan; and, undergone a review of operations and administration to guide the District toward further improvement. The Board and Staff, along with our engineering firm Focus Corporation, have spent a good deal of the past year reviewing the infrastructure and operation of the system. We have identified a number of long-term necessary projects including upgrades to the water distribution system and fire flows, and repair and replacement of aging parts of the system. New Well in Upper Zone ~ The Board has begun the installation of a new well and pumping station, complete with emergency power on a site on Maple Street. This will reduce the stress on some of our older wells and will enable operation in the event of a major power failure. This project is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2015. Operations and Administration Review ~ This past September, the Board initiated a review of operations and administration by Agua Consulting of Kelowna in order to guide the District in its planning and improvement. The report was recently received. The Report finds the District to be appropriately staffed with an Administrator who is knowledgeable and well-organized and a competent and experienced Operator who is carrying out the necessary works and maintenance for the District. Recommendations include: adopting Operating Principles that will guide and determine the quality of the decisions made by the Board; considering a digital filing system to improve the security of records; investigating software accounting packages applicable to a small utility; establishing a website to better inform the public; streamlining operator planning to maximize use of time; establishing an ongoing annual work plan as a guideline of the work that needs to be done over each year; and continuing to strive for improvement. The “Operations and Administration Review” and Emergency Response Plan” are available for reading at the Irrigation District Office.


Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca P: 250-770-2951 C: 778-931-0461 W: dklmobilelaw.ca


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January 2015

Heritage Hills / Lakeshore Highlands Christmas 2014 Update

Submitted by Doug and Susan Lychak, Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Homeowner’s Association On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Homeowner’s Association held their Annual General Meeting and Christmas Social at the OK Falls Seniors Centre. We had our largest turnout ever. Thank you to all new and existing members for their participation and generosity. Non-perishable food items were collected for donation to the OK Falls Helping Hand and a Christmas Basket was raffled off to raise funds for a financial donation. $150 was raised from the raffle and Joyce Devlin and Wendy Lane delivered the food and our cheque to Vera Gilbert of Helping Hand on Thursday, December 4th (see photo below). We wish to take this opportunity of wishing all a very happy and safe Holiday Season and all the best in 2015.

“Happy New Year” To Twin Lakes Area

The Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society (GTLASS) extends best wishes to all for a healthy and happy 2015! GTLASS’s mandate is to protect our area’s natural resources and inhabitants. In keeping with Environment Canada’s statement, “Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations”, GTLASS and the Lower Nipit Improvement District support development in the Greater Twin Lake area provided it is sustainable. Please join our dynamic membership in responsible stewardship of the Greater Twin Lake area! Visit www.gtlass.ca or for further information, please call 250-497-8550. For the Position Statement facts, issues and studies, please see the Lower Nipit Improvement District Facebook site.

NOW RECRUITING! Paid On Call Positions Now Available! Call 250.497.8231 or kaledenfire@shaw.ca

HOUSECLEANER ~ $25/hr Vera Gilbert (centre) of the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand receives $150 donation, along with non-perishable food items, from the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Homeowner’s Association on December 4th. Thank you for your support!

Reliable Experienced Trustworthy References Available

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Celebrating 25 Years! 1990 - 2015

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January 2015

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Winter Walking Safety ... Staying Fall Free This Winter

Okanagan Falls Winery Association Recycles For Charity!

Courtesy of the Ministry of Health

Winter weather can make for wary walking conditions and unexpected falls, but with some prevention and planning, injuries can be avoided. Falls outdoors are a particular health concern for older adults at this time of year, when winter weather and less daylight can have an impact on mobility. “Falling can result in bruises, sprains, and more serious injuries like broken bones or concussions, all of which can significantly impact long term health – particularly for seniors,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “Taking steps to avoid an unexpected slip or trip may take a few extra minutes, but will have a strong influence on our health down the road.” Each year, one in three BC seniors experience at least one fall. Data from last winter indicates that over 260,000 British Columbians over the age of 65 will experience at least one fall this winter. “Falls are a common cause of injury for older adults and the main reason seniors lose their independence,” said Michelle Stilwell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Healthy Living and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors. “Being proactive with health and safety is an invaluable investment in ourselves.” People of all ages can experience falls; these tips can help everyone to stay fall-free this winter: • Eat foods high in Vitamin D and calcium and/or take supplements to get the recommended daily intake, both play an important role for muscular strength and bone health. • Wear footwear with non-slip tread and add ice-grippers over your footwear when the temperature is below freezing. • Take a cell phone with you – it is a good way to let people know your plans and call for assistance if needed. • Choose cleared sidewalks and well-lit routes. • Avoid carrying objects that are too heavy or bulky and may cause you to lose your balance. • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough time to get to your destination without rushing. • Stay active with strengthening and balance exercises that can be done inside or out. Strong muscles and bones are important in preventing falls and getting around safely. • Ask for assistance or tap into community resources. The Better at Home program provides support with day-to-day tasks to help increase seniors’ independence such as transportation to appointments or shovelling the walk. • Have a plan – if you experienced a fall, what would you do? Knowing your next steps can assist in getting help as quickly as possible and may even save your life. • Ask yourself if you are at risk – check your risk for falling with the Staying Independent fall risk assessment tool: www.seniorsbc. ca/stayingindependent “Falls are no accident and most are preventable. It is imperative we take action to identify older adults at greatest risk for falls and intervene with known effective programs,” said Heather McKay, director of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. “Consulting with your primary care physician or nurse practitioner about falls prevention programs in your community, has been shown to reduce falls by as much as 50%.” During Seniors’ Fall Prevention Awareness week, the Ministry of Health announced a $4.5 million grant through the Provincial Health Services Authority to the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility for programs to help prevent falls and hip fractures in older adults and enhance mobility though early intervention. Information on falls prevention can be found at: www.SeniorsBC.ca/ stayingindependent. For more information on Better at Home, visit: www.betterathome.ca.

Throughout the 2014 winery tasting room season, all of the wineries belonging to the Okanagan Falls Winery Association recycled the empty bottles from their tasting rooms with the help of local Appleton Waste Services. Once a week, the bottles would be collected from the wineries, counted, and the bottle deposits tallied. On December 5th, the money from those bottle deposits were donated to the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. The Helping Hand provides and distributes Christmas Hampers to low income families in the community, provides apples twice-weekly at the local Elementary School, provides Emergency Hampers throughout the year and supports the Breakfast Program at the local Elementary School. A cheque for $983.60 was presented to the Helping Hand from the Okanagan Falls Winery Association and Appleton Waste Services.

Okanagan Falls Winery Association presents the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand with a cheque for $983.60 from recycling bottles from the winery membership’s tasting rooms in 2014. In photo above from left to right - Roland Kruger of Wild Goose Winery, Vera Gilbert of Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, Rock Appleton of Appleton Waste Services, and Ian MacDonald of Liquidity Wines. For more information on Okanagan Falls Winery Association, visit www.ofwa.ca, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Update By Kim Denis, Commission Member Bonfire Party in Pioneer Park ~ You are invited to a Bonfire Party in Pioneer Party on Saturday, January 17th from 4 - 7 pm. If there is “ice” on the rink, bring your skates. If not, we will party in the park! Bring your roasting sticks to cook Hotdogs and Smores. Enjoy hot drinks, sing along with the DJ music by Mike, and play fun games like hula hooping, conga line dancing, and red light - green light. Remember to dress weather appropriate, wear helmets if you are on the ice, and dress up in something crazy and creative for some extra funny times! If you have comments or suggestions, please find us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.


10 Ways To Stay Active This Winter By Michelle Stilwell, Parliamentary Secretary for Healthy Living

“As an elite athlete, I understand that the dark and cold winter months can take their toll on our motivation to stay active. It is tempting to stay inside and curl up, but there are plenty of things we can do indoors and out to get the recommended amount of daily activity and keep feeling our best. Here are 10 ways to keep active this season. 1. Set small, achievable goals, such as running on the spot during the commercials of your favourite TV show or committing to walking 20 minutes a day. Whatever it is, the sooner you commit to it, the sooner you will feel the benefits. 2. Create an activity calendar for a month, with daily goals - such as going for a swim or playing a game of tag. If you have kids, ask them to help create the goals.

3. Keep it simple and just go for a short walk! It doesn’t have to be outdoors - find a local community centre with a running track, pop 2nd Public Budget Informational Meeting on Tuesday, January into a mall, or walk around your office building with co-workers. 6th from 7 - 8 pm ~ We invite the public to the Kaleden Community Any opportunity to rack up the recommended 10,000 steps a day Hall to hear the updated 2015 budget draft. This is the last meeting is a good one. to give input into the operating and capital budget. And while there, you can have a look at the newly renovated kitchen. It is ready for 4. Visiting a friend out of town? Pack your workout gear and make a point of joining them at their gym/workout class. public use. If you know of anyone planning a special event that needs meeting space, kitchen facilities or a wedding venue, please direct 5. Embrace the cold and snow. Make a day of it or just take an them to the Kaleden Parks and Recreation “Facilities” page at www. hour. Bundle up and go tobogganing, build a snowman, try kal-rec.ca. Or phone 250-488-0260 and speak with Jodie, the Kalsnowshoeing or hit the mountains to go skiing. Rec Coordinator. 6. Involve the kids. Children need between 60 and 180 minutes of physical activity a day, so try joining them for a game in the Exercise Really Does A Body Good ~ Make 2015 backyard. Enjoy a family walk after dinner to check out the holiday the year you enjoy more fitness, socializing and decorations in your neighbourhood. join in the fun of our regular Community Programs. We have Floor Hockey Monday Nights; Girl Guides 7. Get the whole family together and have a dance party. Crank the Wednesday Nights; Badminton Wednesday Nights; Volleyball tunes and have fun while you do the dishes! Thursday Nights; and Pickle Ball Tuesday Nights, plus Thursday and 8. Use the Internet. While more screen time is not usually associated Saturday mornings. Visit the Kal-Rec website for more information with active living, you can use it to learn the basics of a new under “Happenings” for the contact persons and phone numbers for dance, yoga or tai chi to find out if you like it before committing to each of the above. Check out our “Calendar” page on www.kal-rec.ca formal instruction or classes. for all the regular scheduled reservations. 9. Check out your local parks and recreation centre. They have New Signs ~ Did you notice that we now have another way for you to activities to suit all ages, budgets and schedules - allowing you to hear about what is happening in the community? There are two new be active and meet new people. sandwich boards on Ash Avenue and Larch Avenue. 10. Looking for more? Call our friends at the Physical Activity Line 1 Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal 877 725-1149, a free phone line and online resource for credible Gift Certificates Available! physical activity and healthy living information.

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“Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week in sessions of 10 minutes or more. That’s just over 20 minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like much, but those 20 minutes can help reduce the risk of premature death, heart disease and stroke among other health benefits, and be fun. “Through the Healthy Families BC framework, government continues to focus on keeping British Columbians healthy by addressing health prevention issues such as chronic disease, unhealthy eating and tobacco use. For more information and tips on how to stay active visit: www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca” For an audio clip of Parliamentary Secretary Michelle Stilwell speaking about staying active in the winter months, please visit: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov/minister-stilwell-staying-active-duringthe-winter-december-23-2014/s-RyhGs

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250.497.8188 info@okfalls.net www.okfalls.net Your 2015 Winter Program and Schedule of Events is on the website. Flyers available at the office.

Winter Programs At-A-Glance ~ Something For Everyone! KIDS/TEENS Monday Urban Dance 2:45-3:45 pm Jan 12th - Feb 23rd Youth & Teen Leadership Club Day and Time TBA Please Note: Pre-registration is required on ALL programs not noted as drop-in. ADULTS


Gentle Yoga (mixed levels) 9:30-10:45 am Spin & Sculpt Max 7 guests 5:00-6:15 pm Please Note: Pre-register for adult classes on-line to ensure your space.

Tuesday Cartwheel Club Pre-school 2:45-3:30 pm K-6 3:45-4:45 pm Jan 13th - Feb 3rd Adventures in Art 2:45-3:45 pm Feb 10, 17th & 24th Junior Artists 4:00-5:00 pm Jan 13th - Mid March

Wednesday $ Twoonie Gym Drop-in - All ages (parent participation) 2:45-4:00 pm Jan 14th - March 11th Ballet Age 3-4 3:00-3:30 pm Age 5-6 3:30-4:00 pm Jan 14th - March 11th

Tuesday Gentle Fit ~ 9:30-10:30 am Group Fitness ~ 5-6 pm (Hand Weights and Circuit) Please Note: All programs start back the week of January 5th.

Wednesday Spin 6:00-7:00 am Chair Yoga (Mostly seated) 9:30-10:30 am

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2nd Age Friendly Grant Awarded!

Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation and the RDOS are happy to announce that Okanagan Falls is the recipient of a second $20,000 UBCM Age Friendly Grant. This will enable the Age Friendly Steering Committee to engage a part-time coordinator in 2015 to develop a communication tool / resource directory and to implement other priorities as determined in the Age-Friendly Plan. As well, older adults can watch for a series of workshops next year on a variety of healthy living and educational topics. If there is someone you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, contact Janet or Nancy at info@okfalls.net or 250-497-8188.

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January 1st / 2nd & 29th / 30th 1:30-5:30 pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre 2965 South Main Street in Penticton

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

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Thursday Floor Curling 4:00-5:00 pm Jan 15th - 29th Kids Club 4:00-5:00 pm Drop-in Feb 5th - March 5th Youth & Teen Basketball 2:30-3:30 pm Jan 15 - Feb 19th Thursday Gentle Fit ~ 9:30-10:30 am Spin and Sculpt ~ 5-6 pm Yoga with Marsha (Mixed Levels - Not Beginner) 6:45-8:00 pm PICKLE-BALL ~ By request for Groups of 4 or more

Friday Fit-Kidz Gymnastics Club Demo 6:00-8:30 Jan 23rd Early Dismissal - Fabric Art 12:00-2:30 Jan 28th Magic Show ~ 6:00-8:30 Feb 20th Early Dismissal Bounce House 12:00-2:30 Feb 25th Youth & Teen Events: Lacrosse ~ Jan 9th 7-9 pm Vee’s Game ~ Jan 23 TBA Floor Curling ~ Feb 6th 7-9 pm Apex Tubing ~ Feb 27th TBA Friday Gentle (Dru) Yoga 9:30-10:45 am Watch for our Sampler Series: Fantastic Fitness Classes with Special Guests!

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

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree at 250-497-5572 or Janet at 250-497-5521

Ballet Classes At OK Falls Recreation Centre with Roberta Meakin, Ballet Instructor

I have had a great Fall session of Ballet Classes here in OK Falls. Lots of returning students and a few new ones as well. My Winter session of classes begins Wednesday, January 14th and goes until Wednesday, March 16th. I will be offering Tiny Toes Dance for those preschool students aged 3-5 years, as well as offering my Pre-primary Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance program for those students age 5 (Kindergarten) to age 7. For any older students wishing to take Ballet from me, I offer classes in Oliver at their Rec Centre on Tuesdays and in Penticton on Fridays, or you can contact me directly at 250- 4923287 with your questions. All classes are taught in a safe and caring atmosphere. The New Year is a perfect opportunity to give a little one the gift of imagination, music and movement. I look forward to seeing all my regular students and welcoming new ones as well. Happy New Year!

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What would you like in 2015? By Wendy MacKay

December was busy enjoying family, connecting with friends and planning for 2015. I would like to personally wish everyone a very Happy and Successful New Year! Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions? There’s been a lot of controversy as to how successful they are, but my opinion is it’s always good to be setting intentions for improvements. So even if it only shifts your mind for a moment, it’s a start. Last year I made a resolution or ‘set an intention’ to consciously and consistently let go of my own drama. In other words, I chose to stop making excuses, feeling sorry for myself or blaming others for the lack of anything I want. Whether it’s optimal health, financial abundance, daily happiness or career success, I take full responsibility for my thoughts, actions and everything I attract ... good, bad, right or wrong. I choose not to criticize, blame or hold a grudge. Every day I will intentionally learn something new. Some days are frustrating, others are inspiring, but all are the result of my own actions. I am empowered and what happens to me is the result of how I think, what I do and how I feel. No thing, no one and no circumstance happens to me unless I allow it. I have slipped up regularly over the year, but I am making progress. I will continue to change my old habits and beliefs and with the love and patience of family and friends I will be a better person. What would you like in 2015? Are there any changes or habits you would like to break to have a more empowered life? Will you stay focused daily on your intention, so you make consistent change? If you slip up, will you persist and get back on track? Why not deliberately decide how you want to evolve? If your life feels abundant and happy, how can you share what you have? What you share could be knowledge, material possessions, inspiration, time, money or even a smile. Start thinking about what you can give instead of get. Could you make a difference every day in some small way? Together we can make a difference. Let’s make 2015 the best year ever! I have a fun retreat coming up in March going to Sedona, Arizona for one week. If you would like to join me, please call for information at 250-497-8168.

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Preventing Colds and Flu Naturally: What the Science Says

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Certain vitamin, herbs, and minerals have immune stimulating and anti-viral effects. Population studies show that most people are deficient in particular vital nutrients required to stave off viral respiratory illnesses, such as colds, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and even pneumonia. These deficiencies are generally more severe in the winter months due to a lowered exposure to sunlight, as well as other factors which may include lower mood and activity levels and perhaps less consumption of fresh foods. Some simple things everyone can accomplish to keep the immune system strong this time of year are as follows: Supplement daily with: • Vitamin D3: Vitamin D deficiency may be the greatest cause of seasonal colds and flu. During the colder seasons and at higher latitudes our bodies produce much less Vitamin D, because of lowered skin exposure to direct sunlight. A large study involving 19,000 Americans showed that those individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds and flu. The risk was even greater in those with chronic respiratory disorders, such as Asthma. It is now known that adults can safely consume 5000 IU daily from September through May. (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Feb 23;169(4):384-90. Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral Vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous Vitamin C is an effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous Vitamin C has cured viral infections, which can be debilitating and even life threatening such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flu. Orally take 1000 mg daily. Citrus or berry bioflavonoid compounds have added benefit towards immune stimulation and symptom prevention. • Zinc: Taking supplemental Zinc at the first signs of a cold or flu can cut down the time of the illness significantly, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. Take 75 mg daily in a lozenge form once symptoms have started, or 30 mg daily preventively. (Cochrane database review of 15 randomized control trials with 1360 participants: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001364/ ARI_zinc-for-the-common-cold) • Vitamin A: This vitamin also shows promise as an anti-viral agent. It inactivates viruses, stimulates the immune system, and protects the mucus membranes of the respiratory track from viral invasion. 10,000 IU daily is safe and effective. Single treatments with much higher doses (100,000-200,000 IU) have shown benefit in treating upper respiratory viral illnesses and childhood viral illnesses, such as Chicken Pox and Measles. • Selenium: This mineral is deficient in processed foods and has become increasingly deficient in soils that grow our food. Selenium plays a role in immune function and improves liver function. Taking 200 mcg daily seems prudent. • Probiotics (and avoiding excessive use of antibiotics): Ensuring a healthy population of intestinal bacteria is one of the best ways to keep the immune system strong and functional. 80% of our immune function stems from these healthy bacteria. I often observe less inflammation and infection in people with healthy bowel flora. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy balance of

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PH: 250-497-6681 www.chelationokanagan.com microbes and it is therefore recommended that with any course of antibiotics, probiotics be administered concurrently and for several weeks afterwards. The following herbs all help to prevent and treat colds and flu: Garlic, Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry Syrup, and Oregano Oil. These can be taken as directed. Also, a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum works wonders when used at the onset of a cold or flu. It can stop the development of these illnesses, if taken near the beginning. It comes in little sugar granules, which dissolve easily under the tongue (great for children). And last but not least, the food we eat contributes greatly to immunity. The most significant dietary contributor to seasonal viral infections is sugar. By reducing sugar (and grain carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body), the immune system remains robust and highly functioning. Studies clearly show that refined sugar lowers levels of immune cells in the blood stream. And of course as always, ramp up your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, healthy oils, and lean protein. Unfortunately, often prevention is left up to the Flu vaccine alone. But to rely on this method is unwise, considering the latest evidence for its relative lack of effectiveness. A review of the science states the following: “The preventive effect of parenteral inactivated influenza vaccine on healthy adults is small: at least 40 people would need vaccination to avoid one ILI (Influenza-like-illness) case (95% confidence interval (CI) 26 to 128) and 71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.” - See more at: http:// summaries.cochrane.org/CD001269/ARI_vaccines-to-preventinfluenza-in-healthy-adults#sthash.E9KHtt5n.dpuf For more science supporting the natural methods which effectively prevent and treat seasonal colds and flu, contact my office. I have included some of the most relevant research here, but space limits the printing of all research references.

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Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation presents ...

“Living the Dream Part 1”


Sailing down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic, around the UK, the rivers of France and the Mediterranean Sea with Aubrey and Judy Millard. Attend a Free Slide Presentation showcasing their 16 years of life aboard a 32 foot sailboat.

Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 pm Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gymnasium

Above: Aubrey and Judy aboard VELEDA IV They will show slides and talk about: • Their voyage from Toronto down the Mississippi, across the Atlantic Ocean to England • Up the Seine River to Paris • The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona to Tunisia, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt • The Black Sea from Istanbul to Sevastopol • The Canal du Midi from the Mediterranean to Bordeaux • Their second crossing from the Canaries and Cape Verdes to Antigua and the Caribbean • They will talk about their liveaboard lifestyle for 16 years.

best A Brief Sailing Bio for Aubrey and Judy Millard ~ Aubrey Millard, a an of retired Lieutenant Commander and diving officer in the Canadian Navy and history teacher, and his wife Judy, a retired dentist and Canadian Power and Sail Squadron instructor, have been full time liveaboards mboni on Veleda IV, their 1978 Ontario 32 sloop, for 16 years. Upon Your retirement in 1998, they left Toronto, going up the Great Lakes and are of down through Chicago into the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1999 they crossed the Atlantic to northern Europe, to spend four more new years in the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea before crossing back from the Cape Verdes to Antigua. After five years in the Caribbean, they returned to Toronto via the Hudson River and the Erie Barge Canal in 2009. The next year they went out the St. Lawrence to the fjords of Newfoundland and down the eastern seaboard to Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras). Shipping Veleda from Corpus Christi, Texas to Bellingham, Washington, they have spent the last two years cruising from the San Juan and Gulf Islands to Desolation Sound, the Broughton Archipelago and further north, around Cape Caution to Rivers Inlet. Their boat is currently moored on Thetis Island for the winter, while they are house sitting in OK Falls. Contact via email to svveledaiv@hotmail.com or visit their website at www.veledaiv.ca for further information.

Happy Retirement OK Falls School Custodian Mr. Larry Luhowy!

Okanagan Falls Staff and students wish to send along their best wishes for a happy retirement to our beloved school custodian of many years, “Mr. Luhowy.” Your surprise party at the Vee’s game included a ride on the Zamboni and private box to enjoy the game with staff and friends! Your contributions to keeping our school sparkly clean and taking care of us over the years is more than appreciated! OK Falls Staff also wish to welcome Mr. Brian Trower as our new custodiam and member of our OK Falls School Team.

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The Okanagan Falls Elementary School Christmas Concert was a splendid evening with a musical performance, “Mice Before Christmas”, will all K-7 students participating.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair The Okanagan Falls PAC would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We hope your Christmas was a wonderful one. We would like to thank all the local businesses from Penticton, Apex Mountain, and Okanagan Falls, who donated items and/or baskets for our Annual Basket Raffle during the Okanagan Falls Elementary Christmas Concert. Thank you also to the ladies who volunteered their time to put all the beautiful baskets together. It was a huge success! We invite ALL parents to join us for our PAC meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available. Any questions or ideas? Call Deborah at 250-497-5384.

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

"Wishes for Health & Happiness in 2015" Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

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School District No. 53 Report with Sam Hancheroff

Christmas Events and Activities ~ There was a wealth of Christmas and winter activities taking place in our schools over the last few weeks. We hope you had an opportunity to enjoy them.

I attended the Okanagan Falls Elementary concert called “The Night before Christmas.” Once again our gymnasium was filled with The Okanagan Falls PAC would like to wish everyone a Happy New parents, grandparents, and friends. The K-7 students presented a Year. We hope your Christmas was a wonderful one. wonderful display of songs and acting. Thank you to our staff and We would like to thank all the local businesses from Penticton, Apex Principal Ms. McCall for organizing this Christmas activity. Mountain, and Okanagan Falls, who donated items and/or baskets for our Annual Basket Raffle during the Okanagan Falls Elementary DISTRICT BASED INITIATIVES Christmas Concert. Thank you also to the ladies who volunteered their Family Literacy Week is January 24-31. Family Literacy Day will time to put all the beautiful baskets together. It was a huge success! be at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton on Saturday, We invite ALL parents to join us for our PAC meetings on the first January 24th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Watch for additional literacy Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 6th activities within our schools. with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair

at 6:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available. Any Principal Lisa McCall explains the One to One Literacy Program: questions or ideas? Call Deborah at 250-497-5384. One to One is a unique children’s literacy program that provided one-to-one tutoring to children in elementary schools during regular school hours. Our trained volunteer tutor works with students who are recommended by their teachers as needing a boost in their literacy with Samantha James skills. Typically, each student spends approximately 30 minutes We are back to school on Monday, January 5th. We have the Health twice a week, in one of our two One to One reading rooms with a Nurse joining us on Monday, January 12th at 10 am. Storytime with volunteer tutor in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make Georgia is on Wednesday, January 14th at 9 am. Infant Development mistakes, and learn at their own pace. Thanks to our Okanagan Falls will be with us on Wednesday, January 21st at 10 am. Our project this Elementary One to One Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Sherry Reynolds, month is Winter. for her exceptional leadership, recruiting and training expertise. Our The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning school now has 13 volunteer tutors including: Heather Pearce, Ruell centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Smith, Jane Mavety, Linda King, Judi Wilson, Karen Washburn, Falls Elementary School and are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday Brenda Wilkins, Michele Brown, Karen Fenuik, Aubrey Millard, Judy from 8:30-11:30 am, as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30- Millard, Rose Kleb, and Sherry Reynolds. Congratulations to Heather 2:30 pm during the 2014/2015 school year. For more information, call Pearce on 25 years of One to One reading at Okanagan Falls School! If you wish to learn more or want to get involved, please contact Ms. Sam at 250-809-2802. McCall at lmccall@sd53.bc.ca.

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

OK Mini School Our M/W/F class is now full. We are currently taking names for a wait list for a T/Th class. We will not be having a raffle draw this year. OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, call 250-497-5576 or email Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca

Okanagan Falls Out of School Care

Career Programs ~ YES 2 IT in the Classroom will return from January 19-23. We encourage parents and the public to take the opportunity to visit the program when it is in their community. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Completion Rates: We have made improvements in our six-year completion rates. This informs us of the percentage of students who enter grade 8 in our system and complete the requirements for a Dogwood diploma within 6 years. Our completion rate for 201314 was 79%, which is an increase from the previous year’s 76%. Unfortunately, this figure does not take into consideration students who have left BC or students who were on a school completion certificate program. The completion rates of female students in our district improved significantly from 77% to 83%, while males have remained at 75% from the previous year. We are very proud that the completion rates for Aboriginal students was 75%, an increase from 67%. We are hopeful that this trend will continue.

Our licensed program provides a safe and caring environment for children aged 5 - 12 years. We offer care from 2:25 - 5:30 pm on days when school is in session. We offer full-time care and accept parttime and drop-in, if space is available. Pre-registration is required before children can attend the program. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. For more information, please For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-chair, School phone 250-809-7322 or email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca. District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250-497-5878.

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Kaleden Elementary School Success

Cody Thompson (above) was the winner of the Kaleden Library Gingerbread House Coloring Contest! We had 21 entries for the contest. Storytime ~ Begins on January 27th for preschoolers. Storytime is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am for children ages 2 to 5 years old. We will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, playing with puppets and meeting new friends. For more information, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066. Kids Lego Nite ~ January 30th stop by the library for more information! Pre-registration is required for this event.

The students at Kaleden Elementary spent the first three weeks of December focusing on the themes of “Taking Care of Each Other”, “Doing Your Best for a Better World”, and “The Spirit of Giving”. With these themes in mind, the school came together once again to collect and donate items to “Kaleden Cares” food donation initiative. Being a school of 100 students, the school set a goal each week to try to donate 100 food items. We kept track of the growing food donations and tally in our foyer and watching our donations grow. Each week the students reached and surpassed their goal, feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment. The Kaleden School students clearly took our December themes to heart!

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Happy New Year Everyone! We look forward to another great year! Family Storytime ~ Resumes on Wednesday, January 21st at 1:30pm. As always, this a free program featuring stories, songs and crafts. No registration required and everyone is welcome. Library Lego Night ~ Join us for our first ever Lego night! Because of a limited supply of Lego, registration is required. Bring your imaginations and your best Lego building skills. All creations will be displayed in the library. We also have a limited supply of Duplo for younger siblings to play with. Please call 250-497-5886 for date and time of our Lego Night. Free Wireless & Internet Access Computers ~ Anytime while open. Library Book Club ~ Anyone interested in a Library Book Club, please contact Georgia at the library or email at gbruyel@orl.bc.ca.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with LeeAnn Thompson, Chair Kaleden PAC

December at Kaleden Elementary School ended with a wonderful Christmas Concert, performed by many talented children. A huge thank-you to all the teachers that make this concert so special. Our Annual Bake/Cupcake Sale at the Christmas Concert was a huge success, with so many special donations from many families. PAC would like to say a big thank-you to Jody Guy, who personally baked over 150 cupcakes for the sale. This December there was also the school wide Apex Tubing trip. What a great way to say “Welcome to Christmas Break”! Kids traveled up by bus and enjoyed a day of tubing, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Many tired and happy children traveled home after the day’s events. As the New Year begins, PAC is getting organized for some fun events! Keep your eyes and ears open. Lobster Fest tickets will be on sale soon!


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Recycle Your Christmas Trees & Your Christmas Lights Give your Christmas Tree and burnt out Christmas Lights a second life this holiday season by recycling them at one of many convenient locations throughout the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Burning Christmas Trees create strong smoke due to moisture in the wood and needles. Fine particulates from smoke have been linked to respiratory and heart diseases. Any tinsel, fake snow or ornaments left on the tree will create added pollution when burnt. All landfills in the Regional District will accept, free of charge up to 500 kg (1,100 lbs), clean natural Christmas Trees free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lights. The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost. Several communities offer seasonal Christmas Tree collection or drop off programs. Here are a few close to home: •

For a donation, the Penticton Fire Fighters Local 1399 will pick up Christmas Trees from December 27 to January 18. All donations received will go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and Muscular Dystrophy charities. Penticton and West Bench residents can call 250-490-2315 to register for collection. Residents can also drop off clean natural Christmas Trees at Fire Hall #2 at 285 Dawson Ave from December 27 to January 31.

District of Summerland residents can call the Fire Hall at 250404-4088 or email sfd@summerland.ca to request collection of their Christmas Trees. For a donation Summerland Secondary students will be out collecting trees on Sunday, January 4 and Sunday, January 11. Donations go to the Summerland Secondary Dry Grad.

Town of Oliver residents can drop off Christmas Trees at the south gate of the Oliver Public Works Yard at 5971 Sawmill Road. This service will run from December 26 to Friday, January 9. This program is supported by the local Air Cadets.

Winter Fishing On Skaha Lake

By Larry Martin Skaha is still producing quality fish. As long as the boat launches are free of ice and the wind is bearable, it is worth a try. Some fishers will be using planer boards, which can extend lines as much as 30 meters to the side of the boat. If you can, visualize a water skier out to the side of a boat with one or more fishing lines attached to the tow line. Fishing from a larger boat you will be able to spread several lines out, but you are still only allowed one line per person. The boards allow a wide spread away from the boat, as some feel in winter conditions near surface fish will shy away from a boat. The boat cannot make sharp turns, so be aware if you are fishing near them. The boards are usually bright colour, some even have flags attached. There will be a kid’s ice fishing event held at Yellow Lake on January 24th. This is a “Learn to Fish” event, so no experience is necessary. If you have your own gear, you can bring it. There will be gear available on-site to try and there will be experienced fishers available to help. There is no charge for this event. Local clubs from the BC Wildlife Federation in Co-operation with the Freshwater Fisheries Society, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and other groups will be on hand. For more information, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Used Christmas lights and all other lighting equipment can also be recycled for free at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton or the T-2 Bottle Depot in Oliver. The Campbell Mountain Landfill and Oliver Landfill can also accept lighting equipment free of charge. For more information visit www.lightrecycle.ca. If you have any questions, please contact the RDOS Solid Waste Department at 250-490-4129, toll free 1-877-610-3737 ext. 4129, e-mail info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.

Above - Trout caught in Late November in Skaha Lake. Below - Samples of what a Planer Board looks like. (Photos by Rod Hennig)

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Benefits To Building An In-Law Suite

Spotlight on Volunteers!

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

Like many Canadians today who face the difficult choices of caring for an aging parent, you may be considering the popular option of adding or remodelling your home to include an in-law suite. This option is fast becoming an alternative to a nursing home, and one that may offer a little more independence to your parent or loved one. Many people are also frightened by the rising number of abuse and theft statistics that have been happening in nursing homes, and are looking for a way to care for their parent without using a nursing home. An in-law suite can be the perfect option. For most people though, the hardest issue to overcome is the time commitment involved in having your loved under your care and in your home. While you may sincerely want to keep them safe and secure, and out of a nursing home, you may be forced to ask yourself whether or not you will be able to give them the time and attention they will require, especially if their health is in question. Once you have made the decision to either shop for a home with an in-law suite, or remodel your existing home to include one, you may find that this option is a wonderful way to include your loved one in many decision making projects that have not been involved in for many years. The in-law suite gives you the assurance that your loved one is safe and well cared for in your own home, and at the same time allows you a little freedom to go about your business as well. There are also other benefits of an in-law suite. Some of these benefits can include; no daily trips to nursing homes or facilities, in-law suites can add to the value of your home, enables seniors to be included in family activities, ensures their safety from possible abuse or neglect, and it can cost less to build an in-law suite in your home than only one year of nursing home care. If you have an aging parent, looking at in-law suites can give you peace of mind, as well as provide a safe place for them to rest and feel at home without the sterility of a nursing home. Whether you are shopping for a home with an existing in-law suite or plan to build one into your current home, be sure to check all building codes and zoning by-laws in your area.


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Meet The Chahil Family

Paul, Pinkie, Justin and Serena work tirelessly each October to ensure the kids and families of Kaleden have a wonderful, safe and Community Halloween Dinner and Dance experience. Paul also has double duties being the long standing Treasurer for the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission. Thank you Chahil Family!

Volunteers Making A Difference

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

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Thank you to St. Andrews Community! Vera Gilbert (on right) representing the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is shown accepting the generous donations from the community of St. Andrews-By-The-Lake. Over 400 pounds was collected! With Vera in photo above is Brian Moen (on left) of Royal LePage Locations West Realty.

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Winter Driving Tips

Thank You Community!

By Myleen Mallach East Side Salon is pleased to announce that with the help of the Snow and ice push our driving skills to the limit. Do you know how to community an amount of $200 was raised to support Okanagan Falls drive properly in winter conditions? The following tips could save you Helping Hands. This was done by way of donating all family hair cutting funds on Saturday, December 6th from the salon. A warm from problems when you are out on the road: • Maintain a safe following distance. It takes longer to stop on a thank you to all who participated. slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars (at least four seconds).

Drop your speed to match road conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability. My dad always told me to stick to 60 km/p in fresh snow for enough momentum to go and enough control to stop.

Watch for black ice. Slow down when approaching possible icy spots, such as shaded areas and bridges, as these sections of road freeze sooner than others in cold weather. Watch for “black ice”, areas of the road with a thin, almost invisible coating of ice, as it can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose traction, braking and cornering control.

Accelerate and brake slowly. When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to Chad Wetter (left) of East Side Salon presents a cheque in the amount of $200 to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When Keray Levant (right) of the Okanagan Falls Helping Hands. stopping, plan well in advance, apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure rather than braking suddenly. Pumping your brakes gently is always a good practice to follow.

Avoid sudden moves. Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early. Avoid unexpected quick movements that could put you in a spin. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur.

Know how to handle a skid. A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road conditions. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to oversteer. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, step on the clutch or shift to neutral.

See and be seen. It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.

Be extremely cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles. Maintain a safe following distance behind snow plows and salt or sand trucks.. These vehicles throw up snow and spray, making it difficult to see. Pull over whenever traffic is lined up behind you. This is probably the single most important and respectful thing any driver can do, especially in the winter time. If you are traveling at slower speeds for your own peace of mind, but see a number of vehicles on your bumper, simply pull over and let them pass. Many times this may only need to be an indicator light and a slight deceleration. Winter conditions and vehicle performaces vary ... respect your fellow drivers. Practice. Get out and drive in the snow and ice. Know what your vehicle is capable of and what you are comfortable with. The more you drive in winter conditions - the better of the winter driver you’ll be. Young or new drivers should always practice in an empty snowy parking lot or back road.

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OKANAGAN FALLS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS RECRUIT TRAINING UNDERWAY Join the team of paid on-call firefighters. For further information, call us at 250.497.5700 or stop by the fire hall Wednesday mornings.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson Happy New Year to you all! The Heritage and Museum Society congratulate the Women’s Institute in the building of the Band Shell. The town of Okanagan Falls has grown and developed over the last 93 years with the help and hard work of the Women’s Institute. The Heritage and Museum Society is an earlier accomplishment of the WI. Well Done Ladies!!! With all the holiday rush behind us, the Heritage and Museum Society will be looking at some of the upgrading needed in the Bassett House and Museum. A new roof has replaced the old one on the Museum office. A few big limbs came off the trees during the wind storm in early December, but it just opened the tree a bit more. The Thriftee Shop continues to fill the needs of some in the community. Volunteer members joined the Heritage members for our Christmas Dinner at the Hotel. Although there are some people in the community who still leave garbage at the shop when it is closed, for the most part, people are wonderful about keeping within our request for only clean, gently used clothing. We simply do not have the space to carry house wares, tools, toys, etc. Thank you again to the residents of Okanagan Falls for your support of the Heritage and Museum Society and Thriftee Shop.

“The HUB” in Kaleden

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

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Electoral Area “D-1” Official Community Plan Update

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

Jim Ritchie envisioned Kaleden as a major service centre for the mines and small communities scattered along the forty ninth parallel. In 1911, he took the next step in realizing that dream when he contracted the construction of the Kaleden Hotel. This was an amazing challenge to Harry Tomlin, the general contractor from Summerland, who was in charge. The concrete for the shell of the building was mixed on site and laboriously pushed in wheelbarrows along scaffolding which encircled the building, going ever higher as the work progressed, until finally all four stories were completed.

The beginning building stage of the Kaleden Hotel in 1911. The concrete was mixed on site and brought by wheelbarrow along scaffolding to build the four stories. The hotel was a grand establishment. It had it’s own power plant, using a water driven generator, running water, indoor plumbing, a huge commercial kitchen, two dining rooms and a grand rotunda entry with a huge fireplace. This was a stark contrast to the surrounding living accommodations, which consisted mostly of tents. Each luxurious room had electricity, it’s own ensuite bath with hot and cold running water, as well as an outdoor sleeping porch for those warm evenings.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to review and update the Kaleden - Apex Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area “D-1”. Originally adopted in 1999, the Area “D-1” OCP was reformatted and updated in 2008, but without any substantive changes to the original plan. “It’s one of the most important planning documents for us,” says Tom Siddon, Electoral Area “D” Director; “not only does it establish policies around development and land use, it will also give direction to other plans, including capital plans, transportation strategies and the like.” The revised plan will maintain the pieces of the old OCP that have worked well, but will address the changes the area has experienced since 1999 and the regional plans that have been developed since then, including the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy. The OCP update will be a community-driven process. “It’s a great opportunity for residents to get involved and engaged in their community,” says Siddon, “and to help shape it’s future.” The RDOS planning team will be looking to engage broadly with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders. The RDOS also brought in an experienced consultant team to help support our staff with this project. The Area “D-1” OCP update will get underway in earnest in the New Year with the establishment of a Citizens’ Committee to help review materials, provide input, and reach out to the area residents. The volunteer advisory group is currently being recruited and will be made up of residents from across the electoral area representing each of the main communities (Kaleden, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews, Apex). The project is expected to be completed by winter 2015. The RDOS will be announcing Citizens Committee membership in the New Year and will also be announcing the date for the first project open house to be taking place in Kaleden. For more information please contact Tom Siddon, Director of Electoral Area “D”, at tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca or 250.809.2548. You can also visit the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca, visit the project website at www.D-1update.ca, or contact Evelyn Riechert at the RDOS at eriechert@rdos.bc.ca, 250.492.0237.

What’s an Official Community Plan (OCP)? An OCP is a provincially mandated regulatory document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including land-use, transportation, housing, parks and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, like commercial/ retail, residential, park, industrial. Local governments use OCPs to help guide and support decision-making on a number of important community matters including economic development, transportation, recreation, environmental protection, and more.

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The formal dining room at the 1912 Kaleden Hotel. There were two dining rooms. A formal one with linen tablecloths, china dishes and silver cutlery serving the travelling public. A second, more utilitarian dining room met the needs of the many single men working in the community. The hotel also had a large garden planted on the slopes below Pine Street. It produced flowers and fresh vegetables for the kitchen of the hotel. What a major addition to such a small village! Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

with Betty Lynch Oh, dear reader, I know you are saying to yourself, “another meaningless New Year wish?”, but Listen Up! This will be a very unique year, because for the first time in history, TA-DA ... Okanagan Falls will have its very own Bandshell, don’t you know? This, of course, could not have happened without y’all helping along the way. So, when I wish you the very Happiest of the New Year 2015, it is with gratitude. Now, we Women of the Institute are always busy. We have held our AGM and election of officers and they are, by acclamation: President Thelma Detjen; Secretary - Diane Huey; and Treasurer - Pat Diewold. We also never let an opportunity go by to party it up, so we had such a fun Christmas Luncheon with members, past and present, relating stories of the past, the present, and even the future. The future being 2015 and construction beginning in Centennial Park. So, to the future, your health and happiness. “For Home And Country”, Betty Lynch The Women’s Institute meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, September - June, at 7 pm in the Club Room of the Community Centre. For more information, please call Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.

Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Janet at 250-497-5521 SkahaMatters.com

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Dianna Stewart

WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR! May you find magic in 2015! The year starts for us with our annual get together New Year’s Eve. We play some music, break off into groups to play games of our choice, have some laughs and eat and chat about whatever comes to mind. On January 3rd, we will be having our regular Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 am with the family of Don Sikorski paying for everyone who attends, in memory of Don who we lost a couple of weeks ago. The General Meeting on Monday, January 5th at 1:00 will see the new executive for 2015 installed. They are: President - Audree Sikorski; Vice President - Gretha Jensen; 2nd Vice - Margaret Rosenburg; Secretary - Janet Laczo; Treasurer - Irene Fead. The Board Members are; Shirley O’Conner, Vi Creasey, Peter Jensen, Merrell Cox, Jackie Rafuse, and Margaret Baldwin. We wish them all well in their future endeavors on behalf of the Seniors Centre. If you have any questions or need information, please phone Audree Sikorski at 250-497-5572 or Janet Laczo at 250-497-5521. MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ Monday, Jan 5th (1:00) Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, Jan 3rd (8:00-10:00) Jam Session ~ Sunday, Jan 11th (1:00) Drop In Bingo ~ Saturday, Jan 17th (1:00) Don’t forget Tuesday Bingo (1st 3 Tuesdays at 1:00) Exercise Classes ~ Tuesdays (9:30) Scrabble ~ Thursdays (10:00-12:00) Wednesday & Friday Music & Coffee (9:00) Thursday Bridge (1:00) & Crib (7:00) Carpet Bowling Wednesday Afternoons (1:00)

Okanagan-Similkameen Transit The Okanagan Falls Bandshell is moving ahead in the New Year! Above: The Women’s Institute Members and Economic Development Coordinator John Powell at the Bandshell site with their “Building Permit and Property Address”. Missing in the photo above is Ted Lynch, an honorary member of the Womens’ Institute, as is John Powell, both of whom have been invaluable. Thank you for your dedication and hard work on this community project!

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Kaleden Community Women’s Weekly Drop-in Wednesdays from 1-4 pm

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Please Note: We will begin again on January 7th. Come for the afternoon or just drop by for coffee. Meet & connect with other ladies in your community. Enjoy friendly conversation, games & crafts.

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Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Update

with Keray Levant, Helping Hand Chair

Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 thompson298@hotmail.com

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Barbara Few

The Helping Hand Food Hampers and Christmas Toys were distributed on Saturday, December 20th. We were able to assist a combination of 92 single’s, couples and families from Skaha Estates to Vaseaux Lake. We thank all the individuals and many businesses, who through their generous donations, helped make this possible. If you have any questions or concerns anytime of the year, our contact number is 250-486-2767. Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Well, Christmas is behind us and now we look forward to 2015, and we start by welcoming it in with our New Year Party on January 1st. This party starts at 2 pm and goes on until 8 pm. You and your friends will be entertained by TERRI BREMNER and JEFF BODNER as Elvis. There will be raffles and draws, as well as a cold dinner cooked by a chef. Come and enjoy yourselves, let your hair down, and start 2015 off right for only $10. Also coming up in January is ROBBI BURNS NIGHT on Saturday, January 17th, with the SUMMERLAND PIPE & DRUM BAND and to complete the entertainment will be CINDY DOUCETTE. No Scottish celebration would be right without haggis, which will be served with supper. This will start at 6:30 pm after the Meat Draw. The sports will resume on the week commencing January 5th.

Dates to Remember:

Mondays ~ Crib at 1pm Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons ~ Shuffleboard at 1pm Wednesday Nights ~ League Darts at 7pm Fridays & Saturdays ~ Meat Draws at 5pm Saturdays ~ Drop-in Darts & Pool at 1pm Sundays ~ Fun Sunday with Hotdogs, Horse Racing & more at 1pm Tuesday, January 20th ~ General Meeting at 7pm

Thanks to the volunteers out front of the IGA in Okanagan Falls on Saturday, December 6th for the Annual “Fill the Van” for the Helping Hand Day. Thanks to all that came out, donated, and supported this vital community service group. 92 homes were enriched this Holiday season as a result. (Photo courtesy of Sue Chaudry)


Happy New Year!

Choir practices begin again in January.

Don’t worry about whether you can sing or not. Come join us - just for fun! For dates and times, please call Meredith at 250-497-6995.


All the best in the year ahead!

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Local Church Directory Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior Owner & Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)


(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 www.crediblecremation.com

Kaleden Community Church would like to thank Ken and Margaret BC Lic# 49382 Hayter for the use of Linden Garden’s for our Christmas Tales To all - A Healthy, Happy and Safe New Year! production. It was a most enjoyable evening that would not have happened without the support of Linden Gardens, our group of Resolve To Make Those Pre-Arrangements “sponsors”, Kaleden Restaurant and everyone else who provided ‘appies’ and cheesecakes. Thanks to Matt and crew for the sound, with Lesley Luff of Credible Cremation Services Ltd. the Kaleden Community Choir and all others who helped to make the (Resident of Okanagan Falls) evening a delightful way to usher in the Christmas season. Special Credible Cremation Services Ltd. was created to offer families thanks to Russ Rosen, Justyn Rees and the band for an evening of who are faced with the death of a loved one, the choice of a simple music and story. We look forward to your next visit with us! and reasonably priced direct cremation without the pressure of To Mexico With Love 2015 is a humanitarian service trip to Mexico. making important decisions at a time of extreme grief. Making those We will be travelling to Baja, Mexico during the School Spring Break arrangements ahead of time only makes good sense. If not attended (March 16-28) and will be building homes, helping with a community to now, then those decisions fall upon someone else to deal with. movie night and other service projects. For those of you who are Decisions made in haste can often lead to emotional over-spending. not familiar with our group, To Mexico With Love 2015, is a group of Pre-arranging allows time for sensible choices to be made, without adults whose desire is to provide opportunities for youth to experience any pressure. All one has to do, is to pick up the phone and call serving the poor and underprivileged. We partner with “LiveDifferent” Lesley, Owner and Licensed Funeral Director at (250) 493-3912. and their ‘Build Program’ to provide this life changing experience for Arrangements can be made in the comfort of your own home or at leaders and youth alike. our facility. We have two main fundraisers which contribute to the cost of our trip. $ 990.00 + taxes - Penticton and area (at need or pre-need) One is the ongoing collection of bottles, cans and other refundable $1190.00 + taxes - Kelowna and area (at need or pre-need) recyclables, which can be dropped off at our collection site at 434 24 hour personal door to door service. Lakehill Road (in Church parking lot). Let me say a BIG thank you to Give your family the best gift of all. Make your final all who have contributed this year for with your generous donations arrangements ahead of time, so they do not have to. we have so far collected enough funds to cover the cost of one of the three houses we will be building in March. THANK YOU! The second fundraiser is our annual Spaghetti Dinner at the community hall. Please see details below: To Mexico With Love 2015 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Saturday, February 7th at 6 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall $10 adults / $5 children (12 & under) / Raffle Baskets - Tix .50 each For more info or to purchase your tickets, call Les at 250-497-6323 or email newby56ca@gmail.com

Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

Mark Pankratz 250-488-1568

Experience the Difference

South Country Realty

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Okanagan Falls United Church

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

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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



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Flowers or Fish Heads?

Flowers to the Kaleden Family Restaurant for 40 years of service!

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to the people who so kindly cleared our driveway while Ross was in the hospital having surgery. It was greatly appreciated! ~ from Jean Sanford of Kaleden Flowers to Kaleden residents who stepped up and helped me after I broke my leg. Thank you for all the delicious meals and help our family has received! Kaleden truly is an amazing community! ~ from Subrina Montieth of Kaleden Flowers to Dwayne Lutz for plowing in front of the Maple street postal boxes. It was wonderful that I didn’t have to park right on the road and stomp my way thru the snow with the mail. It was so kind to plow it for everyone. ~ from Carol of Okanagan Falls

In May of 1974, Floss and Dave Meller purchased a gas station and 18-seat diner on Highway 97 in Kaleden. A few years later the pumps were taken out and the restaurant expanded into 52 seats, with a 50-person banquet room, a 16-seat patio area, along with a catering business. While Dave and Floss have pretty much handed over the business to their children (Jeremy, Jason Above - Jeremy Meller & his son Ryder. and Marian), Floss can still be Below - The Old Kaleden Service Station found baking her deliscious pies daily. Their grandchildren also work in the restaurant too, being Nyah, Chantelle and Kaitlyn. Over the years, the atmosphere has remained cozy, homey and friendly. And, this is the now the oldest family-owned restaurant in the valley. Congratulations! Thank you for your dedication and hard work over the years. Your business is greatly appreciated!

Flowers to John and Brian for replacing the burnt out light bulbs on the 1912 Hotel Kaleden. It looks very festive indeed. ~ from Kim Denis of Kaleden Flowers to the gentleman who found and cleaned a pair of black prescription glasses near the Okanagan Falls School and turned them into the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation office to be claimed by their owner. If these glasses belong to you, please call 250-497-8188. ~ from Janet Black of Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec Flowers to Chris (Volunteer Fire Fighter and Rescue) for voluntarily coming out of his house to offer to help me, when he saw me parked in the snow on the night of November 25th. (That was the night when we had the first dreadful snowfall of the season.) He not only assisted me, but drove me to my house in his vehicle and gave my husband a lift back to where I had parked the car. More than an act of kindness for which both my husband and I are grateful. ~ from June Wysiekierski Fish Heads to whoever is responsible for making the channel pathway almost unwalkable. By “channel pathway”, I mean the paths either side of the river channel from OK Falls Provincial Park to Vaseux Lake. The paths are alongside both sides of the channel going south to Vaseux Lake and are there for flood control. In the summer, these paths are frequented by many tourists. It was fine for walking, riding a bicycle, or for pushing a stroller, until some clueless person decided to raise the pathway, and instead of native shrubs and grasses, there are now huge chunks of rocks that have to be negotiated to walk over and around ... making the walk the opposite of pleasure. There will be a lot of unhappy tourists next year who will come here expecting to enjoy the surrounding area and who will travel by bike on the pathway to and from Vaseux Lake, as well as walkers. It is also preventing local people from enjoying the walks along the channel all year round. ~ from June Wysiekierski

Okanagan Falls Community Christmas Event was held on Saturday, December 6th from 7-9pm. Thanks again to Stan Maber for organizing this annual event this year. Many thanks to all the volunteers and many local businesses who donated towards this festive community gathering. (Photo courtesy of Sue Chaudry) H&M Thriftee Shop


Open Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat from 10-3 250-486-6371

Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories

Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry copies.

Scan QR Code to the left with your smart phone and read any issue of Skaha Matters.

Fish Heads to whomever feels it’s okay to use my ‘new to me’ vehicle as a parts car for yourself! ~ from Kim Steeves Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of Fish Heads to the people who vandalized the storage units and garden the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of shed at the Heritage Society. Locks were cut off and the doors to the this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All units just left standing open. What reason did you have to do that? authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval What a waste of time and destruction! ~ from the Heritage Society must be in place in order to be published. © 2014 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits

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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out



Served with grilled garlic toast ..................................... $7.25 12 jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Dry Boneless Garlic Ribs Calamari Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

10 ounces of delight! ........................................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

Served with Pita Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95

With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.50 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese ................................ $9.95

Salmon Casesar

SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.50 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $11.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $11.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $8.95 20 items: $16.95 30 items: $25.95 40 items: $33.95 50 items: $42.95 Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Ice Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Ryoe Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water


Fish & Chips

All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) and your choice of fries, perogies or salad.

Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95

All Day Breakfast

Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 More than 1/2 a pound of spicy feast ....................... $11.95

Ye Olde Breakfast

A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95

Steak and Eggs

A meatless patty, dressed to please! ......................... $10.95 Wild BC Salmon ............................................................... $11.95 English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95

Add mozza, cheddar, 2 strips of bacon or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each

1 Piece: ....................................... $9.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $12.95

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. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable!


Steak, Seafood and Ribs

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

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39! Our spicy medieval beef patty, baked ...................... $11.95 potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

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

New York Steak

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

Triple Decker

One big sandwich with bacon, ham and ................... $9.95 tomato

Steak & Prawns

Hot Roast Beef

This sandwich has lean roast beef piled high ........ $10.95 and smothered in our own gravy

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

Steak & Lobster

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

Chicken & Ribs

Half rack of ribs (8 oz.) and a grilled 6 oz. .................. $16.95 chicken breast, baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Rack of Ribs

A full rack of pork ribs with baked potato ............... $16.95 or home fries, garlic toast and salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

2 Lobster Tails

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

On white, brown or rye bread ....................................... $8.95

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

Baron of Beef Dip

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

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $10.95 cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

So good, you’ll eat the bowl! ....................................... $10.95 Served in a bread bowl with salad

9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!


Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Medieval Steak

Grilled Cheese The BLT

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Inn Burger Buffalo Burger Medieval Burger Chicken Burger Veggie Burger BC Salmon Burger Ye Olde Fish Burger


Garden Salad

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95

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Please ask server for your favourite dressing.

Enough for 2 ......................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95

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Profile for Skaha Matters

Skaha Matters January 2015 Issue  

Volume 7 : Issue 1

Skaha Matters January 2015 Issue  

Volume 7 : Issue 1