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Volume 8 : Issue 1
January 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter
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What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? We want your feedback soon!
Fact Sheets ~ Know the details of what is involved. Read online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.
Survey #1 ~ We need your feedback in February. Complete online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.
Open Houses & Roundtables ~ Attend in Early March. Set up in 3 locations - Apex, Kaleden & Okanagan Falls. Watch for posters.
Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say. Curious about the Electoral Area “D” Governance Study? www.rdos.bc.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.492.0237 Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware
Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans
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Kaleden & OK Falls OK Falls Senior Centre* 12th Night in the Falls* OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Parks & Rec OK Falls Senior Centre* BC Fresh Talent Quest Community Churches 10am General Meeting 1pm Music & Coffee Area D Office OK Falls 4-6pm Carpet Bowling Weds 1pm T.I.M.E. Info Session Performer’s Workshop OK Falls United 9am Wed/Fri 9-10:30am Rec Centre 11am-Noon Governance Study * OK Falls PAC Meeting * Regular LA Meeting * OK Falls Parks & Rec St. Barbara’s 9:30am Open to Public 6:30pm School Library at 6:30pm “Minute to Win It” Catholic Mass 11:30am OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Rec Centre Youth & Teen Night 6-8m The Well 6pm Drop-in Darts Weds 7pm
10 OK Falls Senior Centre* Music Jam 2nd Sunday 1-4pm
11 OK Falls Lions Club Regular Meetings
2nd & 4th Mondays at 7pm OK Falls Legion
17 OK Falls Community Church Open House Following 10am Service Meet Pastor Wade & Brenda Harvey
1st 3 Sundays at 9:30 4th Sunday at 1pm
Kaleden Library Tues 10am
Kaleden Church Wed 1pm Returns on January 13th
South Skaha Housing OK Falls Parks & Rec* Ballet with Miss Roberta Society AGM * Returns January 19th
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Kaleden Ladies 13 14 15 16 Weekly Drop-in * OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Senior Centre*
Thursdays Scrabble 10am, Thursdays Bridge 1pm & Returns on Jan 12th Thursdays Crib 7pm OK Falls Parks & Rec* Kaleden PAC Meeting* Cartwheel Club Starts Jan 13 School Library 6pm Tai Chi Starts Jan 13
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Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls. A slide show from the November 16th consultants’ presentation, giving graphic plans of the proposed streetscapes, can be found at www.okfalls.ca under “News”.
A National Park “Gateway” in Okanagan Falls? ~ While there is still some opposition to a proposed Grasslands National Park in the South Okanagan/Similkameen, there is now increasing optimism that the proposed Park could become a strategic priority for the newly As Father Time closes the book on 2015, elected Federal Liberals in Ottawa. Certainly, the majority of residents let’s look ahead to 2016 with renewed hope and business owners I speak with see the Park as a ‘no-brainer”, and optimism as Baby New Year takes her especially if the Federal Government decides to make such a major financial investment in our area. A recent poll of local residents shows first few steps ... a ratio of 3:1 in support for the Park. In many ways, 2015 has been a “time of turning”. On a global level, the world has The latest plan for the proposed National Park shows a northern come to face the truth of climate change “cluster” of protected wildlife and habitat areas on both sides of Tom Siddon and its many devastating consequences. Vaseaux Lake, extending northward to Okanagan Falls and the White Director of In Canada, we have the bold promises of Lake/Twin Lakes region. Wouldn’t it be great if Parks Canada decided RDOS Area ‘D’ new, socially progressive governments to establish the Northern Gateway and Park service Headquarters in Ottawa and in “oil patch” Alberta. Here in Area ‘D’, we have laid in Okanagan Falls? This would give a real boost to the local South the ground work for a new approach to local governance, and we Skaha economy, and would build upon our already excellent trails, are making progress toward an exciting new plan for Town Centre lakefront beaches and tourist facilities, enhanced by the wineries and Development in Okanagan Falls. We have made commitments to “National Park” scenery. new park developments in Heritage Hills and Okanagan Falls. We’ve Some Dates To Remember: restructured our Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls, we Twelfth Night in the Falls ~ On January 5th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, have a new transit service up and running, and a new pedestrian please consider attending our First Annual 12th Night Open House at walkway in Kaleden. All good things, with more to come! the Area ‘D’ Community Services Office (located at 5350 - 9th Avenue, Good News! ~ Thanks to the diligent work of our community services near the IGA in Okanagan Falls). Come out to meet your Community manager Shona Schleppe and the Age Friendly planning team headed Services Staff, enjoy a cup O’Wassail with cake, and let’s make Merry up by Janet Black, we recently learned that our third-round application on the 12th Night of Christmas! to the Province’s Seniors Housing and support Initiative has been South Skaha Housing Society ~ The Society will hold it’s Annual successful, with another grant of $20,000 for 2016. Building on the General Meeting at the Branch # 227 Legion on Monday, January comprehensive (2014) study on senior’s needs in Okanagan Falls, 18th at 7:00 pm. Please consider attending the AGM and offer your and the 2015 implementation of the new South Skaha Transit service support as we discuss plans for a new Senior’s Housing complex in we now move to the next phase of our project called “Age Friendly Okanagan Falls. I hope to bring an update about our discussions with Buildings and Benches”. BC Housing and possible next steps. This project will undertake to provide several new benches at key points along the local transit route, and will work with local business owners to carry out a seniors’ access audit of public and private buildings in and around Okanagan Falls. My compliments to our MLA, Linda Larson and to the several local organizations who have given their support to Phase 3 of this project.
Budget Night 2016 ~ This year our annual RDOS Budget Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18th at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre, starting at 7 pm. The RDOS Finance Manager, Sandy Croteau, will give her usual enlightening overview of the mysteries of budget making at the RDOS. Service agencies, RDOS staff and the elected Board have been wrestling with budget choices Winter Can Be Fun ~ Great news for parents from our Kaleden and and options for the past several weeks. Please mark February 18th Okanagan Falls Recreation Team! Janet Black and Nancy Wigley on your calendar if you want to learn more about how your taxes are have developed an exciting program of Winter Recreation activities calculated. to keep the kids and teenagers from getting bored during those long Finally, as we start a New Year, I’d like to compliment all those who mid-winter evenings. The fun events include everything from Arctic serve in so many ways to support the needs of we who enjoy the Games to Hula Hoopla, Flip Out Fridays, Hip Hop, Drumming and privilege of living in Area ‘D’. I’m especially grateful to our CAO Bill Movie Nights. Check out the calendar of activities from January Newell and the RDOS staff, and to the many Citizen’s Committees, through March at www.okfalls,ca, or www.kal-rec.ca or give Nancy or Boards and Commissions that keep our communities safe and Janet a call at 250-497-8188 for further details. running smoothly. A special word of thanks to my Alternate Director Town Centre Revitalization ~ Following the well-attended Town Tom Styffe, to our Area ‘D’ staff Shona, Denise and Vickie, and to my Hall meeting on November 16th, our design consultants Bob Ransford wife Pat who supports me in all these endeavors. and Lance Berelowitz have now submitted their final report on Phase Happy New Year Everyone! 2 of the visioning exercise for the future development of Okanagan Falls Town Centre. Based on the design charrette held on September 18-19th, and the questionnaires completed by those who attended the November 16th public meeting, the consultants have concluded that “a strong majority of respondents” want the RDOS to move forward with an implementation strategy which embodies the Town Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ / Email:: email@example.com Centre design that evolved from the charrette process. Two-thirds of Cell: 250-809-2548 / OK Falls Office: 778-515-5520 / Web: rdos.bc.ca those who responded want the Town Centre Plan to be adopted and Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! incorporated into the Official Community Plan for Area D-2. Enjoy activities that interest you. Once the consultant’s report has been fully reviewed and discussed Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! within RDOS and with the major land owners in the planning area, the Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! report will be released and posted on the Okanagan Falls website. Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015 Meanwhile, a model of the proposed “town plan” can be viewed at the
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By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen 2016 is upon us and as usual, for most of us, we cannot believe another year has gone by. It has been a very busy year for the 17 communities of the Boundary-Similkameen. To name a just a few of the good things, the Lakehill Road Pedestrian Corridor (walkway) in Kaleden was completed, and I know that people feel safer when out for a walk or when their children are on their way to school. Thanks to Kim and the rest of the community for helping to move this forward. The community of Okanagan Falls, after many years, is finally going through a Governance Study process. Thank you to all of the volunteers on the committee. It always takes more of your time than originally intended. Also, the recently announced “Age Friendly Grant” of $20,000 for the Age Friendly Buildings and Benches project will add some much needed benches and also encourage local businesses to make their places more accessible. As Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility, I continue to meet with and support the many agencies and organizations in the province that make the lives of people with disabilities better. The Age Friendly grants help us all. Keremeos also received a grant to provide an agefriendly outdoor fitness park and will consult with local seniors in its development. Some of the communities in the riding have welcomed, or are in the process of sponsoring refugees from Syria. I hope we continue to support these refugees, many of them women and children, in their desire to live and raise their children in a safe, healthy environment. In the past year, over 8 million dollars in grants has been received by communities and organizations in the Boundary-Similkameen. This is funding that enhances programs in Arts and Culture, Sports, Health and Safety, Education, Social Programs and Housing, just to mention a few. Snow season is upon us, and I hope our Ski Resorts have a successful season. The snow pack will be welcome after the devastating fires of last summer. With Winter upon us, the road conditions can be hazardous, so please take a little extra time getting around. Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year!
The budget is not just an assortment of numbers, but an illustration of RDOS citizens’ ideals, goals and objectives for the Region. Citizens are invited to engage in the RDOS 2016 Budget process. Join Electoral Area “D” Director, Tom Siddon and RDOS finance staff in Okanagan Falls on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm at the Community Centre at 1134 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls to discuss the 2016 financial plan. For general inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-492-0237 May the reflection you seek for in yourself, Be the exact one you find in 2016.
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communities have conducted Business Walks to collect and compile information. SOSEDs is also exploring the creation of a regional business directory, examining regional labour needs and coordinating regional destination marketing. Specifically, in Area “D”, we have with Shona Schleppe, been busy compiling a Business Directory and developing a survey Rural Services Manager for Businesses (distribution targeted for end of January). We will also Wow what a community show, this town of be selecting a few key properties to assess business readiness and Okanagan Falls sure has ‘spirit’! The annual create land development marketing brochures. Christmas Festive-ALL was a tremendous The RDOS and the South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation success with fantastic performances from Program (SOSCP) are working to introduce the conservation fund Get Bent’s “Grinch and Elves”, Mat Dufus concept to the public and garner feedback to gauge public support and the Women’s Institute. There was no through focus groups with key sectors and presentations with Shona Schleppe shortage of food donations for the Helping stakeholders. The Area “D” meeting was held on December 8th. The Rural Services Hand. A big thanks to all the community goal is to build an adequate fund to accomplish conservation objectives Manager organizations and businesses for serving in the region. The average cost per household is dependent on the up hot drinks, hot dogs/hamburgers, popcorn, delicious deserts and property value, and how many households are in the service area for contributing a ton of draw prizes. Special acknowledgement to the (more participating areas, the less cost per household). A proposal is Festive-All Committee for their commitment and to Stan Maber for his to have an annual per household or per parcel levy, early focus group extra efforts. Can’t wait for next year’s Festive-All! results for the South Okanagan Similkameen indicate a threshold Do you live or own property in Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Lakeshore annual contribution per household at or under $10/year/household on Highlands, Upper Carmi, Heritage Hills, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews average. RDOS is seeking public input, and working with SOSCP to or Apex? Have you ever wondered what services the Regional gauge public support throughout the remainder of 2015 – with a goal District provides or how decisions are made about those services. of referendum in Spring of 2016. In January 2016, Fact Sheets on each Service (11) will be available Ageing in Place, the South Skaha Seniors Housing Society from a number of locations across Area “D”. Each community has executive is committed to staying the course to provide supportive a ‘Community Champion’ that is responsible for informing Area “D” affordable housing. The BC Housing application submitted in the communities. The Fact Sheets will also be available from community Fall by the Society was not selected to proceed. The Society met on organizations, businesses and the Okanagan Falls Community December 16th and are determined to collaborate with BC Housing Service Office (located by IGA). Please visit the website www.rdos. representatives for recommendations, explore grant funding and bc.ca – Popular Links – Area “D” Governance Study. Please take secure land for the growing need of assisted or supportive housing this opportunity to get involved – next meeting is January 4th! in Okanagan Falls and area. The Society’s AGM is scheduled for RDOS has received first draft of the Summary Report for the Town January 18th. Please consider becoming a member and joining the Centre Revitalization. The report will be reviewed with the intent of Executive! sharing the Final Version in the New Year. The visioning exercise, Looking forward to the 2016 Calendar of Activities ... Governance design charrette and public meeting were very well attended by Study fact sheets and survey, design and planning for Area “D” the community of Okanagan Falls. This process has been intense, parks, recommendations for Town Centre Revitalization, enhanced interactive and collaborative – thank you for your active participation! economic development and even some serious stuff… Apex Hockey Our path is clear, majority consensus revealed the ‘place magnet’ Tournaments, Winter Triathlon (January 10th), Freestyle Timber Tour for Okanagan Falls is the waterfront! What might be some of the and Canada Cup, Nickel Plate Loppet (February 6th), Apex Carvers next steps – amendment to OCP, zoning, exploring partnerships for Ski Camps, BC Winter Games (February 26-28) and all the programs development and identifying strategies with MoTI. offered by KalRec and Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation. On December 2nd, I met with RCMP – Community Policing Don’t forget to check out our updated website at www.okfalls.ca Coordinator, Rick Dellebuur regarding Area “D” community concerns When you get there, please view the Bulletin Board and take a tour and policing resources. I expressed that Area “D” is very interested over to the Visitor Centre! We welcome comments and suggestions! in strengthening safety in our Area by empowering our community Area “D” Community Service Ofﬁce - 778-515-5520 / www.okfalls.ca members. We discussed the possibility of community workshops on Shona Schleppe Direct - 250-809-2568 or firstname.lastname@example.org scams and frauds, safety and security, citizen rights and Rick indicated that these are in the works and he hopes to confirm workshop dates in early 2016. Many citizens have identified ‘traffic speed’ through South Skaha Housing Society Okanagan Falls as a concern. As well, the crosswalk at Cedar Street is a real safety problem and a top priority. We hope to have a Speed Watch set up on the east side of the Bridge in the New Year to provide some statistics on speed and send a message to some of our pedal to Monday, January 18th at 7:00 pm the metal drivers! In summary, we briefly discussed some concerns Jack Hill Room, Okanagan Falls Legion Br#227 from Apex Property Owners Association (APOA) regarding activities (hockey tournaments, noise, New Year’s Eve, Gunbarrel Saloon All are welcome to attend. Any comments or questions? events, snowmobile activity) that heat up in the winter months. It Call Lorraine Harrison at 250-497-8781. might be possible to have more RCMP presence at the Resort during these activities. Rick is very committed to community safety and we look forward to building this partnership!
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with Bob Daly, Chair The Electoral Area “D” Governance Study Committee is pleased to announce the release of the first group of a series of “Fact Sheets” as part of the governance study process. The Fact Sheets deliver information about the services provided by the RDOS to communities in Area “D” including a description of each service, parties responsible for making decisions about the service, and the costs of the service. The purpose of the Governance Study is to explore ways to improve governance and service delivery to the communities of Area “D” in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen. The Fact Sheets are designed to help the public understand the nature of the services provided and to help them make informed decisions when expressing opinions through the study’s surveys or through written submissions. The first group of Fact Sheets includes: Regional District Governance; Fire and Emergency Services; Solid Waste; Library; Transit; and Parks, Trails and Recreation. The second and last group of fact Sheets will include: Planning and Building Inspection; Bylaw Enforcement; Sewer; Water; General Government and Administration; Economic Development; and Pest and Animal Control. They will be released in mid-January. Fact Sheets can be accessed through the RDOS website (look for popular links, and click on Area D Governance Study.) They are also available in print at the following locations: Apex ~ Apex Administration Office and The Edge Bistro; Twin Lakes ~ Twin Lakes Store; St. Andrews ~ St. Andrews by the Lake Office; Kaleden ~ Kaleden Irrigation District Office and Kaleden Library; Heritage Hills/ Lakeshore Highlands, Vaseux Lake, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Okanagan Falls ~ at any of the following Okanagan Falls locations: Pharmasave; Dr. Browne’s Office; Dr. Robertson’s Office; Royal Lepage Realty Office; Interior Savings Credit Union; Okaganaga Falls Seniors Centre; and The Bear Bean Café. Future Governance Committee Activities: Throughout the month of February, the Governance Study Committee looks forward to residents participating in the first of two Surveys and welcomes written submissions related to services. In early March, a series of Forums and Roundtable discussions will be held in three locations to accommodate residents from all communities in Area D. Area D Governance Study Committee meetings are held in the Club Room of the Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre at 6:30pm on the first Monday of each month. The public is welcome to attend. Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say.
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January is Crime Stoppers Month. This is an opportunity for you to Set up in 3 locations - Apex, Kaleden & Okanagan Falls. Watch for posters. learn a little bit more about Crime Stoppers and the role it plays at solving crime, improving security and keepingHave streets safe. Get Information. Get Involved. your say. Crime Stoppers was created in 1976 by Greg MacAleese, an Curious about the Electoral Area “D” Governance Study? Albuquerque, New Mexico detective, to find the killers of a 19 year old www.rdos.bc.ca | email@example.com college student, Crime Stoppers has since grown |to250.492.0237 be a global crime Transit Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy fighting network. Programs operate independently and- Bear rely Aware on their communities for funding through donations and other fundraisers. There was a riot in downtown Penticton in the summer of 1992 after a concert in Kings Park. Thousands of dollars of damage resulted, including destroying the iconic Peach concession on Lakeshore Drive (which has since been rebuilt). A number of people recorded the riot on video and subsequently gave this to the Penticton RCMP. RCMP worked closely with local media outlets to get the photos and video of those responsible out to the public, who in turn began to identify the suspects. The community, police and media worked together to successfully identify a majority of those responsible who were subsequently charged and held accountable for their actions. This partnership of community, police and media working together to solve crime is the very foundation of Crime Stoppers. In January 1992, building on this successful partnership, the South Okanagan Simikameen Crime Stoppers began operations and has been serving the communities of the South Okanagan/Simikameen for the past 23 years. Over this time span, the South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers has answered over 7,000 TIPS, that have resulted in 858 arrests, 984 cases cleared, has recovered over 16 million dollars of drugs and property and payed out over $50,000 in rewards. Crime Stoppers offers a tipline where callers can anonymously provide leads to help police solve crime. If the tip results in an arrest, a cash reward is available. However, it has been found that most people are not interested in the cash reward and just want to provide the Tip to help the police solve crime and keep the streets safe. Today, you can provide a tip by three ways: 1) Call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS); 2) Text to SOSTIPS (274637); and 3) Send a web tip (complete and submit the form on our website). Check out our web site at sostips.ca or Google South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers for more information on sending a tip, mugshots of persons wanted in the area and local unsolved crimes. And, everything is anonymous as we do not use call display and text and web TIPs are forwarded through a system that ensures everyone’s identity remains anonymous. Safety and security is on most people’s minds these days, and Crime Stoppers is an excellent tool to help communities achieve this and more. So, take some time this month to check out what Crime Stoppers can do, and does, in your community. We will have an info booth in Cherry Lane Mall on Saturday, January 9th from 9:30 to 5:30. In addition to TIPS, we always welcome cash donations and people willing to get involved with our local board of directors. For more information you can also contact me at 250-490-2374 or stop in for a visit at our Community Police Office at 185 Lakeshore Penticton (by the Peach). Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
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What’s New At The OK Falls Hotel?
with Jackie Zawacky, General Manager The OK Falls Hotel is bringing in the New Year ... ALL NEW! We have a new owner, new management, new staff, and a new chef with an all new menu as well. We are excited to bring these new changes to the community of Okanagan Falls and are more than ready to serve you. Look forward to weekend evenings filled with live entertainment and fun interactive games. Check our event schedule available soon. We are also fundraising experts! So, if you need help raising money for any worthwhile cause, we would love to help you reach your goals. Our liquor store is the next project we’re working on, as we expand our selection and anticipate more local wines being featured. All our liquor store product is at government liquor store pricing ... Guaranteed! We invite you to stop by and check out all that we have to offer. If there is something that you would like to see in the liquor store, as an event in the pub, or something more on the menu, please give Jackie a call at 250-497-5768 or email to email@example.com. We are open 11am - 9pm Sunday to Tuesday and from 11am - 11pm Wednesday to Saturday. We look forward to meeting everyone in the weeks and months ahead. Have a Happy and Healthy 2016!
Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair
The Board and Staff of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District hope you had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and wish you a Happy 2016! Projects for 2016 ~ Along with the Board’s planning for meeting present and future needs of the Irrigation District, there are two major projects we are undertaking in 2016: 1. To install a series of shut off valves throughout the system in order to better isolate sections of the system in the event of breaks. This will reduce the number of homes and businesses affected in such emergencies. 2. To begin a three year plan for fire hydrants to meet a standard flow of 60 litres per second from each fire hydrant. This will assure that all fire hydrants meet our system requirements. Centennial Park Beautiﬁcation ~ The five-year plan for beautification of Centennial Park has begun. The addition of the band shell has really spurred the Irrigation District to improve the park around it. Two memorial benches have been donated (three sites still remain) and a broken bench at the east side of the park has been repaired. Donations of paint and labour have already been offered for painting work in the spring. Plans for the improvements can be seen at the Irrigation Office. If you have any suggestions, please email or drop a note off at the office. OFID Information - For information about any matters related to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, be sure to check our website or call our office.
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Kaleden’s Event Coordinator Carrie Few has plans underway for our annual Kaleden Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 23rd. This year we are featuring a series of traditional Inuit Games. They are quite different than other skills games and a lot of fun. Hopefully, we will have the skating rink open too! Volunteers Neil Dockendorf and friends are hoping for some consecutive cold days to flood the rink. If not, there is always ball hockey! Kim Denis is planning to serve Hotdogs and S’mores that you can roast over the bonfire. Please remember to dress warm for the winter weather. PS: If the ‘Frozen’ theme is popular at your house, Carrie tells us that there will be prizes for costumes. I’m picturing “Stars on Ice in Blue Skirts”. See you in Pioneer Park on January 23rd! Introducing a new program for the New Year: HIP HOP is happening in January at the Kaleden Hall! Oliver Dance Studio instructor Krissie will be showing the kids all the latest urban dance moves. Sign up early and join in the fun! Carrie will be back with Yoga in the Kaleden Community Hall, with talk about adding a second class. Check out the website for details. On behalf of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission, we would like to wish you all a very healthy New Year! Any questions? 250.497.8188 www.kal-rec.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
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This months Healthy Community observation is two-fold ... the spirit of giving and the importance of community. Nita Richardson happened to be in The Bear Bean for coffee when they got to talking about re-homing her mother’s piano (Mrs Salters). Karen mentioned how much a piano would be appreciated by the musical folks who jam at the coffee shop, so the Richardson’s went straight home and delivered it A kind gesture by Howie and Nita! Keep The Bear Bean in mind as part of your community network and drop in on a jam session or two. Just like a balanced diet and exercise, an active social life is an important part of healthy living. The Bear Bean is happy to receive the gifted Salter Piano, which will come in handy If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for during the Jam Sessions on Wednesday afternoons. Head down for some healthy social time, along with something healthy served by Karen and Craig pictured above. healthy choices, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-497-8188.
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With any community event, it is the many volunteers that help bring it all together in the end. A huge and special thank you to all who volunteered with our recent Christmas Festive-All Community Event, as each and every one of you were very much appreciated. And of course, a big thank you to Santa and his elves for taking the time to stop by and visit too!
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Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal
December’s Great Things Include ... Students worked hard this month to collectively donate over 276 food items to “Kaleden Cares” food drive initiative. The school was pleased to hold their Christmas Concert this year at the Kaleden Community Hall. Many community members enjoyed our afternoon performance, while parents and family members packed the hall for our evening show. Happy Holidays To All!
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes Happy New Year! KPAC would like to send well wishes to the entire Kaleden community in 2016. We hope you had a great holiday season and that most of your unwanted gifts were not handmade and easy to return! The PAC would like to remind parents to be extra careful picking up kids during the icy months. Even with good snow tires (and not the ones you just wanted to squeeze one more year out of so you could afford that trip to Mexico), roads and parking lots can be very slick. While you may think it is impressive, no one will applaud your unintended e-brake, skid turn into a parking spot. Please take your time and be extra careful. There are a few things to put on your calendars. Our next PAC meeting is on January 12th at 6pm in the library. I heard that Karen may be making snow cones! (Weather permitting). We have an amazing fun day of tubing up at Apex planned for January 22nd. We do need some parent chaperones. If you are interested, please leave your name at the school. Please remember to send a helmet with your child that day. Also, on February 3rd, Science World is coming to Kaleden! I have personally seen this traveling show and it is awesome! We need a few parents to help out at some science craft tables. There are balloons, fire, a wizard ... it will be great! Once again, a huge thank you to the community for your ongoing support. This amazing school is truly supported by this amazing community. All the best in 2016!
School Trustee Report for SD67
with Ginny Manning Many thanks to staff, students and parents for the wonderful concerts and plays - without your hard work, time and imagination, we would not be able to enjoy these wonderful productions. School District No. 67 is very proud of it’s partnership with Children and Youth Mental Health (CYMH), the RCMP and Junior Alternate teacher Dave Anderson’s involvement in a project last year called “The Outsiders”. Jason MacKenzie and Dan Mix from CYMH presented about this program, which they developed along with Terri Kalaski and Dave Anderson that targets young at-risk boys and is a proactive, therapeutic approach to supporting these young men. The project recently received the Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Award for the Interior and North Region of BC and was a finalist for the province wide awards. The program will remain active until December at which time it will be evaluated and hopefully continue in to the New Year. The Facility Review Meetings continued through to December 10th. After the public discussion and presentation meetings in October and November, the Board and senior staff met with schools that may be affected by reorganization/reconfiguration or potential closure. The final face-to-face meeting for presentations, ideas and questions from the public was on Thursday, December 10, written input will be received until January 10, 2016. The options currently being considered, input received to date and contact information is on the District website (sd67.bc.ca), click on the ‘From Challenge to Opportunity’ banner. Please note that no decisions have been made and the Board is committed to going right to the end of the process on January 20, 2016. We welcome any questions, ideas and/or alternatives to the published options. Board Executive Elections were held at the Inaugural Board meeting on December 14, 2015. Linda VanAlphen was re-elected Chair and Bill Bidlake was elected Vice Chair. Julie Planiden was elected as the Board representative to the BCSTA Provincial Council, with Shelley Clarke as the Alternate. I was re-elected as the Board representative to the BC Public School Employers Association, with Barb Sheppard as the Alternate. District Business and Education Committee Chairs, as well as School Liaisons, will be appointed in January 2016. Wishing you a great New Year! For more info, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Happy New Year from the Kaleden Library Staff! The winners of the Gingerbread House Colouring Contest were Emma, Karla, and Taylor Barker. Hope you had fun building your house over the holidays! Family Storytime on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am starts again on January 12th. Join us for reading stories, singing songs, crafts, and making new friends. Stop by and meet Marley our golden retriever puppet! LEGO Afterschool will be held on Thursday, January 28th from 2:30- 3:30 pm. Registration is The Barkers win a Gingerbread House! required for this program, due to limited space. Bring your imaginations and your best Lego building skills for this fun afternoon. Did you receive a new electronic device for Christmas and are not quite sure what to use it for? The Okanagan Regional Library has created gift packets filled with brochures and information on free digital collections to enjoy on e-readers or tablets. We have many links and guides on our website to assist in getting you started using the free digital collections available on our website. You can contact the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or by email at email@example.com
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Congratulations to the Lipsett Family, who are our second family to get through the “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”. We encourage all families to try our next level of reading, which is “100 Great Books for Children Learning to Read”. This list encourages your child to explore books from different steps represented by coloured labels on the spines. Come into the library to get your list! Family Storytime starts on The Lipsett Family loves to read! Wednesday, January 27th and runs through Wednesday, April 27th. Join us from 1:30 - 2:30 for this family story time with stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts. LEGO Nights begin again on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:307:30pm. Please join us and bring your creativity and building skills with you. Lego Night will continue on the last Tuesday of each month through June. A fond farewell to Georgia who leaves the Okanagan Falls Branch as our Community Librarian for the past 7 years. She is moving on to the Osoyoos Branch as Community Librarian there. We wish her well in her new position. Georgia sends a fond farewell to all the patrons of the Okanagan Falls Library. Happy New Year from the Okanagan Falls Branch!
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Okanagan Falls Elementary School presented “Broadway Santa”, with Grades K-7 participating on December 17th. The Annual PAC Basket Rafﬂe followed the show.
with Ms. Lisa McCall, Okanagan Falls School Principal As we leave the holiday season, it is important for everyone to plan ahead to ensure healthy and active routines and habits prevail for year-round wellness for all! Hopefully, we haven’t spent too much time during the holidays in bed (long sleep-ins), on the couch in front of the TV (TV Marathons) or on the computer (FB, Twitter, Gaming)? If your answer is yes, this is very common and we need to stand up and do something about it! The good news is January of the New Year is the perfect time to set healthy, realistic, and achievable goals for your family’s wellness!
Okanagan Falls PAC Update
Fun Fact: A parent’s physical activity beliefs and behaviours can with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair have a significant and positive influence on their children’s! MAKE A The PAC Council would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets DIFFERENCE, BE THE DIFFERENCE! for this year’s Annual Christmas Basket Raffle. Because of your Why do we need to do something? Because we want to be generosity and kindness, we surpassed last year’s sales! With that proactive over reactive! said, we are thrilled to be able to complete a few projects on our list. Sedentary behaviour (e.g. sitting, surfing the net, watching movies, A huge thank you to the parents (also PAC members), who came to etc) is significantly associated with a variety of chronic diseases our Annual PJ Pancake Breakfast and jumped in to help serve our and conditions, including but not limited to: heart disease, obesity, wonderful students. And, last but never the least, thank you to Dave hypertension, type II diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer, Oosterveld, who volunteered to cook for this special event. osteoporosis, anxiety, depression ... and the list goes ON! We invite ALL parents to join us for our next PAC meeting of the A CHALLENGE FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY ... A challenge for school year on Tuesday, January 5th for one hour only from 6:30parents across the province is to facilitate increased activity and 7:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available during all decreased screen-time for themselves, as well as their children year- PAC meetings. If you would like to have an item added to the agenda, round! As Gandhi once said: You have to be the change you want to please email Ms. McCall at email@example.com. If you have any questions or ideas for our PAC, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384. see in this world! Wishing Everyone a Warm and Happy New Year! Here are some useful resources you can ﬁnd online to assist you From the 2015-2016 PAC Council in the process: •
Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
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PAL Fact Sheet: Actions to Increase my Physical Activity
PAL Fact Sheet: How to Stay Active
ParticipACTION Resource: Parents Guide to Physical Activity
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Happy New Year! We come back to school on January 4th. This month our project theme is “Winter”. Special Guests for January include: • Storytime with Community Librarian on January 13th at 9am; • Family Services on January 15th at 10am; • Aboriginal Art on January 20th at 10:15am, • Child Care Resource & Referral on January 25th at 10am; • And Dancing with Miss McCall on January 27th at 10:30am. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.
with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee
Welcome to 2016! I hope each one of you had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends. Okanagan Falls Elementary News: Christmas Concert ~ I thoroughly enjoyed the Okanagan Falls Christmas Concert “Broadway Santa”. As usual, the gymnasium was filled with parents and grandparents. A big thank you to Shay Ann Cartwright for the props, Okanagan Falls staff, the PAC for the Christmas Basket Raffle fundraiser, and all the rest of the volunteers. The students did a great job, speaking clearly and singing with enthusiasm. Trades Exploration Week Reminder ~ Our Okanagan Falls grades 5, 6 and 7 will take part in the Trades Exploration Week from January 11-15, 2016. They will be focusing on sheet metal fabrication and welding. Parents are welcome to attend. District News: Education Minister, the Honorable Mike Bernier visited our school district on December 10th. He spent one afternoon with us, so we visited classrooms in Oliver Elementary School and Southern Okanagan Secondary School. Honorable Bernier was very impressed by the learning that was happening in the classrooms that we visited. We saw students engaged in their learning and we saw firsthand how TIM (Team Inquiry Model) time is paying off for our students and teachers. We can be proud of the many initiatives that are happening in classrooms in our district. Reviewing of Strategic Planning Process ~ School District No. 53 started a strategic planning process in 2013 to establish a district vision, mission, core values and themes that serve as a compass for our work. It has been two years and we feel that it is time to refresh the initiative and move forward with more clarity and purpose. On February 4th, 2016 we will host a one-day workshop with representatives from staff, trustees, parents, and educational partners to review the strategic planning work that has been done to date, to confirm if our vision, mission, core values, and themes are still current and clear, and to make adjustments as needed. A two-day workshop is being planned for March 9th and, if needed, March 10th for a smaller group of representatives where more concrete and detailed work plans will be co-created to support the identified themes (goals) and to ensure alignment with our overall strategic directions. We will also look at cocreating processes to monitor progress and celebrate success as part of the implementation journey. Please save the dates, as more details will come in 2016. Special Board Meeting Scheduled ~ The Board of Education has called a special Regular Board meeting for January 14th at 7:00 pm in the school board office to discuss the updated facilities plan. On behalf of School District 53’s Board of Education, we wish all of our students, parents, staff, and communities a happy and healthy 2016. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878. Enjoy the peace every moment can bring!
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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (As seen by CMHC)
with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Canada’s housing market is set to cool over the next two years, as the frantic pace of both new home construction and existing home sales in some markets slows down - the country’s housing regulator predicts. National existing home prices will end this year at an average of $437,000, as the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said in a quarterly forecast, which up 7.2% for the year. The federal agency upgraded its 2015 predictions from a forecast it released in May, when it expected home prices to rise just 3.4% this year to about $421,000. Here’s a look at what CMHC sees in store for regional housing markets: The Good Vancouver: The region’s scorching housing market will cool only slightly over the next two years. Housing starts in the Vancouver area will remain “elevated”, CMHC said, while, with 20,000 units under construction each year over the next two years, home resales are expected to hit their highest levels in a decade this year, before slowing slightly in 2016 and 2017. Average resale prices should end this year up 9% before growth slows to 3% next year. Montreal: An improving labour market will spark new home buyers over the next two years, pushing home prices up by 2% a year. However, a surge in new rental construction to 10-year highs will also boost rental vacancy rates.
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The Bad Toronto: The soaring cost of home ownership will finally begin to weigh on the Toronto housing market. Housing starts should drop by 5% next year and fall another 10% in 2017. Much of that will come from fewer new detached homes, with multifamily construction making up almost two-thirds of new homes under construction in 2017. Existing home sales, which are on track to hit 100,000 this year, will drop to 87,500 by 2017 as more prospective first-time buyers find they’re priced out of the market. Quebec City: A glut of new and existing homes on the market will push down housing starts over the next two years, but an improving job market will help boost resale home prices by 1% next year and 1.5% in 2017. Atlantic Canada: An improving economy and private sector energy projects should give a lift to the region’s struggling housing market, but residential starts will likely fall over the next two years. In St. John’s, home prices should fall 2% this year, as developers move away from speculative home building. In Halifax, existing home prices will grow below the rate of inflation as the city undergoes its biggest rentalhousing renaissance since the 1970s. The Ugly Calgary: The city’s housing market has undeniably felt the effects of the struggling energy sector. Construction of detached homes is expected to reach its lowest levels since 1988 this year. By next year, multifamily starts, which include condos, townhouses and other types of attached housing, are expected to be 43% lower than peak levels last year. Existing home sales activity will likely fall by nearly 30% this year. Average resale home prices should end the year down 2.1%, and will rise by less than 1% next year. Edmonton: Despite the shock of falling oil prices in Alberta, Edmonton has undergone a residential building boom this year, with construction started on roughly 10,000 new units, mainly rentals and condos. That number should plunge to 5,500 next year, as sluggish job growth, high rental vacancy rates and a backlog of unsold condos weights on developers. Resale activity is expected to fall by 12% this year and rebound slowly over the next two years. Saskatchewan: The Prairie province was already grappling with a surge in new home construction in 2014 when oil prices began to plummet. By this year, construction of detached houses in Saskatoon had fallen by 30% to its lowest level since 2009. Multifamily starts are expected to end the year down 34%. Average home prices should fall by 0.7% and see only “modest increases” over the next two years. In Regina, detached housing starts will fall to their lowest level since 2001, while existing home prices will fall by nearly 2% this year.
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Best Wishes for 2016!
A big THANK YOU to everyone for their support over the past 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 2016.
Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location
We are accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Okanagan 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.
Winter Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-4:00 & Sat 10:00-3:30 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls
Happy New Year! Deb and Chad Wetter Award Winning Master Stylist
Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm
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Thank You Community!
East Side Salon is pleased to announce that with the help of the community an amount of $210 was raised to support Okanagan Falls Helping Hands. This was done by way of donating all family hair cutting funds on Saturday, December 5th from the salon. A warm thank you to all who participated.
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Above: Chad Wetter (left) of East Side Salon presents a $210 cheque to Keray Levant (right) of the Okanagan Falls Helping Hands. Below: Arnie Gash (left) and Debbie Ziegler (right), along with others not shown, had hair cuts by donation to Helping Hand.
Weekly Fresh Flower Deliveries - adding life and colour to your day Wedding Consultations - finding the perfect fit for your style Floral Classes & Workshop - very relax & informal. (See Facebook page for details) Classes for Homeschooled Students - working on various crafts Afternoons Crafts Classes - for students during vacation
Thank you for supporting your local small business. I wish you a happy and peaceful 2016. Always happy to open my studio. Just call ahead! 4922 Leslie Drive, Okanagan Falls email@example.com
By Larry Martin Based on the 2015 season, I am looking forward to a year that could produce a new world record for ‘sport caught Kokanee’. In 1988, a 9 pound 6 ounce Kokanee from Okanagan Lake stood as the world record for more than twenty years before a fish from Wallowa Lake in Oregon topped it by a few ounces. Early in the season, Skaha was showing promise (Top Photo). Okanagan Lake was a bit disappointing, but showed some future with a decent run of Kokanee with some size in Penticton Creek (Middle Photo). Kalamalka Lake was king this season with several fish over 5 pounds and a verified catch by Jim Sutherland of over 9 lbs (Bottom Photo). Kokanee fishers will again be testing the waters early in the New Year and developing their game plan for 2016. Mark Your Calendar: A Free Family Ice Fishing Event is being planned for Saturday, February 6th on Yellow Lake just past Twin Lakes on Hwy 3A before Keremeos. For more info, just ask Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer!
with Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ will step in and assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Below is a recent small cabin renovation, where the installation of a sliding glass door made all the difference.
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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015 January 2016 SkahaMatters.com
Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre
with Audree Sikorski
Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year! And the Best in 2016! Well with the busy Holiday Season winding down and winter here, We had a busy December, with our Christmas Dinner that was so well attended. Music and donations from our local businesses for our door prizes ... There was Johnston Meier Insurance, OK Falls Pub & Grill, Pharmasave, Heather’s House Cleaning, The Bear Bean Cafe, Falls Market, Michele’s Flowers & Gardens, (Terrisa-stylist) at Hair Friends in Oliver, Wild Goose Vineyards, Meyer Family Vineyards, Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Liquidity Wines, See Ya Later Ranch Winery ... Thank you all for your support Our two plays that were held on December 20th were a great success! “A Candle on the Table”, starred Vi Creasey, Sue Walker, Verna Schrieber and Shirley Dawson. “A Widow’s Mite”, starred Lorraine Thompson, Arlene Vogelar, Ken Martin, Robert McLeod, Clem Jones and Sue Walker. Great job all of you! Our General Meeting will be held on Monday, January 4th at 1pm. We will see all our new Executive for 2016 installed. We wish them the best in their future endeavors on behalf of the Seniors Centre. On January 2nd, we will have our first Pancake Breakfast from 8-10am. $4 is a great deal for scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages and a beverage. Tuesday Bingos will be back on the first 3 Tuesdays at 1pm. (Jackpots are great). Drop-in Bingo is the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1-4pm. Potluck Dinners are the 4th Saturday of the month starting again on January 23rd at 5:30pm. We have music and such great food. Come and enjoy! Gretha Jenson will lead the Scrabble Group on Thursdays from 1012pm. It can fill the snowy winter days. Tuesday Pool is at 7pm in our pool room. Thursday Bridge remains at 1pm, as well as Thursday Crib at 7pm. Carpet Bowling is still going on 1pm on Wednesdays. Members will be glad to teach you if you have never done it before. Music & Coffee continues every Wednesday & Friday from 9-10:30am. Everyone is welcome to stop by and listen to our musicians during their practice sessions. Music Jam Sessions are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 1-4pm. This is a fun time for you to come and bring your voice and instruments and get up on stage and join in. Lunch is available. It is a great day filled with music and dancing. If you have any questions or need information about anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Audree Sikorski at 250-497-5572 or Robert at 778-515-0015. MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, January 4th Evening Pool ~ 7pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (Jan 16th) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Music Jam ~ 1-4pm every 2nd Sunday of the month. Bring your instruments and voices and get right on stage & enjoy! Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday (Jan 2nd) Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday (Jan 23rd)
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2 NEW PROGRAMS To Start In 2016 The T.I.M.E Program Together In Movement and Exercise Designed by physiotherapists & tailored to people with balance or mobility issues. A 10 week program led by fitness instructors.
Information Session is January 7th from 11am– Noon
Tai Chi with Richard Lautsch Starts January 13th For further information, please call 250-497-8188 or visit www.okfalls.net.
T.I.M.E.™ - Together in Movement & Exercise Who is this for? Tailored to people who are able to walk 10 meters (about 30 feet) with or without a walking aid. For those with balance or mobility issues, or who live with conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury, or weakness after a hospital stay. What is the program? An exercise program for people who have balance and mobility issues. Designed by physiotherapists and led by fitness instructors. Each class lasts 1 hour and consists of a seated warm-up, exercise stations and a cool-down. There is an optional social hour after each class. Bring your lunch/snack and stay a while! Where is it? Okanagan Falls Community Centre, 1141 Cedar Street. When is it held? Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am to Noon. Starting January 12 and runs for 10 weeks through to March 8th. Join the Information Session on January 7th from 11am to Noon. What is the cost? $139 for 20 classes. If cost is a factor, please contact us, in confidence. Need more information or want to register? Call 250-497-8188 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.okfalls.net and register online.
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Douglas Harrison
Well, another year has come and gone at your Branch #227. With a very hectic Christmas Season behind us, it’s time to update you on the latest. The Installation of Officers took place in mid-December, with both the Ladies Auxiliary and the Legion together, thus sharing in a special co-installation ceremony. December also had many other events rounding out the month. Here’s What’s Happening at Branch #227 in January: • New Years Day - Its the Hangover-Rehab Welcome to 2016 Get Together from 2-7pm, featuring live music by “3piece” (formerly Time Line) Tickets are $10 each at the Bar or at the door. • January 23rd - Robbie Burns Night - The piping in of the Haggis, featuring The Summerland Pipe Band. $12/person. Dinner to be served at 6:30 pm. • Branch #227’s Annual General Meeting is January 19th at 7pm
Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President On behalf of the Okanagan Falls Lions Club membership, I would like to hope that everybody had a awesome Christmas surrounded by the love of family. We are very fortunate that the joys of the season can be enjoyed by all. The Lions Club is looking forward to serving our community in the upcoming year. Happy New Year to all. “Be a Blood Donor ... it’s in you to give!” If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization, talk to a Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486.
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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Audrey Steeves
The Spirit of Christmas was alive and well at the annual Christmas Dinner for the Okanagan Falls Ladies Auxiliary on December 7th, which was attended by LA members and many of their guests. Following a super Chinese dinner, catered by the Okanagan Falls Restaurant, a brief meeting was held. In a letter received from LA Provincial Command, information was shared on the need for a new Convention Chairman following the resignation of the former chairman. Two names were submitted for the position with election by the LA of Doreen Holmes to be sent back to LA Command. With business attended to, the exchange of gifts complete, which created surprises and much laughter, the meeting was wrapped up with the drawing for the number of Poinsettia’s that had decorated the tables. On December 13th, an Installation Ceremony was held for the 2016 slate of officers and executive members. Recognition and appreciation was given by President Louise Sax to John (Dutch) Hopmans for his work in creating an attractive wooden coin box for the LA. Recognition was also given to several members who had perfect meeting attendance in 2015. Wishing all LA members a Happy & Healthy 2016, and will see you at the next regular meeting on January 6, 2016.
Volunteers are needed as Bartenders, if you are interested ask Liz at the Canteen or call 250.497.8338. Affordable hall rentals are also available. If interested, leave a message at the branch for more info. Did you know? Legion members care deeply about supporting the men and women who serve this country and want to make a difference in the lives of veterans, contribute to our communities, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. When you join the Legion, you support the many services we offer to veterans, serving military, RCMP, and their families. Although a key component of all of the work we do is to honour and remember not only those who have fallen, but also those who are currently serving in Canada’s military, we recognize that our youth also play a crucial role in the growth of our communities and in continuing the tradition of Remembrance. The Legion Service Bureau Network serves veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), RCMP, and their families by representing their interests with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board for disability benefits under the Pension Act or the New Veterans Charter. The Legion’s professional Command Service Officers are mandated by legislation to provide representation, advocacy and financial assistance free of charge, Legion member or not. A Legion Command Service Officer provides complimentary hands-on assistance, whether or not the veteran is a member of the Legion. Branch #227’s Legion Command Service Officer is Ed Findlater. Anyone can find further information related to Veterans Services and other important resources through a number of websites that we can recommend, including www.legion.ca. Branch #227 is happy to announce that starting on January 2nd our website and Facebook page will be updated and in working order. Until next month, the more we remember and know, the lest we forget.
Kaleden Weekly Ladies Drop-in Starts Again on January 13th Every Wednesday 1-4 pm
Meet at the Kaleden Community Church
All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation & crafts. Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please.
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Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street
Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
So, dear reader, there we were with our fuzzy britches and funny hats, trying to keep it together on the bandshell stage - it is very large, don’t you know? Did you enjoy the Festive-All as much as we did? I will tell you a secret - ready? If you participate in the action on the stage, it’s much warmer than being down among the watchers! Once again, the W.I. ladies enjoyed such a happy time at our annual Christmas Dinner. And, once again, Pat Diewold opened her home to us. Such food these ladies do concoct. It is an amazing array of succulentness - I know, I know, I just invented a super new word. So, we come to the present and a brand new year. So, come one and all, join your Womens’ Institute to discover what our next project might involve. We will be working on it soon. Please have a very safe, very HAPPY NEW YEAR! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch The Women’s Institute meets in the Club Room of Community Centre. For Information, please phone Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.
The early 1930s saw some big changes for the small town of Kaleden. It all began when the CPR looked to complete the missing link in its line, between Okanagan Falls and Penticton. They negotiated to take over the old road grade that ran between the two communities and right through Kaleden. The road up Waterman’s Hill near Okanagan Falls had been greatly improved and a new road up Kruger Hill near Penticton had been CPR constructed the rail line along Skaha Lake. constructed in 1930, so the old road grade along the lake and through Kaleden had been abandoned. CPR took over this road and beginning in 1931 began construction of a rail line along the lake. They forged a new path along the lake South of Kaleden and built a tressel bridge over Skaha Lake at the South end to meet up with the line through Okanagan Falls.
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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson
Winter is here, so we work our way through the cold and that white stuff. It is pretty, and not nearly as cold as what our families and friends East of British Columbia must go through. On December 17th, 28 members, volunteers and friends met at the OK Falls Hotel for our Christmas Dinner. Randy provided a wonderful meal, with fresh salads, turkey and dressing, potatoes, gravy and vegetables, along with homemade carrot cake and ice cream for desert. He also provided three gift certificates that were door prizes. We also had two gifts from Heather and Gerry Jackson, and a lovely gift basket from Donna May Thompson. At the end of the evening, we all sang Happy Birthday to Mary Ferris who was turning 99 on December 19th. We had a great evening and highly recommend Randy and his staff at the OK Falls Hotel for their good food and service. The Heritage and Museum Society would like to thank Chad Parker and his crew from Fortis BC, who came and removed the old torn flag from the flag pole and replaced it with a new one. Dale Stevenson phoned that the contact had been made and the flag was replaced. Thank you again to Chad Parker and Dale Stevenson, along Fortis BC for looking after the flag. Some people still insist on leaving their garbage on the front door of the Thriftee Shop. When we find furniture, tools, and other garbage that we have no place for, it all goes to the dump. We even get bags of dirty, stained, torn and worn out clothing that no one would want. All that goes to the dump too. We gladly accept gently used clean clothing for resale, but when leaving undesirable garbage on our step, you are not doing us any favours. The Heritage Society would like to thank those in the community who support the store with clean donations. We get shoppers from as far away as Kelowna and Greenwood. Have a Great 2016! From the Members and Volunteers of the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society.
Left - The Kaleden fruit packing house built in 1932 with the railroad right next to it. Right - Inside the new fruit packing house equipped with electricity and cold storage. At the same time, fruit production had reached a point where the old packing house was inadequate. As a result, the Kaleden Cooperative Growers Association decided a new plant was in order and to take advantage of the new rail line, a new lakefront site was selected right alongside of the projected path of the railway. This new site alleviated one of the major shipping problems by eliminating the need to truck the produce from the packing house to the wharf. In addition, it gave the Association the opportunity to build a brand new building with all the latest innovations. The new packing house was completed by 1932, about the same time as the railway, and it included the latest in apple graders with washing facilities which made for much more efficient processing, plus a large cold storage plant to keep fruit fresh until shipping date. Clem Battye, was the manager at the time of building. With the coming of the cold storage plant, it became practical for the West Kootenay Power Company to supply electricity to the district and the residents of Kaleden were able to hookup at a reasonable rate. What a change to most of the households in this small town. Gone were the Coleman and Aladdin lamps and the not very powerful Delco, Fairbanks-Morse and Lister 32 volt light plants, which had been a huge part of the rural way of life. The community of Kaleden had just moved into the 20th century! 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info Kaleden Cares would like to thank all who contributed to the Christmas Hampers Program. A special thank you to the staff and students of Kaleden Elementary School, Kaleden Library and the Community Church for their enthusiastic participation in this year’s program. Thank you to all who contributed food items and financial donations. “Thank you for caring!” To Mexico With Love 2016 is a humanitarian service trip to Mexico. We will be travelling to Baja, Mexico during the School Spring Break (March 14-26) and will be building homes, helping with a community movie night and other service projects. For those of you who are not familiar with our group, To Mexico With Love 2016, is a group of adults whose desire is to provide opportunities for youth to experience serving the poor and underprivileged. We partner with “LiveDifferent” and their ‘Build Program’ to provide this life changing experience for leaders and youth alike. We have two main fundraisers which contribute to the cost of our trip. One is the ongoing collection of bottles, cans and other refundable recyclables, which can be dropped off at our collection site at 434 Lakehill Road (in Church parking lot). Let me say a BIG thank you to all who have contributed this year for with your generous donations we have so far collected enough funds to cover the cost of one of the two 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 2016 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, February 6th at 6 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Tickets: $10 adults / $5 children (12 & under). Raffle Baskets - Tickets 50 cents each. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call Les at 250-497-6323 or email email@example.com. If you would like additional information about the Mexico trip, please contact Les at the above number or email and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The HUB ~ A program for knowing and responding to individual needs in the Kaleden Community is looking for volunteers to help with snow removal. If you would like to help out, please call 250.460.3387.
Okanagan Falls Community Church
Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! You Are Invited! ~ We would like to invite the community to the “Induction Service and the Open House” to be held at Okanagan Falls Community Church, located at 1356 McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls. For more information, please call 250-497-5131. Induction Service ~ Saturday, January 16th at 2 pm
Welcome to Okanagan Falls! Pastor Wade & Brenda Harvey
Open House ~ Sunday, January 17th after 10 am Service Come meet the new Pastor and his wife, Wade and Brenda Harvey. Coffee and snacks will be served after this morning service.
If you live in the Kaleden area and need a ride please call 250-460-3387
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Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca
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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1pm. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704
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Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514
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Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Update
with Keray Levant, Helping Hand Chair The Helping Hand Food Hampers and Providing Christmas Hampers Christmas Toys were distributed on For Those In Need Saturday, December 19th. We were able to assist a combination of 87 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. “After A Winter’s Storm”
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Flowers to Chad Parker and his crew from Fortis BC for replacing the torn and tattered flag at the Heritage Society. Flowers also to Dale Stevenson who assisted in the project. Thank you all very much! ~ from Marla Wilson, Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society Flowers to Randy and his staff at the OK Falls Hotel for the beautiful Christmas Dinner for the Heritage and Museum Society. Twenty eight people attended and the room, the food and the service was perfect! We will see more of them in the New Year! ~ from Marla Wilson, Okanagan falls Heritage and Museum Society Flowers to those responsible for removing the sand piles and dirt from the creek bed off Cedar Street. ~ from Shelly of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to those people who leave their garbage at the door of the Thriftee Shop when it is not open. We have signs posted at all the windows to please leave your donations only while the shop is open, so that we can sort and value your contributions. By leaving your bags of garbage at the store and driving away, is not what the shop is for. Please, no donations when the shop is not open. Thank you! ~ from Marla Wilson, Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society
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If Basic Cremation is Your Choice with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls
At-Need or Pre-Need $990.00 + taxes Penticton and Area $1190.00 + taxes Kelowna and Area Another year has slipped away and a new one is just beginning. As we look forward to 2016 with anticipation, most of us will be making “New Year’s” resolutions. Some of which we will keep and others, just like the old year will slip away un-accomplished. To those of you who may have made a resolution to see to your final arrangements or to make your Will and did not quite “get around to it” this is a new year and the best opportunity to get those final arrangements taken care of. Take it from me, after 25 years in Funeral Service, your spouse, children or relatives would rather not be left with the responsibility of making choices for you. The most thoughtful gift you can give to your loved ones, is to have everything finalized, so they can mourn your passing without the stress of making emotional choices during a time of grief. It is as easy as picking up the phone. Do it Now! Call Lesley at (250) 493-3912 for your appointment Arrangements can be made in the comfort of your own home or at our facility in Penticton. Our sincere thanks to all the local families who placed their trust in Credible Cremation Services Ltd, during the past year. We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Mark Pankratz 250-488-1568
Experience the Difference
South Country Realty
www.MarkPankratz.com Wishing all the readers, advertisers, and content contributors ...
Happy New Year!
I hope you find peace & tranquility in 2016!
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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
Enough for 2 ......................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95
Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 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
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
Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.
Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95
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 .............................. $10.95
SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip
Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Served with grilled garlic toast ..................................... $7.25
Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast
Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $9.95 20 items: $18.95 30 items: $28.95 40 items: $37.95 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.
Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Medieval Burger More than 1/2 a pound of spicy feast ....................... $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A meatless patty, dressed to please! ......................... $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon ............................................................... $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95
Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod
Also available grilled, with lemon pepper
1 Piece: ....................................... $9.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $12.95
All Day Breakfast Ye Olde Breakfast Steak and Eggs
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 $.95
Add mozza, cheddar, 2 strips of bacon or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each
Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $9.95 or without a meal $12.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.25 / Side of 3 perogies $4.95 / Add Swiss $1.50 / Add Feta $1.95 / Change to Gluten Free Bun or Bread for $1.75.
Steak, Seafood and Ribs
All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or salad with your choice of dressing.
Grilled Cheese The BLT
On white, brown or rye bread ....................................... $9.95
Hot Roast Beef
This sandwich has lean roast beef piled high ........ $11.95 and smothered in our own gravy
Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread
Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $10.95 garden salad
Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $10.95 horseradish on the side
Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95
Our spicy medieval beef patty, baked ...................... $12.95 potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad
New York Steak
A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $13.95 baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad
Steak & Prawns
Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $16.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad
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. .................. $17.95 chicken breast, baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad
Rack of Ribs
A full rack of pork ribs with baked potato ............... $17.95 or home fries, garlic toast and salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper
2 Lobster Tails
TWO lobster tails, baked potato or home fries ..... $26.95 garlic toast and garden salad
cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread
Bowl of Chili
So good, you’ll eat the bowl! ....................................... $11.95 Served in a bread bowl with salad
We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls
Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!
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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake
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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays
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Baron of Beef Dip
Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39!
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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Volume 8 : Issue 1