Skaha Matters January 2017

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50 Years of Service as Fire Chief! Chief Bob Haddow ~ On Top Left Above

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KVFD January 2017 Safety Tip January has historically been the most dangerous month for Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Cold weather increases the use of gas-powered furnaces, as well as the use of risky alternative heating and power sources. It is a good time to remember the following safety tips to prevent CO poisoning: • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil or coal-burning appliance inspected and serviced by a qualified technician every year. • Install battery-operated CO detectors on every level of your home. • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside the home, basement or garage or outside the home near a window. • Don’t burn anything in an unvented stove or fireplace. • Don’t let a vehicle idle inside a garage attached to a house, even if the garage door is left open. • Don’t heat a house with a gas oven. If a CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911 from outside. Seek prompt medical attention, if you suspect CO poisoning and if you or someone in your household is feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.

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We have an individual in the community of Okanagan Falls that deserves recognition. Mr. Robert (Bob) Haddow has served as Fire Chief for the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years! Bob started at the Fire Hall in January 1964 for a total of 53 years of service. Absolutely Amazing!!! So, starting on Wednesday, January 4th through Sunday, January 8th, please phone, text, email, skype, hashtag, Facetime, telegraph or send a smoke signal message to BOB at, chiefrhaddow@, 250-497-5700, fax: 250-497-5764 and say “Thank You” for his service and dedication to our community. On Sunday, January 8th you are all invited to our Open House from 12:30 - 4:00 pm in the Banquet Hall of the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. This way you can come and shake Bob’s hand in person! Be sure not miss the Special Presentations held at 1:30 pm. Bob and wife Carroll moved to Okanagan Falls in 1962 with their 2 daughters, Deb and Joy. Bob, just in his early 20’s, got a job as a sign painter for Red’s Signs, painting many Penticton business signs/ logos and all those giant paper banner ads for the weekly specials at Super Value! Before computers, laser cutters and digital stickers, all his work was hand brushed. Much of the fire hall artwork you have seen on the fire trucks, jackets, t-shirts etc. are Bob’s handiwork. On the way to work one day in 1964, Bob heard an ad on the radio about the Okanagan Falls Fire Department looking for volunteers. Bob was welcomed to the weekly meeting by then Fire Chief George Fleming ... the rest as they say, is history! The Haddow family grew to include 2 boys, Raymond and Robert, who became a member of OKVFD. Bob now has 9 grandchildren, including grandson Ryan who is a member and 3 great grandchildren! Bob and Carroll were just ‘youngsters’ themselves when they moved to the Falls, but quickly became active members of the Fire Department and the community. They were taken under-wing and became fast friends of some of the original members like Trevor Jones, Warner Kaden and Morris Thompson amongst others who also helped shape and train Bob into the Chief he became today. As any chief will tell you, they have a love for people and a passion for what they do. A responsibility they take seriously for the safety and lives of others. That dedication becomes not just a tight knit team amongst the OKVFD members, but of the community and your own family. There are lots of practices and training, long days, late nights, lives lost and lives saved. In a small town, you often are out fighting fires or rescuing citizens you know. There is also a wonderful sense of camaraderie, BBQ’s, events, parades, people helping people and coming together when it really matters. That is what Bob loves about the job. We hope you will join Bob, along with his family and the OKVFD on Sunday, January 8th from 12:30-4:00 pm at the OPEN HOUSE to share some memories and commend Bob in person.

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Neighborhood Meetings for Upper Carmi, Apex and Vaseux Lake ~ I recently hosted several meetings to discuss issues of importance to residents of Upper Carmi, Apex and Vaseux Lake:

“We’ll Tak a Cup ‘O Kindness Yet Our meeting with Carmi residents on November 30th attracted at For Auld Lang Syne” least 80 residents. Following an agenda approved by the audience, we

These familiar words, often attributed to Robbie Burns, are in the form of a toast or “cup ‘o kindness” shared with someone dear to remember all the special times with friends and loved ones in years gone by. We sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year’s to celebrate the year just past, and with excitement and anticipation for good health and happiness in the year to come. Tom Siddon As Christmas Festivities and the Holiday Director of Season come to an end, you are cordially RDOS Area ‘D’ invited to share one final “tip ‘o the cup” at our 2nd Annual 12th Night Open House to be held at the Area ‘D’ Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls from 4-6pm on Thursday, January 5th. Come on down and enjoy a drap of Wassail and goodies with our Community Services staff and friends from around the area. While I’m not one for making New Year’s Resolutions, I would like to share with you some of my priorities for Area ‘D’ in the year ahead. Topping my list will be the completion of the Town Centre Master Plan for Okanagan Falls, the implementation of a number of Governance Restructuring Initiatives arising from last year’s Governance Study, and a start on construction of a new Affordable Senior’s Housing Project to be built by the South Skaha Housing Society in Okanagan Falls. Added to these, we expect to make significant progress on the Sewer Service Extension Project to connect Skaha Estates and Kaleden with the Wastewater Treatment Plant, a New Neighbourhood Park in Heritage Hills, waterfront park upgrades in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden, and completion of the KVR Trail between Penticton and the South end of Vaseux Lake. I also hope to see progress on a Study of Water Quality, Milfoil and Siltation issues in Vaseux Lake, a Water Conservation and Management Plan for the Twin Lakes area, an extension of Fire Protection Service from Penticton to Upper Carmi, and a new Solid Waste Transfer Station at Apex. So as you can see, there’s a lot to be accomplished in 2017! Progress on the Senior’s Housing Project ~ As of this writing, it seems possible that the 35 unit Senior’s Housing Project (for which BC Housing announced a $4.7 million grant in November), will not be built at the Branch #227 Legion site along South Willow Street. Given this possibility, the South Skaha Housing Society has in recent weeks been carrying out a site assessment and negotiations for possible purchase of an alternative one acre property located in the town centre, in close proximity to all needed community amenities. Stay tuned for further announcements! A New Conservation Fund for the South Okanagan ~ For several years, the Regional District has identified environmental protection as one of our guiding values as reflected in the 2010 Regional Growth Strategy and the 2012 “Keeping Nature in Our Future” document developed jointly with the South Okanagan/Similkameen Conservation Program. Now, with adoption of the Sub-Regional Conservation Fund Bylaw No 2690 by the RDOS Board on December 15th, we have decided to “put some money where our mouth is”. Drawing support from the Alternative Approval method of voter consent, which registered an objection level of only 0.1 percent of 56,000 eligible electors, RDOS will establish a fund of up to $450,000 annually to support sustainable environmental protection projects in a large portion of the South Okanagan Valley, stretching from Summerland, through greater Penticton, to rural Oliver. For taxpayers of Area ‘D’, the cost of this new service will be about $10 per average household, or a mill rate of 3 cents per $1000 of property value. That is good value for money, I would say!

discussed a wide range of issues. Fire protection, bylaw enforcement, curbside pick-up, land use issues and road maintenance were priorities. The meeting was attended by Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson, who offered a well-received proposal for extending fire and first responder services to Upper Carmi under a possible service agreement with the Regional District. For a more detailed report, including “Action Items” arising from the meeting, residents should contact RDOS Staff Member, Christy Malden, at 250-492-4146. On December 5th and 6th, two information meetings were held with property owners at the Apex Ski Resort to discuss long-awaited plans for a Solid Waste Transfer Station. Our waste management team of Candace Pilling and Cameron Baughen made presentations concerning location, design options and cost recovery for this project. Judging from a survey of those who attended, property owners favour a fully enclosed, environmentally attractive facility located near the village centre. Survey respondents also want to see a more equitable approach to apportioning of the project cost, instead of the taxationbased model recommended by staff. I’m hoping for a final decision on the funding model and to secure project approval before the end of ski season. On December 7th, I and my colleague, Director Terry Schafer of Area ‘C’, attended a meeting of Vaseux Lake residents organized by Norm Gaumont of Sundial Road. Due to recent major increases of algal blooms, milfoil growth and siltation build-up at Vaseux Lake, residents are concerned as to what is causing these changes. Mr. Gaumont initially speculated that excessive nutrients from our new advanced treatment plant at Okanagan Falls might be causing these issues, but our RDOS Engineer, Liisa Bloomfield refuted this claim by presenting data to show that any such nutrient levels are extremely low and that in any event the treatment plant meets all the requirements of it’s Provincial operating certificate. It is more likely that the nutrient contamination is due to leaking septic fields and run-off of agricultural chemicals from adjacent fields. The siltation may be caused by recent rain-driven flooding and aggressive dredging of upstream side-channel creeks to facilitate fish passage. Comprehensive studies will be carried out in 2017 to prove or disprove these possibilities. Budget Projections for 2017 ~ Without inclusion of the recently approved environmental fund, the overall RDOS Tax Requisition needed to balance the budget will be $15.6 million, for an increase of about 5.3% over last year. The Area ‘D’ portion of this amount is approximately $3.1 million, which is 5.7% higher than last year. 2-3% of this total increase is due to an escalation of basic costs and wages; an additional 3-4% is the result of new spending initiatives in each electoral area. Once the final budget document receives first reading sometime in early January, I expect to hold public meetings in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls to explain in more detail the reasons for these increases. Well folks, this is all I have room for as 2016 winds to an end. Thanks to the many of you who gave so much support to my efforts on behalf of Area ‘D’ during the past year. A Cup ‘O Kindness to Y’all! Happy New Year! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520

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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!”

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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen BC Budget time will be upon us shortly, and through careful financial management there will be a surplus. When I ask people where they would spend the extra, the answer is usually in Health. Perhaps as we age, we spend more time thinking about our health and what our needs will be as we become less mobile, or if we will need to move to be closer to services. In rural BC, as in all rural areas in the country, it is not possible to have everything close by, but the consultations I have been engaged in with the Select Standing Committee on Health show that the majority of people do want to stay in their own homes and communities till the end of their lives. Our Health Authorities are struggling with the need to improve services to people in their own homes and keep the acute care beds in hospitals for those recovering from surgeries, etc. There are many innovative programs being developed around the province. Clinics that provide one stop health care by having everything under one roof, for example, like pharmacy, physiotherapy, mental health services, and even social services. Doctors, nurse practitioners and RN’s, among others, located in one location can better serve the patient. A Paramedic Program that is being piloted in some locations allows home visits to people who do not need to see a medical doctor, but need some medical support. It is being piloted in Princeton right now and is showing great success. Throughout the Province, there is a consensus that we have an excellent health care system and that putting more money into it is not the ultimate solution. A lot of people feel the money currently in the system just needs to be better utilized and changes need to happen in a timelier manner to adapt to the changing health care needs of our population. The report from the Committee on Rural Health Care will be completed in the early Spring and will summarize the submissions presented and report on best practices from around the province. Mental Health and addictions were also addressed by the Committee. There is no doubt that the current processes in place are struggling to meet the increasing needs of those suffering from mental health and substance abuse. It is understood that the solutions are not to be found in a prison cell or in a 30-day treatment bed, but are chronic conditions that require long term treatment and lifestyle changes.

The Joint Task Force on Overdose Response is providing expert leadership and advice on actions to respond to the current crisis. Government is acting as quickly as possible to address the current opioid crisis, but also recognizes the need for long term careful planning involving all health care professionals and non- professional providers with expertise in treating people suffering from chronic mental health and addictions. Government remains firmly committed to providing better access to appropriate substance-use treatments through our commitment to create 500 new substance use beds. 220 of those beds have been created and the balance will be available in 2017. There is no quick and easy solution, as the overdose crisis is very complex involving many social factors in all areas including housing, policing, public health, harm reduction, addiction and recovery treatments, and legislation that crosses many jurisdictional boundaries. More than $43 million has been committed so far to support this work. 2017 is here already and yes, in BC, an election year. I know we are all getting election weary following the Canadian Federal Election and the US Election, but the right to vote freely is envied by many other countries in the world and not to be taken lightly. Please be patient over the next 4 months as you are bombarded by election rhetoric as we move towards May 9th. For myself and other current MLA’s, it will be business as usual until the writ is dropped 28 days before the election. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all from myself and my Constituency Office Staff, Colleen and Patt.

Happy 80th Birthday

Johanna Rempel of Okanagan Falls!

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Happy 80th Birthday Johanna Rempel! BORN: January 5th, 1937 Love From Bob & Sharon Harrop, Deb & Boyd Tonita, and Gord & Brenda Harrop.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Director Siddon will be hosting the 2nd Annual Twelfth Night Celebration on Thursday, January 5th at the Visitor’s Centre/Community Services Office. Drop in and join us for Wassail and King’s Cake from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The Age Friendly Project is complete as Shona Schleppe five Age Friendly (transit) Benches have Rural Services been installed on BC Transit Routes 20 and Manager 21. Below is a picture of a bench that was installed on Veterans Way across from Seniors Centre and close to Centennial Park. The businesses that completed the Age Friendly Assessment were invited to attend a CPR Level A with AED workshop and a few of you seized this opportunity.

Age Friendly Bench installed on BC Transit Route on Veterans Way Winter season is in full swing! Check out the calendar of events for Apex Mountain Resort. We also thank the Apex community for their participation in the Hazard Risk Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) Workshop on November 29th. The APOA and the Resort had strong participation and identified the most severe and highest frequency risks as Wildfire, Fire, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Power Outages, Blizzard, Air Plane Crashes, and Structural Collapses. An emergency action plan for each will be set up and communicated to the community. Thank you to all the residents, property owners, and businesses for completing the Waste Transfer Station Survey and attending the two Public Open Houses. Results of the consultation and next steps will be forthcoming in the New Year! An informative meeting was held on Wednesday, December 7th with Vaseux Lake Homeowners. They are very concerned with the poor condition of Vaseux Lake. Norm Gaumont and homeowners are spear-heading efforts to understand and improve the lake. A very informative presentation was arranged by Director Schaefer and Director Siddon, featuring Liisa Bloomfield (RDOS Engineering Supervisor) and James Littley (Okanagan Basin Water Board) as special guests. Liisa provided details on the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the new proposed Wetlands project. James explained the small grant program, provided an update on the permitting process for the ‘rotovating’ to control the milfoil weed and other measures to improve the state of the lake. There followed an open discussion and next steps will include the submission of an application for a scientific study on the lake pollution sources and a commitment to further examine the siltation problem. On Wednesday, November 30th, a great turnout of Upper Carmi property owners (approx. 80) participated in a Town Hall Meeting with the Regional District (RDOS), including Director Siddon and the RDOS Management Team (represented by Roger, Donna, Mark W. and Christy) and guest Chief Larry Watkinson, City of Penticton Fire Department. The team were available to gather information from the


South Okanagan

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Please RSVP to Denise at Phone: 250.498.6321 ext 201 residents, and answer general questions on existing services and the feasibility of proposed services. The process to get services was also explained. Topics of discussion included: Fire; High Speed Internet; Bylaw Enforcement; Curbside Garbage Pick-up; Water; Race Track; Roads; and Carriage Houses. A summary of action and next steps for each topic will be circulated to Upper Carmi property owners. Did anyone catch the filming crew up at Shuttleworth Properties? That’s right! In Area “D”, a large film crew in early December was set up and shooting the movie “The Humanity Bureau” starring Nicolas Cage. Thanks to Greyback Construction for offering the site. Along with Cage, the film will feature Sarah Lind, Jakob Davies and Canadian actor Hugh Dillon. Rumour has it that it will be a science fiction movie. Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commissions have been busy and are looking forward to 2017. Each Commission will have a few new members around the table in the New Year. The Commissions are diligent, as they are finalizing budgets and priority projects for 2017. The Park Planning final reports have also recently been received for their review. These reports are very detailed and include costing for each of the park’s features. The Commissions are reviewing these reports. It is anticipated that full development of the three Area “D” parks will be phased over many years pending available resources. A standing “O” to these dedicated and devoted Commission members, as our communities are truly fortunate! From Beaches to Bluffs • A big shout out to Stan Maber and the many community partners and businesses who made the Christmas Festive-All a tremendous success! • Don’t forget to sign up for your Skaha Matters Weekly eCalendar. It is a terrific reminder of community events! Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or

Santa and his “Special Elves” gathered at the Okanagan Falls Fire Hall before joining in at the Christmas Festiv-All Event in Centennial Park on Sunday, December 4th. It was another successful community event! Special thanks to Santa & his Elves, along with everyone else that helped bring us all together, especially during Christmas time.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

with Bob Daly, OFID Chair On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, Best Wishes are extended to you all for a Healthy and Happy New Year! We look forward to working on your behalf through 2017. Some of the major projects that we will be undertaking are: • Budget Planning ~ We have nearly completed our Asset Management and Investment Plan, which will take into account the age, condition and replacement costs of all assets, develop a schedule for repair or replacement, produce a budget for capital reserves, and finally calculate a sustainable rate structure to adequately fund operations safely and effectively well into the future. • Creation of Operation/Maintenance Manuals ~ A written description of the operation and maintenance procedures for all components of the water system. • Implementing Recommendations from the 2016 Security Audit ~ To reduce the potential risks that could threaten the safety and reliability of the community water supply and reduce threats to the assets and records of the Irrigation District. • Upgrading of Water Mains ~ The first phase of upgrading water mains in order to improve the distribution system will be upgrading the water main from Mallory Crescent to 14th Avenue. This project is expected to be complete by late Spring. • Band Shell ~ On a less happy note, the Band Shell has become a recreational area for a few local skateboarders. This has resulted in damage to the edges of the concrete stage and to the handrails. Signs have been posted and OFID will be installing devices to discourage further damage to those areas. One young fellow (who drives a small, black car) was extremely rude when asked not to skateboard on the Band Shell by both our Administrator and Operator. Subsequently, the “no skateboarding” signs were spray painted, and at the same time, the same colour paint appeared in graffiti on stop signs, bus stop signs and speed signs around Okanagan Falls. Our Community has invested many thousands of dollars and hours in bringing this asset to Okanagan Falls. If you see it being abused, don’t hesitate to call the police.

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RCMP Community Report January is Crime Stoppers Month! Crime Stoppers was created in 1976 by Craig MacAleese, an Alberquerque, New Mexico detective, to find the killer of a 19 year old college student. Crime Stoppers has since grown into a global crime fighting network. Programs run independently with the aim of solving crime, improving security and keeping streets safe. Crime Stoppers offers a “tip line”, where callers can anonymously provide information to help police solve crime and if the tip results in an arrest, a cash reward is available. In 1992, South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers had 52 members, today we have about 6 members working to keep the services of Crime Stoppers available in the South Okanagan. Crime Stoppers was started as a result of the 1991 Summer Riots in Penticton to give people the opportunity to help police solve crime by reporting crime anonymously. Crime Stoppers wants your information, but not your identity. With the recent spike in property crime throughout the valley, Crime Stoppers provides a valuable venue where people can remain anonymous to provide information on these crimes, persons of interest, and fugitives. Much of this information would not be available to police in a timely manner, if not for the anonymity of Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers does not get any government funding or grants and relies on community support and fundraising to generate funds for operating and paying rewards. Since it’s inception in 1992, South Okanagan Crime Stoppers has helped to arrest 862 criminals, helped solve 987 cases and helped to recover $16,608,974.00 worth of drugs and property in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. We are looking for individuals that can assist with promoting Crime Stoppers in their communities and fundraising. We meet monthly (except July and August) on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Lakeside Resort meeting room. If interested in attending a meeting, or if you would like to learn more on how you can help out, please contact Mattie Matheson at or Rick Dellebuur at 250-490-2374 or We welcome you to drop by the Community Police Station at 185 Lakeshore in Penticton by the “Big Peach”. You can also visit our website at Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or With the onset of winter, The HUB would like your assistance. Please inform us if you are willing to volunteer to help with snow removal in Kaleden. We shall compile a list of volunteers and coordinate the service when the need arises. If you feel that you may need such assistance, please inform us, so we can compile the necessary details to assist you. To volunteer or request assistance, please call The HUB at 250-460-3387.

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

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Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year! Become a part of the family when you join our wine club! Sign up online before March 1st to receive the next shipment. Tasting Room & Wine Shop open by appointment 4287 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls | T 250.497.8553 “crafting single vineyard wines of excellence”

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Join us for a special Valentine’s meal We will be open for dinner February 10, 11, 12 & 14 Valentine’s Brunch Feb 11 & 12 11 am – 3 pm Reservations recommended:


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Recreation Programs for Kaleden & Okanagan Falls Check out our websites for all programs and facility rentals! | | 250.497.8188 | | Q: What’s happening This January? A: Hip Hop, Your-way-ball-play, karate,

cartwheel-a-thon, indoor bowling, fantabulous Fridays, splatter painting, move and play, femo art, improv theatre games, basketball, floor hockey, tiny toes dance ...

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Adult Obstacle Fitness

Tai Chi in Kaleden ~ With Claudia First Class - January 29th Sundays 3:30-4:30 pm (see website for details)

Try it out! Monday, January 9th First class $5 Teens Free (12+) Mondays 5:30-6:30pm in OK Falls School Gym $40 for 5 classes OR $65 for 10 classes

This class uses functional whole body movements – running, balancing, crawling, jumping, climbing. Before you know it, you will be ready for an adventure race!

Kaleden Move & Play Program After School & At The School Mondays ~ January 16 - March 6th 2:30-3:45 pm For Grades K-5 $35/child & $20/sibling

A Bowling Alley in OK Falls? “You got it!” Bowling, Curling, Foosball, Air Hockey, Ping Pong, Pickleball and more!

Saturday, January 21st Drop-in 2-5pm in the OK Falls School Gym $5/person or $10/family

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Get Bent Chair Yoga

Mondays 1-2pm from Jan 9 - Mar 27 11 Sessions $92.40 held at Kaleden Community Church

To register, call Get Bent at 250.462.1025

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

Update with Jen Charlish


There are lots of new and exciting programs starting up in January and of course our regular programs will be resuming for the winter season. A special thank you to the volunteers, steering committees, and participants that make all these programs possible. Mark your calendars for the Kal-Rec Annual General Meeting. It will be held in the Community Hall on Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm. New commission members may be nominated at this time. We still have several vacancies to fill. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the community, this is a great way to get started. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office by calling 250-497-8188 or email to We have a website at where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

Lunch and Learn Series Thursday 12 - 2 pm Register at 250-497-8188 or Donations accepted

Navigating Healthcare - Feb. 9

Travel - January 26

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm ~ Starts again January 11th Held at Kaleden Community Church All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

Frauds and Scams - Feb. 23

Pruning - March 9 Phone: 250-497-8188 email:

Lunch and Learn Series Thursday 12 - 2 pm In January, we begin a new ‘Sampler Series” for Adults called Zumba Gold / Chair Zumba. What is Zumba? It is fun way to exercise, geared for active older adults who are looking for a class that recreates the original Zumba moves that have made it so popular, but now at a lower-intensity.

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Everyone is welcome to the FREE classes every Thursday in January to explore “Zumba Gold / Chair Zumba”. We will be at the Kaleden Community Hall on January 12, 19, 26 and February 5 from 10-11 am. Mark your calendar and come join us. Our “Lunch and Learn” Series begins on Thursday, January 26th. We will have lunch at the Kaleden Community Hall at 12:00. Come and enjoy lunch with your neighbours and then hear about “Travel” with Pat Clements from Maritime Travel, as she talks about hot destinations, travel tips, how to pack, travelling with disabilities, and so much more. Then on Thursday, February 9th, the topic is “Navigating the Health Care System” with Cheryl and Arthur. Our next session is on Thursday, February 23rd, when we cover “Frauds and Scams” with Cheryl and Arthur. And, on Thursday, March 9th, learn about “Pruning” with Ken and Margaret Hayter. Our “Lunch and Learn” Series runs every other Thursday from 12-2pm. Mark your calendar and plan to join us! DE





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Navigating Healthcare - Feb. 9 Travel - January 26 Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class and Chair Zumba that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.




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January 2017

Can the Ketogenic Diet Improve Your Health?

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health I am hearing and reading more about the Ketogenic diet all the time and the science behind this method of eating is becoming very convincing. Convincing in the area of chronic disease prevention and management, weight loss, improving brain and heart health, and even as a part of cancer therapy. The research indicates that although our mitochondria (the power generators of our cells) can burn glucose from the breakdown of carbohydrates, they can also burn ketones from the breakdown of fats. As it turns out the burning of ketones not only creates more energy, but that this energy production is more efficient and emits fewer harmful chemicals into our cells. In developed nations, we tend to over-consume carbohydrates. The notion that we require three carb-rich meals daily, plus snacks to boot, is a relatively modern phenomenon that is doing far more harm than good. Typically, a healthy individual has less than one teaspoon of sugar dissolved in the blood stream at any one time. Sugar laden soft drinks and juices can contain about 10 teaspoons of sugar per serving and a bagel breaks down to about 16 teaspoons of glucose. What is the problem with this? Well, there are several. In the short term, high blood glucose levels set off alarm bells in the body to quickly get the level down. Over time, these alarm bells are harmful to our systems that manage stress, such as the adrenal glands and pancreas. This contributes to stress related dysfunction, such as over-eating, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, over-excitability followed by fatigue, irritability and more. Eventually if this type of eating continues, we lose our ability to maintain balance in the body and more chronic processes begin to develop. Too much stress of any type will lead to dysregulation and the inability to maintain health if left unchecked. Over time we can become insulin resistant and lose the ability to use sugar effectively as a fuel. We also know that high glucose, being like liquid sugar, (something akin to pancake syrup), causes a “stickiness” in our blood and tissues. This process is called “glycation”. Glycation is a process of attaching sugar to proteins. This is very harmful to the proteins and can lead to organ damage, such as atherosclerosis, kidney failure, damage to the eyes, and deterioration in brain and nerve function. The result of all of this over-consumption of carbohydrates has produced rising rates of chronic illness from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer. Rates of autism, childhood depression and anxiety, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, autoimmune diseases, obesity related illnesses, diabetes, and cancer are at an all-time high. At a time when we should be living long, healthy, exciting lives, many of us are confined to restrictive routines based around managing our chronic health problems. Science is concluding that much of this could be avoided with proper nutrition. The Ketogenic diet may be the answer to this dilemma. It was first studied and used successfully to treat childhood epilepsy. It also mimics more traditional eating styles that existed prior to modern food production and marketing became dominant factors in food choices. With the Ketogenic diet, fats provide most of the calories, and contrary to popular dietary myths, quality fats do not make you fat, nor do they cause disease. Quality is the optimal word here. Good fats produce ketones, which are powerful, metabolically speaking, providing efficient sustainable energy that last much longer than carb-burning. They do not produce glycation, do not produce reactive oxidative species and inflammation, and do not spike insulin, which is the process that leads to obesity. Research has shown that the Ketogenic diet can alleviate some serious health issues such as diminishing tremors in Parkinson’s disease, helping Alzheimer’s patients regain memory and thought function, arresting tumor growth in certain cancers, helping diabetics

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control blood sugar and prevent debilitating organ damage, eliminating heart burn, improving cardiac risk factors, and lowering elevated blood pressure. The body will take some time to adjust to the dietary changes and to become “keto-adapted”. This can take several weeks as our mitochondria adjust to the change in fuel sources. This adjustment can cause some discomfort such as hunger and cravings, but once the body learns to prefer fat burning over glucose burning, these symptoms will disappear and more energy and vitality will replace them. Those who have gone through this process report much less hunger, significant weight loss if overweight, more energy, better sleep, and more consistent elevated moods. The diet consists of healthy saturated fats, such as grass fed butter and virgin coconut oil, monounsaturated fats from olive oil and avocados, healthy polyunsaturated fats from raw nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fats from fish and seafood, plus moderate amounts of protein and good amounts of low carb veggies, such as dark leafy greens. Eggs are definitely back on the menu since they contain many healthy fats and protein, plus particular nutrients important for brain health. Intermittent fasting and regular exercise are also important components of promoting optimal health with the Ketogenic diet. There are various methods to accomplish these goals and more can be found at See a trained healthcare provider for guidance and monitoring, if you decide to make dietary changes towards a Ketogenic diet. The potential to gain control of your health, feel great, look great, and avoid chronic disease is enormous with this eating style. You can contact Dr. Browne at 250-497-6681 for more information on this and other advanced methods of treating and preventing chronic disease.

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Helping Hand Update with Laurie Kingsfield, Helping Hand Chair


The Helping Hand Food Hampers and Christmas Toys were distributed on Saturday, Providing Christmas Hampers December 17th. We were happy to be able For Those In Need to help approximately 84 families and/or individuals from Okanagan Falls and area. We thank all individuals and businesses, like IGA and Pharmasave, who through their generous donations of food, toys, cash, and volunteering, made this year a complete success! Thank you so much everyone! Christie Crassweller, Pharmacist

The Annual “Fill the Van� for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hampers was held on Saturday, December 3rd at Okanagan Falls IGA. Above - Set up outside IGA. Below Left - Table set up inside IGA. Below Right - Hamper Delivery Day.

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Introducing Christie Crassweller ~ Hi, I am Christie Crassweller, the new part-time pharmacist at Okanagan Falls Pharmasave. I am excited to be joining Jeff Hickey and his pharmacy team and I am looking forward to meeting everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I was raised on a cattle ranch in Keremeos, and spent many hours at the Okanagan Falls cattle sales, especially since my Dad, Bill Copeland, worked there as a Brand Inspector. Okanagan Falls feels like my second home! After finishing high school in Keremeos, I did one year of sciences at Okanagan College in Kelowna, then off to Vancouver to finish my Pharmacy Degree in 1991. I worked in Trail for a couple of years before coming "home" to Penticton, to be closer to my parents. My husband Steve and I then hand our 2 wonderful children, Thomas and Katie, while I worked part-time as a pharmacist for a few years. In 2002, with a partner, we bought Knights Pharmacy, downtown Penticton, and owned it up until this Fall. Now, I am ready to return to my roots of small town pharmacy, and focus on what I enjoy and do best, which is patient care. The most rewarding part of pharmacy is getting to know your patients well enough that you can help them improve their medication care plan. I also love to share my knowledge and experience with my patients and help in any way possible with improving your health. Please come in to meet me and discuss any medication concerns that you may have. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, January 25th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

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Creative Wellness Solutions would like to wish everyone the happiest and healthiest New Year! Speaking of health, this is the time of year when more people are getting colds and flus. A great way to boost your immune system naturally is to get regular chair massages. The shorter time and lower cost of chair massage, compared to table, allows clients to book several sessions in a shorter interval. This increases the effectiveness of the massage. A frequent series of shorter massages is more effective than the occasional one long massage. This can make the chair massage a better therapeutic massage form than traditional table massage. There is also no need to remove clothing, climb onto a table or use oils. Just like exercise is better for you and easier on you when you do, say, 30 minutes twice a week than four hours once a month. The benefits will be much greater. Clinical studies indicate that getting regular massages can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxicity. But if you already have cold or flu symptoms it is best to wait until four or five days after the symptoms have appeared, at that time massage may actually help to speed recovery time. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at and visit our Facebook page.

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Community Foundation of the South Okanagan 2017 Grants Cycle Opens

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS) is happy to announce more than $400,000 in funding is available for their 2017 Granting Cycle. The CFSOS granting cycle, which opened on December 2, 2016 and closes on February 10, 2017, saw a $30,000 increase in funds to disburse over the $377,000 it granted in 2016. “The Community Foundation is grateful to have so many generous donors that believe in providing lasting support to local charities,” said Aaron McRann, Executive Director, CFSOS. “It’s incredible to think that since our founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has granted more than $3.3 million, including the 2017 grant allocation,” added McRann. “And, because the original donation amount is preserved and grants are made from income on investments, our donors have truly created an incredible legacy for our region.” While grants cannot be made directly to individuals, charities and nonprofits throughout the region are encouraged to apply or to contact the Foundation with any questions in advance of applying. Applying for a grant from the Community Foundation involves a 2-step process with the first step being to create a profile on the Foundation’s Community Knowledge Centre website ( The Community Knowledge Centre is a publicly available database of local charities for anyone looking to make an investment in the nonprofit sector. The second step in the application process is to complete an online application form. Projects under $1,000 in value will be able to complete the short form application process in a matter of minutes. For requests of more than $1,000, the long form application includes more detailed questions regarding project goals and budgets.

Free Grant Writing Workshops Throughout The Region

The Foundation is hosting Free Grant Writing Workshops throughout the RDOS in early January 2017. Anyone who applies for grants or is interested in applying to the Community Foundation is encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to register by calling 250-493-9311 or email as soon as possible. Grant Writing Workshop Dates: • Tuesday, January 17th ~ 1 - 3 pm in Oliver • Wednesday, January 18th ~ 10 am - 12 pm in Penticton • Thursday, January 19th ~ 10 am - 12 pm in Princeton • Thursday, January 19th ~ 2 - 4 pm in Keremeos For more information on applying for a grant, funding guidelines and how to create your profile, please visit or call the Foundation office at 250-493-9311. The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan has served our region since 1991, working with donors to create legacies in the form of permanent endowment funds. Grants are distributed from income earned, preserving the capital to ensure a perpetual stream of funding. For further information, please call: Aaron McRann, Executive Director Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Phone/Fax: 250-493-9311 or Cell: 250-488-0036 |

Kaitlyn Schrauwen, left, receives a $1000 Bursary from Sonya Barker, right, Interior Savings’ Community Relations Coordinator.

Interior Savings Supporting Students

Four years ago, Interior Savings Credit Union announced a bold intention to award $1 million every year for four years to help young students further their education. Yet, every year, money has been left on the table. The Credit Union sees that changing this year. According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, it took a couple of years to get the word out to young students and families, but they’re now seeing the program pick up steam, and quickly. Last year, they received just over 1000 applications from local students, 857 of which were approved to receive a $1000 bursary. In fact, just last month, Interior Savings surpassed $1 million in awards since launching the program. The one-thousandth recipient was Kaitlyn Schrauwen from Kamloops. To celebrate this milestone, Interior Savings surprised Kaitlyn by doubling her bursary award. Kaitlyn’s reaction, after a moment of stunned silence, was ecstatic. “This is the best news. I don’t even know what to say. I’ve had such a crazy week and with finals coming, I can’t tell you how much it means to have this great opportunity presented to me. This will definitely aid me in the pursuit of a career in medicine.” Kaitlyn is enrolled in her first year of UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Science Program, working towards her Masters in Medicine, so that she can become a GP or specialize in radiology. “As a locally-based cooperative,” said Conway, “we measure our success by the success of our members and our communities. This program, while representing a very large financial commitment, has the potential to make a real difference in educating and empowering our next generation of leaders and community builders.” Students can apply for this bursary until May 1st, 2017, but the Credit Union is suggesting they don’t wait. It’s only December and they have already received over 400 applications. To qualify for the bursary is simple ... you need only be between the ages of 17-24 and an active member of Interior Savings. Not yet a member? Students have until February 1st to open up a no-fee chequing account at the Credit Union to be eligible. To learn more or apply, go to Conway added that in the last three years, every person who applied and met the eligibility criteria received a bursary. For more information, please contact Corinne Johnson, Community Engagement Manager for Interior Savings at 250-869-8320 or

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Happy New Year to everyone from Glenda and Lynn! The Kaleden library is open on Tuesday, January 3rd. The Storytime children were very happy to see Mrs. Claus at the Kaleden Library last month. Thanks for stopping by! The Winner of the Gingerbread House Colouring Contest was Jacob Kilback. Congratulations! Jacob enjoyed decorating the house over the holidays with his family.

Thanks Mrs. Claus for visiting us at Storytime!

Congratulations Jacob Kilback!

Preschool Storytime ~ Starts again on Tuesday, January 17th from 10:00 - 10:45 am. We have fun listening to stories, singing songs, making a craft, and meeting new friends. After School LEGO is on Thursday, January 26th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Please register in advance for this program, as space is limited. For ages 5-12 years old. For more information about these programs, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us at Found Item: We found a ladies ring at the library in December, please call the library to identify.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Greetings fellow people in line donating plasma to pay for the credit card bills. I hope your holidays were as blessed as mine were. As my pancreas plays catch-up after all the holiday baking I have consumed, I like to go over my New Years Resolutions. #1 is make sure the PAC update gets in ahead of schedule (FAIL). #2 is get more exercises, so I can be mad toned for those beach days at Pioneer Park (you’re welcome ladies). And, #3 is making sure my spwelling is better. I am sure in a couple of months I’ll be batting like 20 or 30%. PAC would like to remind parents to test all your smoke alarms. With me burning so many calories, you have to be careful (mad toned!). Sadly many fires occur in winter months, because we have to turn on heat sources. Double check and test all smoke detectors and make sure you have a family safety plan for getting out of the house safe. If you don’t, I’ll tell Sparky and that fire dog’s bite is worse then his oddly muffled bark. Just a couple of dates for your calendar. Kaleden Elementary School is going tubing on Friday, January 13th! Please make sure your child is fully dressed in proper winter gear. I heard that Mrs. Rose loves super fast spinners and will be dolling out extra hi-fives for extra long runs. Our PAC meeting is on Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00 pm. One of your new year’s resolutions should be to attend a PAC meeting. In fact, I will personally put my Santa bod on the line and do 5 push ups for each new face we have at the meeting. If you ever had a desire to see a short round man sweat for 15 minutes, come on down. (This offer only applies to eligible PAC members only. Nice try Randy!) As always, we want to thank each and everyone from the community for your amazing support. I heard that both our Christmas concerts were so well attended it was basically standing room only. That kind of love and support shines through our kids. Thank you!

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Winter Wonderland Story Time ~ Tuesday, January 17th from 9:30 10:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! Lego Night ~ Tuesday, January 31st from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO skills. Duplo is available for younger siblings. Book Club ~ Tuesday, January 24th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Book discussion is on “Ragged Company”. If you are interested in joining the Library Book Club, please contact the library for further information. Creative Colouring ~ Join us on Saturdays in January for drop-in creative colouring for everyone! Colour to express your creativity and meet people who share the same interest. All supplies provided. Parents bring your kids and have a colouring session together! Children must be accompanied by parent. The library thanks the community for donations of any used paperbacks or hardcover books in good condition. Proceeds go towards our children’s programs and are greatly appreciated. We are also looking for clean original LEGO blocks for our LEGO programs. Thanks to community donations we have enough Duplo and Mega blocks at this time. Happy New Year To All!

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Kaleden Elementary School Christmas Concert

The Kaleden Elementary School presented a wonderful performance of “The Littest Reindeer”, who helped save Christmas after Santa got stuck in a chimney. Great work everyone! It was a fantastic show! Also, a huge thanks to KPAC for the costume help and the Bake Sale.

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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

The Board performed their annual inaugural meeting for the 2017 year, holding elections for the positions of Chair, Vice Chair, BC Provincial Council Representative and Alternate and BC Public Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) Representative and Alternate. This year all positions received only one nominated candidate, who were then acclaimed to the positions, as follows: Chair - Trustee Linda Van Alphen; Vice Chair - Trustee Bill Bidlake; BC Provincial Council Representative - Trustee Julie Planiden, with Alternate - Trustee Shelley Clarke; BCPSEA Representative - Trustee Ginny Manning, with Alternate - Trustee Barb Sheppard. Several policies are available on the district website ( for review and comment. • Policy #750 School Closure has been reviewed and is available for comment until January 4, 2017. • Policy #220 Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SOGI) is a new policy and is available for comment until February 1, 2017. • Policy #310 District Code of Conduct has been reviewed and updated. It is also available for comment until February 1, 2017. I encourage you to have a look at these policies, as the Board would like to hear your comments. The 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results were released on December 6, 2016. Grade 10 students in seventy-two countries and all 10 Canadian provinces participated in PISA 2015, 95 schools around BC were randomly chosen to take part. BC students earned first in reading, second in science and sixth in math - each an improvement over the last time testing was done in 2012. BC is recognized as having one of the strongest education programs in the world and is highly regarded for equity within a diverse society. For full results, go to SD67 won one of the 2016 Premiers Award for the district’s participation with the Climate Action Secretariat and being a leader in carbon neutral projects. Many thanks to Director of Facilities Doug Gorcak and his team for working hard on ‘green’ initiatives to move our district to energy efficiency. The Province is seeking public input on rural education as part of a strategy being created by Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education Linda Larson to better understand the needs of students, parents, schools and communities in rural BC. The online discussion continues until January 9, 2017. Many thanks to staff, students, parents and families for the wonderful concerts and plays - without your hard work, time and imagination, we would not be able to enjoy these wonderful productions. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email Songwriters Session January 21st Robyn & Ryleigh & STONEBOLT

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Bouquets of gratitude to all the following groups for their continued dedication and support with helping to nurture our Okanagan Falls Elementary School community with healthy nutrition year round! • OK Falls Lion’s Club Thursday Hot Breakfast Program • United Church supplying extra Breakfast and Snack Foods • Okanagan Falls Helping Hands Apple Snack Bins • Penticton Elk’s donations for special event breakfasts • Penticton Choir Extravaganza donations for food/meal programs • Okanagan Falls IGA supplying items for special meals and events • Okanagan Falls Helping Hands Christmas Hampers • BC Fruits and Vegetable Program

Thank you Penticton Choral Extravaganza ~ For your thoughtful and generous donation to support Okanagan Fall Elementary and Queen’s Park Elementary Schools Nutritional Programs! Each school is fortunate to have received $1,562.00 put towards supporting our students with their breakfast, lunch and snack needs required to be healthy and resilient learners.

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Above from left to right: Patti Craig, Dyane MacDonald, Scott Edwards, Lisa McCall, Alice DeRoche, Norma Lippa, and Lois Bzdel. Students and Staff at Okanagan Falls Elementary School wish to share their gratitude to the many organizations who support us with our daily nutritional needs. Research shows having a healthy hearty breakfast and lunch empowers our kids by setting them up for success as more resilient learners and school citizens. Attention and focus are improved, emotional and self-regulation enhanced, and overall physical health and mental well-being enriched, thus making this support invaluable for our learners. Okanagan Falls School Term End Community Pancake Breakfast! Okanagan Falls Elementary School celebrated the final day before Christmas break with a festive school community pancake breakfast put on by our dedicated OKF PAC Committee with thoughtful support from the Okanagan Falls IGA. Many thanks to Santa Clause & Elf “Bev” for joining us for a hearty meal!

with Samantha James I hope you and your family had a good and restful Christmas! We are back at StrongStart on Tuesday, January 3rd. This month we will be learning all about Winter. Join us for “Storytime with Lynn” on Wednesday, January 11th at 9am. “Aboriginal Art” is on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:30am, while “Dancing with Miss McCall” is on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30am. We will also be visited by CCRR during January, so be sure to check in on when that will be. 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 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


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Okanagan Falls PAC Update with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary The days are only getting brighter and I am so excited to share some of the fun events planned to fill these days during our school year! We have a new partner joining our school hot lunch program bringing enthusiasm and great ideas. Karl and Joannie from KJ Coffee Bar have done a great job of keeping PAC and school staff going with their selections of coffee and food. Now, they will also be working with PAC in the New Year to bring weekly fresh, affordable, hot lunch ideas to the students starting in February. And once we get rolling, we are adding more cooks to the kitchen! Karl and Joannie have embraced the idea of helping our school build some important core skills of healthy eating and food safety by including our older grades in the planning and prep later in the term. We received a generous donation from the Penticton United Church’s Choral Extravaganza Fund Raiser and the Elks to help us with such projects to put good food in the bellies of our growing falcons ... Thank you! Speaking of healthy food choices, PAC would like to sincerely thank Sholeh Pickell for stepping up to coordinate the Farm Bag Fundraiser for our school this year!

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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53 Welcome to 2017! I hope each one of you had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends. Okanagan Falls Elementary News:

Christmas Concert: Once again the Okanagan Falls Christmas Concert was a wonderful success. The students did a great job in Our Business Challenge has managed to raise enough money to “Jingle All The Way”, speaking clearly and singing with enthusiasm. help support the following proposed activities for the next terms when As usual, the gymnasium was filled with parents and grandparents. A combined with our gaming grant: big thank you to the community for their support, the local businesses • Grade K-4 will get to partake in swimming lessons in February who gave financial support to our PAC for student activities, the PAC and March 2017 at the Summerland Pool. (Shhh ... don’t tell the for their commitment to our students, and to our Okanagan Falls staff. Your support is what makes Okanagan Falls Elementary a wonderful kids this fun time is actually for keeping them safe!) • There will be 2 Curling Programs: 1) Whole school will participate school. in Rocks & Rings in school; and 2) Grades 5-7 will get to partake District News: in on-ice sessions at Oliver Eastlink Curling Club to take their Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) ~ Along with the revised skills up a level. curriculum, the Foundation Skills Assessment that students in Grades • We are planning a Year-end Trip to the Osoyoos Waterslides, 4 and 7 are required to write under BC`s School Act is also being tentatively on June 26th or 27th from 10 am - 1:30 pm. enhanced. The FSA measures reading, writing and math problem• We are also in talks with the Vancouver Aquarium to bring a full solving skills that students have gained over several years of learning and provides information for teachers, schools, parents, and for day of aquarium sessions to our school. • Bollywood Dancing through Get Bent Studios ~ the whole school the education system. Assessment administration will run between will be raising a hasta and get their Banghras on for 1 day of class January 9 - February 17, 2017. workshops creating a holistic dance shared at the end of the day. The kids loved it last year and maybe they will even teach mom and dad some moves when they get home.

A sad farewell and huge thank you to our patient school secretary, Ms. Jane Slater, as she heads off to OSS (but we are happy for her too)! We will welcome a new secretary (coming to us from OSE), Mrs. Melanie Deane, starting in January! Another new face to welcome in the New Year is student teacher, Ms. Rollheiser, who will assist in Mrs. Stayberg and Ms. Morhart’s class. Please feel free to contact PAC President, Kristine, with any questions or suggestions at 250-488-1271. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the School Library with Free childcare. Everyone is welcome to join! In January, we will finalize the voting on the proposed school projects.

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2016/17 Enrolment ~ As indicated in the enrolment report for November 30, 2016, district enrolment is 2,317.0125 FTE. Compared to September 30, 2016, elementary enrolment increased 13.0 FTE, secondary enrolment decreased by 27.4375 FTE and increased by 14.95 FTE for an overall increase of 0.5125.

Rural Education Review ~ The Minister of Education recently announced a review of rural education practices and funding. A “Rural Education Strategy” report, with recommendations to address unique challenges facing rural school districts, is to be completed by the end of June 2017. The consultation process has been launched and details on the process and ways to participate, including an online discussion forum, can be found at The deadline to provide feedback is January 9, 2017. This is particularly important to us, as several of our schools are given additional funding as they fall into the rural schools category. If you feel strongly about this and wish to share your opinions, please do contact them. Economic Stability Dividend: As part of the most recent collective agreement negotiations, the provincial government committed to provide teacher and support staff unions, a wage increase when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth exceeded the projections of the Economic Forecast Council (EFC). The wage increase is calculated based on 50% of the positive difference between the EFC and the data released by Statistics Canada. As the BC economy growth exceeded projections by 0.7% in 2015, BCTF and CUPE members will receive a 0.35% increase effective May 1, 2017. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53, at 250.497.5878 or

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Net Building

Recycle Christmas Trees & Lights

with Larry Martin

Wayne MacDonald demonstrated his net building skills at a recent flyfishers meeting. Several members of the Penticton Flyfishers Club have built or repaired nets over the years, regardless, all in attendance had something to learn from Master Net Builder, Wayne MacDonald. Wayne freely shared several of his innovations in the process, which are often closely guarded by craftsmen. He also donated a finished net to the club. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at

The ‘form’ for the net.

Bending wood around the form.

Many clamps hold in place until it dries.

The finished product.

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. Used Christmas lights and all other lighting equipment can be recycled for Free at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton, the T-2 Bottle Depot in Oliver and the Osoyoos Bottle Depot. The Campbell Mountain Landfill, Oliver and Keremeos Landfills can also accept lighting equipment free of charge. For more information, visit Several communities offer Christmas Tree collection or drop off programs for clean, natural trees: • For a donation, the Penticton Fire Fighters Local 1399 will pick up Christmas Trees from December 27th to January 16th in Penticton. All donations received will go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and Muscular Dystrophy charities. Residents can also drop off clean natural Christmas Trees at Fire Hall #2 at 285 Dawson Ave from December 26th to January 31st. • 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 26th to Friday, January 6th. This program is supported by the local Air Cadets. All landfills in the Regional District will accept, free of charge, up to 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of yard waste, including clean natural Christmas Trees. Trees must be free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lights. The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost. Burning Christmas Trees creates 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. Questions? 250-490-4129 | email |

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10 New Years Resolutions For Home Buyers & Sellers

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet? If you’re planning to buy or sell a home in 2017, here are a few key resolutions that will help with a smooth transaction. New Year’s Resolutions for Home Buyers: 1) What’s your credit rating? Have Equifax, TransUnion or another credit reporting agency pull your credit report. If necessary, take steps to improve a poor credit rating by paying off debts before applying for your mortgage. 2) Make a budget. Can you afford a home and all the associated costs? Is this the right decision for you? Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. offers tools to help you calculate your net worth, current household budget, monthly debt payments, and how much you can realistically afford to spend. Your affordability assessment may indicate you need a larger down payment or a lower price point for your purchase. Also, keep in mind that new mortgage qualification rules took effect in October, requiring that all insured mortgages qualify at the Bank of Canada’s benchmark rate of 4.64%, even if your lender offers you a lower rate. 3) Get Your Financing - and supporting documents - in order. At the very least, lenders and mortgage brokers will require documentation that proves your personal information, your net worth, income, employment, the amount/source of your down payment, and your ability to pay the closing costs. Closing costs generally range from 1.5-4% of the purchase price and your lender may provide a loan to cover those. 4) Get pre-approved for a mortgage to determine the amount you can afford based on the lender’s review of your finances. This will also provide written confirmation of the interest rate that will hold for around 90 days. 5) Find the home. Search ads for homes in your desired location and price range with your preferred features. Look online, in print and of course, a tour of open houses is a fun way to spend a few hours of a weekend. If you’re opting for a brand new home, visit presentation centres, and explore new communities in person to get a feel for what living there will be like. Ask friends and family for home-builder referrals, and check with your local home builders’ association for members and reviews. As if buying a new home wasn’t complicated enough, if you already own a home, you’ll need to add a sale to your to-do list. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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New Year’s Resolutions for Home Sellers: 6) Review your mortgage agreement with your financial institution and/or a mortgage professional. If you’re in the first year of a five-year term, the payout penalty might be so high that you decide to wait until at least the mid-point, if not the end of that term, to sell your home. 7) Assess the selling costs, which may include repairs, home appraisals and inspections, legal and realtor’s fees, so that you can budget and save for them. 8) Crunch the numbers. Will your home’s proceeds cover your next home purchase? Do you plan to invest part of the proceeds? 9) Purge and fix. De-clutter your home six or more months in advance, because when staging your home for sale, overstuffed storage areas suggest a lack of space rather than your organizational tendencies. If you’re downsizing into a smaller home, you’ll likely need to edit down your movables anyway, so consider this resolution twofer. While you’re combing through your stuff, identify items that are worn, outdated or don’t work, then repair or replace them. Ask friends or family to help you identify what needs to be done, but be aware that they may be uncomfortable with the level of honesty required. A professional home stager or your real estate agent would be better suited to the task. If things like a leaky roof or basement isn’t repaired, buyers will expect a reduction in price. 10) Assess comparable homes in your neighbourhood no more than three months prior to putting your home on the market because the conditions can change relatively quickly. Ask your selling agent to evaluate your home no more than six to eight weeks before you plan to put it on the market.

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Last year has come and gone and we are so fortunate for your support. We are looking forward to 2017 and wish you all a successful and prosperous New Year.


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Thankful To Volunteers

with Wendy Weisner. Ph.D, Executive Director

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Board of Directors and Staff wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy 2017. Reflecting on the past is a gift we can give ourselves at the start of a New Year. At the Volunteer Centre, we reflect on the amazing backing we received from the community. Last year, we were impressed by the 200 new volunteers who registered with us. This brings our total registered volunteers to 800, a number that not only equals but surpasses most 38 other Volunteer Centres in BC, even those in larger cities. This sizeable number highlights the immense generosity and compassion of our residents. Volunteers get it. They know they make a difference in raising the standards and quality of life we all should enjoy. Volunteers who register with us are a portion of all volunteers. Registered volunteers prove their immediate willingness to help others. We find these volunteers are either new to volunteering, and/ or are seeking to help non-profits, which they may be less familiar with. Apart from helping those in need, learning and meeting new people is an important motivator. So while volunteering benefits others, it also has significant life changing benefits for the volunteer. They are connected and this connectedness keeps them engaged, healthy, happy, and fit. We congratulate the 100 non-profits who stepped forward to work with us to boost their ability to attract and retain volunteers. Volunteers not only help deliver important community services, but also grow services where needed. Current research shows that volunteers can expand service delivery by 60%. And, non-profits who follow guidelines for engaging volunteers, create positive experiences for volunteers ... fulfilling the ultimate vision of our Society. We are so grateful to all those who back volunteerism. Each year we have numerous sponsors, and our Society wholeheartedly thanks them all, especially: Skaha Matters, the Downtown Penticton Association, the Penticton Indian Band, and EZ Rock for regularly helping get the word out on where volunteers are needed. We commend Greyback Construction, Investors Group Financial Services, Lake City Casino Penticton, Southern Mechanical Services, Stewart Thomas Wealth Management, Total Restoration Services, and the “Yard Katz” band jam sessions for backing Volunteerism. We appreciate the Province of BC for their continuing support each year. As we embrace the New Year ahead, we wish for you and yours the life enhancing experience of being a volunteer. The SOS Volunteer Centre is a registered charity that connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can make a difference by visiting and clicking on “Browse Opportunities” to search the more than 100 volunteer postings. Register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. We welcome your inquiries by email to info@volunteercentre. info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor Sad news to open with ... Robert McLeod has resigned from his position as Secretary with the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre, due to his challenging work as President of the South Skaha Housing Society. He was very central to the Senior's organization and conscientiously carried out his many duties. He will be missed. If there is anyone out there with time on their hands and enjoys taking notes, please give Grethe Jensen a call at 250-497-5669. Audree Sikorsky was awarded "Volunteer of the Year" for her dedication to the Seniors Activity Centre. Among her many "behind the scenes" services she took on besides being President was assisting seniors with filing their income tax return, a time consuming chore which she did every Thursday morning, two months prior to the deadline. She did this two years in a row and last year alone helped over seventy people file. Anybody out there with a generous spirit who knows all about income Tax? The Centre needs someone to replace Audree. A successful Christmas Dinner was enjoyed by a packed house on December 10th. Entertainment was provided by "Destiny" or better known as Holly and Gerry Gilligan. The event was generously supported by local businesses and we at the Centre would like to take this time to thank the following for the wonderful door prizes: 3 Winds Hair Design; Peachcliff Estates Mobile Home Community; See Ya Later Ranch; Interior Savings Credit Union; Meyer Family Vineyards; OK Falls Hotel; Blasted Church Vineyards; Pharmasave Okanagan Falls; Stags Hollow Winery; Royal Lepage Realty; Liquidity; Tickleberry's; IGA; and Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Thank you all and see you in the New Year! MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, January 7th Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, January 8th General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, January 9th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm Saturday, January 21st Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Shuffleboard ~ 1pm the last 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

With the Christmas Season winding down, we hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends. Over the past year, we have been busy with our Breakfast Program at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Our support of the BC Lions Society for Children with Abilities continues, as does our support of the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. Plans for the 2017 Dog Walk and Easter Egg Hunt are in the planning stages. We will keep you posted through Skaha Matters on the details once confirmed. We have been adding to our membership and welcome anybody who wishes to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club to please speak to a Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486. Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinics are January 23 & 24, at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our Lions Club members support the Canadian Blood Services Clinics, so be sure to say ‘hi’ when you stop by. To book an appointment, call

1-888-2DONATE or

Happy New Year Everyone!

January 2017

Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

with Betty Lynch Happy January, dear reader. I can’t recall just how many January’s we have shared, but many me thinks. The Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute was formed in 1921, so in March we will be celebrating an Anniversary ... 96 wonderful, eventful, giving years. We are looking forward to having as many present and former members to join us for a celebratory dinner on Monday, March 20th at a venue and time to be announced. This is truly a celebration of the wonderful women who founded this organization and to those who followed and provided such help and caring for this great, bighearted little town. Many discussions have taken place in the past few months and all of them, unfortunately, have confirmed what all of us did our best to ignore, deny, postpone or tried to fix. There is no ‘fixing’, thus we have given notice to our Provincial W.I. that a majority of the members have voted to disband the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute. Sad news, but inevitable, and I write this with a heavy heart. I want to thank you all for your grand support over the years. Please look around our community spaces and I think you will know that yes, indeed, the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute was a proud presence and happy to serve. “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch

Hummingbird in Okanagan Falls in December

I snapped this picture today (December 5, 2016) of a Hummingbird that did not get the memo that he was supposed to fly South for the winter. I have seen it intermittently for the past few months and am surprised it is still around. Submitted by Carol Van Egmond.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Denise Head, LA Secretary (for Barb Few) Our Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Dinner and Gift Exchange was held on Monday, December 5th. A lovely time was had by all who attended. Be sure to join us on Saturday, January 7th for our Monthly LA Bingo held in the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. On the 2nd & 4th Saturdays each month, the LA prepares a wonderful dinner. Be sure to come out and enjoy these tasty preparations! On Sunday, January 22nd, it is the Annual Robbie Burns Dinner. Tickets are now available at the Legion bar. See you there! We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

with Melody Walker Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Sunday, January 1st - NEW YEAR’S DAY DANCE with Jeremy Messenger ~ $10/person. Begins at 2pm, with doors open at 1pm. Snacks available all day. Please Note: Access into the Legion by ticket-holders only! Honouring 50 Years of Service - Sunday, January 8th - Reminiscing with past members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department and sharing stories to Honour Bob Haddow’s 50 Years as Fire Chief. Event is from 12:30-4:00pm, with presentations at 1:30pm followed by a Luncheon in the Banquet Room (on the third floor). RSVP REQUIRED by January 2nd to Rini Van Uden at 250-328-4438. Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, January 15th ~ Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are FREE. Please join us! Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Beginning at 1:30pm. Check out all the fun and games. Please join us! Every Monday is Member Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Friday & Saturday Meat & 50-50 Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday Night beginning at 5pm. The Meat & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion & the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! Sports Teams - Please join us! • Darts: Pub League Teams ~ In-House Fun League & Monthly Drop-In Tournament. Monday Pub League at 7pm. Wednesday In-House Fun League at 7pm. 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Tournament ... Cancelled for January only! • Shuffleboard: Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons at 1pm • Pool: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons at 1pm 2017 Memberships ~ Fees are due for 2017. Please contact Trudy (or leave a message for her) with regard to same. Legion Ph: 250497-8338. To transfer or join as a new member, applications are available in the branch. General Meeting - Tuesday, January 16th ~ Always the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 7pm. Please join us! 2017 Legion Executive ~ At the November General Meeting: Lorraine Harrison was elected President; Rini van Uden is Vice-President; and Wayne Knight begins as Past-President. At the December General Meeting: Denise Head was elected Secretary. 2017 Committee Members ~ Deanne Jalava, Stan Smallenburg, Trudy Taylor, Bev van Uden, and Mel Walker. Volunteer Recruitment ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws recruiting volunteers! Interested persons, please contact Bev. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. It’s fun and easy to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draws or with the 50-50 Draw. Additional details & sign-up calendar at the Legion. Bartenders interested in volunteering with our Serving Team: Contact Mel for information. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. Thank you to all of the volunteers who donated time and energy in 2016 to keep the Legion open and operating. We couldn’t do it without you! A special thank you to Joel and Donna and employees from Falls Furniture & Cabinet Company for the new Cabinet and Coat Rack at the South entrance to the Falls Legion. It looks great! Questions? Contact Mel at or 250-487-8765 Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227... “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS Monday ~ Chef’s Choice Full Balanced Dinner + Dessert Tuesday ~ Two Can Dine for $20 Chef’s Choice for this Dinner Deal + Dessert Wednesday ~ Chef’s Choice Full Balanced Dinner + Dessert Thursday ~ Traditional Roast Beef Dinner Soup or Salad to start, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding + Dessert Friday ~ Fish & Chips Fresh Battered Cod or Halibut & Fresh Cut Fries

Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Half portions always available.

with Marla Wilson, Committee Member Although it has been cold and wintery, your “Music in the Park” Committee has been busy planning for next summer’s programs. There will be some performers returning to our town, and some new acts are being considered. We will keep you posted, so watch for our upcoming announcements. We look forward to seeing you all again next summer in Centennial Park at our beautiful Bandshell.

Be More Comfortable & Save!

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Wishing everyone a Wonderful New Year!

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Now Open - Employer 2017 Canada Summer Jobs Applications


Employers involved in the welcome and settlement of immigrants (including Syrian refugees) in Canada;


Employers that hire Indigenous people;

with Richard Canning, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay


Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Information, and Communications Technology (ICT);

Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay, is pleased to announce that it is time for all not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with up to 50 employees to apply for 4. funding from the Government of Canada. The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program begins on December 7, 5. 2016 and runs through to January 20, 2017.

Employers involved in activities celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation; and Small businesses, in recognition of their contribution to the creation of new jobs.

Canada Summer Jobs is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth For more information on Canada Summer Jobs, including the eligibility Employment Strategy, which is committed to helping young people, criteria and application guide, visit the those facing barriers to employment, get the information jobs, a Service Canada Office or by calling 1-800-935-5555. and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the labour market. “This program creates summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for full-time students aged 15 to 30 years age”. I encourage eligible businesses to apply for funding, so that we can help our students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful, while earning money for the upcoming school year,” stated Cannings. “If you have hired a student in the past, you know how beneficial it can be for your organization. You also know first-hand how important it is for students to gain much-needed skills and experience and contribute to our community. I encourage you to take advantage of this great program and apply for funding for students that you require to help you. By doing so, we will be able to provide more funding to even more local employers.”

Conservation Fund Approved

with Bryn White, South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program Manager

I am very happy to announce the public approval of the bylaw that will create a Conservation Fund in the South Okanagan. The Alternate Approval Process to establish the environmental conservation bylaw completed in December 2016 with less than .1% of eligible electors in opposition. Thank you to the South Okanagan Local / Regional Government elected Directors, Mayors, Councillors and staff for their vision and to our partners, funders and friends for your support of the proposal. This is an amazing new era for conservation in the South Okanagan. SOSCP will continue to work with our Canada Summer Jobs focuses on local priorities, and I am also local government partners to make this the best, encouraging more employers to come forward with applications most effective fund that secures the sustainable that support and complement a number of national priorities. These future of our communities. include:

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Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Meredith King

Meredith organizes and participates in so many volunteer activities in Kaleden that it is hard to list them all. She is a founding member of The HUB and the Weekly Ladies Group, a Trustee for the Kaleden Community Church, an active member of the Kaleden Museum Committee, and she also writes a monthly column in Skaha Matters providing readers with great historical tid bits about Kaleden. Meredith has also organized a monthly gathering of seniors matched with a primary class from the Kaleden Elementary School for reading, crafts and art lessons. In the photo above, this is Meredith King speaking to the group at the “Heritage Dessert Social” special event held last October. A huge “Thank You” for all you do to make Kaleden a great community!

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King This is the 8th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The King Family Edwin James King operated a woodworking shop in Chew Magna, England. In 1885, he married a schoolteacher, Isabella Goodman and they had four children: Bill, Kathleen, Vera and Elsie. In 1910, at the age of 20, Bill, a graduate of the Bristol Trade School in carpentry, emigrated to Canada, coming to Summerland where he soon found work with contractor Harry Tomlin. He moved to Kaleden with Tomlin’s crew to build the Hotel and Store. As carpentry work was plentiful in Kaleden, Bill stayed on and was joined by his father and his sister Vera in 1912 and all three lived in a tent, while they built a home for the family. In 1913, they were joined by the rest of the family.

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, The pioneer life was a severe change for E.J. King who had conducted a business from behind a desk, but he soon adapted to the strenuous please call 250-497-8188 or email to manual labour and took part in road building, construction work and Volunteer In Your Community! orcharding. Everyone called him either Dad or Grampa King and he There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any was well known for his broad Somerset accent and his impish sense of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! of humour, which constantly horrified his more conservative wife. Isabella, whose most common admonition was “Now Edwin, behave yourself”, became Kaleden’s Postmistress and held that position until 1928. Neither one had a Baptist background, but since that was the church in the community, they joined in wholeheartedly, and he helped in the construction of the building and served as a deacon until his Free Consultations death in 1943. Ella was active in the community and with the Red Cross. She passed away in 1946. BPS Masters ® Certified

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with Marla Wilson Now, all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season is behind us. The cold frosty, short days and long frigid nights reminded us that winter is truly here, and ... it soon will pass. It is back to our regular routine. The Heritage Society had it’s Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 17th at the Okanagan Falls Senior’s Centre. A full Christmas Dinner was prepared by the Rundels. 35 members and friends attended. Many thanks to those who provided Door Prizes for the event, such as the OK Falls Hotel and Sarbi at the Esso Gas Station. Also, thanks to Wayne and Sandy for the donation of wine for the dinner. The high light of the evening was singing “Happy Birthday” to long time member, Mary Ferris, as it was her 100th year! The Thrifty Boutique re-opens on Tuesday, January 3rd, and we are looking forward to seeing our regular customers and friends once again. Watch for our sale on winter items coming sometime soon. Sue Walker and Donna May Thompson are working away in the Museum and Bassett House. It’s looking really good! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

The family were soon integrated in the community, with the girls working in the packing house and Bill shifting from carpentry to orcharding. With the exception of Elsie, the whole family spent their remaining years in Kaleden and were an integral part of its growth. Elsie married Harvey Boone and moved to Oliver. Kathleen married George Robertson in 1915 and Vera married Jack Swales in 1921. The two families are both included in the 20 pioneering families and their stories will be covered under their married names. BIll King married Annie Findlay on June 22, 1914, an appropriate date since it happened to be the birthday of both. They raised 5 children: Ron, Catherine, Mary, Betty and Fred and took an active part in a great many facets of community life. Bill was the first President of the Kaleden Coop and held that position from 1923-1949, when he became Vice-president. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1961 at the age of 72. He was a member of the Irrigation District for almost as many years; he was active in the BC Fruit Growers Assn, church, War Bond Drives and when the community hall was built he gave the entire summer to that project, working on the building and coordinating the flow of volunteer labour. Annie King’s efforts were lower profile, but in spite of ill health and family responsibilities, she was active in the community, church and youth work. After a lengthy illness, Annie died in February 1948. Ron, Betty and Fred all married and raised their families in Kaleden. Catherine married Max White, an Australian, and lived in many places around the world. Mary spent 38 years as a missionary in Nigeria and then retired to the little house across from the store. Bill, married Phyllis Walker in September 1948 and they had 3 sons; John, David and Raymond, all married and living in the lower mainland. Bill died in 1991 at the ripe old age of 102. All the members of his first family have passed away, but 9 of his descendants live here and call Kaleden home. 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.

January 2017

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

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions Every New Year gives us the opportunity to make positive change in our lives. But, to really make any positive change take place, the choice has to be realistic and achievable. The best way to reach a long term goal is to make small changes to our daily routines. Kind of like “an apple a day to keep the doctor away”. By making any New Year’s Resolution realistic, there is a greater chance that we will keep them throughout the year, and incorporating healthy behavior into our everyday life is the best way to start. “Making the healthy choice, the preferred choice” ... You can do it, if you keep it realistic and achievable! If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email or call 250-497-8188.

Help Out in Your Community with Bobby Armstrong, Program Manager

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Join our Next Meeting January 18th with Bruce Tawse We are holding our next quarterly meeting on Wednesday, January 18th at the Penticton Senior’s Drop In Centre, located at 2965 South Main Street in Penticton. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the meeting runs from 5:30-6:30 pm. Do You Want to Be One of the 100 Men Who Care? As a new year begins, the charitable organizations in the South OkanaganSimilkameen region will continue their hard work to build stronger and supportive communities. 100 Men Who Care-Penticton will once again be there to support them. In 2016, after just two meetings, the 100 Men raised $9,600 that went directly to six charities in our region. The impact was significant: a family meal program was launched; a day care expanded their outdoor activities for children; a trail system in the Similkameen Valley was extended; cancer patients travelling from out-of-town now have more access to accommodations while being treated; children and youth who have suffered a loss will receive grief and bereavement counseling; and search and rescue teams will benefit from more training and equipment. Our goal for 2017 is to have a minimum of 100 members, a number that will raise at least $10,000 at each quarterly meeting. At our next meeting on January 18th, 100 Men will start the New Year off supporting three different charities. And, all of your tax deductible donation goes directly to these charities. If you would like to become one of the 100 Men who can make a huge difference in our communities, consider joining this group of community supporters. For more information and to learn how to join, go to our website at

One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” ~ Gordon Hinckle Volunteer Opportunities: Better at Home Program ~ Drivers, Friendly Visitors. Contact or call 250-495-6925. The Hamlets ~ Dog Walking, Crafts Program, Game Time, Baking Program, Outings, Piano Playing, Fish Tank Maintenance, Bible Studies, Social Gatherings, Special Events, and One to One time with Residents. Contact Carolyn Huston at 250-490-8503 (ex. 130). The Arthritis Society ~ Workshop Facilitator - Do you like to teach or want to learn how? Contact: Lynnea Westlind at 250-868-8643 or Interior Health Lifeline Program ~ Volunteers needed for Osoyoos, Keremeos and Princeton. Contact: Joyce Ericson, Program Coordinator, at Interior Health Lifeline Program or Marina Dodds at Okanagan Gleaners ~ Commercial truck drivers, forklift driver, sewing enthusiast and plant janitorial, equipment operators, mechanics and electricians, heating and cooling systems carpenters, plumbers, hosts and hostesses, accountants and bookkeepers, fundraisers and public speakers, newsletter and social media, office administration, evening operations, landscaping, directors and committees. Contact Carolyn Ellis at or call 250-498-8859. The Canadian Red Cross Society ~ Personal Disaster Assistance Team Responder Volunteer. Contact Carmen Chen, Recruitment Assistant Volunteer at The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www.volunteercentre. info and click on “Browse Opportunities”. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, please email info@ or call 1-888-576-5661.

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January 2017

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

In loving memory of

Richardson, Evelyn Hilda (Drake)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Evelyn Richardson, a long-time resident of Okanagan Falls, passed away peacefully at Special Events and Programs: Haven Hill Care Home on December 12, 2016. • To Mexico With Love - Thank you for your continued support Evelyn is survived by family members Gary of the “To Mexico With Love” bottle drop-off. Plans are now (Paula), loving husband Ronald, sons Larry underway for our next trip scheduled for March 21st - April 1st, (Dillys), Rick (Cathy), Glen (Debbie), Dale 2017. Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is February 11th (Sandra), Greg (Joanne), Brad (Lisa) and many at 6pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Tickets are $10/adult grandchildren and great grandchildren. Evelyn and $5/child (12 & under). For more information or to purchase was predeceased by her brother Arthur, mother tickets, call Les at 250-497-6323 or Laura, father Seldon and stepmother Mary. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Evelyn was born in St. Peters Harbour, PEI on January 13, 1936. Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: Evelyn and Ronald were married in Galt, Ontario on April 8, 1957. Facebook: Kaleden Community Church There they started a family of six boys and moved to the Okanagan - for up to date event info in 1969, where they settled in Okanagan Falls. Evelyn worked at the Okanagan Falls Pharmacy, where her caring nature and warm smile Okanagan Falls Community Church welcomed people for over thirty years. Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Drummer Wanted: We are seeking a drummer for our Sunday Evelyn loved her family life; she was always happiest attending or hosting family gatherings and Sundays when her boys came for evening service. If interested, please call Ray at 250-488-4397. dinner. She enjoyed listening to their boisterous conversations, loud 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 laughter and watching her grandchildren grow. She took great pride Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! in her family and home. In her quiet moments, Evelyn loved listening to country music, baking Okanagan Falls United Church for her family and having friends and neighbours drop in for coffee. Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am There was always a piece of pie, cake or doughnuts and time for a * No Service on Sunday, January 1st * visit no matter who it was. Evelyn was a gentle soul, with a big heart All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. and a kind spirit. She is sadly missed by those who knew and loved Back Door Wednesday Gatherings from 6:30-8:30pm: Crystal Bowl Meditation on January 4 & 25; Board Games on January her. The Richardson family would like to especially thank the Haven 11; and Special Musical Concert on January 18th - William Leggott Hill staff on Upper Grape floor for their compassion and dedicated care of Evelyn. with Evan Robillard, Wendy Goudie, and Celine Blais - Tix $20. A celebration of life will be held in the warmth of Spring, being Evelyn’s 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones favourite time of year. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

Special Musical Concert ~ January 18th William Leggott with Evan Robillard, Wendy Goudie & Celine Blais Starts a 6:30pm Okanagan Falls United Church, 1108 Willow St.

Tix $20 from members, at door, or 250.497.1171. Sponsored by Classic Guitars

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167 JOHN NUNES


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January 2017

Flowers or Fish Heads?

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Flowers to Dave Oosterveld for all the fun teen nights for the past year. Thanks Dave-O! ~ From the Parks & Rec Staff, Youth and Teens Flowers to Stan Maber, a.k.a. Mr. Christmas, for all your help with the Festiv-All! ~ From Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec Staff & Area D Office Flowers to Okanagan Falls IGA for their cinnamon buns for the diabetics in the community. Much appreciated! ~ From Pete of OK Falls Flowers to Mr. G. J. of OK Falls (you know who are). I am truly grateful. And, Flowers to our first responders. Always a class act. ~ From Betty of OK Falls Flowers to Kettle Valley Pizza for taking over our store. “Main Street Consignments” would like to thank all of our past customers and the community as a whole for your support over the past 30+ years. Welcome to Kettle Valley Pizza! ~ From Merle & James of OK Falls Flowers to Gary and Roxanne on Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls for the “Best Dressed Lights” in the community! ~ From all the Community Fish Heads to the people that broke into our home on Eastside Road. Just remember your day of reckoning will come. You will be caught and will have to answer to your evil ways. ~ From Barb of OK Falls Fish Heads to the new pedestrian crossing in Okanagan Falls. What kind of a pedestrian crossing do we have at Cedar Street and Highway 97? The pedestrian can’t see that it is alright and safe to cross unless they are out in the middle of the street! ~ From Shirley of OK Falls Fish Heads to the people that leave their donations outside the Thrifty Boutique when we are not open, even with our signs asking nicely not to do so. Plus, I use the word “donations” lightly, as a large percentage of what is left behind is garbage, especially when it’s left in the snow or rain. Please come on in when we are open, so we don’t waste our time and resources on dumping fees. ~ From Heather of OK Falls

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

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

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4

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 2017 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 26 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.

“Grandmothers For Africa” are hosting another amazing Thursday Night Jazz Band Concert on Thursday, January 19th at the Barking Parrot in the Lakeside Hotel in Penticton. Tickets are $15 each and available from the front desk at the Lakeside Hotel, the Grandmothers (250-493-0076) or any member of the band. Dinner Reservations are available by calling 250-493-9754. All proceeds benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Happy 2017 Everyone! Wine Shop open for purchase by appointment after January 16th Visit our online store and stock your cellar after the holidays! Cheers to you, you are “The One” #BeNoble T: 250.497.7945

E: W: 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd, OK Falls FB: Noble_Ridge Tw: @Noble_Ridge

HELP WANTED: Five Full Time Seasonal Vineyard Workers required for Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R5. $10.85/hour, 40 hours/week. Job duties include all aspects of vineyard work, pruning, tying, suckering, shoot thinning, etc. Physically demanding, repetitive tasks, outdoor work in all weather conditions. Start date Jan 15th, 2017. Email resume to Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out


Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95


Please ask server for your favourite dressing.

Garden Salad

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

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Bakedd with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............. $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Flat Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95 SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

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

Gluten Fr & Buns ee Breads Availab le!

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar Salmon Casesar

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

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

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

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

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

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

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 $1.39

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

Steak, Seafood and Ribs

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

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

Medieval Steak

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

Hot Roast Beef

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

Steak & Prawns

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

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad. A full rack of pork ribs with garlic toast ............... $18.95 and baked potato or fries or garden salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

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

Baron of Beef Dip

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

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

Rack of Ribs

cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

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

2 Lobster Tails 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

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

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

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!


Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

January 2017

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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