Skaha Matters January 2021

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A Glance At 2020 Real Estate By Jesse Chapman

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By most accounts, 2020 was a mulligan of a year. Many of us would like a do-over. Good thing for local homeowners, 2020 was one of the best in the last 15 years with property values going up 5-6% over 2019. One of the main real estate drivers locally has been the residents in the cities trying to get away from the more populated Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of areas, i.e. the coast. There have been a few notable commercial 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, and retain the sales on Main Street in Okanagan Falls this year, which are sure to right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as bring in more outside interest and dollars. A viable vaccine would possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their speed this up too. final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications. The property at 712-718 Main Street just up from the boat launch in Okanagan Falls has seen a dramatic improvement in the last Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry few months. Another notable sale this year was the old real estate office at 837 Main street, and the buyers seem quite interested in the town and are working on several ideas to improve the area. Helping the Also, the OK Falls Hotel Pub is looking great. Word on the street is Do-It-Yourself that they will be opening in the late spring 2021. Residential sales Homeowner were rockin’ in 2020. There were 161 sales between January 1, 2020 and the end of the year up from 120 sales in 2019. The median Jay Mallach sale price also went up - $630,000 in 2020 vs. $510,000 in 2019. No Job Too Small


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The cost of borrowing money played a large role in the current trend. On that point, anyone who has a mortgage should talk to their bank or mortgage broker about refinancing their mortgage, not necessarily to borrow more money but to get a better rate. Rates are very low right now and it’s likely that a borrower would be in a better position if they asked a few key questions in the near future. Ask your mortgage holder what your current rate is? What is the penalty for refinancing? Is there a rate differential option? It’s well worth the phone call!

Happy New Year to All! Despite COVID, our families in need received assistance for this Christmas season. Thank you to all in the community for your generosity and time to make this a realty this challenging year. Please keep in mind that those in need will continue to be able to apply for an emergency food hamper. Here’s to an awesome 2021 ... See you all at the beach! Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand at P.O. Box 640 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more. We are always looking for volunteers to join our organization. Help us help others. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please call us at our NEW Number 778-559-2412 and leave a message. We apologize that our previous cell phone number was acting up and not allowing us to receive your messages. We have a new number shown above, so please call us if you are in need or if you want to help volunteer. Thanks again for your support.

ATTENTION: Okanagan Falls Families & Seniors! The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here for you! Whether you are a regular hamper receiver at Christmas, or just finding yourself in a bit of a pinch due to COVID-19, we are here to support you with: • Emergency Food Hampers ~ Delivered to your door. • Pick-up and Delivery of Groceries ~ Can you order online? We will pick-up and deliver to your door. • Self-isolating or in quarantine after returning home? We are here to help you get what you need without you needing to leave your home.

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From The Hill

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay In the middle of the pandemic’s second wave and with the holidays upon us, many Canadians are still struggling to figure out how they’ll get through these tough times. Last week, we saw two examples of how the government’s priorities are hurting many lowincome, self-employed Canadians, while letting large corporations and wealthy shareholders off the hook. One of my constituents, Carol, had a before-tax income in 2019 of just under $10,000. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, her business was heavily impacted. She was encouraged by the government to apply for the CERB support, which was designed precisely for her type of income - self-employed Canadians who didn’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Carol checked the requirements and saw that if she’d lost her income because of COVID-19 and that her before-tax income in 2019 was more than $5000 she would qualify. But recently she received a repayment demand for thousands of dollars, because the government had decided that her CERB claim didn’t fit the criteria after all. Apparently, the $5000 RRSP she cashed in 2019 to buy a cooler for her business did not count as income, even though CRA happily taxed her on that income. Once that RRSP income was subtracted from her taxable income, it left her a few dollars short of the $5000 threshold. Carol is one of many thousands of lowerincome Canadians who have been caught in an after-the-fact rule change that specified that the $5000 income threshold had to be net income, not gross income. These people, many who can barely make ends meet, are being penalized just before Christmas with large repayment demands they simply cannot meet. On the other side of the coin, many large corporations affected by the pandemic received wage subsidies of 75 percent to keep workers on the payroll. That’s exactly what the wage subsidy supports were meant to do. What those supports were not meant to do was to enrich the companies’ executives and shareholders with generous dividends. Some countries, such as Spain and the Netherlands, made it illegal for companies that were receiving pandemic supports to issue dividends. But, despite calls for exactly that, Canada declined to add those strings and many companies took advantage of the generosity of the Canadian taxpayer. Imperial Oil was one of 68 such companies. It received $120 M in government wage subsidies, while paying out $324 M in dividends. A large trucking firm, TFI International, bought back $9 M of shares and paid out $45 M in increased dividends, while receiving $63 M in wage subsidies. Companies operating long term care homes were also given supports to make sure they provided proper care to their residents through the pandemic. One of these, Extendicare, received $82 M and paid out $21 M in dividends, while complaints about inadequate care kept coming in. There is very clearly a double standard in the Liberals’ approach. They are demanding that people who struggled throughout the pandemic repay the money they received. They aren’t, however, holding accountable the big corporations that received financial support and then turned around and paid massive dividends to their shareholders. In April, the Liberals voted in favour of a motion that “those who have applied in good faith for and received benefits through CERB or other programs to support them through this crisis will not be unjustly penalized”. And yet, a few months later, they are demanding that people who barely made ends meet pay back funds that they had met the qualifications for when they applied. The NDP will keep working hard to ensure families, workers, students, seniors and small businesses receive the help they’ve been promised. If you’d like to get in touch, please email me at

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How much is this going to cost me as a taxpayer, and over what time frame? All of this information will be provided by the RDOS in January, as well as a fundraising plan by KCA’s Save I hope everyone had a safe and quiet Sickle Point Committee. Using short term financing would provide Christmas Holiday. Let’s hope that over a year to fundraise before funds are borrowed to purchase 2021 is a better year for everyone, the land. The sub-committee group of KCA is working hard to seek as we move through the COVID-19 external donations and every donation gets us closer to the land pandemic back to a new normal. I acquisition. Let’s work together as a community. would like to extend a large “Thank How can I be involved in the project? A sub-committee of KCA you” to the KVFD team for keeping that owns, fundraises and has managed the Kaleden Community our community and volunteers safe, Hall for many years, are taking the lead on this project and can Subrina Monteith as they attend calls with all necessary be reached at The Save Sickle Director of equipment required to ensure they Point Committee is seeking volunteers for fundraising efforts RDOS Area ‘I’ that are in the planning stages now. Show your Kaleden pride by keep us all safe. Traffic Concerns ~ I continue to advocate at the RDOS board rolling up your sleeves to support this project. Every dollar raised meetings for changes to be made within Area ‘I’. I encourage would reduce the taxation impact of residents of Kaleden Parks everyone to write me via email with suggestions and feedback and Recreation service area. If we work together, we may be able on community roads, so that I can share with the Ministry of to fundraise for the entire project and what a wonderful feeling Transportation at an upcoming meeting. Written letters make that would be to conserve a valuable piece of land solely through donations. communication with MoTI more effective in asking for change. Sewer Project ~ Keep watching Updates If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. will be provided soon on the next steps towards a referendum in Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ the spring of 2021. A revised bylaw will be before the RDOS board Direct: 250.486.1346 | | in early 2021 before starting the public engagement process with residents of the service area. The $6.6 million dollar grant needs to Get Ready To Travel In 2021 be used in the near future and the costs for infrastructure will likely By Vi Creasey not be cheaper in the future. Is Kaleden ready for sewer? That is for the users to decide and then the community can participate Welcome to 2021. The travel world is looking up! The vaccine for in a Local Area Plan review to look at what, if any, densification Covid-19 has arrived in Canada. With luck, before summer, all of changes we wish to make in our community. us that want the vaccine will have received it. What does this mean Sickle Point Land Acquisition ~ The Kaleden Community for travellers? It means that we’ll be able to travel with confidence. Association (KCA) through the Save Sickle Point Committee and It is suggested that we may still wear our masks and wash our the RDOS have partnered with Penticton Indian Band to work hands regularly. Covid-19 has definitely made us all more aware of towards acquisition of Sickle Point. There has been 1st, 2nd and cleanliness, which is a good thing. There is now Covid-19 testing 3rd reading of a borrowing bylaw for UP TO $3.5 million, which at the airport in Calgary, so if you arrive on an International flight, is the standard process for a borrowing bylaw before going to you can take the test and if you test negative, you could possibly the public for permission through an Alternate Approval Process reduce your mandatory quarantine. I’m thinking this service will be (AAP). The borrowing bylaw clearly states the funds can only be available at all major Canadian airports in the near future. used for the land acquisition of Sickle Point and nothing further. I Reliable Travel is off on a Greek Islands cruise in October of 2021. would like to answer some common questions that I have been If this type of a trip is on your bucket list, we would love to have getting from residents on the project. you join us. We will be arriving in Venice a few days early taking Why Save Sickle Point now? The property has been privately in many of the highlights. The group pricing has great discounts, owned for many years with the looming potential of housing being but is filling up. Also, if you book now, our Greek Island cruise has developed on the site. The land is in a sensitive habitat along the everything is included, which means that your gratuities are paid, KVR, which would become a road to access the property. KVR all your beverages and also internet access is all included. Please users and motorized vehicles would be meeting often along this call one of the Reliable Travel team to secure your spot. narrow strip, creating a safety and fire hazard within our community. Venice ~ The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region is built on Recently, a petition was supported by the community to stop a more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Venice subdivision of the lot into 5 parcels. It’s now time to protect the land has no roads, just canals, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare through purchasing it to create a conservation park. Protecting lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Sickle Point has been a strategic planning item for Kaleden Parks Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with and Recreation for many years. Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile Bell Tower offering views Why is it $3.5 million for the borrowing bylaw? When the of the city’s red roofs. The elevation is 1 metre and the population is process began in the summer to create the bylaw with RDOS, 261,905. If Venice is calling you, give Reliable Travel a call today. the list price was $3.1 and to ensure we were able to have the purchase authority, while not expecting to pay the total amount it was decided to use $3.5 as the borrowing bylaw ceiling level. The BC Business Licence #48999 current list price has now decreased to $2.7, which means without Locally Owned and Operated fundraising that would be the approximate maximum needed. Keep in mind that the Save Sickle Point Committee has fundraised We can come to you! approximately $250,000 already and this number continues to Vi Creasey grow. These funds raised reduce taxation, if the AAP is successful. Dy de Vos Diane Chatfield 250-497-8785 Donations are coming from all over the province and across the 250-567-0865 250-488-6818 Toll Free: 1-866-497-8785 country to support the conservation of the land.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Please Welcome Paul Oaks ~ Who began work with KID as our new Water System Operator in November 2020. Paul comes to us with a wealth The Stinky Cost Of Kaleden’s Sewer of of experience and training in waterworks, By Colleen Pennington having worked as a Water Distribution/ Who doesn’t want a better environment, more room in the yard, Treatment Operator with the East Kootenay and less worry about the health of our septic systems. I was a Regional District for the past 15 years. His supporter of sewer. Plus, I live in the area that gets a vote. One of presence will provide some welcome relief the lucky 150 Kaledenites who will decide the future of sewer for for Mike Snair and Cheryl Halla, who had been covering the gaps created by the our community. Then, I did the math by looking at the costs on abrupt departure of our ex-Manager in website and then looking at my tax notice from 2019. My taxes late June of 2020. If you see Paul at work Paul Oaks were $2004 for the Regional District services (excluding school tax around Kaleden, stop and say hello! or the police or province). My portion of the new sewer system and What’s The IHA Levy All About? ~ As mentioned in December’s annual maintenance costs will be about $2100 more per year for column, the IHA (Interior Health Authority) Levy will increase by the next 30 years. I would be charged $1150 minimum per year for $10.00 yearly, rising to $194.50 in 2025. This Levy will be used to the borrowing and almost $1000 for annual maintenance. In total, meet provincial water treatment standards, which IHA was tasked these extra costs double the amount I pay in taxes. It’s an increase to uphold. Levy funds will partly “prepay” the costs of upgrading of 103% in taxes before I add in any other RDOS tax increases our system to meet IHA licensing requirements, which at present for costs like inflation or the purchase of Sickle Point. My payout are to provide filtration and two forms of disinfection (KID currently over the 30 years is more than $60,000. This is my cost before just chlorinates). I decommission the tank and before I purchase and hook up a However, data collected thus far indicate that filtration may not pump to get my house connected. So, this is the lowest estimate. be necessary, and also advances in UV disinfection technology And, I keep paying these higher taxes for likely the rest of the time should result in significant cost savings. Funds accumulated by I own my home. 2025 should be about half of that required for the upgrade. The What if my septic needed replacing? That would cost money too. rest will have to be borrowed -- unless the Provincial government According to, the most expensive septic changes its policy that Improvement Districts like KID are ineligible system costs about $50,000 and can be as low as $15,000. So, I to apply for grants (using your tax dollars, so write your MLA!). could get the best brand new septic system for less money. When plans are finalized and costs confirmed, ratepayer approval Why not just defer all these costs with the provincial property will be sought via referendum. tax deferment plan available to seniors. Maintenance fees are a What’s Up With My Water? Come on folks, please get with the minimum of $919 per year, which can’t be deferred. So, seniors program! If you have problems with water quality or pressure, will also need to find about $1000 year after year if this proceeds. please, PLEASE contact KID staff DIRECTLY by using the While I support the idea of sewer, there is no way the RDOS emergency phone numbers that are available 24/7 on the KID’s can justify doubling my tax bill. The RDOS site website, and on our answering machine, and posted outside the suggests Kaledenites will get better lake water and an ability to KID office. This is far more effective than using social media sites develop. However, given the limited number of houses affected (which KID does not monitor), and NEVER CALL 911! Also, please (less than 150) and my desire to keep Kaleden as a charming be proactive and provide KID with your email address and/or phone numbers. Your information will be added to an Alert List, community, the benefits offered in no way offset the costs. Sewer is a good idea. If it was a lot less expensive. Call your which will be used in the event of any water emergencies. So far, only director and insist the RDOS find ways to reduce the costs or 50 of 550 ratepayers have provided this information. If you haven’t spread out the service area to all of Kaleden (which can be done done so, then please don’t complain when you aren’t notified! according to the province’s legislative services branch) or if you can, just vote ‘No’ ... like I will. For direct contact with the author, email Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal


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A COVID “Ripple Effect”? The Linden Reservoir is cleaned every two years, and in past years, there always was enough water held within the distribution system to meet demand while the reservoir was off-line during cleaning. But during cleaning last November, water shortages were reported within hours of shutdown. This is suspected to be due to more people following COVID restrictions and remaining home. Just one example as to how an Alert List would be useful in the future.

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Why Should Sickle Point Be Saved? Submitted by Save Sickle Point Committee We would like to share some comments from residents of Kaleden who have made pledges towards purchasing Sickle Point: “I feel strongly that the world isn’t worth living in, if there is no wilderness nearby. I love the Okanagan Valley’s natural spaces, and regularly run on the KVR. I also understand that marshes are extremely important for biodiversity, clean water, and ecosystem health.” (Rebecca T. of Kaleden)

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funding options. We encourage you to contact the MLA for the Boundary-Similkameen, Roly Russell, to express your support for preserving Sickle Point.

6. What does First Nations involvement mean? The Penticton Indian Band (Syilx Nation) has publicly stated that they are “The unique ecosystem should be for the good of the wildlife and opposed to the development of Sickle Point. To quote their news the community.” (Pat M. of Kaleden) release, “We support conservation. It’s an important cultural site. “Given the pressure of development, it is very important to preserve It’s an important environmental site.” natural areas, especially areas as beautiful as Sickle Point.” (Tom 7. Will there be access for the public or not? Our goal is for L. of Kaleden) there to be no motorized access to Sickle Point along the KVR. “Sickle Point has always been a wonderful little marshland where Our vision is to develop interpretative boardwalks to educate the birds, beaver, and other animals cohabited together. Over the last public about the endangered ecosystem and the historical and 10 years, the land has been stripped of its richness as a natural environmental significance of the area. Other uses of the land landscape. Our belief is that it should be allowed to return to its would be determined through broader community consultation, natural state with hopefully the nesting of birds both on land and in possibly including a university field site. the marshes happening again.” (Barb P. of Kaleden) 8. Is there anything we can do? Share the answers to the above questions with others. Below are a some frequently asked questions, along with the • answers provided by the Save Sickle Point Committee. • Refer people to the website for more information: www. 1. Why do you want to buy the land? Because we live in one of the three most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Sickle Point • If you haven’t already, please consider making a pledge OR is home to red-listed species such as the Yellow-breasted Chat, increasing your current pledge. Lewis’s Woodpecker and the Pallid Bat and is on the migratory • If you would like to join the Save Sickle Point Committee flight path for endangered wildlife, including the American White contact Pelican and Sandhill Crane. Thank you for your support! In semi-arid areas like the South Okanagan, riparian areas are important for maintaining plant and animal diversity for the whole Watch our Facebook page for a date for a Town Hall meeting region. Studies have shown that 80 percent for terrestrial wildlife in January hosted by Save Sickle Point Committee. are either directly dependent on riparian ecosystems or use them more frequently than other habitats. 2. When do we know if the community has purchased the property? At the time of printing of Skaha Matters, an offer of 2.5 M has been made based on an appraisal from October, 2020. As the sale of the property is a foreclosure process, the offer has to be accepted and approved by a judge at the Supreme Court of BC. The court date has not been set and may not happen until sometime in February, which provides time for continued fundraising. More up-to-date information will be posted on the Save Sickle Point Facebook page. 3. Since an offer has been made to purchase Sickle Point for 2.5 M, why will Kaleden residents be asked to approve a borrowing bylaw for up to 3.5 M? The borrowing bylaw is up to 3.5 M, because at the time of the bylaw creation we weren’t sure what funds might be needed. The actual amount borrowed is what has to be paid back. An offer has been made for 2.5 M. The goal is that fundraising will ensure we don’t have to borrow that amount. We have already raised approximately a quarter of a million dollars. 4. How much has the community raised so far? A quarter of a million dollars has been pledged to preserve Sickle Point, mostly from residents of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls and Penticton, but also from locations such as Toronto, Surrey, Calgary, and Victoria. Pledges range from $50.00 to $10,000.00. If you would like to make a pledge, go to 5. Why doesn’t the Provincial government give us the money for this? We are in contact with various provincial ministries who have involvement in the KVR, environment, tourism, and lands and natural resources about many aspects, including possible Page 6 | January 2021 |

Champions Of “Save Sickle Point”

meant access to wilder places nearby, along the lakes, the KVR, volunteering for the Meadowlark Festival. By Dianne Bersea For this family, working, volunteering and enthusiastically This is the third in a monthly series of profiles initiated by the Sickle embracing new opportunities in conservation is, as Jayme says, Point Park Proposal Committee. Your pledge is encouraged. Visit “Such a natural fit for me and for all of us. It’s in our DNA.” for more info. “That’s why we were so drawn to this area ... the natural beauty, Meet Jayme & James Friedt to actually see bears, rattlesnakes, swans, native plants like The early season snow of almost Saskatoon and Buck bush. Even the Yarrow deserves a mention. twelve inches had us reschedule We really have felt at home here.” this Save Sickle Point interview Unexpectedly, a shadow emerged. James tells me of hearing several times. But, Jayme Friedt felt some community chatter about Sickle Point being up for sale. it important to meet at their home “Then it became real. It started to be in the news. We asked what in the St. Andrews community on we could do.” White Lake Road, about a ten They have made a financial pledge as have many others, minute drive beyond Kaleden. demonstrating their commitment to protecting a vital piece of “The campaign to save Sickle Point isn’t just of concern to the Skaha Lake wetland with a hope that additional fundraising will people who live along the lake or in Kaleden or Okanagan Falls. save the point. Sickle Point is critical to wildlife throughout the area, and to us Jayme adds, “We can’t imagine Sickle Point developed. People personally,” Jayme tells me. “This is what we’re all about. We want live in Kaleden and the surrounding area for a reason. More to be a part of natural events.” natural space is good for everyone. The concern for Sickle Point That includes watching bears pull up the water lily bulbs in the transcends regional interests.” local wetland, the pleasure of sitting outside where they can hear “Nature doesn’t understand boundaries and borders.” the frogs of spring, followed by the crickets of late summer and Dianne Bersea is Nature Wise columnist for Penticton Western News. finally the silence of winter. James laughs about the local joke that three cars visible on White Lake Road constitutes their ‘rush hour’. James and Jayme Friedt, residents of their St. Andrew’s home for HUB The Kaleden HUB is looking for volunteers to help out with going on twelve years, made a conscious choice to move from occasional snow removal in Kaleden this winter. We could Calgary. They chose an area where they could raise their then use people with machines or just a shovel and elbow three year old twins, Annika and Gradon, in an environment that grease. To volunteer or if you feel you may need some assistance with snow reflected their ecosystem values. removal, please call the HUB at 250-460-3387. Jayme uses the word “resilient” several times. First, in reference DE






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to the badger that has triumphed over it’s endangered status and reappeared in the neighbourhood of the Osoyoos Desert Centre, where Jayme is Managing Director. For James, resilience involved a willingness to let go of Calgary’s technical world and create a successful renovation business. Both Jayme and James mention resilience as the well being of the human spirit, grounded in an understanding of our place in the world. In a practical sense, that meant giving Annika and Gradon some easily accessible natural spaces to explore, like kayaking on their own from Pioneer Park to Sickle Point. For all the family, that






Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department We wish you all a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year! There are more and more fences and gates going up in Kaleden and area. If your gate has a code, can you please ensure the Fire Department has it as well. This will speed up the response time for any emergency situation if needed. Please call 250-497-8231. Thank you!

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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl Kaleden FireSmart Board facts you may not know: • Established in 2017 after a community interface fire. • Holds at least two FireSmart events per year. • Have had a Community Assessment completed. • Kaleden is a Nationally Recognized FireSmart Community since 2018. • Two members can do property assessments for residents. • We have an excellent Tool Lending Program. Please call 250497-8231 for full details. Do your part in keeping Kaleden FireSmart, get informed and get involved. We have loads of information to help you get started! Please visit or | January 2021 | Page 7


Office and Okanagan Falls Community Association to better share their information to Upper Carmi residents with help of the UCRA. Attitude is a choice. In our area, we are choosing a positive one. Special thank you to community member Robin Irwin for her suggestion that we focus on what is ‘strong’ and not on what is ‘wrong’. We have many strengths and positives in our community; the most strong and noteworthy being our people. We are rich with good quality people throughout our area. Together, and 2021, we are going to continue to make changes to improve our community. Congratulations and best wishes on the reopening of the Centex branded gas station on the corner of Highway 97 and Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls. It is exciting to see businesses opening in these difficult times. I want to encourage everybody to support local businesses as much as they can. We all benefit when our local businesses are successful. Those of us who are working are mostly working in local businesses and our jobs in our success and our families welfare improve when our local businesses are successful. Those of us who are retired also benefit when our neighbours including residents and businesses are successful. And, local businesses appreciate the patronage of our local residents and in return will continue to work hard to earn our continuing business by delivering to us, and to visitors to our region, excellent quality and excellent value of services and goods. Thank you to the excellent work done by our volunteer advisory commissions, specifically our Parks and Recreation Commission and our Advisory Planning Commission. Our commissions provide invaluable community input and feedback for the benefit of the RDOS Board. I pledge to continue representing our community concerns to the Board with help from our commissions and help from all of our community groups and community members who all contribute positively to improving our community. Thank you to all of you. Thank you to the Save the Aster, Save the Beach Society who continue to work hard in correcting what I view to be a mistake that will likely require continuing hard work from the community to correct. I will assist in every way I can; facilitating communications with the federal and provincial governments and our neighbours in local government to help our community find a positive solution. Thank you to the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association for their excellent work done, which is a very positive contribution to our community by continuing work on having our community concerns respected and heard. Water quality, milfoil, siltation, and related environmental concerns impact all of us in the South Okanagan. Congratulations to MLA Dan Ashton and MLA Roly Russell for your successful elections to the Provincial Legislature. Thank you to both of you for your interest in our community and your support in helping us build better relations with our Provincial partners and Governance and your assistance in bringing the necessary attention to concerns in our area. Recently (at the December 3, 2020 RDOS Board meeting), we were successful in obtaining a motion of the Board supporting a letter of request to the Provincial Minister of Municipalities to provide necessary funding, so that members of our community can get answers to important questions that relate to Governance options moving forward. More information on this issue shall follow in the New Year. It is important for community members to get accurate information and have questions answered, so that they can be better informed when they make their own decisions. 2021 promises to be a better year! As always, I welcome phone calls at 250-328-9800 or emails to

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Goodbye to the year of the Covid. WELCOME 2021! I am writing this on December 20, 2020. Thank you to everyone for celebrating a careful Covid Christmas. Please continue to be respectful of health and safety rules regarding this serious health issue. The vaccine and treatment improvements are exciting Ron Obirek positive news. 2021 sets up to be a Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ much better year. Work is continuing on getting a grocery store reopened in our community. Many are working together on a plan for a successful reopening of a refocused grocery with excellent attention to detail, providing the community diversity of choice and excellent pricing and value. Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas Light Up, including businesses and residents alike. The change is exciting and many are speaking of transforming our community into a growing Christmas Lights experience in years to come. In 2021, we will have success in finding a way to light up our Heritage Trestle Bridge with year-round lighting possibilities. Thank you to our Okanagan Falls Fire Department for all the great work and service. And, a very big thank you to our retired Fire Chief Rob Oliver for 39 years of outstanding service with the Fire Department. The Fire Department service to our community is appreciated. We are all proud of you and grateful for the service you provide 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Our Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office staff have delivered excellent service throughout 2020. Thank you for the great job you have done and continue to deliver. Examples of 2020 successes include the work done with the Okanagan Falls Community Association in completing an Economic and Community Development Plan and the noticeable results already achieved such as improvement to our community Christmas Light program (and People’s Choice Awards); supporting community organizations with advice and administration support; and facilitating and providing liaison services for continuing economic and community development. Thank you to the Okanagan Falls Community Association and the Okanagan Falls Skaha Lake Winery Association and the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District for working together with our Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office on numerous projects of community improvement. New welcome and farewell signs are coming soon. Thank you to Fortis for working with the community groups to bring Banners to our Main Street, as part of a community beautification and improvement project. A special thank you to the Okanagan Falls Skaha Lake Winery Association membership for their generous contribution to the People’s Choice Awards regarding the Christmas Light Up campaign. Congratulations and thank you to the Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association and special thank you to President Doug Lychak and Secretary Susan Lychak and the numerous community members who have, together, delivered a spectacular development of a Community Park long overdue in their neighbourhood. A July 1 celebration in the Heritage Hills Park is planned and promises to be an exciting event to look forward to in 2021. Thank you to the Upper Carmi Residence Association for providing Yours Truly, me a vehicle to deliver this article to the Upper Carmi community. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ I will be encouraging our Okanagan Falls Economic Development Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

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“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

We are proud to announce your new Okanagan Falls Fire Chief, Fred Dobransky. He’s been with the department since March 1997. Fred has held the positions of Member Rep for 8 years, Captain/Training Officer from 2009-2017, Deputy Chief 2017 - present, and now Fire Chief. Fred possesses numerous certificates, such as Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, Fire Fighting, Confined Space, Live Burn, Fire Service Instructor, Wildland Firefighter, Auto Extrication, First Responder and several others. Along with lovely wife Trish, daughter Jessica, son Cameron, and the Okanagan Falls Fire Crew, Congratulations FRED! Our History column will continue next month. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. A huge Thank You to Larry and Dorothy Gullion for the generous monetary donation to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. This is very much appreciated! A big Thank You to Kim and Ken Oszinski for the delicious pastry gifts for each member.

Best Decorated Business Challenge By Gail Scott, Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator Okanagan Falls Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office in collaboration with Area ‘D’ Director Ron Obirek (in photo to right) announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the 2020 Business Light Up Event on December 18th at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. A video has been posted on Facebook for the community to view. We wish to thank all the local businesses that took the time to decorate their store fronts and those community members that cast their ballots over the past few weeks. A special thank you goes out to our local wineries for supporting this event through the donation of their wines that made up the beautiful wine basket awards, to the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce for providing a complimentary 2021 Membership to the first place winner, and to Kate and Kelly Kask for their volunteer time and efforts that went into making this a special event for our downtown business community. We hope to make 2021 an even bigger event, so start looking for more lights now as most stores ran out of supplies well before Christmas this year. Congratulations to all the businesses who participated. In 3rd Place is The Raven’s Oddities; in 2nd Place is The Apple Bin; and in 1st Place is Sarsons Mechanical Services. An Honourable Mention goes out to Annalise of The Southside on 7th Avenue. Great job! Winners can claim their prizes at the Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office in Okanagan Falls, located in the OK Corral.

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Newcomers to Okanagan Falls, Kate and Kelly shown above, were determined that Christmas Spirit would be shared with the entire community of Okanagan Falls. They overcame all the obstacles that COVID-19 threw their way, ensuring that Provincial Health Orders were followed and everyone was safe as they participated in the events and activities they helped plan. With the support of the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, and the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, community spirit soared in our little community. Thank you for all that you did to help make the Business Light Up, The Shop Local Shop Live Experience, Christmas Photo Booth, and Santa on Parade all come to fruition in the end.

Okanagan Falls Community Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair Association Update By Matt Taylor, President Aaaaand, we’re off and running with a New Year! 2020 was a big year for the Okanagan Falls Community Association - we came together as a real entity -- and overall for the community as well. The Economic Development Strategy builds on work done over the decades by community members and suggests new initiatives to sustain and grow the community. The Association succeeded in having the RDOS Board request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs fund a study assessing costs and benefits of incorporation. RDOS’ letter was sent to the Minister before Christmas. We hope to see the study proceed in 2021, with a community engagement component facilitating informed consideration of this issue by residents. We contributed input from two senior accounting professionals to development of the draft Area ‘D’ budget. And lastly, after considering community input, the “welcome / farewell” signs for Highway 97 are on order with installation planned for a warm day or two in January or February. A number of media stories in the summer and fall certainly highlighted some current and concerning trends in the community, but also captured the amazing beauty and significant opportunities the community offers. A number of land purchases taking place throughout the year, suggest renewed activity in the community, e.g. industrial lands (the old Weyerhaeuser property) purchased by the Avery Group, previously vacant land beside the South Skaha Housing Society on Highway 97, purchase and renovation of “the cabins” (renamed “the Southside”) kitty corner from the boat launch, and purchase of the office building at the Highway 97 corner of Main Street and 9th Avenue. Add to that, the South Skaha Housing Society’s plan to proceed with a second building. We don’t have a grocery store back yet, and reducing the credit union to be open one day a week in the spring was another tough blow, but clearly changes are occurring and should yield a more positive trend for 2021. No year-end column would be complete without a Covid-19 reference. Just as New Year’s marks the ½ way point between the old and new year, we’re likely ½ way through the Covid ‘experience’ too. Hopefully, everyone got a much needed break over Christmas and New Year’s, which will get us ‘over the hump’ of the next few months until we start to see the positive results of vaccination programs. Lastly, thank you to all those people and businesses who lit up our community over the Christmas Season, including a shout out to RDOS for their lights in the Parks and on the KVR Trestle, and to Peters Bros and Okanagan Pet Resort for their support of the light displays in Lions’ Park. Happy New Year to ALL!

This past year hit everybody hard. We’ve all had to do a lot of stick handling. Let’s all hope that we’ll be back to some kind of normal before too long. I am very proud of how our organization have continued to cope through the COVID crisis. We’ve gone through staff and trustee changes, through some twists and turns, but still remain safe and professional both in the office and in the community. Master Plan ~ We are working closely with our engineers to develop a Master Plan for the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. This will provide us with a road map as to where we should focus in the near future. It will identify potential new development in the community and their needs, as well as providing for upgrades to our existing service area. It will be completed soon and when done I will share with you the highlights. Water Restrictions ~ Effective May 1, 2021, the Irrigation District will be implementing a new watering/sprinkling schedule where each property waters three days a week. Even numbered addresses will water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Odd numbers will water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. There will be no watering on Mondays. This will reduce the consumption of water by approximately 1/7th, which works out to nearly 19 million gallons of water each year, which is the equivalent to the amount water used in the District this past September. It will also contribute to the life of our pumps, motors and wells. Well #4 Public Tap ~ It is unfortunate, but necessary, that we will be shutting off the public tap at the well #4 site. Over time, it has been over used, abused, and vandalized. In order to comply with Interior Health guidelines and to preserve the quality of water, we are sadly forced to make this decision. Boil Water Advisory ~ On November 20th, we issued a boil water advisory for the upper zone in Okanagan Falls. It was issued as a result of a higher than acceptable test result in the upper zone. Our protocols were followed and the advisory was taken down within a few days, once we had an all clear from Interior Health. While staff and our operators were in the midst of the emergency, our phone lines and email were very busy with inquiries from the public. Questions that were being asked were already answered in our alerts that were sent out to those who had signed up by providing us with their email addresses or to those who checked our web page. We all need to work together to make sure that when we have an alert or anything else of importance that needs to be shared with our ratepayers that we can get the word out to everyone ASAP. I would encourage anyone who has not yet done so to contact Kim at our office to be signed up. If you live in a Strata or are on Strata Counsel, that you provide an email contact with Kim, so that we can get the word out to your Strata residents. Stratas should also post notices at your mail box hut, or community notice board. Congratulations ~ The Board would like to congratulate Liam McCallum and Travis Campbell, who have both reached milestones in their employment with the Irrigation District. Travis completed his probation with us in December, and Liam has successfully completed his Level 1 Operators Certificate. We are very lucky to have two young and qualified operators working with us in the system, and to have Kim holding things down in the office. Water We Thinking ~ “In wine, there is wisdom. In beer, there is freedom. In water, there is bacteria.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator I am writing this column with less than 10 days to go before Christmas Day. By the time it appears in Skaha Matters, all the excitement, planning and preparation that goes into creating a memorable and happy Holiday Season will all be over, but not forgotten. This past year has been one for the history books for sure. What really struck me in the last few months was how so many local businesses and residents came together to create an atmosphere of merry and bright from the weekend Winter Market in November to the virtual opening of the Spirit of Winter local crafters and collectors market, the Okanagan Falls outdoor light-up campaign, Santa on Parade, family photo booth, kids colouring contest and scavenger / treasure hunts, and Okanagan Falls’ Best Decorated Business. These events would not have happened without the collective support and efforts of the local wineries, Okanagan Falls Fire Department, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, RDOS Community Services, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, Crush Remax, South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, and volunteer’s extrodinare Kelly and Kate Kask, new owners of the old Royal LePage building. All this done with our COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. My hope for 2021 is for a more relaxed and secure way of living. One where the economy starts to rebound; one where the health care system is not being taxed due to COVID-19; one where we no longer need to wear masks when we go out or gather; one where we can give out hugs again; and one where we can shake hands or just be able to sit and enjoy a nice meal with a beautiful glass of local wine with colleagues, family and friends. Come January 4th, my immediate attention turns to the economic development work that needs to be done in accordance with RDOS’s business plan for 2021. I believe it is going to be a year full of excitement and promise. One where hopefully the RDOS in collaboration with the Okanagan Falls Community Association receives Provincial support and funding to carry out a feasibility/ cost benefit analysis related to what incorporation could mean for Okanagan Falls; one where the RDOS continues to explore options for growing our current Visitor Booth into a formal Visitor Information Centre with greater capacity to service visitors, hikers, bikers, families and their guests to Okanagan Falls beaches, parks, trails, and our fabulous wineries; one where creative community economic development solutions are implemented to improve Okanagan Falls downtown service area; one where local small businesses approach this office for assistance and guidance to get back on their feet again; and one where a focused effort is put in place to market and promote Okanagan Falls for the purpose of attracting more tourism visitation, encouraging more lifestyle relocation decisions by young entrepreneurial families, and identification and awareness creation of diversified commercial and industrial business investment opportunities that will strengthen our local economy, create more jobs, and start to shed a new lens on Okanagan Falls. The BC Government has enhanced the Small and MediumSized Business Recovery Grant program to make it easier for businesses to qualify and has increased support for those in the hard-hit tourism sector. Tourism businesses impacted by the pandemic will be eligible to receive between $10,000 and $45,000 in a non-repayable grant. For more information on the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program, including the application process and eligibility, visit: gov/content/economic-recovery/business-recovery-grant Wishing Okanagan Falls, Area ‘D’ community partners, businesses and organizations a New Year of success and accomplishments.


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Colouring Contest A Success! By Denise Blashko, South Okanagan Chamber Coordinator Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Community Colouring Challenge”. This was made possible through a partnership between the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, the Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office, and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. It was wonderful to see so many colourful works of art displayed in the windows of the old IGA Building. On left is Denise Blasko, South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Manager, and on right is Derrick Millington of Little Falls Foods, who is the potential new grocery store operator.

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What is Not Animal, Plant or Mineral? Lichens! Submitted by the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society Lichens are organisms that are not actually plants. They are a combination of a fungus and an algae working together to form an entirely unique life form. The algae is usually a green algae or cyanobacterium, and sometimes yellow-green or brown algae. The fungi usually makes up the majority of the lichen. The fungi provides water and protection from the elements for the algae, and the algae provide vitamins, carbohydrates and proteins for the fungus through photosynthesis. The body of the lichen differs notably from either fungi or algae, and lichens are usually quite distinctive. Lichens range in colour from bright yellow, orange, pink, and red, gray, green, brown, and black. Some are crusty (Crustose), some dusty (Dust lichen); others are leafy (Foliose) and some types of lichen are hairy or bushy (Fruticose).

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Did you know that puzzles are Lichens grow in places where there is little soil, and are found more than just fun, time-consuming on a variety of surfaces, including rocks, tree trunks, undisturbed activities? There are actual health grasslands and on the ground. Lichens reproduce both sexually, benefits to doing a puzzle. There through spores, and asexually through vegetative reproduction. are many different types of puzzles There are over 14,000 identified lichens in the world. British that you can do that will help to Columbia is home to 1,600 lichens, 522 species of attached algae, improve your health. and over 10,000 fungi species. In the Thompson Okanagan, there You can do jigsaw puzzles on your table, which everyone can are nine lichens which are classified as rare. get involved with, or you can do them on your computer or tablet. Certain types of lichens are sensitive to air pollution and are Crossword puzzles have been a long-time favourite with the first excellent bio-indicators of air quality. Some lichen stop growing in one being published in a newspaper in 1913. Sudoku is another areas where air quality is reduced. Other lichen are tolerant of air puzzle that has become very popular over the last 20 years. pollution and tend to grow better where there is more air pollution. One of the great things about doing puzzles is that it exercises Lichens provide nesting material for hummingbirds and other both sides of your brain, the analytical side and the logical thinking birds. They are a food source for deer and some types are survival side. Puzzles also help to improve your memory. Studies have food for humans! Lichens were an important source of food for the shown that doing puzzles may help in the fight against Dementia interior First Nations people. Lichens were also used for clothing and Alzheimer’s disease. and medicine and appeared in mythical traditions. Certain lichens Puzzles can also improve visual and spatial reasoning and ‘fix’ the scent of perfumes and some are used to make dyes. problem solving skills by having to figure out how they fit together Lichens need undisturbed areas. Growing human populations and practicing how to try using different approaches. have threatened and endangered many species and habitats in Another great reason to spend some the Okanagan. Fire suppression is changing the biodiversity here. time doing puzzles is that it improves The introduction of new species threatens many species in the your mood and relieves stress! Just like Valley. Off-road vehicles disturb sensitive wildlife and soils and a massage increases the dopamine, so allow for the invasion of weeds. does working on puzzles. Once you begin to notice lichen, you see them on undisturbed January 29th is National Puzzle Day! So, get to your regular chair surfaces everywhere! They grow in deserts, the sub-arctic massage appointment and spend some time working on a puzzle. and everywhere in between. They can be found on soil, rocks, They’re both great for your health! tombstones, trees, decaying wood, and on old cars! Creative Wellness Solutions offer three 15-minute massage The oldest fossil of a lichen is around 400 million years old! They routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs are a fascinating life form. So, watch for them when walking and feet massage, or any combination. The price for a 15-minute through our exquisite area, and consider doing a survey and routine at one of our convenient locations is only $20. We provide reporting your findings. Go to the links below for more information. a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove • www.LEPS clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are • • able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Dee-anne at 250-497harmony/ 5974 to arrange an appointment. Be sure to check out our website •, where you can find more growth-forests-through-lichens-to-understand-value-1.5049386 information and to read any past articles you may have missed. • indigenous.pdf •

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Natural, whole, unprocessed, organic, local food is the most nutritious and toxin-free. Processed, de-natured food is harmful to our health. (i.e. white sugar, white flour, margarine, hydrogenated vegetable oils). Fat does not make you fat; at least, natural, unprocessed fat does not make you fat, and will in fact aid in weight loss, satiation, and improved health. Quality protein is also essential to good health. In our society, we tend to over consume carbohydrates, especially refined grains. The majority of our carbohydrates should come from vegetable sources, not grain sources. Processed fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils, trans fats, and margarine are very harmful to our health. Natural fats including saturated fats in moderation do not increase risk of heart disease, cancer, or any other chronic degenerative disease. As a matter of fact, in the context of a low carbohydrate diet, healthy fats tend to improve levels of cholesterol, triglyceride, blood sugar, and inflammatory blood markers, thus lowering risk of heart, brain, and all other chronic diseases.

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The benefits of fish oil ~ Cold water contaminant-free fish oil is high in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are profoundly anti-inflammatory and extremely beneficial to the brain, 6. heart and circulation. Besides its anti-inflammatory properties, fish oil is anti-arrhythmic, anti-thrombotic, and cholesterol modifying (decreases bad cholesterol, LDL, and increases good cholesterol, HDL). It helps to normalize the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat and prevent potentially fatal arrhythmias, clot formation, prevent plaque accumulation inside the arteries, and helps to normalize blood pressure. I recommend supplementing with clean sourced fish oil capsules, which contain at least 1000 mg combined EPA The benefits of fresh organic virgin coconut oil ~ This is an and DHA at a dose of 2-4 per day, since much of the fish we example of a primarily saturated fat that is extremely good for consume is not contaminant-free and may contain harmful levels overall health and is stable at high temperatures, so it can be used of heavy metals and other toxins. If you do eat fish, make sure it is in cooking. Coconut oil has proven to help prevent and fight many wild northern smaller fish such as salmon, halibut, bass, sardines, diseases and is particularly good for preventing heart disease and and mackerel. diabetes. It helps regulate blood sugar and diminishes the negative Naturopathic Physicians are uniquely trained to advise about all effects of diabetes; it helps raise the metabolic rate causing an areas of diet, nutrition, wellness, health promotion, and disease increase burning of calories and weight loss; it acts as an anti- prevention. We ground our advice in facts and not on the latest inflammatory in the digestive tract and has shown benefit in the fads, marketing hype, or for the purpose of selling products. treatment of Crohn’s disease and IBS. It also has antimicrobial Please seek guidance from a licensed Naturopathic Doctor before properties and kills troublesome microbes that cause chronic making any major dietary changes. Diet is powerful medicine and digestive inflammation and dysbiosis/candidiasis. has many influences on biochemistry. Sudden changes can be The benefits of extra-virgin olive oil ~ Olives and olive oil uncomfortable and require guidance and support to help adapt to contain the heart healthy omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids the new adjustments safely. Also, keep in mind that everyone is (MUFA’s). Since it is not a saturated oil, it will be harmed by high unique and requires a unique, individualized approach. For more heat cooking and is best used cold or lightly warmed. It is vital to information on how fats and oils can help or harm you, contact a use cold-pressed olive oil that has not been overly processed, so Naturopathic Doctor near you. You can reach Dr. Tamara Browne that is still contains the healthy constituents such as vitamin E, at 250-497-6681 or visit

December Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School By Principal Diane Haddow 1.

Students have been collecting non perishable food items for the Kaleden Cares initiative. Their very generous donations will mean a brighter holiday season for a number of families! 2. Our pyjama day “Spirit Day” was a great success! Students wore their pyjamas to school and were treated to a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the day. 3. All classes participated in gingerbread house building! Many great palaces, chalets and houses were created over the week. Great fun was had by all! 4. Under the direction of Mrs. Mennell, our Fine Arts teacher, each class presented a Christmas presentation. Presentations were videotaped and will be shared with families. Well done, Kaleden Coyotes! 5. The tradition of classroom door decorating continued this year! Every class decorated their classroom door for the month of December. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone from the Staff and Students at Kaleden Elementary School!

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School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee On December 14, 2020, the Board discussed and reviewed the following: The Board approved the Statement of Financial Information 20192020 as presented by Secretary Treasurer, Nicole Bittante. In accordance with the Financial Information Act, each School Board is required to prepare a report of financial information for each fiscal year. The report includes a Schedule of Suppliers of Goods and Services. This lists total payments made to suppliers in excess of $25,000. In addition, the report contains a Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses listing all payments to trustees and those employees with remuneration exceeding $75,000. The Board approved the creation of a Budget Advisory Committee and the Committee Terms of Reference, as presented by Secretary, Nicole Bittante. The Board discussed the 2020-2021 budget process to include a Budget Advisory Committee. The Budget Advisory Committee is a sub-committee of the Business Committee. The committee will include representation from all stakeholder groups to include senior staff, school principals, Trustees, support staff (CUPE), teachers (OSTU), parent (DPAC), and representatives of the indigenous community. The committee will meet at least 6 times from January to June to develop recommendations to the Board in order to approve a balance preliminary budget in May, 2021. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, provided a brief update on Capital Projects. Currently, all capital projects are either completed or at least 50% completed, with the exception of the Summerland Gym Project. We continue to wait for approval from the Ministry of Education to launch the Summerland project. We are hopeful that we’ll get approval for the project in the January 2021. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, provided an update on the HVAC Systems as an Engineering Control. The Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 schools recommend increasing air exchanges by adjusting the HVAC systems. The District has taken the following efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 through the HVAC systems: • Ensuring the ventilations systems operate properly. • Increasing air exchange by adjusting the HVAC systems. • Opening windows when possible and if weather permits. • Ensuring schools with recycled/recirculated air systems upgrade their current filters to a minimum MERV-13 filter or higher if possible. There has been some barriers to obtaining the filters, as they are not available and two suppliers have indicated that it will take some time to access due to global demand. The District has been utilizing MERV-8 filters in the meantime. Until next month, stay safe and health. Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding this report.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Happy New Year everyone. We here at KPAC have decreed that 2021 WILL be a year full of hope and promise. Thank you for all your amazing support in 2020. Despite being kept apart last year, you all showered us with love and support. This community again and again steps up every time to support our students. So from all of us to all of you, thank you! As for the calendar in January, there is no PAC meeting and we have no big plans. So, you get a month off! Have some water and do some self care. You have all earned it. So, Happy New Year everyone. Cheers!

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School District No. 53 Board Report

December Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee With 2020 firmly in the rear-view mirror, I would like to take this time to thank all the staff in School District 53 (particularly Principal Karen Sinclair and her staff at Okanagan Falls Elementary) for their consistent hard work and resiliency. Specifically, the commitment to maintain focus on the most important goal of keeping students in the classroom. We can be assured, with increasing evidence, that school is the safest place for students. With the roll out of the vaccine we know relief is heading our way, but we must remain vigilant with our safety plans and protocols. Below are highlights from the December 9th School Board Meeting: Due to revised orders from the Provincial Health Officer, the Board meeting was held via Zoom. Administration reported that there are still 142 ‘transition students’ within the district. Schools indicate that they are expecting more families to return to inclass instruction after Christmas Break. Our priority is to support students and families who may not be managing as well as they would like with distance learning. We have shown that our schools are safe places; however, we continue to respect family choices and unique circumstances. Professional development is still alive and well in SD No. 53. While it took some time for high quality virtual professional activities to present themselves, staff are engaging in virtual book clubs, webinars, virtual conferences, speaker series, and Zoom podcasts. Administration reported that there had been 2 confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in two of our school communities. Our protocols with Interior Health are in place and they have performed their contact tracing and notification functions. Now is the time that we all must remain vigilant about the protocols that are in place to reduce the risk of transmission including hand washing, social distancing, wearing masks where required, limiting gatherings, and staying home when COVID-19 symptoms present. We have demonstrated that schools are safe when we follow these protocols. We are confident that we are prepared as best as we can be and will work together efficiently and transparently to address positive cases occurring within our district. OPERATIONS 2020/21 Enrolment: As of November 30th, schools reported enrollment of 2,307.5 FTE, which is an increase of 7.8125 FTE from September 30, 2020 enrolment of 2,299.6875 FTE. November 2020 YTD Financial Statement: Total revenue for the 5 months ended November 30, 2020 was $9.49 million. Total expense for the same period was $9.77 million, resulting in a deficit of $282,232. Charitable Donations to Foodbanks: The Board of Education directed management to provide a donation of $1,000 to each food bank within the district to assist community members and families during the holiday season. These funds have been distributed. I would like to personally thank SD No. 53 for the $1,000.00 to Helping Hands for those most vulnerable in our community. While this holiday season may be different than ones we have had and perhaps were expecting, we can be thankful for those that we have around us. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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By Principal Karen Sinclair 1.

“Giving Week” - THANK YOU FALCON FAMILIES! Over 700 food bank items donated to Helping Hand for the Okanagan Falls community. 2. Div. 5 hike to Munson Mountain - finding a geocache. 3. Div. 4 hike to Mahoney Lake - we love getting outdoors! 4. Indigenous crafts - Winter wreaths. 5. Last day of school in 2020 - PAJAMA DAY! 6. Thank you KJ Coffee Bar for sponsoring our Spirit Teams in December. Congratulations to Ms. Keyes class! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you to our amazing community for all your support throughout 2020. We would like to wish everyone all the best in 2021! School re-opens on Monday, January 4th.

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Rumour has it that Okanagan Falls Elementary School used to have curtains on their school stage till a mysterious fire consumed them ... possibly started by some young kids that now as adults are sometimes plagued by a tiny pang of guilt. Well, an anonymous donation towards new curtains for the school this year has sparked the fundraising efforts of all, so NEW STAGE CURTAINS are hanging again from Skyview Blinds! Next step: get through COVID-19, so we can have kids concerts again. PAC would like to wish all the teachers and support staff at Okanagan Falls Elementary School a very restful holiday break. Thank you for all the amazing work you have done for the kids this interesting year. Our next on-line PAC meeting will be Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 pm. Email us at, if you wish to partake in the meeting and need to be sent the link.

Owls Are A Hoot! By Valerie Blow, Stewardship Officer Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is a local nonprofit that partners directly with local landowners and communities to support and assist them in caring for important wildlife habitats in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Contact them at or 250-770-1467. What do a banshee scream, a beeping forklift in reverse, bouncing ball, and a monkey yelling all have in common? They are all ways to describe local owl calls. Amazingly, 14 of Canada’s 16 owl species can be found in the Okanagan Valley, from the miniscule Northern Pygmy owl, barely bigger than your fist, to the huge Great Grey Owl who is bigger than your cat. Owls make a myriad of different noises too, with only a few species making a classic “Hoot Hoooo” noise that we know so well. Hooting is also usually only done during courtship or to claim territories, and there are many additional screeches, whistles, shrieks and barks used to communicate hunger, threats, and fear. Some owls, like the Short-eared Owl, hardly call at all outside the breeding season. Owls are iconic animals, but many of are facing an increasing number of threats including extensive habitat loss, vehicle collisions, and secondary poisoning from ingesting poisoned rodents. These threats affect all owls, but can be particularly concerning when they impact endangered owl species, as Great Horned Owl by Lia McKinnon they are less able to recover from declines to their populations. The Western Screech-owl is a local owl species that has seen serious declines over the years, mostly due to losing over 50% of their preferred riparian (creekside) forest habitat in the Okanagan. These little owls could easily fit in a red Solo™ cup and they make a the “bouncing ball” call described at the beginning of the article, which is a series of toots that start slow and get faster and faster, just like a bouncy ball coming to rest. They are most vocal in mid- to late- winter, so if you hear them calling in your neighbourhood, be sure to let a local conservation group like OSS know. Interested in learning more about the owls in your neighbourhood? Dying to know which local owls make the other calls mentioned at the beginning the article? Go to to watch our “All About Owls” webinar to find out.

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Astronomy and Astrology By Tom Landecker

Astronomy and astrology. Are they the same? What is the difference? The answer is simple: astronomy is a science, astrology is made-up nonsense. Astronomy is based on facts, organized and understood. Astrology, as you read it in the daily horoscope, is fiction, pure human invention. Long ago, the Earth seemed to be the centre of the Universe. The Sun and the stars moved, apparently around the Earth. The Moon moved against the backdrop of stars. The Sun moved gradually throughout the year. The stars were the same, year after year, but the planets wandered among them. Did this ever changing parade have a meaning for us? We live on the Earth, we are the centre of things, there must be a meaning: so went the argument. Where did astrology come from? It grew out of the quest for explanations. There had to be an explanation for everything, even the most perplexing of human affairs. Your personality and your fate as an individual were, the astrologers said, tied to the configuration of the planets when you were born. If your birthday was between March 21st and April 19th, you were labelled as an Aries; between those dates the Sun is in the constellation of Aries. Each month was associated with a different constellation. All this was blown away 300 years ago by Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton. Kepler described the orbits that the planets make around the Sun. Newton showed how to calculate planetary motion with precision. The movement of the planets could be predicted over tens, hundreds, even millions of years. What then of astrology? What remains? There never was anything to it, and there still isn’t. As everyone knows, the Earth spins on its axis, once every 24 hours. But the spinning Earth wobbles. The wobble comes from the complex interplay of gravitational pulls exerted on the Earth by the Sun and the Moon. Spin a toy top, and you will see the same effect. With the toy, the wobbles come once per second. For the spinning Earth, the period is once every 26,000 years. What is the consequence? When astrology began, the Sun was indeed in the constellation of Aries between March 21st and April 19th. Now, two thousand years later, the Sun still moves through Aries, but not on those dates. All the horoscopes have the wrong dates, but, sadly, the astrologers have never bothered to read the astronomy textbooks. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300.

South Skaha Housing Society Update

By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair

One of our businesses in Okanagan Falls, Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery presented the South Skaha Housing Society with a very generous donation towards the extras that go into making a housing complex a home. Noble Ridge, a part of the Heart of Wine country, has supported the society in the past and we were pleased that they decided to continue that support for Phase 2. Most non-profit societies are having a difficulty in fundraising during these Covid-19 times, so this contribution is greatly appreciated. As we prepare for Phase 2 plans, we will be organizing for some fundraisers to help add those extras to our housing complex. On behalf of the SSHS, thank you for your support! In photo on left is Leslie D’Andrea of Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery giving a donation cheque to Michael Livingstone, Chair of South Skaha Housing Society. As we prepare for the application for Phase 2, there has been the first and second reading of our rezoning request. The third reading will take place with a virtual public meeting on January 7, 2021 hosted by the RDOS. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish all the best of the Christmas Season and a hope that the New Year lives up to it’s expectations and we have one of the best years yet. And, thank you to the residents of Okanagan Falls for your support over the last 5 years.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Christmas 2020 and New Years 2021 are behind us, as this goes to distribution. Hopefully, we came through it unscathed. It’s difficult to attempt to forecast or determine anything for the next while, but the vaccine is being distributed and administered as fast as possible. We can be thankful for that. To those who say it was developed too soon, or it will make us ill, or any and all other mindless reasons to promote negativity, I say look back once more to previous disease controls. We used to have smallpox, but found a solution ... “vaccination”. We had poliomyelitis, developed a vaccine ... highly successful. We had and still have influenza, but vaccines are given for that every year and are fairly successful. Let’s give this one a chance! Some people will have reactions ... people have reactions every day to common foods and chemicals and animals - it’s becoming a “norm”. How many people remember when everyone ate peanut butter? And, every household had pets without having allergies? It’s our world, and it changes as we change. But enough of what if and what will be, let’s work together to beat this thing and get back to living. Okanagan Falls Lions Club is continuing school breakfasts on Thursday mornings, as long as we are able (presentation of food has changed to pre-wrapped packaging). A huge thank you to Mike Livingstone and his volunteers, as we are feeding 50+ students every week. The Club would like to thank Tickleberry’s for their donation to the Winter Market on November 15th, held by Elaine Chernoff and her group, which enabled a $55 donation to the school breakfast fund. Community helping community ... A great thing! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on February 19 (No January Date!) at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. We usually meet once a month, with hopes to resume that soon. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and

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December had quite the change, with sunny skies and milder days than cold snowy ones. It was a pleasure meeting new clients (friends) this month, as I do my best to serve you well. With many challenges, may we be encouraged by God’s grace and trust in Him. I look forward to serving you in this New Year. For more information, call me at 250-809-3414 Blessings to all of you!

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Volunteer Spotlight Meet Denise Ashton Denise Ashton has been volunteering all over Okanagan Falls since 2013. She could often be seen helping at the Visitor Centre, Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Seniors Activity Centre, as well as the BC Senior Games. Denise has recently relocated to Armstrong to be closer to family. To quote Deb Morrow at the Economic Development Office, “Denise will be sooooo missed”! Thanks and best wishes to Denise from all of Okanagan Falls. Your time and effort in our community has been greatly appreciated.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society The Okanagan Falls Senior Activity Society is the focus of many of our senior’s social life and is important to our community as a whole. We operate almost exclusively with members and volunteers who are our lifeblood. Without them, it would be difficult to operate. If you are 50+, would like to become a member or are a current member who wants to renew your 2021 membership, please call Linda Rich at 250-497-8713 to make arrangements. If you would want to pick up or return books or puzzles, please make an appointment with President Grethe Jensen at 250-4975669. 2020 has been a very challenging year, especially to the seniors in Okanagan Falls who rely on the social activities we provide. We have closed twice in the last 10 months, due to the global pandemic and remain closed as of this writing. I hope that we can re-open soon. As soon as the current provincial health restrictions are lifted, we will send notification out to all our members. Once we get the green light, we are ready, willing and able, and excited to see you all again. Another year has passed and the Board hopes you and your family had a very happy holiday season, and wish you all a Happy New Year. May 2020 end on a positive note, and 2021 be a year to remember. We raise a virtual glass to you all and say ... “Here’s to a bright New Year and a farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.” ~ Author Unknown

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden Welcome Carell ~ We would like to welcome our new bartender Carell, shown to right. She is a great addition to our Branch. Cheers to the New Year ~ It has been a very interesting 2020 for sure. We hope on January 8th we will see some positive changes. We hope everyone had a safe Christmas and New Year’s. Open Hours ~ Open from 1 pm until closing, 7 days a week with social distancing in place. Meat Draw & 50/50 ~ Currently on hold, due to Covid-19. If anyone has cans or bottles you would like to donate to the Legion, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. Remember to call a loved one! A big thank you to everyone that has helped to keep our legion doors open! No Pancake Breakfast this month. Remember Membership is due. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. We are a small Legion with a BIG HEART. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton This is my last submission on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary. It is with a sad heart that I bid adieu to the Town of Okanagan Falls. We are moving to the North Okanagan, and we will miss the people we have come to know over the past 8 years, and remember how welcome we felt. Thank you. We hope that our members and their families had a safe and healthy Christmas, and continue to do so in these trying times. We wish you all the best for 2021. No general meetings are scheduled at this moment and we are not participating in the Meat Draw with the Legion, as such activities have been suspended due to Covid-19. Our Cookbook is now for sale at a cost of $12 each. Please contact Iris Moldowan at 250-497-6785, if you wish to purchase a copy. Our cookbook is filled with lots of yummy recipes and would make a wonderful gift any time of the year. | January 2021 | Page 19

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update

By Meredith King

By Eryn Wiedner, Kaleden Seniors Committee

This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

Welcome to 2021, the much anticipated start of a fresh new year! We hope your holidays were nourishing and memorable, even though they likely looked nothing like years past. The KSC was busy spreading joy in December. It started with delivering poinsettias to our friends in the community. We really wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and hope the bright red flowers brought a little sparkle to your days. Kaleden Cameos Next, was Wreath Making. Even though we couldn’t gather in Mr. and Mrs. Coss person to make our wreaths, Ken and Margaret at Linden Gardens The Cosses arrived in Kaleden in the late 1920’s on a whim, which generously supplied all the greenery for folks to make theirs at pretty well described both their personalities. As an example of home. See the beautiful creations shown to the right. this impulsiveness, they had married 3 weeks to the day after they Then, we had the first annual Kaleden Progressive Outdoor Winter met. They arrived with 3 daughters, Vera, Irene and Ella-Jean and Market and what a day that was! The vendors did a fantastic job purchased a parcel of land from Kaleden Estates and built a home getting ready and then the community really showed up and on the northwest corner of Spruce and Pineview. supported local. All COVID-19 protocols were followed and I dare Unfortunately soon thereafter, they began to share the residence say, we are getting good at this! Masks, social distancing, hand with a family of skunks who moved in under the house. The Cosses sanitizing, contact tracing sheets completed - all without a single didn’t wish to disturb the new family and overtime grew used to the complaint or issue. You could literally feel the positive energy and odor emanating from below. This was fine for them, they didn’t joy this market generated and I am deeply grateful. seem to notice, but whenever they attended a social gathering or a church function (which they did faithfully), they brought with In addition, I am overjoyed to share that another benefit of the them this pungent, reeking aroma, which had permeated their market was over $1200 being donated to Kaleden Cares. $400 clothes. Eventually, the skunks succeeded in finding more suitable from our generous wineries (Black Market Wine Co. and SKAHA accommodation, but the smell lingered on for a very long time Vineyards @ Kraze Legz Winery) who donated 10% of their sales and $800 from donations from shoppers. Way to go, Kaleden ... since they were not in any hurry to replace their clothing. that is outstanding! Mrs. Coss was one of the people who attempted to learn to drive late in life and she joined Aunt Kate in terrorizing the village. She At the moment, we don’t have anything planned in January and like and I had a meeting with considerable impact on the back road many of you, we’re awaiting further direction from the Public Health to our north lot. However, that was when bumpers were built to Officer. We’re ready to spring into action at a moments notice, so make sure you’re on our KSC email list (email kaledenseniors@ absorb such little hiccups and no harm resulted. to be added) or watch the community Facebook group, Her husband, Colin, did a lot of spraying throughout Kaleden, so you are the first to hear about anything being organized. using a machine drawn by his team of horses. One member of this team was a striking white horse - at least for about nine months of the year it was white. Starting in about March, when lime sulphur was used for the dormant trees and then the pink sprays, the horse started to take on the yellow hue of the spray material not a brilliant yellow but a muted, rather attractive shade. But this was just an omen of things to come. Soon after the pink spray, so called because it was applied just as the apple trees showed the first tinge of pink blossom, it was time to apply the blossom thinning spray. This spray turned the horse a gleaming, glowing, other-worldly, fluorescent yellow. When Helen Manery, the new schoolmarm looked out the school window and saw the animal she was sure she was hallucinating. Only when she called the class to look and they confirmed that what she saw was really a yellow horse and that this happened each year, did she stop questioning her sanity. They were an eccentric but lovely couple who added much to the interesting life of the village. They must have been a very intuitive pair, since they were very committed to each other and despite the very short courtship seemed very well suited. Impulsive they may have been, but we were glad that they followed their instincts to Kaleden. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE













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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson Happy New Year to all! 2021 has got to be easier than 2020 turned out to be. We hope to soon be on the mend and a return to a more “normal” lifestyle. 2020 was for sure a different way of life for most of us. We are just social creatures and that wasn’t allowed for safety sake. The H&M Thrifty Boutique will reopen on Wednesday, January 6th at 10 am. However, due to the number of shoppers before Christmas, stocks are low. We will be accepting donations on open days only, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please do not leave donations in boxes and bags on days the shop is closed. Sometimes, dogs tear into the bags and the really nice clothing is strewn across the parking lot. When the clothing gets dirty, torn and rained on, it must be discarded. Thank you from the Heritage Society and the Shop Staff for your cooperation and support. Did’ja know? I was in the Museum office and found a great story by Harvie Walker about school days in the 1930’s in Okanagan Falls. Harvie said ... The variety of new fabrics we have now is warm and dry, during the winter, and makes it easy to enjoy the outdoors, even in the coldest weather conditions. For the most part, we had to rely upon wool for winter clothing. That means both on the outside, and on the skin-side. I dreaded the first cold days of the fall, when my mother would bring out those coarse-wool Stanfield’s Red Label long-johns and require us to wear them. Since I am allergic to wool, I would go through days of agony - itch, red rash, and all. In those days, we were “not allowed” to have allergies, so I suffered through it. My mother always made sure we had clothes, as warm as she could afford to buy for us. I usually inherited what my brother had grown out of. Some days when it was really cold, she would make us “newspaper wind-breakers” by cutting out papercoats and pinning them together. We would wear them under our real coats, which made a big difference in our warmth, because the paper acted as a very effective wind-breaker. Some kids, who had to come to school from a long distance, would carry a warm baked-potato in their pocket as a hand warmer, and then would eat it at recess. Some of the kids rode to school on horse-back, travelling several miles each day. One such family was the McLean Family, who lived up behind Peach Cliff. Kenny McLean, becoming a world champion rodeo rider, was at the least, partly the result of the horsemanship training he got on his school “commute”. Our classroom was heated by a large 45-gallon oil-drum stove, located at the back of the room, and able to take three-foot long logs. In winter, it was an advantage to sit near it. Being a “W” and near the end of the alphabet, put me at the back of the room but close to the stove, since the teacher seated us in alphabetical order. “Answering the call of nature”, meant bundling up and making a hundred yard dash to the “facility”, attached to the side of the school barn, where kids who rode to school kept their horses during the day. If you needed a drink of water, and the teacher would let you, you could go out into the hall and use the waterdipper, that hung on the side of a pail of water, pumped from the school well using a long-handled pump that you had to prime with a cup of water. The local V.O.N. nurse, a Miss Krafter, used to visit the school to look down our throats and into our ears, and vaccinate and inoculate us, using what we all believed were the biggest and dullest needles in the whole world. She also had us swallow bitter H&M Thrifty Boutique

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250-408-4990 or brown-coloured iodine pills that were supposed to keep us from getting goiter. Those were in the days before iodized salt that now gives us the little bit of iodine that we need to prevent goiter. I also remember her arriving at the school a couple of days after I had injured my left eye and her taking me home and suggesting that I be examined by an eye-doctor, which the closest one was in Kelowna. I remember the intense pain of the injury very clearly, but also worrying about how much it was going to cost my parents to take me there. While we are talking about winter and health, I am reminded of the “Cod-liver oil caper”. Our well intentioned grandmother was always giving my mother advice on how to raise us kids. She was on a cod-liver oil “kick” and told my mother she should be giving us that nasty tasting oil in the winter. It prevented colds, she said. In those days, you took it in liquid form. Whenever I went to take it, I would gag, so my mother gave up on me, but continued to have my brother and sister take it. Some weeks later, my grandmother asked whether we were “taking our cod-liver oil”, and found out I was not taking mine. So, she decided that was “nonsense and that she would make me take it”. Well, the result was the same. I gagged and cod-liver oil went everywhere. For years afterwards, cod-liver oil stains still remained on the wallpaper, evidence of my resistance. My mother told me years later that she was secretly happy that I had not proven her to be wrong. In the winter, when there was not a great variety of vegetables, my mother had to be inventive in using the staples that were available. We always had lots of potatoes and she knew every way there was to prepare them. Stuffed potatoes have become a “big treat” in restaurants of late, but our mother “invented” them in the ‘30s. She called them “potato boats” and made them by carefully spooning out the cooked potato from the shell, whipping it and mixing with butter and milk, before putting it back into the shell and baking it again, sometimes with cheese I think. Before serving them, she would add paper sails on sticks so that we all had “potato boats”. She was particularly creative with the least expensive meats, bologna and corned-beef. Every once in a while, I still have an urge for fried bologna (the only thing one of our housekeepers could “cook”) and for creamed corned-beef that my mother often made for us. I believe my brother’s reaction is the opposite, never ever having the desire to eat either of them again. We came home from school for lunch and my mother says that she always made as much gravy as she could from the Sunday Roast, so we could have bread and gravy for lunch for the rest of the week. Living in the Falls made it possible for us to provide for all of our food needs, growing our own fruit and vegetables, keeping turkeys and chickens, and having our grandparents with pigs, a milk-cow, and beef cattle. I have heard of the difficult time people who lived in the cities during the Depression had in getting enough food to eat. I do not remember ever being truly hungry, although I know that the shoes and the like were not easy to come by. In light of the times, we managed well as a family, but my mother and father were extremely hard working people, and my mother was particularly resourceful - a very good cook, excellent at sewing, and able to make “something out of nothing” from just about “everything”.



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Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

I was once known for my boxing skills, but I have taken a gentler approach to life, since my operation. I now realize that I can attract more girls with my dance moves than by showing how well I can fight! I am now a lover and am looking for someone who can love a big brute who loves to snuggle!

Okanagan Falls Community Church - On Line! Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church - On Line!

Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom Sunday Service at 10 am from the Oasis Church in Penticton. Church at home, following directions to be safe. More details on our website. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold!

Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at Christ The King Oliver. Services are on hold, due to Covid-19. For more information on when services will resume, call the Oliver Catholic Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line!

Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a local member for the Zoom details, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

Create and Connect with the OSA By Kim Palmer, Executive Director Get your creative juices flowing in January! The Okanagan School of the Arts has some diverse offerings to start the New Year. On Sunday, January 10, Nikki Marshall of Okanagan Dye Works will be teaching a wet felting workshop. Each workshop participant will complete their very own nuno scarf, working with a variety of wool types. The skills learned in this class could be applied to make felted wall hangings, and no experience is necessary. If you’ve always wanted to make your own cards for special occasions, check out Introduction to Printmaking. Starting on Tuesday, January 12, local artist Karla Avendaño will be teaching different printmaking techniques on four consecutive Tuesday evenings. Participants will create unique prints using famous relief methods. This course is open to participants 15 years of age and older. Pre-registration is required for both programs, and spaces are limited. Visit Looking to build your portfolio? Our Life Drawing group meets every Wednesday evening to paint or draw from a live model. If you’re interested in dropping in, contact us at for more information. Note that orders from the health authority may impact our ability to offer these programs, but we will ensure that all registrations are deferred or refunded as required. Remember to renew your OSA membership. Our Annual General Meeting date will be announced soon!

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities ~ This new publication provides tools for volunteers to stay healthy and keep involved. Download your copy from the website below or email us to receive the publication. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 27 for a Zoom Conference from 11 am to 12 noon. EVERYONE WELCOME for a Presentation on Aging Well. The Alzheimer Society of BC in association with Aging Well Penticton are working to reduce the isolation seniors often experience. Register by email. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Register on the SOSVC website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. ‘Like us’ on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information. Before volunteering, read The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19 found on our website. For more information or to speak with a staff member, please email or call 1-888-576-5661.

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Flowers to Al Warkentin of Warkentin Stucco for the loan of equipment to help with the installation of LED lights at the Kaleden Community Hall. ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to Paul Murray for his ongoing support of renovations of the Community Hall in Kaleden. ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to everyone who put up Christmas lights this year. There were several really brilliant displays, and they obviously took a lot of time and effort to get it all done. I appreciate the work you went to, and I loved all of the colour! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Elaine, Pat and Ruth Anne for the beautiful displays in the planter boxes around town. Elaine told me they gathered everything from the trails they hiked on. I really love the look of them and I appreciate what you have done to beautify the town. Very impressive! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to our local wineries, Black Market Wine Co. and SKAHA Vineyard @ Kraze Legz Winery, for their $400 donation to Kaleden Cares from the Progressive Outdoor Winter Market! Thank you. ~ From the Kaleden Seniors Committee Flowers to Tickleberry’s for donating a door prize, won by Candace Lippert. G&R Auto Repair, Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union, and Center for Dentistry donated door prizes as well, but they were returned or given to SOWINS when the 6 weekend Winter Market was closed due to Covid-19. Thank you for your donations. ~ From Elaine Chernoff, Volunteer Coordinator, in Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Kaleden Fire Department for everything you do, along with your quick response time. ~ From Albert W. of Kaleden Flowers to each and every person who has been kind, courteous, fun and loving to me this past year. 2020 has been particularly horrendous all over the world, but in my world, everyone has treated me exceptionally well. Do you know the feeling when you open the door to a shop, community organization, or other establishment, and everyone smiles a ‘hello’ and knows your name? I do. So, my thanks to all of you who have made everything merry and bright in my life. Happy New Year! ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all the citizens of Kaleden who decorated their homes for the Christmas Holidays. It’s so nice to enjoy your lights walking in the evenings. ~ From Glenda & Eric G. of Kaleden Fish Heads to a dog park that is completely open to the whole beach. ~ From Nick S. of Okanagan Falls

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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley H. Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos Well folks! By the time this issue reaches your home, 2020 will be over, and what a year it has been. Let us all look forward with great anticipation to a more relaxed and hopefully more normalized 2021. We can only hope for some changes in the global crisis, an end to Covid-19 and may a vaccine be available very soon to everyone. In the meantime, we extend our very best wishes for a Happy and Healthy “New Year”. May we also convey our sincere condolences to all those families who lost a family member in 2020, as we bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls neighbour.

Christina Florence Annie Lybeck (Peterson) Christina Florence Annie Lybeck (Peterson) passed away from a stroke November 27, 2020 while residing in Okanagan Falls. Christina was born October 14, 1936 in Revelstoke, BC where she grew up. She was predeceased by her father (John) and mother (Maggie). She is survived by her three daughters, Loretta, Donna and Sonja. Also her grandchildren, Janis, Jamie, Anton and Joe and her great grandchildren, Ashley, Kiera, Maddie and Lily, as well as nephews and nieces. Christina died faithful as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and her firm belief and hope is in God’s promise of life on a paradise earth. (Revelations 21:3,4) A memorial service will be held via Zoom through the Green Mountain Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Christina’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services 110-1960 Barnes St. Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 250-493-3912

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