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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 8 : Issue 7

July 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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July 2016

Spotlight on Volunteers!

Every year a group of volunteers join to together to operate our Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. Together they welcome visitors from around the world to our area, directing them to our restaurants, parks, beaches, wineries, businesses and much more. If you have a local business, have company visiting, or plan on taking a short trip close to home, head on down as these volunteers are eager and ready to assist you with whatever your needs may be. In photo above - Lorraine, Lynn, Mary, Ed and Barb. Not in photo are Woody, Ineke, Karen, Denise and Mike. Thank you for volunteering!

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By Mackenzie Dickeson, Program Manager Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s website at www.volunteercentre.info for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you’d like a more intensive introduction to volunteering, please make an appointment to explore your options. Call 1-888-576-5661 or email info@volunteercentre.info. Here are some organizations needing volunteers this July: The SOS Volunteer Centre will be setting up booths at many of the Community Markets this summer and is looking for volunteers to man the display and engage the public. Visit our website www. volunteercentre.info for a list of the markets and contact Mackenzie at mackenzie@volunteercentre.info for more information. The Downtown Penticton Association - “Slide the City” ~ The giant waterslide is coming to Penticton Canada Day July 1st from 9am - 7pm. To volunteer, call the DPA at 250-493-8540. South Okanagan Women in Need - “Walk a Mile” on July 8th ~ SOWINS is looking for volunteers to help out with the “Walk a Mile“ event. Call 250-493-4366 ext 105 or email volcoord@sowins.comor. For more volunteer info, please call or email the contacts listed above.

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Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberal membership have acclaimed Linda Larson as the Party candidate in Boundary-Similkameen for the upcoming 2017 provincial election. The general provincial election will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 2017. “I am proud of our accomplishments and I am honoured to be part of a talented team that has delivered the top-performing economy in Canada,” said Larson. “I will continue to fight for all interests in the Boundary-Similkameen.” Linda Larson is the new Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education, Parliamentary Secretary for Accessibility to the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, and a member of the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow. She is also a member of the Select Standing Committees on Health and Legislative Initiatives. Previous to her role as MLA, Linda has owned three small businesses, sat on the Oliver Council, and served as Mayor from 1997 to 2005.


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FROM THE DIRECTOR

“Strawberry Moon”

If you were up late enough to watch the full moon rise on the summer solstice (June 20-21) you may have noticed its brilliant sheen of amber or slight pinkish colour. The “strawberry moon” was first used by Algonquin tribes to identify the season of strawberry picking. To have a full-moon coincide with the longest day of the year (summer solstice) is rare indeed. It occurred this year for the first time since Tom Siddon 1948. Some say that a “strawberry” full Director of moon is a time of joy and new beginnings. RDOS Area ‘D’ Former US President Jimmy Carter, speaking at a conference in Atlanta, GA on June 20th said that the world is now at a “turning point in history”. This was just two days after the tragic killings of 50 persons in Orlando, Florida. The 91 year old Carter said, in the aftermath of these recent tragedies that “what the world needs now is new leadership that steers away from fear, and fosters greater confidence in the inherent goodness and ingenuity of humanity”. At this time of year when so many of our young people are graduating from high schools and post-secondary institutions, I would like to think that the “strawberry moon” is a precursor of better times to come. Last evening, I witnessed our oldest grandson Ryan, and his 600 fellow classmates receive their diplomas from Kelowna Secondary School. I couldn’t help but feel that these graduates, filled with new hope, new energy and new ideas might be part of the catalyst for a more tolerant, a more peaceful and more generous-spirited world in the years to come. Local Leaders Recognized ~ Speaking of peacemakers, I’m pleased to note that Pastor Les Clarke of the Kaleden Community Church was named as an “Honorary Torch Bearer” in the International Sri Chinmoy Peace Run, which has held a global run for world peace each year since 1987. Pastor Les has been recognized for his outstanding work in organizing and fundraising for the annual “To Mexico with Love” youth team, which has been building new houses for needy families in Baja, Mexico for the past 11 years. Les was present to receive his well deserved Torch-Bearer award when the Peace Run passed through Kaleden and Okanagan Falls on June 29th. Congratulations Les and thanks for your many good works! On a separate, but equally deserving note I was delighted to learn that my long-time friend, the former MP, WWII veteran and Kaleden pioneer, Mr. Fred King was chosen to receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the Carey Theological College (a Baptist College at UBC) “for his admirable example of public service and advocacy; deeply rooted in his faith in God, and the value of human life”. Fred King received his honorary degree for his generous contributions at home in the South Okanagan and to international peace and security through his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and his work as a Parliamentarian and Chair of the NATO Committee monitoring human rights abuses in countries behind the Iron Curtain. Congratulations Dr. King! This month, I’d also like to offer special recognition to a number of other community leaders: • To Pharmasave, to Carrie Ferguson and Niki Pierson for organizing one of the best Junior Triathlons held to date. It attracted close to 225 young athletes to Kenyon Park on June 18th. • Also to Barb Aschenbrenner and her Volunteer Team at the Visitor Information Centre for all their good work in assisting newcomers and visitors to our area. • A big thanks to Myrt Niles, Marla Wilson and Barb Few for hosting the first of several upcoming programs of Music in the Park, and to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District for providing the venue. An evening of outstanding entertainment was provided on June 19th by Jeff “Elvis” Bodner, and Terri Bremner to an appreciative audience of more than 200 fans who turned out to hear great songs from the 50’s and 60’s,

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Congratulations to President Robert MacLeod and Directors of the South Skaha Housing Society for preparing and submitting, on June 14th, an excellent proposal to the BC Housing Corporation for an attractive three storey housing project which, if approved by the Province, will provide 35 “affordable” apartments to older residents, just West of the Legion in Okanagan Falls. Thanks also to the Branch 227 Canadian Legion and to the Catholic Diocese of Nelson for their cooperation in helping to assemble the required parcel of land along Willow Street on which the proposed Seniors’ Housing Project will be built. And, thanks to Greyback Construction and their architect Michael Hilverlink for assisting the Housing Society by preparing a set of very attractive design drawings and cost estimates for the proposed Senior’s Housing Project. Three cheers to Pat Burton, Manager of the Sun and Sands RV Park for her excellent work in organizing and circulating a very compelling petition to the BC Ministry of Transportation, calling on the Ministry to install pedestrian-activated cross-walk lights at the corner of 9th Avenue and Cedar Street in Okanagan Falls. Pat has now gathered over 600 signatures in support of this much-needed safety improvement to assist pedestrians and drivers to safely cross Highway 97 at Cedar Street. Thanks to Members of the Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Recreation Commissions for their patience and understanding during the recent revisions of Bylaws governing the Parks and Recreation Commissions. A new, revised Bylaw No 2732 was adopted by the RDOS Board on June 16th. This new legislation, which has become necessary for a number of reasons, in no way diminishes the important voluntary role of our Recreation Commissions in setting budgets for, and overseeing the operations of our Parks and Recreation facilities. To Bob Daly, members of his Governance Study Committee and Leftside Consultants Group for putting forward to all residents of Area ‘D’ a set of possible changes to the RDOS Governance Structure for our complex Electoral Area. Please take the time to read the 5 Option Fact Sheets & Service Level Toolkits available at www.rdos.bc.ca or in paper copies in all the communities. Then, complete and return the final Survey to RDOS before the extended deadline of July 8th. Your views do matter! Finally, many thanks to the residents of Twin Lakes, members of GTLASS and LNID, and to the owner/developer of Twin Lakes Golf Course, Mr. Suki Sekhon, for their patience and understanding, as we work toward a sustainable water management regime to govern future residential development in the vicinity of the Twin Lakes Golf Course. A first step toward adopting new water use restrictions for any future housing in the area should be decided by the RDOS Board at its next meeting, scheduled for July 7th.

Well, that’s it for this month folks. I hope to see you at the Canada Day celebrations in Kenyon Park, or Pioneer Park in Kaleden, on July 1st. Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful summer!

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with Keray Levant, Helping Hand Chair On Sunday June 12th, Colin Powell, manager of the Okanagan Falls IGA, put on a barbeque in the IGA parking lot to host the Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association’s 3rd annual “Ride for Dad” in support of prostate cancer research. The ride was from Kelowna to Okanagan Falls. There were approximately 400 bikes that made the trip. Colin donated the hamburgers, hot dogs, and water. The charge for the food was by donation to the Helping Hand. $1,020.00 was raised! These funds will be used to purchase food for our annual 2016 Christmas food hamper distribution for those in need in Okanagan Falls and surrounding area. This was the 3rd fundraising BBQ Colin has done for Helping Hand. Colin owns the Penticton and Summerland IGA’S and also hosts fundraising events in those communities. THANK YOU COLIN!!! If you are looking for a rewarding way to be involved in the community, consider a volunteer position with Helping Hand. We have positions available on our team from executive positions to helping with fundraising and donation collection. There are a variety of ways to get involved in helping families in need. Call Vera at 250-497-7973. Providing Christmas Hampers For Those In Need

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#1 - 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) - Next to IGA LOST: A man walking from OK Falls to Kaleden lost his best glasses, progressives in a brown case. Call 778-515-5520. FOUND: A jewelry item outside of the OK Falls Rec Centre. Call 778-515-5520 to claim your lost jewelry item. Found: A pair of binoculars near Mahoney Lake. Please call Paul at 250-460-0095 to claim your lost item.

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Area “D” Governance Study with Bob Daly, Chair

You Got Informed. You Got Involved. You Had Your Say!

What Is The Next Step? While the job of the public is now complete, the surveys will soon be going to the consultants for analysis. By summer’s end, the public preferences will be presented to the RDOS Board of Directors in a report which will identify the range of issues of greatest concern to the citizens of Area “D” communities, and a consideration of changes to governance and services that might address those issues. This report is a direct result of the publics’ involvement and willingness to work toward the improvement of their communities. The Governance Study Committee will keep you informed through news articles and the RDOS Governance Study website as this final part of the process comes to a conclusion. Please Note: The deadline for completion of Survey #2 has been extended to July 8th. If you haven’t responded yet, please do! To keep informed about the Area “D” Governance Study, including meeting minutes and schedules, go the RDOS website at www.rdos. bc.ca and click on “popular links”. The Governance Study Committee regularly meets in the Club Room at Okanagan Falls Community Centre and meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Monday, July 4th at 6:30pm.

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1. Read the 5 Option Fact Sheets & Service Level Toolkits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Electoral Area Boundary Options Local Community Commission Water Authority Collaboration Regional District Service Levels Roads & Policing Provincial Service Levels

2. Fill Out Survey #2 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 8, 2016 * Both above available at www.rdos.bc.ca or in paper copies near you!

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING! You Got Informed. You Got Involved. You Had Your Say! www.rdos.bc.ca | areadgovernance@rdos.bc.ca | 250.492.0237 Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

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The RDOS Area “D” Governance Study Committee Thanks You! The Area “D” Governance Study was designed to consider methods for improving governance and services to the communities of Electoral Area “D” and their surrounding areas. The Governance Study Committee sends out a big thank you to the many residents and property owners from the communities and surrounding areas within Area “D” for their participation and involvement in the Study. It was a major commitment from the public to study the Services and Governance Fact Sheets, to participate in the Forums and Roundtable Discussions and to complete Survey #1, to identify service and governance issues within the communities of Area “D.” It was a further commitment to review the Option Fact Sheets and Service Level Toolkits and to complete the final survey of the study, Survey #2, in order to identify preferences from the service and governance options. You have done a wonderful job in all of these tasks!

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Neighbourhood Small Grants

with Kim English, Program Coordinator The Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen is excited to offer a unique opportunity for those who have an idea to celebrate your neighbourhood that is “big enough to matter, small enough to do”. Neighbourhood Small Grants program supports residents like you: residents who have small, but powerful ideas to bring people together to make your neighbourhood vibrant. These grants range from $50 to $500. A grant is money we give you to help you do your project. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back. The goals of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program are to: • Connect and engage neighbourhood residents (e.g. a block party or a social gathering) • Share residents’ skills and knowledge (e.g. yoga instructor teaching a free class) • Build a sense of ownership and pride (e.g. cleaning up an alleyway) • Respect and celebrate diversity (e.g. multicultural fashion show) Your project must be free and welcoming to all. We encourage applications for projects that are accessible to those who are disabled and inclusive of a wide variety of participants. You may not charge entrance fees or fundraise for other projects and/or organizations during your event. However, we encourage you to seek donations or gifts in kind from local businesses to help support your project. The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016 and the event must be completed by December 11, 2016. Visit www.cfso.net for the application. For any further questions, contact the CFSO Neighbourhood Small Grant coordinator at kimenglish@cfso.net or 250-292-8503.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe Summer has officially arrived, our gardens are lush, the cherries are bountiful and check out the saskatoons on McLean Creek Road. Looking forward to some paddling and SUPing on Skaha Lake! Shona Schleppe Thank you community for your support, as of Rural Services the end of June we had over 500 signatures Manager for the Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Signal at Cedar Street and Hwy 97. Pat Burton (Sun and Sand) has been instrumental in organizing the petition. The deadline for the petition is July 15. So, please encourage your family and friends to sign it! Whew, it was a busy month for many of our community organizations submitting affordable housing proposals, organizing a youth triathlon, hosting the first Music in the Park, coordinating Legion Day, conducting Historic Walks and hosting over 70 visitors (as of June 19th). This is just a sample of the action. Please remember to read the Option Fact Sheets and Service Level Toolkits and then complete (online or hard copy) Survey #2. The Governance Study deadline has been extended to Friday, July 8th for responses on Survey #2. Business Update in Area “D”… We would like to congratulate Structurlam on their two record breaking projects. After almost two years in design and nearing completion are TWO ICONIC projects. Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility (Calgary) features the largest wood roof in North America, covering over 18,000 square meters. The second project is UBC Brock Commons, student residence, this 18 story building features 16 stories of wood - tallest wood building in the world! Wow, all of this coming from little Okanagan Falls. It was also great to view the proposed designs for the 35 unit South Skaha Affordable Seniors Housing project, architect services courtesy of Greyback Construction. Could these designs incorporate the above timber construction? A big welcome to Gina and the Centre of Dentistry, scheduled to open in mid August. It is located beside the IGA in Okanagan Falls. Get on their patient list! Don’t forget to open your doors to the Age Friendly Business Assessment. Kim is scheduling visits over the next few months. An Age Friendly Business is a people friendly business! Thank you Okanagan Falls Wineries, your spring release events have attracted a lot of visitors to the Valley. According to a 2013 Report, on average one bottle of British Columbia wine generates $42.07 of economic impact in the province.

FortisBC Appliance Rebates! Are you shopping for a new clothes washer, dryer or refrigerator? If you are, FortisBC, can help you reach for saving on certain Energy Star® appliances. With rebates of $50 to $100 on qualifying ENERGY STAR® appliances, it’s easier to upgrade to high efficiency and save on your energy costs year after year. For full program details, including a list of qualifying models, visit www.fortisbc.com/appliances. If you are a FortisBC electricity customer or a municipal electricity customer of Penticton, you may also call 1-866-436-7874 or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com for more details.

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From Beaches to Bluffs … • Historic Walk on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am - Meet at the Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum • Canada Day Celebrations in Okanagan Falls start at 1:00 pm • Canada Day Celebrations in Kaleden start at 2:00 pm • Okanagan Falls Community Farmer’s Market - OK Falls Hotel Every Sunday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • Challenge Triathlon - Town Hall Meeting for residents with details on the new route - July 7th 6-8 pm in Club Room, 1141 Cedar St. • What’s on Wednesday and Summer Fun Camp - Start July 11th • Music in the Park - Country Music with Dale Seaman & Beamer Wigley - July 31st from 6:30 - 8:30 pm New additions to the Community Service Office ~ Please join me in welcoming our new clerk, Gina Rogers. Gina is a resident of Kaleden and will be here to assist on Thursdays and Fridays. As well, we were successful in securing a Canada Summer Job Student ~ Welcome Haley! She is from Okanagan Falls and will be busy with Area “D” projects, recreation programs, visitor centre work and assisting over at the Okanagan Falls Heritage House and Museum. Please join me and help welcome these ladies to the community! Check out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

Last month, I mentioned about all the amenities we have in our wonderful community. Now this month, I would like to mention the history of Okanagan Falls. Well, it is such an interesting story. I encourage you to google it (History of Okanagan Falls). I also encourage you to take the new “Historical Walking Tour” offered by our Heritage Society. Just $5 gets you the walking tour, as well as admission to the museum. Our history is pretty cool and well worth finding out about it. Our Open House in May was well attended. We have had a lot of visitors from Europe and they all comment on what a beautiful place we live in. Thanks to all of you for making it that way. The Visitors Centre is run by volunteers (and we are still in need of some help). If you pop by and we have the door locked, please check next door at the Community Services Office and they will be able to help you. I hope you all are planning on taking in some of our community events this summer, check our window for some of them or keep your Skaha Matters close at hand. Happy Canada Day!


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Kaleden Irrigation District SUMMER STUDENT POSITION This is a seasonal full time position for 32 hours per week from July 18, 2016 to September 2, 2016. Duties to consist of: • Monitor outside watering in the community in accordance with our Water Conservation Program to enforce water restrictions. • Provide education to customers regarding water use. • Provide casual labor as may be required from time to time. Qualifications: • Good communication skills. • Able to deal with the public effectively. • Able to perform manual labor as required. • Valid Class 5 Drivers License. • Must provide reliable transportation. • Able to work flexible hours. Remuneration is $15.00 per hour, plus vehicle mileage. 32 hours per week, which will include some weekend and evening hours. Preference will be given to a Kaleden resident.

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Town Hall Meeting Thursday, July 7th ~ 6-8pm Club Room in the Okanagan Falls Community Centre 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls

The final weekend of August once again sees Challenge Penticton racing through the Okanagan. On Sunday, August 28th, 2016 athletes from around the globe will test their fitness and mental prowess during Challenge Penticton, a long distance triathlon comprised of a swim, bike and run. This annual triathlon event will be rolling through your neighbourhood. To best inform the community of the road closures on this Sunday, August 28th - the route has been changed from 2015 - we are holding a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, July 7th from 6-8pm in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. We invite the community to join us to hear more on what is planned.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District

News Please submit resume and cover letter to the Kaleden Irrigation District: 119 Ponderosa Avenue, OR mail to PO Box 107, Kaleden, with Bob Daly, OFID Chair BC V0H 1K0, OR fax to 250-497-5407, OR email to k.i.d@shaw.ca Water Conservation ~ The average water use per person in Phone 250-497-5407 for more information. Canada is 329 litres per day. In BC, it is 490 litres per day and in the Closing Date is Monday, July 4, 2016 by 3:30pm Okanagan it is 675 litres per day. During our often long, dry summers it is important to reduce our water use as much as possible. We can 250.497.5407 | k.i.d@shaw.ca begin by adhering to the watering restrictions in place from May 1 to September 30. You can find many useful conservation tips on our Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur website. Thank you for your cooperation. 119 Ponderosa Avenue Valve Project ~ OFID has nearly completed the installation of a series www.kaledenirrigation.com of isolation valves in the lower zone of the system. This will better isolate sections of the system in the event of breaks and required service, and reduce the number of homes and businesses affected at such times. We are planning the same project for the upper zone, and expect to have it completed in the fall. Locating Curb Stops ~ The curb stop is the valve located between the water main and the property the line serves. In the event of an emergency with water on the property (a break in the house or with the property owner’s line), it is essential to know where the curb stop is located in order to quickly shut off water to the house. Over time, owners have inadvertently paved over or covered curb stops with landscaping, resulting in great difficulty in locating them when necessary. OFID Bylaw 147 states: “No person shall obstruct at any time or in any manner the access to any hydrant, valve, stop-cock or other fixture connected with the District’s works, etc.” In the event Additional later service and routing on that the District is required to take measures locate a curb stop in an emergency, it will be at the expense of the property owner. If you 5 Main Street do not know where your curb stop is located, and in order to avoid – last bus leaves Peach Festival site mistakenly covering it, contact the Irrigation District Office. Park Beautification ~ The Irrigation District has had a good response at 11:38 pm to the plans for improving Centennial Park and the Irrigation District Office: two memorial benches have been added and a volunteer has Temporary bus stop at Okanagan Lake Park repaired a broken bench; a generous donation of paint has allowed the District to paint the office building and pump house at a very low cost; the checker/chess board in the park is scheduled for renewal; Visit www.bctransit.com for a pdf and xeriscape landscaping around the District Office and Band Shell schedule and route map. will soon be completed. Plans for the improvements can be seen at the Irrigation District Office. If you have ideas, please contact us at the office or through email.

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RCMP Community Report

Why Row When Fishing?

Boating Safety

with Larry Martin

The warm weather has allowed people to get out on the water earlier this year. Thus, it is a good time to remind everyone of their responsibilities when operating a water craft. First of all, there needs to be a life jacket or personal floatation device for everyone on board your craft. And, while you are not required to wear the floatation device, it is recommended that you do so. Common sense should tell you it won’t do you much good in the event of a boating incident stowed under a seat or in a storage compartment. Red Cross 2006/2007 10 year Drowning Report found that almost 90% of the 180 Canadians (on average) who die every year in boating incidents were not properly wearing a life jacket or personal floatation device. Nearly 70% capsized or fell overboard from a small open boat. Boaters are required by law to have other safety equipment on board depending on the length of their vessel. You can find out what is required for your vessel on the Transport Canada website (googleBoat Safety Canada) or by picking up a boating guide that is usually available at most marinas and boat sales lots. However, there are a few items that you should carry regardless of your size and they include: a manual bailer such as a pail, a paddle, a sounding device such as a whistle or hand held horn, a 15 metre buoyant heaving line,a water tight flashlight, and if you have a motor, a fire extinguisher is always a good idea. There are inexpensive kits that you can buy that contain everything mentioned, except the fire extinguisher.

Several small fishing lakes in the area have an “electric motors only” regulation and Vaseux Lake has a “no powered boats” Canadian Wildlife Service Regulation, which excludes the use of even electric motors. However, these are not the only reasons to row. Aside from the obvious benefit of actually getting some exercise while fishing, rowing accommodates a natural presentation of lures or fly’s. Fish and bugs do not travel long distances in straight lines at a constant speed. Thus, fly’s, spoons and plugs used when trolling were originally designed to pulse, flutter or dart as accented by the rhythm of an oarsman. The ‘s’ curve or variation in speed can be used by those fishing with motors to mimic the speed up and drop of a rowed lure. In windy conditions motorized boats use sea anchors, drift socks or reverse thrust, but do not allow for the precise down wind speed control or immediate repositioning on larger waves afforded by oars. The use of oars is quiet, relaxing and an effective way to fish, especially when combined with a wooden boat ... Give it a try! For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Operators of pleasure craft are governed by the Canada Shipping Act, The Small Vessel Regulations, Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations, Collision Regulations, Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations and Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemical Regulations. It is the vessel operator’s responsibility to obey these Left - Rower Mike displaying his custom made oars and wooden boat. Right - Harry rules and regulations or they may be issued a notice, voluntary fine or Shaw fly fishing with electric motor raised demonstrating his preference for oars. court appearance. Everyone operating a pleasure craft is required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card that can be obtained by completing an accredited course and exam that you can find online or again by visiting the Transport Canada website. Also, check out horse power restriction for operating powered vessels for persons under 16 years of age. For example, no one under 16 years of age can operate a personal watercraft, something we often find occurring when out on our routine boat patrols. Finally, if your vessel is powered by 10 horse power or greater motor you require a registration and registration numbers on your vessel. You need to carry a copy of this vessel registration on your vessel, just as you would your vehicle registration in your vehicle. It must be produced upon demand and you can be issued a fine if you can’t produce it or your boat is not properly registered. Again, information on how to register or change the registration for your boat is on the Transport Canada website. Wishing everyone another season of Safe Boating! For more information, please contact Transport Canada (www.tc.gc.ca) or call the Penticton RCMP at 250- 492-4300. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department

Continuing our History from May 2016 issue ...

The annual budget for the Fire protection in 1972 was $8,945. In January of 1972, the Fire Department Society received $4,000 from Northwood Mills, which was used towards the building and purchase of the 1972 International Loadstar and 1970 International Tender with front end pumper. Also in 1972, the fire college was held in Okanagan Falls for fire departments from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos with approximately 50 attending. Compare that to todays attendance of around 500 from all over BC. In 1974, at the request of the school board, the Fire Department burnt a pile of rubble across from the elementary school. It was started at 5 pm Friday and finished mid afternoon on Saturday. The rubble was dangerous to the children. Before the firemen were equipped with pagers, there were four locations who would receive the emergency calls. It was either the Jade Shop, Lakeview Store, the Station House, or Chief Haddow’s home. If the firemen were needed, the siren on the Station House went off. By 1975, the population of Okanagan Falls was approximately 1900. The fire hall had four vehicles by then. A 1970 International 1700 front end pumper, a 1972 International 1600 pumper, Bob Haddow, Fire Chief, 1971 Dodge Van for rescue and the 1936 was 1967 - Present Day kept for back up and eventfully phased out. The 1978 fire protection budget was set at $29,965. The budget estimated to fight the areas fires was set at $2,000 and that year it was much higher. The fire department was responsible for maintaining and repairing the fire hydrants in the area. Also that year, the fire department purchased several pagers to replace the ageing fire siren above the Station House. The purchase of the rest of the pagers was over a three year period. It should be mentioned that we still use the pagers, but a new system has come out that has been used for a couple of years, which is an app on your cell phone. Other items purchased that year was new coats to meet the Worker’s Compensation regulations, along with more hoses. Prior to 1978, the cost of fire protection had not changed significantly since 1971. Thanks to long term members: Rick Fleming, Bert Bazley, Keith Robbins, Doug Atkins, Chuck Annable, Jack Fernandes, Rob Oliver, Tony Sloboda, Glen Innes, Ed Clarke, Jim Cullen, Rick Ingles, John McMillon, Mike Webster, Art Butler, Doug Taylor and more to come. To be continued ...

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KVFD July Safety Tip Avoiding Heat Illness

When it’s hot in the summer, you can put yourself at risk of heat illness if you don’t take the proper precautions. Whether you’re inside or outside, you should be aware of the heat and humidity and how your body is reacting to it. If you take the proper steps to prevent heat illness, you’ll have no problem staying cool in the summer. You should always: hydrate often, limit caffeine intake, wear loose, breezy clothes, rest, and know your limits! Take a moment to recognize signs of heat illness early. If you are in the heat for an extended amount of time, you’re putting yourself at risk of heat illness. This ranges from basic symptoms of dizziness, headache, muscle cramps and nausea, which you can react to before it becomes more serious and develops into heat stroke. Have a plan. Be prepared just in case these heat illnesses happen. If you recognize early signs, you can simply rest in the shade, and drink two quarts of water in the next hour while you rest. If your symptoms become more severe, you will need medical attention. If no one is with you, call for help. Immediately strip and cover your entire body in cool water. (You can use the spray from a garden hose.) Place ice packs under the armpits and groin. Stay cool and have a safe and healthy summer!

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Enjoy a day on the lake, choosing from boating, jet skiing, kayaking, or paddle boarding ... Or, take a ride down the Kettle Valley Rail Trail on one of our electric mountain bikes. If that is not enough of an adventure, try experiencing the feeling of being a “King or Queen of The Road” for a day. We now rent Harley Davidson motorcycles, which have been slightly customized to give you that ‘bad boy’ or ‘bad girl’ feeling. I don’t care how old you are ... every once in a while, you Safety Tip: Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these need to feel like a rebel and we want to give you that opportunity. Group Bookings items quickly to reduce fuel for fire. Feed your need for adventure this summer. Stop by Kaleden Lakeview Venue Rentals Rental ... For the ‘Urban Adventurer’ in you! We are located at 334 Garden Tours Lakehill Road in Kaleden. For reservations, please call 250.328.5965. & Frog City Café For your convenience, we deliver to and from Pioneer Park in Kaleden.

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Meet Kim Denis

Update

The New Horizons Program welcomes Kim Denis as our new Community Coordinator. You may know Kim from her hard work and dedication with the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission. Kim will be on hand at the Canada Day event in Pioneer Park between 2:30 - 4:30 pm to meet and greet the community and to chat about plans for recreation programming geared for adults in Kaleden. You can contact Kim directly by email to apfadults@gmail.com (activity programs for adults)

with Jen Charlish WELCOME SUMMER!!! and with it all the enjoyment that comes with outdoor recreation! We encourage everyone to come out to Pioneer Park and enjoy the wonderful place that we live in. To kick off the summer there will be a Canada Day Celebration in Pioneer Park from 2-4pm on July 1st. Activities will include the Summerland Pipe Band, the Legion Colour Party, and a “Crafternoon” of art and games. Everyone is welcome. The New Horizons Program now has a coordinator. We welcome Kim Dennis into this project. She will be working with the steering committee to plan some summer “sampler” activities geared for older adults. Keep an eye out for announcements about activities, times and places and then come out and get involved. Contact us at the addresses below, if you want more information or want to get on the email list. You may have noticed some paving of the KVR Trail going on. This will be an on-going project and there may be some minor delays throughout the summer, if you are riding the trail from Penticton to Okanagan Falls. The Commission would also like to thank everyone for their patience as the cracks in the tennis courts are repaired. Some things take time and more than one try to fix them the way we want. We hope that the repair will encourage more people to come out and use the courts. If you need to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office, please phone 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Summer Fun Camps

Meet Carrie

DAY CAMPS For ages 5 to 12 years old

Carrie had the idea that a free junior triathlon in our community would give our children an equal opportunity to try a new sport that could easily last a lifetime. After all, we live in Ironman country! Providing a free opportunity has helped many families make a healthy lifestyle choice. In the photo, she is not only an organizer, but a participant with her child too! If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls. net or call 250-497-8188.

Camps run July 11th to Aug 19th 9:00-4:00* Monday - Friday (*Early bird drop offs can be arranged with OK Falls Recreation) Six fun-filled weeks of play, sports, crafts, music, creativity & water play fun. A different theme each week! Pre-registration is important, so that we may provide the highest quality experience.

For more information: Okanagan Boys and Girls Club 250-493-0512 x122 Or OK Falls Recreation 250-497-8188 Email: info@okfalls.net $32 single day or $150 per week + $10 Annual Membership to the Club No refunds after registration / No drop-ins

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Origami with Ruell + Meet the Water Wise Activity Team! July 6th 11:00am - 3:00pm Giant Games + Chalk Art For HUGE Imaginations July 13th 11:00am - 3:00pm Super Hero Challenge Stations through out the park! July 20th 11:00 - 3:00pm July 27th Hip Hop Artist Karly Drabot performs at 11:00 and 1:00. Dance, have fun and enjoy some awesome music! For more information about the events you can contact OK Falls Parks and Recreation - 250 - 497 -8188

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July 18-22

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“Camps Got Talent” - Drama games, song, dance and art

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Vitamin C in Medicine: An Invaluable, Safe, Effective Therapy

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Vitamin C has many beneficial functions in the human body. It is important to note that humans are one of the few species incapable of manufacturing Vitamin C internally, and thus, are reliant on food sources of Vitamin C for survival. The following is a list of the main functions Vitamin C has in the human body: • This nutrient plays a major role in the manufacture and defense of our connective tissue, the elaborate matrix that holds the body together. It is a primary ingredient in collagen, a glue-like substance that binds cells together to form tissues. • Vitamin C stimulates the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and tumor cells. • Vitamin C is vital for heart and circulatory health by facilitating fat metabolism, protecting vessels from free radical damage, and strengthening blood vessel walls. • Vitamin C maintains healthy bones, teeth, gums, tissues. It aids in wound healing. • Vitamin C combats inflammation and pain. It behaves like a “natural aspirin”. • At high doses only reached by intravenous injection, Vitamin C has anti-cancer effects. It has been shown to increase survival times in cancer patients, decrease the amount of radiation required, enhance the effect of chemotherapy, protect from the damage of radiation and chemotherapy, inhibit the growth of some cancers, and reverse some abnormal cell lines back to normal. Up to 75 grams can be infused intravenously over a period of 2-3 hours, 2-3 times weekly. • Vitamin C is a potent detoxifier of toxins such as pesticides, alcohol, nicotine, aluminum, cadmium, nickel, lead, fluoride, PCB’s, etc. It not only neutralizes and removes these toxins from the body, but it protects our healthy cells from being damaged by these toxins. • Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral Vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous Vitamin C is an effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous Vitamin C has cured viral infections which can be debilitating and even life threatening such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flus. Vitamin C therapy both orally and intravenously has been used successfully by trained doctors for many years and is backed by volumes of research. It has proven itself to be safe and effective for a number of toxic, infective, and cancerous conditions. Talk to a trained Naturopathic Doctor to discover how this simple, inexpensive nutrient can benefit your health. For comprehensive scientific reviews and therapeutic uses of Vitamin C, watch the experts on Youtube: Dr. Thomas Levy: “Vitamin C and Antioxidant Therapy” (or read his book, “Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins”), and Dr. Suzanne Humphries, “Lecture on Vitamin C”.

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CranioSacral Therapy ... The healing power of a gentle touch

By Scott Fisher of Wellness in Motion “Motion is life, life is motion” (A.T. Still, founder of Osteopathy). This statement holds true for all types of body movement, from physically moving our bodies to the micro-movement within our bodies. This micro-movement includes the natural physiological movements of bones, fascia, tissues, blood and cerebral spinal fluid moving constantly throughout the body - whether we are physically moving or not. It is in these vital areas where restrictions or blocks at even the most minute level can compromise our health. If these restrictions are not released they can cause a much greater negative impact on the surrounding structures, affecting the entire body. William Sutherland, a student of A.T. Still (founder of Osteopathy), developed CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in the late 1920’s after discovering a gentle rhythmic movement causing shape change within the bones of the cranium (skull). Sutherland’s research led to a series of gentle techniques to free up restrictions throughout the cranial sacral mechanism (the skull down the spine to the tailbone), housing the nervous system throughout the entire body. CranioSacral Therapy assesses the movement of cerebral spinal fluid throughout the body. Produced within the cranium (skull), cerebral spinal fluid bathes and nourishes the brain and spinal cord and is imperative to all of the nerve and fascial functions within the body. The CranioSacral Therapist can detect dysfunction in the body by using palpation skills to feel for a lack of movement of a cranial sacral rhythm and flow of cerebral spinal fluid. The assessment and treatment techniques used in CranioSacral Therapy involve a wide variety of gentle manipulation techniques focusing on the membranes and vessels within the skull, the entire spinal column, the sacrum, and the body’s diaphragms. The techniques used are designed to re-balance the rhythms and remove restrictions allowing the body to return to a natural state of health and harmony. Since the CranioSacral Therapist is working with the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid and the neural pathways of the brain and spinal cord, CST has a healthy influence on all aspects of the body and is appropriate for all ages. Areas of imbalance in the cranial sacral mechanism can be the result of a wide range of causes including: trauma, medical conditions, emotional disorders, stress, surgery, chronic or acute pain, sinusitis, TMJ, insomnia, and low energy. Signs and symptoms of cranial sacral rhythm dysfunction include: aches, pains, chronic conditions, and lack of energy. Discover the health benefits of CranioSacral Therapy and Osteopathy by booking an appointment with Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P. at “Wellness In Motion”, along side Dr. Tamara Browne, ND and “The Natural Family Health Clinic” in Okanagan Falls. To find out more about CranioSacral Therapy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion” find us at www.discoverwellnessinmotion.com. Lighting Design / Renovations / Service Upgrades / Custom Controls / Home Inspection

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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon Success!

The Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon held it’s 5th annual event on Saturday, June 18th. Close to 225 little athletes from 2-13 years of age participated in this fun-filled non-competitive race. While times were not officially recorded, each little athlete did have their name announced by the infamous race announcer, Steve King, along with their ‘unofficial’ times, just like the big races. “With our race, it’s not about the time you get, but about the time you have”, says Co-Race Director Niki Pierson, “All the little athletes had a great time and huge smiles were seen everywhere!” Numerous volunteers and many event sponsors helped make this event such a success. “Originally, we wanted to provide a free triathlon racing atmosphere for our local Okanagan Falls School children, especially with all the big races travelling through our community, then we simply invited the surrounding communities to join in too. We also wanted to ensure that any financial barriers were removed, so our gracious sponsors kicked in and we were able to do just that ... keep the event free for five years in row!”, says Co-Race Director Carrie Ferguson. The event once again drew families from Osoyoos to Lake Country. “Our little race is becoming very well known in the triathlon world, and we have been warmly received and supported. We just love hosting this event, and seeing the giant smiles on the children’s faces. We smile and cheer so much watching the 2 and 3 year olds ‘race’ that our cheeks hurt! We are so very grateful to all of our volunteers, our incredible sponsors, and the amazing Jean and Steve King.” The Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon is an official “Kids of Steel” event, along with being fully sanctioned by TriBC. The event website, www.okfallsjrtri.com, shows maps and distances according to age categories. You can also enjoy some fun photos. Thanks again to our local residents who were patient with the little racers on the roadways in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who made this event possible and a ton of fun. Thanks to the Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon Committee: Carrie, Niki, Janice, Lorna, Taylor, David and Lisa. There are a number of fabulous sponsors, without whom this free event could not take place. A HUGE thanks to Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, Unit Electrical Engineering (UEE), Okanagan Falls IGA, Meyer Family Vineyards, Fortis, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, Interior Savings Credit Union, Easy Lock Self Storage, Robbins Drilling & Pump, Bullies Pizza, Kettle Valley Pizza, Penticton Triathlon Club, and Skaha Matters. The event wouldn’t be the same without the infamous Steve and Jean King, either! Thanks everyone and see you next year!

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The 6th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) returns to the South Okanagan on Sunday, July 10th. Once again, the event starts and finishes from Penticton’s Gyro Park with up to 2,600 cyclists expected to participate. Residents of the Okanagan Valley are encouraged to visit the online Weekend Schedule of Events for more details at: www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/event-weekend/. Cyclists will embark on one of four distances - the Granfondo (160 km), Velocefondo (126 km), Mediofondo (92 km) or Cortofondo (55 km). All riders will begin in Penticton at 7am, before heading out to Summerland and back through Penticton. At approximately 8:10am, the first riders will arrive at the Main Street aid station, and immediately head out along Lakeside/Eastside Road. Cortofondo riders turn back to the Gyro Park finish upon reaching Skaha Lake Park. South Main will be closed to southbound traffic from Kinney to the City Limit from 7:45am to 9am. From 8:15am to 11:30am, residents along Eastside Road from Penticton to McLean Creek Road turn-off should expect a steady stream of Mediofondo, Velocefondo and Granfondo cyclists. Many roads will still be open to vehicular traffic, but drivers should expect delays during this time. Similar to the previous Ironman Canada route, cyclists will turn up McLean Creek Road. At approximately 8:30am, the lead cyclists will pass by the intersection McLean Creek Road and Allendale Lake Road, and later proceed North along Maple Street between 8:35am and noon. There will be an aid station in place at Christie Memorial Park in Okanagan Falls. At this point, the Mediofondo riders proceed West along Hwy 97 towards Kaleden, while the Velocefondo and Granfondo riders head South up Maple Street and through to Oliver Ranch Road. Mediofondo riders will reach Kaleden and Hwy 97 starting at 8:45am. Cyclists will continue to pass this section of Highway until approximately 5pm. Velocefondo

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and Granfondo riders will reach Hwy 97 off of Oliver Ranch Road at approximately 8:40am. Cyclists will continue to flow through this section until approximately 1:15pm. At Oliver, Velocefondo riders proceed along Hwy 97 and turn right up Secrest Hill Road. Granfondo riders navigate around the east side of Oliver on Black Sage Road before returning north on Hwy 97, and then west toward Fairview Mountain Golf Course. The Velocefondo riders rejoin the Granfondo route at Willowbrook Road and Secrest Hill Road, and together both groups head through the Fairview/White Lake area before returning to Penticton along Highway 97. The northbound lane on Hwy 97 will be closed for the event from Hwy 3A to Channel Parkway; however, northbound traffic will be diverted into the southbound fast lane. Delays are expected and driving with caution is greatly appreciated. Information about the routes, traffic information and weekend event details can be found at the PGAMO website at: www. granfondoaxelmerckx.com. Organizers invite you to take part either as a rider, a volunteer or a spectator. Events before and after the ride are open to the public, and include activities for the entire family. On Friday, July 8th, the first Wheels & Reels outdoor yoga and movie night, hosted by lululemon, will occur in Gyro Park - yoga starts at 7pm & movie starts at 8pm. This new event is open to all residents, as well as PGAMO riders, families and volunteers. The event is still seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Be part of the action by visiting: www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/frontpage/ volunteers/ or email Susan at: susan@granfondoaxelmerckx.com.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning The Ministry of Education released the updated provincial assessment and graduation program to accompany the new curriculum for grades 10-12. This part of the new curriculum will be available for teachers to try in the 2016/17 school year and then will come into effect 2017/18. The new K-9 curriculum was available for educators to use this year and will be in use from September 2016 onwards. A letter and Q&A was sent to all parents and teachers outlining the changes. More details are available at curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment-info and sd67.bc.ca. On May 31, the Ministry of Education redirected $25M in administrative savings back to districts for front line services to benefit students. For SD67, that equals $266,527 that will not have to be paid to the government. The Minister recognizes the importance of the autonomy of boards of education to allocate the money based on local priorities. The Board appreciates that the Ministries of Education and Finance have responded to the concerns brought forward by districts regarding funding. At the June 13th Board meeting, the Board voted to hold these funds until after the start of the new school year and use to relieve areas of need as they come up in September/October. The Board of Education for School District No. 67 is cautiously pleased with the announcement on June 16th by Premier Clark and on June 17th by MLA Ashton with regard to a new source of funding entitled the Rural Education Enhancement Fund (REEF). In this release, Premier Clark has indicated that districts outside of the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and Kelowna areas will be able to apply for ongoing provincial funding in an amount equal to the expected savings from the closing of a rural school. Board Chair Linda Van Alphen, together with district staff, were in touch daily with the Ministry to confirm the application process and timeline attached to this fund. Late on June 20th, the Ministry released the criteria and application for the REEF. The Board called a special public meeting for June 24th at 8:00am to discuss the applications for both West Bench and Trout Creek Elementary. Many thanks to both communities for the information they provided for the application. Confirmation of funding will be necessary to keep a school open. The applications have to be submitted no later than June 24th and final decisions can be expected no later than June 30th. I would like to, once again, debunk the myth that the $1.9M surplus, from the 2014/15 school year remains on the books. The surplus was higher than normal due to teacher job action, which resulted in school starting three weeks later than normal. These funds were distributed as follows: • $1.3M was restricted for: Aboriginal Education (targeted for Ab. Ed only); School-based funding (pays for equipment, some field trips expenses, bussing, books, activities, etc.); Professional Development; BC Ed Plan (Early Learning Initiative); Through A Different Lens (grant money); Helping teachers (Literacy, School Completion); Flex Funds; Sharepoint project; a portion to balance the 2015/16 budget. • The remaining unrestricted $650K was used for MyEd BC (new Student Information System required by the MoE) for the 2015/16 school year; Long term planning; $250,000 to a reserve fund (will be used to balance the 2016/17 budget); the remainder went back into the operating budget. I would like to congratulate all the graduating students and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Thank you to all the leaders - district-wide, staff, students and parents for all their hard work this year. We have a great district, because of you. Have a great summer! For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at Piano and Theory Lessons in Kaleden 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com. Members of BC Registered Music Teachers

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Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School!

with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal The end of the year is always a busy and exciting time in schools. It is a time of culmination and celebration for the growth within learning that transpires over the 10 month school year. This final month at Kaleden has included a variety of special year end events which include hosting the Kaleden Run, Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 District Track Meet, Kaleden’s Talent Show, Kaleden’s Fun Day and field trips to Loco Landing, the Safety Village, the Ostrich Farm, and a visit for our oldest students to Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center. We also celebrated the culmination of our One-to-One Reading Program with our volunteer readers, as well as our community Student/Senior Buddy Program. A good many of these events could not be possible without the help of our parent and community volunteers. Thank you to KPAC and all of the Kaleden community who give their time in order to support the kids at Kaleden School. Have a safe and happy summer everyone!

Left - A group of Grade 4 boys prepare at the start line of the Kaleden Run. Centre - A kindergarten student practices her road safety at the Safety Village. Right - Students visit and learn about Ostriches at the Ostrich Farm.

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with Brad Nunes *ring ring* *ring ring* “Hello. You have reached the KPAC hotline. None of us are available this month as it summer. Steph has completely flown the coop, as she has run out of children at KES. Karen was last seen sunning herself between matches at the tennis court, where she may (or may not) be known to hustle some racket jockeys out of a few bills. Becky wanted to do some soul searching, but Europe was a bit too far, so she is now backpacking around Kaleden to ‘find herself’. I am working on my ‘soon to be released’ 2321 page novel “The Art of Smoking Meats: Making Magic with Rub, Smoke and Sauce”. Anyway, this is a really long voice mail message. Thanks to all the parents, kids and staff who helped make the school year totally radical. Have a great summer and see you in the fall! *beep*

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair Congratulations to all our wonderful students who have finished another year of school ... You are our future! See you all in September! We would like to send out a large “Thank You” to our local IGA Management and their suppliers, who donated items for our Annual Hot Dog Lunch. We had lots of fun, laughter and food. Wishing everyone a fun, safe summer vacation!

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Summer Reading - It’s important! Research shows that kids who read four or more books over the summer are better prepared for the coming school year and do not go down the ‘summer slide’- the loss of reading and learning skills during the summer break. Reading over the summer months does make a difference to your child’s learning! 5 easy ways to help your child reduce summer reading loss: 1. Make reading important ~ Be a role-model for reading. Let your child see you reading throughout the day and use daily routines as reading opportunities. Cooking, reading TV listings, looking for information on-line, reading directions, or following a map all provide authentic reading experiences. 2. Give your child the power of choice ~ Having reading materials available is key to helping kids love to read, and the reading materials kids choose themselves are best. In fact, 92% of children and teens say they are more motivated to read and are more likely to finish a book they have picked out. Help your child find texts that appeal to his or her interests, yet are age appropriate and ‘just right’ in difficulty. 3. Set aside time to read every day ~ We know that the more kids read, the better they become at reading and the more they will enjoy reading. During the summer, encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Make reading ‘down-time’ - an opportunity for family members to read together, either aloud or quietly to themselves. Keep track of progress by recording book titles, pages read, and minutes spent. Reading is an opportunity to develop a number of literacy skills including; decoding, print concepts, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, expressive language, and mindfulness. 4. Talk it up ~ Talking about books during and after reading helps improve comprehension. Encourage kids to share their ideas and opinions by asking open-ended questions. Talk about what you read to let them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you - soon they might start doing the same! 5. Be part of a reading challenge ~ Most local libraries have summer reading programs that help engage and motivate readers. Kids set a goal, track books they read, and receive incentives for achieving goals. Summer programs also promote reading club opportunities where children can discuss and share books with others, either on-line or in person. You can even create your own family reading challenge. Okanagan Falls Elementary School is proud to have 26 students participating in the Read and Rec program running from July 4-22. Special thanks to teachers Shari Morhart and Anna Ancheta for their leadership facilitating a fun-filled three weeks of literacy and recreation experiences!

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School District No. 53 Board Report

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Operations: Retirement & Long Service Recognition ~ The Board of Education recently held a recognition event in Osoyoos for 15 retirees and almost 30 long serving employees. Rural Education Enhancement Fund ~ The Provincial Government recently announced a Rural Education Enhancement Fund focused on providing funds “to help rural schools in British Columbia stay open”. School District No. 53 and Osoyoos Secondary School were referenced in the news release. Information regarding the fund states that school districts outside the Lower Mainland, Victoria and Kelowna may apply as long as the following criteria are met: the impacted community has a population of less than 15,000 residents; there is a loss of grades within the community; and facility condition and extreme enrolment decline are not factors in the closure decision. Districts may apply for the anticipated savings from closing a school. Instructions on applying to the fund were received on June 20th with an application deadline of June 24th. Once again, on behalf of the School Board, I thank our administrative staff, teachers and support staff for their work and dedication this year to benefit all our students. We wish our students, parents, families, and all the school district staff, a safe, happy, and active summer. See you in September! For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee

As a very busy and recently tumultuous school year comes to a close, we are reminded that our children and students have worked hard this year to achieve goals in a number of areas, whether it be academic, sports, drama, music, or trades and technology. As a member of our school board, I speak for the other trustees in recognizing and congratulating our students on the gains that they have made and wishing them all an active and fun-filled summer break. Provincial Assessment and the Graduation Years Announcement: On May 26, the Minister of Education announced updates to Provincial Assessments and the Graduation Years to align with the direction of the new curriculum. The main details are as follows: • Starting in the 2016-17 school year, instead of five provincial exams required from grades 10 to 12, students will complete two provincial assessments focused on math skills and literacy. Remaining assessments will be done in class, evaluated by their teachers. • The grad program still spans grades 10, 11, and 12, but may be more varied and flexible. To graduate, students will still need to complete 80 credits. • Starting in the 2017-18 school year, every student will take Career Education to graduate. Career Education will show students the link between the classroom and their opportunities in life. • In late June through October, educators, parents, and the public will be consulted on student reporting. For more information, please visit the following: Curriculum website at www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca; News Release at https://news.gov.bc.ca/ releases/2016EDUC0041-000860 District Innovation / Initiatives: School District Health Promoting Schools Coordinator ~ Our request to receive funding for a Health Promoting Schools Coordinator has been approved! Healthy Schools BC (HSBC) is an initiative that aims to improve the educational and health outcomes of all BC students. Summer Reading Programs ~ We have thirteen programs running this summer based on student enrollment and need: • Rhyme and Rec: CPS, OSES, TEN, OES • Read and Rec: OKF, OSES, TEN, OES, CPS • Read and Tech: SESS, OSES, TEN, OES Kindergarten Registration ~ An update on kindergarten registration as of May 17th is as follows: CPS - 23, OKF - 15, OES - 46, OSES - 41, TEN - 28 for a total of 153. We are encouraging all parents of kindergarten-age students to register at their local school, so that schools can plan for class configurations.

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July 2016

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Okanagan Falls shoppers and visitors will soon see the bright and distinctive Age Friendly window decal and flags at many of the businesses and service offices around town. What does the decal mean to shoppers? Great news for everybody! The yellow and blue decal will let you know that the business completed the age friendly assessment and achieved a high rating. It tells us the business owners, managers and staff assessed and made adjustments to best serve people of all ages. Already, nearly 15 businesses in Okanagan Falls have committed to taking the challenge to ensure that they offer Age Friendly customer service! The first business to receive Age Friendly accolades is the Okanagan Falls Museum. They recognized the importance of ensuring that their visitors feel comfortable, safe, visible and respected while enjoying the displays and garden. Museum volunteer Reg Voice replaced the wood from the original wheelchair ramp that leads into the Log Cabin. He made it sturdy and safe for folks with walkers, wheelchairs and for parents with strollers. With the help of others, he also repainted the ramp at the back garden entrance to the Bassett House. They didn’t stop there! The front step into the H&M Thriftee Stop also got refreshed with contrasting paint to define the step. The step and ramps surfaces were then painted with sand added to reduce the potential for slipping. Finally, Reg included a hand rail at the front entrance. Well done!

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South Skaha Housing Society Update

with Sharon Proctor, Director Hi everyone. This is Sharon Proctor, SSHS Director reporting on our latest news with our proposed 35 unit Senior’s Housing project planned for the Legion property fronting on Willow Street in Okanagan Falls. Please see the attached drawing below. The project will be comprised of 3 two bedroom units and 32 one bedroom units in total with two elevators. Some amenity service areas behind the elevators will be for possible mechanical and other building system components. The interior function can be refined along with the layout during the design and development stage. Greyback Construction has provided Stone Creations for your Home, Patio & Garden their design expertise to the Housing Society on a ‘pro-bono basis’ in Custom Signage Wine Racks & Coolers support of our application to BC Housing. Our application was sent on June 14 to BC Housing and we are anxiously awaiting the good news! Memorial Markers & Benches We are looking forward to volunteering at the Okanagan Falls Winery 1788 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls 250.490.6588 Association’s “Party in the Park” on July 8th from 5-9, being the beneficiary for their famous ‘raffle’. Lots of wonderful wines to taste, a yummy BBQ, and live music. Don’t forget to buy your tickets! See y’all on Canada Day at Kenyon Park and later on at the Legion By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Getting a massage can do you a world of to celebrate our good fortune of living in this mighty little town and a good. And getting a massage frequently can great country where ‘Affordable Housing for Seniors’ is gonna happen! do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage A sample architectural drawing of the proposed 35 unit senior’s housing project feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. planned for the Legion property fronting on Willow Street in Okanagan Falls. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs. Massage knows no age limits. It works wonders on young, old, Tue-Fri ~ 8:30-4:30 Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber and in between. 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These were Holly Cross and Doreen and associated discomfort, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, Folk, who later gave a talk on the program of Quilts of Valour Canada. increasing feelings of well-being, enhancing flexibility and strength, Over 3300 quilts, which are one of a kind, have been given across increasing range of motion in joints, reducing discomfort from arthritis. Canada to veterans and military personnel as a way of saying “thank (Excerpt from Butlers Body in Balance). you” for their service. WWII Veteran Audrey Steeves was presented Creative Wellness Solutions is at the with one of these beautiful homemade quilts. Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre Help for the Summer’s Friday and Saturday night Meat Draws was on Cedar Street every Monday. We arranged for, along with the LA Dinners on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at offer three 15-minute routines, you can 5pm. Numerous catered dinners were also arranged for. 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Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Are you over 50? Just $15/yr Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties to join! Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Contact Sharon Become a member of theat OK250.770.0497 Falls Seniors Centre! thompson298@hotmail.com Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

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“State of Confusion”

Directed by Eleanor Walker of Okanagan Falls Mathew likes Elisabeth. He does not care that her father is the Prime Minister of Canada. Mathew’s parents quickly recognize that the PM has lost his perspective when it comes to his daughter’s well being and safety. Though the parents may not agree on many things, they all agree that the happiness of their children is the top priority. Dell and Helen, with the help of Carl the bodyguard, set the PM straight on parenting, and a few other things as well. A down to earth and humorous look at how things get worked out between the two families. Only in Canada, eh? “State of Confusion” is showing from July 7-30 at the Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton. Showtimes are Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $22 per adult and $19 per student or senior. You can purchase tickets at #120-1475 Fairview Road in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton (down the hall from the theatre) or call 250-460-1842. Wheelchair seating is available. For more information, please visit www.ManyHatsTheatre.com.

with Shirley O'Connor Our last pancake breakfast for the summer was served on June 4th and was well attended. The following week we had our Summer Barbecue with Peter Jensen and Robert McLeod flipping the burgers, which were delicious. Activities do slow down at the Centre over the summer months, but we still have lots going on; such as Exercise Classes, Bingo, Ladies and Mens Pool, Bridge and Cribbage. And, you can always drop in Friday “State of Confusion” mornings for coffee and music. s t n July 7-30 se pre Our next general meeting will be on Monday, September 12th. Joining Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton us will be a consultant with the RCMP, who will be giving a talk on how www.ManyHatsTheatre.com to avoid break-ins and methods to keep our homes safe. September will also bring a return of pancake breakfasts, pot-luck dinners, carpet bowling and music jam sessions. with Betty Lynch Saturday, October 8th is the date for the Fall Flea Market, so mark your calendars now. For further information, you may contact Vi Hello, dear reader. I have returned, firmly hipped, and waiting to Creasey at 250-497-8785. converse with you. No matter the season, the WI ladies are always in full throttle, as evidenced by our two members who travelled to Have a wonderful summer! Kamloops to attend the annual Spring Conference and reported MARK YOUR CALENDAR enthusiastically on future plans. Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Great fun was had at the very first “Music in the Park”, and our sincere Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays thanks and congratulations to the organizers. Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Once again, and always, one of our very favorite things to do is to Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (July 16th) celebrate Canada Day with everyone by handing out the red and Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Fridays Only white cupcakes. It is such fun to watch the kids with that lovely icing Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays on their cheeks and chins - even if the ’kid’ is six feet tall! Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays As with most organizations, the ‘Institute’ will be taking a break for the Summer, as will your faithful reporter of all things Women’s Institute. Thank you all for your good thoughts and wishes, as I return them to you for a safe, happy Summertime. “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

From Vancouver to Mazatlan: Nov. 12 ~ All inclusive, 7 nights, includes air, transfers and hotel From $1340 per person. Dec. 23 ~ All inclusive, 7 nights, includes air, transfers and hotel From $2020 per person.

with Michael Livingstone, President It was a totally enjoyable evening at “Music in the Park”. The King is alive! Rock and rolled with Elvis tribute artist, Jeff Bodner, and Country Music with Terri Bremner. I think that Myrt, Marla and Barb deserve a high five and a thank you for arranging the evening. Let’s all plan to enjoy the next Music in the Park. Locally Owned and Operated The Okanagan Falls Lions Club finished off the school year with the final breakfast at the Elementary School on June 16th. Watch out We can come to you! for and support our fundraisers for this valuable program to ensure that the hot breakfast program continues during the next school year. Vi Creasey Keep your eyes open for our “Cookies For Breakfast” fundraiser. Tel: 250-497-8785 Our Purina Walk for Dog Guides was a success. The support from the dogs and their handlers ensured a special donation to the Lions Guide Toll Free: 1-866-497-8785 Dog Program. A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Okanagan Falls Legion, your generous Dy de Vos support is appreciated. Come and join us for a hot dog or smokie at the Canada Day Cell: 250-567-0865 BC Business Licence #48999 Celebrations in Kenyon Park on Friday, July 1st. The barbecued hot dogs will be a fundraiser for the Lions’ Projects in Okanagan Falls. Email vicreasey@shaw.ca or ddevos@tpi.ca today! Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is July 13, 14 & 15 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our volunteers from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club that help with the with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel Canada Blood Services Clinics look forward to seeing you there. To Want some fun under the sun complimented by the artsy vibe? Pack book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca your bags and head to Mazatlan, whose historic center has undergone If you would like to be involved and join the Okanagan Falls Lions a revitalization, and is brimming with an artistic flair. Mazatlan boasts Club, please call 250-497-8486 or talk to any Lions Club Member. that they have over 500 restaurants and cafes. Serenading musicians can be found all over town. Mazatlan has 17 miles of gorgeous shoreline H&M THRIFTEE SHOP and you will want to dive into the waters with its abundant marine life. Open Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat from 10-3 Accepting Clean & Gently Used If you want some time away from the shoreline and like to delve into a Clothing & Accessories 250-486-6371 destination’s history, then take a stroll through Old Mazatlan, with its Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street cobblestone streets, national landmarks and refurbished 19th Century buildings. Stop at Plaza Machado, the towns original plaza, and then wander over to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a city landmark on the Plaza Republica. Built is 1890, the church has a glided triple alter with murals of angles floating overhead. To see how the art scene is flourishing in the city, take in a performance at the Teatro Angela Peralto, originally built in 1860. Another don’t miss is the malecon, or waterfront promenade, as its sprinkled with sculptures that pay homage to the city’s history. One of the most signature events in Mazatlan is the Carnival, which takes place the five days prior to Ash Wednesday. This Carnival is the third largest in the world, attracting upwards of 300,000 people. During the festival, tambora and banda music - popular throughout the north of the country - are heard throughout the city. What makes this Carnival unique are the cultural activities, including contests, concerts and theater performances. There are nightly fireworks during Carnival, which are amazing! Dive deep into the areas indigenous culture and drive to Las Labradas Archaeological Zone, located about 45 minutes from Mazatlan. This indigenous ceremonial center is located on the outskirts of the small village of Barres de Piaxtla. It faces the Pacific Ocean and encompasses one of the finest collections of carved stones in the country - some dating back as far as 1500 years. In fact, the site offers the highest concentration of existing engraved stone drawings in Mexico. It is a must for history buffs. Where to stay in Mazatlan? There are numerous hotels and condos in Mazatlan. One of the most popular is the Riu Emerald Bay. This is a 716 room all inclusive hotel, which is truly family friendly. It has a separate pool for children, as well as a playground. The Riuland Mini Club offers numerous children’s activities. Meanwhile, adults can relax at the Renova Spa, or at one of the three pools, including one with a swim up bar. If you are looking for a wonderful vacation in Mazatlan, or anywhere in the world, please give Vi or Dy a call.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson

Those few days of warm weather we had a couple of weeks ago were a warning of what is in store. The rain that came after was nice. Can’t complain about the rain, we needed the moisture. Things have continued to stay busy at the Heritage Society. At our last meeting, it was decided that we will have our summer BBQ on Sunday, July 24th (Audrey Steeves Birthday) at 4pm. Food Tickets will be $5 each and can be picked up at the H&M Thriftee Shop. Handyman Reg Voice has rebuilt the wheel chair ramp into the log house. It really needed replacing. New treasurer Karen is getting the office in shape. We are doing quite well in her department. There are some repairs needed in the apartment, which could be done by the end of summer. Mark Thompson is really keeping the lawns looking good. Gardener Michelle has planted roses in the memorial garden. We still have to look for a grant to replace some of the irrigation pipes in the lawn watering system, as that will be a pricey venture. Some senior housing groups that were invited to bring their residents to tour the Museum and Basset House have come for a visit. It is fun to hear them talk about items that they recognize from their youth . The H&M Thriftee Shop is very busy! We have a very nice selection of both mens and womens large sizes. Tours have been slow so far, but will pick up in the summer. The Historic Tour has been taken by a few and they’ve found the information to be quite interesting. The Historic Tour is $5, which includes a tour through the Museum. Museum tours only are $3 for adults and children under 12 are free. Up until last week, every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:30am when the Historic Tours were offered, it rained and no one wanted to walk in the rain. There are still some openings in the volunteer family. If you would like to join us, phone Marla at 1-778-439-2275 or the H&M Thriftee Shop at 250-486-6371 or just drop in, meet the staff, and look it over. We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Have a super summer!

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the second in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The Camsell Family Kaleden’s pioneer families came from many and varied backgrounds, but none could match the storybook history of the Camsell family. Ned Camsell, who purchased a five acre lot in Kaleden soon after his marriage in 1910 was the oldest in a family of eleven children born to Julian and Sarah Onion in the Northwest Territories. Julian was an Englishman, born in Ceylon who earned his commission in the British Army in 1855. He served in Canada, but sold his commission in 1859 and immediately joined the Hudson Bay Company. He served with them for 41 years in various locations, finally, in 1882, was appointed Chief Factor for the entire Mackenzie River District, headquartered in Fort Simpson. In 1876, he decided to change his name, taking his mother’s maiden name of Camsell. To do this he had to return to England and this entailed a 2500 mile walk on snowshoes from Fort Liard, NWT to Crow Wing in Minnesota where he caught a train to New York and then a boat to England. There were no educational facilities in the north, so at the age of 7 or 8 each of the 11 children was sent ‘outside’ to school. For the boys, that meant St. John’s College in Winnipeg, a boarding school operated by the Anglican Church. Since it was so far away, that meant 10 years without returning home. Most of the boys returned to serve in the north and a map of the NWT gives some idea of the impact the family had; on it we find the Camsell mountains, Camsell River and Camsell Bend on the Mackenzie River. The original hospital in Yellowknife and the Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton were named after one of the younger brothers who, as a distinguished geologist, became Deputy Minister of Mines and Resources and Commissioner of the NWT. Ned, the oldest child, graduated in 1887 and went to work for the Hudson Bay Company, first as an accountant and later in charge of the company’s fur trading operations at Fort Chipewyan in Alberta and then at Fort St. James in BC. Following his marriage in 1910, he was posted to Moose Factory on James Bay where his three oldest daughters, Ethel, Connie and Gladys were born. The next two daughters, Mary and Louise were born in Southampton and the baby, Winnie was born after the family moved to Kaleden in 1919. The family had owned the 5 acre lot at the corner of Lakehill and Linden since 1910, but since it had no house on it, they lived in several homes temporarily until finally they purchased the TC Preston home and orchard on Linden Avenue. The six girls grew up here, attending school in Kaleden and Penticton and the whole family took an active part in the social life of our young community. They had the first radio in Kaleden and had one of the first Lister light plants installed in their home when most households made do with Kerosene or gas lamps. Three of the girls were drawn back to the north to work in Lower Post and Whitehorse. Ethel trained as a nurse and spent her years nursing in Kamloops and Penticton, before retiring in Penticton. Mary, after a stint in the army, joined External Affairs, and served in Australia, Saigon, Ecuador, Chile, Sweden and Iran before returning to live out her years in Penticton with her sister Ethel. What a pioneering family. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

Edward Richmond Wigmore Simpson CHURCH Passed @ theaway GARDENS peacefully on

May 17, 2016 at the age of 77 years. Remembered and sadly Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am missed by his loving wife Debra Corinne July 10th - “Church @ the Gardens (Linden Gardens - 351 Linden Ave) Simpson; children: Raymond (Karey) Simpson July 12th - “Prayer Walk” ~ Linden Gardens Gazebo at 7pm. of Penticton, Arthur (Teresa) Simpson of 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Okanagan Falls, George Simpson of Penticton, Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Lora (Kelly) Haggerty of Okanagan Falls; Facebook: Kaleden Community Church grandchildren: Mathew, SUNDAYCody, JULYNicholas, 10, 2016Alice www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info (Riley), Shandi (Taylor), Breanna (Brandon), 10:00 AM Owen (Sophie), Kelsey, Korbin, Kali; siblings: Okanagan Falls Community Church William (Elenor) Simpson of Rimbey,LINDEN AB andGARDENS Margaret (Ernie) Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm 351 Linden Avenue by his Pennington of Flaxcombe, SK. Ed was sadly predeceased 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 first wife Alice and son Lee, also his parents Elizabeth Kaleden, BCand William Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! KALEDEN CHURCH Simpson andCOMMUNITY siblings: Allen, Robert, and Charles Simpson, Jane 250 497-5995 Simpson, Ann Murray and Edith Wallace and many cousins, nieces Okanagan Falls United Church EMAIL: kalgarden@shaw.ca andwww.kaledencommunitychurch.org nephews. Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am July 10th ~ Baptisms during our 9:00 am service. Come celebrate Edward was a very proud and stubborn man, but loved his family with Georgia and Willow, as they become members of our community. dearly. Known as Fast Eddy and Uncle Ed by all, he loved to brighten All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. everyone’s day with his infectious giggle and many phone calls. His 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones favourite past time was fishing at his favourite spot on Eastside Road www.okfallsunited.ca at the squeaky sign. His nephew Mike was a great friend and help in the last year of his life. They shared many laughs and stories. Uncle Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service Ed will be sadly missed by Mike and all of his loved ones. Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil sent to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com or call Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 250-493-1774.

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Passed away peacefully on June 11, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife Ann Cawthorne; his children: Bryan Cawthorne (Mary) of Penticton, Jeffrey Cawthorne of Penticton, and Julie Kozlowski (Karl) of Penticton; his eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and his sisters: Pam Richmond (Don) of England, and June Struccum of England. John is sadly predeceased by his parents Eric and Isabel Cawthorne. John will be remembered for his love of life, and always helping others. He was well loved for his humour, generous spirit, compassion, and his never-ending ability to fix things. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www. providencefuneralhomes.com or call 250-493-1774.


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Flowers to Myrt, Marla and Barb for taking on the organizing of “Music in the Park” at the new Band Shell. ~ from Okanagan Falls Residents Fish Heads to Keogan Park users. This is not a designated dog park. If you choose to bring your dog to Keogan Park, please pick up after your dog (kids play in this park). Also, the KVR Trail behind Keogan Park is littered with dog poop. Be considerate of others and pick up after your dog, especially Cedar and Willow Street residences. ~ from Maria of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the condition of our cemetery. Those putting the flags on the veterans graves getting ready for the candlelight service had trouble finding the grave markers. ~ from a Concerned Citizen

Music in the Park

with Barb Few Thank you to everyone for such a successful first concert! And, thanks to our sponsor, the RDOS Area ‘D’. Over 200 people enjoyed Elvis, a.k.a. Jeff Bodner and Terri Bremner, who gave outstanding performances. Also, many attendees enjoyed delicious food supplied by Legion #227 Ladies Auxiliary, along with cookies by the OK Falls Lions Club and pop and water from the Women’s Institute and the United Church. What a wonderful community event! Join us on Sunday, July 31st when we see country singer Dale Seaman & Hwy 97 entertaining, with special guest Beamer Wigley who is no stranger to Okanagan Falls. The concert will again be at the WI Band Shell in Centennial Park starting at 6:30pm and running until 8:30pm. Food will again be provided by the Legion’s LA. These concerts are Free! All you need to do is bring chairs and enjoy. This concert is being sponsored by Valley Filter Ltd. and Reliable Travel, plus public donations. Hope to see you all there having fun!

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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls neighbour:

Maxwell Russell Armand Burnham

Maxwell Russell Armand Burnham, 77, of Okanagan Falls, BC (born July 4, 1938 in Drumheller, AB) succumbed to cancer on May 28, 2016. Max is survived by his beloved wife Joyce of 52 years, daughter Deanna MacLean, sisters Maxine Wall, Rusty (Bill) Martin, Heather (Ron) Howarth, Linda Watters, brother Rick (Barbara) Watters, grandson Zane MacLean, granddaughters Jessica, Shaelynn and Lauren MacLean, and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family. Max was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. Max was a business owner most of his working life, then enjoyed volunteering at his favorite golf course during his retirement. He was passionate in his love of friends, family, and a ‘65 Ford Fairlane and most enjoyed going for rides with all three. Max was always there to help friends. He enjoyed household projects, cutting wood, tending his flowers, feeding the birds, golfing, and sharing a beer with his buddies. A special thank you to the Moog & Friends Hospice House in Penticton for their loving care and support. A Celebration of Life service will be held on July 3rd at the Skaha Meadows Golf Course from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. We welcome all friends and family to attend. Arrangement entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton ~ 250-493-3912

WANTED: Lakeview or Lakefront Kaleden Property We have family in Kaleden and would like to purchase a home or land which sits on less than 1 acre and has an unobstructed view of Skaha Lake. If you are considering selling your property in the next year, please contact me and we can both avoid realtor fees. Please email to: kaledenpropertywanted@gmail.com

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On June 8, 2016, Murray (62) and Blue (65) were united in marriage at the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. From the bride ... “We were surrounded by family and friends, who all helped in making our day special. The ceremony and dinner was wonderful. Murray and I would like to thank the Legion for going over and above to accommodate our event. We would like to thank and praise the Ladies Auxiliary Congratulations Blue & Murray for the wonderful dinner they provided and acknowledge the care and friendliness of the Ladies in serving our guests. Special thanks to our friends who were by our sides for the months prior, helping with the preparations, my dress, the decorations, and especially those who kept me calm through the whole process. Murray and I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful community. Thank you to all our guests for sharing in our joyful day.” Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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