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Happy Canada 150!

How will you spend your Canada Day this year? Be sure to join in the festivities and make this Canada Day one to remember! Speaking of remembering - The Vancouver Sun set out this past January to remember 150 noteworthy British Columbians on the countdown to mark Canada’s 150th Birthday. Guess who was published in their Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher January 28, 2017 issue? It was our very Okanagan Matters Publications own Kenny McLean of Okanagan Falls! Did you know that Kenny McLean’s world-class rodeo standards have never been equalled to this day? Did you know the life-size bronze statue in Centennial Park is of Kenny McLean on his horse? Kenny McLean was born on May 17, 1939 and resided in Okanagan Falls. He started breaking colts for his Dad at 12 and entered his first rodeo competition at 17. In 1961, Kenny was the “Rookie of the Year”, a distinction he followed by winning the 1962 World Saddle Bronc Championship. Over the years, he won a total of 14 Canadian Championships. Kenny was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and was the only rodeo cowboy to be inducted in the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Kenny is also the only rodeo athlete to belong to the prestigious “Order of Canada”. Read the Vancouver Sun’s full article at www.vancouversun.com, or better yet, stop by and visit the permanent Kenny Kenny McLean photo courtesy of McLean display in the Okanagan Falls “Okanagan Archive Trust Society” Museum one day this summer.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

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Town Center Planning ~ On Friday, June 16th our Town Centre planning consultant, Mr. Lance Berelowitz, met with the new RDOS Manager of Development Services, Mr. Brad Dollevoit, concerning the “CA - NA - DA” proposed Town Centre Master Plan for Okanagan Falls. Mr. Dollevoit, We Love Thee who hails from Rocky Mountain House, AB, has a background in I wonder how many of you remember rural community development which should bode well for the final that great song which was composed and implementation of a town centre plan for Okanagan Falls. performed by Canada’s pied piper, Bobby Later that day Mr. Berlowitz also met with the South Skaha Housing Gimby during Canada’s Centennial year, Society, with Greyback Construction, and the owner of the IGA 1967. I guess you’d have to be almost shopping centre to discuss ways for site planning, traffic and walking 60 years old to remember the words: “It’s corridors and other amenities to be properly integrated into the the 100th Anniversary of Confederation development plans. ev’rybody sing to-geth-er - CA-NA-DA.” Later this summer, Mr. Berelowitz will present his final development Tom Siddon During the summer of ‘67, Pat and I traveled recommendations at a public “town hall” forum, prior to submitting Director of to Montreal for the World’s Fair - EXPO them to the RDOS Board for approval. RDOS Area ‘D’ ’67, with our one year old son Charles. He is now 51! Also that summer, Centennial Park was established in A New Bus Stop for Kaleden! ~ At this writing, I have just learned downtown Okanagan Falls, complete with a Cairn and time capsule, not that the South Okanagan Transit Service, Routes 40 and 90 will to be re-opened until 2067. How quickly those 50 years have passed! now be stopping at the Kaleden Community Hall at least once daily, Monday to Thursday to pick up local residents heading into Penticton This summer we are making memories again with a big celebration in the morning and returning in the afternoon. While fares will go up of Canada’s 150th Birthday. We are fortunate to live in the greatest slightly, this new service should be welcomed by citizens of Kaleden country on Earth. The celebrations begin on July 1st, with a full and the surrounding area. Further details may be found at: www. program of activities organized by our Parks and Recreation staff bctransit.com/south-okanagan-similkameen. (Janet, Nancy and Natalie) along with the two Canada 150 Planning Radar Speed Signs Proposed ~ I was happy to hear that Pat Committees from both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Burton, who spearheaded the call for a pedestrian activated crossPlease check out the list of Canada Day activities elsewhere in this walk light in Okanagan Falls is now advocating for a radar activated issue. I expect to meet many of you at the morning and afternoon speed monitoring system to slow down traffic which speeds through celebrations in Kenyon Park and Kaleden’s Pioneer Park, complete Okanagan Falls. I fully support this proposal. My staff are presently with the Legion Colour Party, singing of O’Canada, and lots of fun and investigating the cost of a mobile speed monitor that could be deployed games for all ages! Around noon, we will parade out on the spit at to a number of accident prone areas within Area ‘D’, whenever required. the end of Cedar Street to commission a new plaque in honour of Mr. William Snodgrass, one of the founders of Okanagan Falls. Later, at Division of Area ‘D’ ~ Arising out of the Governance study carried the afternoon festivities in Kaleden, we will plant a new tree in Pioneer out last year, RDOS staff have now prepared a public consultation Park in memory of Kaleden’s life-long benefactor and good friend to plan to address the pros and cons of dividing Area ‘D’ into two separate Electoral Areas, prior to the next local elections in 2018. A so many, our former Member of Parliament Fred King. consultation paper will soon be available to all interested residents. At 4:30 in Centennial Park, Bob Daly and the Board of the Okanagan Two public engagement sessions have been scheduled for Kaleden Falls Irrigation District will host the burial of a 2017 time capsule, and Okanagan Falls on Tuesday, September 12th. Please call Christy containing many memories and artifacts of modern times. And later Malden at 250 492-0063 for further details. on Saturday evening, Canada Day 150 will come to a “big band” finale at the WI Bandshell, where three great local bands will be playing their Hats Off to Darlene Bailey ~ After 43 years of service with the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, and 27 years as Chief, Darlene hearts out for Canada. Bailey has decided to hang up her boots. We who live in Kaleden Speaking of Music ~ The “Music Ladies”, Mryt, Marla and Barb, have are indebted to Darlene for her leadership, her commitment and organized a fantastic program of summer entertainment at the WI dedication to protecting our community for so many years. Well done Bandshell. On Father’s Day, more than 150 fans of 50’s and 60’s music Darlene! Best wishes to you and Don in your retirement. Deputy turned out for a concert by Jeff (Elvis) Bodner and Terri Bremner, with Chief Denis Gaudry has agreed to serve as acting Chief until a new Terri’s husband Damon as MC. The songs were so popular that when replacement is chosen. Jeff wound up around 9:00 pm, there were still about 80 clapping fans wanting more. The next “Music in the Park” will feature Rebel Luv on Farewell also to Dale Kronebusch ~ Our Emergency Services Supervisor Dale Kronebusch also resigned a few weeks ago, after Sunday, July 16th from 5-7pm. an 8 year career at RDOS. Dale, we are grateful for your handling of Senior’s Housing Projects Moving Forward ~ On Thursday, June the many crisis situations you have encountered during recent years. 15th, the South Skaha Housing Society held it’s Annual General The residents of Area ‘D’ offer our thanks and wish you every success Meeting. Chair Robert McLeod and seven fellow Directors were rein next chapter of your career. We are also relieved to hear that the elected to the Board, along with Jan Wilson who became the newest recent widespread flood risk is now declining. Board member. Welcome Jan! This multi-talented team will have lots to do over the coming months, working with project designers and Finally, I recently had a timely email from Mary Jane Zissoff of Sequin, Greyback Construction Ltd. to build a $7.5 million, 35 unit senior’s Ontario in which she states: “We are so blessed to live in this wonderful housing project on part of the former flea market property in downtown country and to celebrate these happy times.” Mary’s daughter Angela is a stained glass artist who recently settled in Kaleden. You may look Okanagan Falls. at some of her beautiful creations at www.glassstudio.ca . I’m also happy to note that a senior’s housing committee of the Kaleden Community Association is working on a plan for a smaller Happy Birthday Canada! (about 12 unit) project to be located in central Kaleden. This proposed project would be financed and built under a co-op model. One of two alternative sites might be chosen, which will require the raising of $300 - 400,000 for purchase of the preferred property. If you are interested in participating on a “share of equity” basis, please call Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Meredith King at 250 497-6995 for further details. Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Canada will turn 150 on July 1st and almost every community will recognize this event with local celebrations of music, food, art, and parades. It is the time to recognize the history of our country and the many cultures that contribute every day to what makes us proud to be Canadian. I will celebrate this July 1st with Keremeos, Okanagan Falls and Midway. Wear red and white, and attend a celebration to show your pride in Canada. The current flood related issues will probably continue well into July. This has been, and continues to be, a difficult time for those whose homes or businesses have been affected by the Spring rains and runoff. I want to share with you some information on the DFA Program. The Disaster Financial Assistance Program is a Provincial program, administered by Emergency Management BC, it was designed to help individual and local governments recover from uninsurable losses. Homeowners (primary residence), tenants, small business owners, farmers, and charitable organizations are eligible if they fit the criteria in each of those categories. DFA can compensate for 80% of eligible claims, after the first $1000, to a maximum of $300,000. Farm owners are also covered under DFA, if the farm operation is the owner’s major source of income. All the information for the Groups I have mentioned in detail is available at http://www.gov.bc.ca/ disasterfinancialassistance. Even if the flood event is not over, you should do the application as soon as possible to get the process started. You do not need final dollar figures on damage. DFA has a team of damage experts who will help with the assessments. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the information, please contact my office at 250-498-5122. Happy Canada Day!

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe A big thanks to all that have generously assisted as nature challenged our communities! Over 500,000 sand bags have been distributed throughout the Okanagan-Similkamen. Property owners should not intentionally empty sandbags along creeks, rivers and lakes, as this Shona Schleppe could damage local fish and other aquatic Rural Services species habitat. The foreshores of the lakes Manager are habitat for many endangered or rare species, and any extra sand could seriously affect these ecosystems. The Provincial Water Sustainability Act strictly prohibits intentionally dumping materials along the foreshore. The Province of BC will pay Local Governments to remove full sandbags. The disposal process will be coordinated by Local Governments and there will be no cost to residents. For more information, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca, email info@rdos.bc.ca, call 250-492-0237 or toll-free 1-877-610-3737. Please note, the deadline for Grant in Aid is fast approaching - Friday, July 7, 2017. Please read the Grant Guidelines before submitting an application form. Before applying, please check in with the Area “D” Office or Director Siddon for grant details and explain your organization’s project. Please note, if your organization received previous years’ funding, the accounting is due before approval of additional funding. Please submit applications to the Area “D” Office or the RDOS office in Penticton. The RDOS realizes recreation is a foundation for quality of life and thus created a goal in the 2017 Corporate Plan. Did you know that the RDOS has over $28 million in recreation assets? This includes 23 parks, 23 public beaches, 275 km of trails, 5 community centres, 3 ice arenas and 2 swimming pools. Recreation services are provided in 8 Electoral Areas. To accomplish this goal, the RDOS will be establishing closer ties with recreation commissions, municipal and school district partners and investigating how we can leverage existing facilities, staff and programs to better serve citizens. Please stay tuned as we call upon citizens and community groups to share ideas and insights to foster physical activity and community wellbeing. How do you PLAY in your community? Help us build the Regional Recreation Approach! The Area “D” office has had several reports of wildlife visiting our communities (particularly bears and racoons). We need to manage attractants around our homes and businesses. For a list of things to do, please visit WildSafeBC, a program designed to reduce humanwildlife conflict through education, innovation and cooperation. Their motto, “keep wildlife wild and communities safe!” They believe if we can keep wildlife from becoming habituated we can, in turn, make our communities safer for us and at the same time keep wildlife from coming to harm. Please check out wildsafebc.com for wildlife information or to report wildlife in conflict call 1-877-952-7277. The month of May recorded 142 visitors. Do you have a knowledge of Okanagan Falls and area? Do you enjoy interacting with people? The Visitor Centre wants you! A few volunteer openings exist, the shifts are four hours and the Centre is open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If interested, please call Barb at 250-497-8283.

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From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden received a Canada 150 Celebration Grant. The community committees have been busy planning the events for July 1st. Visit okfalls.net and kal-rec.ca. • The Calendar for the Summer is FULL ... Here is a July sampling: • What’s on Wednesdays - starts July • Party in the Park - Okanagan Falls Wine Association - July 7 • Rebel Love - Music in the Park - July 16 • Kaleden Family Party in the Park - July 18 • Teen Beach BBQ in Kenyon Park - July 20 • Buzz Byer and Cindy Doucette - Music in the Park - July 30 • Music in the Park - Thank you ‘Elvis’ for the visit on Father’s Day and a warm welcome to Penticton Concert Band on Canada Day! • Reminder: OK Falls Landfill is Open on Saturdays 10am -1:45pm • A big thank you to Darlene Bailey for her 43 years of community service with Kaleden Fire Department! Chief Bailey has been instrumental in establishing procedures, creating pre-fire response plans and the recruitment and training of firefighters. Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

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with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager Well, our strange weather of flooding throughout the valley has not stopped many visitors from popping in and saying ‘hi’ at the Visitor Centre. We’ve had lots of people from Europe and many are return trips, because they enjoyed themselves so much last time they were here. We had a lady from Hawaii who was so excited about being here, because she had heard so much about the valley and all the friendly people. So, as the staff welcomes these travellers and recommends local business, I want to thank everyone for making these visitors feel so welcome. The Visitor Centre would like to send out “Get Well” wishes to 3 of our staff who all have had a major health issue over the last 6 weeks. Due to this, we are short 3 people and now are really looking for volunteers. It’s an easy job, 4 hours a week, pay is the fact that you welcome a stranger to our community and share what we have to offer. Call Barb at 250-497-8283 for more information to join our team. Vistor Information Centre


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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Canada Day ~ Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Trustees and Staff are excited to have Centennial Park involved in Canada Day plans this year as part of Canada’s 150 Year Celebration. The land which now makes up the park was originally given to the Irrigation District by the provincial government, as part of a land exchange for another piece of property. For Canada’s Centennial Celebration in 1967, the Irrigation District dedicated the land for community use as “Okanagan Falls Centennial Park 1867-1967”. A Centennial Celebration Committee of Lillian Patton, Bill Barten, Thelma Detjen, Bill O’Reilly, Margaret Lindsay, Bert Hall, Jim Anderson, Dolly Duncan and Mr. Webster raised funds to clear and level the land, install irrigation and grass, plant trees and shrubs, and build a monument with a plaque commemorating the 100th Birthday of Canada. The Committee also hosted a wonderful community party. For this July 1st Celebration, OFID has had the monument restored and has painted the Band Shell foundation and adjoining wall in order to make the park attractive. We will also be planting the Community Time Capsule from 2017 to be open 50 years from now. Water Main Project ~ As the first phase of the water main upgrade project comes to an end, OFID sincerely thanks the residents of 14th Avenue, Brockie Place, Micmac Court, and McLean Creek Road Area for your patience the past two months. We also thank the residents in the upper zone affected by the necessary water shut offs. In the long term, these projects will serve the community well. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ • May 1st to September 30th, sprinkling/watering allowed on Odd/ Even address system. • No watering/sprinkling between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6am on your odd/even address matching the odd/even date. • Strata complexes use the address of the complex, not the unit number to determine your watering day. • Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm. • For further tips on how to conserve water, visit the OFID website. Communication ~ For immediate notification regarding water emergencies (i.e. breaks, flushing, need to shut down water service, boil water advisories), visit OFID’s website and sign up to be notified by text or email, or contact the office. OFID highly recommends this service, particularly for businesses.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Thank you for your years of service! I would like to take the opportunity this month to wish on behalf of the entire KVFD, the very best to our Chief, Darlene Bailey. After over 40 years of service to the KVFD (27 years as Chief), she is retiring. Darlene will be “gone fishing” as of mid-June. Two other long time members, Jack Mercer and Cathy Lacey, are also retiring as of the end of June. Both have been with the department for over 30 years and we thank them also for their time and dedication. The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a special event to commemorate our three retirees time with the KVFD, so the community of Kaleden will also have an opportunity to honour them. Watch for details coming soon. On that note, as always, we are recruiting new fire fighters! If anyone is interested in a rewarding, community serving opportunity, please contact the fire hall directly by emailing to kaledenfire@shaw.ca. Also, until a new Chief is hired, please leave any messages at 250-497-8231 or the above email. Someone will get back to you. In photo above - Chief Darlene Bailey in 1974, being the year she first became a member of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department. Thank you Darlene for your 43 years of service to the community of Kaleden!

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Director Communications & Fundraising

On a lighter note ... When a call came in, it was written on the blackboard, but one time Warner Kaden wrote the call in German. There were a few members who didn’t know what was going on and didn’t know what to do. After the call, everyone had a good laugh. On another day, the OK Falls firemen responded to a call along the treacherous old Kaleden Road in search of a fire. It was found that the old Kaleden dump caught fire. Kaleden firemen knew of it and were watching it all evening. It was clearly visible along Eastside Road. Each fire department didn’t know the other was involved. Kaleden firefighters mentioned after the fact that they would never drive their fire truck along that old road. 1981 saw Bill 56 come into effect. The Sunday shopping law was pushed through. On March 4th, an estimated 100 tons of rock crashed down onto Green Lake Road about 300 yards from the Hwy 97 bridge. It took a couple of days to clean it up. OK Falls Warbonnets baseball team lost to the Penticton Menzies Bronco’s 12-2. In 1982, Okanagan Falls Fire department donated to the little league baseball team, the local floor hockey team, and to the Elementary School. The metric system officially started in the Spring with 11 years of teaching it’s benefits prior to this. An RCA 26” colour floor model TV went for $948, a Video Disc player for a meager $648 and a Select Vision Video Cassette recorder for a staggering $1,388. To be continued ... The gang at the Okanagan Falls Fire Department would like to wish Darlene Bailey the best in her retirement. Darlene was a member of the Kaleden Fire Department for 43 years and 27 of those as Chief. That is dedication at it’s finest! Have you thought of volunteering as a Firefighter? Call 250-4975700 or email okfire@shaw.ca for more information. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

Hi everyone. Well, it is official. The SSHS are the proud owners of 5080 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls with the final closing date on May 25th. We also know for sure that we have acquired the property, because we have been asked to trim the weeds and mow the lawn! We are now busy making plans with our Contractor, Greyback Construction, and we hope to have some building plans in place soon. The SSHS had our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 15th where we elected our new Board of Directors. On Thursday, June 22nd, the Board met and we elected our officers as follows: Robert McLeod, Chair - 1 year term staggered; Mike Livingstone, Vice Chair - 1 year term staggered; Sharon Proctor, Secretary - 1 year term staggered, now Communications and Fundraising Director; Janice Stevens - Treasurer; Leslie D’Andrea - New Secretary; Mike Creasey - Director; Bill Joyner - Director; Liz Leochko - Director; and Jan Wilson - Director. I decided to step down as Secretary and get on with some much needed fundraising and communications for our Society. My team and I will be working on Grants, Special Events, and maybe we can interest the community in playing “Name That Room!” Stay tuned and please come out and support us. On that note, I would like to thank the Okanagan Falls Winery Association for inviting us to sell tickets at their “Party in the Park” last summer, where we sold raffle tickets and received the proceeds while enjoying their spectacular annual event. We also received a cheque from them for their recycling monies. We have some great Community Partners! Check out our website at http://southskahahousingsociety.ca/. We invite you to please join our ever growing membership.

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July 2017

A Flood “State of Emergency” Continues at Twin Lakes

June 21, 2017 by Coral Brown, Trustee of the Lower Nipit (Twin Lake) Improvement District - LNID Serious lake and aquifer contamination was averted by just 3 inches when the spillway sill of Horn (upper) Lake was sand bagged May 19-20 to allow 18 more inches of water to be stored in the upper lake and to stop the flow of water temporarily into Twin Lake. We are all very grateful for the coordinated effort of the Province, RDOS and the Nature Trust along with the many who filled and placed the sand bags under the direction of the Ministry’s Dam Supervisor, Mike Noseworthy. This would not have been possible without the input and understanding of our RDOS Director, Tom Siddon. There is a total of at least 11+ vertical feet of water which was on its way to the Okanagan River, but is now trapped in the Twin Lakes Waterway. This water must be released when downstream flooding eases. The historical “evaporation, use and seepage” is about 3 feet. The trapped water must be released into, through and from Twin Lake. It will take until Spring of 2018 (by freeze up is ideal) for the lakes to return to normal. A minimal capacity of 4-6 feet for the average 2018 Spring run-off must be available or 2018 flooding will be even more critical. The unexpected 2017 late Spring snow pack gave this waterway 11+ vertical feet of water to create our present flood situation. Some water is still entering this closed system. It was not always a closed system - the natural overflow “Lower Horn Creek” from Twin Lake was filled years ago by a rancher to control his gravity-feed irrigation. This made wonderful sense for ranching, but is not safe for the present lake development or the environment. A large volume of Spring run-off did occur in 1996-1998, but at that time some water was diverted to the next valley. This is no longer an option due to development. Then dry years ensued from 1999-2009 causing drought. The system has been slowly filling since 2010. Rising ground water levels are seen on the two Twin Lake monitoring wells. We continue to be thankful to the RDOS Emergency Measures for the ability to pump some water from Twin (lower) Lake. The Twin Lake has now decreased by 8 inches over 6 weeks, but many retaining walls, the shoreline trees and some driveways are still in about 2 feet. of water. The shoreline cottonwood trees which are important for the environment (particularly the birds) have become unstable and many have fallen into the lake. We, the Lower Nipit Improvement District (Twin Lakefront property owners), realize the importance for all in the Twin Lakes and Park Rill Areas to work together to “Mitigate the Effects of Flood & Drought” so that we can achieve sustainable water. It is possible! We thank Don Dobson, a Kelowna Engineer, for his waterway/watershed expertise. Have we just experienced the “New Normal”, which scientists are labeling “Hydro Climatic Change or Instability”?

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This pictures shows kayaking among the many fallen cottonwoods at Twin Lakes. The most recent tree to fall is 30 inches in diameter. The wildflowers and wildlife in this area have been spectacular this Spring. Water is life, but controlling flood can be challenging and all consuming. Providing storage and temporary wetlands are possible solutions to nightmarish flooding.

Some driveways and retaining walls are still in water. A few residents must boat to their houses, while others remain behind sandbags. But, thankfully no septic contamination has occurred.

Twin Lakes 5th Annual Meet & Greet BBQ Sunday, August 6th 1-4 pm 176 Twin Lake Road (The Jager’s Home) Meet your neighbours, enjoy our lake and check out the Twin Lakes Party Barge! Hot dogs, hamburgers & refreshments will be served! Sponsored by Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society

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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon Success!

The Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon held it’s 6th annual event on Saturday, June 17th. 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 six years in row!”, says Co-Race Director Carrie Ferguson. The event once again drew families from Osoyoos to Lake Country. “Our little race has become 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, along with Dave Bullock who assisted them with announcing this year.” 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: Niki Pierson, Carrie Ferguson, JoAnne Kleb,

#5 Winery in Canada #3 Winery in BC National Wine Awards of Canada 2016 Taylor Charley, Ryan Bentley, Lorna Wilson, Janice Stevens, and Lisa Fitzgerald. 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, Penticton Triathlon Club, SunRype, Swagman Bike Racks, Patio Burger and Skaha Matters. The event wouldn’t be the same without the infamous Steve and Jean King, either! Thanks again everyone for all your continued support! 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 too. We encourage you to mark your calendar for next year’s race being held on Saturday, June 16th. Registration will open on April 1st, 2018.

RCMP Community Report 529 Garage

The bicycle theft protection program, 529 Garage, continues to gain support in our detachment area. Penticton and area is 3rd highest in theft of bicycles per capita in BC. Registering your bike with 529 Garage is an important step in preventing bike theft, along with selecting and using a good bike lock. The registration is free; however, there is a cost for the 529 Garage tamper proof decal with individualized numbering. The decal tells the thief that it will be harder to sell this bike, as it has been registered and helps the police to recover bikes and get them back to their owners. Online the decals cost $12.50, but can be purchased at our Community Police Station for $5.00. For more information on 529 Garage, to register your bike, or to purchase 529 decals, you can stop by our Community Police Station at 185 Lakeshore (next to The Peach) or go to www.529garage.ca. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Update with Jen Charlish It’s Summer!!! The kids are out of school and I’m told that with patience and time, the high water will recede and things will return to normal. Hopefully everyone is planning to attend the Canada 150 Celebration in Pioneer Park on July 1st. So far, it looks like the weather will cooperate. Celebrations start at 1pm and will include presentations, singing of O’Canada, a free barbeque, the Summerland Pipers, recreational activities, crafts and the Kaleden Fire Department Brigade. There will be something for everyone. Come and have FUN! Along with Summer comes special Recreation Department events and programs. There is a special Pre-School play event on July 28th, Summer Kidz events on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm starting on July 20th and Youth Nights on Thursday evenings starting in August. These are great events for your kids and grand kids and when company has come to visit. For more information on any of these programs and to register, go to the Kal-Rec website or contact Janet at the number listed below. If you have enjoyed the banners that line the streets of Kaleden, there is a great chance for you to get involved. The Kaleden Street Banner Project has been sponsored by the Kaleden Community Association and the Kaleden School PAC. You can plan and design your own street banner. Brochures are available at the school, the library, Twin Lakes Store and St. Andrews By The Lake club house. Designs must be submitted by Friday, July 14th. As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Office at 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 subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com. Enjoy the great weather, a new recreation program, or maybe just a little change in routine to create that little boost of energy and enthusiasm you’ve been looking for. Have a great month!

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Paring Art & Wine with New Friendships

“Wild Women Paint & Pour” was a wild success! These ladies came together one Friday night in June at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre to try their hand at painting a picture of a ‘wild woman’, while enjoying a glass of local wine and meeting other women to spark new friendships. If you would like to join Okanagan Falls Recreation on the next one, email nwigley@rdos.bc.ca If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

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Pre-School

Active Start An open gym time for parents and tots. A selection of active play equipment will be set up each morning with a different physical literacy theme. Practice through play; rolling, jumping, throwing and agility. This is an independent, parent-led session in OK Falls. Mondays & Fridays July 10th - August 14th 9:00-10:00 am $2 per family

Drop-in

Pre-school Special Event in Kaleden Obstacle Course and Craft Friday, July 28th 9:30-10:30 $2 Drop-in Pioneer Park

Summer Fun Days

(Mondays in OK Falls)

Six fun filled days of games, sports, crafts, music, creativity and water play fun. A great opportunity to stay connected with friends and meet some new ones. A different theme each Monday: July 10th

Pirate Day, ahoy matey!

July 17th

Creepy, Crawly, Woolly and Wild

July 24th

Moovin’ and Groovin’

July 31st

Time Travellers

August 14th Wacky and Wonderful August 21st Create-a-Village

Summer Kidz - Kaleden

Camps run 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stay connected with friends over the summer and enjoy a medley of crafts, games and summer antics. We’ll start at the Hall and wrap up at Pioneer Park. Geared for children in Grades 1- Grade 5. Four Thursdays from July 20th - August 10th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm $75 for the series. We require a minimum of 6 children registered by July 15th.

Geared for ages 6-12 Early registration is important, so that we may provide the highest quality experience. Maximum 16 children per day. Minimum 6. $100 for the whole series or $20 per day (Siblings $75 and $15)

Youth and Teen Nights A different theme every Thursday - All Summer Long! July 6-27th

Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls

August 3-24th Pioneer Park in Kaleden

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Check the websites for details.

“What's On Wednesday?“ Event on July 5th

$2 Drop-in 6:00-7:30 pm

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July 2017

The Granfondo Returns

The 7th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) returns to the South Okanagan on Sunday, July 9th. 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 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/East Side Road. Cortofondo riders turn back to the Gyro Park finish at Kinney. 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 East Side 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 and Granfondo riders will reach Hwy 97 off of Oliver Ranch Road at approximately 8:40am.

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Cyclists will continue to ow 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 Hwy 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, Bottleneck Drive hosts a Progressive Dinner & Tasting, in conjunction with Granfondo Weekend. 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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Challenge Penticton is July 23rd Expect Road Closures & Travelling Delays On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Penticton will be hosting the Challenge Penticton Half Distance Triathlon, Aquabike and Standard Distance Triathlon. The event will be based out of Okanagan Lake Park, Rotary Park and Gyro Park in downtown Penticton. For a more extensive version of the schedule of events, please visit http://challengepenticton.com/ schedule/. The Half Distance Triathlon, Standard and Aquabike will affect traffic at the South end of Penticton. Athletes will begin the swim at 6:30 am. The first athletes are expected to be out of the water at 7:00 am and will begin the bike by riding out to Summerland on Highway 97 before returning to Penticton and heading South on Government Street. Wade Avenue and Government Street will be closed from Ellis Street to Dawson Avenue from 5:00 am to 2:30 pm. Athletes will then take Dawson Avenue to South Main Street. Dawson Avenue will be closed from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm between Government Street and South Main Street. From 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, South Main Street will be closed to Southbound traffic from Dawson Avenue to Green Avenue. Eastside Road will also be closed to Southbound traffic from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Residents of Eastside Road between Brantford Avenue and McLean Creek Road can exit one way, Northbound on Eastside Road to Green Avenue. To enter this segment, residents should travel to Okanagan Falls via Highway 97 then travel North on Eastside Road. McLean Creek Road will also be closed to Southbound traffic between Eastside Road and 10th Avenue from 7:00 am to 2:00pm. After McLean Creek Road in Okanagan Falls, athletes will make a right hand turn down Maple Street, a left down 7th Street, a left down Cedar Street, a right down 8th Avenue, a left down Railway Lane and then continue right on Highway 97 back to Penticton. Lane closures will be in effect along sections of Highway 97 to safely accommodate cyclists. Closures and altered traffic patterns will be in

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place between Penticton and Summerland until 10:30 am and between Okanagan Falls and Penticton until 2:00 pm. Once in Penticton, the athletes will ride Skaha Lake Road to Lee Avenue then turn right down Eastside Road to complete the second lap of the bike course. Traffic control personnel will be stationed at major intersections and access points along the race route to safely manage traffic. Motorists are asked to avoid travel during impacted hours and consider alternative times for corridor trips or alternative routes for local trips. Motorists that need to travel during these times are advised to plan ahead for potential delays and short stoppages, as well as to use caution in the presence of large volumes of participants. Challenge Penticton organizers and participants apologize for any inconveniences, thank you for your patience and cooperation, and remind you to drive safely. Challenge Penticton invites you to get involved in the event this year. Participate, volunteer or cheer athletes on as a spectator. The event is still looking for volunteers to fill various positions, including a traffic marshal position on July 23rd that involves a small honorarium. Get involved or learn more by contacting Jenni at volunteers@ challengepenticton.com.

Returns Saturday, August 5th To Kenyon Park This is one of North America’s most challenging endurance events. Watch for the “Special Notice” in the August Skaha Matters for event details or visit www.ultra520kcanada.com for more information.

Returns for 20th Anniversary Sunday, August 13th

Registration is now open for the return of the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim on Sunday, August 13th, being the event’s 20th Anniversary. Interested in signing up to swim or to volunteer? Visit www.skahalakeultraswim. com. More event information will be in the August Skaha Matters.

ARTIST LECTURE SERIES w i t h M a r i e K h o u r i – July 15th at 3:00pm Marie’s talk on July 15th will focus on her public art projects. She has now completed more than 20 public art installations across BC and around the world. Of note are two major projects that are in the works for 2017. "Eyes On The Street" has been commissioned by Concert Developments. Cast in mirrored stainless steel, the sculptures will hover over a body of water near Science World. The other is for Hotel de Crillon. This ultra luxury hotel occupies a palace built in 1758 on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The lecture will start at 3:00pm on July 15th and take place in the Liquidity production facility. Don’t miss this chance to listen to one of Canada’s great sculptors. Please book online at liquiditywines.com or call us at (778) 515-5500. Tickets are free but space is limited.


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Lifestyle Habits: The Key to Optimal Health and Longevity

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Despite the wonders of modern medicine, the plethora of emerging science regarding health, and the billions of dollars spent on medical research, simple lifestyle measures remain the most powerful tool we have to prevent and treat chronic illness. It is not the expensive therapies that are making the biggest difference, but the daily routines we follow that have the greatest impact on whether or not we develop a chronic illness or experience a rapid decline in health with aging. “Functional Medicine” is a relatively new branch of main-stream medicine that focuses on finding the cause of illness, treating the whole person, teaching people the skills required to optimize health, and using therapies based in nature to heal disease and promote health. These are also the basic Naturopathic Principles that have been adhered to by NDs for many decades. The research emerging from Functional Medicine/Naturopathic Medicine is robust in its conclusions that we all need to develop better eating, living, sleeping, and stress management habits if we want to lower our risk of chronic disease and debility and optimize our health. Some of the most evidence-based information about which lifestyle habits best support our physical and mental well being is summarized here: • Diet and Nutrition: This has a major influence on health. Overwhelmingly the evidence points to the need for more consumption of fresh dark green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, garlic, onions, herbs, spices, dark berries, fresh nut and seeds, healthy fats and oils, as well as wild caught or grass fed animal products and seafood. Lowering sugar and refined grain products, processed fats and oils, and food additives and preservatives is also enormously impactful. Certain nutrients must be supplemented, because they are no longer available in most diets. The two most notable of these are Vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin) and Omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources. Research also finds most people to be deficient in Magnesium and various other nutrients vital to maintaining optimal health. • Stress Management: Evidence clearly indicates that excess stress is harmful to health. Knowing what we can and cannot control in our environment and managing our reactions to various events around us in an aim to lower stress, can decrease our risk of developing disease and improve our health immensely. Look after yourself for you are worthy of great self care. Avoid negative inputs into your life and focus on the present moment with gratitude - these are all worthy goals that have proven to lower adrenaline and cortisol levels in the body. These stress hormones cause wear and tear on the body and brain when chronically elevated. • Sleep: Quality sleep truly makes a difference. Healthy regular sleep routines such as sleeping in a cool, dark room, keeping regular sleep times, relaxing in the hours leading up to sleep, and keeping the mind relaxed with meditation or thoughts of appreciation will help you to drift off into a long peaceful, restorative sleep. • Exercise: Essentially humans are designed to move and stay active during the day. Sitting excessively is harmful to health and regular motion keeps our metabolism, energy, and blood flow working optimally. Moving naturally in nature is especially beneficial. • Hydration: Water is essential to the healthy flow of energy, biochemical balance, and waste removal from our bodies. Without

plenty of water to hydrate and bathe our cells and organs, tissues become more prone to a process of shrinking, hardening, and under-performing. Chemical processes require water to drive them forward and keep our body in balance. Ensure your water source is pure, clean, and free from chemicals and toxic metals. • Microbiome Health: This is a big area of new research and what we are uncovering is truly amazing. The microbiome is the sum total of all of the bacteria and other microbes that live in our large intestine. They outnumber our own cells by a 10 to one margin and sustain us in so many ways. We are dependent on them to balance our immune system, regulate our brain chemistry, detoxify, repair and maintain tissue health, and overall keep us healthy and happy. Maintain and improve your microbiome by consuming naturally fermented foods and a diet high in fiber, adding in a probiotic supplement, and avoiding excessive antibiotic use. Many chemicals such as chlorine in water kill the good bacteria, so reducing chemical exposure from manufactured health and beauty products, cleaning products, and processed foods will serve to improve microbiome health. • Regular Detoxification: This is a must in today’s paradigm of “profit over health” which has allowed our food, water, and air to become contaminated with a host of toxins. Most chronic disease is now caused by toxins ranging from heavy metals such as lead and mercury to organophosphate pesticides, flame retardants, and solvents used in many consumer products. Supporting the body’s detoxification and elimination pathways on a daily basis with uncooked dark greens, berries, a variety of veggies, fermented foods, garlic, onions, clean water, turmeric, and a variety of herbs that upregulate detoxification pathways, is a must if we are to remain healthy. Sweating via exercise and/or saunas is another fantastic method of clearing toxins. The power is largely in your hands to prevent illness, remain optimally healthy and to restore health if it becomes imbalanced. For more support and information, contact a local Naturopathic Doctor.


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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Individuals having a first-time massage can have a variety of reactions after their initial session, and even after several subsequent massages. For some, they feel wonderful and everything is fine. For others, it’s not unusual to feel a bit headachy, nauseous and acutely sore. The reasons for these reactions are numerous. For some individuals, they are dehydrated and the massage further takes moisture out of their system (due to the increase in circulation and the transfer of heat across the skin). People who are already dehydrated and don’t drink enough water are the ones most likely to feel a slight headache. Drinking water after the massage can be helpful. Soreness can be a normal response. We describe that as a “healing transition” where the individual is starting to change what’s going on inside their body. For most, they have maintained the same posture for many years and the massage is helping to address long-term, chronic muscle tension patterns. It can take 4 to 5 weekly fifteen minute sessions before an individual’s body will start developing its own “massage memory”. This is the point when the individual will start to experience lasting, positive physical changes from their sessions. So, be patient and then enjoy the many benefits from the chair massages! Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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Spotlight on Volunteers

The South Skaha Housing Society

Meet the South Skaha Housing Society. Back row left to right - Mike Creasey, Bill Joyner, Robert McLeod, Mike Livingstone. Front row left to right - Jan Wilson, Sharon “fist-pump’ Proctor, Leslie D’Andrea and Janice Stevens. The South Skaha Housing Society Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, June 15th. “Hats off” to our Directors for 2017 for what they have, and will, accomplish this year. To quote one of the Society’s members after the meeting, “I am so impressed with this group’s confidence and skills. They make me proud to live in OK Falls”.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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

Volunteer In Your Community!

There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!

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Mosquitos ~ It seems like we have more Mosquitos than usual

this year after our very damp Spring. What should we do to decrease our chances of being eaten alive? Make sure that you eliminate any standing (unmoving) water in your yard to help reduce mosquito reproduction. Wear light clothing that is tightly woven if possible, with long sleeves and pants. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, your only choices are covering up or non-chemical methods, such as products containing soybean oil. For everyone else, use insect repellent whenever you are outdoors. Deet is the most effective insect repellent and it is safe on adults and children over 6 months old. Children 6 months to 2 years should use a formula with less than 10% deet and only apply once a day. Older children can apply a formula of less than 10% up to 3 times a day. Adults should use no more than 30% deet. Icaridin is also effective and safe up to 20% on adults and children over 6 months of age. It works for up to 8 hours. Repellents containing lavender and citronella work, but only for a short period of time (30 minutes to 2 hours) so they have to be reapplied often. Do not use them on children under 2 years of age as we do not have enough information to know if they are safe to use in this age group. Apply the product lightly and only to exposed skin. DO NOT apply to open wounds or irritated skin. DO NOT apply to a child's hands or face. Apply sunscreen first, allow to penetrate for 20 minutes, then apply the insect repellent. Wash hands after applying repellent and wash repellent off when protection is no longer needed. Tune in next month, when we cover how to treat insect bites and stings.

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Hey Kids, be sure to join the Kaleden Library Summer Reading Club! Our theme this summer is “Walk on the Wild Side”. We will be offering 4 programs throughout the summer: Tuesday, July 4th from 7-8 pm ~ Andy the Musical Scientist. Andy brings together his love of science technology, recycling and music into this unique performance. Thursday, July 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Ken Hayter. Ken from Linden Gardens will teach us all about planting vegetables and flowers in our gardens. Thursday, August 10th from 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Search & Rescue. A member from the Penticton Search & Rescue will be teaching us how to survive in the woods. Thursday, August 24th from 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Wind Up Party! Medal and Awards Presentation and ice cream sundaes for everyone. Make sure you don’t miss this final program! For more information, please call the Library at 250-497-8066 or email kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm Summer Reading Club registration is required. Our theme this year is “Walk on the Wild Side”. Please join us for a fun-filled summer on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 pm. Geared for ages 5-12 years old. • July 5th - Walk on the Wild Side and Learn all about Bats • July 12th - Walk on the Wild Side and Hear all about Rattle Snakes • July 19th - Walk on the Wild Side with a Burrowing Owl • July 26th - Andy the Musical Scientist - Special Time - 10:30am Prizes, contests, reading incentives, guest speakers from Okanagan Bats, Okanagan Stewardship, “Pluto” a burrowing owl, who helps biologist Lauren Meads from the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, and Andy the Musical Scientist who entertains with his collection of homemade instruments and more! Book Club has now ended for summer break and will resume in the fall. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the library. Our display this month is “Summer”. Check out our collection of fiction, cookbooks, summer activities, movies and more! If you have a talent or topic you would like to share with the community at the library, please drop in or email us. We are happy to host an information session in the fall. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning On behalf of the community of West Bench, the Regional District would like to establish a formal ‘Use Agreement’ to support recreation and wellness programs at West Bench Elementary. The Business committee reviewed the proposal positively and will meet with the RDOS to discuss in more detail. The District has received approval for funding, in the amount of $254,100, to relocate the modular portable from Trout Creek School to Giant’s Head School. The request to relocate the modular was made in order to meet the space requirements arising out of the SCC decision on class size and composition. The need for the additional classroom space is due to mandatory smaller class sizes as opposed to increased enrollment. SD67 partnered with SD53 to sponsor ‘Learning to Lead’, a Leadership Training Series for teachers. Thirty-three teachers from SD67 and five from SD53 participated this past year. Eight sessions were created, all on Saturdays, for 2016-17 and 2017-18; three have been completed so far. The 2015-16 six-year completion rate is at 80.5% for all students. First time Grade 12 graduation rate is at 86% overall and the Aboriginal graduation rate is 75%. Al Beckingham, District Principal of District Programs and Curriculum, reported that schools continue to align Aboriginal culture into the curriculum and staff professional development. There are 25 staff members on the Aboriginal Education team including teachers, an administrator, cultural support person and support staff. Schools continue to build capacity and are taking ownership of culture activities. Students have taken part in Okanagan language classes, presentations from First Nations authors, field trips, Penticton Indian Band, Metis and Inuit cultural presentations, and so on. There were numerous graduations and year-end activities celebrating students and their accomplishments in our district. Congratulations to all the students who are graduating from PSS, SSS and PMSS, all the best in your future endeavours. Many thanks to parents, caregivers and staff for your work and many contributions to the life of your students and your schools - without your efforts education would not be as rich an experience for our students. Have a great summer! For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Kaleden Bursary

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students who are graduating from Grade 12 and pursuing further education. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road). • Any community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number, and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. Applications must be received by July 5, 2017 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to don_bailey@shaw.ca or phone 250-497-8140 for further information.

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Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal Things are winding down for the year here at Kaleden School. Now is the time of year when we reflect on the achievements and successes that all students have made academically, socially and emotionally. It is also a time when we take the time to thank all of the individuals who have made a difference in the lives of the children. Kaleden School would like to thank our entire parent and extended family volunteers, our community One to One Readers, our Senior Big Buddies, the Kaleden Fire Department, and a host of other adults who give their time and energy to the school. On behalf of Kaleden Elementary School, I wish you all a safe and happy summer!

Kaleden Elementary School students dressed in primarily red and white celebrated an early Canada 150 Day during the last days of school in June.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Summer greetings from Ye Ol’ KPAC. Right out of the gate we want to thank everyone for an amazing school year. We were blessed many times over for the generosity of both funds and time that the community puts into our school. Our North playground/basketball area restoration has started and that was all because of support from the community. Thank you all so very much. With the great blazing orb in the sky out longer these days, we want to remind everyone to “Slip Slap Slop”. (No, that isn’t my secret to great tasting ribs ... or is it?) We want everyone to SLIP on a shirt, SLAP on a hat and SLOP on sunscreen when out in sunny weather. Lobersterfest happens in the Spring. We don’t need mascots for it in the Summer. One of the more creepy fun facts I have learned is that a sunburn is actually your irradiated skin cells destroying themselves, so they don’t become cancerous ¹ʼ². So yeah, now a hat and a little sunscreen seem pretty reasonable, huh? But honesty, if not for your skin cells, think of the poor aloe vera plants who have to pay for your bad decisions. Be a friend to your skin and spikey plants. Remember to Slip, Slap, Slop! I have no important dates to proclaim to you. It is Summer. Don’t let your life be ruled by your calendar and for sure don’t let this column tell you how to dictate your life. I give you nothing but free dates, all month long. Enjoy! Have a great summer everyone! 1. “Sunburn.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 10 June 2017. Web. 19 June 2017 2. Hadhazy, Adam. “Science of Summer: What Causes Sunburns?” LiveScience. Purch, 09 July 2013. Web. 19 June 2017.


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Over $3155 was raised with sales of the journal, artwork and donations this Spring at the Shatford Centre for our “Mewsings” Journal Book Launch and Art Show! A huge thanks to all of the amazing volunteers who set up the art show and journal tables, mingled with the crowds and helped to serve the delicious appetizers created in the Shatford Community Kitchen by Brian and culinary staff!

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Thank you to all of the artists and the students of Okanagan Falls Elementary School who donated proceeds from sales of their art to AlleyCATS Alliance. The afternoon was even more poignant with the volunteer seniors (plus one grandchild), who read their Mewsings from the book, all sharing unique experiences of cat rescues, cat quirks and cat love! Many thanks to Aja Jackson for her vision and dedication to seeing this invaluable “bridging the generations” project come to life! If you would like to purchase a “Mewsings - A Purrfect Journal”, please contact AlleyCATSAlliance Society at new.alleycatsalliance.org. This colourful, artistic journal was made possible with funding by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53

As a very busy 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 wish them all an active and funfilled summer break. Okanagan Falls Elementary News: We have a number of our staff retiring or taking a leave of absence. Thank you to Ms. McCall our principal, teachers Ms. Charlish and Mrs. Gendron, and Mr. Trower, our custodian. You have all had such an influence and supported so many young people as they passed through the doors of our wonderful school. Children will remember each one of you for your dedication to their well-being and education. On behalf of the board, I thank you. We also welcome Mrs. Karen Sinclair who will take over as principal, and teachers Ms. Trishia Drought and Ms Jackie Brockholm to Okanagan Falls Elementary. We are very pleased to have you join us. District News: The School District congratulates Siobhan Detkavich (SOSS) on earning the bronze medal at the Skills Canada Competition in Winnipeg in Culinary Arts - What an accomplishment! Students in the Professional Cook 1 Camosun College Course completed their midterm practical exam; they were all successful and are now preparing for the final exam. This successful program will be offered again next year and we hope to keep Jenna Pillon, our chef lab instructor, as she has worked extremely hard to coordinate this program. Thanks Jenna for your contributions to the success of all of these students! At the Regular Board Meeting in May, the Board of Education passed the 2017/2018 Budget Bylaw. This is an important budget for SD53, as this is the first time in many years that the district will not be required to use the accumulated surplus to balance the budget and we will hopefully end the 2018 school year with a small surplus. Some highlights from the budget: • Ministry funded full time student enrolment (FTE) will be 2,416.25 for 2017/18, which is an increase of 24.25 FTE from the 2016/17 amended annual budget FTE of 2,392. This is mostly due to the education program at the Okanagan Correctional Centre. • Operating revenue is projected at $25.7 million and operating expense at $25.4. The remaining amounts will be transferred to the capital fund for capital asset purchases and for the technology equipment lease. We will see an increase ($383K) in funding from the Ministry in comparison to 2016/17. This is due to an increase in student FTE, as well as a small per student amount increase compared to 2016/17. • We are still decreasing our operating expenses for 17/18 by $56K. • We are also still reducing our services & supplies budget by $94K. • The Classroom Enhancement Fund of $2.55 million is recorded as a special purpose fund. $2.4 million is to be used for additional teachers and $137,000 for overhead costs such as sick time, classroom supplies and equipment. An additional 21 teachers are projected to be hired from this fund. These savings, as well as the Rural Education Enhancement Funding that we receive for keeping OSS open, results in a much rosier picture for SD53 for the 2017/18 budget year. One of the goals of the Career Education Program in our district is to promote a variety of options for students as they consider potential careers. Even though we often focus on trades, we also expand beyond that area. We are currently trying to raise awareness in the technology sector. Students have attended the BC Tech Summit in Vancouver and two of our secondary schools have also participated in field trips to Kelowna to visit a few companies in the growing tech industry. The third secondary school will be participating in June.

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Accelerate Okanagan has been extremely helpful in providing exposure of tech companies and students visited Fresh Grade (tech company), Yeti Farm (animation studio) and Accelerate Okanagan. With the Classroom Enhancement Fund, to address compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed off by provincial parties, our district has been busier than other years with posting and filling vacancies. We have posted 67 positions, twelve teachers have increased their FTE assignment, we have hired fourteen new teachers into positions and nine teachers are coming from other districts to our district. These figures will continue to change as we complete our staffing process. Finally, congratulations to all of our graduating students. We wish you all the best for the future. And, 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, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca.

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Strata Properties and Cooperatives

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

If you are contemplating the purchase of a home which involves the strata or cooperative type of ownership, here are some valuable points: • What are the monthly charges for common area maintenance (strata fees)? What services or utilities are included? • Does the building have a good reputation for honesty and successful operations? Are units not controlled by the developer being successfully resold? • Who controls the recreational facilities? Will you be required to pay extra fees for using any of the facilities or amenities? If it is a new development, is there a certain date when your unit will be ready for occupancy? Will the swimming pool and recreation facilities be completed by that date? • How is the property being managed? Is the property being managed by a company licensed by the Real Estate Council to provide strata management services or is it being “self managed” whereby the management is the responsibility of the owners collectively? • How much money is in the contingency reserve fund and what portion of the strata fee is being contributed monthly to this fund? What capital expenditures (common expenses that usually occur less than once per year or do not usually occur) is this fund being maintained for (e.g. roof replacement, water piping replacement, interior decorating upgrades, etc.)? • Are owners permitted to rent their units to tenants? How many rental units will be allowed in the project? • Are pets allowed in the building? Are there any other restrictions? • Have any special assessments been agreed upon or have any structural problems been noted which may lead to a special assessment in the future? • Has the building envelope been renovated in the past? Since October 1, 2000, all contractors who engage in, arrange for, or manage building envelope renovations in British Columbia must be licensed as a building envelope renovator with the Homeowner Protection Office and must provide applicable third-party home warranty insurance on applicable building envelope renovations. • What about parking stalls and storage lockers? There are two main designations of property in strata developments which can be found on a strata plan—those being property designated as either a strata lot or common property (CP). Common property can then be further designated as limited common property (LCP) for the exclusive use of one or more strata lots. The strata plan usually contains one or more of the following arrangements for parking stalls and storage lockers. • The parking stall or storage locker is a separate strata lot. Although rare, parking stalls and storage lockers can exist as a separate strata lot with their own strata lot number. This designation can be identified by looking at the strata plan. • The parking stall or storage locker is part of a strata lot unit. Parking stalls and storage lockers that are part of the strata lot will share the same strata lot number as the unit (the main strata lot) which uses the stall or locker. This designation allows the buyer to have automatic use of the stall or locker. • The parking stall or storage locker is part of the common property. If the parking stall or storage locker is part of the common property, the strata corporation has ultimate control over the use of those areas, except in cases where there is a developer’s lease. Common property is owned by all owners as tenants in common. The strata council has the authority under the Strata Property Act to permit an owner to exclusively use common property. If the parking stalls or storage lockers are designated common property, owners are entitled to use a particular area as a result of the strata council’s grant of exclusive use to that owner. This designation is handled by way of a short-term exclusive use agreement whereby

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the strata council allows the owner to exclusively use a particular parking stall or storage locker for a limited time period of one year. Although the strata council can renew the arrangement, it can also choose not to renew. In some strata developments, the developer has entered into a lease of the common property parking stalls and storage lockers to itself or to a company related to the developer. After leasing the common property, the developer then enters into agreements with buyers in which the developer subleases one or more parking stalls or storage lockers to each buyer. Often, the developer will assign one parking stall or storage locker to a buyer. These leases are seldom registered on title, which can make discovering them a challenge. • The parking stall or storage locker is limited common property. Limited common property (LCP) is common property for the exclusive use of the owner of a particular strata lot. If the property is designated LCP, although it continues to be owned by all owners within the strata corporation as tenants in common, it may be used exclusively by the owner whose strata lot is identified on the strata plan as being entitled to use the LCP. What information should you obtain about the building? Ask to see the registered bylaws, current rules, annual operating fund budget, Information Certificate (Form B prescribed under the Strata Property Act) and at least the last two-years’ minutes of all meetings (including strata council meetings, annual or special general meetings and meetings of the executive (or of the members) of any section in the strata corporation to which the strata lot belongs). You should also ask to see any applicable warranty information, envelope inspection reports or remediation reports, the registered strata plan and any amendments or resolutions dealing with the common property and any correspondence to owners from the strata council over the last twelve months. These documents will govern the manner in which your unit and the common areas may be used. They will also advise you of what has been going on in the building. Read these documents very carefully as they may reveal potential problems in the building.

Installing Air Conditioning? If plan to put in air conditioning this summer and your home is heated with an electric furnace or base boards, consider installing an air source heat pump. You would save on energy costs summer and winter, and be eligible for a rebate of $1,200. Or, if you’d prefer you could be eligible for a low interest loan (1.9%) for up to $6500. For more information, call FortisBC at 1-866-4367847 or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com.


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Little Link Lake = Big Results with Larry Martin

At a glance, this small 16 hectare lake has a 10 foot shoal around the perimeter, which provides for significant anchored fly fishing opportunities, as well as trolling the middle section which ranges from 15-17 feet. No doubt there are a few favoured anchor points for casting, but generally there are ample opportunities throughout the lake. As there is an electric motor only restriction, those fishing from a belly boat or other small craft can feel safe, at least from other boaters. I fished the lake in early June with several others, and our combined hours fished per rod was 30.5 and the number of fish caught was 50. Most fish were 13 inches, with the largest four at 15 inches. I haven’t mentioned fly’s used, as the lake is very forgiving. Most fish caught in one hour by one person was 6, anchored using Chironomids that matched those in the water, while others caught on dry’s or immerger’s in different sections of the lake. The weather is very changeable, so you have to constantly adjust your approach. Due to fish size, most used 3wt fly rods. At 1113 metre elevation, this lake can be fished most of the Summer with success. Access to the lake via Princeton is paved or via Summerland is gravel, which can be dusty, bumpy or muddy when not freshly graded. The map shown above is courtesy of www.anglersatlas.com. I use their maps for most area lakes, they are free, and often have pictures of the lakes, as well as comments. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson June 10th was a day to remember in Senior's Barbecues. The burgers and wieners were cooked to perfection by chefs, Peter Jensen and Dave Stewart. The salads and desserts provided by everyone attending were superb! The event was so well attended that there was hardly room for dancers, but our music makers, Malcolm McKay, Margaret Baldwin and Jack Hest, proved to be irresistible and dance they did. On July 1st, Canada's 150th Birthday, we will be serving a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am, an hour extension to our usual time and the last one until September 9th. The cost is $4.00 for Adults and children 5-12 years pay only $2.00. Children under 5 years are free. During our breakfast, Richard Cannings, M.P. for South Okanagan - West Kootenays, will be stopping by sometime after 10 am to meet and greet Breakfasters, maybe grab a cup of coffee and then he will be off to enjoy other Canada Day festivities. Following the Breakfast, there will be a special Drop-in-Bingo at 1 pm on Canada Day. Then, on Saturday, July 15th there will be the last scheduled Drop-in Bingo at 1 pm until September 16th. With so many activities on Summer Siesta, we are going ahead with some much needed and wanted renovations to the hall. There will be some dust, hammering, painting, etc. to endure for the Exercise Classes (taking August off), Bridge and Cribbage players on Thursdays, and Music and Coffee enthusiasts on Wednesday and Friday mornings. The Walking Group, just newly formed, will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 am and walk gently for 30-45 minutes, then join the exercise class if they wish. Have a wonderful summer and talk to you again in September. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-11am on Saturday, July 1st Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm on Saturday, July 1st & July 15th Walking Group ~ 8am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays (Not in Aug.) Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the 1st 3 Tuesdays (Not in Aug.) Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Bridge Club ~ 1pm Thursdays Cribbage ~ 7pm Thursdays General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, September 11th

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with Michael Livingstone, President Summer is here and has been for a few days now. Time to bring out all that Summer stuff from storage. It also means that the Lions School Breakfast Program has wound up until September, when another school year will mean the start up of our program once again. Until then, we will be doing our “Cookies for Breakfast” fundraiser around town. We raise money to continue our support of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School by serving a hot breakfast every Thursday morning throughout the school year. I would like to give a very Big Thank You to IGA, TICKLEBERRY’S, the RDOS, and the OKANAGAN FALLS HELPING HAND for their assistance with the food supplies. Also, a big thank you to the volunteers that tirelessly helped to ensure that the students received a hot breakfast in a safe environment. Thank you Jim & Sharon Hammersley, Bev Van Uden, Val Livingstone, Lions Club members Collin & Anne Van Blerk, Des Anderson, Wayne Knight, Dwayne Eissen, Wayne Lynch, Marla Wilson and Jim Georgeson. If you see those dedicated volunteers out and about, please thank them for a job well done. For without their help, there would be no hot breakfast program. The Pet Value “Walk For Dog Guides” held on May 28th was a success with $1,800 donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada to help train dog guides. My thanks to the dogs and handlers who participated. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is July 10 and 11 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is pleased to have a New Website and Facebook page. Search ‘OK Falls Lions Club’ on the web today! www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ & www.facebook.com/ okanaganfallslionsclub. If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, talk to a Lions Club Member or call 250.497.8486.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans”

Inspector Dwight Gash - RCMP Dwight began his career with the RCMP in September 1965, when you were sworn in at Brandon, Manitoba, and retired in December 1996. Upon completion of training in Regina in April 1966, Dwight was posted to the Cloverdale detachment, which was the second largest RCMP detachment in Canada at the time. He was then transferred and served as Constable at the following detachments in BC, Pattullo Bridge (motorcycle duties), Smithers Highway Patrol, Kitimat, then Penticton. In September 1975, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and transferred to Hope, BC. In July 1980, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was in charge of the Agassiz detachment. In September 1982, he moved to be in charge of the Kimberly detachment, after his longest post of four years there, he was transferred to Cranbrook. He was then promoted to the rank of Inspector in June 1988, and was then transferred in charge of Fort McMurray detachment, where his area responsibility covered all of North-eastern Alberta. While in Fort McMurray, he was seconded to the U.N. and was put in charge of a Civil Police Station in Hereoland of Namibia during their transition to Independence and had Nigerian police, as well as RCMP members at the station. Their role there was to monitor the local South West African police to insure they weren’t intimidating the local population, so there would be a free and fair election. After six months, he returned to his position as i/c Fort McMurray. In February 1992, he was transferred to Halifax where he assumed the role of RCMP Audit Officer for the Province of Nova Scotia. In February 1994, he was again given a temporary position to South Africa during the first free election, where he was acting as an Advisor to the trainers of the National Peace Keeping Force that was being set up and worked with the Commonwealth of Nations in that role. Once this Force was deployed, the Canadian Embassy asked the RCMP to allow them to stay during the election to act as a security liaison for them and insured it was safe for the Canadian monitors to go into the various polling station areas in Natal Province of South Africa, which was a very volatile and dangerous area. Upon his return to Halifax in April 1994, he learned he was being transferred back to BC as an officer in charge of the Penticton detachment, where he served until his retirement. Dwight had a number of significant “first’s” during his career. In 1975, he was chosen as the field trainer of the first group of 32 female members to join the RCMP, and one of these members was the first female member to serve at the Penticton detachment. While in charge of Agassiz detachment, he personally arrested serial killer Clifford Olson in May 1981. It was at this time that Olson was first identified as a possible suspect in the killing of several children in the Lower Mainland of BC. Dwight laid the first murder charge against Olson in August of that year. Olson subsequently plead guilty to the killing of 11 children and was sentenced to life in prison. Dwight was a member of the first RCMP contingent to the first serve with the U.N. in overseas peacekeeping duties in 1989/1990. There have been many RCMP contingents to serve in this role since that time. Dwight was one of the first two RCMP inspectors to work in RCMP uniforms for the Commonwealth of South Africa. Dwight and his wife Arnie were married in 1968. They have a daughter who lives in Alberta, and a son, wife and two children who live near Williams Lake. Since Dwight’s retirement, he and Arnie, who retired from being a critical care nurse, put in a small 3000 plant vineyard on their property south of Okanagan Falls. Thank you for all your service!

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July at the Okanagan Falls Legion: Sunday, July 16th ~ Pancake Breakfast. Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Adults $6 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Friday & Saturday Night ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starts at 5pm. Our Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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with Barb Few, Committee Member WOW is Okanagan Falls WI Band Shell going to celebrate Canada 150 in style, in Big Band and Jazz style, with 80 musicians!!! Three bands are going to be playing, PENTICTON CONCERT BAND, THURSDAY JAZZ BAND, and the SWING BAND. All for free, thanks to our sponsor the RDOS. All you have to do is bring your lawn chairs, family and friends. This event will be held in Okanagan Falls Centennial Park from 5-8pm. Plus, you can have a picnic supper from 4:30-6:30pm, with thanks to the Okanagan Falls Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary. What a wonderful way to finish off this Canada 150 Celebration. Look at the posters for the daytime activities with all the fun starting at Kenyon Park at 11am with a parade, and various other events being put on by several organizations throughout the day. So, come on out and join us to make this Canada Day a special day to remember. Also in July, we have another concert at the WI Band Shell. Join us on Saturday, July 15th with REBEL LUV (Mikie & Ken) from 5-8:30pm. Again, this is a free concert with supper available from 4:30-6:30pm by the Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary. So, enjoy another wonderful summer evening in Centennial Park. Because this is such a lovely thing to do in the summer, we have a 3rd concert planned for Sunday, July 30th. Join us as we enjoy the live music of BUZZ BYER & CINDY DOUCETTE, who are well known in Okanagan Falls. Again, this will be at the WI Band Shell from 5-9pm with supper prepared by the Legion’s LA for your picnic. How many other communities can offer free concerts of such caliber? So, bring your lawn chairs, sit back, and be entertained!

Dedication Plaque

A new dedication plaque, courtesy of Okanagan Stoneworks, is on display at the Women’s Institute Band Shell in Centennial Park. This WI Band Shell Committee was comprised of Thelma Detjen, Betty Lynch, Eleanor Walker and Marla Wilson, who worked long and hard for many years to see our Band Shell come to fruition. Thank you!


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Volunteer Opportunities

with Wendy Weisner In-community volunteers needed to support the initiatives of Canadian Blood Services: Saving patient lives. The goal is to collect 16,000 units of blood every week. In-community volunteers are vital in helping achieve this goal by participating in local events, and promoting community awareness regarding Canadian Blood Services projects and assisting with donor recruitment. Full training is provided prior to first shift. Interested volunteers can fill out an application at www. blood.ca or email patti.kilback@blood.ca or call 250-859-6341. The BC SPCA South Okanagan-Similkameen Branch is looking for a Community Outreach Ambassador. Ambassadors help host outreach booths at local community events, paired with a BC SPCA staff member. Your role is to help increase community support for the BC SPCA through recruiting members of the community to become volunteers, members and/or donors. For more information on volunteering with the SPCA go to www.spca.bc.ca/volunteer. Course Marshall volunteers needed to keep race courses safe. It’s a job where you can cheer on the athletes and lift some spirits along the way. Along with keeping the athletes safe, you’ll be the extra ‘oomph’ they need to cross that finish line. We are offering anyone that will volunteer for two 4-5 hr shifts a $50 honorarium as Course Marshall at Challenge Penticton (July 23) and Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships (August 19-27). You will receive payment after completing a Course Marshall volunteer shift at both events. Interested volunteers can email Jenni at volunteers@penticton2017. com or call 250-460-2807. The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover hundreds of ways you can contribute and make a difference at www.volunteercentre.info under ‘Browse Opportunities’. Register as a volunteer and receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson It is almost Summer Solstice and the flowers are beautiful and, due to April Showers, plentiful. Water levels are going down in Vaseux Lake and the Canadian Goose perching log is nearly out of the water. Lots of stuff is going on at the Heritage and Museum. The sprinkler system has been repaired and turned on. A line of old cedar trees have been growing along the fence in the back and are all falling over the lawn. They are being cut out and taken to the dump. It will look much neater back there. Dave and Sue have repaired the Bassett House front porch. One corner post was rotted and had to be replaced. The porch railing also was replaced and all has been repainted. It is looking pretty spiffy. Mark is back to cutting the grass, when he isn’t taking old tree parts to the dump. Dwayne is keeping the weeds at bay. There is always something to do. The Thrifty Boutique is doing well. We could still use a couple more volunteers, either a 2 hour morning shift or a 3 hour afternoon shift. The staff keep the place neat and tidy all the time. Noreen, our Shop Manager, is there every Friday, as well as Wednesday afternoons. The Heritage Barbecue will take place on Sunday, July 23rd. We will start at 4:00 pm and only members, staff and volunteers will get their dinner free, as this is the society’s way of thanking them for their time and effort. Bring your uncles and cousins and other family members for a great dinner and fun afternoon. Dinner of burgers and salads and desserts will cost non-members $7.00 a plate. The membership of the Society are concerned about the historical Keogan Chimney. It sits on the right-away of the highway. A grant request has been sent out to have a feasibility study done on the chimney to determine how would be best to protect it. We won’t hear from the granting facility till later in the year. I’ll keep you posted. Look for the Heritage Table in Kenyon Park on Canada Day. We are honouring our own Canadian Hero, Kenny McLean. See ya there!

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

In light of the upcoming 150th Birthday of Canada, we decided it would be good to look again at some of Kaleden’s more famous landmarks.

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

What’s Happening at St. Andrews? with Gail Scott, Executive Administrator

The Kaleden Community Church

The last of the public buildings that were built during the first few years of Kaleden’s existence is the Kaleden Community Church. In the early years of the Kaleden community, services were held in local homes by Penticton pastors from several denominations and it was following one such service in Jim Ritchie’s home on February 27, 1910 that the Kaleden Baptist Church was organized. For the first two years, the pastor from the Baptist Church in Penticton, Rev F.W. Auvache conducted the services, first in a tent, which served as a schoolroom on weekdays or outside under the trees. As Winter approached, services were moved into the Sandy Cameron building and then into the new school when it was completed in 1912. In the fall of that year, a building committee was appointed to look into the matter of building a church. Two lots were procured on the corner of the E.J. King orchard and a fundraising drive was begun. The drive brought in pledges of $717.00 from the community. With that amount promised, construction started, using volunteer labour under the direction of F.W. King and on April 6, 1913 the dedication of the new building took place. At this point, the building was basically the sanctuary, with a very tiny foyer (the outline of which can still be seen today, if you look closely above the flat roofed addition at the front of the building). It had no electricity or plumbing just like most of buildings in the community. It did have wood heat, a raised stage, pulpit and newly handmade wooden pews, which could seat almost 100 people. The building remained very much the same for many years. In the 1940’s, a small addition to the back of the sanctuary was added, which included two rooms and a cellar. The bell tower was put up in 1965 in memory of Donnie Robertson, who was killed in a highway accident and then in the 1970s the kitchen, Sunday school rooms and new entrance were built. In 1990, the church purchased the Mackenzie house across the street to be used as a manse and then in 1994, purchased the property North of the house for its present use as a parking lot and with a view to future building plans. With the purchase of the house to be used as a place for Sunday School, changes were undertaken in the main building. In 2001, renovations began to enlarge the sanctuary and improvements were made to the foyer and library space, which greatly enhanced and modernized the interior. In 2017, as Canada’s 150th Birthday arrives, all of us may wish to think about what amazing things we can accomplish as a community, working and dreaming together, just as the early pioneers did. Maybe a restored hotel, maybe a seniors housing development, maybe a museum building? Who knows what we could do! 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.

Here is what is happening this season at St. Andrews By The Lake: Friday Night Mixer - “Nine & Dine” ~ Invite your friends and family out for great fun, food, and friendship every Friday Night until the end of September. Sign up to play a round of 9 with your better half and your friends. Shotgun start at 5:30 pm to accommodate those people that are working. Prizes and games are included in these Friday Night Mixers. The cost to golf is $18/player, tax included. To sign up, drop in or call the Pro Shop at 250-497-5648. Following Golf is a special $19.95 Buffet Dinner in our club house dinning room, complete with local live music and dancing. Dinner starts at 7:00 pm and dancing runs until 10:00 pm. To confirm your attendance, please call the restaurant no later than 10:30 am Friday morning, as this is a popular event. Visit us at www.standrewsbythelake.com for the latest on our “Nine & Dine” weekly Friday Night Mixer events. Join A Golf League ~ Enjoy your game even more when you meet and play with like-minded folks. All leagues are 9 holes for $18, with prizes included. League food & beverage specials include $4.50 Canadian draft or 6 oz. red or white wine. Mondays is Mens Night with shotgun start at 5:30 pm. Tuesdays is Ladies Day with shotgun start at 10:00 am. Wednesdays is Senior Mens Day with shotgun start at 10:00 am. Thursdays is Ladies Night with shotgun start at 5:30 pm. Fridays is Couples Mixed Night with shotgun start at 5:30 pm. (In photo - Retired Doctor Michael Biggs wins 50-50 prize during Senior Mens League.) Other Specials ~ “Twilight” starts at 3 pm every day of the week $20 for 9 holes. “Weekend Warriors” runs from 8-11 am Saturdays & Sundays - $20 for 9 holes or $30 for 18 holes. Food & Beverage Now Under New Management ~ St. Andrews is pleased to announce that our restaurant, lodge rooms and event facilities have been leased out this year to Mr. Randy Stoltz and Ms. Jackie Zawacky, operators of the OK Falls Hotel. Randy, Jackie and their experienced and friendly staff are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2017 hospitality season. The food is excellent and the service is professional. Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9-11 am, while Lunch is served daily from 11am - 4pm. Watch for our extended hours this Summer. For reservations, please call 250-497-5648 ex 104. St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake offers “Stay & Play” Golf Packages, which entitles 2 guests to a room and 18 holes each with a cart. (All rates below include taxes.) For the months of April and October, the room rate is $73.45/night with 18 holes and cart for $85/day. For the months of May through September, the room rate is $85/night with 18 holes and cart for $85/day. You can also just book a room without golf. The regular room rate for April through October is $89.95. For more information, to book your tee times, or make a reservation, please call 250-497-5648 or email standrews@shawbiz.ca. Visit us at www.standrewsbythelake.com. Join us for a great season of golf, friendship and social gatherings!

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Teen Challenge Comes To Okanagan Falls

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Who is “Teen Challenge”? What do they do? Teen Challenge helps 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 young men and women with drug and alcohol addictions quit for good. Email: kalgarden@shaw.ca / Facebook: Kaleden Community Church It is a Christ centered 12 month residential treatment program for men www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info and women ages 19-45 with a proven track record of over 86% of the graduates never returning to their former way of life. Discover more Okanagan Falls Community Church about where the closest local treatment centre is and hear stories Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm from young men currently participating in the program at Okanagan Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Falls Community Church on Sunday, July 2nd either at 10am or Teen Challenge Life Stories ~ Sunday, July 2nd at 10am & 6pm 6pm, when some of these young men will be sharing their stories. Free BBQ & Gospel Music Concert ~ Sunday, July 2nd from 4-6pm Okanagan Falls Community Church is located at 1356 McLean Creek 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Road in Okanagan Falls. Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

FREE BARBECUE & Gospel MUSIC Concert!

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers for July: 2nd - Rev. Mark Bedford; 9th - Rev. Heather Burton; 16th - Victor Ince; 23rd - Nancy Wyse; and 30th Judi Ritcey. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30pm ~ “From Five to Five-thirty” A one act play presentation with refreshments to follow. $10 per person. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Sunday, July 2nd Okanagan Falls Community Church 1356 McLean Creek Road

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

4:00 - 6:00 pm

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

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St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

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The Well

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

“The Norwegians”

Many Hats Theatre Company is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for “The Norwegians”, being the 3rd show in our 10th Anniversary Season! Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Thelma and Louise got lost in Fargo? Here’s your chance! The Norwegians is a quirky black comedy about heartbreak and what you can do about it, if you have the number of a really nice Norwegian gangster. Set in the middle of winter in Minnesota, the Scorpio is definitely compatible with the Leo, but the Italian may not mix so well with the girl from Kentucky. Add in a little baseball and too much wine, and someone might just get killed! The Norwegians, by award winning playwright C. Denby Swanson, produced by Shannon French and directed by Megan Kimberley, opens July 6th and runs until July 29th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Tickets are $22/adult and $19/student or senior. Purchase tickets at The Nest & Nectar in The Cannery or call 250-493-7275. www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

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Flowers or Fish Heads?

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Flowers to the RDOS Parks for clearing the narrow paths around the pond in Lion’s Park. It is a gift to families with kids and people with poor balance or some physical challenge. It is much easier to navigate now. Thank you! ~ From A. Lobos-Taylor of Okanagan Falls Flowers from our horse “Peaka” to everyone who stops to visit him on their walks on the Okanagan River Trail. Peaka is a very friendly horse and he loves meeting all the walkers. If any of his friends want to see more photos or have any questions about him, you can see my instagram @lifeastride. ~ From Laura D. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the community of Okanagan Falls. My name is Linda Kutt. I live in the Falls and would like to brag about this town. My family had the honour of hosting a wedding on June 4th for our youngest daughter. All guests raved about the friendly service and folks on the street. The motels, etc. went above and beyond. The Recreation Centre provided tables and chairs, very reasonable and close to home ... how handy. Bravo Okanagan Falls! Thank you for being a part of a perfect weekend. ~ From Linda Kutt of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the organizers of the Father’s Day “Music in the Park”. It was great, music was awesome with Elvis & Terry and the food was delicious. Thanks for keeping OK Falls hopping. ~ From Barb A. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all involved in helping make the “Motorcycle Ride for Dad” event a success. Not only were the 400 bikers terrific, but so were all the many volunteers from our Legion. 12 members worked very hard for 2 days to make this event run as smooth as possible. The burgers and fries were well received by all, helping us raise $1,127 to aid in the fight to help research a cure for prostate cancer. Well done everyone! ~ From Stan S. & the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227

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Wedding Announcement! Stephen and Laurie Kingsfield of Oliver are pleased to announce the marriage of their youngest daughter Stevie Janeese to Brady Rush of Okanagan Falls on May 20, 2017. After a honeymoon in Arizona, the couple now work and reside in Kelowna.

Congratulations!

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! July 8, 1967 - July 8, 2017 Congratulations Colleen & Bob Levesque of OK Falls

Happy Birthday!

Twin Lakes residents look forward to the Birthday Celebration of their beloved neighbour, Betty Purdy. Betty our “Lake Mother” turns 94 this year & will be hosted & toasted by all who appreciate & love her. In Twin Lakes tradition, a festive day is planned with surprises throughout & culminating in a sumptuous banquet in the ‘Bunkhouse’. Happy Birthday, Dear Betty!

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150 Years Strong & Free ... A Noble Celebration Indeed! Annual Vine Dining Dinner Saturday, July 15 5-9 pm

Art, Wine & Vines

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