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Skaha Matters

Volume 10 : Issue 7

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July 2018

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A Little “O Canada” History By Myleen Mallach, Publisher

Accordingly to Wikipedia, “O Canada” was originally commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, Théodore Robitaille, for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day Ceremony. Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which, words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The original lyrics were in French and an English translation was published in 1906. Multiple English versions ensued, with Robert Stanley Weir’s version in 1908 gaining the most popularity, eventually serving as the basis for the official lyrics enacted by Parliament. Weir’s lyrics have been revised three times, most recently when An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender) was enacted in 2018. The French lyrics remain unaltered. “O Canada” had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming the country’s national anthem in 1980 when Canada’s National Anthem Act received royal assent and became effective on July 1, as part of that year’s Dominion Day Celebrations, now known as “Canada Day”. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications skahamatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All Up To Date residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Weekly Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations eCalendar! also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit our website. Sign Up Online Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.

Canada Day Festivities

Celebrate Canada’s Birthday in Kaleden with your family and friends!

Pioneer Park 11:00am – 4:00pm It’s a Beach Party! Mat Duffus will be performing his interactive and somewhat silly show and will be looking for folks to join him in singing the national Anthem. There will be games set up in the park for all ages!

Thanks to the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kaleden Community Association who will be on the grill hosting a community barbeque.

Tom Siddon Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

Hope to see everyone at the Canada Day Events planned for both Kaleden & Okanagan Falls! Watch for a “sod turning” notice in the next few weeks!

Canada Day Festivities

Celebrate Canada’s Birthday in Okanagan Falls with your family and friends!

Senior’s Activity Centre 8:00-11:00 & 1:00 Enjoy a pancake breakfast in the morning… fill your bellies before all of our Canada Day events! Bingo at 1:00pm!

Kenyon Park 11:00 to 3:00 Canada crafts and more – geared for the whole family. Chill by the lake with your neighbours and friends and enjoy the activities at your own pace. The Lions Club is hosting their annual barbeque, by donation.

Centennial Park Bandshell 5:00 to 9:00 The main event of the day is planned for the evening of July 1st with three big bands playing back to back. Music starts at 5:00 pm, with the protocol ceremony and the Legion Colour Party sometime around 6:00pm. We will also have lawn games, if you want to cruise around the park while you enjoy the show.


6 Tips To Protect Your Home From Wildfires By Sergej Sinicin Fire season hit us hard last year in Kaleden and throughout BC with a vengeance, threatening homes and lives. Preparation can make the difference between a saved home or a pile of embers and broken hearts during a wildfire. Here are some important steps to protect yourself, if a fire comes our way again. 1. Clear combustible debris from around your house. This can be the most effective and very doable as a homeowner: Clear combustible debris from around the house. This would include obvious things like dry grass, brush, stacks of firewood and debris. These things should stretch out 20-30 feet from a house. The cleaner the area, the better the chance a fire crew will be able to protect your property. 2. Secure your home’s eaves and vent openings. Eaves and vent openings are a perfect place for embers to fly into and start a home ablaze from the interior. Making sure they are properly screened and maintained may seem like a little detail, but it is often the first place embers can enter a house in a wildfire. Even keeping gutters clean can help protect your home’s vulnerable eaves. 3. Protect your home’s roof. Roofs are often the most vulnerable part of a house in a fire, so it goes without saying that cedar shakes are out of the question. Tile and steel are preferred options. When it comes to siding - a shingle or wood wall offers very poor fire resistance while stucco stands up well. 4. Upgrade your windows and drapes. Windows are also exceptionally venerable, as the intense heat can go right through and actually catch drapes and furniture on fire. An easy fix is to replace the window fabric with a more heatresistant product. Windows can break as well, so smaller tempered units are more stable than large windows. The ultimate choice is to install outside non-combustible shutters, which can be quickly closed in an emergency. 5. Plan your home to be fire-resistant from the ground up. Designing a new home provides the perfect opportunity to incorporate fire-ready measures. Providing good access to the property for emergency vehicles is a MUST! Sprinklers help, but alas, someone needs to be there to turn them on. 6. Select a fire-resistant site. “Location, location, location” is not just a tag line for Real Estate agents. Placing a house in a thick stand of trees is plainly asking for trouble, but so is setting a home on a hilltop or overhanging a prominent rock outcropping where it becomes a clear target for a moving fire. All too often people design their dream homes without regard for safety with the hazards of oncoming fires - a few simple steps can make all the difference in protecting homes from mother nature’s fury.

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“Building Community Spirit”

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

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By Randy Cranston & Judy Scott A big thank you to all the community members, families, students in Grade 4/5 at Kaleden Elementary School, Teacher Mary DeFehr, Principal Nancy Lomax, the Summerland Art Centre, Fairview Liquor Store, Kaleden Parents Advisory Council, Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Neighbourhood Small Grant, RDOS Community Grant in Aid, and Conor McClarty, local firefighter and Fortis employee, for their creativity, involvement and support in making the Kaleden Banner Project a reality. We hope you find the 41 banners as colourful, playful and unique as we do. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.


Area “D” Community Services Office By Shona Schleppe

RDOS Emergency Operations Centre Moves Into Demobilization ~ As of day 77 (June 7th) of this year, the flooding in the Okanagan and Similkameen was billed at more than $6.7 million and the cost is expected to continue to climb. As the risk of flooding Shona Schleppe has reduced throughout the region, and Rural Services more residents return to their homes, Manager the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is scaling back operations. The EOC closed to the public on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm. For after-hours emergencies, please call the Provincial Emergency Reporting Line at 1-800-663-3456. The RDOS EOC is recommending property owners keep sandbags in place until the threat of flooding has passed. Rain events throughout June can still increase the threat of flooding. If you deem the risk is low enough, you can drop off sandbags at your local landfill. Property owners are reminded; when working around water, you must take care to minimize the potential risk to aquatic ecosystems and limit water pollution. Anyone working in or near creeks, or other water bodies requires a permit. Please contact FrontCounterBC for more information at 1-877855-3222 or visit www.frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca. If you require information about Disaster Financial Assistance, please visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergencypreparedness-response-recovery/emergency-response-andrecovery/disaster-financial-assistance Don’t forget to Sign up for RDOS Emergency Notifications. Reuse, Recycle & Safe Disposal Guide is Coming! ~ The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is mailing out a 2018 Reuse, Recycle & Safe Disposal Guide. The Guide details where and how to recycle common items like batteries, electronics, paint and pesticides. The Guide will be sent out by neighborhood mail, commonly called junk mail in Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and surrounding rural areas. Residents that have their junk mail blocked can stop by the Area “D” Office to pick up a copy. The Guide is a way for people to refer quickly to where they can take items in their community. The Guide is also a way to keep the wrong materials out of curb side recycling. Regional Invasive Plant Control Treatments Have Commenced The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society, under Ministry contract, have commenced annual invasive plant control treatments on Crown roadsides (highways and secondary roads). The program runs from June-September within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) boundaries and includes all Electoral Areas. This work will involve spot application of herbicides to control invasive plants including leafy spurge, blueweed, hoary alyssum, rush skeletonweed, puncturevine, longspine sandbur, knapweed and other priority plant species. All sprayed areas will be posted with signs identifying when the treatment was done, the target species and the herbicide applied. For more information, please contact the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) at oasiss@shaw.ca or 250-404-0115.

foundation for the Community Active Support Table (CAST). This is a risk driven response model that works in collaboration with other human service providers to identify risks. The Detachment also hosted a second policing forum to identify priorities. The Report includes community Dashboards outlining the offense type and a comparison of occurrences to previous years. Overall in Okanagan Falls - no reported calls of Violent Crime, only one case of Domestic Violence and Property Crime was down 26% compared to Quarter 1 (January to March) of 2017. In Kaleden, one reported case of Violent Crime, no reported calls of Domestic Violence, but Property Crime went up 20%. For a copy of the Report, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca/regionalgovernment/board-meetings/2018-schedule-of-meetingsagendas/ Kaleden Irrigation District Land Donation ~ The RDOS Board on June 21st adopted the land donation from the Kaleden Irrigation District, so the RDOS, through the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, can operate and manage a fire-training site. Area “D” Grant in Aid ~ Please note for 2018, Grant in Aid funding will not be available. On April 19th, the RDOS Board approved the recommendation to apply Area “D” Grant in Aid funds to the Development and Permit Fees of the Affordable Housing project (26 units) in Okanagan Falls. From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Pharmasave Junior Triathlon ~ Big thanks again to the original six (Carrie, Niki, Janice, Lorna, Joanne, Myleen) that started the Junior Triathlon. It has been a resounding success over the years and they are now passing the torch to Taylor and Ryan! This is a fantastic event for our community fostering a fun, active day for youth A shout out to all the businesses and volunteers that make sure the event swims, rolls and runs! Here’s to next year - thanks Taylor and Ryan! • Okanagan Falls’ Canada Day Celebrations ~ Okanagan Falls starting in Kenyon Park at 11am to 3pm. Moving to Centennial Park for “Music in the Park” starting at 5pm. • Kaleden’s Canada Day Celebrations ~ Beach Party in Pioneer Park starting at 11am to 4pm with live entertainment and a BBQ (by donation). The Annual Bucket Brigade returns too! • Prospera Axel Merckx Granfondo Aid Station in Kenyon Park on Sunday, July 8th. • Tabata in the Park ~ scheduled for Kenyon Park on Tuesdays starting on July 10th at 7:30 am. • What’s on Wednesday (WOW) ~ scheduled for Kenyon Park starting July 11th. • Check out summer programs at kal-rec.ca and/or okfallsrec.ca.

Okanagan Falls Market In The Park By Vivian Botting

I have always felt that Okanagan Falls needed more community spirit. Well, I have found it at the Wednesday Market at Centennial Park! Come and get involved. Join as a vendor or just look around, meet your neighbours and let the kids run around in the park. Weather permitting, we are there every Wednesday from 4-7pm. There is a wide range of crafts, art work, baked goods, small business, leatherwork, salsa, woodwork and much more ... each week the Market offers something different. Starting in early July, vendors will be selling much more fresh produce. Over the summer, you can expect to see a food truck, new vendors and RCMP Regional Detachment Quarterly Report ~ The RDOS weekly entertainment. We have also teamed up with the “Play Board received a Quarterly Report (January to March 2018) in the Park” series for older adults. They will bring games and a from the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional whole lot of fun to the park too! On July 4th and 18th, Mat Duffus Detachment - RCMP. It highlights a focus on community will entertain us with his wonderful live music. engagement, reaching out to partnerships and addressing social We invite you to come out and support our local market and talent. issues in the communities. This detachment is also building the For more information, please call or text Vivian at 250-462-7579.


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NOTICE OF ELECTORAL AREA BOUNDARY CHANGES Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Notice is hereby given that the boundaries of Electoral Area “D” are amended and a new Electoral Area “I” created by Orderin-Council 216/2018 which amends Letters Patent effective November 15, 2018. The 2018 general local elections are to be conducted based on the new boundaries for Electoral Area “D” and Electoral Area “I”, with two Electoral Area Directors elected. As the map defining Electoral Area “H” was illegible, the order also replaced the Electoral Area “H” map effective April 27, 2018. Letters Patent and a map showing the new boundaries of the Electoral Area “D”,”I” and “H” may be viewed at the offices of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC during regular office hours, or call 250490-4146 for additional information. This synopsis is published in accordance with section 780(1)(b) of the Local Government Act. Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services

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Wow, where has time gone ... It’s now July! Hopefully, the weather will be more like summer than what we have been having lately. Tourists are still coming from all over the world to see our little piece of paradise. A couple was in from Finland and couldn’t believe how beautiful it is here and how friendly the people are. So, thanks to everyone for making them feel welcome. We are in need of some more volunteers to work 4 hour shifts. We will train you and then you get to meet all these wonderful visitors. If you are interested, please give Barb a call at 250-497-8283. Have a wonderful summer everyone. And, don’t forget to take part in all the activities happening in our little community. Tid Bit of History ... School Days

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen And, now we have the heat. Last year’s cycle seems to be repeating itself - first with flood levels far above the old “normal”, followed by a heat wave. We were very fortunate last year not to have the massive fires in this Region that the Cariboo experienced, but the danger is very real. Despite all the water, the surface of the ground is very dry with a lot of fuel on our hills. Fire season is ‘Now’, so please be extremely careful. As many of you are aware, a referendum ballot on Proportional Representation and other types of voting systems will be presented to you in the Fall. While very specific information is not forthcoming from Government, we are working hard at getting information to you about the variety of options and the impact of those on an efficiently functioning Democratic Legislative system. My office will not be campaigning for or against changing the system, but we do have volunteers who can go over what the ballot looks like with you or a group of your neighbours, so you have the opportunity to see how each system would function in our current Legislature. Please take advantage of educating yourself on this important issue, so that you can make an informed decision. Change for the sake of change is not always the best option in any legislative system. Most of you in the South Okanagan and Similkameen who were impacted by floods this Spring will hopefully be moving forward with clean-up and recovery. You are the lucky ones, though I’m sure you don’t feel that way. The Community of Grand Forks has a much longer process ahead of them. It will take up to two years for any kind of “normal” existence to be re-established. Many have no homes to go back to and those that are repairable will take months to clear the contamination of soil and drinking water that has occurred. Disaster Financial Assistance is a slow process and unfortunately does not support businesses in the same way it does residential. Many businesses in Grand Forks may not get their doors open again, some buildings have been condemned and will have to be torn down. We are often quick to complain when our lives have been disrupted by Mother Nature, but have a thought for the people of Grand Forks whose circumstances are by far worse than anything we have seen locally during 2018 Spring flooding. A huge thank you to Grieg Seafood who supplied fresh salmon to the Legion in Grand Forks to put on a Free Community Dinner on Father’ Day. Just under 500 people enjoyed dinner and another opportunity to talk about the flood and move forward. The Communities of Willowbrook and Twin Lakes will need a concentrated effort by several Provincial Ministries to do flood mitigation work - some of which should have been done last year and in the case of Twin Lakes, it should have been done many years ago. Thanks to people like Coral Brown and the Twin Lakes Stewardship Committee the issues are finally ‘top of mind’ with Government and I am hopeful work will begin after we are through this flood season. Tourism Season is upon us once again and traffic is decidedly slower that we locals would like. Please be patient, many of our friends and neighbours rely on that Tourism business for their livelihood from literally millions of dollars of economic activity that is generated by these visitors to our beautiful Communities. Be safe and remember the kids are out of school and everywhere. Page 6 | July 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

NOTICE OF INTENT RE: LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING ACT APPLICATION FOR WINERY SPECIAL EVENT AREA (SEA) An application for a new winery Special Event Area (SEA) endorsement has been received by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch from See Ya Later Ranch, located at 2575 Green Lake Road in Okanagan Falls. The proposed hours of liquor service are 11:00am - 11:00pm daily. Person capacity for the proposed exterior SEA (event driven only) will be limited to 150 persons. Residents and owners of businesses located within a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) radius of the proposed site may comment on this proposal by: 1) Writing to: THE GENERAL MANAGER C/O Senior Licensing Analyst LIQUOR CONTROL AND LICENSING BRANCH PO BOX 9292 Victoria, BC V8W 9J8 2) Email to: lclb.lclb@gov.bc.ca PETITIONS & FORM LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. To ensure the consideration of your views, your comments, name and address must be received on or before July 31, 2018. Please note that your comments may be made available to the applicant or local government officials where disclosure is necessary to administer the licensing process.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Bob Daly, OFID Chair Home Owners Be Aware ~ Loss of water pressure and volume could be due to your Pressure Reducing Valve requiring maintenance or replacement. Every residence or commercial building should have a Pressure Reducing Valve installed. The valve is an apparatus that controls the flow of water and discontinues the flow once a certain pressure is attained. Too high a pressure can result in ruptured pipes or damaged fixtures. Some valves have a strainer on the inlet side of the valve, and this strainer needs to be cleaned regularly. If you need a replacement valve, install one the same size as the water line entering your property. Contact a plumber if you require assistance. Sprinkling Restrictions: •

From May 1st to September 30th, sprinkling/watering is only allowed on the odd/even address system matching the odd/ even date.

No watering/sprinkling between the hours of 12 noon to 7 pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6 am 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 7 pm.

For further tips on how to conserve water, go to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website.

Canada Day ~ The Staff and Trustees of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District wish you a Happy Canada Day and hope you can take part in all of the Canada Day festivities in Okanagan Falls, including a wonderful evening concert in Centennial Park. Communication ~ You can sign up for alerts by text or email regarding water emergencies on OFID’s website. We highly recommend this service, particularly for businesses.

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi

The Kaleden Community Association (KCA) is a committee consisting of the following people: Chair - Randy Cranston; Vice Chair - Eryn Wiedner; Secretary - Rita Masson; Treasurer - Gail Jeffery; and Constitution - Doug King. Community Liaisons consist of the following people: Museum Committee - Sue Kelly; Seniors Committee - Jaynie Molloy; HUB - Randy Cranston; Kaleden School - Subrina Monteith; Kaleden Church - Rita Masson; Kaleden Recreation - Neal Dockendorf and Gail Jeffery; Kaleden Library - Glenda Livolsi; 1912 Hotel - Gail Jeffery; and Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department - Eryn Wiedner. On behalf at the Kaleden Community Association, we would like to thank the community and visitors for donating your empty bottles and cans to the Bottle Depot at the Kaleden Community Church parking lot. If you would like to help sort bottles and cans, please meet at the Kaleden Community Church Parking Lot on Mondays at 6:30 pm. Since June 2017, a total of $10,717 had been raised through the Bottle Depot and went to support the following community groups; Kaleden Community Church, Kaleden Bursary Fund, Kaleden Community Association, Kaleden Museum Society, South Okanagan Royals (a.k.a. Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides and Path Finders held in Kaleden), To Mexico with Love, and Young Life. To date, approximately $2797 has been designated towards the Kaleden Community Association by volunteer bottle sorters. Watch for information about future fundraising events including a music concert at the Kaleden Community Hall, an art raffle, and the sale of Kaleden T-shirts! The KCA invites all artists, potters, sculptors, and photographers who would be interested in donating one of their pieces to the art raffle. If interested, please contact the KCA at kaledencommunity@gmail.com. Just a reminder that Kaleden Community Association is a charitable organization and any donors will be given a receipt to claim on their income tax. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the Kaleden and area community members who generously donated to the purchase of new ropes and floats at the Kaleden Pioneer Park Beach. It’s nice to know that our swimmers (young and old) will be safe from boats and jet skis behind the ropes.


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Irrigation season is now in full swing! A reminder that all domestic properties NORTH of Lakehill can water on Wed/Fri/Sun, and SOUTH of Lakehill on Tue/Thu/Sat; water only from 6-10 am and 7-11 pm on your assigned days, or from midnight - 6 am if using an underground irrigation system. See www.kaledenirrigation.org for more details.

Kaleden Irrigation District Summer Student Position This is a seasonal part-time position for 20 hours per week from July 16, 2018 to August 31, 2018.

Duties to consist of: • Monitor outside watering in the community in accordance with our Water Conservation Program to enforce water restrictions. • Provide education to customers regarding water use. At our AGM held on April 30, the need for a 3% increase in domestic • Provide casual labour, as may be required from time to time. water rates, plus an increase in the IHA levy from $37.50 to $49.50, for 2018 was outlined. However, as the AGM was attended by only Qualifications: 10 ratepayers, and a number of ratepayers have since expressed • Good communication skills. concerns about their increased bills, the rationale is repeated here. • Able to deal with the public effectively. Able to perform manual labour as required. Much of the KID system is over 50 years old, and is requiring more • repairs and replacement. KID, as an Improvement District, does • Valid Class 5 Drivers License. not qualify for federal or provincial infrastructure grants. This is a • Must provide reliable transportation. deliberate provincial policy to “encourage” Improvement Districts • Able to work flexible hours. to hand over the reins to a Regional District or Municipality. In the Remuneration is $13.00 per hour, plus vehicle mileage. 20 hours KID Board’s judgment, this initial funding “carrot” would result in per week, which will include some weekend and evening hours. much higher water charges in the long-term than self-funding will. Preference will be given to a Kaleden resident. In a similar vein, the Interior Health Authority (IHA) levy is the result Please submit resume and cover letter to the Kaleden Irrigation of provincially-set water quality and treatment standards, which District located at 119 Ponderosa Avenue, OR mail to P.O. Box IHA is mandated to uphold. IHA has required KID to undertake a 107, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0, OR fax to 250-497-5407, OR email number of studies, and to add at least ultraviolet (UV) treatment to to k.i.d@shaw.ca. Phone 250-497-5407. the existing chlorination process. This levy will increase annually Closing Date is Monday, July 9, 2018 by 3:30 pm. through to 2025 in order to accumulate 1/3 of the funds estimated to add UV treatment. The rest of the funds would be borrowed (unless 250.497.5407 | k.i.d@shaw.ca provincial grant policy changes) and will require the approval of Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur ratepayers. Recent advances in water treatment technology have 119 Ponderosa Avenue resulted in significantly lower equipment costs, and hopefully this www.kaledenirrigation.com trend will continue before proceeding with design and construction.

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Summer Student Ready To Play By Megan Lauridsen, Outdoor Play Facilitator

I’m Megan, the new summer student working with the RDOS Play Recreation Team! I’m passionate about bringing music, dance and physical activity into fun activities for kids and families. I look forward to bringing my creative events forward for everyone to enjoy. I have a diploma in Human Kinetics and a background in Irish dance, musical talents and exercise. I will be running some of the programs throughout the summer, so make sure you drop in! I will also be out and about with our new Physical Activity Trailer, PAT, throughout the southern Okanagan and Similkameen region. I cannot wait to meet all of the friendly faces in Okanagan Falls, Kaleden and the rest of the region! If you see me around, come say hi! I’ll also be hosting the What’s on Wednesday (???) series. Would you be interested in an early morning fitness class at the beach in Okanagan Falls? Join us for an early bird Tabata Style work out starting Tuesday, July 10th at 7:30am in Kenyon Park.

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Summer Vacation Tips

Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish Happy Summer Everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed the Canada Day Party in Pioneer Park. A huge Thank You to all the people who work to plan, coordinate and execute all the activities. Thank you also to Margot King, who donated the pins and Canada flags for this years celebration. The Kaleden Summer Recreation Guide is out and contains programs and activities for all ages. You can find copies of this guide around the community or on the Kaleden Recreation website at www.kal-rec.ca. If you have been down to the park lately, it is great to see all the activities going on like Pickleball, Yoga and Boot Camp, as well as people just out enjoying the park. The Nordic Pole walkers are also meeting on a regular basis on Friday mornings at 8 am and I know they always welcome new participants. Once again this year, the Kaleden Seniors Committee is planning some fun events. Keep your eyes open for the announcement for the date of this year’s “Party in the Park”. This is a potluck event with the opportunity to play a sample of games in the park. Please bring a salad or dessert, your own cup, plate and cutlery, and a chair. Posters will be going up around the community, as soon as a date is set. They will also be hosting a “Garden Party” on August 1st from 2:30-4:30 at 286 Pineview Drive. If you are attending, please bring your own chair. As always, everyone is welcome. The committee is also beginning their planning for fall and winter events. Watch for those updates in the coming months. Well, when you are reading this, we will have already enjoyed the longest day of the year. So, get out and enjoy the pleasant weather and create some great memories to look back on in the coming months. 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. Our website is 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.

By Rick Dellebuur The weather is starting to warm up, as I write this in June. By the time you read this, we will be into July and summer vacation time. While you are away enjoying your vacation, you don’t want others enjoying and helping themselves to your property. If you do nothing else, ensure that your home has that “lived in look” while you are away. Have some lights come on and go off inside your home, as they would if you were home with the use of inexpensive timers. Ensure that mail and papers aren’t left to collect on your door steps, sending the message to thieves that you are not home. If away for a while, consider having your lawn mowed. Again, long grass on an otherwise well maintained yard is another sign that nobody is home. Let neighbours know you are away and ask that they keep a look Summer Bellydance Camp out for anything out of the ordinary and/or arrange for someone to Ages 5-6 July 30-August 3, 9:00-11:00 am $80 + gst come by and check out your home daily or at least every other day. Ages 7-9 July 30-August 3, 9:00-12:00 pm $120 + gst Ages 10-16 August 13-17, 9:00-2:00 pm $187 + gst Make sure your valuables such as jewelry are hidden or locked up Register: 250 462 1025 or fun@getbentcentre.com and not just left in the jewelry box on your dresser ready to be AT GET BENT IN PENTICTON carried away by the thieves. Secure keys for your vehicles left at home. It would be bad enough that the thieves broke in without also leaving the keys so they take your vehicle to help transport the stuff they are stealing from you. Ensure that you have good locks on your doors and windows and that you use them while you are away from home. Log serial numbers and take pictures of your valuables. Security alarms offer you good protection for your homes and have become very affordable. Technology has made it so you can even control them and view your home from your smart phone. And finally, be careful on your social media with who you share vacation photos and information with while you are away. A great shared photo of you and the family on the beach in California is a great photo that you are not home. A whole new meaning to the saying “a photo is worth a thousand words”! A little effort on your Kaleden Tennis Club Update part will help to ensure your return home is as enjoyable as your Kaleden Tennis Club held a fun Round Robin Tournament on vacation was. Remember, “Lock It, Log It, or Loose It”. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Saturday, June 2nd in Pioneer Park. Above are two of the teams Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca that participated. A lovely social barbeque followed in the gazebo.


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Something for All Ages! What’s on Wednesdays ???

Play in the Sun & Sand KALEDEN

A very special event every Wednesday! Enjoy a medley of creative, fun, wacky or educational activities. Like us on Facebook for a sneak peak or drop in and be surprised. Something for All Ages! July 11 - August 22nd 11:00-2:00 pm No Fee

9:00-10:00 am Pre-school crafts and active play

9:30-10:45 am Miss Sam’s Park Play (Pre-school)

10:00-noon Families and middle years (ages 5-12)

11:00-2:00 pm Families and middle years (ages 5-12)

Your Host: Megan and Friends

2:30-4:00 pm

Fee: Please toss a toonie in the donation jar!

Beach Party for youth and teens

Pioneer Park Thursdays July 19th - Aug 16th From Balloon Olympics to Leaky Bucket Races and everything in between. Active Play for All Ages!

TABATA at the BEACH - Kenyon Park (OK Falls) Tuesday Mornings from 7:30 am - 8:15 am $5 drop-in. Get energized by this interval training cardio-strength class! (Teens and adults)

GROOVY DAY ~ July 28th Get Jacked Fitness - Pioneer Park (Kaleden)

Kenyon Park, Okanagan Falls 11:00 - 3:00 pm

Monday / Wednesday / Friday 6:00 and 9:00 am

Tie Dye, Tunes & Hula Hooping Good Times!

Drop-in $10

Bring a plain white shirt or buy one from us $5

Play in the Park In partnership with the

Okanagan Falls Market Wednesdays 4-7pm in Centennial Park Bocce, Frisbee Golf, Art, Music & More!

Planning A Get Together? We have lawn games and walking poles to lend. Please call Janet at 250-497-8188.

Walking Club Meets Tuesdays at 10am in Lions Park


Women’s Health And Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life which often passes without much notice, but which can cause some fairly uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, dry skin, memory and cognitive difficulties, migraines, and night sweats. Many of these symptoms can be treated safely with natural, risk-free methods including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). These hormones, which are usually taking as a cream applied to the skin once daily, are identical to the hormones our bodies produce. This means they act naturally and do not increase risk of heart disease, cancer, or dementia. Synthetic or unnatural hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does increase the risk of cancer and heart disease in post-menopausal women, and for this reason, has largely been discontinued. This has left a gap in treatment options for many women who are not offered effective relief for their menopausal symptoms. Fortunately, we can now have natural hormones compounded by Pharmacists with advanced compounding training to help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms. Menopause is defined as the cessation of menses for a 12-month period. It usually occurs between the ages of 50-55, but may occur earlier or later with the mean age being 53.3 years. The “Climacteric” is the period leading up to menopause and may begin a decade prior to menopause. During the climacteric, many women experience symptoms associated with changing hormone status, similar to the menopausal symptoms previously described. During these times in a woman’s life, the bio-identical hormones can provide great relief of symptoms, and more importantly, have been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risk of dementia, heart disease, and cancer. Balancing hormones and improving health in general are also key to helping any woman at any age with menstrual issues including Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and painful or irregular cycles. Infertility which is an ever-increasing problem is often improved with these therapies as well. Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person and employ lifestyle medicine to ensure all aspects of health are addressed in a cohesive manner. Along with BHRT, we address diet and nutrition, mental/ emotional issues, stress management, sleep patterns, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that contribute to health. We focus on supporting wellness solutions and decreasing obstacles to optimal health. We recognize that each person is a unique individual with unique needs. By spending time with our patients and completing thorough work-ups including physical exams and extensive lab testing, we often can uncover hidden causes of distress that are otherwise missed. If you suffer from any of these symptoms or simply wish to practice prevention and stay as youthful as possible for as long as possible, these therapies may be right for you. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND at 250-497-6681 or at drtamarabrowne.ca.

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet, including Diabetic Foot Care Serving the Veterans & the South Okanagan Janel Bailey LPN janelmariebailey@gmail.com 250-462-5666 Page 12 | July 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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disease and the risk increases with age. 45% of Canadians age 60-64 have high blood pressure and that increases to 74% in people age 80-84 years. It is known as a silent disease, as usually people do not know that they have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, memory loss, impaired vision or blindness and damage to the kidneys. That’s why it’s important to control blood pressure. Many pharmacies have blood pressure machines where you can self-check your blood pressure. There are two measurements of blood pressure - the systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart is pumping (the higher number). Diastolic is the pressure in your blood vessels when your heart is at rest, that is, between beats (the lower number). Optimal blood pressure is systolic less than 120mmHg and diastolic less than 80mmHg. Risk factors for hypertension include: age, race and family history, overweight or obese, tobacco use, too much salt, too much alcohol, not enough exercise, high level of stress, and certain chronic conditions (such as diabetes). Lifestyle changes can significantly lower blood pressure and can sometimes limit the need for prescription medications. Quitting smoking helps lower blood pressure and is strongly recommended. There are several options to help quit and the BC government will provide up to 3 months of nicotine replacement therapy at no charge (ask for details). Limiting alcohol to a maximum of 2 alcohol servings per day and a max of 14/week for men and 9/week for women will help lower blood pressure and improve general health. Following a heart healthy diet is one of the most important factors for lowering blood pressure. A diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, high in low-fat dairy products, high in fibre, high in plant protein, low in salt (less than 2000mg), and low in saturated fat and cholesterol can lower blood pressure by more than 10/5mmHg (systolic/diastolic). For more information, visit www.dashdiet.org. A healthy exercise target is physical activities (walking, cycling, gardening, swimming, etc) of 10 minutes or longer at a time on 4 or more days of the week. Total weekly exercise activity should be at least 2.5 hours. Talk to your Live Well pharmacist at Pharmasave about ways to reduce blood pressure and which over-the-counter medications are safe to take.

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7th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon A Success! By Carrie Ferguson, Race Co-Director Another Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon has come and gone. The bike racks have been put away, the athlete numbers have faded from the children’s skin, and it is time to send out our lengthy list of thank you’s. We would like to extend a giant thank you to these fantastic sponsors, whose generosity made it possible to present the event free-of-charge to 225 children: Pharmasave Okanagan Falls (Forewest), IGA Okanagan Falls, RDOS/Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, Meyer Family Vineyards, Greyback Construction, Interior Savings Credit Union, Patio Burger & Ice Cream Co., Robbins Drilling & Pump, Swagman, Nicole & Dime Bookkeeping, Malibu Dreams Photography, Bullies Pizza, SunRype, Skaha Matters, Easy Lock Self Storage, and KJ Coffee Bar. Special thanks to our 2018 “Captains”: JoAnne Kleb, Taylor Bentley, Ryan Bentley, Tracey Michael, Janice Meyer, Lorna Wilson, and Dave Bickell (who graciously stepped in last minute!). Extra special thanks always go out to our amazing announcers Dave Bullock, and Steve and Jean King. People notice the volunteers on race day running around and helping the kiddos, but they don’t see all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into making the event what it is. For instance, did you know that Rose Mah goes door-to-door to let all the residents and businesses who live on the race route know that the roads will be closed? Did you know that Riley Thompson spent over an hour raking the lake, so that the children didn’t step on rocks during the “swim” portion of the event? We would like to thank the local community for being gracious for the two-hour window during which the roads were closed. We would like to thank the 50+ amazing volunteers who helped with athlete-package assembly, secured then drove to Kelowna to pick up the SunRype donations, drove to Kelowna to pick up the t-shirts, set up the park, helped with registration/body marking, helped during the race, tore down the park, and everything else that takes place to produce the race. And, a huge thank you to the parents who stayed to help tear down the park after the race. Many hands make light work! Our event has seen a lot of changes in the last seven years, as have our lives. It is time for Niki and I to step back, and to pass the torch to a new set of Race Directors. We are delighted to announce that Taylor and Ryan Bentley have agreed to take over the reins and will be your 2019 Race Directors. Taylor and Ryan have been volunteering with us since the beginning (Taylor has been one of our Captains for seven years), and they know all the ins and outs of our event. Niki and I will remain involved in the background to ensure a smooth transition, so you will see our (extremely beautiful) faces next year too.

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner I find it interesting speaking with some of the seniors in our community. Many talk about how the ‘golden years’ often turn out not being so ‘golden’ after all, quite often due to declining health and mobility. As someone in their 50’s, I am starting to look farther ahead to my own future and am starting to think more about what I can do to try to have good health when I reach those ‘golden years’. I have spoken numerous times in my articles about how massage can greatly benefit both a person’s physical and mental health. The two biggest benefits are the increased circulation and reducing stress. Both of these two things, if not managed, can cause a myriad of very serious health issues. Another thing that can benefit a person’s physical and mental health is pets. I have had dogs and cats in my home for many years and it turns out pets are extremely good for our health, both physically and mentally. I found a great article on WebMD by Lisa Fields called 6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health and thought I would share it. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. “We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than nonowners, especially when they have a higher-quality relationship with their pets,” says pet researcher Allen R. McConnell, PhD. He’s a professor of psychology at Miami University. “What [makes] a meaningful relationship varies from person to person.” For some active people, that includes playing ball or Frisbee in the park. For others who can’t get outside, just petting your dog can help you feel connected. Pets can help you in other ways, too. 1. A Healthier Heart ~ Your dog may make you less likely to get heart disease. Why? Dog owners walk more and have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. Pets can also be good for you, if you already have heart problems. Heart attack survivors and people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than people with the same heart problems who don’t have pets, studies show. 2. Stress Soothers ~ Petting your cat or dog feels good. It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone. It also soothes your pet, says Alan Beck, ScD, Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University. 3. Social Magnets ~ Pets, especially dogs, can help you connect with other people. “If I saw you walking down the street, I couldn’t comfortably start talking to you if I didn’t know you, but I could if you had a dog”, Beck says, “It’s an acceptable interaction that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.” People who use wheelchairs say that other people make eye contact with them more often and ask if they can be of help when they’re with their dogs, Beck says. Page 14 | July 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

4. Better Mood, More Meaning ~ People with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems. One reason for that may be that your pet gives you a sense of belonging and meaning, McConnell says, “You feel like you have greater control of your life.” 5. Benefits for Baby’s Immune System ~ Babies raised in families that have pets may be less likely to get allergies and asthma, some studies show. It has to start early, ideally before a baby is 6 months old, says Beck. Babies with dogs or cats at home have fewer colds and ear infections during their first year than babies living in pet-free homes, one study found. 6. Social Support for Autistic Children ~ Kids tend to relate better to their classmates who have autism when pets are in the classroom, Beck has found in his research. “Animals change the classroom environment and help to integrate those who are a little less typical,” Beck says. “Once the children get involved with animals, they view each other more positively and work together better.” Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Our upper body massage focuses mostly on the neck, upper back, arms and hands. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Thank You Carrie, Niki & Crew!

Simply put, in all honesty, the Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon wouldn’t exist without the vision and leadership of both Carrie and Niki. And, the success of the event over the years wouldn’t be realized without all the volunteers behind the scenes doing countless tasks to keep this event running smooth, seamless, and super fun for everyone. From the entire community to you both, and all your crew, we would like to thank you for your inspiration, vision, and hours of hard work spent on this very special community event.

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!


between 8:35 am 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 8:45 am. Cyclists will continue to pass this section of Hwy 97 until approximately 5 pm. Velocefondo and Granfondo riders will reach Hwy 97 off of Oliver The 8th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan Ranch Road at approximately 8:40 am. Cyclists will continue to (PGAMO) returns to the South Okanagan on Sunday, July 8th. flow through this section until approximately 1:15 pm. At Oliver, This year, the event starts and finishes from Penticton’s Okanagan Velocefondo riders proceed along Hwy 97 and turn right up Secrest Lake Park (Lakeshore Drive at Veterans Way) with up to 2,600 Hill Road. Granfondo riders navigate around the east side of Oliver cyclists expected to participate. Residents of the Okanagan Valley on Black Sage Road before returning north on Hwy 97, and then are encouraged to visit the online Weekend Schedule of Events for west toward Fairview Mountain Golf Course. The Velocefondo more details at www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/event-weekend/. riders rejoin the Granfondo route at Willowbrook Road and Secrest Hill Road, and together both groups head through the Fairview/ Cyclists will embark on one of four distances - the Granfondo (160 White Lake area before returning to Penticton along Highway 97. km), Velocefondo (126 km), Mediofondo (92 km) or Cortofondo The northbound lane on Hwy 97 will be closed for the event from (55 km). All riders begin in Penticton at 7 am, before heading out Hwy 3A to Channel Parkway; however, northbound traffic will be to Summerland and back through Penticton. At approximately 8:10 diverted into the southbound fast lane. Delays are expected and am, the first riders will arrive at the Main Street Aid Station, and driving with caution is greatly appreciated. immediately head out along Lakeside/East Side Road. Cortofondo riders turn back to the Okanagan Lake Park finish at Kinney Information about the routes, traffic information and weekend Avenue. South Main Street will be closed to southbound traffic event details can be found at the PGAMO website at www. from Kinney Avenue to the City Limit from 7:45-9:00 am. From granfondoaxelmerckx.com. 8:15-11:30 am, residents along East Side Road from Penticton to Organizers invite you to take part either as a rider, a volunteer or a McLean Creek Road turn-off should expect a steady stream of spectator. Events before and after the ride are open to the public Mediofondo, Velocefondo and Granfondo cyclists. Many roads will and include activities for the entire family. On Saturday, July 7th, still be open to vehicular traffic, but drivers should expect delays the Kids’ Piccolofondo race takes place in and around Penticton’s during this time. Similar to the old Ironman Canada route, cyclists Gyro Park, following the Farmers’ Market. will turn up McLean Creek Road. At approximately 8:30 am, the The event is still seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Be part lead cyclists will pass by the intersection McLean Creek Road and of the action by visiting www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com/frontpage/ Allendale Lake Road, and later proceed north along Maple Street volunteers or email Susan at susan@granfondoaxelmerckx.com.


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The All Canadian Wine Championships, held from June 12-14, released their list of major trophy winners and Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery of Okanagan Falls won an unprecedented Best White Wine of Show, for their 2017 Wild Goose Gewurztraminer, and Best Red Wine of Show, for their 2016 Red Horizon Meritage. Senior winemaker, Hagen Kruger, was having dinner with his BC and Alberta sales reps when he received word that his 2016 Red Horizon Meritage had won “Red Wine of the Year” at the ACWC 2018. “Wow! I am extremely excited! Our winemaking team of Nikolas Kruger, Tanya Booth and myself knew that this Meritage was very special, and to be recognized for that is truly an honour. When you look at all the premium producers of Bordeaux style blends in Canada, and to come out on top, it is quite a feeling!” The accolades did not stop there, 45 minutes later General Manager Roland Kruger was informed that their 2017 Wild Goose Gewurztraminer had won Best White Wine of Show at the same competition! “Two Best of Show Trophies in one competition? I am not sure that has ever happened. That is truly humbling, our growers, vineyard, and cellar teams did a remarkable job putting that wine together”, Kruger said. The Red Horizon Meritage has been in production since Wild Goose revamped their red wine program in 2011. With grapes coming from their Secrest Vineyard in Oliver, and Kerry Hill Vineyard in Okanagan Falls, the quality of this fruit has been so consistent, yielding fruit forward, full bodied, high quality wines. The 2016 Red Horizon is a blend of 50% Merlot, 32% Petit Verdot, and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. Gewurztraminer has been a mainstay at Wild Goose since their inception in 1990, and has garnered numerous accolades

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Sunniva Closes Previously Announced Okanagan Falls Property Purchase June 18, 2018 Press Release

Sunniva Inc. (“Sunniva” or the “Company”) (CSE:SNN) (OTCQX:SNNVF), a North American provider of cannabis products and services, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sunniva Medical Inc. (“SMI”), has closed its previously announced purchase of the 126 acre industrial zoned property in Okanagan Falls, BC, the site of the Sunniva Canada Campus (the “Campus”). The total consideration for the purchase was $7 million, which was paid through a combination of $3.5 million in cash and the balance through a vendor take back mortgage financing (“VTBMF”). The VTBMF is for a one-year term with an interest rate of 5% per annum. The Campus is designed to be a 740,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art greenhouse and current Good Manufacturing Practice (“cGMP”) compliant.

Serving Fresh & Tasty Treats Daily from 10am-3pm Sunniva is also pleased to announce the RDOS has issued the required development permits to SMI for the construction of the facility. Site grading is near completion, with the next phase of foundation work commencing this week. Live streaming and monthly time lapsed video will also be available by visiting the Sunniva website. The Campus is designed to deploy custom, automation assembly line cultivation processes at scale. By harnessing one of most abundant resources - the sun - while utilizing dynamic and adaptive microclimatic controls to provide precise growing conditions. For more information or any questions, please call Sunniva directly at 587-430-0688 or visit www.sunniva.com. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Adult Programs: • Craft Circle ~ Wednesday, July 4th and 18th from 1-3 pm. Craft Circle will continue throughout the year on the first and Summer Reading Club is being held at the Kaleden Library on third Wednesdays of each month. Join the fun and bring your Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm for ages 5-12 years projects to work on, or get some inspiration from others! old. This year’s theme is MOTION COMMOTION! Registration Children’s Programs: is FREE! The BC Summer Reading Club motivates kids to read • Summer Reading Club 2018 - Motion Commotion regularly to help maintain or improve their reading skills over the BC Summer Reading Club is FREE and FUN at Okanagan summer. Kids receive a reading record and bookmark to help Falls Library. We will have fun programs, great guest speakers, keep track of their summer reading. When they complete the cool contests, weekly book draws, and lots of prizes! SRC program, at the Wind Up Party they will be awarded a medal. is a great way to maintain or improve reading skills over the Special guests, activities, prizes, contests, and a make-at-home summer. Register Now! SRC will be on Tuesdays from robot will keep the kids entertained and having FUN! July 10th - August 14th from 6-7:30 pm. Programs for July 12 - Zentangle with Jeannie Randle ~ A relaxing and easy July listed below. to learn method of using structured patterns to create beautiful • July 10 - Zentangle ~ Learn the creative art of Zentangle artwork. Make a bookmark to take home with you. with Jeannie. You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be! July 26 - Bubble Wonders Show with Geoff Akins ~ Geoff is an • July 17 - Bubble Wonders - Join us with special guest International Bubble Artist whose bubble tricks are guaranteed to Geoff Akins, who will show you amazing bubble tricks capture your attention! including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the August 2 - Magic Show with David Leif ~ Back by popular dancing bubble, and kid inside a bubble and more! demand! This show features magic tricks, comedy, and audience • July 24 - Awesome Ostriches ~ Learn all about Ostriches participation ... bring the whole family to this fun night. from local ostrich ranch owner Claudia Busch. You will be August 16 - Get Jacked for Kids with Jackie Goodfellow ~ A astounded to learn how fast these flightless birds can run bootcamp workout for kids. Fitness instructor Jackie will teach us and how many people one ostrich egg can feed! all about strength, cardio, and flexibility training, all while making • July 31 - Hug-A-Tree and Survive ~ BC Search & Rescue this fitness program FUN! Association presents this program that will teach you how August 30 - Summer Reading Club Wind Up Party ~ This is the not to get lost in the woods, and what to so if you do! last session of the 2018 Summer Reading Club at the Kaleden Please pre-register for all programs by calling us at 250-497-5886 library. Please join us for games, awards, and prizes! or email us at OkanaganFalls@orl.bc.ca

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During May, the Valley Discovery Learning Class created several mural paintings that can be found in Kenyon Park. They learned about Claude Monet and created a water lilies painting, as well as Henri Mattisse, creating a shapes painting. The Valley Discovery Learning Community is grateful to be a part of such amazing learning opportunities here in the South Okanagan. Interested in learning more about the program and what these amazing students are up to? Visit their website at www.valleydiscovery.com.

A special thank you to the local South Okanagan Royals, a.k.a Sparks, Brownies, Girl Guides, and Path Finders, for painting the bench at the Kaleden Library. A colorful masterpiece! Kaleden Library welcomes parents/caregivers and children (ages 2-10 years old) to Family Storytime is being offered on Tuesday, July 3rd from 10-10:45 am. We have fun listening to stories, singing songs, making a craft and meeting new friends! For more information on any of our programs, call 250-497-8066 or email us at kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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School District No. 53 Board Report

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Year-End Career Education Update: Culinary Arts - Chef Training PC1 ~ Our Professional Cook students are wrapping up and writing final exams this week. Good luck to all. Gateway to Trades ~ The Gateway to Trades program in partnership with Okanagan College ended in May with great success. The Okanagan College instructor, Jason Green, did a great job exposing students to a variety of construction trades that will hopefully provide some long-term goals for the students enrolled in the program. We started with 16 students and all 16 students completed the program! Health Care Assistant ~ We are very pleased to announce we are entering into a partnership with Okanagan College to offer the Health Care Assistant program in our School District commencing February 2018. This 24 week program will be housed at SOSS and plans are to have this dual credit program have a capacity of 12 students with 6 of them being high school students. We have been working with Okanagan College, Interior health, and the private providers in this sector to be able to offer this program. TRAIN in Trades (Formerly ACEIT) ~ We currently have 21 students wrapping up post-secondary trades programs in the coming months. We are very excited with the opportunity of them being hired as Youth Apprentices and starting their careers off while still school aged. Skills Access Grant ~ We received a Skills Training Access Grant this year in the amount of $5,000. It allowed 37 students to be able to travel to both the Train in Trades programs and the Gateway to Trades program. Kindergarten Registration Update: As of June 20th, confirmed kindergarten registrations are as follows: • CPS - 24 (projected 25) • OKF - 11 (projected 10) • OES - 44 (projected 50) • OSES - 33 (projected 40) • TEN - 34 (projected 29) Summer Reading Programs: All elementary schools have received the materials and information for their summer reading programs. Schools have the student participation lists and are communicating with families. • Rhyme and Rec: CPS, OES, TEN, OES, OkF • Read and Rec: OSE, TEN, OES, CPS, OkF • Read and Tech: OSE, TEN, OES, SESS School Trustee: As you know, I will not be running for School Trustee in the next election. I encourage anyone with a strong interest in wanting to help make important educational decisions and advocate for children, to help set goals and budgets, and to be instrumental in setting policy and helping govern school jurisdictions to consider this elected role. If you have questions, please do contact me. Summer Holidays: 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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By Ginny Manning The Special Education Compliance Audit has been completed. By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal Only one student of the 171 files reviewed was recommended 1. Our Grade 2/3 and 3/4 classes donated over a 100 food items to be moved to another category. The Audit Team commended to the Loco Landing Food Drive Day! Director for Student Services, Sue Thompson, for doing a great 2. The annual Kaleden Elementary sponsored Cross Country job leading her team and building capacity to ensure the proper Run was a huge success with over 600 Grade 3, 4 & 5 processes were followed. students participating at Pioneer Park in Kaleden. The BC After School Sport and Arts Initiative (ASSAI) has awarded 3. All our classes took part in 3 Yoga Sessions taught by a the district a $35,000 grant, for each of the next two years, to help talented local Yoga instructor. Students were taught deep vulnerable students develop skills that contribute to a healthy breathing and relaxation exercises along with other muscle lifestyle through creative thinking and physical activity. It is strengthening poses. designed to help Kindergarten to Grade 8 students who otherwise 4. Our One-to-One Readers celebrated with a Year-End Pizza may not have access to organized activities after school. This Party this month. Reader Volunteers were thanked for all their initiative supports the wellness focus in the District Strategic Plan. support to our students. Trevor Robinson, VP at Penticton Secondary (PSS) will move to 5. Our Kindergarten and Grade 1 students learned about Bicycle the VP position at Summerland Secondary as of August 1, 2018. Safety and Fire Safety at the Penticton Safety Village. Myron Dueck, VP at Summerland Secondary, will be working part-time in a District role, supporting the implementation of the revised Kindergarten to Grade 12 curricula, assessment and grading practices that are being implemented. He has requested a temporary reduction in his assignment to pursue personal education initiatives. The Board of Education of School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha) is pleased to announce that Ms. Shaune Gowe has been appointed Acting Vice-Principal of PSS, effective August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. For the past 24 years, Shaune has worked at Penticton Secondary School in many different roles in the Special Education Department, as a Literacy teacher and Support Services Department Head. Shaune has a Master of Education (Special Education) from Flinders University, Australia, a Bachelor of Education Degree (Special Education) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, reviewed the Carbon Neutral Action Report for 2017. The district is on track to reach the 33% reduction target set by the government by 2020, even with increases in emissions due to the cold winter. The solar panels PSS installed in 2017 were a large contributor showing a $16,000 savings last year without running a full year. The installation of the solar panels at SLMS and a new geo-thermal exchange/ mechanical upgrade at SSS will almost get the district to the 33% reduction target. The full report is available on the website under District→Departments →Maintenance. Computers 8 students at KVR became involved in the Tourism Penticton Influencers Program, which connects students to the community using different forms of media. The students had a chance to post blogs, make postcards and film videos using Plumbing Contractor different forms of technology. Students commented that the opportunity to see the community through a different lens gave Installations Repairs Drainage Emergency Service them a greater appreciation of what the area has to offer. The May 28th Board Meeting was the final one for Superintendent Wilfred Krueger ~ 778-531-4940 Bonnie Roller-Routley before her retirement. Kevin Lorenz took the reins as of June 1, 2018. The Board thanked Bonnie for her Serving the South Okanagan & Similkameen Valley hard work with the district over the past five years and wishes her all the best in her retirement. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal Congratulations and best wishes to all the Graduates. Have a safe and fun-filled summer. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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Highway To Healing Support Society By Tracy MacFadden, Director

What if your child were sick, your family in crisis, and you had to travel out of town for their medical treatment? Now imagine piling more worries on top of that ... worries about your family’s finances. Missing work while paying for transportation, hotels and travel expenses can cause even greater stress for a parent or caregiver. Highway to Healing Support Society seeks to lessen some of the financial burden that people face when obtaining medical care outside of the South Okanagan for their child. What we, and many people know, was there are provincial programs, charities and groups that provide much needed monetary support to those in need. However, what we came to realize was that, while these wonderful agencies and groups fulfill major needs, they often fall short of covering some of the day to day expenses, things like fuel, meals and parking costs. These add up very quickly and are not covered by any other program. Parking alone can run upwards of $20 a day, thus a three week stay in the city can cost $400 just in parking! Now, add to that meals and fuel and one can see just why these expenses can cause great strain on a family’s bank account. As a registered non-profit society, we are able to provide tax receipts for donations and gifts in kind. Our funds are all raised by donations from the general public and through our annual “Ride to Provide” fundraiser and now our First Annual “Charity Golf Scramble”. All funds go directly to families from Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos. And, all funds are directed to the family within 24 hours of a request, and with no confusing paperwork. Highway to Healing began as an initiative of the Oliver Rotary Club and grew into the volunteer organization it is today. We began by serving only Oliver based families, but now we have grown to include families from Osoyoos to Okanagan Falls. This growth is a reflection of the communities we serve and the fantastic people who have supported our fundraising. This year, the Town of Oliver awarded the Society it’s “Spirit of Oliver” award, a reflection not only on the volunteers who have worked together for many years, but the people who have donated their time, services and finances to our cause. If you feel you can be a part of providing care for local families, we would love to hear from you. Visit www.highwaytohealing.org today!

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Doo do doo do doo do do do do doo Doo do doo do doo do do do do doo Summer break, here now at last Summer break, don’t go by fast Kids are wild and running free Teachers free and full of glee Summer days floating away Oooh ah, oh the summer nights Uh well, oh well, oh well, oh Tell me more, tell me more Like is the lake warm? Tell me more, tell me more Can I send kids to a farm? Sho-bop bop, sho-bop bop PAC would like to thank all of you For the support and lovin’ too You make our kids feel oh so grand You should all give yourself a hand Summer days, will be gone in a haze Bu-uut ... ahhh ... Those su-ummer ... NiiiiiiIIIIIIIIIGGGHHHTTS (tell me more, tell me more ... )

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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 6, 2018 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. SkahaMatters.com | July 2018 | Page 21


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The real estate process makes everyone an armchair expert by default. The buyer, the seller, their friends, co-workers and neighbours all know how real estate works. After all, the last time they bought or sold a home was 10 years ago, and in their view, not much has changed. Misbeliefs and bad information are a dangerous combination. People don’t know what they don’t know, and what they do know is enough to create false perceptions of a profession that is often surrounded by damaging assumptions. Here are 8 real estate myths ... busted! 1. Real estate agents are paid a salary. Despite what many think, the public is horribly confused about how agents make a living. There must be a salary floating in the background that supports agents - after all, how is it that they can appear so well-groomed, professional and polished while hosting lavish broker events, open houses or other marketing activities, showing customers around town all day and buying them lunch? There is no base salary or reimbursement for the time and money they’ve expended no matter the outcome, whether it’s 500-plus messages or hours of research, advice, problem-solving, troubleshooting, giving insight over the phone or making countless trips to show property. How would you feel if your employer decided, as part of its cost cutting, to not give you a paycheck for your all of your work and effort, especially on a big project that involved a tremendous amount of time and effort on nights, holidays and weekends? Attention perpetual house shoppers and sellers just testing the market: the agent’s time and expenses are 100 percent on them. 2. An agent’s gas, mileage and other transportation expenses are reimbursed. If only real estate brokerages had a “transportation fund” to reimburse agents for these things. The 25 trips to show a buyer homes every time a new one hit the market - only for the buyer to wait and see if something better comes along. The three days spent driving all over town with a relocating buyer who decides not to end up moving to that city. The umpteen trips to a listing, prepping for showings, and continually checking on the vacant property; or meeting vendors contractors, photographers, etc. none of it is paid for by anyone but the agent. Driving into new construction neighbourhoods that are rife with tire-puncturing nails - the gas, tolls, vehicle wear-and-tear and maintenance - it all adds up, and it’s all on the agent. 3. Marketing expenses aren’t the agent’s responsibility. Speaking of things the public thinks a brokerage pays for on behalf of an agent - don’t forget the marketing expenses! Think about the several thousand dollars for video production, 3-D tours, digital marketing campaigns, specialty websites, open house events, the local symphony quartet playing on a red carpet greeting prospective buyers - not to mention the design and printing of brochures and the like. Yep, this marketing is brought to you by - your neighborhood friendly real estate agent (sorry

no corporate sponsor was available), who didn’t ask the seller to contribute one dime, even after agreeing to discount commission to make the seller happy. And when the seller doesn’t follow the agent’s advice, won’t work with an offer that was received because it was “too low” and ultimately decides to pull the house off the market? Oh well. 4. A home passes or fails an inspection. An inspection is meant to assess the condition of a home. An inspector doesn’t “pass” or “fail” a home. He or she will provide a report explaining all issues along with a summary of the age of key systems such as plumbing, electric, HVAC and the roof along with an estimate of economic life remaining on those systems. 5. Inspectors have to find something, don’t they? Speaking of inspections, no one likes the idea of someone crawling around their home for a few hours with a camera and notepad making note of every crack, crevice and things that may not function to a certain standard. Here’s the deal - inspectors are hired by the buyer to do an independent and objective evaluation of a property. The reality is they are going to find things - no property is perfect, even with brand new construction homes. There is no secret conspiring happening behind the scenes. If the sellers are concerned about what might be found, the best way to level the playing field is to obtain their own pre-listing inspection before putting the home on the market. 6. It is better to price a home on the high side, as the seller can always come down. This is one of the most common fallacies in real estate. Sellers want to protect their asking price, so they think overpricing it is an effective defense mechanism against selling too low. News Flash: overpricing your home often leads to the home sitting and not receiving much interest. If a home is priced competitively from the beginning, the chances of attracting optimal traffic from the beginning greatly increases. As a follow-up to this myth, sellers often say, “well, a buyer can always make an offer”, but the problem is that when you’ve overpriced it, buyers may not look at the home in the first place, let alone put an offer in. You have to entice with the price. 7. When making an offer on a home, you need to start with a low offer. Just as sellers make a classic mistake of overpricing, buyers often make the mistake of wanting to start with a really low offer. Although there is nothing wrong with negotiating, if the home is priced within range, an unrealistically low offer is only going to alienate the seller, and you won’t be taken seriously. Don’t be surprised if you receive a very slight counter or no counter offer at all. 8. Multiple price reductions mean the seller is desperate to sell. If a home has had multiple price reductions, that must mean the seller desperately needs to sell. Price reductions are made to bring the property in line with current comparables, price it to be competitive or underprice it to help generate more traffic and interest. Often when a seller has done several price reductions, it means they are through with negotiation.

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By Vi Creasey First of all, what is the average cost of cruising? As a general rule, cruising will cost you approximately $200 per day. So, what will you get for your money? Well to start, you will get all your food. The dining rooms will serve you gourmet meals every night and you can always ask for more. You will definitely not go hungry on a cruise ship. The buffet is always another option, where you can get pizza, ice cream, juice, tea and coffee. The buffet also has sushi, pasta and regular meals, if you don’t want to go to the dining room every night. You also get room service for no additional cost, if you want it. All entertainment is included. Broadway type shows are shown nightly. Remember, that on some ships you need to make reservations, but they are still free. On board your ship many activities are included, games and dance classes, basketball, rock climbing, mini golf and shuffleboard. Enrichment seminars, which will give you shopping tips in each port, computer use and photography lessons, cooking demos and lectures on the ports you will be going to. Spas, steam and sauna rooms within the locker room area are free. Use of a fitness centre and some classes are usually included in your fare. Sun decks, which include pools, hots tubs, loungers and even perhaps waterslides. Childcare is free during the day. Remember that your child must be at least 3 years old to participate in the activities offered to children. Not all ships include all activities, but cruising is an “all inclusive” vacation. However, saying that, alcoholic beverages are not included unless you purchase a “beverage” package. Often, beverage packages, free gratuities, free internet and reduced costs for shore excursions will be promotional offers when you book your cruise. A great deal right now is a Norwegian sailing from Vancouver to Japan in September 2018 for 19 days for only $1538 Canadian!

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Making sure your financial future is secure. Robert A. McLennan, FMA Investment Advisor

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 101-100 Front Street Penticton, BC V2A 1H1

robert.mclennan@rbc.com www.robertmclennan.ca Toll Free: 1-855-313-7886 Tel: 250-770-1213 Fax: 250-492-3556

Managing Wealth & Your Children By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor The Millennial generation is often perceived as disengaged or irresponsible when it comes to managing wealth - but this may be a misconception. Research shows that Millennials are not only active in pursuing knowledge to help them manage their money, they’re demonstrating more interest at earlier ages than their Baby Boomer parents did. On average, Millennials begin their wealth education at 20 years old, and many do this through online research and other self-taught learning methods. This is compared to an average age of 25 for Generation Xers and 32 for Baby Boomers. Most of us would agree that it is our duty to foster a well-rounded education in finance for our children. So, how can we encourage the young generation’s interest and create practical lessons in wealth management? How can we ensure that our children are keeping pace with their fellow Millennials? The answer for many is to provide adult children with more formal family education. Some families provide casual, high-level advice through dinner table conversations, but consider also structuring in-depth discussions about strategies for investing, tax efficiency, inheriting wealth and more. Arrange a time to discuss specifics, such as how much you can contribute to their education, what steps they can take to build a budget and how they can put funds like RESPs, RRSPs and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) to work for them. Regardless of your income, it’s important to encourage budgeting, so that your children can develop these skills through experience. Another good idea is to introduce your adult children to the professionals (advisors, accountants, lawyers, etc.) who help you manage your wealth today. Many young people see value in consulting with impartial financial experts, with about one quarter of Millennial inheritors already pursuing help from these professionals. Help them make this connection early with someone who knows your family well. In the end, we all hope to impart the inheritance, knowledge and values that will make our legacy an enduring one. Contact Investment Advisor Robert McLennan today to learn more about what you can do to enhance your wealth transfer. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, FMA, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King

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

Life in a Pioneer Community I’m sure no child looks around at the environment in which he lives and marvels at the advantages that are his or wonders at the amenities provided for his enjoyment. No, as children, there is an assumption that this is how it is throughout the world, that all communities are identical to his community and that all children growing up everywhere enjoy the same warm sense of belonging and protection. Now that assumption may have been challenged, as parents, seeking to encourage the concept that spinach is a marvellous food provided for us by a loving Creator, to produce healthy bodies and scintillating intellects, related to us the oft told tale of how children in Africa (or wherever was currently in the news) would love to have this quivering mass of yucky green vegetation. This may have produced some element of shock the first time used, but after several repetitions it was treated as just another example of the “adult sales pitch”. It is not until childhood is long past that we recognize the wonder, the security and the uniqueness of the environment in which we grew up. My uncle, Jim Ritchie, who was the developer of the little community, promoted it as the “Garden of Eden” of British Columbia and it is not too great a stretch of the imagination to agree with the concept. Just examine life then from a child’s viewpoint and compare it with today’s lifestyle in which some of the basic rules are; “Never speak to strangers. Be wary of everyone you do not know. Don’t eat your Halloween candies until a parent has inspected it and pronounced it safe”. Truly, we grew up in idyllic surroundings. The entire community was our home. If we did not return home for a meal, we were obviously somewhere else - not to worry. Most of the other families were either King or Findlay relatives or members of the Preston clan, which was the next best thing to being related. Kaleden was unique in that many of the early settlers had come here because of their personal faith in the integrity of Jim Ritchie and most shared the same moral and ethical values that he espoused. There was a real sense of unity, everyone was dirt poor as they waited for the orchards to come into production, everyone was willing to lend a hand to the neighbour, everyone took part in the community events, whether those events involved the school, the church or the irrigation district. None of these factors were part of a child’s assessment of why life was so good. They were just accepted as normal conditions, presumed to be universal in scope. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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Farm To Table Fresh Available All Day, Everyday!

Fresh Cherries arriving mid July! Enjoy Farm Direct Pricing For large orders of 20 lbs or more, call 250-809-5353.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

By Marla Wilson It has been a busy spring at the Museum and Heritage complex. Wall papering, baseboards, and trim has been completed in the Bassett House. It is really looking quite nice. We are late opening this year, but it looks so great, it was worth the wait. Dwayne Eisen has been working to keep up with the weeds in the flower beds and some new roses will be added to those in the Memorial garden. The new Roses are for Mary Ferris and her sister Lily, Dorine Gardner, Myrt Niles and Eileen Cross. Mark Thompson and Andrew Feniuk have been cleaning out the old overgrown cedars that were around the back of the property. The H&M Thrifty Boutique continues to keep running at breakneck speed. Under the guidance of shop manager, Noreen Fowler, and her assistant, Julie Green, the twenty or so volunteers are a fantastic, hard working and friendly group. A Volunteer Appreciation Lunch took place in June. We wish to thank the community for all the wonderful donations brought into the shop. We really appreciate your support. Speaking of food, the Summer Picnic is planned for Saturday, July 28th. Arrive at 4 pm and supper will be at 5 pm. We’ll help Audrey Steeves celebrate her Birthday. We will set up in the Heritage Gardens under the big old Hawthorn tree. Just like last year, all members and all volunteers will eat at no cost. Guests and visitors will be asked to pay for their meal. There will be no membership meetings through July and August. Our next General Meeting will be held on September 25th. H&M Thrifty Boutique

H&M Thrifty Boutique Open 10-3 Tuesday - Saturday 250-486-6371

Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Place - 1145 Main St

Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories In Person When Open Please!


CatMatch Meet Murphy!

Casting From Shore By Larry Martin

I don’t often fish lakes from shore; however, stormy weather and a limited time schedule required we abandon our intended use of kayaks. A strong on shore wind made casting with spinning gear a challenge. Debris from the lake was being pushed toward us. Although we managed to avoid most, we did catch our fair share of sticks, logs and floating debris along with a few fish. We also lost several lures to beasts unknown, as there was limited visibility due to the turbid water. To battle the wind we employed two basic methods: 1) Low side casts, just skipping slender narrow spoon lures above the waves where the wind had less effect. 2) Over hand cast with much heavier lures and jigs. Both methods worked with a few hiccups. The side cast was difficult to control direction, thus we ended up crossing lines a few times. The overhand cast if released too high resulted in wind catching the line and peeling it off like a parachute with the lure being blown back toward us. In any case, one cannot expect perfect conditions every fishing trip. Remember, a few adjustments can salvage a fishing trip, even if the weather is a bit humbling. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber okbarbershop@shaw.ca - 778-515-6585

Open: Tue-Fri ~ 8-4 / Sat ~ 8-12 Closed: Sun/Mon & Holidays 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls

I was footloose and fancy-free, or so I thought. Turns out, I was on the road to nowhere, until I was “trapped” by a very convincing woman who helped me turn my life around. I was given medical care, which was long overdue and taught how to live in a family atmosphere. With my newfound skills and health, I am now looking forward to once again being footloose and fancy-free, but this time following the rules and knowing that “free” does not mean no boundaries! If you think you might like to be part of my journey, please contact AlleyCATS and we can arrange a “date”. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls

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Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12

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Wedding Dance Lessons By Brian Udal

The season for weddings is in the Okanagan air. Brides and Grooms are twitterpateing again with wedding plans of caterers and limos and churches and mother in-laws, but oops ... What about our First Dance? We don’t know how to dance! No one ever mentions that in the Bridal booklets now do they? Have no fear, Brian is here with all the patience in the world to help you learn how to dance in a jiffy. Even a basic 6 count step can be taught in less than an hour and voila you are now in command of a pattern that in most cases is 100 times more than the people watching know how to do. Brian Udal has taught hundreds of wedding couples learn how to dance since 2004. Most couples choose 5 x 1 hour lessons for $325. At the end of that, you will have learned an entrance to the dance floor, a beginning, a middle, an ending with a flourish and an exit. You will probably in that time frame learn about 5 to 7 patterns that you can spread out over a 3 minute song. All the cameras will be clicking away and at the end of the routine you will be so happy with your accomplishment. You will have memories and pictures that will last for years and a routine that will keep giving back if you decide to relive that song and that dance routine again, even if it is just twirling around the kitchen. Now that’s romantic.

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Brian’s Dance Class holds seasonal dance lessons in Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom Dance styles in Penticton and Summerland. Brian also holds monthly Dance Parties in Summerland. The next Dance Party is Saturday, September 22nd and the next set of seasonal Dance Lessons start October 4th & 5th and run for 8 weeks. Check out my new website or call me on the phone for more information. Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing.

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Walter & Fred Hill Denturist Free Consultations BPS Masters ® Certified Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures Personalized Teeth Arrangement Hospital / Institution Visits Flexible Hours Upon Request

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250-492-5754 Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson

June was highlighted with our annual BBQ on the 9th, which has traditionally signaled the start of a Summer Siesta for many of our activities and programs. The theme was “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”, with music provided by The Itty Bitty Jam Band. There was a dance contest, prize for best outfit and a broom ‘spot’ dance. Our chefs, Dave & Peter cooked up burgers and hotdogs, in spite of the rain. Our members brought a colourful array of salads and desserts to round it all out. A good time was had by all. Come start your Canada Day Celebrations with us and enjoy a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, July 1 from 8-11 am. Then later in the afternoon, if the heat is too much for you, join us for DropIn Bingo from 1-4 pm. There will be a final progressive Jackpot ($85+), coffee and concession, as well as a 50-50 draw. We will have a Helping Hand hamper on site, collecting food donations for those in need. Please bring a non-perishable food item and get a free game card - up to 3 games (excludes blackout games). Though things quiet down during the summer, if you see the ‘open’ sign and cars out front, there’s someone here and coffee is usually on. Drop by and see us. Our library is now located in the Pool Room. We have a great selection of books, puzzles and movies. Music & Coffee on Wednesday & Fridays is a great time to connect with friends old and new. Check the dates below, or drop by the hall for a calendar to see what’s happening. Have a great summer everyone!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, July 1 from 8-11 am Canada Day Drop-in Bingo ~ Sunday, July 1 at 1 pm Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am - July 2, 9, 16 & 23 Exercises ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ July 3, 10 & 17 at 1 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Falls Music Group ~ Wednesdays from 2-4 pm Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Drop In Bingo (19+) ~ Saturday, July 21st at 1 pm (3rd Sat) General Meeting ~ Monday, September 10 at 1 pm Note: There is no Tuesday Bingo or Drop-in Bingo in August. Page 26 | July 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

Here we are at the end of another Lions year, this 101st year of Lionism shows our membership worldwide closing in on 1.5 million and approximately 46,000 clubs. Our International President and Directors have done a great job promoting Lions involvement in world health and fellowship: “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion”, has been and will continue to be our inspiration for community projects and support where it is needed. Okanagan Falls Lions Club held our last meeting for the summer on June 25th, the same night as our bursary presentations at South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver. Our Annual Canada Day Barbeque will be held once again in Kenyon Park on July 1st. We will be serving brats and hotdogs for lunch as part of Canada Day Festivities. See you there! We will be having our new executive installation at a BBQ on Monday, July 9th, along with the Oliver Lions Club. Some of us are assuming the same roles as last year for a second term and some are newly elected. Regular meetings and school breakfasts begin again in September as usual. We will keep you informed in future issues. Sometime this summer, we will be once again at our border crossing, giving the Lions Friendship Arch a coat of paint and some touch-ups as required. This is a continuation of our joint club project from last year, along with the Tonasket Lions from Washington. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is July 11, 12 & 13 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. If you see us around town, come over and say hello. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/ sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!” www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

MIKE INGRAHAM

&

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hi everyone! This is Sharon Proctor with the latest update on our ‘Affordable Housing for Seniors Project’. Congratulations to us! We have the ‘Green Light’ from BC Housing to move forward and Get on with the Show! Our grant is essentially Approved, our Land Is Paid For, our Construction Mortgage is on it’s way and we already have Interim Financing in place. Please stay tuned for our ‘Annoucement of the Sod Turning’ coming very sooooon!

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.


The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans” Jim Laidlaw joined RCAF in 1954. He was transferred to many different bases. From Vancouver Island to Chatham, New Brunswick. Jim was a radar technician and retired in 1975. He has been married to his wonderful wife Merle for 58 years. Jim has been a Legion member for 46 years. Thanks Jim for your service.

July Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Music Trivia will return in September. General Meetings will also resume monthly starting on September 18th at 7 pm. All sports will start up again in September and October. Sunday, July 15 ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. We have pancakes French toast, hash browns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults - $6, Children (3-10) - $3, and Children under 5 are Free! Saturday, July 21st ~ Dinner Dance - Lasagna Dinner with salad and garlic toast for $10. Live music with “Just Us Too”. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Friday & NEW TIME of 4 pm on Saturday. Come on out, you could be lucky. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30 pm start. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. Bartenders are always needed. For more information, please call 250-497-8338.

“Play In The Park” Series For Older Adults

Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

By Aja Jackson, Program Coordinator

Ask how you can help seniors in your community.

“Play in the Park” is celebrating our Okanagan Falls summer lifestyle with “Market in the Park”! We are teaming up all through July to bring you a host of fun summer activities, food and entertainment. Grab your neighbours, friends, grandparents and family and join us at Centennial Park every Wednesday from 4-7pm in July. Play in the park with lawn games, croquet, bocce, urban poles, arts, culture, drumming and music. Share YOUR ideas on how YOU would like to Play in our Parks! Check out our Free Lending Sports and Games Box. A free box of equipment that you can lend out for your family to have fun in the parks. If you would like to borrow some equipment, please call Janet at 250-497-8188 or email ajaplayinthepark@gmail.com.

250-487-7455

www.seniorwellnesssociety.com Email: info@seniorswellnesssociety.com

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin

The heat is on ... Feels like the beginning of a hot summer month for July. Would you rather be at the lake than cleaning your home or maintaining your garden? Then give me a call, as this is my working season. I can also help with clean-up for move-outs or support with estate sales, letting go of stuff or reorganizing. For more information on “Services for the Heart & Home”, please call Patricia at 778.889.9725. Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful month!

Patricia ~ Services for the Heart & Home Professional Housecleaner 25 + years Community Support Worker & Massage Technician

For more info, call Patricia at 778.889.9725

Croquet

Tile Making


Retro-Tunes Entertainment ... The Name Says It All

Singer/DJ, Grant Henderson has entertainment in his blood. His beginnings in stage presence began in drama classes in high school. Grant became a DJ in 1978 working in Vancouver’s downtown scene and earned a reputation of excellent song selection and flawless mixing. Many people claim that, “with his voice, he should be in radio”. Being a good DJ is much more than playing one song after another. Anyone can do that. It’s the DJ’s job to set the mood on the dance floor. A good DJ observes the crowd, plays more of what they dance to, and remains always open to requests. Grant’s policy on music requests is simple, “If I’ve got it, I’ll play it.” Lighting can play a critical role in setting the mood on the dance floor. Although Retro-Tunes plays only the hits of yesteryear, their lighting system consists of an impressive array of modern LED fixtures and Laser lights. Naturally, a water-based fog machine also helps to further enhance the lighting effects. Grant’s real talent, however, is in his voice. Nothing beats live entertainment and Grant loves to sing at almost any gathering. “A live singer brings an energy to the room that is difficult to obtain with recorded music”, says Grant. Grant sings a variety of Country, Soft Rock, and Classic Rock tunes. He can be found singing at the Okanagan Falls Legion from time to time and Grant will be treating us all at “Music in The Park” on Sunday, July 22nd starting at 6:30 pm. How can Retro-Tunes Entertainment make your event even better? Call 778-531-8557 and ask Grant today!

Retro-Tunes Entertainment Live Singing & DJ Services

778-531-8557

Let us kindle your fond memories of yesteryear

3 Fawns For 3 Sisters

Marie of Kaleden was visiting with her twin sisters who stayed over on a Sunday night in June. They got up the next day and looked out the window into the garden to enjoy the view during breakfast. One of Marie’s sisters said, “Do you know you have a deer in your yard?” Marie commented back, “I chased one out a few days ago.” Well, there she was in the garden again. Marie looked through her binoculars ... “What is she doing?” The deer was having a baby, then licking it clean. But, a few minutes later, she was having another baby and then cleaned it off too. Then, low and behold, there was a 3rd baby born! Unbelievable! And, this amazing triplet fawn birth was witnessed by 3 sisters during an overnight visit! Marie shared the emotion of seeing a mother deer having her triplet babies ... “Just an amazing lifetime memory I get to share with my twin sisters.” The mother deer and her triplet fawns stayed for 3 days, while the mom ate leaves from the lilacs, roses and plum trees. Marie left her gate open during this time to let mom come and go, and she also made sure there was plenty of water available for them. Then, on the third day, they were gone. They have come and gone since, so keep your eyes open for the triplet fawns in Kaleden.

Music In The Park By Barb Few

Once again, we know how to celebrate Canada Day! We have not one, not two, but three bands to enjoy. Entertaining us is the Penticton Concert Band, Thursday Jazz Band and the Penticton Swing Band, with over 80 musicians in total to get our feet tapping. All this will all be held at the WI Bandshell in Centenial Park in Okanagan Falls starting at 5 pm. And, the best thing is that this musical event is FREE, with thanks to our sponsor, Okanagan Falls Park & Recreation. Why not make the evening complete by having a picnic supper, as food will be available from the Ladies Auxiliary. We will be honouring Canada Day by having a parade of the Legion Colour Party to start off the evening. So, bring your friends, family and chairs to the park and show your pride in our great country. See you there!

Dinner prepared by Ladies Auxiliary from 5-7

Bring your lawn chairs, kids, dogs and visitors.

July 22, 2018 5 - 8 pm WI Bandshell in Centennial Park No Admission Fee. Thanks to our wonderful sponsor. Helping You Is What We Do!


“Self Help”

Self Help is a the riotously funny journey of Cindy and Hal Savage, whose acting careers lack luster and the financial rewards they so ardently desire. The doldrums persist until they stumble on the writings of a self-help guru whose sold-out shows and best-selling publications afford him a lifestyle to which the Savages aspire! Yachts, mansions, and private jets await! Chucking aside their stage career, our heroes embark on a new and very successful adventure as self-help gurus motivating the masses and lining their pockets! Many Hats favorites Tammy Hansel and Vance Potter play the hapless Savages and their bumbling housekeeper Bernice is played by Jeanne Wnuk. And, to add to the hilarity, there’s the Savage’s brassy agent (Dianna Zumpano-Gin), a hungry police detective (Christopher Millin - making his Many Hats debut!), and a tabloid newspaper columnist (Jason Lane) whose goal is to expose the whole sham. In true farce fashion, there’s lots of mistaken identities, and lots of door slamming! Self Help is directed by Eric Hanston and produced by Ben Amos. Stepping off the stage for this production, Tony Collins stage manages. Self Help opens July 5th and runs until July 28th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2 pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be two gala opening nights. First on Thursday, July 5th and then on Friday, July 6th, with a reception following both performances. Tickets are $25/adult and $22/student or senior (GST included). As usual, tickets can be purchased from our good friends next door at The Nest and Nectar or reserved during their business hours by phoning 250-493-7275. (Note: The Nest and Nectar is open for dinner during performance nights and is closed on Mondays.) For more information, please visit www.ManyHatsTheatre.com.

“Self Help”

July 5 - 28, 2018

Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

100 Women Who Care South Okanagan We are a group of women who get together each quarter to drink a little wine, network and give back to the community. We combine our donations to be able to offer one local charity a substantive donation, as well as to give 2 others $500 each. It’s a great way to have a fun evening and make a difference. No charge to attend.

At our last quarterly meeting held on June 6th at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, we we donated $500 to “Tomorrow’s Hope, $500 to “Kids Sport”, and $4200 to “Dragonfly Pond Society”. For more information or to join 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan, please visit www.100womensouthokanagan.com.

EVERYDAY SPECIALS IN JULY! with the purchase of a beverage only ...

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NEW HOURS: Mon/Tue/Wed/Sat ~ 8 - 3 Thu & Fri ~ 8 - 7 Eat In or Take Out Order Your Baking In Advance!

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Check Out Our New Summer Menu!

Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast ~ $5 Deluxe Burger & Fries ~ $6 Cheddar Burger ~ $7 Crispy Chicken Burger ~ $7 Angry Jalapeno Bacon Cheese Burger ~ $9 Pulled Pork Ciabatta ~ $7 Fully Loaded BBQ Smokie & Fries ~ $6 Chilli Dogs ~ $6 Chili Cheese Fries ~ $8 Fish & Chips 2 piece ~ $14

Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner ... Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Half portions always available. Or, add a plate to share for just $2.50!

DINNER SPECIALS IN JULY! Thursday Night ~ Traditional Roast Beef Dinner ~ $14 Friday Night ~ 2 for $20 Pasta Dinner with Caesar Salad & Dessert


LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY

Please join Kaleden Community Church for

Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Church in the Gardens

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Church in the Gardens ~ Sunday, July 29 10am Linden Gardens 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for July: 1st - Judy Ritcey; 8th - Mark Bedford; 15th - Nancy Wyse; 22nd - Sarah Tupholme; and 29th - Mark Bedford. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

Community Helping Community

On Wednesday, June 13th, Diane Schlamp and Margo Reeve, members of the Okanagan Falls Community Church presented a cheque for $350 to the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department for future equipment purchases. Accepting for the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department was Rene Van Uden. A Parking Lot Sale was held at Okanagan Falls Community Church on June 4th, with a committed a portion of the proceeds to go to our community.

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Sunday, July 29, 10 am Linden Gardens

Douglas Warren Harrison

February 1, 1964 - June 13, 2018

On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Douglas Warren Harrison of Okanagan Falls passed away peacefully at Moog & Friends Hospice House after a long illness at the age of 54 years. He will be fondly remembered by his loving family including mother Lorraine, sisters Cheryl (Terry) and Nicole (Robert), niece Jessica, aunt Elizabeth, and a great many friends. Doug had many occupations over the years. Radio and hockey were his passion, but he was diverse in his experience. He was born and raised on the prairies, but he loved the orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan. From Shaw Cable to Ironman to the Legion, he was always available to help anyone with technical support. Doug enjoyed politics and video games and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Okanagan Falls Legion Hall. A graveside urn committal will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.

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

info4@nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES

(In the “OK Corrall” near IGA)

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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Flowers to those folks who have once again spread the joy of beauty by filling those barrels with living colour. Thank you! ~ Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Tass for planning a neighbourhood get together at Skaha Estates Beach Park. And, flowers to everyone who attended. It was a windy day, but we were able to meet neighbours and share some wonderful food and ideas. Looking forward to the next one! ~ From Marybeth Z. of Skaha Estates Flowers to Okanagan Falls! You have again made us proud to be a part of the Community. When the Father’s Day Concert was finished, and the band was packing up, and the people were pulling up their lawn chairs and going home, the park was absolutely spotless. Not a tissue, not a piece of garbage anywhere! The band said they had never seen that before! Thank you Okanagan Falls. Be proud of yourselves! ~ From The Music in the Park Committee Fish Heads or Flowers ... Has anyone on Hody Drive seen my gutter wand I loaned Terry. ~ From Ray M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the organizers of the Street Banner Project in Kaleden and to the artists, young and old, who rendered such interesting works to define Kaleden. And, for putting them up for all to view and appreciate ... on a very stormy day. Thank you! ~ From Jaynie M. of Kaleden Flowers to Conor McClarty, who generously, on a Saturday in the pouring rain, hung FORTY-ONE banners, painted by community members, families, and students in the Kaleden Grade 4/5 Class, down Lakehill, Ponderosa and Linden Avenues in Kaleden. ~ From Randy C. and Judy S. of Kaleden

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What’s Happening on the Ridge ... July 12 ~ Barrel Tasting with Benoit Gauthier July 13 ~ Vine Dining July 15 ~ Art, Wine & Vines Book your tickets today! T: 250.497.7945

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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls

Credible Cremation Services is available 24 hours to assist you with final arrangements, whenever the need arises. Feel free to call Lesley if you have any questions, or if you need advice. We offer seamless, personal service to all, at the most reasonable price in the area. It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of another Okanagan Falls neighbour. Our condolences are extended to all families who are missing a loved one.

COOMBER, Yvonne Marie Jeanne

December 31, 1949 - June 4, 2018 Yvonne Coomber (nee) Michaud was born in Godbout, Quebec on December 31, 1949. Yvonne passed away gracefully on June 4, 2018 at Moog and Friends Hospice House in Penticton at 68 years of age. Friends and family will miss her caring spirit and love for God, her family, husband Terry, friends, the Vees and Teddy her dog. Left to mourn are her sister Marie Michaud, brothers Bertrand, Charlie and Francois. Her daughter Maria (Ken) Hunter, grandsons Jerred, Austin (Tina), great grandchildren Delilah, Cheyenne and Eleanor. Her son Karl (Julie) Villeneuve, grandsons Daniel, Andrew, Aleck and Patrick, granddaughters Naomi, Hailey and Makita. Yvonne’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 250-493-3912 or crediblecremations@shaw.ca Flowers to Maria, John and Wade for their awesome children’s play program in partnership with Parks and Recreation. On hold for the summer, we look forward to your return in September. ~ From Janet B. on behalf of active, happy children in OK Falls Flowers to Coach James and crew of Parks and Recreation for putting together an amazing program in Kaleden - Active Kids. Kids and parents all appreciated your fun weekly program in Kaleden. Flowers to Nancy Lomax for her dedication to Kaleden Elementary School as our new Principal this year. Flowers to Ginny Manning for her dedication to education and support for Kaleden Elementary School. Flowers to Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for keeping us all safe. Flowers to Kaleden Library for hosting another Summer Reading Club in our community. Flowers to Kaleden Recreation and Kaleden Community Association for installing and purchasing the swim ropes at Pioneer Park. Thank you to all who donated towards the purchase of the swim ropes to keep our community safe. ~ From Subrina M. of Kaleden Fish Heads to the speeders in the Kaleden School Zone. Please SLOW down! Fish Heads to the ‘N’ driver who continues to drive through the school zone speeding. Parents, please talk to your new drivers about school zones. ~ From Subrina M. of Kaleden Fish Heads to freak thunderstorms! I left my sunroof open on my BMW and now my stereo is fried and my horn goes off randomly. ~ From Lee K. of Kaleden SkahaMatters.com | July 2018 | Page 31


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