Skaha Matters July 2019

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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 7

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July 2019

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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen We have seen a lot in the media lately relating to the Climate Change targets for 2040 and the move to zero-emission vehicles. There are many “experts” that have been consulted about the realities of actually electrifying our transportation system in North America, so I thought I would share one of those from the Manhattan Institute: “Scientists have yet to discover and entrepreneurs have yet to invent, anything as remarkable as hydrocarbons in terms of the combination of low-cost, high-energy density, stability, safety and portability. In practical terms that means spending $1 million on utility-scale wind turbines, or solar panels, will each, over 30 years of operation produce about 50 million kilowatt hours. An equivalent $1 million spent on a shale rig produces enough natural gas over 30 years to generate over 300 million kilowatt hours. Solar technologies have improved greatly and will continue to become cheaper and more efficient. But, the huge gains in this technology have already reached 26% of the possible 34% of conversion that is possible. Wind power technology has also improved greatly, but here too, the maximum gains have nearly been reached. The annual output of Tesla’s Giga Factory, the world’s largest battery factory, could store three minutes’ worth of the annual U.S. electricity demand. It would require 1000 years of production to make enough batteries for two days’ worth of U.S. power demand with our current technologies. And, 50-100 pounds of materials are mined, moved, and processed for every pound of battery produced.” While electrifying the entire Province seems totally impossible given the current technologies, I still believe, as individuals, we can make changes to lesson our carbon footprint even in small ways. And, if enough people make small changes, it really does make a difference. For those of us who live in rural BC, public transportation is not readily available and will most likely never be as it is impractical unless in higher density populations. But, there are hybrid vehicles that will enable travelling longer distances while lessening fuel consumption, so perhaps the next time you change vehicles consider a hybrid. If you don’t travel more than just around your local community, then an electric vehicle that you can plug in at night is a great option. And, certainly there are more charging stations popping up around the country all the time. It is important for everyone to do what they can, when they can, to reduce our carbon footprint.

The ITA (Industry Training Authority) stats show that 23,172 of BC’s 28,432 registered construction apprentices aren’t affiliated with a union. That is 81.5% of all construction apprentices are not sponsored by unions at all, but are under the umbrella of Independent Contractors, Business Associations, and open-shop companies-in other words - the free enterprise system.

And, some good news! Okanagan College in Penticton has been awarded a $1.75 million grant over the next five years from the Federal College - Community Innovation Fund. The grant will be used to establish and operate a technology access centre that is focused on BC wine, cider, craft beer, and spirits. The Centre (BCBTAC) will give medium and small businesses in these fields The NDP Government Bill that created the Community Benefits an opportunity to grow with the help of applied research and Agreements Legislation will continue to cause the costs of innovation through analytic and sensory services. Congratulations Public Projects to rise. BC Building Trades, that were on a select to Okanagan College and its many partners in the Industry who list of NDP supporters, have been awarded all Public Project worked on this successful grant proposal. contracts to supply workers. But, only 15 percent of BC’s 250,000 It is summer holiday time for some, and unfortunately tragedy can construction workers are affiliated with those selected traditional strike anytime, anywhere. Our deepest sympathy to those affected unions. The rest have moved onto more flexible models that give by the boat accident on Osoyoos Lake. Please take extra care on workers greater choice, career options and participation in profit our lakes and on the roads, as the number of visitors increases sharing and bonus plans. To justify this act of favouritism, the dramatically over the summer in the beautiful OkanaganGovernment cited the desperate need for more apprenticeship Similkameen and Boundary country. programs and training and that only these favoured unions could fill that role. The facts tell a different story. The favoured unions Finally, to report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could only train 15% of the apprentices in BC. The other 85% are trained start a wildfire in British Columbia, please call 1-800-663-5555 or by employee associations, progressive unions, or those who work *5555 from a cell phone, as soon as possible. for construction companies not affiliated with the favoured unions. | July 2019 | Page 3


Happy Canada Day! The month of June was interesting. Lots happened in our area in the month of June. A big thank you to April Howe and all the volunteers at the Information Centre for a job well done with the open house event that occurred June 12, 2019 at the Information Centre. Members of the community who attended the open Ron Obirek house asked for information regarding Director of the new housing project. I am glad to RDOS Area ‘D’ report that the South Skaha Housing Society is making information available to the Information Centre and there is a plan to have application forms for the new housing project available at the Information Centre and at the Library in the near future. Work is continuing on the transition of the Community Services Office to better service Area ‘D’. The division of the former Area ‘D’ into the new Area ‘D’ and the new Area ‘I’ has resulted in a process that is almost complete as Director Monteith and myself sort out what services Area ‘I’ might continue to participate in and which services might be added for the benefit of Area ‘D’. In Area ‘D’, we expect to continue the services that were previously offered with enhancements to better serve the community of Area ‘D’ in the areas of economic development and RDOS administration. Specifically, the office will provide a valuable interface for the community and the RDOS main administration building located in Penticton. Historically, the office was established under an economic development bylaw created in 2008. The importance of, and community support for, the office was confirmed in a report done in 2012 prepared by the then economic development officer John Powell in consultation with the community. The community support for the office was confirmed again in the 2015 governance report study (which was done with community input and consultation). The result of that 2015 governance study was the split of Area ‘D’ into the new Area ‘D’ and Area ‘I’. I will keep you updated as this process continues. Good news regarding the RV. The RV was finally towed away on Friday, June 14, 2019. Special thanks to the many community members who expressed their concerns regarding this issue to myself and to the local authorities, including the police and local and provincial government. I myself forwarded concerns I received onto the police and the local and provincial governments. And, thank you to the police for finding a way to help us with this problem. This is a positive 1st step on a much bigger issue that needs attention. At the RDOS November 29, 2018 strategic planning meeting, I stated that we need a solution to our inability to properly address Page 1 of 3 issues relating to roads generally. As a community, we have been frustrated as both the local and provincial governments and departments tell us that it’s not their jurisdiction or some derivative of that excuse as to why we cannot get better services. We know we pay our property taxes and the answers are often confusing and befuddling. I have asked for a review of this matter and have suggested the need to encourage the province to do a better job or alternatively to request a delegation of the necessary authority from the province to the local level, so that we can get the level of service that is expected and is common in every incorporated community. Often we are told the reason we cannot receive this level of services is because we are not incorporated. Incorporation is clearly one possible solution. Another possible solution is getting a delegation of the necessary authority so that we can provide the appropriate

tool necessary to get the job done. Under a delegation of such authority we would, for example, be able to create a parking bylaw that includes a “tag and tow” authority, and we could put up signage regarding parking and be able to tag and, when necessary, tow offending vehicles. This is a tool or authority we do not at presently have. Under this tool we could also address abandoned vehicles that create safety hazards for fire and emergency response. It would also help us to do a better job managing overnight parking at our parks and road ends and roadsides. I will continue working on this issue and I appreciate all the community support that I have already received. Another interesting occurrence in June was the announcement of Sunniva’s sale of the Okanagan Falls medical marijuana production site to CanaPharmaRX. This is exciting good news. The information announced indicates the project, which has been delayed, will soon be proceeding. There was also news in June that the IGA located in Okanagan Falls is scheduled to close in September 2019. I received a lot of contacts from community members and media on this issue expressing concern. I have spoken with IGA management and with the land owner. It is sad to see the IGA leave our community. It will, however, open an opportunity for a new grocery service provider. I have received assurances that IGA will do their best to work with the land owner to facilitate any prospective replacement grocer. There are approximately 4000 people in the immediate area who all eat food. This is not a demand problem. Members of the community have indicated a sincere desire and willingness to support a grocery service provider who can supply competitive quality and pricing. I will provide an updated report in August. Great news on the installation of a temporary dock at the Okanagan Falls boat launch. Special thanks to the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission for supporting the excellent work done by Justin Shuttleworth at the RDOS in getting this temporary solution in place in time for Page 2 of 3 summer. The bigger project and more permanent solution is targeted for completion over the winter of 2019/2020. Our coffee meeting with the Director at the Legion on June 10, 2019 was well attended with good information and concerns shared by many. Of special interest at the June 10 meeting was concern presented by many in attendance regarding a decision of the RDOS administration to shut down the gateway on the KVR Trestle Bridge where many enjoyed jumping into the lake. This is a big issue of concern to many community members. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission has made a motion requesting this important attraction be reopened for the enjoyment of local residents and tourists alike. I have spoken to the matter at the RDOS Board meeting on June 20, 2019 and have received confirmation that the matter is under review and will come before the board meeting as early as July 4, 2019. I have received many letters of support for reopening this attraction. I welcome all and any further input from all community members interested. I will be speaking in support of reopening this attraction with reasonable safety signage and I will ask the community concerns and the Parks and Recreation Commission recommendations be carefully considered. These coffee meetings provide valuable input from the community that helps me better understand issues of concern both historically and in the present moment. Thank you to all who attended the June 10 meeting and all who might attend future meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 8 at 9 am at the Legion. All are welcome. I will be available to meet with anyone who would like to speak regarding any concern comment or question. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Rick Wilson, Chair Here we go into our beautiful summer months where temperatures soar and the water flows. During April, we pumped 7.9 million US Gallons (30.3 Million Litres) and in May we pumped 26.4 million US gallons (101.3 Million Litres) on our way to about 40 million US gallons (153.4 Million Litres) during July and August. We ask all our customers to be responsible in their water usage and follow the even/odd watering days. About 85% of the water usage in summer months go to outside lawns, gardens and agriculture. During the period of July 2nd to 13th we will again be flushing our water system, if you experience cloudy water run your outside tap full until it runs clear. If you run your outside tap, it doesn’t put sediment into your home water system, such as hot water tanks and water conditioners. One of the most common complaints we receive in the District office is low flow/low pressure issues. If you experience this, please check your Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV), or have a credible tradesperson check it for you before calling the District. PRV’s require servicing as they either get worn out or clogged. This device in most homes is on the main pipe coming into the home, just after the shutoff valve. One of the functions of the District is the responsible use of Centennial Park and besides the general public use, there are some organizations that create great community spirit through use of these facilities. I’m speaking about the Music in the Park group, led by Marla Wilson and Barb Few, also the Community Market group, led by Vivian Botting and Elaine Chernoff, and their many volunteers that make these awesome community events a reality. They foster responsible use of these facilities and the Board and Staff are proud of their endeavours. Watch Skaha Matters for times and dates of these events. They are definitely worth attending. See you there! I would like to thank RDOS Director Ron Obirek for attending our monthly Board meeting to discuss common issues. We look forward to working with Ron over the next couple of years.

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Update on the Okanagan Falls Visitors Centre ... It is looking beautiful! We had our Open House on June 12th and a big thanks to all who attended. Most of all thanks to our volunteers who were there to meet and greet people. A special thanks to Brenda for going around to the business community with posters to remind them of our Open House. Thanks again to Shona and Nancy for all that you do. We really do miss seeing you and having you as our backup everyday. Also, thank you to the seven wineries that each donated a bottle of wine for our display. We had a draw and seven lucky local people got a nice bottle of Okanagan Falls wine. I hope everyone in our fine community will send their summer visitors our way. We have a lot of great local information to share with your guests. On another note, we are still taking applications for volunteers. However, we did get some during our Open House. Please drop by our office and get an application. Let’s hope we have a good summer ... smoke and forest fire free.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Wishing everyone a safe and happy CANADA DAY to all residents and guests of Area “I”. There is a bylaw in effect that prohibits using or selling fireworks in Area “I”. This bylaw has been in effect since 1990’s, but now includes an enforcement with fine (Bylaw 2854). I’ll be attending the Canada Day Subrina Monteith celebration at Pioneer Park and rumor on the street is there may be cake. Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Hope to see everyone at Pioneer Park! Pioneer Park is nearing completion on two of the three phases of the project. The final phase is the boat launch, which is still waiting on permits. There will be some landscaping and final touches in the near future. One of the floating docks was removed, as it was damaged and the plan would be to replace it next year. AIM Roads is our new maintenance contractor for roads within the Regional District. Sweeping has started in Kaleden and surrounding communities. If you have concerns about road maintenance, contact them at 1-866-222-4204 or AIM is working at acquiring equipment to meet contract standards set out by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Area “I’ has several key organizations of passionate residents who work together to accomplish community based projects. I wanted to take some time to highlight a community based organization each month to share who and what they offer each community. This month, I have chosen to start with the Kaleden Community Association (KCA). KCA was established in Kaleden in 1950 under the name of Kaleden Community Centre Association. The 2019 KCA committee includes: Chair - Randy Cranston; Vice-chair - Eryn Weidner; Secretary - Rita Masson; Treasurer - Gail Jeffery; and members Sue Kelly, Subrina Monteith, Glenda Livolsi, Neal Dockendorf and Jaynie Molloy. KCA now leases the Kaleden Community Hall to the RDOS and it is managed by the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission (Kal-Rec). Kal-Rec uses tax requisitioned funds to facilitate recreation programs and park maintenance. KCA also supports the community through fundraising opportunities to fund local community projects. Last year, KCA organized the “Get Jazzed” fundraising event, as well as this year started a community website which can be found at KCA can be reached at Stay tuned for the 2nd Annual Get Jazzed event. Tickets to go on sale in the near future. KCA is also in the process of starting a community bursary through the Community Foundation of South Okanagan. KCA Website Contest Winners Fairview Liquor Store Prize ~ Tamara Gardner Struthers Tech Prize ~ Hanneke Dijk Sagebrush Pony Parties & Events ~ Karen Smith Fountain Tire Prize ~ Kelsie Richards Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Kaleden Community Safety Committee will hold a training session on July 3rd for patrol volunteers and is now scheduling patrols. To volunteer, please contact Gord Monteith at 250-809-0807. An Adhoc committee organized a community event in June to education residents on the importance of our area, specifically around Sickle Point (Skaha Point). A large thank you to MLA Richard Cannings for leading the walk and talk along the KVR. It is not too late to send emails of concern about the proposed subdivision on Skaha Point (Sickle Point) to Bill Sparkes at Bill. A group of volunteers have formed a committee under the Kaleden Community Association umbrella called “The Lakes Community Committee”. The Lakes Community Committee is planning events in the Twin Lakes area. The first event will be held on July 19th at the Twin Lakes Golf Course. Tickets are available at the Twin Lakes Market and Twin Lakes Golf Course. Looking forward to meeting the residents of Twin Lakes at this community social. Email Wayne Lee at for more details or to donate an auction item for this special event. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | |

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“Building Community Spirit”

The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or A Sizzling Summer? On June 20, the Province moved the even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. Okanagan to Drought Level 3 as a precautionary measure, which Twin Lakes Road Clean Up Crew! requests water use be reduced by 30%. This decision was based The annual Twin Lakes Road on one of the lowest snowpacks in 40 years, persistent warm Clean Up Day was held on June weather and limited precipitation in May, and a forecasted warmer 12th. The group picked up roadside than normal summer. This rating applies to the entire valley, and garbage throughout the Twin the State of Washington has issued a similar declaration. KID’s Lakes area. They collected one or water consumption this May was almost 8.5 million liters higher two bags each. Lots of beverage than for last year. In the wake of this development, KID may move cans, cigarette packages, drink to Water Conservation Stage Two shortly, so please watch for cups, cigarette butts, car parts, further announcements regarding this. In the meantime, PLEASE and golf balls! They all enjoyed a think globally, act locally and stick to your assigned watering cool drink and muffins after they schedule! Otherwise ... finished. Thank you to the Jager’s for getting the equipment and By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Three Strikes and You May be Out (of Water) ...? A reminder to those watering outside of their assigned schedule: on the first violation, you get a verbal warning; a written warning is issued for a second violation; and your water can be shut off with a third violation, costing $50 for the shut-off and another $50 to turn it back on. How High is That Water (Bill) ...? Hopefully, all have paid their KID water bill by now; mine worked out to just over $50/month. While this is an increase over last year, it’s still a bargain compared to many other domestic water suppliers. Of the seven systems operated by RDOS, only one (Ollala at $37/month) was less than KID; the rest ranged from $61/month to $160/month. Rates for seven other Thompson-Okanagan water systems ranged from $39/month (Rutland) to $92/month (SE Kelowna Irrigation District); KID’s rate is higher than four and lower than three. I spend more on cable TV monthly, and I know which service I wouldn’t want to lose for more than a day!

organizing this annual event. In the photo above from left to right are: Verna Mumby, Jack May, Raydene Good-May, and Carolyn Jager. Thanks for showing your Community Spirit! If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to “Everything you need for your Ponds and Waterfalls”

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Staying Beyond the “Blue Line” ... Heather Larratt, a consultant for KID, gave a “disturbing” presentation on boating impacts at the Water Supply Association’s Spring Workshop. Most boaters (I hope) know that running at speed close to shore can damage shorelines with their wake, especially wakeboard boats. But, who knew that a powerboat’s prop wash can scour the bottom even 4-6 metres deep? Turbid water produced this way then may be sucked into domestic water intakes - such as KID’s. So, please be well beyond the shallows before powering up!

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Photo by Jay Clark of Okanagan Falls, who took this picture while kayaking on the south end of Skaha Lake between the dog park and the little island. This bird is a Red-necked Greb. They come every year to this spot and nest.

Kaleden Community Association Update

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By Glenda Livolsi Congratulations again to the Kaleden Community Website Contest Winners! Thanks to all who entered our contest. Fairview Liquor Store Prize ~ Tamara Gardner Struthers Tech Prize ~ Hanneke Dijk Sagebrush Pony Parties & Events ~ Karen Smith Fountain Tire Prize ~ Kelsie Richards I have good news to share with everyone! On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the KCA is hosting the second GET JAZZED fundraising event at the Kaleden Community Hall. This was a SOLD OUT event last year, so watch out for more information about ticket sales to be part of this wonderful fall event. The Penticton Concert Band filled the community hall with wonderful music and many people were up dancing the night away! The Penticton Concert Band performs concerts in venues throughout the South Okanagan area. The band plays a variety of music including traditional concert band music, classical, musicals, and music of the big band era, swing, and of course, jazz! More information to follow in upcoming Skaha Matters or the Community Board at the Kaleden Library, and of course, our new Kaleden Community Website. As part of Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS) mission to Build Smart and Caring Communities, the Kaleden Community Association has established a Kaleden Community Fund with the CFSOS. The creation of this fund will allow for the donation of funds, the creation of endowment funds, the consideration of bequeathing funds to Kaleden in one’s will and the involvement in deciding how those funds could be used in the community. Information sessions about the new Kaleden Community Fund will be held in the fall and written information will be posted on the Kaleden Community Association website, as well as being available at the library and community events. This is a fantastic opportunity to consider the community you are part of in the donations you make on a monthly or yearly basis. If you would like further information, please contact KCA at or Kim English, who is the Rural Community Development Officer for the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, at

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At the community Kaleden Fire Smart meeting this spring, residents of Oak Do you have an idea: Avenue and Lakehill Road in Kaleden raised concerns To bring neighbours together? about the state of the Telus property on Lakehill Road. The residents were Connect Kaleden Residents? concerned about the overgrown vegetation on the Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Telus building site, as well as the vacant land adjacent Kaleden Community Association is making Grants available supportproperty. your Idea! After to thetoTelus viewing that property, the Kaleden Fire Smart Grant Criteria Board members spoke to 1. Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area. neighbours in the area, 2. Grant is open to all ages. as well as representatives 3. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and of Telus in an attempt to enhance opportunities for participation. formulate a plan to “Fire 4. Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00Smart” once a calendar year. the area. 5.

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Residents in that area cleared the vacant land at the rear of the in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0 Telus building, greatly reducing the fuel load on the vacant land. 6. Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses. Once Telus was made aware of the concerns on their property, they promised to take the appropriate action to clean up their property. As of this morning, Wednesday the 19th of June, a landscaping firm has begun work on cleaning up the Telus property. This is exactly what we need in our community ... Residents identifying a problem area and getting together with neighbours to deal with it. Congratulations to the Telus neighbours for identifying an issue and working in conjunction with Telus to reduce the fire risk in that area. If you have an idea that the Kaleden Fire Smart Board can assist you and your neighbours with in the Kaleden area, contact one of the Fire Smart Board members and we will help where we can. Way to go Kaleden neighbours and Telus! Good job in reducing the fuel load in your neighbourhood.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department July 2019 Safety Tip

As fire season is ever present, being FireSmart throughout the summer is extra important. Continue to work on your property, keep long grasses mowed, pick up and rake fallen pine needles, and REMOVE dead trees!

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Summertime Do’s and Don’ts As I write this article, we are experiencing 30 degree days indicating summer is here. With the arrival of the nice weather and summer comes a number of special events and activities to enjoy. As such, I thought it would be an appropriate time to pass on a few summer time do’s and don’ts to help you have an enjoyable and safe summer. When participating in water sports, ensure that you have the proper safety equipment and use it. Life jackets provide very little protection stored under the seat or deck in the event of a crash. You can be a good swimmer, but if you suddenly find yourself unconscious in the water, only a life jacket will keep your head above water and you floating until help arrives. When out on the water, keep a look out for others and operate your vessel in a safe manner at all times. If you choose to ride a motorcycle or even rent a scooter, to see the sights, wear protective clothing and foot wear. Hot exhaust pipes is not very forgiving to bare skin associated with wearing shorts and sandals and pavement and gravel are even less so. I am sure we have all fallen and scraped our knee or another bare part of our anatomy. It hurts! Just imagine the hurt if you fell it at 30 kph or even a higher speed! Can you say Road Rash! Ride safe, obey the rules of the road, and most of all, make sure that you are seen by wearing high visibility clothing or vests. This also applies to cyclists who enjoy touring the area. Motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists have to watch out for each other and share the road, so everyone can enjoy. Finally, if you are going to be away, ensure that your home is secure, that is has that “someone is at home look”, and you have someone checking on it from time to time. A good idea is to not share online selfies and photos while on vacation. Nothing says “we are not home” better than a facebook post and a picture of the family having the “time of their life in Hawaii”! You will probably say “I only share with friends and family”, but who do they share with? Criminals are very active on social media.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... In 1998, West Bench considered having their own volunteer fire hall. A feasability study was done and property was aquired, but that was as far as it got at that time. An Okanagan Falls house party puts two 16 year olds in custody and released to their parents the next day after police were called to a house party that got out of control. Police estimated 200 youths, many intoxicated, were at the party when they arrived. Damage was reported to the residence and one of the police cruisers. Northern Brazil along the Venezuela border saw a forest fire that lasted over 3 months. With only 26 millimeters of rain since the begining of the year, it made the rainforest very dry. Bombers and helicopters were almost useless because of the forest canopy. Fires burned over 600,000 hectares and one fatality was reported. The work force had 960 firefighters. While at the same time, a 2 month long fire in the jungles of Chimalapas, southern Mexico, burned an area the size of Luxembourg. Hampered by rugged terrain with some areas inaccessible. More than 60 Mexican firefighters died fighting the blazes of the 1998 year.

Have a great and safe summer and if you have any concerns or questions, drop into our Community Police Station at 185 In Acton Vale, Quebec, 70 kilometers east of Montreal, two Lakeshore Drive or call 250-490-2374. explosions near the boiler room rocked a carpet factory killing 2 Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police firefighters. The first explosion sent the dozen employees at the Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or Peerless Carpet plant out safely with 2 injured. Firefighters arrived about 10 minutes later when the second blast brought down a brick wall on top of them. Fire Chief, Michel Daragon, 55, and CHECK OUT OUR firefighter Jacques Houle, 30, died at the scene. Two of the chief’s “SUMMER MENU MADNESS” sons were among six injured volunteer firefighters. An estimate Texan Pulled Pork Sandwich of a 1000 firefighters and police across Canada and US paid Milkshakes & Smoothies their respects along with over 1,200 people attended the funeral Garlic Parmesan Fries services. Thousands more watched the services on a giant screen Poutines of Many Styles outside the church. One son attended the funeral in a wheelchair, 5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls while the other son was in a coma. Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders

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At 9 pm on July 1st, 1998, a blaze on the hill west of Okanagan Falls consumed 2 hectares. The blaze, caused by lightning, was put under control by our fire department with the help of forestry firefighters and helicopters. To be continued ... Fun Fact: Do you know why Dalmations are associated with fire halls? In the old days when fire carriages were pulled by horses, the swift, eye-catching dogs were sent running ahead as a kind of visual early warning sign that firemen were right behind them. Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more information, please call 250-497-5700 or email Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

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Music & Market In The Park By Barb Few

What an amazing month of July we have for you, leading the way on July 1st is CANADA DAY with three bands. Enjoy hearing the Penticton Concert Band, the Thursday Night Jazz Band and the South Okanagan Big Band all in the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park. This special event is sponsered by Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation and Weyerhauser. There will be an appearance Phone/Text for Details by the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 Colour Party for the 250-462-7579 National Anthem, as this large concert starts at 5 pm. As usual, with all our concerts, food will be available by the Ladies Auxiliary Okanagan Falls Market In The Park of the Okanagan Falls Legion. Every Wednesday This Summer On Sunday, July 7th, our next concert will be a duo named “THAT GIRL AND EARL”, who have pleased many local audiences. This By Vivian Botting Unfortunately, Mother Nature event is sponsored by Greyback Construction and Brian Moen of was not prepared to lend Royal LePage Locations West. Once again, this will start at 5 pm. a helping hand on with the Then on Sunday, July 21st, we have that amazing band called first Market of 2019 held on “13 BROKEN BONES”, who will have you swaying to their music. These musicians play their instruments with no background music. Wednesday, June 19. But, despite a shower or two, It all starts at 5 pm. And, special thanks to the sponsor for this our vendors and the public event being the Okanagan Falls Lions Club. in general showed great As always supper is served for all the concerts by the Ladies resilience and albeit damp - Auxiliary of the Okanagan Falls Legion. All you have to do is and at times bedraggled - they bring chairs, family and friends to enjoy these wonderful concerts all persevered and were repaid with, then sit back and let the evening in the park wash over you. with a successful afternoon with Thanks to our sponsors, these evenings are all free to enjoy. And brief appearances of sunshine! don’t forget to visit the vendors in the Market, which have some Grant Henderson’s cheerful wonderful items for you to take home. presentation and good music Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry was greatly enjoyed by all ages. Helping the We are fortunate to have a Food Vendor every week this summer. Excellent picnic fare on hand. Do-It-Yourself Homeowner We encourage locals and visitors alike to come out and support our talented and industrious sales teams - many of them are new to our market. Jay Mallach No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured As usual, the park was immaculate and we thank Okanagan Falls 250.490.6343 Irrigation District again for the use of this delightful venue. We hope future markets have better weather. We look forward to Market Vendors Join seeing you in Centennial Park on Wednesdays this summer!


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“Music In The Park” In Centennial Park By Elaine Chernoff

3 big bands and 20 vendors are expected for the July 1st celebrations in Centennial Park. The Legion Ladies will be cooking up their famous burgers, hot dogs, fries and poutine, plus the Lions Club will be selling cookies. Everything you need for an enjoyable evening outdoors. Music and Market starts at 5:00 pm, but get there early for a good spot in the shade and to buy your favourite items in the Market. Two more Music and Market events are scheduled for July 7th and July 21st. Expect to see a variety of items for sale: sun catchers, garden ornaments, alpaca products, abstract art, knits, baking, relish, jams and jellies, white cedar BBQ scrapers, quilts, greeting cards, jewelry, unique kitchen items, and new this year ... wood crafts. Most items are handcrafted and home made. A great selection of local fruit and veggies, eggs and potted flowers are also available. Peaches from Keremeos will be ready at the end of July. Vendors are travelling from Oliver, Penticton and Keremeos to join our local crafters and artists, so each Market will be different. I always buy fresh home baked goodies and locally grown produce. New vendors always welcome, no fee, just bring your own table and chair. For details, phone Elaine at 250-497-8608.

Frälik in the Falls Featuring the wineries of Okanagan Falls & Skaha Lake

Continuing the tradition of “Party in the Park”

July 6, 2019 in Kenyon Park Wine Tastings

Buffet Dinner

Live Music

Silent Auction

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“Frälik in the Falls” By Carrie Ferguson One of Okanagan Falls’ signature events is back with a new name and a new group behind it, and ticket sales are well under way. “Frälik in the Falls” will replace the annual “Party in the Park”, much to the delight of local wine connoisseurs who thought the event was cancelled. So, what is a “frälik” and how do you pronounce it? Frälik is the phonetic spelling of “frolic”, and what better way to describe what happens at this annual event?! The Okanagan Falls Winery Association (OFWA) voted to take a step back from hosting the “Party in the Park” this year, because their member wineries have become so busy. While that is great news for the wineries, it was disappointing for the 300+ guests who love the annual event. A local charity, The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning, stepped in to host the event as a new fundraiser for their learning centre supporting children with Autism. The OFWA is strongly supporting the new “Frälik in the Falls”, with 13 of their 14 member wineries pouring their wines at the event. The event will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 5 pm in Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls, and will feature the wines of Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake. The evening will be very similar to the events of year’s past with a few subtle changes: 90 minutes of wine tastings followed by a cash bar, a full buffet dinner prepared by Nest & Nectar, live music by UnCorked!, and a Silent Auction. The event will wrap up at 10 pm, which is an extra hour of music and dancing compared to prior years. The local wineries who will be participating at the event are Blasted Church, Bonamici Cellars, Crescent Hill Winery, Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery, Liquidity Wines, Meyer Family Vineyards,

Nighthawk Vineyards, Noble Ridge Vineyards, Pentâge Winery, Play Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Stag’s Hollow Winery, and Wild Goose Winery. Silent Auctions items include wine, gourmet food baskets, jewellery, and activities. Should you wish to donate an item to the auction, please contact event organizer Carrie Ferguson at 236422-0207 or For more information or to buy tickets, visit the event’s website at

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Forensic Summer Camp

Kal-Rec Update

By Kandis Lipsett, BSc., PChem, Aegir Analytical

By Jen Charlish HAPPY CANADA DAY! I hope you are planning to come down to Pioneer Park and join in the Canada Day celebrations. Activities start at 11 am with the Leaky Bucket Race, sponsored and run by the Kaleden Fire Department. Craft and Activity Stations run by RDOS Play start at 11:30 am and run until 2:30 pm. At noon, there will be a BBQ by donation organized by the Kaleden Recreation Commission and the Kaleden Community Association. There will also be live entertainment by Mat Duffus and Rick DeFehr starting at noon. Come on down to the Park and enjoy the fun! The main construction for the first two phases of the Pioneer Park project have now been completed. There is still some signage that is waiting to be installed and there are a few areas that need a little more fixing or finishing to make the Park more accessible to all. If you have been down to the Park, you will see there are some areas waiting for landscaping. We are hoping to plant these areas with water friendly, deer resistant, local trees and plants. We are also hoping to start the next phase of the project in the Fall.

Hi, I’m Kandis. I am leading the Forensic Summer Camp in Okanagan Falls from August 26-30, 2019. I came up with this idea last spring and after realizing how passionate I was about building this amazingly fun program; it quickly became obvious that I was going to need more time to plan and organize. So here we are, already in Summer! So, I hope your detectives are prepared for learning how to collect and sort evidence. Identify imprints such as bite marks, tire prints and fingerprints. As well as, perform chemical analysis using a spectrometer and look at tiny objects, like fibers, with real microscopes! I am equally excited to inspire young minds about my passion for Chemistry and Biology, and yes! ... Forensics. Looking forward to meeting you in person.

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With summer also comes the Summer Recreation Programs. There will be a Preschool Sun and Sand Play Day program for ages 2-5 years in Pioneer Park on Thursdays from 9-10 am, running from July 18th to August 15th. There will also be Sun and Sand Play Days in the Park for kids ages 5-12 years on Thursdays from 10-11:30 am, also running from July 18th to August 15th. Both of these programs are drop-in programs for the cost of $2 per session. Of course, there are also yoga, exercise and pickleball Save the Aster? ... Save our Beach!!! programs for adults. For more information, please see the Kal-Rec By Matt Taylor program flyer at Come out and join in A group of Okanagan Falls residents are working for removal of some fun. In Pioneer Park, located on the concrete by the washrooms, you the ‘aster’ patch on the beach at Christie Memorial Park.

Residents and tourists alike, have expressed increasing concern regarding the expansive aster patch taking over our beach. The ‘aster’ - Short Rayed Alkali Aster, pictured to the left - was determined to be on the Endangered Species List, with On the business side, the next regular meeting of the Kaleden the result that a significant portion of the Recreation Commission is Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30 pm at beach, where it was found to be growing, the Kaleden Community Hall. Members of the public are always was legally required to be set aside as welcome and we are always looking for new commission members. part of a conservation project. That was Come and check us out. a few years ago, and since then, there If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden have been numerous complaints and Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ expressions of frustration that the area set aside is a significant We have a website at where you can detriment to the beauty and use of the beach, that in turn negatively find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, impacts the community. parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter Now, a group of concerned residents are meeting to develop a or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. strategy that will ensure the ‘aster’ is well looked after. In fact, it may not belong on the Endangered Species List at all, and at the same time, return the beach to the use of residents and tourists for the benefit of the local community. will also find a “PLAY BOX”. The box contains an assortment of toys for everyone to play with. The box is being left unlocked this year and we are just asking that you return items to the box when you are finished using them. Thank you in advance for keeping track of and putting away the toys.

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We're going to have a blast ! Plans include loose parts play - largely unstructured, creative, active and fun! Create your play experience. A chance to stay connected with your friends and meet some new ones too.

Join us the 1st three weeks of July (afternoons) for a medley of water play, sports and summer action. Ideal for the 6-11 year old crowd.

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Themed summer program for the 3-5 year olds. From pirates to super heroes, cooking to camping, enjoy a new theme every week. Limited Space.

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FORENSICS SCIENCE CAMP … is a fun, accessible way for children to be amazed by science. This is a structured, hands-on experience. Activities and projects use scientific methods and tools, microscopes, instrumentation. Kids learn how to analyze different compounds, review a crime scene, and even collect fingerprints!

With Appreciation ... Aegir Analytical wine chemistry solutions are volunteering their expertise and instrumentations - All profits donated to the Okanagan Falls PAC. August 26th - 30th $150 Siblings 25% off Register early, as space is limited. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Experiment in the morning & PLAY in the afternoon) Okanagan Falls Elementary School

WHAT’S ON WEDNESDAYS??? Our Favourite Summer Series Returns ! A very special event every Wednesday! Bring the family down to Kenyon Park and enjoy a medley of fun, creative, wacky or active activities. Like us on Facebook for a sneak peak or drop in and be surprised. July 17 - August 21 9:30 - 10:45 am


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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner

5 Year Red Carpet Summer Wrap Up

After 5 years, the “100 Summer is officially upon us, even though Women Who Care” we’ve already had four bouts of over 30°C have raised more weather! Summer is most people’s favourite than $90,000 for local season as it brings many wonderful outdoor charities, including their activities and opportunities to spend time with 5th Anniversary event friends and family. which took place on Summertime is an important time for massage, June 19th at Bench 1775 as it is important to relax and keep our bodies healthy during this Winery. The members busy time. We get so busy working in the garden and on projects gave more than $5100 around the house, of vacations away or company coming to visit, to Pathways Additions and possibly more exercise than we’ve been use to over the winter. Resource Centre, as With the long days and increased activity, a massage can alleviate well as $500 to SOWINS the aches and pains and provide that bit of relaxation and stress and $500 to Canadian relief that we need to keep balance in our lives. Mental Health Association (in photo to left). Thanks to the members Massage has so many health benefits for their contributions at each meeting, which truly make a difference. that it’s important to fit it into your busy summer schedule; a weekly 15 minute appointment can do wonders! Massage helps to boost the immune system, so a summer cold won’t get in the way of all the fun and activities. Air conditioners, though they feel wonderful when the & Frog City Café weather is so hot out, can also cause problems when they blow on us causing stiffness in our neck and shoulders. The summer heat can cause swelling in our joints and limbs. Massage increases blood flow, which will help to reduce the swelling and discomfort and make it easier to move. As we get older, the benefits of regular massage treatments drastically improves our overall well-being, both physically and mentally. There are many more aches, pains and stiffness and we do not rebound as quickly as we use to. Creative Wellness Solutions 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. We are conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper Ken & Margaret are back at the Café! body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to check out our website at and visit our Facebook page.

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Congratulations to Cam Davie!

This 18 year old Okanagan Falls resident won the BC Golf Zone 2 Men’s Amateur Championship at the Vernon Golf & CC on Father’s Day weekend. Cam is a member at Penticton Golf & CC and a student at UBC Vancouver. Cam shot 71 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday for a 5 under par 139 total, to win by 2 strokes. He will lead the Zone 2 men’s team at the BC Men’s Amateur Championship to be held at Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton in July.

Intravenous Glutathione Therapy By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Glutathione (GSH) is the body’s major systemic anti-toxin, antioxidant, and free-radical scavenger. In fact, the ratio of reduced Glutathione to oxidized Glutathione is one of the most accurate indicators of cellular health. This makes this valuable nutrient vital for protecting cells from damage, as well as for detoxifying biotoxins and toxic heavy metals. The liver has the highest concentration of GSH in the body, which makes sense since the liver is the most important organ of detoxification in the body. Unfortunately, with aging, nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, and infections, GSH can be drastically reduced, leaving the body vulnerable to the ill effects of damaging substances. Oral GSH is very poorly absorbed; therefore, the most effective method of increasing GSH levels is to have a medical professional inject it intravenously, or to take it in a liposomal oral form that absorbs well. Intravenous GSH has proven effective in the treatment of hyper coagulating blood disorders, jaundice caused by liver disease, and anemia. It plays a critical role in toxic metal transport, storage, and metabolism; therefore, acting to clear these harmful toxins from the body. With accurate testing, toxic metals are found to be elevated in most people today. They contribute to many chronic degenerative diseases, particularly heart disease, neurological disease, and inflammatory conditions. GSH also safely removes biotoxins from the body via the liver. Although GSH is vital to liver detoxification, it also acts as the major detoxifier of the kidneys, lungs, intestines, and all other organs systems in the body. It is vital to immune function and stimulates both B and T-cell growth and proliferation which act to protect from invading micro-organisms and toxins. GSH moderates the immune system helping to regulate both an over stimulated (allergy, asthma, eczema, auto-immunity, etc.) and an under stimulated or sluggish (chronic infections, fatigue, fever, etc.) immune system. Conditions which can benefit from GSH therapy are neurological disorders, including but not limited to: Parkinson’s disease, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Stroke, Epilepsy, Cerebral trauma, ADD

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and Autism. It also has shown benefit in toxic conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic infections. GSH is highly protective of the brain. In one study with Parkinson’s patients, GSH was shown to be reduced by 40-50% in the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s called the Substantia nigra. Others methods of increasing GSH levels include eating a moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet, consuming bioactive goat or bovine whey protein regularly, and by increasing tissue levels of zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin E, carnosine, B-vitamins, milk thistle, alpha-lipoic-acid, N-acetyl-cysteine and melatonin. GSH tissue levels are depleted by petrochemicals, Tylenol (acetaminophen), alcohol, environmental toxins, household chemicals, toxic metals, and infections. Intravenous GSH is administered from daily to once monthly depending on the patient’s condition and its severity. It is often administered along with IV phophatidylcholine (Plaquex therapy) in a treatment called Phospholipid Exchange to further enhance detoxification and cellular revitalization. To learn more about IV Glutathione in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease watch the video by renowned Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter on You Tube. Once on You Tube, enter the words Dr Perlmutter and Glutathione. The video of a man with Parkinson’s will be one of the first videos shown. For information on this and other leading edge, scientific natural therapies, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician at 250-497-6681 or at Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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10th Anniversary Party - July 20th More info online 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 Highway until approximately 5 pm. Velocefondo and Granfondo riders will reach Hwy 97 off of Oliver Ranch Road The 9th annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan at approximately 8:40 am. Cyclists will continue to flow through (PGAMO) returns to the South Okanagan on Sunday, July 14th. this section until approximately 1:15 pm. At Oliver, Velocefondo This year, the event starts and finishes from Penticton’s Gyro Park riders proceed along Hwy 97 and turn right up Secrest Hill Road. (Main Street at Lakeshore Drive) with up to 2,600 cyclists expected Granfondo riders navigate around the east side of Oliver on Black to participate. Residents of the Okanagan Valley are encouraged Sage Road before returning north on Hwy 97, and then west to visit for more information about toward Fairview Mountain Golf Course. The Velocefondo riders rejoin the Granfondo route at Willowbrook Road and Secrest the routes, traffic information and weekend event details. 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 Hwy 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 diverted into the southbound fast lane. Delays are expected and 8:10 am, the first riders will arrive at the Main Street aid station, driving with caution is greatly appreciated. and immediately head out along Lakeside/Eastside Road. Cortofondo riders turn back to the Gyro Park finish at Kinney. Organizers invite you to take part either as a rider, a volunteer or a South Main will be closed to southbound traffic from Kinney to spectator. Events before and after the ride are open to the public the City Limit from 7:45 am to 9 am. From 8:15 am to 11:30 am, and include activities for the entire family. On Saturday, July 13th, residents along Eastside Road from Penticton to McLean Creek the Passo Apex Hill Climb Race starts in the morning at the base of Road turn-off should expect a steady stream of Mediofondo, Apex Mountain, and then the Kids’ Piccolofondo race takes place Velocefondo and Granfondo cyclists. Many roads will still be open in and around Penticton’s Gyro Park in the mid-afternoon following to vehicular traffic, but drivers should expect delays during this the Farmers’ Market. On Sunday, there will be music, food, a beer time. Similar to the old Ironman Canada route, cyclists will turn up garden and a kids zone in Gyro Park. Everyone is welcome. McLean Creek Road. At approximately 8:30 am, the lead cyclists will pass by the intersection McLean Creek Road and Allendale Lake Road, and later proceed north along Maple Street between

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITES! Is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club 2019! Please call or visit our branch to register your children ages 5 to 12 years old. We have 4 programs planned for this summer. All Kaleden SRC programs are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. • July 11 - BUBBLE WONDERS! Back by popular demand, Geoff‘s bubble show is an inspiring and educational performance for the whole family to enjoy! • July 25 - SPCA ~ A member of the SPCA will teach us about animal care and kindness. • August 8 - MAGIC SHOW! Imagine the Impossibilities with Leif David, our favourite magician from Kelowna. • August 22 - AWARDS AND WIND UP PARTY! Just a reminder that SUMMER FAMILY STORYTIME is being held on July 2nd at 10:00 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. We will have fun listening to stories, making a small craft and meeting new friends. This program is for children 2 to 10 years old. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-8066 or email

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm What’s Happening at the Okanagan Falls Library? Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 17 both from 1-3 pm. • Winnie The Pooh Exhibition ~ Come into the Okanagan Falls Library and see this wonderful exhibition by the Double O Quilters of nine framed characters, scenes, or memories of Pooh and friends. On display until August 23rd. Do you have something you would like to share with others at our library? Please call us for details and a date for our fall program line up. Children’s Programs: Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Club for children 5 to 12 years old. This year’s theme is “Imagine the Possibilities”. Registration Required. SRC will take place Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm from July 2nd - August 13th. • July 2 - OK World of Reptiles • July 9 - Imagination Station • July 16 - Nankama Drumming Workshop • July 23 - Imagine the Possibilities of Life in the Universe • July 30 - Leif David - Magic Show ~ Everyone Welcome for this grand performance! No registration required. Thank you to our Friends of the Library who have made some of these programs possible. If you would like to be part of this great volunteer group, please come to our next F.O.L. meeting on Wednesday August 14th at 1:00pm For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email

Children enjoyed the Father’s Day Card Making Class held at Kaleden Library.

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Left above - Congratulations to Sassa for completing “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”! Above Right - Congratulations to Treena Pringle who won the “Garden Basket Raffle” sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon A Success!

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By Taylor Bentley, Race 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, IGA Okanagan Falls, RDOS, Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, Meyer Family Vineyards, Greyback Construction, Interior Savings Credit Union, Patio Burger & Ice Cream Co., Malibu Dreams Photography, Bullies Pizza, SunRype, Skaha Matters, Easy Lock Self Storage, KJ Coffee Bar, Flash & Frame, Lindsey Veterinary Hospital, Playtime Installations, and Struthers Technical Solutions. Special thanks to our 2019 “Captains”: Ryan Bentley, Carrie Ferguson, Gord Ferguson, Maddy Thompson, Lorna Wilson, and Jodi Charley. An extra special thanks always goes out to our amazing announcers; Dave Bullock, 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 aware that the roads will be closed? Did you know that a group of volunteers spent over 3 hours making up each individual race bag for each athlete? 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 amazing volunteers who helped set up the park, helped with registration and 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. Our event has seen a lot of changes in the last eight years, and for next year’s race there will surely be more to come.

Volunteer Spotlight

Thank You Taylor, Ryan & Crew! The Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon had new Race Directors this year. Taylor and Ryan stepped up to take over the rolls from both Carrie and Niki, who started and carried the vision of this event for 7 years. A huge thank you to Taylor and Ryan and 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 volunteering spirit, dedication and hours of hard work spent on this very special community event. Thank you everyone!

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee

Following are some highlights of items discussed at the May 22, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting and various events in June. In early June, schools presented how they have progressed with their school plans. They reviewed their areas of focus based on what they knew about their students and reported on their ‘checking’ phase of the spirals of inquiry framework to see how their actions made a difference and outline their next steps in moving forward. Staff and Board members want to thank our Indigenous Advocates, along with Helen Gallagher our Indigenous Contact Teacher, for doing an amazing job running the Pow-Wow. As mentioned in previous reports, the annual District Pow-Wow was held at SESS on April 26th and 27th. With the gym packed at almost capacity with 250 students in attendance, highlights included a Grade 3 Youth Drum Group from Sen Pok Chin and many amazing dancers in full Regalia. Our students were joined by 3 classes from Penticton and 2 classes from the Boundary district. It was a wonderful celebration of Okanagan culture. At the recent 3-day NOIIE symposium in Vancouver (Network of Inquiry and Indigenous Education), highlighted was the AESN (Aboriginal Education School Network) video celebrating some outstanding innovation that 3 of the 15 case study schools have been working on for the past 3 years. The goal of the innovation is improving education for Indigenous learners across the province. Of the 15 case studies, 3 were selected as representatives of the amazing work being accomplished. We are so proud that the SOSS EPIC program (Experiential, Project Based, Indigenous, and Community) was one of the 3 case studies chosen to be featured in this video. A public budget learning forum was held at the school district office on May 15, 2019 to present the first draft of the budget. Partner groups had the opportunity to provide input into priorities, budget items for further consideration, as well as provide general feedback. The Board of Education will consider this input as they progress through the development of the 2019/20 operating budget. At the meeting, the Board passed a 5 year capital plan that will be submitted to the Ministry. The value of the elements in the plan is $2.8 million. The Board also approved or re-approved 21 Board Authorized Courses that needed to be updated to reflect the revised curriculum. The Board is pleased to be offering increased and varied opportunities for our students in School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen). Lastly, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the high school students who are graduating this spring. Completing your high school education is certainly an achievement that you should be proud of! Continue to climb and aspire excellence and enjoy every minute. Well Done. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or

June Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Visiting the Penticton Safety Village Gr 6-7 Year End Trip - H20 and Kangaroo Farm SD 53 District Track Meet - OKF Soared! K-3s enjoy swimming lessons at the Oliver Pool 2nd Annual OKF Talent Show - Amazing Performances!

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Calling all shower singers, ivory ticklers, or ukulele strokers ... Have you ever dreamed of walking down the street and having everyone around break out into a song and dance routine? Our school has a place for you! We need someone with such visions to help lead the amazing Glee Club started up by the fantastic Ms. Gittle. Anyone with music skills interested in volunteering, please contact our Principal, Karen Sinclair. Although we will miss her, we want to wish Ms. Gittle all the best as she moves onto high school with Meagan. I hope the high school knows how lucky they are to get them both!

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A huge thank you is due again to the generous Pearce Family and Value Contracting for sponsoring a fun day trip for the whole school to the waterslides! It is days like this that add to great school memories (and hopefully help keep teachers sane with the end so close). Thank you to A&W for supplying burgers and Tickleberry’s for supplying ice cream for our year end BBQ. Go try the “Recess pieces” flavour named by the kids! And finally, the biggest thank you to our President Chelsea Fairweather, who must secretly run on batteries for her energy!!! Thank you to all our parent and one-on-one reader volunteers throughout the year who help make our school great! The first PAC meeting of the new school year will be Thursday, October 3rd to give everyone a chance to get back into the routine. Enjoy the summer days, as they always go too fast! | July 2019 | Page 19

Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!

Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students 5 “Great Things” include ... (V0H postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this 1. Our Kindergarten students walked down to Linden Gardens to academic year (2019) and pursuing further education. release the butterflies they had nurtured from larva this spring If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our in their classroom. students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. 2. Our Grade 1/2 and Kindergarten classes learned about Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: bicycle safety at the Safety Village in Penticton. Plans for further education (university, college, technical 3. Autumn Jenkins won 1st Place, Wyatt Elphick won 1st Place, • school) and type of education being pursued. and Hannah Jenkins won 2nd Place in the Regional Poster Where you graduated from high school and the name of the and Essay contest for the BC/Yukon Chapter of the Royal • school. Canadian Legion. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including 4. Mrs. Morezewich and Ms. Tribe classes visited Loco Landing Twin Lakes/White Lake Road) and did you attend Kaleden for their Food Bank Donation Fun Day. Elementary School. 5. This year’s Kaleden Run was a great success with three • Any Kaleden community involvement. Kaleden School students placing in the Top Ten positions for • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. their heats. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number and cell number, and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. • Upon being awarded a bursary, a thank you letter must be sent to the sponsor of your bursary. The bursary funds will not be released until the thank you letter is received by the sponsor. Applications must be received by July 6, 2019 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to darlenebailey1@shaw. ca or phone 250-497-8140 for further information. By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal














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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes In a world where parents need a channel to communicate with their children’s school. Where school programs need to be supported and where there is fear of an ever shrinking fundraising account, we call on a group of heroes to once again step up and take charge. We are in the endgame now. Or maybe, because school is already out, the endgame has happened? Who knows ... anyway ... We need these heroes now more than ever! We need ... the KPACVengers! Leading the team is Karen “Captain Chair” Pennington with Lindsay “Vice (Chair) Grips” Slobozian. The team also includes Secretaries Jessica “The Scribe” ter Wolbeek and Ang “Scarlet Letter” Gregory. The last member of the team holds all the purse strings. It is Lauralee “The Golden Brick” Majeau. Together, and with the help of legions of strong and supportive parents, this team will come together and (starting in September) become the greatest force Kaleden Elementary has ever seen! Well ... at least until the next AGM I guess. They will prevail, because they are ... The KPACVengers!



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KPAC would like to thank the past year’s executive for all their hard work and amazing support. Please give them ‘high fives’ when you see them out and about. Please give lots of support, and maybe some condolences, to this latest group of victims ... wait, sorry ... volunteers. Wrong ‘V’ word there. But enough about school. It is summer time. Hit the beaches! Eat some ice cream! And, just go wild! Wishing you all an awesome summer, from everyone at KPAC!

School Trustee Report For SD67

By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee Aboriginal Education Annual Report • Pam Spooner, Principal - Indigenous Education Programs provided an update in successes achieved throughout the District in regards to the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement, which highlighted the work accomplished by the District Indigenous staff. • The Indigenous Education Program hosted 3 Grad Luncheons to celebrate 2019 Indigenous Grads from Summerland Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary and Penticton Secondary. School Trustees, administrators, teachers, parents and community members were in attendance. • On June 21, 2019 the Indigenous Education Program hosted their annual National Aboriginal Day Pow Wow at the Shatford Centre. Anona Kampe worked diligently to ensure a successful event. • Pam Spooner, District Principal, hosted the final Indigenous Book Club Meeting for 2018-2019 at Skaha Lake. It was well attended by teachers, administrators, and trustees. The topic of discussion was “Truth and Reconciliation”. Rose Caldwell concluded the event with a “water ceremony”. Through A Different Lens • Judith King, District Helping Teacher, and Al Beckingham, District Principal - District Programs & Curriculum, presented an overview of why school completion is very important for our students, what “Through A Different Lens” has focused on over the past 8 years and the vision of the project moving forward. • Through A Different Lens (TADL) is a teacher led project that is classroom focused from K to 12. Using an inquiry orientated approach to professional learning, TADL has focused on providing teachers the opportunity to incorporate student learning initiatives that are centered on providing choice and flexibility towards deeper learning. This project, which is cosponsored by the Vancouver Foundation has focused on ALL students with a particular focus on students at risk of not completing school. It is strength-based and relational. Part II Sloan Governance Consulting • On June 10, 2019, Trustees participated in Part II of the Sloan Governance Board Policy workshop. The board reviewed the governance document that was developed in the first workshop to ensure it accurately reflected our discussion and vision. We were reminded that role clarity is essential, so that we understand the role of governance as a board and the role of administration carried out by the Superintendent. Accountability is essential to hold people to their work and responsibilities. We reviewed what accountability will look like and what practices will be implemented to ensure accountability for governance and administration. Long Service Employee Recognition • On June 13, 2019, SD67 hosted their annual District Retirement Event to recognize long service employees and employees who are retiring. Trustees supported Superintendent Hyer, Secretary Treasurer Lorenz, Director of Facilities Gorcak, Director of Instruction Corday and Thompson in presenting pins and artwork to teachers, administrators, support staff and school maintenance staff to recognize their dedication and commitment to students, staff and schools. SD67 District Celebration → School Inquiry Projects • The annual District Celebration was held on May 29, 2019 at the IMC Building to showcase the hard work happening in all schools. Schools provided a science fair format to showcasing their school inquiry projects.

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The Network of Innovative Schools event was hosted on May 28, 2019 at the Days Inn. Schools briefly spoke about their School Inquiry Projects. School Graduation Events • I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Kaleden Elementary School Annual Grade 5 Graduation Breakfast at the Frog City Café in Linden Gardens. It was well attended by parents and Kaleden School Principal and Staff. • Penticton Secondary School Graduation was held on June 7, 2019 at the South Okanagan Event Centre. It was a proud moment for graduating students and their families. Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Upcoming Events • Trustees and Senior District Administration are participating in a luncheon meeting with the Summerland City Council on June 24, 2019. • Upcoming Graduation events include Summerland Secondary School on June 28, 2019 and Princess Margaret Secondary School on June 27, 2019. For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to

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Carbon Tax And The Poor By Kristy Dyer

I read a letter to the editor the other day which made the argument that poor people use propane for heating and that a carbon tax will If you require a mortgage, the mortgage interest will not be raise the price of propane, which is a big part of a poor household’s deductible if the property is used strictly for personal purposes. In winter budget. Therefore, we should not have a carbon tax, order to make the loan interest deductible, consider the following because it will negatively impact poor people. two-step strategy: Global warming is going to impact poor households in Canada and 1. Use existing cash or investable assets to purchase the across the world. The effect on human lives will be so bad that a property $400/year increase per household due to carbon taxes will seem 2. Take out a line of credit to purchase income-producing like a drop in the bucket. There are many ways to look at how we investments arrived at our current dangerous greenhouse condition. I prefer to In this case, since the loan is used directly to purchase income- view it as an engineering challenge. Philosophically, however, it is producing investments and not the personal property, the interest a story of the “haves” taking from the “have-nots”. on the loan is potentially deductible. Looking at our history, the oil economy has made North America rich. It has provided abundant energy, which has driven innovation, Succession Planning business growth, low shipping costs (Amazon!), a high standard In straightforward situations, a person often acquires ownership of living, and a life expectancy of 80 years. The lifestyle of an in a vacation property either solely or jointly with their spouse for average person in Canada or the US generates 15 metric tons of control and simplicity reasons. As people get older and no longer carbon dioxide a year, per person. “Business as usual”, i.e. no actively use the vacation home, they sometimes decide to transfer carbon tax, provides us with food, comfort and security. the property to their children. Here are some succession planning While poverty in Canada cannot compare to poverty in third world strategies that can help avoid disharmony among family members: nations, even here the poor will be most impacted. Intense weather • If your children will inherit the property and you expect it to (floods, storms, or fires) will wipe out their only home, which may significantly appreciate in value, consider gifting the property be covered inadequately by insurance, forcing them to buy or rent to the children today. Although this sale will trigger accrued on today’s more expensive market, and add a longer commute to and unrealized capital gains to you today, future gains may already stressed households. More severe and less predictable be taxed in your children’s hands and probate taxes may be droughts will stress Canadian farmers. Wealthy people can raise avoided. their home to survive flooding, move to elevated sites, and move • If the property value is high and you are over age 65, consider to cities less impacted by climate change. the cost/benefit of rolling it into a joint partner trust today in The most effective program to drive innovation and lifestyle order to avoid probate taxes related to the property at death. change and slow carbon emissions is a carbon tax. Our industries, • Life insurance can be used to pay any capital gains taxes competing in open markets, will make products lighter, ship parts realized as a result of the deemed disposition of the property across the ocean fewer times, and develop new (and surprising) on your death. It also creates a pool of funds to pay children technology. If Canada acts now, our carbon reduction technology could boost Canada’s GDP - imagine Canadian engineers hired who are not interested in inheriting the property. • If more than one child will own the property, they can enter across the globe to adapt energy facilities and Canadian patents into a co-ownership agreement to determine when and how (built in China or India) used in every car, power plant and factory. Canada has long acted as a neutral mediator on the world stage. they can use it, as well as how expenses will be paid. Imagine Canadian auditing firms that research and monitor carbon This article is an excerpt from the RBC Dominion Securities emission of every country, preventing “greenwashing” and holding guidebook, Family Wealth Management – Ten Strategies to Build the world to it’s goals. and Protect Your Family’s Wealth. Please contact us at 250-770For decades, lower income families in Canada have lived in older 1213 for a complimentary copy. and substandard housing. These houses need new insulation, This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment new roofs, and new windows. Rather than canceling the carbon Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* Insurance products are tax, let’s cut carbon twice, by moving forward with a carbon tax and offered through RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc., properly insulating the homes of low income Canadians. We can a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. *Member-Canadian afford it, and frankly we can’t afford not to. Investor Protection Fund. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article. Robert McLennan can Formerly Brightman Electric ~ Serving the South Okanagan be reached at 250-770-1213.


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Real Estate Cheat Sheet: Best Times To Buy, Sell Or List A Home

Brian Moen

By Brian Moen, Royal LePage Realtor A common question from a buyer or seller is, “what is the best time to buy or sell a home? In the clothing world, it makes sense to get the best “deal” on winter clothes at the end of winter and that you likely will pay top dollar for a swimsuit when it’s warmer. Does the same trend hold true for real estate purchases and sales? Not really. But, there are some considerations a buyer or seller should make as they enter the market that could have an impact on the transaction. Spring And Fall Are Better Times For Buyers Let’s be clear. You can’t ever time a home purchase. Buying a home isn’t like buying a car or an iPad. The home buying process is a journey, one that happens on your own time and only after you’ve done enough research, seen enough homes, and have your financial house in order. At any one time, there is a brand-new buyer entering the market and then another who has done enough research and becomes a very serious buyer. Nobody can control the evolution. But, something for a buyer to consider is that real estate investor tends to fluctuate by season. Each spring and fall, we tend to see an increase in home inventory due to the seasons. More inventory means more options for buyers. Holidays And Winter Are Best Times For Sellers It’s not conventional for a seller to list their home before the holidays or in the dead of winter for obvious reasons. But, serious, eager buyers don’t care about the season or timing. At any one point of the year, there will be a very motivated, experienced buyer ready to make an offer, no matter the season. I’ve written contracts on Thanksgiving, closed on New Year’s Eve, and even had a serious buyer make an offer on Boxing Day. Sellers believe that it’s more conventional to list for the spring “selling” season and then again after the summer. If you go the conventional route, you will see more competition. If you can sell “off season” you might fare better, because there are still serious buyers, but less homes for sale. Best Time Of Day To List A Home The Open House, particularly the first Open House, is the “holy grail” of real estate. For decades, agents and sellers worked hard on a listing with a deadline being the first Open House. The “For Sale” sign, which made the listing official a generation ago, would go in front of the house the days leading up the first Open House. In the digital age, the listing goes “live” online. Sellers and agents work hard to clean, paint or prep the home in time for the photo shoot. Agents and sellers tend to rush to the finish and you would see many listings hit the market late Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, with Saturday being the first showing. Instead, try listing on Monday or Tuesday and don’t do any showings until the Open House on Saturday. You can build momentum and have a very strong first Open House. As much as buyers and sellers try to strategize the timing of a real estate purchase or sale, it’s never that easy. Unlike Walmart or The Bay, who control inventory and monitor competitive activity, there isn’t just one seller in real estate. Sellers are unrelated and disconnected and the types of homes are different making it nearly impossible to “time” a purchase or sale. For more information on buying or selling, please contact Brian Moen at 250-497-5541 or email


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Specialty Fishing Craft By Larry Martin It isn’t complicated, but there are a number of right choices when it comes to fishing craft. Pictured to the left are the choices of water craft used by the same group of fly fishers. The boats chosen for fishing on an electric motor only lake are generally suited for one Boats suited for use in small lakes. person fishing. They allow a fisher to stand when anchored to cast or slow troll with fly or lure, using oars or an electric motor. (See photo on top left.) The river boats are inflatable and capable of maneuvering in fairly robust flowing water when using fins and oars. In rivers, you Boats suited for use in rivers. can move to the fish, thus shorter casts work well. So, the lower seat positions are not an issue. There are river boats and inflatables designed for stand up casting, but they are usually designed for two people, one oarsman and one fisher. Of course, any of these can be anchored or beached to allow for shore or near shore casting. When choosing a boat, I don’t recommend specialty fishing boats unless you are prepared to restrict your use options, or have access to other boats. People often buy specialty craft and find they are not really suited to their needs, so good used boats at reasonable prices are readily available. In the river boats pictured above, you are going to get wet as your feet will be in the water, thus waders are usually required. A kayak or inflatable style life jacket is a must and should be worn at all times. Whereas, in the lake boats, you should stay dry. The good news is, their are no bad choices, so go with what suites you best. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at

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New Summer Market For Local Artists And Artisans By Denis Chaykowski I am pleased to announce a new summer market for local artists and artisans, “The Penticton ARTS Market”. This new market will be held Saturday mornings from June 29th through August 31st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Art Gallery Parking Lot in Penticton. The mandate of the Penticton ARTS Market will be to help promote and support the creative endeavors of the South Okanagan Art Community. The goal will be to provide local artisans, from the Penticton and surrounding areas, with an artistic venue for showcasing and selling their creative works. The goal will be to feature a diversified spectrum of works by local painters, potters, authors, photographers, sculptors and carvers, as well as creators of many handcrafted items. The Penticton ARTS Market venue will feature a staging area by the oriental garden for musical performances, art and craft demonstrations, and readings. Vendors will be selected based on their personal effort, creativity and workmanship. All forms of creative effort will be considered, but only items that meet the criteria defined by the Penticton Arts Market mandate and the theme of “In Pursuit of Artistic Excellence” will be offered to our summer visitors each Saturday. The Penticton Art Gallery will also be open during market hours, and all attendees will be encouraged to peruse the Art Gallery and it’s gift shop. To register, applicants should contact Denis Chaykowski at 250460-2221 or visit Page 24 | July 2019 |

Effective hunters, and some, like rattlesnakes, are ambush predators, snakes use their highly developed senses of smell and taste (rattlesnakes have a heat sensor in their cheeks), to track their prey - rodents and harmful insects. They are a food source for hawks, owls, herons, bobcats and black bears. Snakes are a key component in the balance of our ecosystem. Our snake population is decreasing steadily and may go extinct within 100 years. There are already 400-500 vehicles per day along White Lake Road, killing at least 4 animals per day between April and October. Researchers are following the rattler population in the White Lake Basin to determine if culvert underpasses will reduce road mortalities. (See Stephanie Winton’s study, Impacts of Road Mortality on the Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus Oreganus) in British Columbia). Snakes are shy and their first defensive response is to hide or move. If provoked, snakes may hiss, coil and strike, which can scare people and endanger the snake. If you are visiting a snake area wear boots and trousers. If you encounter a snake, leave it alone. Most snake bites are received by people who try to capture or kill a snake. All wildlife should be given plenty of space and respect, especially rattlesnakes. Did you know snakes and their dens are protected under the Wildlife Act in BC, which states it is illegal to harm, kill or capture snakes in BC? Especially watch for sticks on roads - they are likely snakes! Drive carefully around them. As a society, we do not have to love snakes, but we can at least respect their right to exist without harm and appreciate their vital role in maintaining Earth’s biodiversity. Come learn about the snakes in our environment and how they help us! Jade Spruyt, from Thompson Rivers University, will help us understand why we must protect our snakes. Join us Thursday, July 4th at 6:30 pm in the Kaleden Library. Everyone is welcome!

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Summer At The Observatory By Tom Landecker Summer! The time to explore. If you are curious about the Observatory but have never been there, perhaps this is the time for a visit. We’re on White Lake Road: ask Google maps. Every weekend day, and that includes long weekends, between 10 am - 5 pm, you will be met by tour guides who will tell you about our work and show you what we do. Please park at the entrance on White Lake Road and walk in the last 400 metres to the Observatory grounds. If this walk is a challenge for you, come on a Sunday afternoon in July and August from 2 - 5 pm, when we’ll let you drive in all the way. On those Sunday afternoons, one or two staff scientists will be there to talk to you. But please, please turn off your cell phone! Why come? Everybody is curious about astronomy. We live on an astronomical object, the Earth. Come and find out where we and our Earth fit into the very big Universe. Kids love the place, and a visit can ignite an interest that will surprise parents. A colleague of mine is a Professor teaching physics at a community college in BC. He came to the Observatory on a school tour when he was in Grade 3, and that visit shaped the rest of his life. I have heard many stories like this, and they continue to inspire me, and all of us, to talk to visitors about what we do. On Monday August 12th, we will welcome the public to view the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are brief flashes of light in the night sky. The earth in its orbit runs into tiny bits of debris, little pieces the size of a grain of sand. They enter the atmosphere at about 30 kilometres per second, collisions with air molecules heat them, and they ignite and burn, making a flash of light. The bits are debris left over from the formation of the solar system. Every year on August 12th

the Earth runs through the same cloud, and we get a predictable display, as many as one shooting star each minute. Before it is really dark, we will be presenting talks describing what you will see, and talks on other science topics. After dark, you can enjoy the view from the lawn. Local amateur astronomers will also be there, with telescopes for viewing interesting things in the sky. Come and renew your acquaintance with the stars! But remember, it’s on a Monday night. Saturday, September 7th is the date for our Open House from 10 am - 5 pm. All of us, engineers, scientists, computer scientists, technologists, we will all be there to tell you what we do, with lectures and demonstrations. At least a thousand people come to this event. Be one of them! Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more info, 250-497-2300.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

By Loraine Thompson

Start your Canada Day celebrations off with us and a Pancake Breakfast. And, if the day gets too hot for you, come on down and join us for Drop-In Bingo. Bringing a non-perishable food item for Okanagan Falls Helping Hand will get you a free game (not good on blackout games). While some of our regular activities and programs are wrapped up for the summer, we’re still open for business. We’ll be busy this summer with some much needed renovations, thanks to a generous grant from New Horizons for Seniors. But, don’t worry folks, there’s still lots going on. Drop by and meet us. The coffee is always just moments away. Be sure to keep your calendar open for our Fall Flea Market. This year, because of the coming Federal Election and the advance polling station being held here, we will have our Fall Flea Market on Saturday, September 28. The first Music Jam will also be affected and date changed. Stay tuned for more information and watch out for posters. We always look forward to meeting you. Membership is just $15/ year. For more information on the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Monthly Special Events:

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast ~ July 1 from 8-11 am Canada Day Drop-in Bingo ~ July 1 from 1-4 pm Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, July 20 from 1-4 pm

Weekly Activities:

Canasta ~ Mondays - July 8, 15 & 22 at 10 am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30 am (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) Bingo ~ Tuesdays - July 2, 9 & 16 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Please Note: No Bingos in August, as well as No Carpet Bowling & No Scrabble until September.

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.

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton

Looks like summer is here. We had our last Ladies Auxiliary Meeting on the 5th of June. After our meeting, approximately 16 of our ladies attended a Wind-up Luncheon at Boston Pizza in Penticton. The food and service was excellent, followed by cake which is always a nice ending to a good meal. Our Saturday Bingo is now finished until the 1st Saturday in September, which falls on the 7th. We will continue with our Meat Draws on Fridays & Saturdays along with the Branch throughout the summer. On Saturday, June 15th, we had our Father’s Day Basket Draw. On Sunday, June 16th, we catered once again to “Music In The Park”, which went very well. On June 24th, we attended the South Okanagan Secondary School Bursary and Scholarship Ceremony, where we presented two bursaries to qualifying students. A reception followed, giving us the opportunity to meet with the recipients of our award. Congratulations to all our graduates. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

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July Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Monday, July 1st ~ Have a Wonderful Canada Day! We are a country to be proud of. The Legion Colour Party will be appearing at the WI Bandshell at the beginning of the Music in the Park Concert to honour the National Anthem at 5 pm. Wednesday, July 3rd & Wednesday, July 17th ~ Music Trivia Night starting at 7 pm. Food available. Come & have a lot of fun! Pancake Breakfasts have been cancelled for the summer. Special Entertainment is being arranged. Look for posters! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come and try your luck. Everyone welcome. Sunday Fun Day ~ Starting at 12 Noon for pool and there will be drop-in darts and shuffleboard. All are welcome to join in the fun. Bar Hours - Open Monday to Saturday from 2 pm to close and open Sunday from 12 Noon to close. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. 250-497-8338 Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations Hi Everyone. This is Sharon. As you can see, things are moving along very quickly with our project. So exciting, but there is lots to be done! We have hired Locke Property Management to look after our building for the next year and start the application process. On July 15th, you can pick up applications at 4 locations; the Okanagan Falls Visitors Centre, the RDOS Community Services office, the Okanagan Falls Library, or visit Jerry Winiski, Locke Property Management, located at 528 Main Street in Penticton. Please return applications to Locke Property Management in person preferably, so they can assist you with any questions that you may have. Otherwise, return them by mail to the address above. Please take the information requested on the application form. Please stay tuned for bulletins around town and at our locations for more news regarding date of occupancy. And, as always, you can rely on Skaha Matters monthly to get the information out to you. Occupancy should be no later than October 1st. Hang in there folks, we are doing the best we can! Many thanks for supporting this most needed project.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

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By Bob Wilson, President

Don’t miss the summer’s coolest comedy! Journey into the zany world of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten whose ‘Christmas Belles’ and ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ were huge hits with our audiences in past seasons.

By the time this goes to print, it will officially be summer and back to our busiest time here in the Okanagan ... tourists, bike races, winery tours and all the other things that happen in the valley during summer season.

This time Many Hats Theatre Company presents “The Savannah Sipping Society” a comedy set in Savannah, Georgia, the gracious bastion of Southern Society. An inimitable cast of ladies come together for solace, support and perhaps more than a soupcon of liquid fortitude! The ladies, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routine, come together to reclaim their enthusiasm for life and a daily happy hour! Randa (Cheryl Gill) is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment; Dot (Mary Jane MacFadden) is reeling from her husband’s untimely demise; Marlafaye (Mary Beth Rutherford) has lost her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year old dental hygienist and she’s looking to wreak some serious revenge; And finally, there’s Jinx (Many Hats favourite Jane Pilkey) a spunky ball-o-fire set to serve as a life coach for the happy band. You’ll say ‘Cheers’ as this hilarious and surprisingly touching story unfolds! Eleanor Walker Directs, Ross Arnot wears the Producer’s hat and Tony Collins Stage Manages.

The Lions Big Birthday Bash was a great success in Oliver on June 15th. All the clubs in the district were in attendance, awards were presented to worthy club members, and dinner was served. Smiles and kudos all around!

“The Savannah Sipping Society” opens Thursday, July 4 and runs until Saturday, July 27 on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors/students. There will be an Opening Night Reception on July 4, featuring the wines of Play Estate. And, a Second Night Reception on July 5, featuring the craft brews of Cannery Brewing. For tickets, simply visit our website at and click on the ‘tickets’ link to purchase your tickets. Any questions or concerns, email or call 250-462-6428.

The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets September to June on every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. 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 and www. We will be back at our meetings same time and same place in September. Have a great summer and drive safe!

The School Breakfast Program finished up for the summer near the end of June and will resume again in September. Thank you very much to all the volunteers (and early risers). We will see you around the Falls all summer at Music in the Park events, as well as Canada Day. Be sure to stop by our BBQ in Kenyon Park for a delicious lunch on July 1st. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is July 8-9 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 or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them.

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Top Left - Sandy with her Lions Foundation Of Canada Dog Guide. Top Right Regrouping at the trestle during the Dog Walk on May 26th. Bottom - The Finish of the Dog Walk at the Pet Value tent for the awards. Thanks for the support!

By Marla Wilson The last meeting of the Society before the summer break took place on June 18, 2019, in the Community Room at the School. The roof on the apartment/museum started showing its age, some 30 years. A new roof has been ordered and will be done at the end of June. Maintenance man, Andrew Feniuk has been looking after the project and doing an excellent job. The Museum and Bassett House will be open throughout the summer from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesday through to Saturday. Members of the Executive will be guiding interested visitors through the complex on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. The Thrifty Boutique is very busy with many new donations of great summer clothing. They do such an excellent job displaying the frocks. Thanks again to Noreen and her volunteers. The next general meeting of the Society will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019. So till then, have a great happy and healthy summer!

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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.

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Flowers to all those who came out to celebrate the KVR and walk Sickle Point with Richard Cannings. Special thanks to Evelyn for the great pictorial scavenger hunt and Pinky for all the background organizational work from posters to media to food. ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to all the people who helped and supported the Friends of the Library Used Book and CD Sale on May 25. Special thanks to Barb, Bob and Carol, and to the United Church for donating the space to hold it. ~ From Eleanor W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to MP Richard Cannings for attending the Kaleden nature walk, participants who braved the rain and Kaleden community Association for sponsoring. ~ From Evelyn K. of Kaleden Flowers to Skaha Matters, Penticton Western News, Penticton Herald, Castanet News, EZ Rock, Sun FM, Shaw TV and CBC Radio Kelowna for promotion and coverage of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Yard Sale. Many thanks! ~ From the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Flowers to the over 300 persons who have signed the petition to save Sickle Point, and still counting! If you have not signed and wish to do so, you can still do so at the Kaleden Community Hall (see the clipboard outside the main entry) ~ From Bruce S. of Kaleden Flowers to ... On behalf of the Canadian Food for Children charity in Penticton, I would like to extend a VERY BIG THANK YOU to the hard working volunteers with the Kaleden Fire Department. For the second year in a row, they have generously allowed us to sort through the goods remaining from their annual garage sale for items that we may use for our charitable work with the poor. Many of the items; clothing, toys, sports equipment, books, cooking pots and pans are already on their way to the world’s poorest of the poor. Although most of our goods are sent off shore, we did send two 40’ containers to Rankin Inlet over the past two years. Thanks again to the Kaleden Fire Department and all those that support them in their endeavours. ~ From George Bruneau of the Canadian Food for Children Society Flowers to everyone who supported the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Yard Sale. It was a resounding success. With sincere gratitude from all the firefighters. Thank you! ~ From KVFD

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Fish Heads to whomever removed all the engraved key-locks from the KVR bridge. Those were left by people over many years as a memory of a visit, weddings, anniversaries, etc. It brought a warm smile to many visitors. ~ From Angi L-T of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to RDOS for giving us a new parking lot that is not satisfactory. The wide drainage ditches and solid wooden fence serve no purpose. The truck and boat trailer parking near the water has been eliminated. The old shade trees that grew near the road have been cut down and their trunks used to block off an area where a dozen cars used to park. The new truck and boat trailer parking spaces are too narrow. Only a skilled driver will be able to back in a trailer without damaging other vehicles. The exit is so sharp that a truck with a longer trailer can not turn left onto the road to go back to the water. In August these problems will be irrelevant. There are now not enough parking spots for cars, so the late comers will park in the truck and boat trailer spaces. Tempers will flare. This new paved parking area cost a lot of taxpayers dollars, and is a monument to ignorance and stupidity. ~ From Hugh B. of Kaleden Fish Heads to the new parking lot in Pioneer Park in Kaleden. It is a joke, a very costly one to be sure. I wonder if the designers and those involved in the layout ever backed up a boat trailer and truck to launch a boat. I doubt it. Also, it (the parking lot), is an enormous waste of valuable real estate with all the concrete ditches and wood barriers. I bet a $100 to the benefit of a local charity that there will be at least 4 ICBC claims for fender benders and maybe even a resulting lawsuit against the RDOS for a faulty design. All the 30 years that I lived here I never saw such a waste of money. There is no benefit for us Kaledenites whatsoever. As the saying goes, “Don’t fix it, if it ain’t broken”. Unfortunately, it’s too late now. ~ From Gerhard R. of Kaleden

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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am 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!

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Jacqueline Beverly Myles (Nee Hay)

December 29, 1947 - May 31, 2019 It is with grieving hearts that we must announce the passing of our beloved mother on May 31, 2019 at her home in Twin Lakes, BC. Jackie was born into the loving home of Lawrence Hay and Eileen Prin on December 29, 1947, and raised alongside her two older sisters, Donna and Sharon. She grew up in Vancouver and had a very happy childhood. At the age of 16, she met and would fall in love with, Dave Myles, while both were working at A&W. They would be wed on December 19, 1964. It wasn’t long before they welcomed their first child, a boy, Kevin, born April 1, 1965. This was followed three years later with Ryan, born April 10, 1968 and soon after with their daughter, Miranda born July 2, 1969. Her kids were her pride and joy and made her very happy. These first years also saw the family moving around a lot between Fort Langley, Surrey and Langley. In 1973, the family settled in Brookswood area of Langley at their first real home. They lived close by to her sister Sharon and her family, who also lived in the area. When the youngest of the kids entered school full time, Jackie was be able to go back to work and help make ends meet. She started out as a waitress at the local Tastee’s restaurant, but ultimately went on to work for her sister Sharon’s new hair salon, the “Hair Hut”. Though nervous at first, she took the training needed to become a hairstylist and really establish a career that she was proud of and enjoyed. When her kids had all grown and moved out of the house, they relocated again to Cloverdale to a nice new home in Claytonhill Estates in 1991. They spent another prosperous 16 years in this household and were very happy here. Her kids also became parents with new families of their own and this brought new joy to her life as a grandmother. First to her eldest grandson Eric, born May 3, 1991, then to her granddaughter Carlee born December 9, 1993. She would have two more grandsons from her daughter Miranda, with Nathan Ewert born November 14, 1994 and Connor Ewert born September 12, 1997. She changed hair salons to “The Clip Joint” during this time and was working more for herself at this point, as she was very social and enjoyed the interaction with her clients. She also enjoyed many chances to travel during this period and was always willing to visit new locals. When they were ready to retire, Jackie and Dave built the house they always wanted in the Twin Lakes area, near Kaleden. She was nervous of moving so far away from her known friends and family, but this would pass soon enough, as she made new friends very quickly. She did not slow down either, as she joined the local golf club and enjoy regular golf games with her group, as well as regular get togethers. Retirement certainly did not see her become idle. She was by this time also becoming a snowbird. They traveled every November down south to winter, starting out in Nevada, then on to Yuma, Arizona, then finally to Rio Bend in El Centro, California. There she became part of another very close group of friends that kept her active and happy. Jackie is survived by her husband Dave, three children, Kevin, Ryan and Miranda, her grandchildren, Eric, Carlee, Nathan and Connor and her two sisters Donna and Sharon. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 13th at St. Andrews Golf Course in Kaleden at 1pm.

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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to two of our Okanagan Falls neighbours.

Though Moreen spent part of her childhood at BC’s Arrow Park and the last 20 plus years in Okanagan Falls, her heart was always at home in Saskatchewan.

SYLVIA ROSE MacGILLIVRAY October 29, 1941 - May 25, 2019

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Loraine, Kenneth Sylvia Rose MacGillivray, age 77 of Okanagan Falls, passed away (Vel), Ronalee (Marlin) and Raymond. Her grandchildren, Amanda in Penticton on May 25, 2019. She was born in Grande Prairie, (Steve), Laura (Charles), Blair, Ronald (Brianna), Johnathan Alberta to Tomas and Alberta Mitchell on October 29, 1941. (Terrilyn), Bruce Michael, Amy Rae, Joseph and Kayley. Her great Survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Donald Archie grandchildren, Helena Gabrielle, Gyleasa, Mikayla, Lillith, Ellie, MacGillivray, son John (Rose), daughters Diane (Martin) Tyler, Aiden, Charlie Grace, Maddison, Avery, Jaxson, Julia and and Patricia (John), son Mitchell, sister Ruby Mitchell, ten Brooklyn. Her twin Colleen (Mervin), sister Ileen (John) and brother grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and John (a.k.a. Uncle Jack). Numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws many cousins and friends. and out-laws and extended adopted family of kids and grandkids Sylvia will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her gentle that she acquired everywhere she would go. Mom readily adopted ways, fighting spirit and loving soul. Until we meet again, we will the many extra kids that came into her life, enjoying her cookies hold you dearly in our hearts. A celebration of Sylvia’s life will be and warm hugs. A friend once asked if she had any other name held in Fort St. John at a later date. than Mom, and she replied, “Yup, I am Gramma too”. Final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services. The family would like to thank Dr. Snyman and attending doctors, 250-493-3912 and all of the nursing staff at Pentiction Regional Hospital for your kind care and treatment of Mom during her brief stay. It was a hard time for her, as this was the first time in almost 50 years that she had to stay in hospital. Donations may be sent to Okanagan Falls SPEAKS (24 hrs) 250-497-5541 (Cell) 250-490-5856 Seniors Activity Centre or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. PUNJABI/URDU Moreen’s final arrangements were entrusted to Credible Cremation Services. Thanks Lesley for all your patience and Published by Okanagan Matters Publications understanding, as we navigated our way through this hard time. | 250.490.6951


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Wine & Words: July 27, 2019

Spend time in an intimate winery setting with some of the world’s best literary talents. Featuring Esi Edugyan who won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novels Washington Black and Half Blood Blues and Steven Price, author of novels Lampedusa and By Gaslight, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Get tickets now for an amazing afternoon July 27 at 3pm.

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Add wine pairings from the Winery portfolio with your dinner. Reservations recommended 778-515-5500, ext 1. Dinner 5:30 to 9 pm daily.

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