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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 7 July 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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While Canada Day will look and feel much different this year, with virtual regional celebrations and no fireworks due to Covid-19 precautions, I believe our spirit and pride for our nation will soar. Those who are following Covid-19 numbers around the globe are very thankful to be living here in BC, as we have clearly followed Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher advice and safety measures set forth. Okanagan Matters Publications As we now enter a staycation summer, I hope and trust that BC residents stay close to home and support our local economy in the process. There are so many places to go and things to do right here in the South Okanagan. But please, remember that some of us do have underlying health concerns, so keep your 2 metre distance and wear a mask if you can, wash your hands, and as Dr. Henry says, “Be kind, be calm, and be safe”. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications skahamatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

ATTENTION: Okanagan Falls Families & Seniors! The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here for you! Whether you are a regular hamper receiver at Christmas, or just finding yourself in a bit of a pinch due to COVID-19, we are here to support you with: •

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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police has focussed the world on the blight of racism. In the days and weeks since that event, millions have marched through the streets and there has been much said and written about racism, whether it be conversations around systemic racism or articles about the use of force by police. I have had some people contact me to say that there might be systemic racism in Canada (and clearly there is), but there is nothing we can do about it. Well, there is plenty we can do about it. One of my colleagues was walking down the street in Winnipeg a few days ago and saw a policeman stop an indigenous man and demand to see what was in his coffee cup. As she told me: “News flash - it was coffee”. Never in my life have I been stopped by the police to see what was in my coffee cup, but this is the kind of thing that non-white people face every day in Canada. And remember, this happened after the country had been talking about systemic racism in police forces for weeks. Clearly the message isn’t getting through. Let’s start with policing and the justice system, because that is often where racism seriously and directly affects the lives of people. One clear example is the number of people with criminal records for simple cannabis possession, something that is now legal in Canada. If you’re an indigenous person in Regina, you’re nine times more likely to have a possession record than if you’re non-indigenous; in Vancouver you are seven times more likely. If you’re lack in Halifax, you’re five times more likely to have a possession record than if you’re not black; in Toronto that figure is three times more likely. These figures have absolutely no relation to the rate of cannabis use in different groups, or in different parts of the country. These exact figures are difficult to come up with because the police don’t keep track of ethnicity in their encounters with citizens, whether those encounters lead to an arrest or not. Since it’s clear that there is a systemic bias in policing actions, we need to measure that bias so that we can take steps to correct it and make sure those measures are working. You can’t fix what you don’t measure. Since the death of George Floyd, there have been a wave of recent reports and videos of police violence against Indigenous and Black people in Canada, including the shooting of Chantel Moore during a wellness check, the footage of an RCMP officer striking an Inuk man in Kinngait with the door of a police vehicle, the killing of D’Andre Campbell and death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and the dashcam footage of Chief Allan Adam being violently attacked and arrested by RCMP officers in Fort McMurray. Last Wednesday, the NDP tabled a motion in the House of Commons that called on the government to increase non-police investments in non-violent intervention, de-escalation and mental health and addiction supports, and fully review the RCMP tactics and training in regards to use of force. Although the motion had almost complete support in the House, it failed because of a single vote against by the Bloc Quebecois. We are past time for more speeches and studies. These are things the government can do right now. We need to make it clear that, in Canada, there is no place for racism. If you have any questions or concerns, please email richard. cannings@parl.gc.ca or phone 250-770-4480 in Penticton. Page 4 | July 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As I write this, the water in our rivers throughout the South Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen are still dangerously high. While the flooding this year has not destroyed people’s homes to the extent of 2018, it has put more people and land at risk and continues to add frustration and costs to their daily lives. We are not looking at the spring flooding as a once in a lifetime experience anymore, but rather a new normal that we will have to adapt to and be prepared for every year. Repairs and mitigation (preventative) works still have not been completed in many areas from the 2018 floods. Costs continue to rise and government is now asking you to take on more of the responsibility for your own properties, especially those in low lying flood prone areas. Our love of “waterfront” property continues to haunt us. My office will continue to help you in any way we can and pass on your concerns to the appropriate Government Ministries.

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In addition to selling the sanitizer, they also donated it to many local organizations and front line workers like our Fire Departments, Search&Rescue and the Food Bank. A shout-out to Grant Stevely and his crew at Dubh Glas Distillery and all the distillers in our communities who have helped to fill a shortage of sanitizing Covid-19 is a challenge for all of us, not just here, but across products that we need every day. the country and around the world. As British Columbians and The Legislature resumed sitting in Victoria on June 23rd. Under Canadians, we have together kept the curve relatively flat. But, the distancing rules, approximately 30 MLA’s can actually be we are all getting frustrated by the restrictions that we have been physically present in the Chamber at any one time. Others will be living under and will continue to live under for many months to in the building isolating in their offices. 50% of the MLA’s will remain come. We are a bit ‘cranky’ at times and impatient with others, who in their respective ridings, but will participate in all proceedings perhaps, are not as diligent as we are in following the rules. Please through Zoom. Large screens have been installed in the Chamber and the faces of all will be visible. Proceedings will include the be kind. Do not judge others. We are not the Covid police. An area of concern for many was the arrival of our Quebec normal Question Period, the statements by Members and the transient farm workers. This concern was dealt with very quickly introduction of Bills. If you were an avid fan of the Legislative by our farming community and agencies under the direction of the channel, you will be able to watch as before. The hours will be RDOS and Interior Health. There are not now, nor was there ever, Monday to Thursday as usual. I will be participating from my home any cases of the virus in our farm labour communities. There is a or office. shortage of farm labour throughout BC, so if you know of students or anyone looking for work in agriculture, please go on the website at www.bcagjobs.gov.bc.ca and look at the jobs available.

The entire South Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary areas are economically dependent on a successful farming season. In addition to a labour issue, there are also added costs to our farmers with the need to supply to their workers the necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due to Covid-19. Even the weather has conspired against our farmers this spring.

My Office in Oliver is open Tuesday to Thursday from 10-2. You will either need an appointment (preferred), but drop-ins are also allowed. You will need to ring the buzzer to be let in and sanitize your hands (available inside).

Graduation 2020 still happened despite the limitations. Many innovative solutions were developed to connect and celebrate the end of the normal public education process for our graduating students. Friends and families gathered in small groups, created videos or did a drive by parade of graduates. A lot of work by Many of our local Fruit Stands and Markets are beginning to open teachers and parent groups went into making the Grads of 2020 and they offer a wide selection of local produce and processed feel special and I want to thank all of you for the extra effort. It will items, like jams and salsa. As Tourists are not going to be here in be remembered. the numbers we are used to, we (the local residents) are the only Finally, please continue to safe distance, get outside as much as consumers able to support our farmers. There will be some visitors possible, attend farmers markets, wear a mask when asked to do from Alberta and other Provinces as restrictions are lifted and the so and if it makes you feel safer, treat yourself to a meal at a money they put into our local businesses is desperately needed. restaurant, and again from Dr. Henry, “Be Kind, Be Calm, and Be Many of them own properties in our areas and are paying taxes Safe”. here just like everyone else. As Dr. Henry says every day to all of us, “Be Kind”. Please check for local produce before you purchase imported goods at the grocery store. Even our grocery stores do their best to buy local, so check the labels and support the local economy if you are able.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

focused on general community betterment and improvement. Return of a grocery store to our community is a high priority. Objectives of the OFCA include; community engagement, community spirit, communication and information, investment, Happy Canada Day! Thank you to housing and job growth, safety and security, stewardship, quality of Heather Jackson and Lorne and life, governance, and leadership. Special thanks to the OFCA Board Sharon Davis for the wonderful of Directors: Matt Taylor (President), Ron Crawford (Treasurer), Canada Day celebration organized Karen Kruger (VP & Memberships), JAK Meyer, Matt Kenyon, with the help of Community Building Bob Daly and Jim D’Andrea. Four targeted subcommittees have Grant from Community Foundations. been created by the OFCA: 1) Investment and Development; I am writing this on June 22, 2020 - 2) Communication and Engagement; 3) Governance; and 4) and in these Covid-19 times - things Community Policing, Security, and Beautification. Memberships may have changed by the time you are $5 each and payable by e-transfer by contacting Karen Kruger read this article. We have done a at OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail.com. I encourage all who are Ron Obirek great job in our area maintaining interested to contact Karen Kruger and obtain the membership. Director of safe physical distancing, resulting in Everyone is welcome! The OFCA will be putting on public meetings RDOS Area ‘D’ very low rates of positive infection of in the future. Watch for notices and details in Skaha Matters and Covid-19. I encourage everyone to please proceed with caution elsewhere. and remember to wash your hands regularly. Wearing facemasks Wonderful work is underway presently by the OFCA regarding a is still encouraged as a matter of public safety and also respect plan for our town beautification and improvement. Donations from to each other. We need to continue to follow the advice and community members are being sought. With the fountain project recommendation of our provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. now complete, the electric supply has moved one step closer to Physical distancing has saved lives in British Columbia. I am proud the Heritage Trestle Bridge. Plans are underway for lights on the of all members of our community for the excellent job done. Heritage Trestle Bridge and expansion of our Christmas Light Thank you to everyone for respecting the health and safety rules program across the Waterfront Park system. A citizens committee regarding Covid-19. is being formed to provide encouragement to local businesses A very special congratulations and thank you to community to paint buildings including murals to help lift the beauty of our superhero Rose Mah. Rose retired in June after 31 years as the community and enhance the natural beauty and character that crossing guard and supervisor in our community helping children is already here. Properties that need attention for cleanup have safely cross the highway to and from school. We continue to been identified and we are working together with the RDOS to have safety issues and concerns crossing our highway, which encourage enforcement action where appropriate. Action is I will continue to press with the Ministry of Transportation and underway. Small changes will create beauty and interest and pride Infrastructure. No one is more aware of the safety concerns than in our community. Rose Mah. I want to thank Rose for bringing her concerns to my I would like to hear more from the community regarding ideas for attention and assure her that our community is in agreement beautification and improvement. Ideas already received and under with her regarding the importance of these concerns receiving consideration include better lights, banners, murals, painting, proper attention. Best wishes in your retirement Rose. I know flower gardens, hanging flowers, better signage and cleanup and many will join me in missing your infectious smile as we drove by better maintenance of our community parks. All suggestions and always knowing our community’s children were safe under your ideas are welcome and can be provided to myself or to the OFCA. supervision. The “Save the Aster Save the Beach” Society is working on Another positive step forward in our community is the installation initiatives to identify the more than 10 locations required to support of the fountain at Lions Gardens Park at the waterfront within sight an application to COSEWIC for reassessment. We have also of the Heritage Trestle Bridge. To those who have not yet seen the began initiatives with both the federal and provincial departments water fountain, I encourage a visit and a walkabout are waterfront responsible. Please watch for continuing announcements in Park system. Special thanks to Matt and Angie Taylor for bringing Skaha Matters regarding this important community initiative. this initiative forward and through to completion. Well done! Work is underway to find new locations for the Aster. All ideas and With our economy slowly opening up in this time of Covid-19 suggestions are welcome. precautions, I want to take a moment to encourage everyone to The South Skaha Housing Society is continuing it’s excellent work be extremely careful and respectful to each other as we return to and has started initial planning and process for more housing in the marketplace. And, I want to make a never more timely request Okanagan Falls. Other community members are also engaged in that we shop locally as much as possible. Local businesses need active initiatives to promote and encourage more housing in our our support. And, the less we travel the less risk of transfer of area, including more affordable housing. the disease. I ask that everyone pause and think about something I would like to recommence Coffee Meetings with the Director they could do locally to help support local businesses. Perhaps in July. I am proposing we have our 1st meeting in a long time at purchase your gasoline or diesel in the community. Purchase food Christie Memorial Park on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 9 am. I from one of our local restaurants or vendors. Buy milk or snacks encourage all who are interested to please bring your own lawn or services locally, if you can. I’m sure every purchase and every chair or blanket and your own coffee. I ask all to be respectful of transaction is appreciated by local businesses. The little things do physical distancing and safety protocols. I look forward to meeting add up and if we all do a little then we might all benefit a lot. any who are able to attend. As always, I welcome phone calls Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) has continued or emails any time and can be reached at robirek@rdos.bc.ca or working with the Economic Development Office staff on issues of 250-328-9800. importance to the community, including Main Street beautification, Yours Truly, economic development, matters of concern in the community and Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Page 6 | July 2020 | SkahaMatters.com Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... On June 6, 2003 at 14:33, a call came in as a structure fire at 920 Ash Street. Upon arriving with 3 fire trucks and 12 firefighters, it was found to be a gas stove explosion. That occurred while the occupant was cooking. The explosion caused burns to his face, chest and hands. He was immediately transported to the hospital, while BC Gas put a lock on the gas meter. Just about everyone remembers the forest fires we had in 2003. The big one was between Kelowna and Naramata, named Okanagan Mountain Park Fire. With a loss of 239 homes and 25,000 hectares (250 sq kms) and more than 33,000 people evacuated. Twelve wooden and two metal trestles in historical Myra Canyon were damaged or destroyed. Our firemen gave assistance, through the fire commissioner, to the Kelowna and Naramata Martin Mars Bomber flying over Skaha Lake to fight the 2003 Vaseux Lake Fire. Fire Departments during that time. A declaration of a Provincial Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? State of Emergency was ordered on August 1, 2003. Our fire, Paid on call positions available. All training supplied. For more which started August 22 at 14:00, named the Vaseux Lake Fire, info, call 250-497-5700 or email okfire@shaw.ca. Pick up an K50661, started along the power lines east of Hwy 97 near Vaseux application on Wednesdays between 9am - 12pm or 7-9pm. Lake, causing evacuations alerts to about 1,100 homeowners in the Okanagan Falls - Vaseux Lake area and later as far as Gallagher Lake. Three homes were evacuated along the highway. On August 23, the Okanagan Falls and Oliver Fire Departments and Forest Services made good progress establishing guards along the south west and north flanks. Estimated size that day was 1450 hectares. On the initial start of the fire, Kaleden, Oliver, Penticton, Keremeos Fire departments and Forestry attended with our crew of 23 men and 4 trucks. This fire spread very quickly. Air support came with the Martin Mars Bombers, CL 415 amphibious planes and helicopters. They were a regular site on Skaha Lake. During this fire threat, there were 22 fire departments dealing with the fire. Maple Ridge, Peachland, Abbotsford, Kersley, Langley, Chilliwack, Sunshine Coast, Merritt, Sechelt, Coquitlam, Gibsons, Central Saanich, Mill Bay, Beaverly, Osoyoos, Vernon, Willowbrook, and BX Swan Lake assisted in extinguishing the fire. All firefighters worked 12 hour days. Forestry Service personnel camped at the school grounds and the Military camped in Centennial Park with the other fire departments. Most motels and B&B locations in the area were also used to house the firefighters. Also, assisting with the fire were RCMP, EHS and private individuals with machinery like tenders, front end loaders, backhoes, etc. A total of 610 firefighters: Forest Services 240, Industry - 20, Military - 200, Yukon - 19, Ontario - 21, Alaska - 20, North West Territories - 20, Okanagan Falls Fire Department cooking volunteers, mostly firefighters wives - 19, Fire Department Personnel - 70, Pieces of heavy equipment and operators - 100, Helicopters - 7, Martin Mars Bombers - 1 and CL 415 - 4. The fire threat came to about 2 kilometers from Okanagan Falls and grew to a size of 4,800 hectares. The fire started August 22 and clean up by September 8. To be continued ... Safety Tip: Camp fires (75 cm in height & diameter) - always have water or a fire extinguisher on hand. Never leave unattended.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair

It’s finally summer in the Okanagan. For the most part, it’s a time when things move a little slower. When we can soak up the sun, hit the beaches, play nine holes, and just enjoy the heat. For the Irrigation District, it’s probably our busiest time. There are more demands on our system, the pumps are working very hard, and the reservoirs are draining down. Just a reminder to everyone, to be smart with your water. If the weatherman is calling for rain, why not shut off your irrigation. Ferguson Place is a small side street just off of Maple next to the cemetery. It was time for us to upgrade their service. Our engineers determined that we needed to improve on their water lines, and install a new hydrant, and a new testing station. Work commenced a few weeks ago and we are closely monitoring the finished outcome. This is one of many projects we have on our plate, as we continue to upgrade our system. This year there is no PNE or Armstrong Fair. At the Irrigation District, we didn’t need either as we have been on a roller coaster ride for a great many months. We have lost and replaced staff. We are down one Trustee. And, someone had to step in as the new Chair of the District (that would be me). COVID-19 threw a wrench into meetings, protocols, and our usual way of conducting business. At the end of the day, we are coming out stronger and smarter. Let’s hope that we will soon be back to some kind of normal, and can finally get off this ride. Sig ~ You’ve probably seen him in your neighbourhood, on your street, next to a hydrant, or maybe in our truck. He’s out there, rain or shine in his yellow safety vest and Tilley hat. Usually with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Sig now has a new partner, Liam, who joined us a few weeks ago. The next time you see them, give them a toot of your horn or a big wave. A big thanks to Sig and Liam from all of us! Water We Thinking ~ Love is like water. We can fall in it. We can drown in it. And, we can’t live without it. ~ Unknown

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Canada Day 2020 will look different for many residents. I’m proud to be a Canadian and with our combined efforts we have done an amazing job keeping as many people safe as possible. British Columbians should be proud of their efforts and successes, while we travel uncharted territory together. It’s been a busy June with lots on the go Subrina Monteith with reopening services and RDOS Director of facilities. Parks and buildings are now RDOS Area ‘I’ open, but everyone is asked to follow social distancing recommendations, as well as be mindful of others while enjoying public amenities. Recycle BC Changes to Service ~ A provincial decision will make recycling look different after July 1st, with no more recycling blue or clear bags being collected at curbside pickups. All recyclable materials can be placed in reusable bins or cans that are either blue or clearly labeled recycling or yard waste. Yard waste can still be placed in brown bags. Cardboard can still be bundled as prior, as well as a clear bag with shredded paper may be used for curbside pick ups. The Kaleden Petro Canada Station, as well as the RDOS office, has free stickers for residents to pick up. Civic Ready ~ Civic Ready is the notification system that RDOS uses to notify residents of important information. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so through the RDOS website at www. rdos.bc.ca. Using the search option, look for “Civic Ready” then select Area ‘I’. Don’t forget to sign up for the notifications you wish to receive. Knowledge is power and Civic Ready is one powerful notification system that only works if we all join. Let’s Chat Sewer! ~ Join me for Coffee with RDOS Manager of Engineering Liisa Bloomfield on Saturday, July 18th from 9-11am at the Pioneer Park Gazebo. This will be the first of two opportunities to ask the lead engineer questions about the project and get the facts on the pre-design prior to the referendum in October. August 15th will be the next opportunity. Please practice all safety precautions during the meeting opportunity, as we want everyone to be safe. I’ve had many residents call and ask questions as well or email staff through the website. Information is key, so we are all informed. I will provide coffee and I ask residents to provide great discussion or questions. Public engagement will continue on the project website at www. kaledensewer.ca. A FAQ section will be updated with similar questions and answers, as well as costing for the project for each home in the service area. Twin Lakes Public Access ~ As the RDOS team continues to collect suggestions on what residents would like to see at the public access point on the lake, I am also collecting interested names of residents who wish to be part of the sub-committee of Kaleden Recreation. Please email me to get involved. Economic Development ~ I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside an outstanding group of talented individuals who represent tourist information centres, winery associations, etc. as they create a website that will showcase the RDOS region’s tourism opportunities. Area ‘I’ will have it’s own page on the website, which will be launched in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to explore some of the hidden local secrets shared on the website with my family and I encourage everyone to explore our region safely this summer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee May (and June) Showers Bring ... lower flow demands? KID pumped almost 22 million liters less in May 2020 than in 2019. While writing this in mid-June, we had already met the average rainfall amount for the entire month, so water consumption is likely to be lower again in June. Despite the decreased consumption, power charges have increased and were $2,000 higher to date than last year. So, please continue to adhere to the Phase 1 Water Conservation Measures (all ratepayers received a copy of the Measures with their Water Bill, they have been outlined in the previous two issues of Skaha Matters, and they are also available online in the KID Website). And Speaking Of Water Bills, Have You Paid Yours? All Water Bills were mailed to ratepayers in mid-May. If you have not received your bill by the time that you are reading this, your bill payment is overdue, and you need to contact the KID Office ASAP! Payments were due June 8, 2020 and a penalty of 10% is now applicable, with an additional 10% applied if not paid by October 1, 2020. As outlined in last month’s column, notifying KID of your correct mailing address is your responsibility, and neglecting to do so will NOT be accepted as reason to waive penalties for late payments. What Goes In Must Come Out ... Most Kaledenites will have received from RDOS a copy of their May 2020 information handout updating them on the proposed sewer extension to Kaleden from Okanagan Falls. Public consultation plans were wrecked on the rocks of COVID-19, and RDOS has now established a website as its “main engagement platform”. Visit www.kaledensewer.ca. While this project will initially affect only 146 properties near the waterfront, it has the potential to dramatically change the character of the entire community. Please visit this website, ask questions, and become fully informed before the referendum (now tentatively scheduled for this fall). And, keep in mind that KID water rates also will have to continue to increase, in order to meet the (unfunded) water quality treatment objectives set by Interior Health and the BC government ... COVID-19 Measures Will Continue ... until the BC Government implements Stage 3 of their Restart Plan. Please continue to contact KID staff by phone or email, and make an appointment for any matter that cannot be dealt with remotely. Thank you for paying your water bills either online, or by cheque via mail or using the drop slot at the KID Office. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated - this too will pass!

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July FireSmart Tip By Linda Dahl Kaleden FireSmart is very happy to announce that we have rescheduled our Annual Chipping Event to take place on October 17, 2020! This gives residents and neighbours lots of time to plan a good project and clean up common areas or to FireSmart your personal property. Due to the hard work completed in 2019, Kaleden was once again recognized as a FireSmart Community. A number of events, projects and commitment led to this recognition. Great work everyone!


Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department July 2020 Tip The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department members are happy to be back at regular practices, although protocols have changed dramatically to keep everyone safe. With Fire Season approaching, the community is reminded to do their part to keep their properties as Fire Safe as possible. Please follow the FireSmart principles, as outlined by FireSmart BC. For more information, please visit their website at firesmartbc.ca. The 3rd Annual FireSmart Chipping Event has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. The KVFD supports and participates in this event and hopes the community will do their part too. Lots more information will be coming soon. We have not been able to visit the Kaleden Elementary School All newsummer website safety for all things Kaleden! to remind the children about concerns. We hope everyone continues to wear their helmets while bike riding, life www.KaledenCommunity.com jackets when on boats, and to be kind to each other in these Courtesy of the Kaleden Community Association difficult times.

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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator

We are looking forward to seeing you here ...

We’re open! As of Friday, June 5th, we opened our doors to the public with protocols in place allowing one visitor at a time. Deb and I have been thrilled to see members of our community again visiting the office. We are assisting the public with utility payments, recycle bin stickers (Its official, no more blue bags allowed as of July 1st), “tag a bag” stickers, dog tags and transit passes. There have been some major improvements to our downtown, the new exterior paint and renovations to the former OK Falls Pub have been getting a lot of well deserved attention. I have had a chance to tour the space, and without spilling any surprises, I can say for sure locals and visitors alike are going to be really impressed with the new “OK Falls Hotel”. I know I am counting the days until I can enjoy a cold drink on that big beautiful patio. Green Light Cannabis opened in May, and the store looks great inside and out. Bira, Esha and Zarina have spent countless months preparing for their opening and have done a great job renovating the space. Stop by to meet the professional and friendly staff and learn a little about Canada’s newest industry.

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Information Centre Update By Deb Morrow, RDOS Economic Development Clerk The Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre has been gearing up for a Canada Day opening, and we are excited to be hiring a dedicated staff member to keep the doors open this summer. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program and our collaborative partnership with the Okanagan Falls Community Association, we were able to secure funding and create a summer job. Our goal was to take some of the pressure off the devoted and generous volunteers who for years have been giving up part of their summer to ensure that visitors to our community receive a warm welcome and great direction on how to enjoy the very best Okanagan Falls has to offer. This year, our staff will ensure weekend coverage, with volunteers supporting shorter shifts throughout the week and assisting training and supervision. The Centre this year will be open 7 days a week until Labour Day! I would like to encourage any local businesses that we have not yet connected with to please give us a call and ensure that we are updated on your opening hours and guest protocols for this coming season. Although we will be seeing less public events this year, we expect to have many visitors travelling to our region to enjoy the warm sunny days, sandy beaches, beautiful wines and adventure recreation that is so unique to the South Okanagan region. Our Visitor Centre is here to enhance the good work our local businesses and attractions are already doing. Working collaboratively and keeping the lines of communication open will help us to ensure Okanagan Falls is a safe, friendly and welcoming destination for visitors from near and afar.

Dr. Tamara Browne will soon be our neighbour at the OK Corral business complex. Moving from her previous location on Main Street, Dr. Browne’s Naturopathic Clinic will be located in Unit #8B, right next to the Dentist Office. Keep an eye out for the Grand Opening! The Heart of Wine Country is as unstoppable as ever. The first to adapt to the closures, wineries were offering home deliveries and parking lot pickups, continuing to offer stellar service in the most challenging of times. Adjusting to the re-opening protocols through tasting by appointment has actually created a more engaging experience, with a slower sit down experience that allows an experience to be savored. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre is a great place to help you connect to all 21 of our area wineries, or visit www.heartofwinecountry.com for direct contact information. As July approaches, you can almost feel a collective sigh of relief. This was a long spring and the truth is, it has been really hard on everyone. In Okanagan Falls, we can be proud in the fact that we have, and will continue to follow, Dr. Bonnie Henry’s wisest words ... “Be kind, be calm, and be safe”.

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We often hear how it is a new world. That even when the pandemic ends, the world will be a very different from pre-Covid days. There seems to be new challenges and changes each day as to how we can navigate our “new world”. One thing you can be sure of is that there will continue to be crime in our “new world” and our world after Covid. How the police and the community continue to address crime will also continue to evolve to meet the demands and changes. Many still believe that even today they should not have to lock their doors and secure their property. They often base this belief on the fact that years ago you did not have to lock and secure your property. The same can now be said about social distancing and washing your hands. Four months ago it was something we did not have to pay as much attention to (although washing your hands is always a good idea), but now it is very much something you need to do to protect yourself. The point being that what you did to protect yourself years ago or even months ago will not necessarily protect you today. We have to continue to adapt and change to deter the criminal element by removing opportunities and making it always harder for them to make you a victim of a crime. This seems to be a problem for some, as we continue to see an increase in theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles. Some still cannot grasp the concept that you can no longer leave your vehicles and buildings unlocked, or leave valuables including coins in your vehicle or property not secured or leave the keys in your vehicle or unsecure trailers with ATVs, boats, snowmobiles, equipment and tools. If this applies to you, then it is only a matter of time before you become a victim of crime. Don’t surrender to the theory that “if they really want it, they will get it”. Don’t make it easy for them. Most property thieves will move onto something easier when faced with challenges. The harder they have to work to steal something, the greater the chance that they will be seen or leave behind incriminating evidence or just give up. More than ever we have to adapt and keep ourselves informed on crime trends and measures to keep ourselves, our families and property safe. If you have any questions or concerns on what you can do to prevent crime, please contact Rick Dellebuur at 250490-2374. On a daily basis, “Dr. Bonnie” informs us how we can best protect ourselves from Covid-19 and she always ends with “Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe”. To best protect yourself from becoming a victim of crime during Covid-19 and beyond, I am going to end with “Log it, Lock it or Lose it”. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca


Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President

“Neat bridge! Beautiful Lake! Okanagan Falls has great potential!” If we had $5 for every time that comment was made, we might not have to raise taxes every year! Turning that potential into reality is the challenge! Most feedback suggests that the new fountain in the Lions Park pond is a positive step. Certainly waaaay more people sitting in the park and looking at the pond, others strolling round the pond, and others doing their Yoga. The general sentiment is that this adds to the livability factor for those that live here, and to the ‘destination factor’. It’s another reason to visit Lions Park, to stroll the waterfront parks, or to actually stop for a visit in Okanagan Falls.

Many thanks to the Parks & Recreation Commission, RDOS itself and staff, community members who are donating, and the various trades involved in the project, e.g. Skaha Water Gardens and Value Contracting. Pictured above are Luis Barroqueiro (RDOS), Matt Taylor (OFCA and Parks & Rec Commission), and Michel d’Estimauville (Skaha Water Gardens). Value Contracting also helped in upgrading the irrigation system in Lions Park. The fountain is made possible through taxable donations, so please contact me if you’re interested in supporting this community enhancement. Along that same train of thought - turning potential into reality and adding to the livability and destination factors - the Economic Development and Covid Recovery Strategic Plan is ready for comment. The plan sets out a number of goals, as shown below, with actions to achieve each: • Establish Okanagan Falls as an attractive community for young families. • Encourage small business support and growth. • Understand infrastructure challenges and plan for the future. • Educate and inform residents on governance options. • Identify a community brand and continue to build Okanagan Falls as a tourism destination. • Focus community efforts on downtown improvement and beautification. • Build on community amenities that are already a strength.

Love Our Natural Areas ... Don’t Dump Yard Waste!

Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society Yard waste, including tree and shrub cuttings, have been found dumped on conservation land in our area. Your first thought may be that cuttings will decay and nourish the soil. However, much harm is done by dumping yard waste and tree cuttings in natural areas. Illegal dumping of yard waste can lead to the spread of invasive species, as well as increasing more illegal dumping of other garbage. Dumped material smothers natural vegetation, may contain harmful chemicals, and often has plant seeds not normally found in the wild. If these materials are dumped in a natural area, the introduced seeds may grow where they fall. Many plants growing in your yard are non-native species planted for landscaping purposes. These plants are chosen for their resilience to environmental conditions. These characteristics that make them attractive to gardeners cause major harm to the ecosystem when they end up in a natural area. Native plants and the wildlife that depends on it are constantly under threat from invading non-native plants. Tossing garden waste or branches containing soil, seeds, or even small plant fragments can cause a new infestation Critical to each of these were questions such as ‘is that this spreads actually rapidly and can or impossible to eradicate. do-able’, ‘who willbe dodiffi thiscult work’, by ‘when’ and ‘how’, all ofCertain which cytrospora is set out in diseases the report.are specific to fruits trees, for example, and when native trees likeactivities Saskatoon it, they will die. This plan will helpfruiting to guide grant and get future investments Introduced diseases from cultivated infect in Okanagan Falls. Itand will insects also help to attract newplants businesses native plants, whichOnce have completed no natural resistance. and new families. and accepted by OFCA, it’ll be taken increases to RDOS the Board forWhen their acceptance later Dumping riskof of Directors a landslide. someone dumps this Thereafter, it will guide the RDOS staff the theirsummer. yard waste on a hillside, it makes slope lessworking stable, in which community and volunteer activity as well. increases the risk of a landslide. Community groups interested in a presentation discussion As the dumped material decomposes and drys, itorbecomes a fion re the draft plan can email myself or Vice-President Karen Kruger at hazard. OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail.com. Dumping causes water pollution. When someone dumps yard Have great summer, and asorDr.fertilizers Bonnie near says a...creek “Be kind, be waste asprayed with pesticides or lake, calm, be safe”. those and chemicals enter the water and can harm both people and wildlife. The best solution is to reduce and recycle as much as possible, by composting leaves, grass clippings, weeds and other materials on your own property, creating rich soil for your lawn and garden. If you can’t use all your grass clippings, leaves and brush, ask your neighbours if they need more material for their home composters. Alternatively, put your yard waste out for curbside collection.

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

Meet Heather Jackson Heather jumped on the opportunity to share some Canadian Cheer with her Okanagan Falls neighbours on June 27th leading up to Canada Day. Thanks to the help of some funding available through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen’s Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant Program. If you would like to share some cheer in your neighbourhood or have an idea to build community spirit, be sure to apply for a small neighbourhood grant in the next wave of grant opportunities, likely coming this fall. Thanks again Heather for your “Celebrate Canada Cheer Parade”! If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca.

Alex, Jason and Yann just started two new soccer programs in Penticton. Jason is the owner of Beach City Crossfit on Skaha Lake Road, and when he met Alex and Yann, with their background in sports with kids, they instantly knew they could work together and offer Soccer Programs on the beach for boys or girls. The first program is an Academy of Soccer, including one practice a week, which started on June 16th and runs until the end of October. It is open for kids born in 2007 to 2012. The objectives of this program are to develop the techniques of soccer, increase their knowledge of the game, develop their physical abilities, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. We based our session on a fun environment because they are kids, so we play together and challenge them in a safe way. In following up with our participants, they said they don’t have the feeling of having to ‘work’ on a drill, that’s the key of success. Soccer is a long and late process of development. We want them happy to come, have fun and enjoy their time at the beach. In this program, children have small side games of 3 vs 3 each practice. The cost is $80 per child per month. The second program is a Summer Camp. We offer these camps every week during July and August. Soccer is one of the activities, with crossfit, other sports and activities blended together directly on the beach, which means we will offer water activities too. The number one objective is to have good holidays with other kids and play in a safe way. Most camps run from 9 am to 12 noon; however, we do offer two weeks on a full day basis from 9 am to 4 pm during the first two weeks of August. The prices range from $160 to $250 per week. For more information on our programs or to register your child, please contact Yann at 778-559-2062 or yanncal@hotmail.com.

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Possible Causes Of Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS) are related modernday maladies that cannot be explained medically. The two syndromes share overlapping symptoms; however, FM is primarily defined by debilitating pain throughout the body for more than 3 months and CFS by tiredness not relieved by sleep. Many people suffer needlessly with these syndromes, because the underlying causes are not thoroughly investigated. Further, well established and clinically proven Naturopathic therapies are not available through mainstream medicine. It is estimated that over 1 million Canadians suffer from these disorders. Some of the possible underlying causes include: • Low thyroid hormone levels • Low or imbalanced hormone levels • Adrenal fatigue • Nutrient deficiencies • Toxicities • Chronic viral, fungal, or bacterial infections • Poor energy production due to mitochondrial dysfunction • Poor oxygen utilization • Food allergies Naturopathic Doctors offer testing and therapies that target these underlying causes. Natural treatments are recommended, because they do not add further to the burden of toxicity which can occur with pharmaceutical medications. Natural therapies have no adverse side effects, are gentle, and work with the body’s innate healing system to encourage balance and optimal health. Oxygenation therapies and nutrient repletion therapies both have shown good clinical outcomes for both fatigue and muscle pain. Addressing hormone, thyroid, and adrenal imbalances further helps the body to heal and regain homeostasis. Often, infections such as candida are at the heart of the disorder and by clearing these out of the body, good health can be restored. Diet is almost always a component of pain and fatigue. Following scientifically based nutritional guidelines and eliminating food sensitivities or allergies is a core component of healing these disorders. All of these therapies help to improve energy production (in the mitochondria, our cells’ energy producers) which is always sluggish with FM/CFS. If you are suffering from FM/CFS, perhaps a visit to a Naturopathic Physician is in order. Alternative therapies offer hope for many who are not receiving adequate relief from conventional therapies. You can contact Dr. Browne at 250-497-6681, who is now located at Unit 8B, 5350 9th Ave - Hwy 97 in the OK Corral in Okanagan Falls.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Enjoying the outdoors is great for our physical, as well as mental, health especially during this difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ticks cause Lyme Disease and are apparently quite bad this year, so we need to be cautious and focus on prevention when we are enjoying the great outdoors. Chronic Lyme disease can be managed, but cannot be cured. The sooner ticks are found and removed and treatment is provided the less chance of it resulting in a chronic condition. Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as symptoms can mimic other diseases, symptoms can change and symptoms are not the same for everyone infected. This makes diagnosis and treatment very difficult. It is often diagnosed as the symptoms that it presents with, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Bell’s Palsy, Parkinson’s, Sjogren’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, ADD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, meningitis or IBS. Be sure to see your doctor as soon as possible. If you suspect Lyme disease, get more than one opinion and maybe see a naturopathic doctor as well. Here is some information on Lyme disease according to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation: Lyme disease is an inflammatory infection that spreads to humans through tick bites. Lyme disease is a borreliosis caused by borrelia bacteria, which commonly infects animals like birds, mice, other small rodents, and deer. Ticks pick up the bacteria by biting infected animals, and then pass it on to other animals, including human hosts. There are many strains or genospecies of borrelia that cause Lyme disease (borreliosis) in humans just as there are many strains of the flu virus that cause flu symptoms in Massage can be very beneficial for people with Lyme disease. humans, with some strains more virulent Massage reduces neuropathy, foot pain and joint soreness. than others. Massage improves lymphatic drainage, which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins, it relaxes muscles, reduces stress In the photo to the right, the two dark and anxiety, and improves circulation and sleep. freckles, one on the cheek and one on the neck, are actually ticks attached to this The best line of defence against getting Lyme Disease is child’s face. prevention. You can start by avoiding areas that are prone to ticks, like the woods, or when venturing out, by using products to keep 3 stages of Lyme (often blurred together quite rapidly) them off. Products using permethrin have been shown to be very • Stage 1: Early infection (first few days after infection) effective when sprayed on clothing (not skin). There is also factory • Stage 2: Infection spreads (days to weeks following infection) treated clothing available (at Mark’s). The next thing is to do tick • Stage 3: Chronic Lyme (days to weeks after infection if left checks on your clothes and skin when you’ve been out. Tiny ticks untreated, or not properly treated, for months/years after can be hard to find and get off clothes, so using the sticky side of initial infection) duct tape or a lint roller will help pull those nasty creatures off. It’s Lyme disease is most treatable during Stage 1. As time passes, very important to regularly check for ticks on your pets as well. both treatment and diagnosis become more difficult. Symptoms Creative Wellness Solutions has had to suspend services due to worsen during each stage of infection, ranging from flu-like the Covid-19 pandemic and are now looking forward to reopening symptoms to neurological illnesses, including paralysis. With and again providing our wonderful services. Please call Dee-anne Chronic Lyme disease there is not one system of the body that can at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment. Creative Wellness be unaffected ... this includes various hormone production as well. Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits Early treatment of Lyme disease is critical; however, Lyme is on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a very difficult to diagnose because symptoms vary from person to table or remove clothing and no oils are used. person. There are over 100 known symptoms of Lyme disease. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com, where you can find more information and to read any past Common symptoms include: articles you may have missed. • Developing a rash, sometimes shaped like a “bull’s eye” mark. •

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Farm Stand Grand Opening July 1st! By Lily Yang Yayyy, it’s finally July! We are slowly getting more veggies added to our Weekly Veggie Box, as the weather SLOWLY warms up. I’m especially excited about the new additions of potatoes, peas, zucchinis and oyster mushrooms. Yes, we are finally starting the new project of mushroom growing. Unfortunately, strawberry plants are taking a break, but they will be back in August until frost. All these yummy produces are available through our Weekly Veggie Box program. Again, our regular weekly box is $30. For big families, $40 boxes are available. Or, we can even customize the size of a box for you. More information is available on our website at www.handlfarm.com. Another exciting bit of news is that our Farm Stand is set up for the July 1st Grand Opening! It will stay open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 4-6 pm until October. Lastly, I want to say thank you to all who subscribed to our website. We are definitely overwhelmed by all the support from our lovely local community during this pandemic. Please stay healthy and we look forward to meeting you at our Farm Stand.

The Best Location For Your Water Feature By Michel Destimauville Just as your realtor would say, “location, location, location” for your dream home, the same can be said of your dream water feature. It will most likely become the focal point of your yard. Seeing that it will require a considerable investment of your time and resources, it makes sense to place it where you will enjoy it most. Here are some things to consider: Front or back yard? If it is in the front yard, passers by can enjoy it, but it may not be the most peaceful and serene place for you to enjoy. You may find it more relaxing in a secluded area of the back yard. On the other hand, I know some folks who prefer to socialize with their neighbours by sitting in front of their house where they can strike up conversations with people strolling by. If you are digging a pond, keep it shallow, so the neighbourhood kids will be safe. In the back yard, a water feature should be situated in proximity of your favourite sitting place, so it can be fully appreciated. It is also nice if you can see it from a prominent place inside the house. Check the view from the kitchen or living room windows. You will be amazed at the amount of wildlife (especially birds) that are attracted to the water. If you have running water (as most water features do) close to the sitting area, you may want to keep the flow to a more tempered gurgle, so that it is not too loud. Otherwise, it can become annoying when you are trying to relax, read a book, or carry on a conversation. If it is a dramatic waterfall with lots of volume and vertical falls that you want, it is better to locate it if further down the yard. An exception to this rule would be when you are trying to drown out the traffic noise in a busy area. If you intend to build a fishpond, the closer it is to your patio or deck, I say the better, because you will be able to gaze at the relaxing movement of the fish right from your chair. They are wonderful to watch with their colourful mellow waving ways, always up to something ... Waterfalls look best at the far end of the pond, nestled in a corner or cascading down a natural slope towards you. If you decide to go pondless for your waterfall, the same principles apply. If in doubt, you are welcome to call or visit Michel at Skaha Water Gardens to discuss any of your water feature ideas, and remember “location, location, location”.

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Update From Okanagan Falls & Kaleden Branches We are currently operating with Curbside Holds Pick-Up, which allows library customers to once again borrow physical materials from our branches. At this time, we are unsure of how long this will continue before the next phase of our opening occurs.

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During this phase, library buildings will remain closed and staff will fill holds requests for curbside pick-up. Our book drops are open for returns with limited hours. We are quarantining materials for 72 hours. Please respect the open hours of the book drops and do not leave any material outside of the library.

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A Long Walk to Water ~ Written by Linda Sue Park and narrated by David Baker and Cynthia Bishop. MP3 audiobook runs 2 hours 41 minutes. Also available as book and e-book.

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Audiobook Reviews By Kilmeny MacMichael

This book was first released in 2010 and relays the inspirational and tear-inducing story of a boy refugee from south Sudan, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” some of whom wandered for years before reaching refugee camps, as they tried to reach safety during war in the 1980s. It also introduces us to a girl living in south Sudan in the late 2000s, who walks hours each day to fetch water for her family. While the story ends with hope, it is rendered particularly poignant as we know that civil war in South Sudan has continued despite establishment of the new state. Marked as young adult fiction, this story may be too intense for many younger - or older - listeners. Based on true stories. Emperors of the Deep - Sharks - the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians ~ Written by William McKeever and narrated by Tim Andres Pabon. MP3 audiobook runs 10 hours 7 minutes. Also available as book and e-book.

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Sharks ... Not as much of a danger to humans as humans are to them. This book will tell you, somewhat slowly, and, considering SRC Online Events ~ Learn something! Try something! Do it is about the most infamous predators of the sea, rather dryly, something! Sign up for our Free Online Summer Reading Club! everything you ever wanted to know about sharks. And, more than Starting June 15, you can keep track of your reading online and you wanted to know, too. If you don’t want to know about sharks, earn a medal! Register online at https://www.bcsrc.ca. this book will have very little for you - although it does also touch SRC Challenge Tracker ~ Challenge yourself this summer by on the issue of modern slavery on board fishing vessels. While being inventive, creative, and active. If you are up for the challenge, there are some interesting anecdotes and studies discussed, the narrator, unfortunately seems to be a bit unsure about things you could win a GRAND PRIZE! sometimes. We also have fun summer programs for pre-schoolers and teens. Check out the Summer Teen Challenge for ages 13 and up. The River ~ Written by Peter Heller and narrated by Mark Deakins. Check out Summer Reading Blast Off for ages 0 to 5. MP3 audiobook runs 7 hours 20 minutes. Also available as book Look for contests on our website or on our library windows and and e-book. doors! This is an adventure story, with some crime and philosophy thrown We miss our patrons and are doing our best to allow you to have in, but mostly it’s a simple adventure story of two young men and a physical items again. Please be patient with us. Wishing you all a canoe trip in remote forested Manitoba. The canoe trip goes very wrong when the two men suspect an attempted murder has taken beautiful July! Hoping to see you all very soon! place and they commit to assisting the female victim - plus, there Lynn Warfield (Okanagan Falls) and Glenda Livolsi (Kaleden) is a forest fire. The description of the fire’s arrival was certainly the highlight of the novel for me. Downsides for me was the rather hard-to-believe competency of the main characters, (we are told that they are college students, but they sure are very unflappable and fast-thinking college students) and the rather MacGuffin-like MOBILE LEGAL & NOTARIAL SERVICES nature of the female character. I kept hoping that there would be DELIVERING BEYOND 9-5 some sort of serious twist to the plot, but as it is, it is an exciting, Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments fast-paced, sometimes poetic tale, and the author’s fondness for E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca nature and the experience of man in nature is clear. There are CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW P: 250-770-2951 WILLS, ESTATES AND PROBATE LAW some obscenities deployed. Over all, this story is uncomplicated C: 778-931-0461 REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCING W: dklmobilelaw.ca good fun.

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June Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Welcome back into the building, staff and students! It was great seeing so many smiling faces in our classrooms, hallways, and playgrounds. Some highlights: •

Part-time return to classrooms.

Outdoor learning in and around the community.

Chalk drawing in outdoor spaces. CONGRATULATIONS to our Grade 7 Graduates: From L-R Nich Stone, Evan Russell, and Zach Stone.

Our Falcon Weekly Challenges: • Fabulous Forts - Cash Bolger • Blindfold Drawing - Paisley Morris • Rube Goldberg Machine - building a marble maze - Payton Warnick • Canada Day - Deegan & Maxx Morgadinho

CONGRATULATIONS to our Ms. Rose: Retiring after 31 years of service! Thank you for an amazing year! It may not have been what we expected, but together we made it a great one! OK Falls Falcons SOARED! Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in September.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020! Wow, what a finish. Well done, we are so proud of you all.

class lists to the district. We now have 15 programs running this summer based on student enrollment and need, with 5 of these being numeracy focused and 10 being reading focused: Rhyme and Rec ~ Cawston Primary, Osoyoos Elementary, Tuc-elNuit Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Okanagan Falls Elementary

Read and Rec ~ Osoyoos Elementary, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary, Special thanks and recognition to Ms. Rose. After 31 years as a Oliver Elementary, Cawston Primary, Okanagan Falls Elementary crossing guard and supervisor, she is retiring. She has taken such Numeracy ~ Similkameen Elementary Secondary, Tuc-el-Nuit exceptional care of students of Okanagan Falls. We wish her a Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Osoyoos Elementary, Cawston happy retirement. Primary I would also like to extend my personal thanks for the remarkable leadership of Principal Mrs. Karen Sinclair and the amazing staff OPERATIONS of Okanagan Falls Elementary. Covid-19 was a curve ball unlike 2019/20 Enrolment ~ As of May 29th, district wide enrollment any other and we are so privileged to have a great group of caring was 2,371.25 FTE (Full-time equivalent), which is an increase of 58.5 FTE from September 30th, 2019 enrolment of 2,312.75 professionals in our community. Enjoy your summer! FTE. There was a combined 25 FTE decrease in elementary and Following is some highlights from administration: secondary schools and an 83.5 FTE increase in YouLearn. Annual Retirement and Long Service Recognition ~ Unfortunately, the pandemic stole our annual retirement and long 2020 YTD Financial Statement ~ Total revenue for the 11 months service recognition event this year. We pay tribute to 9 retirees ended May 31, 2020 was $26.11 million. Total expense for the who will be leaving us by the end of this school year. This includes same period was $25.27 million, resulting in a surplus of $833,655. 6 support staff and 3 teachers. We wish all our retirees good health 2020/21 Annual Budget ~ The 2020/21 annual budget is complete and bylaw amounts are: and great adventures in their retirement. Summer Reading and Numeracy Programs ~ Due to the unprecedented past few months with the suspension of in-class learning and moving now to stage 3 of the provincial restart plan, our planning for the summer numeracy and reading programs were delayed. Fortunately, as a result of some extremely hard work from our schools and the summer school teachers, enough interest was created from students, along with a willingness from parents to send their children during the summer, we will be offering summer programs in every school. The positive gains that were experienced last year with student numeracy as a result of the pilot summer numeracy programs, and with sustained interest from students, we are running these programs for the second straight year. We are reducing the maximum number of students in the Read and Rec and Numeracy programs to 15 students, and the number of students in the Rhyme and Rec will remain at 10. This reduction is to help provide the safest environment possible for all students.

Operating Total Expense - $29,999,014

Operating Tangible Assets Purchased - $300,000

Special Purpose Fund Total Expense - $3,106,722

Capital Fund Total Expense - $2,785,051

Total Budget Bylaw Amount - $36,190,787

For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

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By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President All the elementary administrators and summer program teachers are now receiving the materials and information for their programs. Ahhhh, time to enjoy our beautiful beaches spaced out on our Schools have communicated with families and have submitted towels with toes in the sand. When math problems become adding up change for Tickleberry’s and determining how many scoops or waffle cones you can buy.

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The PAC AGM finished the year with a beautiful night hosted at Meyer Family Vineyards, where we were able to easily space out, I mean space ourselves apart. A huge thank you to past PAC president Chelsea Fairweather, who is taking a much-deserved break from the role, but is still willing to lead some fundraisers for the school. The new PAC council for the 2020-21 school year are: President - Kandis Lipsett; Vice-President - Lindsay Hainstock; Secretary - Katie Munroe; Treasurer - Dominique Kruger; and Members at large - Alisha Hardy, Robin Verge and Christie Mavety. The hope for the new PAC going forward is to have various project leaders to spread the work. New ideas and eager helpers are always welcome. We also want to wish Ms. Rose a wonderful rest from her years of amazing dedication to keeping Okanagan Falls little Falcons safe across the highway and in the playground. At least we will still get to see her smiling face around town as she heads out on her walks ... and maybe still get the odd candy from her pocket! SkahaMatters.com | July 2020 | Page 21


School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee At June 9, 2020, Business Committee Meeting the Board discussed the following: David Bond from KPMG presented the Audit Process for 2019-2020. The audit will be completed by September 2020. We reviewed the areas of the Audit Focus: Employee future benefits and salaries; tangible capital assets; expenses, accounts payable and accrued liabilities; and the revenue and receivables. In addition, Mr. Bond reviewed Audit Risk such as fraud risk from management override of controls, etc. We learned about new audit developments in the public sector accounting standards that are relevant to the school district. The Board reviewed the financial reports and projections to June 30, 2020. Eileen Sadlowski reported that significant savings resulting from COVID-19 are forecasted, resulting in a projected surplus of $830,327; however, we were informed that things could change either way based on any unpredictable circumstances that may arise. The Board reviewed an enrolment report from 2001/02 up to projections for 2020/2021. SD67 is projecting a further decline in enrolment in 2020/2021 of 187.25 FTE. The expected student population for 2020-2021 is projected to be 5496 FTE. Doug Gorcak presented on the Carbon Neutral Action Report. He summarized the school district’s emissions profile and went over SD67 plans to reduce gas emissions in 2020 and beyond. Also, Mr. Gorcak shared a success story involving Wiltse School, whereby 66 tonnes of CO2e decrease to less than 2 tonnes per year by installing a new mechanical system with geo-exchange a few years ago. Also, SD67 is planning to participate in a pilot project to try out an electric bus in Summerland. It is SD67’s goal to transition the current bus fleet to include electric buses in the future. The Board received an update on the Transportation Review 2020/2021. Eileen Sadlowski recommended that the Board delay the implementation of the revised transportation policy by one year to be implemented in 2021-2022. Doug Gorcak reported on the Five Year Capital Plan that was submitted to the Ministry of Education. Some of the 1st priority items include the replacement of SSS Gym; the replacement of SSS HVAC; the replacement of Summerland Middle School HVAC and the replacement of a bus. Also, Doug Gorcak presented on the Video Surveillance Report. A full review was conducted in June 2020 to ensure the district is adhering to the Administrative Procedures. Video cameras are placed on schools with a higher incidence of vandalism. The review found no variance in the procedures adhered too. Some concerns suggest the current cameras are dated, and the resolution of video footage is of lower quality. The Board reviewed and approved the following policy revisions: 1. In the “Board Delegation of Authority Policy”, a new clause was added to ensure the Board approves all local capital expenditures before committing the funds and that the Board receives regular annual reports on the use and balance of local capital funds. Also, the Board must approve any planned purchases from the funds for the next school year. 2. In the “Accumulated Operating Surplus and Internally Restricted Funds Policy”, a new clause was added indicating the Board will receive a report on the operating surplus reserves, including the purpose for the internally restricted portion. The Board will determine how those funds will be used. The Board is to maintain unrestricted funds between 1-3%.

On June 10, 2020, the Education Committee as a whole visited KVR. We did a tour of the school and learned about the safety procedures in place to support students’ return to school. We discussed what the school programs consist of and how the face to face school program works with the remote learning program, so learning is consistent and ongoing. The Board discussed the following at the School Board Meeting held on May 25, 2020: 2020-2021 Budget Process • The Board reviewed cost pressures that will impact the 2020-2021 budget. Declining Enrolment in 2020-2021 will continue to be a considerable cost pressure. SD67 will likely experience another decline of 187.25 FTE. In 2019-2020 there was a decline in enrolment of 110 FTE. Global issues such as COVID-19 will likely result in a decrease in international student enrolment. • The SR staff reviewed all proposed budget reductions, and they developed a budget that has the least impact on classroom instruction. • Eileen Sadlowski proposed a “Full Grade Reconfiguration” and “Long Term Facilities Review” is done in Fall 2020. • Eileen Sadlowski presented a summary of reductions with a total staffing reduction of 23.28 FTE. Staff attrition will apply so that the reductions will involve the loss of employees through natural processes, such as retirement and resignations, etc. To keep existing staff employed, employees will fill the vacant position where possible. The Board reviewed and approved the 2020-2021 Student Fees for Elementary schools and for Middle/Secondary schools. The Board reviewed and compared the Student Fees charged for the International Student Program. Compared to Vernon (SD22) and the Central Okanagan (SD23), SD67’s rates are lower. The proposed fees for 2021-2022 will bring the student fees closer to Vernon (SD22); however, SD67’s fees will remain lower than our neighbouring school districts. International student fees include tuition, homestay placement monitoring, homestay fees, medical insurance, activity fees, and an application fee. The current rate for SD67’s program is $23,300/student. In 2021/2022, the fees will increase to $23,600. The Board reviewed the annual budget process. The annual budget bylaw must be adopted by June 30, 2020. The 2020-2021 budget is projected to be $71,706,544. It consists of operating costs, special purpose funds, and capital funds. Special purpose funds are targeted funds intended for special purposes, for example, the Annual Facilities Grant. The 2020-2021 budget will not utilize any local capital funding to support the projected budget. At the end of June (during the audit), we will determine how the anticipated surplus or deficit will factor into the 2020-2021 budget. Due to COVID-19, the Long Term Service recognition event was canceled. The retiring staff will likely be recognized at the Long Term Service event next year. The Board reviewed and approved the Board and Committee meeting dates established for 2020-2021. In closing, the Board would like to thank families, students, teachers, and administrators for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have any questions regarding the above.

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June Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School!

At Home:

By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal Students are busy working at school and from home on their Learning Opportunities. Thank-you once again to all our families for all their support. Have a great summer! At School:

Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes July already! Remember back when summer seemed so socially distant away? Remember when summer meant you had to find some great activities for your kiddos? Well, guess what?! I got tapped out about mid-April. All my great summer tricks were all dried up by about mid-May. This summer, my creativity is going to consist of handing them a bag of rubber bands and telling them to have at ‘er. Parenting in 2020 is a very weird thing. At least, we have the lake. Let’s remember to keep our gatherings small and close to home, so we don’t get anything closed down again. Otherwise, I will get so desperate we will all end up doing the lowest form of craft ... macaroni art! (The HORROR!) Speaking of the beach, KPAC would like to remind everyone to please, please be “Water Smart” out on the lake. Make sure inexperienced swimmers are always within arms reach. Older and more experienced swimmers should always swim with a buddy. Wear life jackets when on any watercraft (powered and nonpowered). And, always tell someone where you are going. We want everyone to have a safe and fun summer. We all deserve the break after such a wacky spring. From all of us down here at KPAC, we want to wish everyone a super happy summer!

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students (V0H 1K0 postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this academic year (2020) and pursuing further education. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the Kaleden Bursary Fund, and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email and providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the school. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road and St. Andrews by the Lake) and did you attend Kaleden Elementary School. Mailing address must be in Kaleden area (V0H 1K0). • Any Kaleden community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number and cell number, social insurance 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, 2020 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to kaledenbursary@shaw. ca or darlenebailey1@shaw.ca. For further information, please call 250-497-8140. SkahaMatters.com | July 2020 | Page 23


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

Thanks to the many generous folks who kept the Little Free Libraries in Okanagan Falls stocked with books, while the Okanagan Regional Library was closed. The beach front kiosk doubled as a pantry, with a ‘take what you need’ sentiment, that was much appreciated by many. The Little Free Libraries are located at the beach between Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park, as well as outside the northeast entrance to the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Take a book and leave a book ... at any time and for all ages.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca.

The Volunteer Centre is checking in with our registered volunteers via phone calls. We have engaged volunteers to contact other volunteers. If you would benefit from sharing and connecting with like-minded volunteers, or if you would like to participate in Wellness Checks contact us. Let us know if you have Virtual Volunteering Skills you would like to help with. Register on the SOSVC Website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Like us on SOSVC Facebook, as we post additional information. Before Volunteering, read The Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19, on our webpage. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered Charity and part of a network of 200 National and 40 Provincial Centres that monitor volunteering. For more information or to speak with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info

Visitor Information Centre - Okanagan Falls Volunteer Help Wanted The Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre welcomes volunteers of all ages and offers on-going training and opportunities to experience the best Okanagan Falls has to offer. Our team is committed to providing a fun, supportive and rewarding volunteer environment. Customer service is at the forefront of this role; providing a remarkable experience to guests encouraging them to stay longer or book a return visit to our area. Volunteers will also help stock brochures, handle occasional light cleaning duties and assist with inventory. Please contact Deb at dmorrow@rdos.bc.ca or 778-515-5520.

Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society Is Inviting Nominations for Board Directors 2020/21

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Interested in taking on a leadership role to help seniors? PSDICS is seeking diverse Director candidates who: • are current PSDICS members OR intend to become members by September 1, 2020. • are of solid integrity - trustworthy and honest • are committed to success in enhancing seniors’ lifestyles • will participate in strengthening and transforming our organization • have the gift of time for a working Board • are willing to use personal skills and resources to advance our organization Please contact Joy at joythompson@shaw.ca or 250-492-6214. Read the full description at www.volunteercentre.info under ‘browse opportunities: PSDIC Director AD - LISTING for SOSVolunteer Centre - June 2020.


In Orbit By Tom Landecker It’s hard to explain this without a picture, so I’ll describe my picture as I draw it, and ask you to draw your own on a piece of paper. First, draw a circle. That represents the Earth. Then draw a big mountain, a really big one, on one side. Now, imagine that you walk up that mountain. At the top, you pick up a stone and you throw it as hard as you can. The stone flies out of your hand and drops to the mountainside, perhaps 100 metres from where you are standing on top. Draw a line to show that. Now pick up another stone and throw that one too, much harder than you threw the first. It too will fall to Earth, a little further away, perhaps 150 metres from where you are standing. Draw another line to show the path of that stone. Gravity is the force that has pulled those stones back to Earth. Now, imagine that you were very, very strong, and you could throw a stone so hard that it landed on the plain, far beyond the foot of the mountain. If you draw the path of this stone on your picture, the path will curve. The stone left your hand horizontally, and its path then curved downwards until it hit the Earth. Then you will notice that the curvature of the Earth made a big difference in the distance that the stone travelled. Now, imagine that you have a cannon on top of the mountain, and you fire a cannonball. The cannonball leaves the top of the mountain, travelling horizontally. As it is travelling horizontally, it is also falling vertically, pulled down by gravity. But, it never hits the Earth, because the Earth’s surface curves away under its path. The cannonball goes on travelling right around the Earth, but never hitting it. The cannonball is in orbit around the Earth! That’s exactly what the Moon does as it orbits the Earth. The Moon is always falling towards the Earth, but (fortunately) never hitting it. The planets are in orbit around the Sun, always falling towards the Sun. The time it takes a planet to orbit the Sun depends on its distance. Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, dashes around its orbit once in 88 days. The Earth does it once a year, 365 days. Jupiter, further out, takes 11 of our Earth years to complete one orbit. A Jupiter year is 11 Earth years, so birthday parties are far apart on Jupiter. Orbits don’t stop there. The Sun is in an orbit that carries it once around the Solar System in 250 million years. The Sun is 5 billion years old, so it has completed about 20 orbits so far. Not many birthday celebrations for the Sun! Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

When the Branch was formed in 1947, the first Legion Hall was built with volunteer labour consisting mostly of wartime veterans By Marla Wilson on lakefront land donated by the Kenyon family at the north end of What a soggy June we had! Now that summer has arrived, we can Cedar Street. Members continued to meet there until 1964 when maybe dry out a bit. The moisture was great for keeping everything the building was sold. A new Legion Hall was constructed in 1964 green and damp, so hopefully there will be no fires. Vaseux Lake on land donated to the Legion by Bill Edge at the corner of Veterans is high now, covering the “goose log” on the east side of the lake Way and Main Street (Highway 97). The original building was only where geese sit and sun themselves. The log looks to be 4 to 6 one floor, which consisted of the kitchen and what is now used as inches under water right now. Regularly, it is high enough that the the Sports Lounge. In 1972, a government grant was obtained and that enabled the Branch to construct a new two story building that birds can sit on it and not get their feet wet. Lots of excitement in the H&M Thrifty Boutique. Last winter, we connected to the original building, making the Legion Hall three received a donation of boxes of beautiful Christmas ornaments. floors. The lower floor became the Canteen area, the second floor They are all new and were given to the shop when the owner became the Sports Lounge, and the upper floor became the Jack had sold all that was being bought for Christmas. Shop Manager Hill Lounge. Jack Hill was a former Treasurer for many years. Noreen will be offering a great “Christmas In July” event. All the We have all done a great job through the pandemic. Continue to lovely ornaments will be on display for your selection. During the take care of yourself and stay well. event, there will be a drawing for a $50 voucher for clothing in the shop. To receive a chance for the voucher, simply purchase 3 ornaments and you have a chance for the drawing. The H&M Open 10-3 Wednesday - Friday Accepting Clean & Gently Used Thrifty Boutique is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Wednesday, 250-486-6371 Clothing & Accessories Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Place - 1145 Main St In Person When Open Please! Thursday and Friday. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Did Ja Know? Here is a page of history I got off the internet about our Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 in Okanagan Falls ... Branch #227 received its charter on November 12, 1947. Charter members were: J.A. Bell, E.W. Chase, A.H. Edge, C.W. Edge, F.L. Emmerson, W. Hughes, R. Jakins, D. McLean, G.A. McLean, M. McLean, G.C. Mallory, B.G. Neibergall, W.J. Sinclair, and J.K. Taylor. The first President was Bill Edge. Page 26 | July 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

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

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The Hatfield Family The Hatfield family were one of the most influential in the shaping of this little community. They had the entrepreneurial spirit that was needed to grow the town and Seaman Hatfield was a man of great enthusiasm, many talents, and it would seem, almost unlimited energy. He was married to Roberta Christie, sister of Jim Christie, who with his family played such an important role in the history of Okanagan Falls. Seaman and Roberta arrived early on in 1909 and Seaman was clerk, timekeeper, foreman, accountant and general “Jack-of-all-trades” for Jim Ritchie, the founder of Kaleden, and in his spare time he ran an insurance and real estate company, was Kaleden’s postmaster, Nortary Public and Justice of the Peace. Quite the busy man. For the first year, Seaman, Roberta and son Harley lived in a small shed, which would later become the chicken coop. In 1910, after persuading his parents and sister Carlotta to join him in Kaleden, he built a duplex on the upper corner of Oak Avenue and Lakehill Road. The entire family became involved in almost every aspect of Kaleden Life. In 1911, Seaman expanded his business interests into the transportation industry, when in partnership with a Mr. Campbell he bought the boat “Kaleden” from James Ritchie and formed the South Okanagan Transportation Company. He built piers and freight sheds at Penticton, Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Later they sold this vessel and bought a 40 foot launch called “The Cygnet” and in 1914 added “The Mallard”, a tunnel stern boat designed to run the river between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes to avoid hauling freight on wagons between the two. In 1917, after Carlotta (Kaleden’s first bride) married Lewis Block of Naramata and moved away and both his elderly parents had passed away, Seaman and Roberta, with Harley and second son, Philip, moved to Penticton. He had established a trucking business there during the war, which eventually became the Interior Contracting Company, involving both sons and somehow always finding room on their payroll for members of Kaleden’s pioneer families. It did a great deal of major construction for municipalities in the interior, as well as work for all 4 railways in the area, often engaging over 200 employees. The move was Kaleden’s loss and Penticton’s gain, but the Hatfields never lost their connection to and interest in Kaleden.

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Happy summer from the Kaleden Seniors Committee! Thanks to the CFSOS Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant, we were able to deliver even more flowery goodness in St. Andrews and Kaleden. We enjoyed bringing a little cheer to many of your lives. Several Kaleden Seniors were honoured with private tours of Linden Gardens in June. (See photos by Leela Wiedner below.) Thank you to Ken and Shannon for doing such a great job showing us around, identifying flowers, plants and trees, and offering gardening tips. We learned a lot and look forward to further tours in the summer. If you didn’t hear about the private tour, you aren’t on our email list. If you’d like your email added to the list, please send it to kaledenseniors@gmail.com, so you won’t miss a thing.

Several socially distanced lunches were held in June. Volunteers Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of offered to host in their yards and lunch was delivered to enjoy Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please together at a safe distance. We are hoping to have more of these contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. in the summer, so be sure to let us know if you would like to host or attend. We are looking toward the days when we can safely gather together again. Until then, we hope everyone is doing well and invite you to reach out to us anytime. MEA

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

Hope everyone is well, and not going crazy. These are definitely trying times.

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising & Communications Hi Everyone! We hope you are all doing well and excited about moving forward to Stage 3 in our Covid-19 pandemic. We have done very well in BC and should be proud.

The Branch will be open at 2 pm everyday until closing. We Things are going well at South Skaha Place and we are sorting out have everything in place for your safety. all the first year glitches successfully, although we would like to go On Friday’s, we will try to have some kind of appies. Right ‘up and down’ a bit more (elevator glitches). Stay tuned for some now, we are holding our Meat Draw on Saturday at 4 pm with interesting news for another project on our property. food available. We can have 50 people in the building at a time. Everyday is a new day. We are in good hands with Dr. Bonnie Henry. We will be holding our AGM in September and we will post the location, date and time in our next Skaha Matters column. As Dr. If all goes well, we will have a Pancake Breakfast again on Bonny would say, “Be kind, be calm, and be safe”. Sunday, July 19th from 8-11 am. Adults $6, Children $3 & under For information regarding tenant vacancies, please contact Jerry 3 are free. Everyone is welcome! Winiski at Locke Property Management in Penticton. We plan on having a Yard Sale on Saturday, July 11th from 9 am - 1 pm. $10 if you bring your own table or $20 for the Legion to Oliver, Okanagan Falls & Penticton supply a table for you. Social distancing will apply. Call the Legion at 250-497-8338 to reserve your spot by July 6th. Would like to Senior Assistance Services: 10 years of Emergency Care Services with BC Ambulance thank Ron from G&R Auto for letting us use his sign to advertise. Errand & Shopping Services

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton We wish a safe and healthy summer to all our LA Members. September 2nd will be our next general meeting. We are doing a meat draw along with the Branch on Saturdays at 4 pm. No further activities at the moment. This will be readdressed again in September. Thank you to those ladies who have submitted a number of favourite recipes thus far. We have approximately 30 at this point. There will be a little wiggle room for any last-minute submissions. Please send your recipes to the attention of Denise Ashton, via mail to Ladies Auxiliary P.O. Box 466, V0H 1R0, phone/text 250-689-4004 for further information, or email Denise at lunarae2013@gmail. com. Final completion of our cookbook should be by mid-August, so we can have copies available at the next general meeting. Page 28 | July 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

A Piece Of Poland In South Okanagan

By Bob Wilson, Past President

By Elmira Galiyeva, LIP Coordinator for South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services

Here we are at the end of another year for the Lions club. We’ll be back in September.

Vlodik Hrynkiewicz lived in Gdansk - a colourful port city on the Our final meeting was a BBQ at the Heritage Site behind the H&M Baltic coast of Poland. He has been a member of the National Kayak Thrifty Shop. Nobody hugged anybody and we observed social and Canoe Team of Poland for over ten years. He participated in University Games and World Championships. Vlodik enjoyed his distance, as we were told to do (see photo below). sports career for a while, but at a certain point, while his country Here’s hoping everyone enjoys the summer (is it finally here?), as was still under the communist regime, he decided to leave Poland. much as we can these days, but I still miss the hugs! After spending a year and a half in Germany, he came to Canada. His journey in Canada started in Ontario. He lived in Thunder Bay, explored London and Toronto, where he worked in the food industry for seven years. Life was busy and exciting. At some point, he “adopted” his new name - Walter, since his original one was difficult to pronounce for many people. One day Walter received a call from his relatives in Thunder Bay - there was a tragedy in the family and Walter went to support his relatives. His wife, Alicja, joined him later. They decided to stay in Thunder Bay and got involved in running a large restaurant. Once they realized that this partnership was not working well, they committed to starting their own business - a restaurant offering classic Polish cuisine. In 2013, “Polish Bistro” opened its doors on Since there will be no “Music in the Park” this year, the Lions won’t a busy street and welcomed local foodies. be seen selling cookies for breakfast in Centenial park. But, we are still able to be contacted by phone (see below) for inquiries or After a few thriving years, Walter and Alicja were on the road again. They were looking for a milder climate and the South Okanagan assistance if we can be of help. was a natural choice. They came to the region three times to On a sadder note, we lost one of own in March. Lion Wayne Lynch check the options for opening a restaurant before the final move was a member of the club for 20+ years. He will not be forgotten. to Penticton. Wayne took care of the highway clean-up for years, until the new They found a good spot downtown. Alicja put her heart into making contractor took over highway maintenance. Wayne was always it cozy and truly authentic. “Poland is a beautiful country, rich in there when we needed him and even sometimes when we didn’t. history, arts and culture. We are Polish, so we try to showcase Heartfelt condolences go out to his family from all of us. our country and culinary traditions”, explains Walter. On July 11, Here I would like to thank Myleen from Skaha Matters for all she 2018, the food lovers of the South Okanagan received a new treat does for the community over the year, never complaining when - “Polish Bistro”. we’re late, at least not directly to us, and for her editorial assistance The Bistro at 65 Nanaimo Street offers a number of hearty, when it is sorely required. Thanks Myleen! home style dishes - six types of pierogies (my favourite is made As Lion Dave Wilding always says, “See ya later”. with spinach, tomato and feta), cabbage rolls, meatballs, Polish Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are sausages, chicken breast wrapped in bacon and schnitzel, and of July 8, 9 & 10 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - course, the king of soups ... Borsch! 5:30 pm (opening for the Blood Donor Clinic only). The Canadian The South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services (SOICS) Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. team often have lunch at the Bistro and, recently, ordered some To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or pierogies for the Business After Business event, which were very highly rated by the local business community. You are probably call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439- already on your way to the Bistro ... Smacznego! Enjoy your meal! 2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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Use the Four-Box Method ~ Get four boxes and label them: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. Enter any room in your By Annick Lim home and place each item into one of the following boxes. Don’t skip a single item, no matter how insignificant you may I came across a link online in 2018 for an online course on how to think it is. This may take days, weeks, or months, but it will get ‘uncluttered’. I thought, “what’s that?” help you see how many items you really own and you’ll know I’d often been overwhelmed when doing weekend chores of how exactly what to do with each item. much dusting I had to do, because there were so many little I was able to start with something small like going through my “tchotchke” items in my house. Whether it was a silk plant, candle holder or some decor I got gifted as a house warming or wedding nightstand. Who would think it would be so FULL of stuff? My gift. It’s not that I loved any of these items, it’s almost like I felt kitchen ‘junk drawer’ ... Wow! this sense of obligation to display them because I owned them. There is a course called “Becoming Minimalist” by Joshua Becker, Bizarre right? Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a LONG way to which can be found at becomingminimalist.com/get-uncluttered/. go! Our home does NOT look like an Ikea magazine article ... we If you want to use this time to declutter your home, own less, and still have ‘stuff’! I was, however, able to donate 80 wine glasses get ahead financially, this is the right program for you. and considering we don’t entertain OR drink, that just goes to tell This course includes: you how much stuff can accumulate over the years! We all have • Videos with step-by-step instructions a neighbour or family member who could benefit from something • Interviews with thought leaders in productivity and minimalism like this. Why not start with YOU? • Live webinars tackling specific tough-clutter topics Creative Decluttering Tips ~ If you’re struggling and need • Live Q&As for members to ask questions guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your • Weekly challenges plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips to get you • And perhaps best of all, accountability and encouragement started on decluttering your home: from a super-engaged community • Start with 5 minutes at a time ~ If you’re new to decluttering, you can slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day. • Give one item away each day ~ This would remove 365 HUB items every single year from your home. If you increased this ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! to 2 per day, you would have given away 730 items you no longer needed. Increase this number once it gets too easy. • Fill an entire trash bag ~ Get a trash bag and fill it as fast as LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY you can with things you can donate to a local charity. Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - Live! • Donate clothes you never wear ~ To identify them, simply The Kaleden Church is gathering outdoors in our parking lot, hang all your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction. located across the street from the church building, on Sunday After wearing an item, face the hanger in the correct direction. mornings at 10:00 am. You can bring a lawn chair and sit socially Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months. distanced or remain in your car and tune to 93.1 FM. Please check • Create a decluttering checklist ~ It’s a lot easier to declutter our website, www.kaledencommunitychurch.org, and our Kaleden when you have a visual representation of where you need to Church Facebook posts for updates and changes. get started. You can use our decluttering checklist. We have 2 big announcements coming for Kaleden Community • Take the 12-12-12 challenge ~ Locate 12 items to throw Church. Look for them in the August issue of Skaha Matters. away, 12 to donate, and 12 to be returned to their proper home. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 • View your home as a first-time visitor ~ It’s easy to “forget” Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church what your home looks like to a new visitor. Enter your home www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info as if you’re visiting the home of a friend. Write down your first impression on how clean and organized the home is and Okanagan Falls Community Church - Live! Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am make changes. • Take before and after photos of a small area ~ Choose one We are open for services again with a maximum of 50 people part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo allowed inside, while following social distancing practices. of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and Speakers: July 5, 12, & 26 is Jon Manlove. July 19 is John Rankin take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 DE

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Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10:00 am. Church at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further information, please visit our website listed below. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold! For local members, phone the church office for latest updates. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique

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Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Facebook! Ask a local member for the Facebook page, if you’d like to join in. We will be considering opening later in July, if safe to do so. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842


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Flowers to my mysterious contributor for my Volunteer Spotlight: Thank you for the recognition, but I am only one of many who give of their time. Many of us wear several “hats” in our volunteer life. I seem to wear too many! Our community spirit and community amenities have been built over many generations of volunteers. I ask everyone to take a moment and ask what they can do for their community. ~ From Mike Gane of Kaleden Flowers to the Okanagan Falls Legion Executive for a wonderfully organized Covid Meat Draw with amazing quesadillas! It was great to be out with people again! Thank you for making this possible. ~ From Okey Dokey Entertainment, Lorne, Sharon, Glenn & Darrel Flowers to Paul Murray and Margie O’Brien for installing the new bi-fold doors on the bar window at the Kaleden Hall. Thank you! ~ From Glenda Livolsi of the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to Jaynie Molloy for mowing the lawn at the Kaleden Library. Thank you! ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff

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Flowers to Judy Arstad. She has been postmaster in Kaleden for 14 of the 20 years she has worked in the Kaleden Post Office. On June 18, 2020, she retired. Judy kept it low key, so practically nobody knew. So, from all of us to you, Judy, we wish you a very Happy Retirement! Thank you for all your years of service! ~ From the entire Kaleden Community Fish Heads to all golfers who like to enjoy the golf course at St Andrews on White Lake Road. We are glad it was able to open during this pandemic for all of you to enjoy. However, we who live on White Lake Road do not like you throwing all your liquor bottles and garbage out before you get to the highway. We have bears and lots of wildlife in the area, which we do enjoy and protect in our country area. We do our best to keep it clean and protected. Please respect our area as well. ~ From Cat T. of Kaleden

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