Skaha Matters July 2022

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Skaha Matters

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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay Two of the most important issues for Canadians right now are the affordability crisis - the impossibility of the housing market, the rising cost of groceries and the soaring price of gas - and the ongoing crisis of climate change. Recently, the House of Commons debated an NDP motion that combined these two issues. The motion asked the government to stop subsidizing highly profitable oil and gas companies once and for all - and we’re talking billions of dollars every year - and instead invest those funds in relief for the millions of Canadians who are struggling right now with the high cost of everything, and also invest them in renewable energy and other initiatives to deal with the climate crisis. Thirteen years ago, Canada and its G20 partners promised to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. In 2018, I was at the G20 meeting in Argentina where that promise was reaffirmed. The Environment Commissioner recently reported that they couldn’t do a proper audit of Canada’s commitment to ending subsidies, because the government did not even have a clear definition of an “inefficient fossil fuel subsidy”. Canada gives more tax dollars to the multinational oil and gas companies than any other G20 country, handing out 14 times more to the oil and gas companies than to renewable energy companies between 2018 and 2020. Only last year, the Liberal government paid out $8.6 billion dollars in subsidies and public financing to fossil fuel companies. Canada paid $4.5 billion for the Trans Mountain Pipeline when the company building it said it was no longer a viable project. We’re now facing a $21 billion cost for the expansion of that pipeline, an expansion solely predicated on an increasing demand for oil when everyone realizes global oil consumption must surely decline

Richard Cannings, MP

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Happy Canada Day! The last two years have been difficult for all of us but as we look ahead, our journey together is full of opportunities. We live in such a beautiful part of the best country on earth. Make sure you get outside and celebrate on a beach, on a trail, or even on a back porch. Happy Birthday Canada! over the next 30 years. We will never recoup the cost of Trans Mountain. So if there ever was an inefficient subsidy, I would say buying a pipeline that a private company didn’t want, and then spending $20 billion to expand that pipeline to provide capacity for expanded oil production that the world cannot withstand - that is a highly inefficient subsidy. And in the latest budget, the Liberal government promises over $2 billion per year for carbon capture and storage projects for fossil fuel companies. These are more taxpayer dollars going to companies that are doing very well. Imperial Oil is making more money than they have for 30 years; Suncor made a profit of almost $3 billion in the last quarter alone. Even if carbon capture projects can be developed that actually work, and there’s a lot of evidence that they don’t, using them to clean up a fossil fuel industry whose raison d’etre is providing oil and gas for the world to burn to create carbon dioxide is a highly inefficient way to wean the world off fossil fuels. So, what do Canadians get for this public investment in oil and gas multinationals? Record high prices for gasoline. The NDP believe that companies that have reaped extraordinary profits while Canadians struggle should be charged a windfall tax, such as that levied last week in the United Kingdom. There, oil and gas firms will be paying a 25% tax on their profits, bringing in $19 billion to assist low-income households. Unfortunately, the Liberals and Conservatives voted against the NDP motion that would have put an end to fossil fuel subsidies and redirected those funds to help Canadians. But, my colleagues and I will continue to focus on initiatives that will truly help Canadians in these difficult times. On another topic, I’m delighted to welcome Charanya (Jula) Sukumar as my new constituency assistant in Penticton. You can reach that office at 250-770-4480 or my Castlegar office at 250365-2792; my email address is Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit 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. © 2022 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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construction and demolition waste, diverting a whopping 93% of that waste from the landfill! Development of what I understand to By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen be a first-of-its-kind-in-BC RV deconstruction and recycling flow at The summer solstice is upon us, and with it, the celebration of the same site is an exciting step, led by local champions to reduce Grad Class of ‘22. Congratulations to all of the graduates setting pressure on our waste stream. Great stuff! their sights on the next chapter of their lives. May it be full of In response to local requests for more discussion and information, wonder and purpose! in 2021 the BC government granted $80,000 to the Regional District Last month, Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham invited me to of Okanagan Similkameen to support the residents of Okanagan join her with an exciting new advisory group on Regenerative Falls area (and Area “D” more broadly) to continue to explore the Agriculture and Agritech in BC. The group will inform development pros and cons of potential incorporation. The role of the province of a BC Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network, a network here is to help ensure that residents and decision-makers have all to help ensure farmers have support combining new agritech with the right information to make well-informed decisions about what regenerative agricultural practices to create a more secure and to do next. The RDOS information page includes regular updates, sustainable food system. I know how passionate our local farmers background material, and recordings of meetings. A big thanks and ranchers are about nurturing healthy and profitable agriculture, is due to the group of citizens that have stepped up to serve on so I’m especially pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Service and Boundary Configuration Study Committee and to Director Ron Obirek for championing the process. the evolution of this vision for BC agriculture. Last week, I also had the opportunity to visit the Okanagan Falls Our recent federal approval for a drug decriminalization exemption Landfill; I’m a big fan of well-run landfills, especially when creative is big news, meaning addiction can be treated as a health care leadership is helping divert waste from the traditional waste- issue instead of a criminal issue. Residents of Okanagan Falls stream. I was pleased to tour the recycling process established for and area have been clear with me how important it is to help reduce the stigma of addiction. Highlighting a few other updates, Your Community Office: we recently eliminated the largest fossil fuel subsidy in BC, tied (post) PO Box 1592, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0 minimum wage to inflation so BC workers don’t get left behind, (ph) 250-498-5122 (web) brought in new supports to fast-track internationally trained nurses (em) joining our healthcare system, and converted the BC Wildfire Service to a year-round service to better protect our communities. We are doubling forestry revenues to First Nations, committed to connect all rural BC to high speed by 2027, and continue to build upon StrongerBC, our economic plan designed to help all of us (not just the those at the top), by putting people first. See you soon! | July 2022 | Page 3

The Electoral Area “D” Service & Boundary Configuration Study Get Informed, Get Involved, Have Your Say! The purpose of this study is to assess the current state of governance and service delivery concerns in Area “D”, gauge interest among citizens in pursuing incorporation, and identify the preferred boundary configuration for any subsequent incorporation study.

Thank You To All Area “D” Residents! Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete the recent survey and for providing continued feedback throughout this now year-long process. Together with the data and other relevant information, your contributions were read and heard by the Committee and were reviewed, analyzed and discussed at considerable length. As a Committee, we are honoured to have been tasked with the significant responsibility of deciding whether or not to recommend a subsequent incorporation study, and if so, what boundary will be recommended for this undertaking. The Committee was strongly engaged in discussion and vigorous debate, and considered the options at length before arriving at recommendations that have been communicated to RDOS Board for consideration in July. These recommendations will include a request that the Board of Directors support the findings in the Committee report which recommends proceeding with an incorporation study with funding from the Province to conduct that study. The committee has also recommended that the boundary for a study includes: the community of Okanagan Falls and the neighbourhoods known as Sun Valley, Rolling Hills, McLean Creek, and certain properties just west of the community and east of Highway 97; Eastside Road North and South, which includes the neighbourhoods known as Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Golden Hills, and Skaha Estates; and the east portion of Vaseux Lake currently in Electoral Area “D”, as defined in the map below.

RDOS will communicate this information to all residents through and those with questions are directed there for maps and additional information. From the Chair and Vice Chair of the Electoral Area “D” Services & Boundary Configuration Study Committee For further information, please visit the Electoral Area “D” project page at, or call the RDOS at 250-492-0237.

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ELECTION OFFICIAL (EO) POSITIONS The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is hiring Election Officials (EO) for the General Local Election on Saturday, October 15, 2022 and for advance voting opportunities. Applicants must be available to work on Election Day (Saturday, October 15) from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm (14 hours) and may be requested for Advance Voting Day (Wednesday, October 5). The ideal candidate must be able to attend the required training session(s) in advance of voting day. Training is generally 3 hours and offered in an evening session. Election Officials will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the voting place. Polling stations may be located in various communities throughout the Regional District, including but not limited to, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Naramata, West Bench, Hedley, Kaleden and Princeton. Election Officials must not be a candidate, a candidate agent or a candidate financial agent. Also, they must not be related in any way to, or promote any particular candidate in the election. Qualifications: • Legally entitled to work in BC • Knowledge of the elections provisions in the Local Government Act, is preferred • Attention to detail and clear handwriting • Customer service experience and excellent communication skills • Ability to work under pressure and multi-task • Demonstrate a good understanding of the election process • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public • Fluency in English required, other languages an asset • Ability to be unbiased and neutral • Able to take direction from Presiding Election Official or Chief Election Officer • Previous experience as an Election Official in a local government election, is preferred but not mandatory Duties Include: • Arrive promptly at 7:00 am to assist with set-up of voting location • Greet voters and review identification • Complete the appropriate forms and documents, as required by legislation • Accurately maintain the voting book and issue ballots • Explain how to complete the ballot • Accurately track all ballots and voting book throughout Election Day • Provide assistance and support as directed • Attend a mandatory pre-election training session • Assist with clean-up of voting location and secure all election materials How to Apply: • Submit your application online via the General Local Elections page on • Submit your application in person to Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC. 250-492-0237 Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Questions may be directed to: Chief Election Officer via email to



Happy Canada Day! I am writing this on June 22, 2022.

Ron Obirek

Belich’s AG Foods has been open approximately one month. Thank you to the Belich family for a job well done. The store is well organized and well stocked. Thank you to all community members who support local business.

The Area “D” Services and Boundary Director of Configuration Study committee and RDOS Area “D” consultants have been busy. Area “D“ has approximately 4016 residents. A survey was completed recently with 511 responses. By comparison, we had slightly over 900 votes cast in the 2018 election.

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The consultants have prepared a draft report, which the committee members will have input into before that report goes to the RDOS Board for recommendation. Although I participated on the committee as an ex officio member, I was not allowed to vote on The first purpose of the committee was to determine whether or the committee. When this matter comes to the RDOS Board, I will have opportunity to speak to it, as well every other Board member, not to recommend proceeding to the next phase of study. The results of the survey are interesting and were considered by and will be able to participate in voting on any motion presented. the committee in their recent meetings on June 15, 2022 and June I attended all the public Open House meetings and the Panel 21, 2022. On June 15, the consultants advised in a lengthy report Discussion meeting and all Committee meetings and listened to the information collected by the survey. Interestingly, there was community during this process and indeed have heard a great strong support (approximately 78%) to continue the governance deal of input from before I was elected of community concern and incorporation study to proceed to a Phase 2 process. The current interest. process is considered Phase 1. On June 21, 2022, the committee The last time Area “D” participated in a vote regarding possible unanimously supported recommending proceeding to Phase 2. incorporation was a process that occurred in 1989-1992. At that The second purpose of the committee was to recommend a time, incorporation was not supported. If this matter proceeds boundary for consideration for incorporation. The survey results to a Phase 2 study, then there will be much more information supported Option E (in essence all of Area “D”) as the option with provided and collected and public meetings and process prior the most 1st place choices. On June 21, 2022, the committee to a referendum vote to determine whether or not there will be engaged in a lengthy process of debate and discussion reviewing incorporation. This process is expected to take minimum two years the five options presented in the survey and considered variations and likely closer to three years to conclude. on those options. Many motions were made and defeated. Option C I will provide further updates in the future. In the meantime, with minor adjustment was defeated 3-8. Option E was a tie vote of thank you to all the committee members and all members of the 4-4, meaning the option was defeated. Option D with adjustments community who participated and the consultants and both RDOS was also a tie vote of 4-4, meaning it was also defeated. The and provincial ministry staff for their assistance. committee was split on being respectful to the general results of Regarding community policing, I am asking for anyone who request for inclusivity and some members of the committee fearing is interested in volunteering for “Citizens on Patrol” and the the province would not approve an option that included Upper “Community Watch” programs to please contact me. Carmi. Option A (only Okanagan Falls Village with some additions) was defeated 3-8. Option D was reconsidered with adjustments to My next “Coffee with the Director” meeting will be Monday, July 11, include the 16 titles in Golden Hills, all the titles on McLean Creek 2022 at 10 am at the Okanagan Falls School in the multipurpose Road, and seven titles (five houses) north of the trestle bridge and room. Everyone is welcome. The multipurpose room entrance is west of Highway 97. This option was approved and recommended on the north side of the school. The mutlipurpose room is the small meeting room next to the school gymnasium. by the committee with a vote of 6-2. The recommended boundary is therefore expected to include Vaseux Lake, Sun Valley, Rolling Hills, Okanagan Falls, McLean Creek Road, Skaha Estates, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Parsons Road, Golden Hills, Chadwel Place, and the seven titles north of the trestle bridge and east of Highway 97. The crown lands are mostly excluded and 11 titles west of the water and west and south of Highway 97 are excluded, and all of Upper Carmi is excluded. There may be a couple other bordering titles that may also be excluded (I am not aware of the exact details and will watch for the committees final report, which is not yet out). Consultants and ministry staff provided information suggesting the province may not be supportive of an area that included Upper Carmi, which I believe contributed to the final decision. The meeting is recorded and available for all who may be curious to watch and listen to all the discussion and the details of concerns considered. I note that all the committee members experienced tremendous stress with the very difficult decision of what would

As always, I welcome telephone calls and emails to listen to any concern or just to share ideas. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area “D” Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

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Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area "I"

Greeting Kaleden, Twin Lakes and St Andrews Communities. Please join us at the 1st Annual Kaleden Community Day held on Saturday, July 9th. Visit https://kaleden.weebly. com/ for most up to date schedule of events or Facebook more information. Note the schedule is changing often and the website has the most up to date information on the day.

The Kaleden Community Day draft schedule is as follows: 8 am ~ Nature Walk to Sickle Point hosted by Doreen Olson and Bob Handfield. Reservations are required through the website. Limited to 25 walkers with no dogs, please. 9-11 am ~ Pancake Breakfast at Pioneer Park hosted by the Kaleden Community Church with support from Neighbourhood Small Community Grant. 9:30-11:30 am ~ Pickleball showcase at the multipurpose court at Pioneer Park. This is your chance to find out what Pickleball is all about! A group of locals play all summer long, but they are eager to show newcomers what the sport is all about and invite you to try. 10 am ~ Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department at the Hall at 303 Lakehill, including truck apparatus viewing, rescue extrication tools, first responder, and so much more. 10 am ~ Kaleden FireSmart at the Kaleden Community Hall with information on hand. 10 am - 12 pm ~ Kaleden Museum will be open for viewing of museum contents. 10 am - 12 pm ~ Open House at the Kaleden Community Hall. 10 am - 12 pm ~ Meet your RDOS Director, Subrina Monteith. 11 am - 2 pm ~ RDOS Physical Activity Trailer at Pioneer Park. 11 am ~ Black Market Vineyard Tour #1. Must sign up through website at 11 am ~ Linden Gardens Tour #1. Must sign up through the website at 12-1 pm ~ Hot Dog Barbeque hosted by resident Rick Johnson with support from Doug’s Homestead and Neighbourhood Small Community Grant. 1 pm ~ Linden Gardens Tour #2. Register through the website. 1-2:30 pm ~ Drop-in Floor Hockey at Pioneer Park, hosted by Rick Johnson. 1-3 pm ~ Kaleden Irrigation District Tour - Where our water comes from? Sign up on the website at 2 pm ~ Black Market Vineyard Tour #2. Registration required. 3 pm ~ Farm Gate Winery Tour & Tasting. Registration required. 4:30-6 pm ~ Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Mini Photo Session with Parson Photography. Appointment is required. All Day ~ Sand Castle Contest at Pioneer Park. Dusk ~ Sunset Campfire with S'mores & Jam at Pioneer Park. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area "I" Direct: 250.460.0723 | | DE













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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Gate Project Opens! KID has ordered the materials to construct a much-improved gate at the entrance to the Kaleden Cemetery (there’s a sketch of the design on the KID Website). The Kaleden Community Association kindly donated funds to help with project costs, and we have also applied to the RDOS Community GrantIn-Aid program for additional funding assistance with the project. We’re looking for someone with the expertise to do the rock work for the gate posts; if you’re interested, call the KID Office. To revise the old saying, it takes a community to raise a gate! Stay Alert(ed)! If you haven’t already done so, register with the RDOS Voyent Alert notification system ( ca/community/#registration). This system provides you with locallyrelevant emergency alerts via telephone, voicemail, email and/or text messages (your choice). KID is asking RDOS and Voyent to also allow us to access this system to rapidly notify you of urgent messages such as interruptions to the water supply. This would be a large improvement over our current system, not to mention a big time-saver for KID staff. Planning Continues ... For our upgraded water treatment system. Technical changes and additional requirements from Interior Health forced KID to revisit upgrade plans. KID’s engineering consultant has provided three options to KID, which our staff and Board are reviewing. Given all that has happened over the last couple of years, it should come as no surprise to anyone that estimated costs have increased significantly ... stay tuned. A BIG Thank You ... To Mike Gane, who joined the KID Board of Trustees in 2003, and replaced Sam Hancheroff as Chair in 2008. Community service was undoubtedly instilled into him by his parents Ted and Barbara, strong supporters of Kaleden. Mike probably became familiar with the KID Office early on, as his mother was Secretary there for 25 years. It would be easier to list what groups Mike hasn’t volunteered to help, and KID is grateful for his guidance and leadership during his 19 years on the Board and 14 years as Chair. Mike Gane, KID Chair Mike will continue as a Trustee and share his 2008-2022 knowledge, but the gavel has been passed to Dave Libby, who has been a Trustee for five years and has an accounting background, which will come in handy.

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KVFD is inviting the community to visit the Firehall on KALEDEN COMMUNITY DAY on Saturday, July 9 from 10-12. Some of the Kaleden Volunteer Firefighters/First Responders will be on hand to welcome you. Activities will include: Fire trucks for your viewing; Photo booth for children (dress up in firefighter gear); First responder equipment; Rescue 141 extrication equipment on display; FireSmart information; Recruitment drive; and more ++. Stop by and put your name in for a door prize. Sparky is also thinking of stopping by. Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces once again.

Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi

Well, our old furry friends have returned to our Kaleden neighbourhoods ... raccoons and bears. Please remember to put out your garbage cans only on Wednesday mornings (garbage day), not Tuesday evenings. Hopefully, this will cut down on animals getting into garbage receptacles. We have all heard the saying, “A fed bear is a dead bear”. That’s because bears that become habituated to the easy pickings offered by residential garbage cans become nuisance bears that could eventually pose a threat to people and their property. Thus, it’s important to ensure our garbage is not a food source for them. Even the best bear prevention device will not work if not used properly. Many animal problems result from people failing to latch the container after placing garbage out for collection. So, always think “Bear Aware” and remember to securely latch your garbage container. Raccoons are nocturnal animals that rely heavily on their sense of smell to find food. Unfortunately, they love garbage and will go out of their way to find it. In the daytime, you might see them rummaging through your compost pile or raiding a garden. To keep those furry little bandits out of your trash, try using a bungee cord to attach your trash can lid shut. Ensure your garbage is secured inside a plastic bag before placing it in the trash can with tight fitting lid. But what kind of food attracts raccoons? The answer is any odorous food product ... like bacon grease or leftover chicken bones, corn cobs, fruit peels, and anything else with an odour that appeals to them.

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Many locals are keeping their yards weed whacked right to By Richard Hellyer the road ways reducing burnable debris that could impact The Twin Lakes Fire Services Society is establishing itself within the their homes. This is really great work! Hats off to the Boy Scouts and their helpers who did a lot of community. The society would now like to hear from the community FireSmart work around the Church house property. Another on how we can serve you better and answer any questions you have about fire protection in our community. Since the society’s great job! conception in the spring of 2021, we have successfully re-formed Come visit the FireSmart table with displays and handouts at (registered) the society, enrolled and trained personnel with the Saturday, July 9th Kaleden Community Day. We will be at FireSmart and are very close to obtaining a charitable organization the Fire Hall tarmac from 10 am - 2 pm. status. With a charitable status, the society will be able to accept public donations and provide a charitable tax receipt that may be Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal applied to your personal taxes. The organization of fundraisers will 250.497.8806 now be a task for the society, if you are a person that likes to organize and run fundraisers, we would like to extend an invitation to join our team. How do you contact us? Email, phone 250-460-1369, or visit our website at Flexible Hours by Appointment I encourage you to check out our webpage and Facebook group for the most up to date information on FireSmart and progress of Celebrating Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. the society. 40 Years of Service! 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden | July 2022 | Page 7

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

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Canada Day ~ Tomorrow is Canada Day. For the first time in a couple of years, we will be celebrating in our park and band shell at Centennial Park. There will be music, food, and a small market. Bring your lawn chairs and your friends and family. The washrooms that are in the works with us and the RDOS won’t be ready for this year’s event, but the Irrigation District is making our restrooms available. Please come down, and enjoy the music with some big band sounds and party with us. FireSmart ~ Our operators are working in conjunction with the fire department and the RDOS to make sure that we are FireSmart. We can’t put out a fire if our hydrants, pumps and reservoirs are in the middle of a blaze. We are taking steps to take down potentially dangerous grasses and growth. To put in gravel and rock around our flammable properties. You can do your part too. Check out the RDOS FireSmart website, and do what you can to keep us all safe. Conversion ~ We are well under way with the conversion process. It is a long journey with many roadblocks. So far, we have come up to speed and are on track. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has to sign off on the conversion when they are satisfied that we have covered off on all the legal commitments. As of now, they seem to be on board. Once they sign off, a package will be sent to Victoria for a formal Order in Counsel to make things official. We anticipate that the date that RDOS will take the car keys from OFID will be January 1, 2023. In the meantime, there is lots to do. A transition team from RDOS will be working with staff and trustees to make things roll over as smoothly as possible. RDOS Human Resources and union reps will meet with staff to clarify positions. Our data base will merge with the RDOS. We will be working in tandem to develop budgets and project game plans for the new year. Our building will remain intact, but with some changes to our board room and office space. It might even get a new carpet and a coat of paint. The trustees will remain on board and continue our meetings until the end of the year. I will try to keep everyone informed each month in this column. Conservation ~ It has been a much wetter spring than normal and right now we are in a good place with our water capacity. However, it doesn’t take too much time or heat to turn things around. Please do your part to be water wise. Follow the sprinkling and irrigating rules and just try to do your part to make sure that if things go in another direction and we heat up, we will still be in a good place. Water We Thinking ~ “If there is something you can do about it, why worry? If there is nothing you can do about it, why worry?” ~ Robin Pollak

On Father’s Day, June 19th, we presented our first concert in nearly three years. We’ve been waiting a long time for this day. It seems that the world just came to a standstill when Covid-19 invaded our lives. I have so missed the outdoor concerts bringing life to the air and raising the spirits of those in attendance. All we need now is for the weather to cooperate. Unfortunately, on Father’s Day, it didn’t cooperate at all! Yet, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of those in attendance. The concerts on Father’s Day were graciously sponsored by RDOS for which we are extremely grateful, since our corporate donations dried up when Covid-19 hit in the Spring of 2020. July’s line-up includes the Itty Bitty Jam Band and the Penticton Concert Band on Canada Day, July 1st; Mozzy Lane on July 17th; and the Blueshounds on July 31st. Food vendors have been arranged for the concerts throughout the summer program. We are expecting more than 20 market vendors in attendance each day of our series. Like I said before, all we need is for the weather to cooperate. Be there or be square.

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By Colin Pickell Thank you to everyone who came out for our recent FireSmart Open House at the beginning of June. We had well over 100 people stop by the firehall to learn about the FireSmart program and what they can do to better protect their property, meet our members, see some trucks, and have a hotdog. Thanks to all of the businesses that donated door prizes, and to all of the winners. The rain held off, and it was a great day! The summer season is fast-approaching and we’re definitely noticing an increase in the amount of weekend traffic driving through town. Just a reminder that all vehicles on the road, from bicycles to RVs and everything in-between, need to slow down and pull over when an emergency vehicle is approaching with its emergency lights and sirens activated. We’re anticipating a busy year for tourism in our valley, and we want to make sure our firetrucks, paramedics and police can get where they need to go quickly and safely. This may include our OK Falls boat launch! Did you know our department has a zodiac boat that responds to emergency situations on both Skaha and Vaseux Lakes? If you use any of the local boat launches, and you see our truck with lights and sirens pulling a boat coming your way, we need to access the water quickly. Please do what you can to get your vehicle, or your boat, out of the way. This will allow us to do our jobs safely and more effectively. Have a safe summer! This month we responded to: medical first response - 24; car fires - 1; alarms - 3; marine rescue - 1; and assist to other agency - 1.

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President Spring BBQs ~ Avery Farms held a BBQ to thank their construction crews last week, and it was impressive to see and meet the 50 odd Economic Development Office skilled workers and trades people who’ve successfully erected the structure - a vertical farming building - some from as far away as Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday ~ 10 am - 3 pm Japan. If you’ve not yet done so, take a look as you drive by on Oliver #1 - 5350 9th Avenue - Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls Ranch Road. This company is bringing new technology to their industry and it’s a significant growth opportunity for Okanagan Falls! 778-515-5520 Boundary ~ By the time this is read, we’ll all know what boundary has been proposed by the RDOS Area “D” Services and Boundary Okanagan Falls Configuration Study. The Okanagan Falls Community Association Visitor Info Centre has strongly supported this study and the committee’s extensive work and examination of this issue over the past year, and we look July Open Hours forward to engaging in the next step. We will support a request 10-3 Tuesday-Sunday from the RDOS to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, to conduct an incorporation study on the area defined by the committee. #2 - 5350 9th Avenue - Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls 778-515-5520 Groceries ~ We all need them! And it’s sure nice to be able to run over and get what you need, so close to home. Another nice thing, shopping here in Okanagan Falls you bump in to your neighbours Okanagan Falls and get to say ‘hi!’ I’ve seen someone I know almost every time I’m there - and that’s a great way of building community. Visitor Information Centre Flower Planters ~ A huge ‘shout out’ to the hard-working team By Nikki Panagiotopoulos of volunteers for their contributions of equipment, skills and time. The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in Okanagan Falls is growing We now have more than 70 planters throughout the town, with for this year’s summer season! The team is expanding with our beautiful flower arrangements in each. returning summer student and expert volunteers, offering great talent and experience to showcase the area. A new website and social media strategy have been implemented to improve the visitor experience. As we move into the hotter months, we expect to see more visitors on the south tip of Skaha Lake. Centennial Park will be the location of Music & Market in the Park this year. This year there will be between 20-25 craft and produce vendors offering all kinds of goodies. Local musicians, such as South Okanagan based Rebel Luv and 13 Bones, will be performing under the Centennial bandshell. This exciting event is happening multiple days, on the 1st, 17th, and 31st of July, as well as August 14th and 28th. It’s free to attend! We look forward to sharing the beauty and excitement within Best Food Forward ~ And there are other signs that this town Okanagan Falls with all of our wonderful locals and visitors from is putting its best foot forward, e.g. new curb stops at the G&R far and wide. Come on down to the VIC for information on local Auto Repair / KJs Coffee Bar / Falls Furniture, along with weeding business, events, and projects in the area. and gardening all around the OK Corral, and some new paint Our Visitor Information Centre is located at #2 - 5350 9th Avenue at what used to be a fitness facility - perhaps we’ll see a new in the OK Corral Mall. You can reach us by phone during our open business opening soon? These activities sparked ‘someone’ - a hours at 250-497-6260. Visit our website at kind hearted, civic-minded anonymous volunteer - to do a bunch of weeding and edging all along the north side of Highway 97 making that sidewalk a much nicer looking walkway. Beautiful BC ... In Okanagan Falls ~ Certainly there’s more that could be done - and there always is. But we have a gorgeous little community, and taken together with the new welcome / come again signage and the street banners, these initiatives may just signal a new message to visitors and others entering the town ...




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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Many people who have never had a massage wonder what makes getting a massage so great. One of the biggest things is how it makes you feel so calm and relaxed. It’s like going to that special place you love. That may be by the water; be it an ocean, lake, river or stream. Or, maybe it’s out enjoying green space. This could be out camping, playing a round of golf, going for a walk or hike or maybe even just enjoying your own backyard or garden. Being out in nature and getting fresh air has an amazing effect on our minds and bodies. It allows us to relax and not think about the things that are causing us stress. Fishermen are a good example. They get all their gear and head out to the water, they may or may not catch any fish, but it doesn’t matter, as tomorrow they’ll do it all again. When you get a massage, it’s like going to that special place you love. You can totally let go of physical tension and mental stress. Let your body relax, let your mind drift away and let your massage therapist do the work. It’s best to try to prolong that calmness for as long as you can. Try not to do anything strenuous after your massage. Just relax. Read a book, have a nap, watch television. Just try to do anything that relaxes you both mentally and physically. Massage is a great boost to your mental health and wellness. Creative Wellness Solutions provides a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home ($50 for a 30 minute appointment) or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 to arrange an appointment or to discuss The Grease Cream; which is an amazing, all-natural, cannabis infused pain management alternative that actually works. Be sure to check out our website at for more information on The Grease Cream and where you can find more information about our services, as well as to read any past articles you may have missed.

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Volunteer Spotlight Twin Lakes Clean Up & Community Day May 7th marked the inaugural Twin Lakes Community Day. Volunteer groups and individuals came out and cleaned up their neighbourhood and roads for all to enjoy a cleaner environment. The volunteers were also treated to a BBQ and cake. Thank you to the volunteers who always make a difference in their everyday life. Many hands make light work! (Daina Zilans & Bill Kresowaty below.)

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Enter contests for some great prizes! Vacation Pet Photos Contest - July 2 - August 27 ~ Take a hilarious photo or video of your pet during summer vacation and submit it to: Top 3 entries will receive trophies and prizes for their pet. We will share your pictures on social media, bringing joy in our community. Entries will be judged on creativity, cuteness and comedic impact Crafting Circle - Wednesday, July 13 & 27 from 1-3 pm ~ Bring your creative talents and participate with like minded individuals. Have fun while you create! Happy Canada Day to Everyone! Submitted by Lynn Warfield, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee Well, that’s a wrap for the 2021-2022 school year. It was wonderful to finish free of all the Covid restrictions that were a part of everyday school life for the past two years. Congratulations are in order! First, to three long standing employees of Okanagan Falls Elementary School that are retiring at the end of the year. Mrs. Lorraine Stayberg, a teacher with the district over 31 years. Ms. Shari Burnie, a teacher with the district over 31 years. Mrs. Sandy Walker, an education assistant with the district over 26 years. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement. Thank you from all of us in Okanagan Falls and SD53 for years of dedication to students and families. Congratulations to our 2022 High School Graduates from Okanagan Falls and all students in SD53. It gives us great pleasure to have in-person graduation ceremonies in our three high schools this year. What an exciting time. Good luck to you all. Following are some highlights from Administration as we finish off our year: District Innovation/Initiatives: Summer Reading and Numeracy Programs ~ For the 2022 summer, School District No. 53 will once again be offering literacy/ numeracy programs in elementary schools in the district. The elementary school administrators and summer program teachers are now receiving the materials and information for their programs. Schools have communicated with families and have submitted class lists to the district. We have 14 groups running this summer based on student enrolment, with 4 of these groups being numeracy focused and 10 being reading focused. The dates of the summer sessions run from Monday, July 4th to Thursday, July 21st. Each day starts at 8:30 am and runs to 12:00 pm. • Rhyme and Rec: Cawston Primary, Osoyoos Elementary, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Okanagan Falls Elementary • Read and Rec: Osoyoos Elementary, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Cawston Primary, Okanagan Falls Elementary • Numeracy: Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary, Oliver Elementary, Osoyoos Elementary, Cawston Primary Women in Trades Bootcamp ~ We had a very successful run of Women in Trades Bootcamps around the district. We held this 2-day event at Osoyoos Secondary, Southern Okanagan Secondary, and Similkameen Elementary Secondary schools. The program was for girls in Grade 10 and they had exposure to a variety of trades including welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and drafting. This hands-on program was delivered by our shop teachers in the district as they pooled their talents together to create a safe and fun experience for the students. Our goal is that the students may find a trade they enjoyed and pursue it at the next level. Kindergarten Registration ~ Registration remains open in all schools for parents to register children who will be 5 years old by December 31, 2022. These will be children born in 2017. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card. Retirement and Long-Service Recognition ~ It is so wonderful to be able to return to in-person gatherings to properly honour our retirees and long-service employees. We have 11 employees (teachers and support staff) who are part of the retiring class of 2022, and we wish them good health and joy in their retirement. The total years of service for our retiring class is 248 years of experience and dedication! We were also proud to recognize employees for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to students in School District No. 53.

OPERATIONS 2021/22: 2022 YTD Financial Statement ~ Total revenue for the 11 months ended May 31, 2022, was $28.06 M. Total expense for the same period was $28.02 M, resulting in a surplus of $48,841. A surplus of $290 K is projected for the end of June 2022. 2022/23 Annual Budget ~ The 2022/23 annual budget is complete and bylaw amounts are: Operating Total Expense - $31,505,986; Operating Tangible Assets Purchased - $92,406; Special Purpose Fund Total Expense - $3,934,578; Capital Fund Total Expense $2,801,510; and Total Budget Bylaw Amount - $38,334,480. 2021/22 Financial Audit ~ The financial audit for the current school year will commence on July 25, 2022. The audit will be conducted mostly online with site visits as deemed necessary by auditors from Grant Thornton LLP. To all staff students and families, I wish you a wonderful summer. For more information, feel free to contact Janice Stevens, School Trustee for SD53, at 250-307-4245 or

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

Thank you to local Flyfishers for teaching fly casting. Visit to Penticton Safety Village - Bike Safety 101 Learning locally - a visit to the BC Livestock stockyard the morning of an auction. 4. Hahaha Kidzfest - a lot of learning and fun was had by all. 5. District Track & Field Meet at OES - Way to SOAR, Falcons! 6. Creperie Ooolala - serving up yummy crepes as part of French class. Many thanks to everyone who supported our school throughout the 2021-22 school year. Have a great summer! | July 2022 | Page 13

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June has come upon us quickly! Everyone at Kaleden Elementary has been busy with year end fieldtrips and finishing up projects and assignments for Term 3! This month, the Grade 5 students went to Skaha Lake Middle School to check out what life is like as a middle schooler. They enjoyed a variety of activities and even had a “Shark Dog” to wrap up the visit. We wish all our Grade 5s all the best for their transition School Trustee Report For SD67 to middle school. We all attended the Ha Ha Ha Kidsfest as well. All divisions had some fun at the park, watching performances on the By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee main stage and participating in a variety of workshops throughout The Board met with Summerland City Council and Penticton City the day. Lastly, all the students made a visit to the local Community Council at two separate meetings to discuss ways to engage and Hall where they learned about the history of Kaleden and had the encourage engagement with schools and students. Both Councils opportunity to learn about artifacts from a number of volunteers. shared plans for future developments. Thanks to everyone at the Hall for making this visit possible! The Budget Advisory Committee met for a final time in May. As summer vacation is almost here, we would like to wish all our Secretary Bittante provided preliminary budget-balancing options families all the best for a wonderful summer season! to consider. $1,188,200 in budget reductions were required to balance the 2022-2023 budget. The Board passed the budget at the May 30, 2022 Board meeting. In May, three indigenous grad events occurred to honour the 2022 Indigenous grads from SSS, PSS and PMSS. The celebration highlighted a “Blanket Ceremony” where all grads were draped with a blanket to recognize their transition forward. In May, the board met to discuss strategies for moving the LongRange Facility Plan initiative forward. We reviewed surplus properties owned by the district. In June, there were 3 Graduation Events to recognize the Grads from Summerland Secondary, Penticton Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary. On May 25, 2022, the board approved the 2022-2023 school fees at the Board Meeting. The fees remain much the same as last year. Also, Secretary-Treasurer Bittante presented the 2022-2023 Annual Budget Bylaw process and the board passed in 3 readings the 2022-2023 Annual Budget for $73,846,312. In addition, Secretary Bittante presented the Trustee Election Bylaw. The Board is going into an election year commencing September 2022. The Board appointed Secretary-Treasurer Bittante as Chief Election Officer for the upcoming trustee election. Also, the Board approved an International Student Fee increase from $900/month to $1000/month. Host families can expect to receive $10,000/school year for billeting an international student. SD67 is looking for host families. Please contact the board office if you are interested in being a host family. On June 3, 2022, Indigenous Education Vice Principal Hyde hosted an Indigenous Equity Scan meeting to review the fantastic things that happened over the school year to improve equity. I commend Vice-Principal Hyde for the amazing work to improve results for indigenous students. Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live streamed and can be accessed at For more information, please call Grizela Dos Santos at 778.931.0070 or

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June 21st was the longest day of the year. Days are long and warm, the Sun is high in the sky. In six months, on December 21st, nights will be long and days will be short, and cold. This happens because the Earth’s axis is tipped slightly relative to its orbit around the Sun. When the Sun is high in the sky for us in the Northern hemisphere, it is low in the sky for people in the Southern hemisphere. This simple fact, that the earth’s axis is not perpendicular to its orbit but is tipped over by about 23 degrees, shapes our lives and our environment. We have summer and winter, and plants and animals that have evolved on the Earth are adapted to this cycle. Plants die back in the cold of winter, and blossom again in Spring. Many animals hibernate because their food supply vanishes in the winter, and does not come back until Spring. Our world is a product of the structural details of the Solar System. What would the Earth be like if the tilt of its axis was different? If the axis was exactly perpendicular to the orbit, the Sun would always be directly overhead at the Equator. At the North and South poles, the Sun would always be grazing the horizon, and there would be no difference between night and day. The poles would be very cold, the Equator would be very hot, and there would be no Providing creativity and connection for seasons anywhere. The plants and animals that inhabit the Earth Penticton and surrounding communities would be very different. 778-718-5757 or If the tilt of the axis was larger, 45 degrees for instance, the contrast between summer and winter would be greater, plants and animals would be completely different, and humans could live on a much smaller fraction of the Earth’s surface. Summer Pottery Shows Mars has a tilt to its axis, quite similar to that of the Earth, so Mars Submitted by the Penticton & District Community Arts Council has summers and winters (but no plants or animals to adapt to The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is excited to the seasons). However, on Mars the tilt of the axis changes on announce our upcoming annual pottery show Made of Clay by the timescales of hundreds to millions of years. On Earth, the axis may Penticton Potters’ Guild! This year’s show is all about the clay - have changed 84 million years ago, when dinosaurs wandered the each potter used every skill and trick they have to bring out its Earth, but current changes are very small and very slow. functionality, versatility and organic beauty. Tucker Cameron will Among the planets, Uranus is the exception: its axis is tipped over be sharing a collection of functional and decorative pottery created almost all the way to 90 degrees. What if the Earth was tipped for your enjoyment in her solo up like this? At the equator, the Sun would rise, pass overhead, exhibition A Few of My Favorite and set, and it would be hot. Three months later, the Sun would Things. be directly above the North pole, and would not rise above the Upcoming Exhibition horizon at the Equator at all: it would be cold. Three months later the Sun would be back. Three months after that, the Sun would be July 9th to August 28th: Made over the South pole, and it would be very cold again. of Clay annual group exhibition by the Penticton Potters’ I’m not going to Uranus for my summer holiday. Guild featuring functional and Here are a few helpful website addresses: decorative pottery. • July 9th to August 28th: A Few • of My Favorite Things solo • exhibition by Tucker Cameron The Penticton Arts Council Galleries are located at 220 Manor The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the Park Avenue in the Leir House Cultural Centre. Please visit our National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake website at for current gallery hours Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300. and event information.

The Okanagan School of the Arts has a full programming schedule for July. Summer youth programming is a long-standing tradition for the OSA, and this year, we have a exciting roster of fresh themes. Our Creativity Camps offer a mix of visual art, activities, and summertime fun. Most weeks are built for children ages 6-12, with the exception of our Teen Week for 12-16 year olds. All sessions run from 9 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Spaces are limited, so sign up your young person soon! For teen and adult learners, we’re offering an introductory course in American Sign Language. Participants will learn a variety of vocabulary as well as basic grammar and syntax of this gestural and dynamic language. Classes start July 9 - register now! Further information on all our programs and registration is online, or email us at

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What ‘s happening with the Okanagan and Canadian housing markets?! Do those scary headlines make you sweat?! Indeed, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports a decrease in sales of 35.1% from May 2021. Note it’s the sales (number of transactions), not the home values that are down. Brendon Ogmundson said, “After a strong first Q1 in 2022, BC markets are now adjusting to a much different interest rate environment.” In the South Okanagan, the number of properties sold was down 29%, but the number of Active Listings was up 6% compared to May of 2021. What does this mean for you looking at trying to sell or buy a home now? President of AIR Lyndi Cruickshank said, “While the number of properties sold seems like a huge drop when compared to the historically high activity experienced in May of 2021, sales across our immediate region really only slid down 1.2%, compared to April of 2022”. It’s fair to say, the market is still very active. It’s not a crash! This market is trending toward normal. It will be good for both buyers and sellers moving forward to have a more balanced market. If you are a Seller during a balanced market, it means your property might be listed for a longer period of time before it sells, but according to The Association of Interior Realtors, single family homes, townhomes and condominium units, this year, still sold on average 14% faster than they did the same time last year. For a Buyer, you will have more inventory to choose from and less competition. My personal advice, with fluctuating interest rates, a buyer needs to do their due diligence in making sure they are preapproved with their mortgage lender and that the pre-approval is still valid at the time of offer. This changing market will give back to the buyer the opportunity to be able to view a property, think about that property, put an offer in on the property with conditions and still get an accepted offer! Key takeaways for both buyers and sellers: sales or number of units sold are not the same thing as value. Prices and/or value of properties, in the South Okanagan, remains steady. Now, sales that number has decreased marginally. Despite the increase in the interest rate supply remains low and demand remains high in our immediate area. “For almost the entire year in 2021 we had record highs each month, so to say sales are down does not mean they are low they are just lower in comparison to a time of unusual real estate market activity,” says Lyndi Cruickshank, adding “the current rising interest rate environment will naturally slow things down bringing real estate activity back to a healthier market.” My suggestion to you - stop paying close attention to the headlines and call myself or one of our agents on the neuHouzz Team, so we can share with you the local market landscape.

Windows are the most expensive single item in your home. Good windows will never get your attention and bad windows will be a constant source of annoyance. Windows are available in a number of styles; Fixed or Picture windows (non openable); Casement windows (swing open to the side); Awning windows (swing out from the bottom); Single hung windows (vertical sliding); and, Horizontal sliding windows. Fixed widows generally provide the best resistance against air leakage and water penetration. Because casement and awning openable windows compress the window seal when closed, they provide the next best level of performance. Sliding operable windows (both vertical and horizontal) use a brush-style, friction seal and provide the lowest level of performance. Please note, many manufacturers offer combination windows where a variety of styles are “mulled” together. For example, a large picture window with a casement window on each side. When shopping for windows, ask for manufacturers tested performance levels. In Canada, all windows must be tested to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). If you are wondering what level of performance or required level you need, Fenestration Canada has a nice performance calculator on their website at Selecting the type of glass to use in your windows is an important decision. Most windows available are either “double” or “triple” glazed. These terms pertain to the number of panes of glass used to construct the “sealed unit” or “insulated glass unit” that fits in the window frame. The glass panes can be clear or tinted and/ or be coated with a special “low emissivity film (Low-E)” coating to reduce solar heat gain and improve energy performance. The performance of the sealed unit will determine the overall energy performance of the windows. The space between the panes is created by a “spacer bar”, with the space filled with either air or a special gas (commonly Argon). Argon-filled sealed units have better energy performance compared to just air-filled. Every window supplier will offer a variety of sealed unit options, each with varying energy performance levels and cost. The choice of sealed unit “configuration” will likely be driven by cost, but the level of energy performance you require should also be considered. Energy performance is commonly measured by “R-value”. The fibreglass batts used in typical residential wood-frame walls will have an R-value of approximately R-24. In comparison, windows tend to be a big energy hole in the building envelope. The sealed units in windows will generally have the following energy properties. • Double glazed sealed unit (no Low-E coating) - R-2.0 to R-2.2 • Double glazed sealed unit (with Low-E, Argon as fill) - R-5.0 to R-5.5 • Triple glazed (with 2 coats of Low-E, Argon gas in each cavity) - R-7.5 to R-8.0 I get many questions from clients regarding whether the extra cost of high performance sealed units will provide a reasonable payback. This is very hard to predict, as it depends extensively on how you run your home. What I do tell people is that better performing window styles (fixed, casement, awning), coupled with higher energy performing sealed units, will make a significant impact on the comfort level in your home. So, choose your windows carefully. Please feel free to forward your building envelope questions and/or concerns to for discussion and comment. The better we build, the better our buildings will last.

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Reliable Travel has all kinds of things happening. First, on August 15, Oceania Cruises will be joining us at Phantom Creek Estates Winery to do a presentation on their wonderful world of cruising. Also, they will be presenting their 2025 World Cruise. Oceania’s World Cruise usually is filled within 4 days of its opening announcement. We will be the first to have an opportunity to book and we will also be eligible for bonuses. Please RSVP, if you would like to join this event showcased in the above ad space. I also have a Tahiti 21 day group booked for March 2024. I am holding 12 staterooms, of which 4 are presently booked. This is definitely a “bucket list” trip, so call and book your spot today. Our Greek Island cruise is departing this October. The group pricing is gone, but Reliable Travel can still get staterooms at the regular price, if anyone else wants to join us. It is a wonderful itinerary visiting many of the Greek Islands. Lastly, we will be attending “Market at The Park”. Please watch for our booth and come and have a chat. The world is moving again and we are very busy, but always have time to help you with all your travel needs. Please give us a call at Reliable Travel. Phone 250-488-9313.


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Kaleden Museum ~ Fun Facts By Meredith King For the next few issues, we are going to relate some fascinating fun facts about Kaleden. Interesting anecdotes you should know, so that you can entertain your family and friends. Did You Know? In the late 20s and most of the 30s, during the long and dreary winters, a creative young man had a brilliant idea to provide some entertainment for the teens and young adults in the community. When there was sufficient snow on the ground and the roads became slippery, Lakehill Road, became impassable and cars couldn’t make it up its steep inclines. Drivers preferred to make the longer trip up and down via Linden Avenue. Thus, the hill was available for other pursuits. Jim Robertson, who was a very ingenious and inventive lad with an engineering bent, decided to put the hill to good use. He devised and built a huge 15 person sled to toboggan down the hill. It was a clever design with homemade chassis and runners. It had a battery operated head lamp so they could toboggan at night and a steering wheel so the sleigh could navigate the steep curves. The kids, and a few crazy adults, would settle in on the sleigh at the top of the hill near the first Packinghouse (which was located on the site where the hall now stands). The last two people would push off and then leap onto the sleigh at the last moment. Each person had their legs wrapped around the person in the front and each person in front hung onto the legs of the person behind them so no one would fall off as the sleigh careened down the hill, gathering speed the further down the hill they went and the steeper the incline became. Most trips went well though. There were many tight corners and everyone had to lean into the corners to keep the tracks on the road and the sleigh from being thrown off the road by centrifugal force. The last right hand corner down by the old hotel was the scariest as it was the one with greatest speed and the tightest turn. Luckily, mostly by good luck rather than good sense, the worst thing that (reportedly) ever happened was that one lady, who foolishly accepted a ride, broke all the eggs she had just purchased from the store. I guess Jim should have thought to put brakes on the sleigh! Amazingly, this particularly adventurous woman purposely accepted one ride down the hill each year, though thankfully she never again tried carrying eggs while doing so.

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with our plans in June. Our Party in the Park had to be postponed and will be planned for a later date when the weather will be on our side. Stay tuned!

In May, we were joined by local naturalists Bob Handfield, Alex Bodden and Doreen Olson for a guided nature adventure on the KVR. Alex’s group of birders observed 30 species of birds! We learned about native and invasive species and how the silty cliffs and surrounding hills were formed. We are so fortunate to have My mother vividly related one of her first rides down the hill, these local experts and once again send a big thank you out to all somewhere around 1935. She was the last person to push the three of them for their time. Below are some photos from our day. sleigh and therefore the last person to jump onto the sleigh. Unfortunately, she miscalculated a tad, and as she leapt for the sleigh, she just missed the end of it. Equally unfortunately, my ever considerate father grabbed her legs and held on tightly so she had to endure the whole ride down the hill with nothing between her and the road but the pants she was wearing. Memorable, but not particularly comfortable! It was a wild and crazy ride and the exhilaration and recounting lasted the whole way back up the long hill for the second run. Join us each month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE













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Okanagan Granfondo

Memorial Park in Okanagan Falls. At this point, the Mediofondo riders proceed west along Hwy 97 towards Kaleden, while the The 10th Okanagan Granfondo Velocefondo and Granfondo riders head south up Maple Street returns to the South Okanagan on and through to Oliver Ranch Road. Mediofondo riders will reach Sunday, July 10th. This year, the Kaleden and Hwy 97 starting at 8:15 am. Cyclists will continue to event starts and finishes in and pass this section of Highway until approximately 3 pm. Velocefondo around Penticton’s Gyro Park (Main and Granfondo riders will reach Hwy 97 off of Oliver Ranch Road St. at Lakeshore Dr.) with a record at approximately 8:10 am. Cyclists will continue to flow through 3,000 cyclists expected to participate. this section until approximately 11:30 pm. At Oliver, Velocefondo Residents of the Okanagan Valley riders proceed along Hwy 97 and turn right up Secrest Hill Road. are encouraged to visit the online Granfondo riders navigate around the east side of Oliver on Black Weekend Schedule of Events for more Sage Road before returning north on Hwy 97, and then west details at www.okanagangranfondo. toward Fairview Mountain Golf Course. The Velocefondo riders com/event-weekend/. rejoin the Granfondo route at Willowbrook Road and Secrest Cyclists will embark on one of four distances - the Granfondo (153 Hill Road, and together both groups head through the Fairview/ km), Velocefondo (121 km), Mediofondo (85 km) or Cortofondo White Lake area before returning to Penticton along Highway 97. (48 km). Due to the large numbers, this year participants will The northbound lane on Hwy 97 will be closed for the event from start in successive waves beginning at 6:30 am in Penticton, Hwy 3A to Channel Parkway; however, northbound traffic will be before heading out to Summerland and back through Penticton. diverted into the southbound fast lane. Delays are expected and At approximately 7:35 am, the first riders will arrive at the Main driving with caution is greatly appreciated. Street Aid Station, and immediately head out along Lakeside/ Information about the routes, traffic information and weekend Eastside Road. Cortofondo riders turn back to the Gyro Park event details can be found at the Okanagan Granfondo website at finish at Kinney. South Main will be closed to southbound traffic from Kinney to the City Limit from 7-9 am. From 7:45-10:45 am, residents along Eastside Road from Penticton to McLean Creek Organizers invite you to take part either as a volunteer or a Road turn-off should expect a steady stream of Mediofondo, spectator. Events before and after the ride are open to the public Velocefondo and Granfondo cyclists. Many roads will still be open and include activities for the entire family. On Saturday, July 9th, to vehicular traffic, but drivers should expect delays during this the Kids’ Piccolofondo race ( time. Similar to the old Ironman Canada route, cyclists will turn piccolofondo/) takes place along Penticton’s Lakeside Drive up McLean Creek Road. At approximately 8 am, the lead cyclists starting at 9 am. will pass by the intersection McLean Creek Road and Allendale The event is still seeking volunteers for a variety of roles. Be part Lake Road, and later proceed north along Maple Street between of the action by visiting 8:05-11:05 am. There will be an Aid Station in place at Christie volunteers/ or email


Let's celebrate this expressive Italian wine and its place in the Okanagan landscape. Join us for Italian antipasti and live music while sipping through various styles and vintages of Dolcetto on the patio overlooking the hollow. Visit our website for ticket details. Watch for Festa do Albariño coming August 4th!

Special Notice - Ultra520K Canada 2022 Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1

Once again, over the August long weekend, the South Okanagan and Similkameen will play host to one of North America’s most challenging endurance events: Swim 10 km + Bike 425.6 km + Run 84.4 km = Ultra520K Canada. Event organizers would like to give notice to all the residents of Okanagan Falls and area that during the dates above Okanagan Falls will be hosting the event for all three days.


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Watch for more details in the August issue delivered to residents on Friday, July 29. Organizers will be closing 8th Ave. for set up starting at 4 am on Saturday, July 30 and ask that residents have their guests park in other areas and leave 8th Ave. open during the evening on Friday, July 29, as vehicles may get blocked in. We expect our first athlete to finish: Day 1 (July 30) around 1:30 pm, Day 2 (July 31) around 3 pm and Day 3 (August 1) at around 3 pm. We invite you to join us in Kenyon Park and cheer for the athletes. For further information on Ultra520K Canada, contact Race Director, Steve Brown, at 250-809-1798 or visit

Okanagan Falls Lions Update

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society

By Bob Wilson, Incoming President for 22/23

By Donna Taylor

Well, we’re half way through the year now and what a difference from last early summer ... about 10 degrees lower and 100% more precipitation of all varieties. We had our last meeting of the Lions for the summer, our annual BBQ and installation of officers (all retreads) for 2022/2023. Lion Margaret Ashley from the Penticton club visited as Zone Chairperson and did the installations “all at the same time and quickly” due to the start of the precipitation and our own Mike Livingstone gave another fast info session (with flip charts) as 2nd Vice District Governor. A big Lions roar to both of them for their continued service. The next project for us is participation in “Music in the Park” resuming this summer after a 2 year Covid imposed break. Once again, we will have “Cookies” for a fundraiser at the Music events; come one, come all. 6 concerts in total this year, starting June 19 for Father’s Day and the 1st of July for Canada Day. You’ll find us at the beach in Kenyon Park serving hot dogs and bratwurst, then at Centennial Park for the bandshell music with Cookies on July 1st, with music starting at 4 pm. School breakfasts continued until the end of the school year. A huge thank you to all who took part in our ongoing endeavour. We couldn’t do it without you. The support shown by the private donors and local grants, plus lottery funding, enabled us to continue - over 20 years now providing the service for our school students, as well as providing needed winter clothing when required. Everyone have a great summer, and see you at the park. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held on August 1, 2, 3, 27, 29, 30 & 31 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, visit or call 1-888-236-6283. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club will resume meetings in September. If you would like to join us, call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at and

The Okanagan Falls Senior Centre is located at 1128 Willow Street.

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast - Friday, July 1st 8-11am The local bus stops very conveniently across the street from the front doors. We have a book/puzzle library for all members to use. Remember that Carpet Bowling will be starting in the fall. We are looking for people to join our activities and run the exercise program or we are happy for other suggestions. Activities in July 2022 Pancake Breakfast General Meeting Music and Coffee Canasta Tuesday Bingo Evening Pool Mexican Train Scrabble Bridge Cribbage Saturday Drop in Bingo Potluck Dinner


Friday, July 1, from 8-11 am Monday, July 4 at 1 pm Returning in September Mondays at 10 am Tuesdays - July 5, 12, 19 at 1 pm Tuesdays at 5 pm Wednesday at 1 pm Thursdays at 10 am Thursdays at 1 pm Thursdays at 7 pm Saturday, July 16 1-4 pm Cancelled for the time being

Booking Agent - Heather at 250-497-1171

Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair Okay, summer is here, finally. I will admit that because of the cool spring, the power bill for the complex is down a bit. The well insulated building also helps and no power used for air conditioning and minimal for heating means a savings for everybody this spring. We are still at full capacity; however, we do maintain a wait list. So, anybody wanting to move into the complex should put in an application as early as possible. And, check every 6 months to ensure your name is still on the list. Locke Property Management maintains the list and will take your application. Page 20 | July 2022 |

Better at Home is a non-medical program helping seniors remain independent in their homes. We are recruiting the following positions for the Okanagan Falls area: Volunteer Drivers • Mileage reimbursement • Clean driver’s abstract required • 3 million liability car insurance required Housekeepers • Flexible schedule • Part time To discuss these positions, please contact 250-495-6925 and/or email Thank you very much!

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson Summer is here and it looks like it will be a great one. With all the rain we got in the spring, I sure hope it keeps the fires away. The Thrifty Boutique is just bursting at the seams with colourful summer clothing. They have opened on Tuesdays again, so add Tuesday to your shopping schedule. We are a bit short on volunteers in the shop. The shifts run from 10 am to 12:30 pm. and from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. So, if you feel you can spare a couple hours a week, you’d be most welcome to join our group. Grant and Tara Henderson have moved into our apartment on the Heritage grounds. Grant has built a new ramp and railing at the front door of the shop to do away with steps. People with walkers can enter the shop with no steps to bother with. He has plans for many more improvements and is working well with Handy Guy, Andrew Fenuik. The old ramp to the back door has been taken away and a new gravel walkway put in its place. Many thanks to Grant and Andrew for all their hard work. The place looks great! Did’ja Know? I have been looking through the July 1972 Viewpoint newspaper to pass on some bits of history. Okanagan Falls had quite a busy lot of shops and stores. There was the Falls Jade Shop selling unique hand-made jewelry, and the OK Falls Variety for spare keys, reading glasses, cherry pitters, kitchen appliances, fishing equipment, drug items, and souvenirs. There was the Holiday Park Service that sold Chevron gas and included a café. They were open from 7 to 9. Kaleden Acres sold pet food, like Purina Dog Chow for 50 cents and Purina Cat Chow for 10 cents. Falls Service sold Shell gas and offered a new diagnostic centre. There was an Okanagan Falls Billiard Hall. There were dances every Saturday night at the Legion. Ferdi’s Restaurant served breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The Okanagan Halls Hotel was still advertising their Take-out Chicken Dinners. The The Royal Canadian last ad is for the Holiday Park Resort offering excellent Motel Accommodation, Lovely Beach, Heated Pool, Campground, and Legion Branch #227 Restaurant. Lastly was the big Falls Food Market ad featuring By Beverly van Uden 52oz Chickens for $1.19, Margarine 2lb block was 2 for 69 cents, luncheon meats 2 for 79 cents, jams and marmalades, 9oz jar was Hours ~ We are open Tuesday - Saturday from 2 pm and Sundays from 12 Noon. We are closed on Mondays. 2 for 69 cents. I don’t think we’ll ever see those prices again. Meat Draws ~ Fridays at 5 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm with food available. Remember, any profits go to charities.

H&M Thrifty Boutique

H&M Thrifty Boutique

Open 10-3 Tue-Fri & 12-3 Sat 250-486-6371

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

Car Show ~ Every Wednesday, weather permitting, cars start to roll in about 4 pm. Come for good food and a cool one. Meal will be changing, like burgers and smokies. It’s going to be a great year!


Saturday, July 9 ~ Dance your feet off with Midnight Special Band playing Classic Rock. Tickets are $10 and available at the bar.

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Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, July 17 from 8-11 am. Pancakes, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, French toast, coffee & juice for $8 per adult and $4 per child. General Meeting ~ Next General Meeting not until September. Volunteers Needed! Please call the Legion at 250-497-8338. Recycling Donations ~ If you have cans, bottles, or water bottles, and now milk or almond milk containers, please call or text Bev at 250-809-5537. Become A Member Today ~ You don’t have to be a veteran to support a veteran. Any Canadian or Citizen Alliance nations 18 years of age and older is welcome to join and help us help Canadian Veterans. Come into the branch and join. Get The Latest Updates ~ Always check the Facebook page “Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC”, the sign outside, or come into the Branch. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart! | July 2022 | Page 21


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Kaleden Community Church

10 am Sunday Worship ~ in-person and online Visit for updates and the link to our live worship. 443 Lakehill Rd. | | 250-497-5995

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Service at 11 am ~ Pastor Jon. July 17 Speaker Clint Heigh. Our services are both in- person and on YouTube. Children’s Church ~ Please call 250-497-2027 to register. FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls | Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church

Antiques, Uniques, Collectables, Eclectic Decor for Home & Yard We’re always buying! Share the passion for the obsure! One of a kinds gifts for that one of a kind person!

Open Wed - Sun 11 am - 5 pm

Sunday Service at 9 am ~ Speakers: July 3 - Sarah Tupholme; July 10 - Kerry Mewhort; July 17 - Rev Donald Schmidt; July 24 Victor Ince; and July 30 - Rev Laura Turnbull. Please visit or call us for more info. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls | 250-497-1171 or 250-460-2560

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church 1039 Willow St, OK Falls | Father Thomas Kakkaniyil | 250-498-3934

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service at 9:30 am & 4th Sunday each month at 1 pm. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls | Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi | 250-899-0163

1040 Main St, OK Falls

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium

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RCMP Community Report

The Dating Scam

Dating sites have become very popular in recent years. You post details about yourself, including a picture and look for a match. The problem it that people can post lies about who they are, including the picture. Often this scam runs a few weeks or even months, which helps to make it appear even more legitimate. Eventually, it leads to wanting to meet in person. The only problem is that the new found “soul mate” can’t afford to come and see you. They may say that they are waiting for an inheritance, or sale of their home or such and can repay you, or simply don’t have the funds. So you decide it is not about the money, after all you have found your soul mate. You send the money to cover the airline tickets, fees, motel rooms, airport parking, taxis and whatever else it takes to bring your soul mate to see you. The day of the big meeting arrives, you are waiting at the airport and eventually you realize your soul mate is not coming. You try to contact them to see what has happened. Usually, they will not answer, and if they do, it will be only to continue the scam. I investigated a similar scam years ago where the soul mate did not arrive and when contacted by the waiting victim was told that on the way to the airport they were involved in a car accident and needed some money to deal with the accident and were now planning on taking a later flight. This finally made the victim realize that it had been a scam all along. A lot of the dating scams go unreported, as they are very personal and the victims realize they don’t really know who it was that they were communicating with or who they sent their money to. While often there is not a lot police can do after you have been scammed, it is still important to report it to police. Always do your due diligence before sending money to someone that you have only met online. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or JOHN NUNES 5855 Hemlock Street, PO Box 788, Oliver V0H 1T0


Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand during the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 778-559-2412 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

CatMatch Meet Cleocatra My name is Cleocatra and I am a DIVA! I was pretty opinionated when I first arrived, but as I let my guard down and took a few deep breaths, I realized, I LOVE a great massage and the feel of a kind touch. I still have my moments of my way or the highway, but I know with the right person, I will be eating out of your hand in no time. If you would like to meet and get acquanted, please reach out to my booking agent, Alley Cats Alliance, as they take care of my appointment schedule for me. www.

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Flowers to Judy and Colleen, and any other volunteers, for working so hard together in making and planting the beautiful flower barrels, which are now placed all around Okanagan Falls. ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls

Sustainable Comedy ... ‘Off The Grid’ By Ed Schneider, Many Hats Theatre Company Publicist We are thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next production which opens July 7! ‘Off the Grid’ by Canadian playwright John Spurway is a contemporary comedy with a ‘ripped from the headlines’ feel that will have you laughing your way off the power grid. Windmills and solar panels and composting toilets ... OH MY! Living ‘off the grid’ might be funnier than you ever thought! ‘Off the Grid’ will provide you with the laughs you need to break out of the post pandemic blahs! ‘Off the Grid’ opens Thursday, July 7th and runs until Saturday, 30th on the Cannery Stage, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $28 for adults and $25 for seniors/ students including GST. Visit and click on the ‘tickets’ link to purchase your tickets through Eventbrite.

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July 7-30, 2022

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Subrina Monteith, Executive Director Volunteers are critical pillars in all communities and are needed to ensure that festivals, events, and programs provided by non profit organizations can be offered in all communities. Some great opportunities to get involved with a cause dear to your heart have been uploaded to the centre’s website at www.volunteercentre. info/opportunities. Many volunteers are needed from walking senior’s dogs to helping in a retirement home or reading with children. There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone. Our centre just finished its last raffle of the series with the draw held on June 23. Supporting the raffle ensures that volunteers have access to programs to connect, share and learn together. More information can be found at https://sosvolunteercentre. SOS Volunteer Centre staff are always willing to sit down with anyone to review current opportunities to find the perfect fit. Call 1-888576-5661 or to make an appointment. DE














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Daniel David Koop June 13, 1938 - June 8, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Daniel D. Koop, a longtime resident of Okanagan Falls. Dan is survived by four of five children, David, Donald, Daniel, Barry and their families and by five step-children. Dan’s daughter Shelley deceased in 2018. Dan was a mechanic who worked on many job site projects in BC and travelled with his wife Doris who preceded him in death in 2019 after 50 years together. Dan will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends who will miss his great sense of humour and his memorable story-telling. As per Dan’s request there will be no public memorial or service. Our gratitude goes to all first responders and medical personnel for their outstanding care and assistance. Daniel’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services 110-1960 Barnes Street, Penticton V2A 4C3 250-493-3912 or

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If you live in the Kaleden area and have needs during this time, please call the HUB. Our frozen meals (mostly soup) are available immediately. We can also provide grocery shopping - Please allow a few days advance notice. We are grateful for all the neighbours helping neighbours! HUB NUMBER: 250-460-3387

For inquiries or to make reservations

250.497.6600 @lindengardenskaleden

Linden Gardens

Full Service Family-Run Grocery Store in Okanagan Falls ~ Open 8 am - 9 pm Daily! Watch for our Weekly Flyer!

Locally Owned & Operated!

Belich's AG would like to thank the following: Kelly, Kathy & Brennen from Dynamic Refrigeration Darren from Eckert Electric

Mike, Kyle & the entire team at Belich's AG look forward to growing & continuing to service all of Okanagan Falls & the surrounding areas.

Thomas from Sarsons Plumbing Greg from Twice as Nice Painting David from Doherty Plumbing The whole team from AG Foods All our team at Belich's AG All our great customers for their support & welcome to this amazing community!

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Kyle & Mike Belich Owners of Belich’s AG Foods in Okanagan Falls


Stay Tuned for our Grand Opening Coming this Summer! Watch for fresh local products being added on a weekly basis. Follow us on Facebook at “Belich's AG Foods Okanagan Falls”