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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 8 : Issue 6

June 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each 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. 35 locations also carry copies.

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Time for a Highlighter!

Since the very first issue of Skaha Matters back in August 2009, I have continually been amazed each month at the number and diversity of events and activities going on in the South Skaha Area. Next month marks seven years of “Bringing Community Matters To You”. Wow, time sure flies! In June 2013, the Community Calendar on Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher page 2 was introduced. After three years Okanagan Matters Publications of filling in those boxes, we finally outgrew it. Yes, it is time for highlighter! So, grab a fluorescent tube of fun and start highlighting the events listed in these pages that matter to you. If Facebook is your thing, “like us” as we will continue to post events. Classified Ads ~ I strongly suggest that you use BC Bargain Hunter, Castanet or Kijiji. These websites are quick, easy and stuff sells fast. Sign The Petition ~ Visit any Okanagan Falls business and read the new Petition needing your support for a Pedestrian Light at the crosswalk of Cedar Street and Highway 97. Please sign it today! Submission Deadline ~ If you have something to submit for the July issue, please forward it by June 20th. Thanks again for your support!

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Summer is just around the corner! Celebrate the sun with the SOS Volunteer Centre by becoming more active in your community. Volunteering is a great way to become involved in a worthwhile cause and meet amazing people. Make some new friends today! The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is an excellent community resource for people looking to volunteer. Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s website at www.volunteercentre.info for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you’d like a more intensive introduction to volunteering, please make an appointment to explore your options in more depth. Call 1-888-576-5661 or email info@volunteercentre.info. Upcoming June events and organizations needing volunteers: The SOS Volunteer Centre would like to welcome our newest member The Hamlets! The Hamlets is an assisted living community for seniors, providing a wide range of services. They are looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of activities, including; dog walking, baking, bingo, special events, bible study, and many others! Contact Carolyn Huston at 250-490-8503 (ex. 130) for more details. The SOS Volunteer Centre will be setting up booths at many of the Community Markets this summer and is looking for volunteers to man the display and engage the public. This an excellent opportunity for anyone who is new to volunteering and would just like to get their feet wet. We will provide an orientation session for those who are interested. Visit our website at www.volunteercentre.info for a list of the markets. And, contact Mackenzie at mackenzie@volunteercentre. info for more information. June 18 ~ Healthy Eating Expo - Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna. 1-888-628-9494 or email glenna.armstrong@diabetes.ca June 24-26 ~ Peach City Beach Cruise - For more information, email info@peachcitybeachcruise.com June 24 ~ Peach City Beach Cruise Parade - Friday monitor barricades during the parade 5:45 - 6:45pm. Call the Downtown Penticton Association at 250.493.8540 or email info@downtownpenticton.org June Heart and Stroke Foundation: Stroke Month Campaign (All month long) e-mail amills@hsf.bc.ca or call 1-866-432-7833 June 29 ~ Pen Hi Grad Parade & June 30 ~ Maggie Grad Parade. Monitor the parade barricades. Call the Downtown Penticton Association at 250.493.8540 or email info@downtownpenticton.org. For more volunteer info, please call or email the contacts listed above.


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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Lucky to be Alive”

As I enter the 75th summer of my life, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to be alive in this special place. I still enjoy relatively good health, a happy family, and a loving wife - far more than many are enduring in these unsettling times. And, I have the added pleasure of being able to serve the needs of so many of you who live here in Area ‘D’. Some are not so fortunate. Many have Tom Siddon health or family issues. We grieve for Director of the thousands who lost their homes and RDOS Area ‘D’ worldly possessions due to the wildfires in Fort McMurray, and the plight of displaced families and children in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa to name only a few of the countries that are presently racked with turmoil. What about life beyond Earth? Have you ever gazed into a bright, starlight night and had a peculiar feeling that we are not alone in this universe? Well now, as reported in the May 10th issue of the Astrophysical Journal, scientists have confirmed using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, that thousands if not billions of “exo-planets” probably exist in our own Milky Way with the correct combination of water, temperature and atmosphere to support life as we know it. In other words, science is beginning to prove that the “universe is alive” with many alien species orbiting the distant stars in the dazzling night sky. Pretty amazing, eh! Speaking of Wildfires ~ My compliments to all of you who pitched in with donations to the Red Cross and other forms of assistance to those families who tragically lost so much in the Fort McMurray fires. It was an amazing outpouring of generosity! Keep in mind that we may have another hot summer here in Area ‘D’, so be sure to keep combustible trees and brush away from your homes and outbuildings. And, if you see any ominous signs of fire, call 911 immediately. Parks Planning Contract Awarded ~ Following a recent call for competitive proposals, RDOS has now awarded a $46,000 contract to LA West Associates to plan and design creative upgrades to the lakefront parks in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls, and a new neighborhood park design for Heritage Hills. The contract also includes an upgrade design for Manitou Park in Naramata. These studies will be coordinated by RDOS staff, working in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Commissions of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, and Naramata. Watch for some great new ideas! Getting Our Parks “Ship-Shape” For Summer ~ Although the seasonal maintenance of our Area ‘D’ parks and trails has run a little behind due to some personnel constraints, the RDOS parks service is now getting things ship-shape for the arrival of the summer crowds. Grassy areas are being brought back to life, the beaches cleaned up and floats are being re-installed for the swimming areas. A special word of thanks to the large team of Kaleden residents who turned out on Saturday, May 14th for the annual spring clean-up of Pioneer Park, and the grounds surrounding the community hall. Thanks also to the community-based work party that has just put the finishing touches on new, accessible washrooms in Pioneer Park. I also understand that a contract will soon be in place to repair the cracks and uneven surfaces at the tennis courts in Kaleden. Tennis players will be grateful to have the “tripping hazard” fixed. Summer Recreation Programs Underway ~ Please consider the great program of summer activities that Janet Black and her recreation staff have planned for Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. These include outdoor fitness exercises, summer camps for kids, water sports, baseball, and low-stress exercises for older adults. For further details call Janet, Shona or Vickie at 778 515-5520. Town Centre Project Update ~ On April 28, the RDOS Board received an update report on the Town Centre Visioning Project, Phases 1 & 2.

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This report summarized several community consultations that were held over the previous two year period including the results of a “design charrette” held on Sept 18-19 of 2015. The “charrette” was attended by a cross section of citizens, businesses and property owners who worked together with the consultants to produce a preferred long-term development plan for the area bounded by Main and Cedar Streets on the East and West, and by 7th to 9th Avenues on the North and South. Following a staff review of the consultation exercise, the RDOS Board resolved to accept the consultant’s final report on Phase 2 of the visioning exercise (December 2015) “as a guide for future policy planning for the community”. The final step, Phase 3, will be undertaken later this year. It will incorporate a plan of implementation for possible inclusion as an amendment to the “Official Community Plan” for Area D-2. Interested parties can take a look at the proposed town centre design plans by visiting the Community Services Office, or by visiting www.rdos.bc.ca. Governance Study Project Moving Forward ~ Following extensive consultations throughout Area ‘D’ communities, the project consultants have now prepared a range of interesting proposals for a restructuring of governance and the delivery of services in Electoral Area ‘D’. These optional proposals, some of which involve changes to the boundaries of Area ‘D’ will be discussed by the Residents’ Study Committee and circulated to residents as Survey No. 2, over the next few weeks. My compliments to Chair Bob Daly and his fellow volunteers serving on the Governance Study Committee for their excellent leadership of this project. South Skaha Housing Society ~ I am pleased to note the excellent progress being made by the South Skaha Housing Society since their AGM last January, toward the achievement of an “affordable” senior’s housing project of 30 - 35 units in Okanagan Falls, adjacent to the Legion. Discussions have been held with representatives of the Legion Branch #227 and the Catholic Diocese of Nelson regarding a longterm lease of the four lots facing Willow Street, and South of Veteran’s Way. A significant grant has been received to facilitate the hiring of an experienced consultant who is now working on a project application to the BC Housing Corporation, due on June 15th. Congratulations to President Robert MacLeod and his Board of Directors for the progress being made toward this much-needed seniors’ housing project in Okanagan Falls. Thank You Notes ~ Many thanks to Marla Wilson and members of the Heritage and Museum Society for initiating Historic Walks of Okanagan Falls on Friday and Saturday mornings this summer; to Barb Few, Myrt Niles and Marla Wilson for organizing “Music in the Park” with the first (Elvis) concert being held on Father’s Day, June 19th at 5 pm; and to Stan Maber and his canvassers for gathering 169 signatures calling for the construction of a new “Peachcliff Walk” alongside McLean Creek Road from Peachcliff Estates down to Main Street. And don’t forget the Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon in Kenyon Park on Saturday, June 18th at 8 am; and of course the Annual Canada Day celebrations on July 1st starting at 1 pm in Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls and at 2 pm in Pioneer Park in Kaleden. So, who isn’t “Lucky to be Alive”, with so much going on in Area ‘D’? Have a wonderful summer! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520

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Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature in Victoria closed the spring session on May 19th. All MLAs have returned to their ridings and now we catch up on all the local meeting requests and events. More than two dozen pieces of legislation were passed, as well as the operating budget for this fiscal year - more than $38 billion; almost $18 billion going to health and $7 billion to education. A success story has been the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint. The Blueprint is a cross- government, multi-ministry initiative that was launched two years ago to help British Columbians get the skills they need to be first in line for the almost one million job openings that are projected by 2024. More than 58,000 youth and 20,000 adults have interacted with Find Your Fit in the last year. Since 2014, we have invested more than $14.5 million for critical-trades seats and $20 million for trades training equipment. In addition, another 754 seats are being added to 10 public post-secondary institutions throughout the province to boost capacity and ensure students can access training of in-demand occupations in sectors that support the provincial economy. Most high schools also now participate in programs that introduce students to early participation in the trades. Locally, there have been several community events of note. The Oliver Volunteer Fire Department again hosted a successful spring training event. 76 departments from around BC sent 355 firefighters who enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Oliver and the expert training provided by the local fire department and friends. Thank you to Chief Dan Skaros and all our local volunteer fire department members. BC Search & Rescue organizations are receiving $10 million in extra funding over the next two years. This funding is in addition to the current budget and is targeted for extra training, administrative support and renewal of equipment. Oliver-Osoyoos Search & Rescue will receive $31,000 and Keremeos Search & Rescue $25,000. www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

The Keremeos Elks Rodeo was again a success and while the skies were cloudy, the rain held off. For 78 years, the Elks members and volunteers have been organizing this three-day event which includes a parade, the Fireman’s Breakfast and a barbecue rib supper. My special thanks to Harvey who once again was my parade driver. This was also a busy time for the Oliver Elks Club, as members celebrated the club’s 80th anniversary with a weekend of events focusing on the “early years” of the club. The BC Cattlemen’s Association is holding its 88th AGM in Penticton this year, hosted by the Kettle River Stockmen’s Association. Every year we are fortunate to celebrate BC Beef Day at the Legislature in Victoria and recognize the excellence of the industry and its importance to the economy of BC. We are fortunate to have a ranching industry that sets the highest standards for its members with regard to food safety and quality of product. The association is working hard to demonstrate the sustainability of ranching and to encourage and support the next generation of young ranching families. As we move into the summer months, our Craft Beer Industry will be gearing up to take care of thirsty customers. The Firehall Brewery in Oliver is one of the newer craft brewers who will benefit from an increase of 25% in their bottom line with the latest changes in pricing announced by the BC government. It takes a lot of hard work and faith to start up a new business, putting everything into it and often waiting many years to see success. Congratulations to Sid Ruhland and his family for sticking with it. I know you have a great future in the craft brew industry. Tourism in BC is up more than 16% in the first quarter of this year and I’m sure the Okanagan, Similkameen and Boundary are benefiting from the increase in visitors. While for some the holidays may have already started, please remember our kids are still in school with many sports days and events happening over the next four weeks, so please be extra careful when driving around our communities.

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Electoral Area “D” Governance Study News June 2016

ATTENTION RESIDENTS & PROPERTY OWNERS OF: Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and surrounding areas.

Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say!

The RDOS Area “D” Governance Study is entering the home stretch! The Area “D” Governance Study has been designed to consider methods for improving governance and services to the communities of Electoral Area “D” and their surrounding areas. A heartfelt thank you goes out to the many residents and property owners from the communities and surrounding areas within Area “D” for their commitment to participate in the Area “D” Governance Study. You learned about the services delivered by RDOS, you attended a series of Forums to discuss and represent your views, and, most importantly, you participated in our survey (Survey #1.) That survey allowed you to express your satisfaction toward the present governance framework for services, and to offer suggestions for improvement. The results from the Forums and Survey have now been collated and we are ready to look at options.

Results from the Forums and Survey #1 are available on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca, (popular links), and are also available in print in locations in each community. Your responses to the Survey and Governance Forums have led the Governance Committee and Consultants to develop a series of options that consider ways in which governance and delivery of services in Area “D” might be improved. A second survey (Survey #2) will ask you to select which you consider the best of these options. The options, prepared in the form of “RDOS Area “D” Governance Study Option Fact Sheets” cover the five topics of: Regional District Service Levels; Local Community Commissions; Electoral Area Boundary Options; Roads & Policing Provincial Service Levels; and Water Authority Collaboration. The Option Fact Sheets are available online at www.rdos.bc.ca or in print at locations in each community (see below). After becoming

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familiar with the Option Fact Sheets, the public will be asked to participate in a second survey (Survey #2) in order to select which they consider to be the best of these options. Once the surveys are analyzed and public preferences from the options are determined, the preferred options will be presented to the RDOS Board in a report which will identify the range of issues of greatest concern to the citizens of Area “D” communities, and a consideration of changes to governances and services in order to address those issues. To keep informed about the Area “D” Governance Study, including meeting minutes and schedules, go the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca and click on “popular links”. The Governance Study Committee regularly meets in the Club Room at Okanagan Falls Community Centre and meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Monday, June 6 at 6:30 pm.

Print Copies of Option Fact Sheets & Survey#2: Apex & Upper Carmi ~ Penticton RDOS Office Twin Lakes ~ Twin Lakes Store St. Andrews ~ St. Andrews-by-the-Lake Office Kaleden ~ Kaleden Public Library Okanagan Falls & East Skaha Communities ~ Pharmasave, Seniors Centre, Okanagan Falls Public Library, Royal Lepage Realty Office, Interior Savings Credit Union, Heritage Hills / Vintage Views Information Bulletin Board, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, and the RDOS Community Services Office.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Okaizen Falls ~ The RDOS is committed to improving customer service with the intent of minimizing waste and adding value (Lean Kaizen approach). What? Lean is the absolute elimination of waste. Kaizen is a Japanese term which means Kai = Change and Zen = Good! The Community Shona Schleppe Service Office has now been open for eight Rural Services months, it was agreed to apply the Lean Manager Kaizen approach to office functionality. On April 22, 26 and 27, using lean tools to identify bottlenecks and issues we were able to identify possible solutions to become more effective and efficient. We have an action plan with some “quick hits” and “gems”. For example ... we are examining merging the administrative functions of the Area “D” offices, creating a calendar for facility and park bookings, fine tuning our many websites and processing payments. As a result, a RDOS payment can be made at the Community Service Office - here’s how ... Pay Online with Visa & Mastercard or Pay In Person with your cheque (no CASH). It is that time of year again, Electoral Area “D” Community Grant deadline is approaching. The Deadline is Friday, July 8th. Submit your application to the RDOS Community Service Office c/o Director Siddon or to the RDOS Office in Penticton. Please notify us if the not-for-profit society is intending to apply and the approximate amount of the request. NOTE: If the not-for-profit was a previous grant recipient, please submit a report detailing how the funds were spent within 12 months of receipt of funding. Copies of receipts or evidence regarding the disposition of grant funds maybe

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requested by RDOS. Thanks again for your efforts in making our community a better place to live! The grant application and guidelines are available at the Community Service Office or visit www.rdos.bc.ca/ departments/finance/community-grant-in-aid/ McLean Creek Pedestrian Corridor ~ Thank you Stan and 169 community members for signing the petition. This is a narrow, heavily used road that provides a community connection to Bighorn Estates, Peach Cliff Estates, the Okanagan Falls Landfill and Highway 97. The RDOS recognizes the concerns you have raised regarding this section of roadway related to school children, mothers with strollers, mobility challenged with wheelchairs and walkers, recreational users (cyclists) and all other pedestrians accessing this roadway. RDOS is pleased to let you know that Electoral Area “D” Director Tom Siddon has agreed to fund an engineered study to look at the feasibility and cost of constructing a pedestrian corridor along this section of road. Please Note: the RDOS will require approval from the Province of BC for this project, as roads within rural areas of BC are owned and maintained by the Province under the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking an interested individual to serve on the Commission. The Commission is comprised of appointed local citizens (volunteers) who provide advice on the management of parks operations, improvements and recreation programming. Please Note: In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident of the local service area or own real property within the local service area. For more details, call the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or toll-free at 1-877-6103737; or alternatively email to info@rdos.bc.ca. In just a few days of opening, The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre warmly greeted 17 tourists to Okanagan Falls. They provided insightful information to folks from Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Oregon. Top questions … “Where are the Falls?” “How do I get on the KVR?” And, “Can I have a map for the Wineries?” The Centre is open Monday to Friday (9am - 5 pm), thanks volunteers! Please stop by the Centre and soak up some knowledge of Okanagan Falls and the surrounding area! From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Check out the new paint on the Irrigation District Office and Pumphouse. • Historic Walk on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am - Meet at the Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum. • Okanagan Falls Community & Artisans Market meeting Monday, June 6th at 7pm - Come on Vendors let’s make this happen! • Open House at Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am - 5 pm. • Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon on Saturday, June 18th in Keogan Park - Still need Volunteers! • Don’t miss “Music in the Park” scheduled for Sunday, June 19th in Centennial Park - This is a FREE Event! • Kaleden community is looking forward to the active adult sample series coming soon through Kaleden Parks & Recreation. • “What’s on Wednesday” and “Summer Fun Day Camp” are back for the summer in Okanagan Falls! Check out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Kaleden Irrigation District News The District would like to take this time to remind their customers of the current watering restrictions as follows: Stage One: In effect until further notice A) No watering is permitted outside of the irrigation season from April 15th until October 15th. B) All properties on the south side of Lakehill Road, and south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. C) All properties on the north side of Lakehill Road, and north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday. D) Watering is permitted from 6:00 am until 10:00 am and from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm ONLY. E) Use of micro-irrigation, drip irrigation or a hose with a shut-off nozzle (hand water) to water trees, shrubs or vegetables is permitted on any day, at any time. F) Automatic underground irrigation systems may operate from midnight to 6:00 am ONLY on the permitted days. G) Agricultural properties with a district irrigation connection and flow restrictor and who have “farm status designation” through BC Assessment Authority, are exempt from the above restrictions for watering their planted crops only; natural or planted landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. H) No watering allowed on Monday. Irrigation water accounts for 80% of the overall water used in the District on an annual basis and this includes all residential irrigation and agricultural use. We encourage the installation of underground automatic systems; an application may be made to the office to ensure the proper water allotment is allocated in the design and a back flow device is installed. The use of drippers and lower gallonage sprinklers can also make a big difference in the amount of water that is used. If you are landscaping for the first time or are re-landscaping you should consider xeriscaping options, which can be aesthetically pleasing and water efficient. Your compliance with the above water conservation measures not only helps reduce the amount of water consumed, but also reduces the District’s pumping costs. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at 250-497-5407. Enjoy the summer!

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

With concerns about the possibility of another drought year, it’s time to begin thinking of ways to conserve water. A reminder to abide by OK Falls Irrigation District’s sprinkling restrictions is a good way to start: • From May 1st to Sept 30th, sprinkling/watering is only allowed on the ODD/EVEN address system. • No watering/sprinkling is allowed between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6am on your odd/ even address matching the odd/even date. • Strata complexes use the street address of the complex, not the unit to determine your watering day. • Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm. • For further tips on how to conserve water, go to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website. Did you know that Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is also responsible for Centennial Park, Street Lighting and the OK Falls Cemetery? If you encounter problems with any of these areas, contact the office at 250.497.8541. Music in the Park ~ The Music in the Park Committee headed by Myrt Niles, Barb Few and Marla Wilson, has organized the first event in Centennial Park for Sunday, June 19th. Elvis tribute artist Jeff Bodner, along with Terri Bremner, will perform from 5pm to 9pm. This first of many Sunday concerts is sponsored by the RDOS.


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RCMP Community Report South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers Needs You!!! South Okanagan Crime Stopper needs members to help it continue to provide the communities it serves with anonymous information or tips to solve crimes. Since its inception in 1992, South Okanagan Crime Stoppers has helped to arrest 862 criminals, helped solve 987 cases and helped to recover $16,608,974.00 worth of drugs and property in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. In 1992, South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers had 52 members, today we have about 8 members working to keep the services of Crime Stoppers available in the South Okanagan. Crime Stoppers was started as a result of the 1991 Summer Riots in Penticton to give people the opportunity to help police solves crime by reporting crime anonymously. Crime Stoppers wants your information, but not your identity. With the recent spike in property crime throughout the valley, Crime Stoppers provides a valuable venue where people can remain anonymous to provide information on these crimes, persons of interest, and fugitives. Much of this information would not be available to police in a timely manner, if not for the anonymity of Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers does not get any government funding or grants and relies on community support and fundraising to generate funds for operating and paying rewards. Local sponsors have been traditionally good at sponsoring our one fund raising activity, which is our Annual Golf Tournament being held this year on Saturday, June 4th at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. In addition to supporting Crime Stoppers, you will have a great day of golf, a sit down Buffet Dinner, Silent Auction, Awards and Prizes. All proceeds go towards our local Crime Stoppers program. We are looking for individuals that can assist with promoting Crime Stoppers in their communities and fundraising. We meet monthly (except July and August) on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Lakeside Resort Meeting Room. If you are interested in attending a meeting or if you would like to learn more on how you can help out, please contact Nick Yeoman at 778-516-4322 or nick@sostips. ca, Rick Dellebuur at 250-490-2374 or rick@sostips.ca, or drop by the Community Police Station at 185 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton by the Big Peach, or visit our web site at www.sostips.ca. If you are not able to volunteer at this time, we would certainly appreciate seeing you at our Golf Tournament as a golfer, sponsor or both! Details on how you can register or become a sponsor is on our website at www.sostips.ca under ‘news’. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

Okanagan Falls ~ Population 2500+, 5 churches, 1 elementary school, 2 doctor offices, drug store, volunteer fire department, 1 large grocery store, 2 mini grocery stores, 2 gas stations, real estate office, RDOS office, visitor centre, recreation centre, senior centre, library, monthly newspaper, insurance agent, legion, lion’s club, restaurants, museum, thrift stores, antique stores, bus service, hairdressers, barber shop, wineries, motels, campgrounds, 4 large parks, beautiful beach with kids water park, and our famous ice cream store. Plus, many other stores and businesses ... too many to mention. Wow, what an amazing little town we live in! Please help support our local businesses and share our community with your visitors and be proud to live in such a beautiful place. Volunteers are still needed at the visitor centre. Please call Barb at 250-497-8283, if you would like to join our team.

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Free Coffee & Community Information Submitted by Elaine Chernoff

The Okanagan Falls Library is hosting FREE information sessions every Wednesday morning at 10:30 am. The idea originated from a research project by the University of Calgary to “find fun and interesting ways to reach out to older adults and increase community engagement.” This project started this past February with most ideas coming from the 2014 Age Friendly Survey. “It’s been a great way to socialize and learn something new”, states volunteer, Elaine Chernoff. The first two Wednesdays of each month include general topics such as: chair yoga and reiki, wild herbs, mindfulness, benefits of volunteering, updates on Area D Rural Services and Age Friendly projects. As a result, other initiatives and partnerships have evolved. For example: reducing drop in fees to $5.00 for Zumba Gold and Chair Yoga, researching the need for a volunteer system and planning monthly mindfulness workshops. The third Wednesday of each month is for local crafters who bring their projects for “show and tell”, as well as learn from each other. So far, instruction included: making greeting cards, origami and miniatures. Some crafters are planning to sell creations at the new “Community Market” on Sundays at the OK Falls Pub. “I know there’s other crafters out there and we’d like to learn from them as well”, said volunteer, Wendie Huddart. On the fourth Wednesday, Myrna Tischer, coordinator of “Better at Home” Services for Seniors, provides updates about what is available in Okanagan Falls, as well as information about provincial and federal programs that support seniors. Recently, she was joined by guest speakers from Penticton who provided information on Frauds and Scams, plus how to understand Dementia. We are hoping to continue the info sessions, but need your input, support and attendance. Please contact the Library at 250-497-5886 and read Skaha Matters (Library Section) for details on this month’s Community Enrichment Information Sessions. Join us on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Bring a friend, have a cup of coffee (or bottle of water) and maybe win the door prize.


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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Continuing from last issue on our history ...

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD June 2016 Safety Tip

This month we need to interrupt our fire hall With the beautiful start of summer weather, many history and give special recognition to Mr. Keith children and adults have already been in the water. Raymond Robbins, who was with the Okanagan Prevent drowning or water accidents by following these tips. Falls Fire Department for 35 years. Keith Robbins Swimming Safety Tips: passed away on May 8, 2016. • Never swim alone • Do not swim at all if you have been drinking or if you have taken medication that alters your medical status • Check the water temperature before swimming. Cold water can tax the body and make it difficult to swim well. • Learn CPR. You never know when you may need to use it. • Exercise to build up your muscles and endurance in the water. • Take swimming lessons!! • All children should be supervised by an adult when they are in or around water. The Lifesaving Society recommends a supervision ratio of at least 1 adult for every 2 young children, and 1 adult for every baby. Have a safe summer! Keith Raymond Robbins ~ 35 years of service! Margaret Robbins gave birth to Keith on October 15, 1947 in Brantford, Ontario. He was the 8th child of 11 children. His father’s name was Emerson. In 1970, Keith moved to Penticton and worked for Quality Water Wells in Okanagan Falls. By 1983, Keith and his family moved to Okanagan Falls and started his own drilling business called Robbins Water Well Drilling. In 1978, at a blind date at a Christmas Party, he met the love of his life, Diane Watling from Fort St. John, BC. They got married in 1980 and 3 kids came after, John, who is a volunteer Fireman in Kamloops, Steven, who runs the drilling business now, and Kristina, who is a biologist for the Government in Vancouver. One of his favourite activities was family camping, along with the Atkins family. They went out at every chance they could get. Keith joined the Okanagan Falls Fire Department in 1979. He trained and learned all that was needed for the department. When he retired in 2014, he was the Assistant Deputy Chief. If there was something wrong with one of the pumpers, Keith was the man to fix it. His big passion was the 1936 La France front end pumper fire truck. He was the main person on restoring it and took every chance to show it off. At Christmas time, Keith would decorate his one-ton truck and trailer with lights, bales of hay, a Christmas Tree and all the other Christmas ornaments to go with it. Then, with a group of firemen and their families, would go around singing songs and handing out hot chocolate to the neighbours in the community. Keith was a very generous man, who would give the shirt off his back if you needed it. Keith donated and volunteered for many things in the community, like drilling a well, free of charge, for a guide camp in Greenwood and Camp Boyle. Keith also volunteered on the Parks & Rec Commission in Okanagan Falls for 18 years. Keith was one of the people who was involved with the renovations of Kenyon House at Kenyon Park and the baseball field at Keogan Park. We could fill several pages mentioning his accomplishments and generosities. Keith, you were one of those individuals who everyone remembered and enjoyed being with. 90% of the Okanagan Falls population knew and respected you --- you will not be forgotten. R.I.P. WE SALUTE YOU!!!

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Penticton Creek Hatchery with Larry Martin

The BC Federation of Fly Fishers recognized the Penticton Flyfishers with a Conservation Award for their work on Penticton Creek. The Flyfishers are involved in a number of projects with an overall goal to see Okanagan Lake Kokanee and Rainbow Trout return in sustainable numbers to Penticton Creek. Kokanee, raised from eggs collected in the fall of 2015, have just been released into Penticton and Ellis Creeks. It is expected they will return to spawn in three to five years to a much improved habitat. Projects have been initiated on both Penticton Creek and Ellis Creek to improve fish passage and as much as possible mimic a more natural setting. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca. Photos to Left: Top - Collecting fish for transport. Middle - Short trip to Penticton Creek. Bottom - Preparing for the trip to Ellis Creek.


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Pop-Up Programs

Community Coordinator Position - New Horizons Program

with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

For the month of June we’re trying something new… watch for ‘pop-up programs’ in both communities. These will be simple, fun little events that you can join in if you are feeling spontaneous and it strikes a chord with you and your family. Have you ‘liked’ us on Facebook? That’s the best way to stay connected and enjoy these surprise activities. The New Horizons Program kicked off in Kaleden with the Program Launch at Linden Gardens last month. Over 30 adults enjoyed a sampling of Tai Chi and schemed about ideas for programs and activities. Watch for posters around town for the next event, a Bocce Ball and learn to play Pickleball Picnic. June is Zumba Gold month in Okanagan Falls. Like the traditional Latin-inspired Zumba workout, Zumba Gold incorporates many of the dance/fitness routines set to Latin and international rhythms, but is performed at a lower intensity. Special rate of $5 until the end of the month. Every Saturday at 9:00 am in the school gym. The Boys and Girls Club is back this summer offering the Summer Fun Day Camps. Registration packages are ready. Check out the ad in this issue. With summer’s arrival so early this year, the parks and beaches have already been busy with laughter and relaxation.

Kaleden Parks and Recreation is seeking applications for a Community Coordinator for ‘Activity Programs for Adults’ under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The project goals are to coordinate a number of sample activities, enhance existing equipment and increase social participation at the Kaleden Hall. The Community Coordinator is to work under direction of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Coordinator. Duties will include: • Assisting in community engagement and marketing of the project; • Coordinating meetings, workshops and a series of health and wellness events; • Recruiting and sustaining volunteerism and • Supporting the goals of the Steering Committee. For further information and to apply, please refer to www.kal-rec.ca. Deadline for applications is June 10th, 2016. It is envisaged that this project will average an approximate 15-20 hours per month from July 1 - March 2017 with a fixed-price contract of $3,100. This is an independent contract position and as such is not considered an ‘employee’ relationship with the Regional District.

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Okanagan Falls Kenyon Park 1:00 - 4:00 Summerland Pipe Band Legion Colour Party BBQ With The Lions Club Giant Games Family Activities

Kaleden Pioneer Park 2:00 - 4:30 Summerland Pipe Band Legion Colour Party “Crafternoon” Of Art and Games

For more information about the events contact OK Falls Parks and Recreation - 250 - 497 -8188

The Okanagan Falls Legion Hosts Live Music & Great Food Starting at 5:00pm


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Update with Jen Charlish The Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission wants to start this column with a HUGE “Thank you” to the volunteer work party that came out to help clean up Pioneer Park on May 14th. There were about 30 participants and their hard work can now be appreciated by everyone in Kaleden, residents and visitors alike. The park looks great! This is an annual event and an excellent volunteer opportunity. Keep it in mind for next year. A green wheelbarrow with a bright orange wheel was “misplaced” after the cleanup. If you know of it’s whereabouts, please contact the office. (See contact info below) Washroom Project in Pioneer Park ~ We received an initial grant of $5000 from the Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen to begin this project and we would like to thank them for their contribution. The project became a little more complicated when we decided to upgrade the new washroom so it could be used any time of year. Many “Thanks” go out to the people who contributed to this renovation. This project couldn’t have been done without the support of community volunteers and the generosity of business operators that allowed us to save more than $5000. Special thanks to Rob Jones of Complete Contracting who donated many hours to help us keep the project on track. The new washroom opened on the May long weekend. Activities ~ Congratulations to the participants in the Bounce and Balance activity and the Scavenger Hunts held in May. I hear fun was had by all. Watch for more details on the Canada Day event that will happen in Pioneer Park from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on July the 1st. New Horizons Program ~ Another local project that we have on the go is the New Horizons Program. This is an age friendly program geared to older adults that provides social, physical and informational activities. Thank you to all the people that have agreed to sit on the steering committee. Keep an eye out for announcements of different programs happening over the next couple of months and throughout the year, then come out and get involved. Guaranteed you will meet some wonderful people and will leave feeling a part of the community. If you need to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office, please phone 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Most importantly, get out and enjoy the wonderful community that we live in!

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Every Thursday Evening In July & August

At The 1912 In Kaleden Call or text for reservations 250.486.8939

Summer Fun Camps DAY CAMPS For ages 5 to 12 years old Camps run July 11th to Aug 19th 9:00-4:00* Monday - Friday (*Early bird drop offs can be arranged with OK Falls Recreation) Seven fun-filled weeks of play, sports, crafts, music, creativity & water play fun. A different theme each week! Pre-registration is important, so that we may provide the highest quality experience.

For more information: Okanagan Boys and Girls Club 250-493-0512 x122 Or OK Falls Recreation 250-497-8188 Email: info@okfalls.net $32 single day or $150 per week + $10 Annual Membership to the Club No refunds after registration / No drop-ins

Theme Weeks ~ Something for Everyone July 11-15

Kick Off Week - Let’s Get the Party Started!

July 18-22

Captain Jedi and the Superhero's

July 25-29

“Camps Got Talent” - Drama games, song, dance and art

July 27-31

Wild About Water - With our annual trip to the Peachland rope swing

Aug 2-5

Little Chefs

Aug 8-12

Inventors Workshop - Weird & wonderful experiments; oopy & goopy!

Aug 15-19

Imagine a Place - To infinity and beyond!

($120 this short week)

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission Invitation to Serve as a Member Applications are being sought for individuals interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Recreation Commission. This Commission is comprised of appointed local citizens (volunteers) who provide guidance regarding the management of parks operations, improvements and recreation programming. In order to be eligible to serve on the Commission, an individual must be a resident of the local service area or own real property within the local service area. The Director of Electoral Area “D” shall review all applications and recommend candidates for appointment. Copies of the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw No. 2253, 2004, are available from the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or toll-free at 1-877-610-3737; or alternatively at info@rdos.bc.ca. Any person interested in serving on the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission can make application by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail, fax or electronically to: Justin Shuttleworth, Parks/Facilities Coordinator Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email: jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca


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Integrated Pain Management: Beyond Just Pills By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

The Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls is excited to welcome Scott and Carol Fisher to the team. With expertise in alleviating pain by addressing its root causes through a variety of treatments including Manual Osteopathy, Craniosacral Therapy, and Yoga Therapy, Scott and Carol bring many years of experience to the South Okanagan. Pain is often the result of various imbalances involving bones, muscles, joints, connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. An Osteopath uses manual techniques to address the inter-connectedness of all body systems and works to restore function and equilibrium by gently removing layers of dysfunction. Yoga therapy focuses on balance and integration of all dimensions of a person leading to improved range of motion, improved strength and posture, relaxation, and decreased stress. Prolozone is an injectable pain management therapy developed by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, a renowned anti-aging Doctor and “the father” of modern ozone therapy in North America. Prolozone is effective for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck, back, knee, hip, and shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rotator cuff injuries. According to Dr. Shallenberger, because prolozone corrects the underlying pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance the chronic pain will be resolved completely. Prolozone involves the targeted injection of a homeopathic/procaine/ vitamin-mineral healing solution followed by ozone. Ozone is an oxygen gas produced by an ozone generator that effectively oxygenates tissues, both sterilizing them and enhancing the oxygen utilization of the tissue. It is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe. This oxygenation is very healing as well as neutralizing to the pain in an area. Poor circulation often leads to poor oxygen concentration in and around joints. Ozone increases oxygen levels considerably leading to joint and tissue regeneration. Generally 3-5 Prolozone treatments are required to completely resolve pain, injuries, and stimulate regeneration of worn out joints. These occur at a schedule of once every 2 weeks to once a month. This therapy is extremely safe, well supported by over 50 years of research, and most often is painless. If you are suffering from pain, are tired of taking pain killers, and want to improve the ability of your body to do the things you love without suffering, contact our clinic for to find out which therapies are best suited to your personal needs. You can reach the Natural Family Health Clinic at 250-497-6681.

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Intravenous and Injectable Therapies:  Chelation: Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and removes toxic metals from the body.  Oxidative Therapies (Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide): Safe antimicrobials and immune stimulants. Improve cellular energy.  Supportive Cancer Care: Improving outcomes and quality of life while decreasing symptoms.  Rejuvenation and Detoxification: Personalized IV’s to reduce pain, increase energy, and improve health.  Prolozone Pain Management and Joint Rejuvenation Therapy Plus, bio-identical hormone therapy to optimize health and prevent age related illness. Balancing female hormones helps menopausal symptoms.

Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician 1040 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC

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Mary in her Garden

Mary was born in 1916, so she turns 100 years old this year. Mary says that taking care of a garden makes you feel so good. “Wandering the gardens is a delight!” Mary hand waters all her plants and has filled her Okanagan Falls yard with many little treasures. Mary, you are an inspiration to all gardeners out there! Keep wandering and watering! If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.


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Foot or Knee Pain limiting your activities? You CAN maintain your mobility!

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South Okanagan Welcomes Osteopathy - Precision Mechanics for the Body

Manual Osteopathy treatments are now available at a new clinic in Okanagan Falls, along side Dr. Tamara Browne, ND and The Natural Family Health Clinic. Having recently re-located to the South Okanagan from a busy clinic practice in Kamloops, Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P. and his wife Carol (Yoga Therapy) are looking forward to working with you through their company “Wellness In Motion” in restoring your life back to health and wellness! Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy aimed at relieving pain, improving mobility and Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P., supporting and stimulating the body’s ability to Wellness in Motion heal. The Osteopath is always looking for the root cause of the problem instead of just addressing the immediate symptoms. Osteopathy was originally developed by medical doctor and preventive medicine pioneer Andrew T. Still in the late 1800’s. Following the death of his wife and four of his children in 1864, Still concluded that the orthodox medical practices of his day were frequently ineffective and sometimes harmful. It was then that he began his 30-year study of alternative ways to treat disease. A brilliant thinker and philosopher, he developed four important principles for Osteopathic practitioners. These are: 1) that the body operates as a unified whole; 2) the structure and function of the body are inseparable; 3) the body is a self-healing machine; and 4) that the body requires the consistent flow of all fluids (blood being the primary one) to optimize the whole health of the body. Based on the above principles, the Osteopath is considered a “body mechanic” who has refined skills in assessing the position, mobility, and quality of tissue throughout the person’s body. Osteopaths work with the interconnectedness of the bones, muscles, joints, connective tissue, nerves, blood vessels, and organs to improve health, vitality and balance. By treating the body as a whole, imprinted traumas and compensations are released, resulting in realignment of structure, improvement in digestion, lymphatic drainage, circulation, respiration, and metabolism. Osteopathy provides a practical approach to any health related concerns and treatments are extremely effective for all age groups. To find out more about osteopathy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion” find us at www.discoverwellnessinmotion.com.


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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 18th

Live Well HEALTH TIP

with Niki Pierson, Race Co-Director

Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon is just around the corner and the planning is in full swing! The event will take place on Saturday, June 18th starting in Kenyon Park going in and around Christie Memorial Park. We have received permission from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure to close the roads from 7:30am - 12:00pm, so please be patient with our little racers. The affected roads will be: • 7th Ave from Cedar Street to Main Street • Main Street from 7th Ave to 8th Avenue • 8th Ave from Main Street to Cedar Street • Cedar Street from 8th Ave to 7th Avenue We have over 200 children registered, with a growing wait list. If your child will be unable to attend, please contact Carrie Ferguson at carrieferg@hotmail.com, so that another child may participate. We have many athletes and families, not only from Okanagan Falls, but from Osoyoos, Keremeos, Cawston, Oliver, Summerland and Kelowna. Our race is becoming very well known in the triathlon world, filling up in only 72 hours. Wow! We are so grateful to our sponsors who not only make this race possible, but with them we are able to make it a FREE event! Special thanks to Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, Unit Electrical Engineering (UEE), Okanagan Falls IGA, Meyers Family Vineyards, Skaha Marine, Interior Savings Credit Union, Kettle Valley Pizza & Donair, Easy Lock Self Storage, Bullies Pizza, Robbins Drilling, and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. And, this event wouldn’t be the same without the infamous Steve King and his wife Jean. We are always looking for volunteers and this year they will receive an event T-shirt, as well as a tasty tube steak on a bun. If you are interested in coming out to help the little cuties, please contact Lorna Wilson at praggy@hotmail.co.uk; alternatively, you may register to volunteer on the triathlon website at www.okfallstri.com. The athletes, who range in age from 2 to 13, light up when they cross the finish line encouraged by the crowd. So, sponsors, volunteers, athlete’s families and spectators, we encourage you all to come to Kenyon Park and help cheer these amazing kids on. Trust me, it’s not something you want to miss! The Hot Dog BBQ will be up and running at 10am. All proceeds will go towards supporting next year’s race. Hope to see you there!

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Changing of the Guard ~

They say death and taxes are the only certainties in life, but I beg to differ. Thankfully, most of us confront death only a handful of times and while taxes are more or less ever-present, they tend to occupy our consciousness once every spring. What is more constant is the change that animates our lives; the ebb and the flow. As many of you know, I have resigned from my position as Pharmacy Manager to attend medical school at the University of Calgary, starting in July. I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the community that has been so kind and welcoming to me over the past 2 years. I’ve had the pleasure of coming to know many of you ... to appreciate your humour, insights and personalities. For this I am very thankful; I know these experiences will serve me well on my future journey. I also wanted to take this opportunity to pass the torch by introducing our new Pharmacy Manager, Mr. Jeff Hickey, who comes to us from Penticton. Jeff graduated from UBC Pharmacy a year ahead of me and previously practiced pharmacy in northern British Columbia. Please join me in welcoming Jeff to OK Falls and feel free to drop by the pharmacy to say hello! CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, June 29th ~ Receive 15% OFF*

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Age Friendly Businesses In Okanagan Falls!

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with Kim English, Age Friendly Business Coordinator

Have you ever been to a store and their door was so heavy to open you contemplated not going in? Maybe you avoid shopping at a particular store, because the aisles are too narrow? Or, you struggled with reading the menu? With a growing older population in the community, businesses can make simple improvements to increase customer base and ensure loyalty. I’m Kim English, the Age Friendly Business Coordinator, and you’ll be seeing me in town over the next few months working with businesses on how they can make their stores and spaces Age Friendly. Age Friendly is People Friendly. People Kim English, Age Friendly of all ages want to ensure when they go Business Coordinator about their day, they’ll be met with positive customer services experiences. It’s about the safety, comfort, visibility and respect for all! Participating businesses will receive an Age Friendly Assessment sheet. Many Age Friendly recommendations are low cost and simple to implement: Are the hand rails sturdy? Are the aisles wide and uncluttered? Is there a place for people with limited strength or stamina to sit while they wait? Do printed materials, like menus, have Age Friendly font sizes? Do signs have good contrast? Participating businesses will receive Age Friendly promotion and schwag! If your business would like to participate, please call Kim English at 250-292-8503 or send an email to okanaganfallsAF@gmail.com.

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If you would like your business to participate in the Age Friendly Assessment, please email okanaganfallsAF@gmail.com or call Kim English at 250-292-8503.

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm www.orl.bc.ca Lego Night is on Tuesday, June 28th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Bring your creativity and building skills with you! Lego is provided and Duplo is Kaleden Branch: 101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 available for younger siblings. This is our last Lego night for this term. Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Special Prizes to be won. Have your ordered your Summer Reading Book yet? CBC Books Community Enrichment Program ~ The Community Enrichment Summer 2016 Reading List includes: Program provides opportunities for us to share knowledge, skills, On the Shores the Darkness, there is Light by Cordelia Strube and new experiences with others. Info sessions are on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am. Pre-registration would be appreciated. Mexican Hooker #1 by Carmen Aguirre Refreshments will be served. Please call the library or drop in. InBetween Days by Teva Harrison • Wednesday, June 1st ~ Boost your Volunteer Power: Best The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee ways to attract and keep volunteers with Wendy Weisner, PhD. Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety by Ann Y.K. Choi • Wednesday, June 8th ~ The Buzz about Bees - Join Carolyn The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney as she discusses who our pollinators are, the effects of their loss Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh and how to support them. LaRose by Louise Erdrich • Wednesday, June 15th ~ Wendie Huddart and friends invite you to bring your ideas and crafts and join our monthly Craft Circle. The Naturalist by Alissa York Please join us for Card Making with Ineke, and learn to make a This is Not My Life by Diane Schoemperlen greeting card. All supplies provided. Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson • Wednesday, June 22nd ~ Better At Home with Myrna Tischer Brown by Kamal AlSolaylee presents, “It’s Not Right” - In recognition of World Elder Abuse The Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper Awareness Day. Learn how neighbours, friends, and families of older adults can help others at risk. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub Share what you know! Do you have knowledge and skills you’d Pumpkinflowers by Matti Friedman like to share with others in your community? We are inviting you to Big Kids by Michael DeForge design and lead an info session. You can volunteer for one or multiple Save the Date ~ Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 pm - “Uncle Chris sessions. Please contact the library for further information. the Clown” will be performing at the Kaleden Library. “Book A Trip” is our theme for the 2016 Summer Reading Club. The Summer Reading Club 2016 theme is “Book A Trip”, please Registration starts on June 21st and program runs Tuesdays from come to the Library for more information about this program. 6:30-7:30 pm starting July 5th.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning At a recent Education Committee meeting, the Board received updates regarding a couple of district-wide initiatives: Through A Different Lens (TADL) is in its fifth year and has expanded the leadership team so the initiative can grow broader and deeper. There are now 50 teachers and 4 Inquiry groups. TADL is committed to supporting instruction in the regular classroom for all students to help create environments where students can use their strengths to learn and to represent their knowledge in a variety of ways. It meshes perfectly with the redesigned curriculum. TADL came second out of 48 for the SFU Cmolik Award for Innovative and Enhancing Student Learning Initiatives. They were encouraged to apply again next year, as there is a $10,000 prize for winning. In September 2015, TADL received a second grant from the Vancouver Foundation for $150,000 over three years. Kirsten Odian, District Early Learning/Literacy Helping Teacher provided an overview of the redesigned K-9 curriculum. The curriculum is 75% about applying what children have learned and building on that knowledge. Know/Do/Understand all work together to support deeper learning, it is not so much what we know but what we do with the knowledge. The competencies are embedded in the curriculum. The change in the curriculum is about how students are engaged in their learning and tailoring the learning to the students in your class. It also gives teachers more freedom to explore ideas students are interested in. Princess Margaret Secondary School is the recipient of the BC School Sports 2015-16 Outstanding School Award. The award recognizes a school whose special commitment to improving the lives of its students and staff through athletics, intramurals, leadership and public service has contributed significantly to the welfare of the school athletics in its local community and within the province. The 2016-17 Annual Budget bylaw in the amount of $62,399,805 received two readings on May 9, the third reading will be voted on at the June 13, 2016 regular board meeting. The bylaw includes $54,688,633 of Operating Funds and $7,711,172 in Special Purpose and Capital Funds. In spite of closing three schools this year, reductions from the Ministry (Administrative Savings, Funding protection decrease) and unfunded cost pressures downloaded from the government (increases to: benefits, inflation, utilities, salary increases for Principals/Vice Principals, provincial internet fiber upgrades) have meant a $291,942 deficit still remained. After reviewing input from the Support Staff and Teachers’ Unions and the Principals/Vice Principals Association regarding options to balance the budget, the Board has directed staff to use $250,000 from the reserve and fine tune the administrative travel budget and general supplies for the remaining $41,942. Many thanks to Dave Brunelle, Principal at Skaha Lake Middle School (SLMS) for his years of excellent work to improve the education experience for students in SD67 and best wishes for his retirement. SLMS Students and staff will be gaining from the experience of Terry Grady as their new principal. Roger Wiebe, currently Principal at King George Secondary in Vancouver, has been appointed principal for Princess Margaret Secondary. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Well, we have survived yet another school year. PAC would like to thank everyone for their amazing support this year. We have laughed, we cried, we nearly had a dance battle that one time. It was a great year. PAC would also like to send our greatest thanks to all the teachers and staff. It is truly an honour to be able to support you. Now run and enjoy your two months of freedom. You have earned it in spades. We aren’t quite done yet, so please mark the following dates in your calendar. Our final PAC meeting of the year in on Thursday, June 9th. Same 6pm bat time and same library bat channel. The 10th of June is the KES Talent Show! I have been told that pyrotechnics will unfortunately be allowed again this year. PAC presents “Fun Day” on Friday, June 24th. There is literally going to be a water slide. Our celebration of learning will be on Tuesday, June 28th. And finally, kids will be let loose at 11:20 on Wednesday, June 29th. Once again, it has been an amazing year. We hope to you see many of you on June 9th or at least stop by in September. Have a great summer!

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Kaleden Bursary

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students who are graduating from Grade 12 and pursuing further education. At present we have three bursaries being sponsored; Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary, the Allen Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary, and the Kaleden Fire Department Bursary. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road). • Any community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number, and email. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. Applications must be received by July 5, 2015 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to don_bailey@shaw.ca or phone 250497-8140 for further information.


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Top 20 “Spring into Summer” Highlights for Okanagan Falls Elementary School

with Principal Lisa McCall May and June are months of glorious sunshine, fresh spring life, and opportunities for learning inside and outdoors! Students and staff at Okanagan Falls School wish to thank all school helpers, family supporters, and community partners who help our school “be the best we can be throughout the year!” We are very grateful for the dedication and commitment of so many people who Thank you for your support of contribute to making a positive difference Okanagan Falls Elementary! in the lives of our learners! Here are a few of the highlights for May (Physical Fitness & Speech/ Language Month ) & June (National Safety & Sunshine Month) as we wrap up another school year striving for excellence in our academic learning & social emotional citizenship at Okanagan Fall’s Elementary! 1. Grade 6/7 Troubadour Coffee House & Poetry Event 2. Gymnastics 3. Earth Week with Pitch-In Clean Up 4. Earth Day Author Visit from Rosemary Phillips, creating a school song & story 5. SPCA Animal Welfare Workshops 6. Farm to School Environmental Education Workshops 7. Black Widow Skipping Workshops & Jump Rope for Heart Event 8. Yoga, Flexibility & Mindfulness Workshops 9. District Track & Field Meet at SESS 10. Author Workshops with Yam Cooper 11. Waterwise Water Safety Presentation 12. Aboriginal Alliance Salmon Release Event at Penticton River Channel 13. Grade Seven Trip to SOSS High School in Oliver 14. Friday, June 24th School-wide Fun Day & PAC Hot Dog BBQ lunch with students, staff, & school volunteers invited 15. PAC School “Falcon” Logo T-shirts - order yours today at our school office 16. Updated school library resources complete with many new releases 17. Tuesday, June 28th at 1 pm - Grade Seven Graduation & Trophy Awards Event 18. Wednesday, June 29th at 9 am - Year-End Awards Assembly & Super Posi Draws! 19. Term Three Report Cards & Win-it Certificates 20. Summer Reading Program “Read & Rec” July 4-22 As we embrace the summer months, be reminded of the importance of spending quality engaged time with others, limiting screen time, maintaining daily home reading, and fostering opportunities for play experiences, project-based learning, and physical activity in our great Okanagan outdoors!

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair Wow, June already! The 2015/2016 school year has flown by! I would like to take this moment to thank this year’s PAC volunteers who have worked so hard. Without them, there would be no PAC for our school. Kristine Robbins, Lindsay Hainstock, and Sarah Isaksen, you ladies ROCKED this year, THANK YOU! At our May AGM, our PAC voted in a new Council for 2016/2017. Welcome back Deborah Rivest, Kristine Robbins, Lindsay Hainstock, Sarah Isaksen, and Nadine Cobb. Our PAC will also be participating in the “Farm Bag” fundraiser again this September. If you are interested in participated, please keep us in mind. The PAC would like to wish all our families a happy, wonderful and safe summer break. We invite ALL parents to join us for our monthly PAC meetings on the first Tuesday each month for one hour only from 6:30-7:30pm in the school

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OPEN HOUSE 2016 Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Celebrating DISCOVERY and INNOVATION in Radio Astronomy • Science activities for children • Technical demonstrations • Astronomy lectures • Come early and stay all day • Concession stand • Free admission! 717 White Lake Road • Kaleden, BC • 250-497-2300 • nrc.drao-ofr.cnrc@nrc.cnrc.gc.ca


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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee

Okanagan Falls Elementary News: Kindergarten Registration: As of March 4th, Okanagan Falls Elementary registered 15 students for kindergarten. The district encourages all parents of kindergarten aged students to register at their local school, so that we can plan for 2016-2017 staffing needs. District News: District Innovation / Initiatives Student Achievement: At the Board’s Education Committee meeting on June 8th, ten projects will be shared by teachers who were recipients of a $1,000 Take-A-Risk grant. These grants were available by application for teachers who were willing to try new and innovative ways to teach and organize for instruction. They will share their work and what they have learned. As well, the network leaders have put together a summary presentation of their year and some of the outcomes they are noticing. This meeting will take place in the annex at 4:00 pm on June 8th. Everyone is welcome! Skills Training Access Grant - $5,000: The District applied for and successfully received the Skills Training Access Grant in the amount of $5,000. The grant comes from the Ministry of Education and is aimed at providing support for school-aged students that are enrolled in, or interested in pursuing, post-secondary studies in career areas in the trades. In our district, the focus group that would receive this additional support would be ACE-IT students. We currently have 20 students registered in post-secondary programs under the ACE-IT initiative. They are always appreciative to receive these gifts of support. Skills Training Support Funding - $25,000: We applied for, and successfully received a Skills Training Support grant in the amount of $25,000. The grant comes from the Ministry of Education, and is aimed at helping students explore and access career options in technical, academic, and vocational programming. The primary goal is to increase offerings, partnerships, and student participation rates in these programs. In SD53, the first goal is to establish a partnership with Camosun College and offer a Professional Cook Level 1 ACE-IT program within SD53. The students would benefit from a three-pronged approach including working in local industry, enrolling in Professional Cook 1 through Camosun College Distance Education model, and participating in a weekly lab session at one of the high schools in the district. This model has proven to be successful in other districts, and it would allow students to live at home, work in industry, and obtain the Professional Cook Level 1 without travelling to a post-secondary training partner out of our district. We hope to launch this program in February 2017, and if it is successful, we would use this as a model to deliver other programs locally. Students would benefit as we increase program capacity and build sustainable partnerships with employers and post-secondary training partners.

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Alberta Students from Fort McMurray: As a result of the wildfire impact on the community of Fort McMurray, some Alberta students are relocating to British Columbia schools to complete this year’s studies. The BC Minister of Education has committed to his Alberta counterpart that their students will be ‘welcomed with open arms’ as we assist our neighbours in dealing with the aftermath of Fort McMurray’s tragedy. It is expected that school districts will extend every assistance required to allow these students to complete their school year as successfully as possible. In SD 53, we have had one family make contact with one of our schools, but have not registered yet. In the event that we get registrations of students from Fort McMurray, we will share in the Ministry’s commitment to helping those families impacted by this terrible event. Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) Update: ITA recognizes the important role that Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) funding plays in building strong programs and developing relationships with local industry in order to support students securing an apprenticeship through the SSA program. We recently received a report from ITA illustrating our program registration for ACE IT, SSA, and Dual Registrants from 2012 to 2015. They award ratings to school districts to support grant applications. School District No. 53 received a Historical Performance Rating of Level 1, which is the highest ranking! For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

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Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre with Samantha James

We have a very busy month of June, so join us in the following: Drumming with Bobbi on Friday, June 3rd; Library Time with Lynn on Wednesday, June 8th; an Ambulance is on location on Friday, June 10th; Aboriginal Art is on Wednesday, June 15; and, all of these are happening at 9 am. We also have a Dental Day coming Wednesday, June 15th at 10 am and our Annual Bubbles & Chalk Day is on Friday, June 17th. We will host our “End of Year Party” on Tuesday, June 28th and our last day open to finish the school year will be Wednesday, June 29th. Come and join us this June! I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing all the smiling faces back on Wednesday, September 7th. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


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Heat Pump Rebates For Electrically Heated Homes

If you’re looking for ways to cut your electric heating bill, consider that heating and cooling account for about half of your home energy use. The easiest way to take a bite out of that part of your bill is with an energy-efficient heat pump. Better yet, until November 30, 2016, you may qualify for a double-up rebate of $400 per ton when you install a qualifying model. Most air source heat pumps are three tons, so that means $1200 to help you make the change to a more efficient heating and cooling system. Alternatively, you could take advantage of a loan up to $6500 at 1.9% interest for up to 10 years, so the monthly payment is kept low and predictable. An air source heat pump (central system) uses existing ducts, but instead of heating the air with the electric furnace, it pulls heat from outside air. Now, if you don’t have any ducts in your home, then a ductless air source heat pump might be a better option. These units provide room-by-room cooling. Unlike conventional heat pumps, ductless systems consist of an outdoor condenser unit and one or more indoor air-handling units, called “heads.” Indoor heads are usually mounted high on a room wall or in a recessed ceiling covering; this enables each room to be heated and cooled independently. These units are eligible for an $800 rebate for qualifying models. For more information on heat pumps or heat pump rebates, please call us at 1-866-436-7847, email electricrebates@fortisbc.com or visit www.fortisbc.com/rebates.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Director

Hi everyone. It’s Sharon Proctor. I am especially excited this month to be your SSHS reporter, as I have some good news about our progress. We have received a grant from CMHC which has allowed us to hire an excellent consultant, Andy Orr of Atcoor Development Consulting, who has an extensive background in project management consultation for non-profit clients. After interviewing other very well qualified consultants, we found that Andy was the best ‘fit’ for us with his 33 years of diverse development experience, including planning, project management and construction. He has been successful with many projects in British Columbia and his 16 years of development experience with the BC Housing Commission will definitely be an asset toward our needs. We are looking forward to Andy assisting us with our Proposal to BC Housing, and helping us build our Business Case Model and Coordination for a new build option for an affordable independent senior’s housing project. We are currently in negotiations to secure the subject properties through a partnership with other community based service groups (Royal Canadian Legion & Lions) We are also very fortunate to have added to our Board and Volunteer Team, Michael Creasey, Contractor, and our Okanagan Falls friend and neighbor for 25 years. Mike was the superintendent at the ‘Scottsdale,’ a 38 unit apartment building in Penticton. He has also built numerous homes in the Oliver and Okanagan Falls area including, the ‘Lodge at Mount Baldy,’ the original ‘Wild Goose Winery’ and our ‘Stags Hollow Winery.’ It is our Goal to hire local people in the Okanagan Falls, Kaleden and surrounding areas to assist us with our now attainable project. Mike (MC) and our newly appointed Vice President, Michael Livingstone (also President of the Lions Society) have already met with Andy Orr and local contractors to discuss our planning process. We’re on our way! Meanwhile back at the Board Table, Mike Livingstone, Leslie D’Andrea, and Perry Tompkins have updated our ‘Bylaws and Constitution’ which will be voted on and passed at a General Meeting of the Membership in the near future. Bill Joyner from Kaleden, will be joining our Team this month and we will update you as he comes on ‘Board’. Tom Siddon our RDOS Ex-officio Board Member has been away and we welcome him back as one of our community stakeholders who provides us with his experience, expertise and ongoing support for SSHS. Our loss Kelowna’s gain - Ed Melenka and his wife Denise have sold their property and moved to the big city. Ed has worked hard and volunteered for many groups in our area and Denise worked as a valuable member of RDOS Area “D”. We appreciated Ed’s energy, insight, friendship and hard work on our Board. Our best wishes to you both and Kelowna is lucky to have you! What about our SSHS Website that is ‘live’ now thanks to our local Pharmacist, Perry Tompkins? The SSHS is now online at www. southskahahousingsociety.ca. Visit us for news and updates on projects, information about events and memberships and much more!” Stay tuned and I hear the song, “June is busting out all over”. Lighting Design / Renovations / Service Upgrades / Custom Controls / Home Inspection

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Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 thompson298@hotmail.com

Creative Wellness Solutions

with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner June ... what a gorgeous month! Yards and gardens are filling in nicely and everything is looking fresh and alive. Finally, summer is upon us! If your body has been suffering from all the yard work and spring cleaning, a massage can definitely help! Many people find working in the garden very stress-relieving which is great, because too much stress can become dangerous to your health. Stress can have harmful effects on many bodily systems including the immune system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, reproductive system, etc. It is very important to reduce your stress and another way is with massage therapy. Studies prove massage therapy can be beneficial not only in reducing physical pain, but also for improving mood and fighting stress. In October 2008, the journal Psychooncology published a study entitled, “Massage in patients undergoing intensive chemotherapy reduces serum cortisol and prolactin.” The conclusion of the study stated, “… a significant reduction in cortisol (stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.” The Mayo Clinic website identifies massage as an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. The American Chair Psychological Association states, massage can “When stress starts interfering with do wonders your ability to live a normal life for for your an extended period, it becomes body, your even more dangerous. The longer mental state and the stress lasts, the worse it is for your sense both your mind and body. You might of wellfeel fatigued, unable to concentrate being and or irritable for no good reason, for happiness. example. But chronic stress causes CreativeWellnessSolutions.com wear and tear on your body, too.” There are so many reasons we have stress in our lives, but it is important to try to manage that stress. Enjoy your garden, go for a walk, practice deep breathing, do yoga or make an appointment to come see me and enjoy the benefits of a massage. Chair massage is convenient, you do not have to remove clothing, climb up onto a table and no oils are used. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre on Cedar Street every Monday. We offer three 15-minute routines, you can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. We are a mobile service, so are available to meet your unique needs. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to make your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page often for inspiration, information and upcoming local events!

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Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Shirley O'Connor

Summer will officially begin in late June, but already activities at the Senior Centre are changing to suit the vacation plans of our members. Scrabble discontinued at the end of May and will resume again in September. Our last Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, June 4th, starting again on the first Saturday of September. Pot Luck Dinners will be over until September, but not until we have our Annual Barbecue on Saturday, June 11th. Members may bring a friend and for this event we must bring our own plates and cutlery. Wine will be available for a donation. Carpet bowling is done for the summer and will resume again in September, as will the Music Jam Sessions. Regrettably, Kevin Prince has resigned as Music Coordinator for the Centre and he will be greatly missed. We need someone to take his place. If you have a penchant for music and time on your hands, why not consider volunteering for the position. Come to our General Meeting on Monday, June 6th at 1 pm. Now, something new for the summer! Exercise classes have already started, led by Ken Alexander. They are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am. Not a hard work-out, but you'll realize at the end of each session which lasts about 1/2 hour that you have muscles and joints that haven't been used for awhile. Looking ahead to future projects for your consideration, we have our Fall Flea Market slated for October (date to be confirmed next edition) and the Country Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, November 26th. MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, June 6th Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, June 4th Annual BBQ Dinner ~ 5:30pm Saturday, June 11th Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (May 21st) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Fridays Only Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Douglas Harrison

with Barb Few It’s here in Okanagan Falls ... Fun for the whole family every month! And, for the first month, we are launching off with an ELVIS TRIBUTE by JEFF BODNER and TERRI BREMNER on Sunday, June 19th. So, join with your family and friends, bring your chairs and enjoy yourselves. The evening will start at 5:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm. There will be food vendors for you to enjoy supper. Donations will be collected, but all you really have to do is come to Centennial Park, enjoy the live music, and have a good time. A small committee has been formed to make sure that the WI Bandshell is used for the enjoyment of all. Future live concerts will include: Dale Seaman in July; Flashback in August; Micky and Ken in September; and in early October we will have a back-to-school theme. The committee, comprising of Myrt Niles, Marla Wilson and Barb Few, all have much expertise in organizing events, so they will concentrate on bringing the best to Okanagan Falls. During the summer months, the concerts will be held in the early evening. Then when the weather gets cooler, we will switch to afternoons. Keep watching the advertising, so that you can mark it on your calender and support this new addition. A special thanks to the RDOS, who are sponsoring the first concert.

Another month has come and gone at the Okanagan Falls Legion. Our annual Sports Banquet was held on April 23rd. The President’s Plaque winners were “the pool team”, consisting of Rod Few, Keith Hughes, John Nyles and Calvin Ek. League Sports results for the year were as follows: Shuffleboard - Ken Tufford, Evelyn Tufford, Sandra Hawthorne and Louise Sax; Pool - Rod Few & Keith Hughes; Darts - League winners were Russell Ashton, Rick Hawthorne and Helen Brewis, while the Playoff winners were Dee Jalava, Larry Carew and Wendy Hughes; and Jake Laye Trophy - Calvin Ek and Dee Jalava. Congratulations to Russell Ashton our Branch Representative to Provincials, placing 3rd after a playoff. June is an active month for Branch #227 and Legions all across Canada with the Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th. Let us all take pause and remember those who landed on those beaches on that day, The Longest Day. Meat Draws happen, as always, on Friday and Saturdays starting at 5 pm. Branch #227’s last regular meeting before the summer break is on Tuesday, June 21st. Our Pancake Breakfast et al is on Sunday, June 19th. Legion Week caps off on Saturday, June 25th. We welcome the community to the Branch for free hot dogs, burgers, family entertainment featuring Matt Duffus from 2-4pm and games for the kids. Enjoy on behalf of our Branch #227. Happy Canada Day! Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Spotlight on Volunteers!

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Robert Macleod is smart, funny, fair and cares very much about Okanagan Falls. Whether he is doing Membership, Executive or President at the Legion, Secretary at the Seniors Centre, or steering the ship as President of the South Skaha Housing Society, he always gets the job done. Let’s all help him on his present mission of getting “Affordable Housing for Seniors” through SSHS with our Community Partners. In Photo - Robert Macleod after a hard day of work relaxing in the Dunk Tank at Legion Days last year.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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

Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

with Marla Wilson The Women’s Institute had a very productive meeting on Monday, May 16th. We are all very pleased that the Women’s Institute Band Shell will be a centre of activity this summer. The organization mandate has always been to work to improve the quality of life for home and country (and community) and the new “Music in the Park” program to be held in our Bandshell really fits the bill. On Sunday, June 19th starting at 5:00 pm, the first program for the summer, will celebrate the Women’s Institute and the 95 years they have been here. During the month of June, the Women’s Institute will be handing out books to the Kindergarten students who have finished Kindergarten and are going into Grade One in September. On Friday, July 1st, you will find the WI in their usual place, behind the cupcake table at the Canada Day Festivities in Kenyon Park. We hope to see you all there! Our treasurer and dear friend and long time member of the WI, Pat Diewold, has moved to the coast. She was always ready for what ever was needed at the time. We wish her well in her new home, but will miss her a great deal. Also, Get Well wishes go out to Betty Lynch, as she recovers from hip surgery.

100 Men Who Care - Penticton

is a group of guys that make it easier to give to local charities. How does it work? Stand together with a powerful group of local men who will make an immediate, direct and positive difference in the lives of your neighbours and your community. We meet 4 times a year, donate $100 each, split the money between 3 charities, all within 60 minutes. All of your payments are tax deductible. Do you care? If you have limited time, but a lot of heart, show that you care and become a member. Do you want to see local charities get more support? Are you the kind of guy who will honour your commitment? Can spare 1 hour of your time every 3 months? Can you commit to donating $100 four times a year to a charity voted on by our membership? If so, then please join us! A local charity? Any registered charity in the RDOS is eligible. We will randomly invite 3 charities to each meeting. Save the Date ~ Our first meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st. Doors open at 5:00pm at the Cannery Brewing Company, located at 198 Ellis Street in Penticton. Our next meeting will be in September. For more information ~ Visit www.100menpenticton.com, or call 250-493-9311 or email to info@100menpenticton.com.


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with Marla Wilson

We have really been busy at the Heritage Society this last month! The flower beds, shrubs, and plants have been looked after by Michele Brown of Michele’s Flowers. She planted a rose garden around the Bassett House bench and has cut back the large over-grown shrubs that were hiding the Bassett House from the highway. It really has spruced the place up a lot! Mark Thompson has been cutting the lawns on Saturdays and weed whipping the long stuff. The Heritage grounds are a beautiful park once again! Reg Vine has painted the wheel chair ramp into the Bassett House and added a sand so the ramp would not be slippery. The Bassett House and Museum were cleaned by Donna May Thompson and her crew of Sandy Walker and Lucie Flath. Marlice Carefoot and Marla Wilson cleaned and polished the floors, furniture and show cases in the Kenny McLean Room. The tourists have been coming in early this year, and we are ready for them. The Museum will be open from Monday to Saturday throughout the summer. Cost for the museum tour is $3 each, while children 12 and under are free. The Thriftee Shop has been busier than it used to be. With the clothing hanging on racks, there is a larger selection of frocks from which to choose. The garbage dumpers seem to have gone elsewhere with their trash, and we are glad for that! Many thanks to those of you who donate your clean, gently-used clothing to the Thriftee Shop. Those donations help people who can not afford expensive clothing and also keep unwanted clothing out of the land fills. There are still some openings in the volunteer schedule. If you have 2 or 3 hours a week to spare, stop in and see what we do. The Historic Walk around Centennial Park is up and running. Walks will be on Friday and Saturday mornings. Price for the walk is $5 and will take about an hour. Meet at the Thriftee Shop Parking Lot at 10:00 am and the walk starts at 10:30 am. We chose to do the walk in the morning, when it is cooler than mid-day. Be sure and wear your walking shoes. You can get more information by calling the Thriftee Shop at 250-486-6371, or Marla Wilson at 1-778-439-2275. Many thanks again to Michele, Mark and Reg for their great work at the Heritage Complex. Also, a great big thank you to all our volunteers who give us their time, expertise, and talent to make our Thriftee Shop and Heritage Society the special place that it is.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

Our Annual Purina Dog Walk was held on Sunday, May 29th. All proceeds from the walk go to the Lions Foundation of Canada to be used to train service dogs. Thank you for your support! Well, the year is just about half over ... School is coming to an end this month and our volunteers are looking forward to a break over the summer from cooking the hot breakfasts every Thursday morning at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We will definitely be recharging for next year! As summer is just about here, thoughts are of the summer holidays, soaking up the sun at Lions Park, swimming at Christie Memorial, cooling off in the splash park at Kenyon Beach, and of course those walks to Tickleberry’s for ice cream. What more can you ask for in a Okanagan Summer? Canada Day is coming up July 1st, just after the next Skaha Matters comes out. Let’s show our visitors how we plan a party. We will be serving up food at our BBQ in Kenyon Park that day. See you there! Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is June 13 & 14 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our volunteers from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club that help with the Canada Blood Services Clinics look forward to seeing you there. To book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca If you would like to be involved and join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, please call 250-497-8486 or talk to any Lions Club Member.


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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the first in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

THE BATTYE FAMILY

The W.A. Battye family emigrated from England in 1903 with their 3 boys, George, Walter and Clem, settling in Calgary, then Vancouver and eventually Vernon. Mr. Battye took up piano tuning while in Vernon, but when his son George died, he took his family back to England. The lure of the Okanagan was strong, so in 1913 they moved back again, this time directly to Kaleden, where they had purchased 15 acres of orchard and hired F.W. King to build them a home. While waiting for their home to be completed, they lived in comparative luxury in the swanky Kaleden Hotel. However, there was much work to be done on the 15 acres and the two teenage boys, Walter and Clem, soon discovered how labour intensive the fruit growing business was. Their father was often away involved in his piano tuning business, so much of the responsibility for bringing the young orchards into production, fell on the shoulders of the two boys. They also tended chickens, a cow and a pig or two, plus learned how to mend shoes, hauled fruit to Penticton with their family horse Blackie and later kept the family’s 1912 McLaughlin running. It is not surprising, with that background, that both boys grew up to find careers in the fruit industry. The very first apple packing season finds Clem, as a boy of 16, engaged as part of the crew working in Lapsley’s warehouse and shipping Kaleden’s first real fruit crop out by barge. Walter continued to concentrate on the orchard while Clem spent more time employed in various area packing houses, becoming an expert boxmaker. He then took a business course that led to management positions in packing houses in Creston, Kaleden and

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Penticton and he was manager of the Kaleden Co-op at the time of the construction of the new plant when it was built in 1932 on the site of today’s Pioneer Park. Both boys married, brought up families in Kaleden and took active roles in the affairs of the community. Both moved away from Kaleden in the early forties, Walter to the coast where he worked for years on the BC Ferries and Clem to Penticton to manage the Pyramid Co-op and later to go into business as an insurance adjuster. Both retained a keen interest in this community and Clem, having lived close at hand, attended many events here over the years. He was present at the Hotel plaque installation ceremony in June of 1986 as the only person there who could boast of actual residence in the building during its short business lifetime and was also involved in the farewell ceremonies accorded the packing house shortly before it was demolished to make way for our amazing Pioneer Park. Clem and Walter truly exemplified the pioneering spirit that made Kaleden strong. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am June 5th - “Prayer Walk” ~ Linden Gardens Gazebo at 6pm. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

If you live in the Kaleden area and need a ride please call

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Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

The Well

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

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Feline Foster Homes Needed with Theresa Nolet

You may have seen them, the scraggly looking cat that darts out of the bushes and across the street, barely missing getting hit by a car. These are the forgotten felines, feral cats that live in small colonies in the Okanagan, those either abandoned or born on the streets of cities and towns. These are the cats that a local group, AlleyCATS Alliance, focuses on. Even though we are just going into our 4th year as a registered charity, each year we get more and more calls from people asking for our help. Now, we are asking for YOUR help. We need more foster homes, more volunteers to assist us, so that we can help the people who call us about cats and kittens in need and where possible take them off the streets and adopt them into loving forever homes. For the cats that are not socialized, we do what is called a TNR which stands for Trap, Neuter and Release. This is where we humanely trap the cats and take them to a veterinarian for either spaying or neutering and then after a short recovery period bring them back to where they were captured, so they can live out the rest of their lives without reproducing.

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Flowers to the Okanagan Falls Community Church on hosting a Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs great Family Fun Night the last Friday in April. A great movie, with free $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) popcorn and beverages, made for an excellent outing. Although under $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area) attended, it was a lot of fun for all who came, and I hope the church 250.493.3912 (24 hrs) continues to host monthly events like this to bring the community 101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 together. With a little more advertising at the school leading up to it, BC Lic# 49382 www.crediblecremation.com this could quickly become a staple on every family calendar. Cheers. ~ from Kevin Abney and Family Planning Ahead - In More Ways Than One Flowers to Superintendent Mike Snair from Kaleden Irrigation District with Lesley H. Luff, Credible Cremation Services Ltd. for his quick and efficient handling of our water issue on south Linden (Resident of Okanagan Falls) Avenue. His professionalism is a definite asset to our community! $ 990.00 + taxes - Penticton | $1190.00 + taxes - Kelowna ~ from Joe and Tracy Robinson of Kaleden Whether you are planning a will, your final arrangements, a vacation Flowers to all the caregivers in Interior Health. What a wonderful help or a road trip, planning ahead is crucial. One must be insulated as they have been. Thank you! ~ from Betty Lynch of Okanagan Falls much as possible against the unforeseen. By the time this publication reaches the news stands, the May 24th long weekend will have passed by and according to statistics there will RDOS Rural Services Office ~ 778.515.5520 be numerous families grieving over the death of a loved one. While some of those deaths will be from natural causes, tragically, some #1 - 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) - Next to IGA • LOST: A man walking from OK Falls to Kaleden lost his best accidental deaths may have been prevented with proper attention to common sense and some pre-planning. glasses, progressives in a brown case. Call 778-515-5520. Please folks, observe “Safety First”: • FOUND: A piece of jewelry on the trails above Skaha Estates • Always buckle up biking trails. Call 778.515.5520 to claim your lost jewelry item. • Put your life jackets on (not under the seat of the boat) • FOUND: A Fitbit. The owner can identify model, and probably • Do not text while driving where it was lost. Call 778-515-5520 to claim your lost Fitbit. • Pull over to answer your cell phone. • FOUND: A jewelry item outside of the OK Falls Rec Centre. • Observe the 30 km limit along the beach Call 778-515-5520 to claim your lost jewelry item. • Watch for children playing • Never drink and drive (vehicle or boat) • Cyclists: Please observe the single file rule, especially on East Side Road - motorists also have the right to be there. Creating Premium Stay safe and enjoy your Summer.

NEW Community Lost & Found

Quality Wines & Wine Experiences

HORSE HELP WANTED:

Grooming & Horse Care needed on occasional long weekends & part of July. White Lake/Willowbrook Area. Call Shannon at 250-498-4967 for more information. HELP WANTED: House Cleaner needed for Eden House B&B. Weekend availability preferred. Must enjoy cleaning and people. Landscape Labour needed as well. Please call 250-497-8382 for more information.

West Bench Community 3rd Annual Garage Sale Saturday, June 18th ~ Father’s Day Weekend 8am - 4pm - Street Signs/Balloons Displayed at Houses

Join us for our Wine Club Pick-up Party & Stampede Breakfast! June 19, 2016, 10-Noon $15/person *Complimentary for Wine Club Members

Call us to book your spot today! T: 250.497.7945

E: info@nobleridge.com W: nobleridge.com 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd, OK Falls FB: Noble_Ridge Tw: @Noble_Ridge

Tools, equipment, household items, records, band gear & more! More info: 250 460 2221 - www.cmeliveproductions.com

WANTED: Lakeview or Lakefront Kaleden Property We have family in Kaleden and would like to purchase a home or land which sits on less than 1 acre and has an unobstructed view of Skaha Lake. If you are considering selling your property in the next year, please contact me and we can both avoid realtor fees. Please email to: kaledenpropertywanted@gmail.com

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June 2016

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

“Don’t miss out on having a staff party at The Inn”, says owner Dale Hyworon. “Book your staff party anytime and you won’t be disappointed. The Inn is very popular and is a great place to get together with your co-workers or friends any time of the year.” Their extensive menu features most meals for under $10 or up to $20.95 for a New Year Steak and Lobster. You can depend on Dale or any of the eight year-round staff to give you “old school service” every day of the year, with a chef on duty until 10:00 pm seven days a week. We all love the Okanagan! Most of us never get to see the beauty that surrounds us. Ye Olde Welcome Inn can change that. Dale will book you an appointment for a free flight, so you can view the Okanagan from his plane, while

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listening to your favourite music. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Come in and book your flight today. Come experience what you’re missing at “Ye Olde Welcome Inn”.

Call Ye Olde Welcome Inn at 250-498-8840, Gallagher Lake

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Built in the late ‘60’s, Ye Olde Welcome Inn has been a long-time favourite place for people to relax and dine by the real wood burning fireplace or to enjoy a game of pool or darts.

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

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