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Volume 9 : Issue 6
June 2017 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter
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A local committee is currently working to fill a Time Capsule for Centennial Park to be buried on July 1st. The photo below is another example of what they are looking to capture as a glimpse of today for the Time Capsule, which will be opened on July 1, 2067. This future date would mark Canada’s 200th Birthday, 100 years of Centennial Park, and 50 years later for the opening of this Time Capsule. The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2017. Please drop off photos, brochures, menus, small items from today, etc. to Okanagan Falls Elementary School. “Help capture today ... for tomorrow!”
Seeking current photographs, brochures, menus, small items from today, etc. to go into our Time Capsule on Canada Day. Please Note: Paper submissions cannot exceed 8.5 X 11 inches in size. Items must be very small in order to fit in.
This is a photo from the first Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association meeting held in Okanagan Falls in 1942. In the stand is Matt Hasson, Jr. Auctioneer, and Cliff Greyell, Auctioneer. In front from left to right are Directors: Vern Fetterly, Johnny Bruce, Frank Richter, Hal Tweddle, Hon. K.G. McDonald, Minister of Agriculture, Bill Allen, James R. Christie, Fred Phelps and Reg Atkinson. Photo courtesy of Doug Cox Collection.
Drop off submissions at Okanagan Falls Elementary School (1141 Cedar St.) BEFORE June 8, 2017 Our Time Capsule will be placed in Okanagan Falls Centennial Park on July 1, 2017. It will be opened in 50 years on Canada’s 200th Birthday & the 100th Year of Centennial Park.
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FROM THE DIRECTOR
proposed facility spoke forcefully against this location, and have subsequently written numerous letters of objection. Their reasons for “Change is in the Air” opposition include the risks of odour and groundwater contamination, the negative impact on local property values, highway safety, and the After a long, damp springtime, it’s beginning uncertainly of operating this facility on locatee land. to feel like a fine Okanagan Summer is on I’m also concerned about the first impression that odours from this site its way. Let’s hope so! could present to all the tourists and visitors arriving in our beautiful In the world of politics, there is a “new South Okanagan Valley from the West. For all these reasons, I will not reality” here in British Columbia. The be supporting a composting operation at the Marron Valley location. Green Party, led by Andrew Weaver will have a significant voice in the important Housing Society Approves Land Purchase ~ At a special meeting political choices that lie ahead. By the time of the South Skaha Housing Society held on Thursday, May 11th, you read this, the close votes of the recent a turn-out of over 30 members gave unanimous consent for the Tom Siddon Provincial election will all be counted and purchase of the property at 5080 - 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls (the Director of we should know whether Christy Clark will Eastern 40% of the former Flea Market property) for the construction RDOS Area ‘D’ continue as our Premier, or if the NDP led of the proposed new Senior’s Housing project. The Resolution gave by John Horgan will form a new government, perhaps in a coalition the Board of Directors permission to borrow up to $7.5 Million dollars with the Greens. In any event, change is inevitable as questions toward the land purchase, project development and construction of the concerning economic and energy policy, pipelines, affordable housing 35 unit complex. The BC Housing Commission will cover $5 million of and electoral reform all hang in the balance. We can only hope that all this total cost by way of a forgivable loan paid over several years, and those elected on May 9th will serve in the best interest of our collective has already advanced funds for the land purchase and closing costs. future together. All told, this is a great step forward for the residents of Okanagan Falls, On that note, I’d like especially to congratulate our hard working local and should offer a real “kick-start” to development of the Town Centre. MLA, Linda Larson and her colleague Dan Ashton, MLA for their very At present, architects and designers from Greyback Construction, successful election campaigns. I’m sure they will both continue to who will be prime contractors for the project, are working with the serve us with diligence and dedication in the challenging years to come. Society Board of Directors and the project consultant, Mr. Andy Orr, to prepare the final design specifications for the building. It is hoped that Water, Water Everywhere! ~ Recent news reports indicate serious site preparation will begin later this Autumn. flooding all across Canada, due to global climate change, prolonged snow melting, and higher than normal rainfall during April and May. On Town Centre Planning in Okanagan Falls ~ The third and final phase May 1st, BC’s River Forecast Centre estimated that the snow water of planning for downtown Okanagan Falls is presently underway, index for the Okanagan Similkameen region was almost 150% of aided by a $37,000 Rural Dividend Grant. The project is being led normal, posing the highest flood risk in many decades. And, Okanagan by Lance Berelowitz of Urban Forum Associates, who moderated the Lake is now almost one foot higher than its normal level for early June. previous Design Charette in 2015. Lance is working with our planning staff at RDOS, traffic consultants and servicing experts to develop the This has caused serious flooding in many parts of the Okanagan, as final Master Plan. Watch for a public meeting in early July to discuss creeks run full, mud banks give way, and low lying areas are flooded. the latest design ideas, which incorporate the Seniors Housing Project Here in Area ‘D’ the most serious issues to date are confined to lower and other updates. Twin Lakes, where several properties and septic systems are under water. A local Evacuation Alert was issued on May 19th. Shuttleworth Kaleden Information Fair ~ Sponsored by the Kaleden Community Creek is also running very swiftly through Okanagan Falls where Association, this event on Tuesday, May 16th was a real success! residents are warned to stay away from the fast water for personal About 20 Kaleden groups hosted very interesting tables to explain their voluntary work within the community. Several short talks were safety. offered: Chris Scott gave a great slide show to showcase the Kaleden Our RDOS Emergency Management Team is working flat out under Hotel project; Yvonne Kennedy updated folks about the Senior’s the capable leadership of Mr. Dale Kronebusch. If you need their Housing Project; Len Bzdel explained the excellent work of The HUB assistance, please call the Emergency Management number: 1-800group; and Bruce Shepherd gave a progress report on the Sewer 663-3456 and ask for the RDOS Emergency Desk. Our thanks to all Extension Project. All told, it was a very informative evening. My who are working long hours on flood relief at this time! thanks to all who helped organize or participated in this event. Possible Composting Facility at Marron Valley? ~ After several A Big Thank You to Roger Love! ~ When he read last month that years of studying various options, our solid waste team at RDOS our flag pole had been ripped off in Kaleden’s Pioneer Park, Roger has proposed that one of two alternative locations be chosen for the Love called me and offered $500 to replace the flag and pole. Roger construction of a large regional composting facility. This facility would is a founding partner of Locations West Realty. Thank you for your use the most advanced remediation technology to convert household generosity Roger! waste, yard and garden waste, and possibly sewage biosolids into a Finally, many thanks to Natalie Alexander for filling in so ably when marketable form of soil additive. Janet Black was away for an extended break from her duties as One of the two recommended sites is a parcel of PIB/Locatee land Manager of the Recreation Programs in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. located near the Marron Valley Road exit from Highway 3A. This Well done Natalie, and welcome back Janet! location is near the top of the long, sweeping “S” curves about 8 km West of Kaleden and 2 km East of the Twin Lakes Store. Since first Don’t forget “Music in the Park” on Father’s Day with Jeff Bodner and learning of this proposal a few months ago, I have been skeptical Terri Brenner from 5-9 pm on Sunday, June 18th. And, I hope to see about the Marron Valley site, even though it is the most centrally you all at the Celebrations of Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st. located and cost-effective for receiving the incoming organic waste Happy Summer! materials from all corners of the Regional District. Following a “full-house” public meeting held in Kaleden on Wednesday, May 10th, I am even more convinced that such a facility, no matter how well-designed, does not belong at this location in Area ‘D’. Despite a well-presented case for the facility by Mr. Cameron Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | email@example.com Baughen of RDOS, many resident property owners living near the Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520
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From Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Thanks to all of you who supported our mandate of a strong economy being important to everyone and for voting to keep British Columbia a leader in Canada. Personally, I want to thank my Campaign Team and the many volunteers who stepped up during the 28 day election. It seems we have been consumed with election issues for the past couple of years as we worked our way through a federal, and then American, election. My hope is that we can take a rest from the rhetoric for a few years! As your MLA and with the support of my staff, I will continue to work on your behalf in Victoria and in the Boundary-Similkameen. Please be extremely careful around any and all of our waterways during this springâ€™s runoff. Staff at EMBC are working extremely hard to get to your flooding issues as quickly as possible, and I understand how heartbreaking water and mud damage to your homes can be. It will be several weeks before all issues can be dealt with. Please be patient and stay safe. It is an honour and a privilege to once again be elected to represent the constituents of the Boundary-Similkameen in Victoria. Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen ~ 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. Phone: 250-498-5122 Toll-free: 1-855-498-5122 Email: Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca
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Twin Lakes “State of Emergency” with Coral Brown, Trustee of the Lower Nipit (Twin Lake) Improvement District
The (Lower) Twin Lake has had a flood situation this Spring. We have no outlet from this lake at this time (the natural overflow outlet was closed in the 50s), but there is a pump which has the capacity to remove a 1/2 inch of water per 24 hours when the lake is an average size. This Spring, the lake has received up to 7.5 inches of water per day and risen to beyond a flood stage. The waterway, so far, has received 10 vertical feet infill from Horn Creek, when the average is 4-6 feet and water is still entering Horn Lake. We want to thank our Director Tom Siddon and RDOS for declaring this area a “State of Emergency” on Thursday, May 18th. And on the evening of Friday, May 19th, a crew of four Penticton Firemen, Mike Noseworthy of MoFLNRO, Dale Kronebusch of RDOS, and Tom Siddon RDOS Area ‘D’ Director with some of his family all began preparing and placing sand bags to reduce the flow of water out of (Upper) Horn Lake. This effort required more work May 19th, when two more firemen and Mike Noseworthy completed the job with the help of Lower Nipit (Twin Lake) Improvement District residents, Jim Mann, Craig and Chris Hunter, Wayne Whitehead, Barry Shore, Glen Clark and a friend. There have also been many behind the scene workers, such as our MLA Linda Larson, Don Dobson P. Eng. of Kelowna, and over the years we received support from the Ministry - Conrad Pryce, Robert Warner, and Ray Reilly who have guided us and toured our area. None of this could have been accomplished without the cooperation of the Nature Trust, whose land the Twin Lakes waterway flows through and into. We thank you all and realize there is still work ahead for this year and the future to prepare a plan and create acceptable storage to mitigate the threats of flood and droughts in the Twin Lakes Area and downstream. The water from Twin Lakes flows in two directions to the Okanagan River. When there is too much water at the top, there is also too much water at the bottom, and even if you cannot see the water in this area it is under the ice age till.
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. At the recent District Annual General Meeting, some concern was raised with respect to the permitted watering times. The Board has determined that the above schedule will remain in effect at this time; however, the Board would appreciate any feedback on the water conservation schedule from the residents. 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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On Left is May 12th showing Strata Drive under 16 inches of water. On Right is May 20th when the sand bags disappeared under the water.
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To left is the spillway sandbagged to protect a lift station of 9 homes and driveway to 6 homes, while 25 others already have property damage. Any threats to wells or septics around this lake have the potential to cause contamination of the aquifer - our infrastructure, as this is where our drinking water comes from.
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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Secretary & Communications Director
Hi everyone, this is Sharon reporting that we have moved forward with our purchase of land for our Seniors Affordable Housing Project in Okanagan Falls. The Members of the South Skaha Housing Society and the Board of Directors voted unanimously for the Board of Directors to act on their behalf to proceed with the purchase of the property legally described as Parcel Identifier: 009-483-365 Lot 1 District Lot 374 Similkameen Division Yale District Plan 12558 (the “Property”); secure project development funding for a seniors’ housing project on the Property (the “Project”); and secure construction funding to build the Project; all in accordance with the terms, conditions and requirements of the British Columbia Housing Management Commission, the Province of British Columbia, or a lender designated by the British Columbia Housing Management Commission or the Province of British Columbia. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
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A lot of the time, we take things for granted and just don’t think about where names of places come from. Okanagan Falls has so much history, so I thought we would share the following with you. I came across an old book about Okanagan Falls and found the following article. Park Recalls Valour ~ Reginald Hody came to the town site in 1906. He planted a large orchard and built a home on the lakeshore. He kept a ﬁne English ﬂower garden that was a beautiful addition to the community. He donated the garden as his gift to all in remembrance of the men from Okanagan Falls who fought in the First and Second World Wars. It was named “Christie Memorial Park” for Pilot Ofﬁcer Robert G. Christie. D.F.M., Royal Canadian Air Force, attached to the 97 Squadron R.A.F. Pathﬁnder Service. He was lost over Mannhelm, Germany on the night of September 23, 1943. So, enjoy “Christie Memorial Park” and remember how it got it’s name. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre opened it’s doors for the season on Monday, May 15th. So far, we have received people from all over the world. Comments from these visitors reflect what an amazing little community we have and thanks for making them feel welcome. We are still in need of a few volunteers. So if you have 4 hours a week you would like to share with people, we sure would love to have you. Call Barb at 250-497-8283 for more information to join the team.
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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair
Water Main Upgrade Project ~ The first phase of OFID Watermain Upgrade project has reached the halfway point. This phase of the project involves installing 650 metres of new water main along McLean Creek Road from Mallory Crescent to Maple Street, and includes upgrades to service connections along 14th Avenue from Shuttleworth Creek to Maple Street. The 14th Avenue work is nearly complete, and soon the work on the Mallory Crescent to Shuttleworth Creek section will begin. OFID and H&M Excavating are appreciative of the difficulty to residents during the extreme rainy season we have had, and thank you for your patience. As the weather dries, there will be challenges with dust; however, H&M will try to control this as much as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause, and we ask for your patience through the duration of the project. Completion is expected by June 30th. You can follow the progress of the project on OFID website. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ Although Spring has been wetter than any of us hoped for (or wanted), as we move toward summer we want to remind you of OFID sprinkling restrictions: • From May 1st to September 30th, sprinkling/watering is only allowed on the ODD/EVEN address system. • No watering/sprinkling 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 address of the complex, not the unit number to determine your watering day. • Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm. • For further tips on how to conserve water, go to the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website. Communication ~ For immediate notification regarding water emergencies (i.e. breaks, flushing, need to shut down water service, boil water advisories), go to OFID’s website and sign up to be notified by text or email, or contact the office. OFID highly recommends this service, particularly for businesses.
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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...
In 1980, a fire engulfed Peach Bluff across from Lynn Acres Mobile Home Park. A strong south wind drove the fire northward across the Lier-Salter subdivision, but was stopped above 6th Avenue by firefighters. It was believed that children started the fire. RCMP investigated break-ins at Triple J Meat Market and the Okanagan Falls Fire Hall, which happened during the night. Before that, thieves broke into Barney’s Esso Service and the IDA Drugstore. Frank and Sandy Kaden donated two bottles of Rye to the Firemen for helping out with the demolition derby. Also in 1980, almost one third (32.2%) of Okanagan-Similkameen residents answering a poll indicated they felt that BC, along with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba should form a separate country. 18.7% to become a sovereign state alone and 6.5% to be part of the US. There was a rise in Okanagan Falls students from 209 to 229 for the 79-80 year. The only one in the area. BC Tel figures show that during the 24 hour period of December 26th, there were 355,000 long distance calls made. A 29% increase over the year before. On Christmas Day, 421,000 long distance calls were made, an increase of 14% over 1979. On December 17, 1980, a snowmobiling accident on Allendale Lake Road was assisted by the Okanagan Falls Fire Van with chains. The ambulance could not get up there, so a paramedic was driven to the scene by one of the Firemen in his 4x4 truck. January 1981 showed a report from the Bennett government that house prices were soaring out of sight, escalating at a fantastic rate. Some of the blame was put on the German people who were buying up everything. Business licence’s cost $37.50 annually for business’s such as pawnbrokers, printers, restaurants, day nurseries and hairdressers. Bankers, Brokers and Investors paid $110.00. Hotels and Motels paid a fee of $3.00 for each room used. To be continued ...
We like to make a friendly reminder each year to be diligent when working with BBQ grills of all kinds. • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. • Grills should be placed well away from the home and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting. • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it. • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
KVFD is Now Recruiting!
Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.
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with Marla Wilson It is beginning to feel like Spring has finally arrived. We are leaving the front door of the Thrifty Boutique open during the day, just to let in the warm Spring air. The Shop is packed with great Spring colours and fabrics. Many shoppers are dropping in and pleased that the shop is now open on Thursdays too. We had a wonderful Grand Opening of the Museum on May 6th. There were many who dropped in to tour the Basssett House, the Museum and the Kenny McLean Trophy Room. School tours are coming in, as well as interested groups. Sue Walker has done a marvelous job sprucing up the buildings and Dwayne is keeping the weeds at bay in the gardens. Mark keeps the lawns looking neat and trim. This year, the Heritage Barbecue will be held Sunday, July 23rd beginning at 4:00. Barbecued hamburgers, salads, and desserts will Have you thought of volunteering as a Fireﬁghter? Applications be served. Guests and visitors are welcome. can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There The next meeting of the Heritage Society will be on Thursday, June are benefits and all training is supplied. For more information, call the 15th. We meet in the front room of the Thrifty Boutique at 7:00 pm. Fire Hall at 250-497-5700 or email email@example.com. Have a happy, warm Spring from us to you.
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Where is the Line??
As I write this, they are saying warmer, and most of all, dryer weather is around the corner. With the promise of better weather will come the increase of visitors and locals just getting out and about in our beautiful valley. Our parks will become busier and there will be an increase of special events, which all contribute to why people live and visit in the Okanagan. The downside is that it also brings out a small percentage of people, usually locals who aim to enjoy themselves by wrecking our parks, facilities and property with no thought on the cost, both monetary and emotional there so called fun has on their society. It starts with not cleaning up after themselves. It is one thing to have a couple of beers on the beach, it is a whole other thing when you don’t clean up your mess and smash the glass bottles that could cause injury to others using the beach. Again, it is one thing to have a camp fire on the beach, it is another matter when you decide to fuel the fire with someone’s fence or wood supply or picnic tables. Already this year, with our limited good weather, we have experienced damage in our parks. So, it begs the question, “how much more will we experience when the good weather finally arrives to stay? In Kenyon Park, we have already had damage caused by someone lighting a fire on top of a picnic table under the covered picnic area, damaging furniture, fencing, lighting fires on the beach and pushing shopping carts off the trestle into the lake. There has also been ongoing damage to the new Bandshell in Centennial Park. The police have video and are investigating these incidents and have come to know it is local youths. As parents, you should be asking where your kids are and what they are up to. It does not mean you are spying on them, or don’t trust them or undermining their development, or whatever else your kids might say to deflect or make you feel bad about asking ... It is simply Parenting 101! If you keep tabs on them, ensure they are accounted
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for and not out in the wee hours of the morning without a good reason, there is a very good chance that they would not be starting a fire on a picnic table! In addition to the parents monitoring their kids, the community also has to pay attention to who is out and about and what they are doing. If it appears kids or adults are up to no good, then you need to make note of that and where needed call the police and/or fire department (if fire related) to deal with the situation. It is often said that “It takes a Community to Raise a Child” and this still holds true today. The alternative is to say and or do nothing, and we all should know that in itself becomes part of the problem. Who as a youth has not done something that they should not have done? It is part of learning and growing up. When we screwed up, our parents and our community held us responsible and there were consequences. As a result, we learned where that line was and what would result when we crossed that line. Today, I am not sure that some of our youth even know where the line is and certainly many aren’t aware of the consequences of their actions. As a society, we need to work together to ensure everyone knows where that line is and that they will be held accountable for their actions. Finally, many say they want to report things, but they do not want to call 911. You can at any time call our normal detachment phone line at 250-492-4300 to report suspicious activities and crimes. After hours and on weekends/holidays you will get a voice message; however, if you wait on line or press 0 at any time, you will be connected to our dispatch centre (same one that 911 calls go to) and they will take your info, create a file and advise the police officers on patrol in your community. Also, remember: Call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-222-TIPS (8477). SEE SOMETHING ... HEAR SOMETHING ... SAY SOMETHING!!! Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
KALEDEN SENIORS COMMITTEE JOB POSTING Event Coordinator The event coordinator will work closely with the volunteer Kaleden Seniors Committee (KSC) to organize 7 or 8 events between mid July 2017 and mid March 2018. We are seeking a highly organized, resourceful, motivated, enthusiastic individual. This person must want to work with older adults in Kaleden to connect, interact, share knowledge, learn new skills and participate in a range of activities. Other qualities that are important for this position are excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong writing skills and the ability to be selfdirected. The successful candidate will work from home. Flexible work hours, attendance at committee meetings to report on needs and progress of each event and participating in each event is expected to ensure it is successful. Responsibilities: Overall you will be responsible for • Planning and organizing 7 or 8 events that includes group cooking of lunch with a local chef, serving of the lunch and a follow-up presentation • Advertising events via created posters and social media • Writing a monthly column for Skaha Matters celebrating and publicizing events • Attending and preparing materials for monthly KSC meetings • Tracking and accurately submitting expenses • Liaising with the Parks and Recreation Coordinator Compensation: This is a fixed-price contract position of $4000.00 with remuneration being allocated after each event is completed. A laptop, printer and laminator can be provided if needed. Application Instructions: Please title the subject line of your email: Event Coordinator (first name last name) Submit a covering letter and resume by email to kaledenseniors@ gmail.com highlighting: • Your experience and the qualifications that would make you a good fit for the position • Strategies you would want to put in place to reach older adults in Kaleden who are not already on a contact list • Your computer skills including the Microsoft Office Suite, Publisher and social media • Also include an event flyer advertising the Fall Apricot Heritage Social for October 1, 2017 Application Deadline: June 10, 2017 If you have any questions about this position, please contact the email address listed above. We thank applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call 250-460-3387.
Update with Jen Charlish The warm weather is finally starting. It’s time to get outside and enjoy whatever it is you like to do most. First, “Thank You” to all the presenters, participants and public that came out to the Kaleden Open House and Information Fair. We have such a vibrant community with so many different groups and committees working on projects that they are passionate about. I hope some people found a new group or activity they would like to be involved in. Of course many of these groups are organized and run by volunteers, so if you have a little time and would like to volunteer I’m sure they would love to hear from you. If you missed the fair and would like to know more about any of the groups, please contact us and we can put you in touch with the right people. One of the groups now being revitalized in the area is the Kaleden Community Association (KCA). This is the non-profit society that has existed in the past and is the umbrella group for the Museum Society and the Senior’s program to name a few. It is also the owner of the Kaleden Community Hall. According to the present constitution, it’s membership needs to be renewed every two years. Thank you to all the people who have signed up to be members. In the coming months, we will be amending some of the constitution and our new members will get to vote on those changes. If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, contact any of the Kaleden Recreation Commission members. It is free and requires no time commitment on your part. Also, watch here for fund-raising events to support renovations and improvements to the Hall. It is also time to mark your calendar with the July 1st Canada 150 celebration. In addition to the annual Canada Day celebrations, we will be holding a tree planting and a plaque dedication in honour of the late Fred King. He was an outstanding and involved community member, whose donation allowed the old Kaleden Hotel site to be preserved as a park. Keep your eyes open for more information on this historic site. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Office at 250-497-8188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the KCA directly, you can email us at email@example.com.
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Kaleden Family Carnival on May 13th ~ Fun, Food and Laughter! Aleigha & Darien getting silly in the photo booth with Nancy Wigley, Rec Assistant
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
with Meredith King In light of the upcoming 150th Birthday of Canada, we decided it would be good to look again at some of Kaleden’s more famous landmarks.
The large cement structure across from the Old Hotel is one of our most recognizable landmarks, commonly known as the 1912. It was the Kaleden General Store, commissioned by the Lapsley family, was built by the same contractor, Harry Tomlin, who had just completed the Hotel in late 1911. Harry and his crew began construction immediately and had the store completely finished and ready for occupancy by late 1912. They used the same technique as the Hotel, with concrete, mixed on site and laboriously pushed in wheelbarrows along scaffolding which encircled the building. Luckily for them, the 1912 was only 3 stories not 4. The store was an impressive 1200 square feet with three full floors, basement for storage, main floor store and spacious living quarters upstairs for the Lapsley family. The store had impressive 11 foot walls clad with stock filled shelves requiring a ladder to reach the upper levels. There were display cases and racks for specialized merchandise, a sales counter and a chair or two completed the furnishings. The term ‘General Store’ was an applicable one, since the store tended to carry virtually everything a person could want; from canned goods to yard goods, clothing, tools, dishes and kitchen utensils and appliances; you name it - they had it. The new building may have appeared to be a foolhardy venture for such a small village, but for several years it did far more business than any of its Penticton counterparts. The mines operating at Phoenix, Camp McKinney, Fairview and Hedley would send wagon teams to Kaleden to load up with supplies, saving a day by eliminating the extra 20 mile round trip to Penticton. When war broke out in 1914, the English money, funding the development of Kaleden, dried up, and with advent of better roads and faster transportation, business in the tiny town dwindled. The future which Jim Ritchie had visualized was destroyed and Lapsley was one of the many casualties. Over the years, the building has had many owners and many uses. The suite upstairs has been in constant use as a residence and has been the home for many families. The main floor has seen a variety of businesses come and go. Grocery stores, candy making, machine shop and since the late 1970s restaurant and catering businesses. The first businessman to open a restaurant called it ‘The 1912’ and the name stuck. It has been called that ever since. Both the suite and the main floor have seen extensive renovations and additional dining space has been added on the lake side. Currently, the building houses Flambé Catering.
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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all program details on the following special events and programs.
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Celebrate the Great Outdoors Kaleden Family Bike Ride ‘Parade Style’ Saturday, June 10th
Decorate your bike at home, or come anytime after 9:00 am and jazz up your ride with our supplies.
A Physical Literacy Program for pre-schoolers. June 1st - 22nd - Thursdays from 9:30-10:00 am Meet in StrongStart (OK Falls Elementary) or on the North Field
Meet up in Pioneer park and be ready to roll at 10:00 am. Please bring a water bottle, your helmet and your creativity. Costumes optional! No Fee.
Outdoor Boot Camp in Okanagan Falls
Drop-in - No need to register - No fee!
Every Monday at 5:30 pm Meet at the Zen & Fitness Centre
Babysitter Training As the most recognized course for youth in Canada, this session will teach participants all about handling emergencies, how to plan activities and the ‘business’ of babysitting. For ages 10+ Saturday, June 17th from 9:00-3:30 Pre-register by June 10th $65
Home Alone and/or First Aid for Kids 9-12 years Based on the Canadian Red Cross People Saver Program
Saturday, June 3rd
Saturday, June 24th - Each course is 3 hours - Take one or both! Pre-register by June 15th
Keogan Sports Park 3-6 pm
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Play around the Park Activity Stations
Kick Ball Game ~ All Ages & Family Friendly!
Hot Dog BBQ with Dave O. No Fee!
EAST SIDE SALON Deb and Chad Wetter
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with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator RDOS, Active Living & Healthy Communities Did you know June is Great Outdoors Month? I’ll be celebrating on the KVR, at Skaha Bluffs, and the many hikes around our beautiful valley. New Horizons for Seniors Grant Funding has been announced ~ The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities. NHSP's community-based projects support local initiatives across Canada. Please note that all projects need to be inspired or led by seniors, volunteer-based and supported by their communities. Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization. I’d encourage older adults in Okanagan Falls to consider one or more of the program's five objectives, and if you have an idea or a need, I’d be happy to help in applying for these funds and getting your project rolling. Just give me a call, ideally well ahead of the June 20th deadline. In Kaleden, connect with your existing New Horizons Programs at the Kaleden Community Hall. Does your idea: 1. Promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations; 2. Engage seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; 3. Expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; 4. Support the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and 5. Provide capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors? Please give me a call at 250-497-8188 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear any ideas that you have before well before the June 20th deadline. We always appreciate community input. Canada’s 150th Birthday celebration events in both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden are happening on Saturday, July 1st. Are you interested in helping with children’s activities, set up, decorating or barbequing? We would love to have you join our team. If you can spare an hour or two, please call 250-497-8188 or email email@example.com today!
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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 17th 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 225 children registered, with a growing wait list. If your child will be unable to attend, please contact Carrie Ferguson at email@example.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 continues to grow in popularity in the triathlon world, filling up in only 10 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, IGA, Interior Savings, Bullies Pizza, Robbins Drilling, Meyer Family Vineyards, Easy Lock Storage, Patio Burger, KJ Coffee Bar, Malibu Dreams Photography, Skaha Matters, and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. If you’re interested in sponsoring, contact Niki at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 something tasty from KJ Coffee Bar’s BBQ. If you are interested in coming out to help the little cuties, please contact Lorna Wilson at email@example.com; 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! KJ Coffee Bar will be on location firing up the BBQ and ready to serve the crowd starting at 10am. All proceeds will go towards supporting next year’s race. We hope to see you there!
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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner We often hear how improved blood and lymph circulation is so important for us, but what does it really mean? We know blood circulates through our body providing nutrients to all the cells, it carries waste products away from the cells, it carries oxygen from the lungs to the cells for energy; and carries carbon dioxide from the cells to the lungs for excretion. Blood circulation performs various other functions as well. Similar to the way your blood circulatory system delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells of the body, the lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels that branch through all parts of the body to circulate important bodily fluid and defend against infection. When functioning well, the lymphatic system helps keep the body’s needs in balance, but when things go wrong, disorders and cancer can result. Massage increases and improves circulation, it improves lymphatic drainage which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins and enhances immunity. This is another great reason for getting regular massages! Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. You do not need to remove clothing or get up onto a table and no oils are used. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.
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Spotlight on Volunteers The Kaleden HUB!
Photo Above - Volunteer Len Bzdel representing the Kaleden HUB at the recent Kaleden Information Fair held at Kaleden Community Hall on Tuesday, May 16th. The Kaleden HUB got underway in the Fall of 2014 with a group of people interested in formalizing the concept of “Neighbour helping Neighbour”. We approached many of the groups and businesses in Kaleden to partner with us by being our eyes and ears in the community. The response was overwhelmingly positive. A committee of 7 was formed in 2015 with 2 members from Kaleden Community Church, 1 from Kaleden Recreation, 1 from the Elementary School, 1 from Kaleden Fire Department and 2 from the community at large, with each member taking on an area of responsibility. Since then, another member from the community has been recruited. There are 6 main areas of support: 1. Meals ~ To provide meals in times of sickness or crisis. 25 volunteers 2. Rides/Transportation ~ To provide rides within Kaleden or Penticton for appointments, shopping, visits etc. 11 volunteers 3. Visits ~ a) Welcoming new families and individuals to the community. They are provided with an information package and a pie. 4 volunteers. b) Visits during times of illness or crisis - at hospital or at home. 3 volunteers 4. Help/Small jobs ~ Small jobs in times of special need. 4 volunteers 5. Groups ~ Initiate, support or maintain groups which help people connect or participate in the community. 3 volunteers 6. Prayer ~ Confidential prayer for any reason, large or small. 3 volunteers Since March 2015, the HUB has provided 466 person trips, welcomed 30+ families to the area, provided help with snow removal, small wheelchair ramp construction and furniture moving, seen the woman’s group increase to 15-20 women weekly, initiated a group of 8-10 women at chair yoga, and organized 20 seniors to meet with 20 grade 2/3 children from Kaleden Elementary School. In addition, we have supplied 6 large and 12 small hampers each Christmas, supplied 30+ meals and brought fruit baskets at numerous hospital and home visits. All in all, the HUB has been a great success, but we can always use help. If you would like to add your name to the list of over 50 volunteers working with the HUB, you would be most welcome. Just call our dispatch number at 250-460-3387.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer In Your Community!
There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!
Peri-Neural Injections for Pain
By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Dr. John Lyftogt from New Zealand has developed an elegant, minimally invasive, and extremely effective pain management technique using a simple glucose solution. This technique, coined, Peri-neural Injection Therapy (PIT) employs tiny injections of a 5% Dextrose (glucose) solution just under the skin at specific sites, which correspond to nerve impingement sites. Often these sites also correspond to acupuncture points. By bathing the nerves with fluid and energy, they are able to repair and function optimally. And, it has been discovered that when the nerves are functioning optimally, the joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, bursa and fascia tissues are also able to heal and regenerate efficiently. These injections are not deep or painful; often the patient feels only minimal discomfort. Pain relief can be immediate and long lasting. Generally 4-6 treatments at one per week are required to completely resolve chronic pain; however, every person is unique and the response is therefore variable. Research shows that 80-90% of all pain is responsive to glucose. How can such as simple technique be so effective? The principle mechanism of action of the 5% Dextrose solution is to block the receptor in the nerve (TRPV-1 or Capsaicin receptor) which is the principle regulator of pain and inflammation. Resetting the receptors in the nerves allows for healing to deeper structures (joint cartilage for example). Therefore, not only is this therapy pain relieving, but it is also regenerative. For more information on this and other pain relieving and regenerative techniques, contact Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681, or visit Dr. Lyftogt’s website at www.lyftogtmed.com.
Live Well & Shop For More at Pharmasave Okanagan Falls
Work, kids, school, sports, housework, volunteering … with all of this going on it’s no wonder meals are becoming “snackified”. 80% of snacking is now purposeful. People are now being much more deliberate about their choices, with the emphasis on snacks that provide clean healthy energy. Pharmasave realizes how important it is to have healthy alternatives to the regular sugary treat. We have a variety of protein and energy bars, no sugar added chocolate and protein drinks. We are also excited to feature our new Quick Treats as well as a variety of new tasty snacks for the month of June. So join us for Try it Tuesdays and tell us what you think!
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Sun Safety Tips ~ Rates of melanoma, the deadliest type
of skin cancer, continue to rise in Canada, even though it is one of the most preventable cancers. A few sun safety recommendations are as follows: 1) Canadians need to be extra careful to protect their skin between 11am and 3pm (when the UV index is 3 or more, typically between April and September). 2) Cover up as much as possible with tightly woven or UV-protective labelled clothing. Clothes generally provide better protection than sunscreen. 3) Use a sunscreen with a minimum skin protection factor (SPF) of 30. Also, your sunscreen should be labelled both “broad-spectrum” and “water resistant”. 4) Seek shade, like a tree or an awning, or bring your own, such as an umbrella. 5) Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head, face, ears, neck and eyes. 6) Wear close-fitting sunglasses in a wrap-around style with full UVA/UVB protection. 7) Never use indoor tanning beds. 8) Get your Vitamin D from your diet or by taking vitamin supplements, rather than through UV ray exposure. Enjoy the sun safely by protecting your skin and your eyes and preventing cancer. If you have any sun safety questions, speak to your Okanagan Falls Pharmacist. We are here to help you. Have a wonderful Summer in the South Okanagan!
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“Andy the Musical Scientist” will be performing at the Kaleden Library on Tuesday, July 4 at 7:00 pm. Andy brings together his love of science technology, recycling and music into this unique performance for the Summer Reading Club. The Kaleden Summer Reading Club will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm, so save the dates of July 20th, August 10th and August 24th. Our Summer Reading Club theme this summer is “Walk on the Wild Side”. These programs are for children aged 5-12 years old. Kids can register at the Kaleden Library after Tuesday, June 13th. For more information, please call the Library at 250-497-8066 or email email@example.com.
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Book Club ~ Tuesday, June 27th from 10-11 am. This month is our wind-up and we will resume in the fall. Community Information Sessions have ended. Thank you to all our presenters for sharing your information and thanks to those of you who joined our sessions for information and knowledge. Registration for Summer Reading Club begins June 5th. Our theme this year is “Walk on the Wild Side”. This program is for children aged 5-12 years old. We are looking forward to a fun-filled Summer with great guest speakers, crafts, and surprises. Summer Reading Club begins July 5th and runs through to August 16th. Please note day and time change to Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-5:30pm. Summer Reading Club encourages your child to continue reading throughout the summer with some great prize incentives! Our display this month is “Gardening”. Please drop in and see all the informative books and videos available to check out for all your gardening needs! If you have a topic that you would like to share with the community at the library, please drop in or email us. We are happy to host a talent or information session in the Fall. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email us Okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.
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School Trustee Report for SD67
with Ginny Manning Many of our schools are working with the “MindUp Program” to teach students social and emotional learning skills. As part of their school plan, Trout Creek Elementary is focusing on developing growth mindsets in students with ‘Mindful Mondays’ once a month. In each classroom, multi-age groups of students listen to a story and discuss whether the characters had a ‘fixed’ mindset or a ‘growth’ mindset. After the story discussion, the groups plan and make a project with only tape and newspaper. They are learning a common language, understanding of perseverance and working together on a challenge. The Ministry of Education has created a new initiative called “Changing Results for Young Children” (CR4YC), it is an on-going professional learning initiative focused on providing Early Childhood Educators and Primary Teachers access to training and professional development that focuses on the social-emotional development of young children 3-8 years old. SD67 and SD53 (South Okanagan Similkameen) have been selected as the rural districts to pilot the program. The initiative is fully funded through the United Way and Ministry for Children and Families. Policy 533 Teacher Evaluation has been revised and will be on the school district website for comment. The Ministry of Education and SD93 Conseil Scolaire Francophone has submitted a proposal to our district for the purchase of McNicoll Park Middle School. The Board has consented to a short-term lease arrangement for the 2017-18 school year, in the interim, while discussions are underway. The total preliminary budget for 2017-2018 is $67,362,139 (Operating, Special Purpose*, Capital funds) and will be a status quo budget this year. It includes $3.1M from the Classroom Enhancement Fund (CEF), resulting from the Supreme Court Decision, for new teaching positions and any remedies. This funding is notional, meaning the district will only receive what we need whether greater or lesser than the initial amount. 80% of the budget goes to instruction; 15% to operations and maintenance, 4% district administration and 1% to transportation. The first two readings of the budget bylaw were passed at the May 9th Board meeting, the third and final reading will be at the June 12th Board meeting. *Special Purpose Funds include: Annual Facilities Grant, Aboriginal Education, School Generated Funds, Ready-Set-Learn, CEF, Coding & Curriculum, REEF, Priority Measures, French funding, Community Links, Through A Different Lens, Art Starts, Promoting Heathy Schools, Early Years Centre, etc. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes
We are on the home sprint fellow rug rat raisers! The last day of school is June 29th! That means by July 7th the kids will have burned through a whole summer’s worth of activities you had planned. And by July 14th, they will tell you they are board of Minecraft and when is school starting up again. My summer plans include lots of floating in the lake and coming up with new ways to convince my kids to put down their fidget spinners and play this hot new game called ‘Dishwasher Stacker’! I heard a ‘Full Load’ rewards you with an ‘Empty Time’ bonus round in about an hour. With that, we have a couple of dates for you. “Fun Day” is Friday, June 23rd, so you can threaten them with a trip to the dentist that day if they get a low score in Dishwasher Stacker. Our “Celebration of Learning” Assembly is on Wednesday, June 28th. And as mentioned, the beasts are free on June 29th. Please be sure to hand out ‘hi fives’ to all teachers, admin and support staff. They have more than earned it. Lastly, as always, PAC wants to thank you, the amazing community of Kaleden we have backing us. You really make this school great! PAC 2016/17 OUT!
Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal There are many great things happening at Kaleden Elementary School, but none of these would be possible without our wonderful community volunteers. Students and staff had the opportunity to express their gratitude to our school volunteers during our annual Volunteer Tea recently at Kaleden School. All classes performed for our audience of school volunteers, including our One to One Readers, Senior Buddies, coaches, hot lunch volunteers and other adult volunteers who offer their time and make a difference in our student’s lives. Another highlight this month was bringing together our school and senior community at the school for the culmination of the Seniors/ Student Buddy Program. The students took great pride in sharing their work and showing their senior buddy around the school. Thank you to Kaleden community member, Meredith King and Kaleden teacher, Mrs. Larrisa Kuechle for helping to organize this very worthwhile and special event.
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The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students who are graduating from Grade 12 and pursuing further education. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road). • Any community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number, and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. Applications must be received by July 5, 2017 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to email@example.com or phone 250-497-8140 for further information.
June Year-End Events At Okanagan Falls Elementary School
Wow! Our final month of the 16/17 school year is here and we have a number of exciting year-end events to bring us into the warm summer months ahead! Tuesday, June 1st ~ 8:30-9:30am Waterwise Water Safety Presentation Friday, June 2nd ~ AM Intermediate Track & Field Monday, June 5th ~ 9:30 am Regional Library Summer Reading Visit Tuesday, June 6th ~ Gr. 5, 6 & 7 Aboriginal Ed Trip to Spotted Lake Tuesday, June 6th ~ 6:30pm Final PAC Meeting in Library. Free childcare Thursday, June 8th ~ Deadline for submissions for Okanagan Falls Time Capsule Project Friday, June 9th ~ District Track & Field Meet at OES for Gr. 4-7 Tuesday, June 13th ~ Gr. 6/7 Trip to Kelowna (EnergyPlex & Scandia!) Wednesday, June 21st ~ National Aboriginal Day Thursday, June 22nd ~ 8:30-9:30 am Year-End Appreciation Breakfast in OKF Gym with all students, staff, families & school helpers invited! Friday, June 23rd ~ AM Fun Day Stations & KJ Coffee Bar BBQ Lunch Tuesday, June 27th ~ Whole School Trip to Osoyoos Waterslides! Tuesday, June 27th ~ AM StrongStart Year-End Early Learning Party Wednesday, June 28th ~ 1-2pm Gr 7 Graduation Event in OKF Gym Thursday, June 29th ~ 9-10am Year-End Awards Assembly in OKF Gym. Last full school day for students and final report cards go home. Saturday, July 1st ~ Canada’s 150th Birthday! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to a successful and enriching 16/17 school year at Okanagan Falls Elementary School!
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with Samantha James During the month of June, we have Karl a dental hygienist joining us on Wednesday, June 7th. Infant Development will be on-site to answer questions on Wednesday, June 14th. Be sure to join our “End of Year Party” on Tuesday, June 27th. Our last day open for this school year is Thursday, June 29th. We will reopen on Wednesday, September 6th. I hope everyone has a happy and safe summer, and I look forward seeing everyone back in September. 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 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.
OK Mini School OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. We are currently taking registrations for our 2017/2018 preschool year. For more information, please send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.
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Volunteer Opportunities with Bobby Armstrong, Program Manager
Penticton’s Beach City Beach Cruise is Western Canada’s Premier 3 Day Car Show June 23, 24, 25 2017. Volunteers needed. For more details, call 250-487-2303 or email info@PeachCityBeachCruise.com South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls rescues, rehabilitates and releases wild, injured and orphaned Raptors, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Owls and Osprey back to the wild. Owl Rehabilitation Volunteers needed. 250-498-4251 or email@example.com. www.sorco.org The South Okanagan Brain Injury Society is a dynamic and active organization that requires dedicated Board members to help lead and shape the future of the organization. Reception Volunteer. Contact: Marjan Kroes, Adm. Assistant, at 250-490-0613 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Haven Hill Care Centre is the largest Complex Care facility located in Penticton. Friendly Visitors - Some of our residents are unable or choose not to participate in group activities and require 1:1 visits to brighten their day. 250-492-2600 Ext. 113 or email@example.com Sunday, July 9th - 7th Annual Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) in Penticton. This mass cycling event ranks as one of the best in North America. Volunteer sign-up: http:// granfondoaxelmerckx.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-576-5661.
Okanagan Falls PAC Update
with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Vice President Hooray, it’s warm enough to eat ice cream for supper with nobody questioning your parenting skills. Only one more month of serious hard work at school, at least on the teacher’s end! As for the kids (and parent volunteers that are always needed), there are many fun things happening in June before the last day on Thursday, June 29th. Okanagan Falls will have their Track & Field Fun Day on Friday, June 2nd in the morning. Please remember to prepare for a sunny day with hats, water, and sunscreen. The District Track & Field Meet will be at Oliver Elementary on Friday, June 9th, GO FALCONS! The whole school will be then cooling off at the Osoyoos Waterslides (thanks again Value Contracting) on Tuesday, June 27th. Don’t forget your bathing suit! The hot lunch programs will be continuing till the end of the term with Chef Karl of KJ’s Coffee on Tuesdays and Bullies Pizza on Thursdays. Sadly for Okanagan Falls Elementary, the end of this school year will also mean a reduced presence of some valued members of the team next year. Ms McCall and Ms Charlish will be stepping out of their usual roles next year, but thankfully they are not leaving us completely. I know I am personally grateful for the positive roles they have played in my children’s lives so far. There was also a change in the PAC Executive for next year (but I am sure the old PAC lovelies will still be helping out ... hint, hint). We owe a huge thank you to Kristine Robbins for all her hard work this past year as a thoughtful, motivating PAC President. Also, big shout-outs to Becky Thomson, Karen Pearce, and Nadine Cobb for all their time and organization of numerous lunches and events in the school! The new 2017/2018 suckers, I mean Executive, voted in are as follows: President - Chelsea Fairweather; Vice President - Lindsay Hainstock; Secretary - Stephanie Webb; Treasurer - Sarah Isaksen; and Member at Large - Alisha Hardy. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the school library with free childcare. Everyone is welcome to join! Next PAC Meeting is Tuesday June 6th at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!
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Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 5 Congratulations to all performers participating in our Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 5 Finals held on Saturday, May 13th in Penticton at The Orchard House. Results are as follows: Group A (9-11 yrs): 1st Place - Aleena Proteau (Pen); 2nd Place Haley Gentray (Pen); 3rd Place - Reese Wachter (Oliver). Runners up: Samantha Williams (Oliver) and Kaitlyn Stringer (Pen). Group B (12-14 yrs): 1st Place - Laura Close (West Kelowna); 2nd Place - Kennedy Smith (Pen); 3rd Place - Chloe Coffin (Pen). Runners Up: Niya Juric (Pen), Hayley Hunter and Tyara Macormick (Kelowna). Our 1st Place Group A & B Winners, as well our Top Runner Up performer, Niya Juric, will all be performing at Penticton Peachfest on the Main Stage this August. Congratulations to all of our performers! Thank you to Skaha Matters for your tremendous support of our show since Season 1 and hats off to all of our other great Sponsors making our show possible to our young talent. Thank you! Denis Chaykowski, Event Producer ~ www.freshbctalentquest.com
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The Big Search & Questions to Ask
with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West The Big Search ~ It is time to begin your informed search for that “right” home. You have gathered all the information you need to make a rational decision rather than an emotional one, but it may not be easy! You, like everyone else, will probably want what you can’t afford. Try not to become discouraged. Every homeowner started somewhere and it is most likely that there is a place for you! Buyer Beware! ~ If you think you have found the right home, but you have some concerns about its structural soundness, now is the time to call in an expert. Consider having the home inspected by a building inspection service, which will prepare a written report. Your purchase is a big investment, so think of the fee for this service as an insurance premium. Be aware that home inspections are primarily visual inspections and they may not reveal problems with electrical or gas systems. If there is evidence that there are some issues with the electrical or gas systems and/or work has been done without appropriate permits, you should consider having people with qualifications in those areas inspect those systems. Stigmatized or Psychologically Impacted Properties ~ Sometimes when dealing in real estate, the onus will be on you, the buyer, to ask questions regarding issues of specific importance to you and your family, rather than relying on a real estate licensee to try to anticipate all of your needs. If, as a potential buyer, you are concerned about the less obvious structural and mechanical aspects of a property, you can have a property inspection done. However, consumers may have other areas of concern that would cause them to avoid a property. Certain events may cause a property to be described as a “stigmatized property” or a “psychologically impacted property”. These terms are sometimes applied to a property that has had some circumstance occur in or near it, but which does not specifically affect the appearance or function of the property itself. Examples of these in a residential context might include: a sexual offender is reported to live in the neighbourhood; a former resident was suspected of being an organized crime; gang member; a death occurred in the property; the property was robbed or vandalized; and there are reports that the property is haunted. British Columbia law does not define stigmatized properties. It also does not require sellers or licensees who represent them to disclose circumstances which some may be considered to be stigmas. Buyers are advised to carefully consider the areas of concern they have, discuss them with their licensee, and ensure the necessary inquiries are made to avoid purchasing a property they will not feel comfortable living in. What Other Questions Should You Ask? Is A Property Disclosure Statement Available? In BC, sellers may have completed a Property Disclosure Statement. This statement provides information about the state of the home to potential buyers. What Is The Zoning On This Home? The zoning on a home is established by the local government. Zoning sets the type of buildings which may be built on any particular piece of property and how those buildings may be used: single-family residential, duplexes, multifamily residential, commercial, or industrial. You may also wish to ask about the zoning on the surrounding properties to determine if, for instance, a factory or a park could suddenly appear nearby. Is A Land Title Search Available? A Land Title Search will allow you to see who is registered as the current owner of the home and if there are any registered mortgages, easements, restrictive covenants, rights of way, etc. which may affect the use or value of the home. Are There Any Restrictive Covenants? A restrictive covenant places a specific limitation on the owner’s use or occupancy of the property. Such things as a prohibited type of exterior finish, the minimum size of the structure, or the maximum height of the structure are only a few examples of the type of restrictive covenants you may encounter. The act of purchasing a property which has a restrictive covenant compels you to abide by it.
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Are There Any Easements? An easement is a right or privilege one party has to use the land of another for a special purpose. Examples are: easements given to telephone and electric companies to erect poles and run lines over private property, easements given to people to drive or walk across someone else’s land, and easements given to gas and water companies to run pipelines to serve their customers. How Much Are The Property Taxes? As stated earlier, the amount of property taxes payable will figure in the calculation of how much money you can borrow to finance your purchase. Is The Structure Covered By Any Warranty? Homes built by a licensed residential builder under a building permit applied for on or after July 1, 1999, or where construction began on or after July 1, 1999 in areas where no building permit is required, are subject to the mandatory third-party warranty insurance provisions of the Homeowner Protection Act, unless there is an applicable exemption. The licensee with whom you are working can assist with acquiring warranty information. The Homeowner Protection Office Branch of BC Housing (HPO) can assist with questions regarding warranty issues. The HPO can be reached through their toll-free information line at 1-800-407-7757 or you can refer to their web site at www.hpo.bc.ca. Fixtures vs. Chattels ~ Things contained in a building or on the land are classified as either fixtures or chattels. The difference between a fixture and a chattel is very important to you because fixtures stay with the home when it is sold, but chattels depart with the old owner. If you see an attractive fireplace insert, a “murphy bed” in the spare bedroom closet, a vacuum canister in the utility, or custom window blinds which you think should stay, but are not certain if the seller agrees, ask if it is a fixture. Are There Permits In Place? Are there permits in place for building and/or renovation work and for the electrical and gas systems including original and alterations/additions? For information on what type of work in a home requires gas and electric permits, please contact the BC Safety Authority at 1-866-566-7233 or visit www.safetyauthority.ca.
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It’s that time of year ... Spring cleaning for your yard and home! I can help organize and clean your home, as well as help get your yard looking great for the Summer season ahead. Detailed Spring cleaning is my speciality and I also love working in the yard, plus I can do both of these tasks for you on the same day. From weeding, mowing, weed wacking, preparing your beds for planting and other general maintenance, your yard will look fantastic again in no time. Whatever is needed, just give me a call. I can also shop for annuals and perennials that grow well in our climate and are deer resistant. I am happy to extend a $10 off coupon for all first time costumers with a two hour minimum booking for the month of June! “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your yard work and Spring home cleaning, so call Patty at 778-889-9725 today.
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with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson So, in a way June is the "clean-up" month at the Senior Centre. Some programs are going on hiatus for the summer, but will resume in September or October. Case in point - the last General Meeting until September is Monday, June 5th at 1pm at which time we will be having a guest speaker, Myrna Tischer who is the coordinator of and will be speaking about the "Better at Home" program. Also, taking a break until the Fall is Canasta, as well as the Music Jam sessions held on Sundays. The second to last Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, June 3rd. Our last Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, July 1st and will run an extra hour from 8-11am to coordinate with Canada's 150th Birthday. This will be the last breakfast until Saturday, October 7th. Also, in keeping with the July 1st celebrations, the Senior Centre will be hosting a Drop-in Bingo in the afternoon starting at 1pm. Taking place of our Pot Luck Dinner is the Annual Barbecue held on Saturday, June 10th. All you are required to bring is a salad or a dessert, plus a hearty appetite and dinner plates and cutlery, unless you prefer to use paper plates which will be available. Friends and family are welcome to this event. Many of the seniors are interested in a walking program for the Summer. We would meet at the Centre three or four times weekly and go for a stroll or if you want it more peppy, a brisk walk. A sign-up sheet will be available at the centre, if you are interested. The Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre would like to congratulate one of our members, Mr. Ed Findlater, for being named "Volunteer of the Year" for all of BC. Way to go, Ed! MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am on Saturday, June 3rd General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, June 5th Annual BBQ Dinner ~ 5:30pm on Saturday, June 10th Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-11am on Saturday, July 1st Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm on Saturday, July 1st Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the 1st 3 Tuesdays Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Bridge Club ~ 1pm Thursdays Cribbage ~ 7pm Thursdays H&M Thrifty Boutique
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Taking Care Of Fishing Lake Roads with Larry Martin
Heading out to your favourite lake for the first time this season? Be sure to check the roads. With the early season rains and snow melt still to come, expect wilderness road problems well into June. We have fished Darke lake just before the May long weekend for several years with no issues. This year the road was washed out and the only warning was a make shift sign (top photo to left). Weather events were the catalyst for damage, but lack of preventative road maintenance did not help. In general terms, the Government has assigned road maintenance to the primary user of the road. It is still a responsibility of the Government to ensure the primary user is managing the road to a prescribed standard. I am not complaining about the Darke Lake Road in particular. This is a short dead end road with little slope, thus it may not be intended to withstand the recent severe rain events (bottom two photos to left). There are a few things we can do to help prevent road damage. (See the bottom picture above of Darke Lake Road) If cutting wood to clear the road or for firewood, do not leave debris in the ditch line where it will deflect water onto the road. If there is a defined ditch, even branches left can float down and plug culverts. Don’t drive over exposed portions of culverts. A dent in a culvert will reduce water passage. If you see road problems, report them to the primary road user or the Ministry of FLNO. GPS co-ordinates and a digital picture are a bonus, but a good description of the location and problem is better than nothing. If we want to continue using these roads, we have to do our part to protect them. A special thank you to Douglas Paton for sharing these three photos. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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with Barb Few, Committee Member Penticton has it’s Elvis Festival, Okanagan Falls has it’s own Elvis. Come to Centennial Park on Sunday, June 18th (Fathers Day) and be entertained by ELVIS, a.k.a. Jeff Bodner, who is a firm favourite with everyone. And, he is accompanied by country singer Terri Bremner. This is a program so popular that last year we had nearly 400 people stamping and swaying! So, come early with your chairs and family. The concert is from 5-9pm, plus there will be food served from 4pm onwards by the Ladies Auxiliary for your supper. This is a free concert, sponsored by Brian Moen of Royal LePage Realty in Okanagan Falls. And, we can guarantee a good time! Join us in celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday! On Saturday, July 1st, we will host three bands in Centennial Park with 80 musicians in total performing Jazz and Swing. This will be one of our most ambitious evening concerts yet. Plus, it is free! Just bring your family and friends, and your lawn chairs. Supper will be available in the park too. What a way to finish off a great 150th celebration!
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden
“Honouring Our Veterans”
CPOz Tim J. Syrette
Military Career ~ 1965-2005 Joined ~ March 11, 1965 Tim served on the East Coast Halifax, 19 years HMCS Algonquin, destroyer escort HMCS St. Laurent, destroyer helicopter HMCS Fraser, DDH HMCS Ojibwa submarine, HMCS Bonaventure aircraft carrier, HMCS Restigouch, DDE HMCS Huron, tribal class destroyer HMCS Stadacona, training HMCS Algonquin, tribal CFB Halifax, training HMCS Protectuer, ADR replenishing ship. Tim also served on West Coast Esquimalt , 21 years HMCS Terra Nova, DDE HMCS Qu’apple, DDE HMCS Kootenay, DDE HMCS Ottawa, Canadian Patrol Frigatte Shore establishments, East and West Coast HMCS Stadacona, Marcom HQ, Support division, Canadian Forces Fleet school, HFX Marpac HQ CFFS Esquimalt, retired regular service in May 2000 and joined Reserve Force. Tim retired for the final time in January 2005. Tim spent his career as a Sonarman, as a Sonar Tech and Naval Acoustic operator. Most of Tim’s shore postings were spent teaching electronics. His last years in the Reserve Force, were spent instructing Armed Forces’ instructors to be better teachers. Tim retired to Okanagan Falls in 2005. He enjoys fishing and hunting. In Tim’s spare time, he enjoys carving in wood and soapstone. Tim and his wife Darlene were married on April 15, 1967. They have a son and daughter, along with two grandchildren. When you see Tim around town, be sure to give him a wave and thank him for his service. June at the Okanagan Falls Legion: Sunday, June 18th ~ Pancake Breakfast. Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are Free! Come on down, and let us do the cooking for you. Tuesday, June 20th ~ General Meeting. Always the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm. Saturday, June 24th ~ Help Us Celebrate Legion Week 12-4pm. We will have karaoke for the young and the ‘young at heart’. Come and check out “Chicken Bingo”. Now, doesn’t that sound very interesting? We will have games to play for everyone to enjoy. Come out for lunch, hamburgers, hotdogs, and fries ... All compliments of Branch #227! Friday & Saturday Night ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starts at 5pm. Our Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Monday is Membership Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”
Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Barb Few
Although we have slowed up for the Summer, we are still holding our regular Bingo on the first Saturday of the month, thus June 3rd at 1pm in the Legion. And, because Father’s Day is coming, we have a beautiful basket to raffle. Tickets can be bought at the Legion Bar. The basket winner will be drawn at the Meat Draw on Saturday, June 17th. On Fathers Day, June 18th, we will be catering for the Music in the Park Elvis and Country Concert in Centennial Park. So, come and have your supper starting at 4pm, followed by music starting at 5pm.
The Okanagan’s “Motorcycle Ride For Dad” charity event will roll through the Okanagan Valley on Sunday, June 11th. This annual charity event for Prostate Cancer Research is sponsored by Telus, the Superstore, and many other businesses and organizations. As a result of what the “Ride for Dad” did previously in the Okanagan, the Kelowna Prostate Cancer Research is rated in the Top 10 in both Canada and the United States. This year, the “Ride for Dad” is expecting over 400 motorcycles to arrive in Okanagan Falls between 11am - 1:30pm on Sunday, June 11th. They will be stopping off at the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 for lunch. The Legion will be serving burgers, smokies and fries and they hope to raise a lot of money for this very worthwhile cause. Following the Ride for Dad BBQ, the Legion will host it’s regular “Sunday Fun Day” with Bingo and Horse Races. Come on out and help support Prostate Cancer Research!
Sharon’s Care Services for seniors
Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 firstname.lastname@example.org
Okanagan Falls Lions Update
with Michael Livingstone, President As we come up to the end of May, the first “Music in the Park” has come and gone. A bit of a cool day, but it was nice to see the Music in the Park return. Good on Myrt, Barb, and Marla for arranging the events this year. Remember, the next Music in the Park is on Sunday, June 18th starting at 5:00 pm. We have just completed our Lions Foundation of Canada Pet Value Dog Walk. Many thanks for those that attended. We will have pictures in the next Skaha Matters. Not only do the members of The Okanagan Falls Lions Club thank you for your support, the users of the helper dogs also stand in line to thank you for your support to this life changing project. Canada Day is coming up on July 1st and there is a celebration of Canada’s 150 Birthday in Okanagan Falls. The festivities start at the Senior Centre with a Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 am, then down to Kenyon Park for the Opening Ceremonies at 11:00 am, followed by the Lions Club Lunch and family events ending with the Confederation Cupcakes at 2:00 pm. Then head back to the Senior Centre for Drop-in Bingo until 4:30 pm, followed by The Time Capsule event at Centennial Park. Enjoy some speeches and then Music in the Park, showcasing 3 Big Bands from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is June 14, 15 and 16 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is pleased to have a New Website and Facebook page. Search ‘OK Falls Lions Club’ on the web today! www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ & www.facebook.com/ okanaganfallslionsclub. If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, talk to a Lions Club Member or call 250.497.8486.
Anderson, Doris Donalda
Conversations start with “HELLO” with Lisa Calder, MSW & RSW Program Coordinator at Desert Velley Hospice Society
Why do we find it so difficult to talk about life and death matters? Some people fear such conversations, others never get around to it. While this may be the case for some of you, I encourage you to be brave. Our lives can change in a moment, whether it be from a fall, a car accident, a stroke or a sudden death. People who have not communicated their wishes to those left behind may leave them overwhelmed and unsure what to decide for you. We encourage people to talk with their loved ones, family, friends, neighbours, and health care professionals about what is important to you (values, beliefs, and wishes), pertaining to how you want to live and die. Having conversations before a crisis happens allows those around you to be better able to cope with an unexpected situation. Such conversations are a gift to yourself and to those who want the best for you. At Desert Valley Hospice Society, we want to encourage the Okanagan Falls community to be open to considering what is important in living and dying well. We have planned an event, called “HELLO”, to help your community talk about what is important in an engaging and exciting way. Hello is a card game that was developed to help small groups talk about what is important to your quality of life. The BC Centre for Palliative Care and Desert Valley Hospice Society are sponsoring a lunch, the Hello game, including prizes and giveaways. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at the Okanagan Falls Legion from 12-3pm. Please call Desert Valley Hospice Society today to register, as we have limited spaces available. You can contact us at 250-495-1590 or email email@example.com. We hope you will join us for this life changing, life enriching, quality of life discussion with HELLO.
August 19, 1949 - May 15, 2017 Doris Donalda Anderson passed away into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on May 15, 2017 at the age of 67 years. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband Wayne Anderson, children Jack (Vicky) Anderson, Tammy Anderson (Ken) and Dawn Anderson. Her grandchildren; Tatianna, Vanessa, Nicola, Alvanna, Shayla, Gavin, Kylie, and Courtney. Her great grandson Sebastian. Her brother, Peter (Evelyn) Babcock, her step-sister Tina (Al) Milley, her step-brother Gene (Lorraine) Anderson. Her brother-in-law Ray Neratko and nine nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Douglas and Margaret Babcock, her step-mother Hazel Babcock, her sister Caroline Neratko, Sister in law Linda Babcock, step-brother and sister in law Greg and Isabel Anderson. Her love of life and people touched the lives of all who knew her. The family held a graveside service on Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00 am at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery with Pastor Ron Crooker officiating. A reception followed the graveside service at the Okanagan Falls Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Gideons or the Kidney Foundation. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.providencefuneralhomes.com. 250-493-1774 “Every Life Tells A Story”
“Hello” is an interactive game to help us start conversations about living well and dying well. Please join our conversation over a complimentary lunch!
Wednesday, June 7th - 12:00 - 3:00 pm Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227
Prizes, Giveaways & Helpful Resources. Please sign up as space is limited! For more information, contact the Desert Valley Hospice Society at 250-495-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather’s Housecleaning References Available Experienced & Efficient Trustworthy
$25/hour 2 hour minimum 250-497-1171 Will also drive to appointments & errands for $20/hour.
Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic
- Okanagan Falls
Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12
CatMatch Meet Hobo!
My nickname is Hobo, as I was living a nomadic lifestyle for a while. However, that got to be a little difficult never knowing where I would rest my head. I am currently in a half-way house recovering from minor surgery to help eliminate my wanderlust, if you know what I mean! I am definitely ready to settle down and put the past behind me. And, I must say I am a very handsome lad and would look lovely on your bed. (Hope that is not to risque to say!) www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org
Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls
An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!
The Okanagan Falls Dog Beach
This months healthy nomination goes to “Marlene and Sky”. The Okanagan Falls Dog Beach is now in full swing. Come down and enjoy the fenced off-leash dog park. Exercise, socialize, and cool off in the water together. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@ okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.
Ride To Provide ~ Sunday, June 11th starting in Oliver’s Lions Park. Choose from either a Short Ride (5km or 10km) or a Long Ride (30km). The Short Ride is $10/person and starts at 11:30am. The Long Ride is $25/person and starts at 10:30am. Registration includes: pledge form, BBQ lunch & drink, T-shirt for the first 100 registrants, change to win prizes, hydration and energy at 2 fueling stations. Join this fundraising bike ride with all proceeds going to “Highway to Healing”, who financially help families from Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls with sick or injured children needing to travel for medical care. For more info or to register, call 250-498-7811 or visit highwaytohealing.org/ridetoprovide.
LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church
Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Email: email@example.com / Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info
Teen Challenge Comes To Okanagan Falls
Who is “Teen Challenge”? What do they do? Teen Challenge helps young men and women with drug and alcohol addictions quit for good. It is a Christ centered 12 month residential treatment program for men and women ages 19-45 with a proven track record of over 86% of the graduates never returning to their former way of life. Discover more Okanagan Falls Community Church about where the closest local treatment centre is and hear stories Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm from young men currently participating in the program at Okanagan Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Falls Community Church on Sunday, July 2nd either at 10am or Free Family Movie Night ~ Friday, June 16th at 6:30pm. This will be 6pm, when some of these young men will be sharing their stories. our last one until October, when it returns for every 3rd Friday again. Okanagan Falls Community Church is located at 1356 McLean Creek Teen Challenge Life Stories ~ Sunday, July 2nd at 10am & 6pm Road in Okanagan Falls. Free BBQ & Gospel Music Concert ~ Sunday, July 2nd from 4-6pm 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 Speakers for June: 4th - Judi Ritcey; 11th - Nancy Wyse; 18th - Rev. Mark Bedford; and 25th - Victor Ince. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Wednesday, June 14th Fundraising Evening Event ~ “Graceland” A one act play presentation with refreshments to follow. Tix - $10 ea. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 www.okfallsunited.ca
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
FREE BARBECUE & Gospel MUSIC Concert!
Sunday, July 2nd Okanagan Falls Community Church 1356 McLean Creek Road
4:00 - 6:00 pm BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
Come Help Celebrate CANADA’S 150th Birthday With Us!
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
CUSTOM GRANITE MEMORIAL MARKERS
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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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Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium
“We are committed to creating a memorial that truly honours your loved one.”
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Kaleden Ladies Drop-in Wednesdays 1-4 pm at KCC
Final Get Together Until Fall June 14th for Lunch at Walla Bakery & Bistro Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850
Book Your Regular Weekly Clean Now!
House Cleaning ~ $20/hr Call Nancy at 250.493.2277 or 250.485.2026
1788 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls
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100 Men Who Care - Penticton
and support charitable organizations across the South Okanagan and RDOS. 100 Men Who Care - Penticton will be celebrating their 1st Anniversary of giving to charities in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. Since June 2016, the members have contributed $22,200 to twelve charitable organizations in the area. The next meeting of 100 Men Who Care - Penticton is Wednesday, June 14th at the Penticton Firehall #201, located at 250 Nanaimo Avenue West in downtown Penticton. Penticton Search & Rescue will be hosting a BBQ for the event. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the meeting runs from 5:30-6:30 pm. Anyone interested in joining 100 Men Who Care - Penticton can visit www.100menpenticton.com.
Flowers or Fish Heads?
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Flowers to Todd Marsel for the use of his property for parking during Evelyn Richardson’s Celebration of Life. ~ From Okanagan Falls Community Church Flowers to Crysti for the wonderful Ostrich Presentation at the Kaleden Library. We have had many compliments on the Ostrich Egg on display. And, Flowers to Lois Bzdel for making delicious chocolate chip cookies for our Ostrich Presentation. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to all of the Okanagan Falls residents who so generously donated to our bottle drive. We, Landon Leochko and Logan Allain (Krystik), set out to organize a fundraising event for the Okanagan Falls Elementary School year end field trip for the Grade 6 & 7 class. Through hard work and support of our family volunteers, it was a fantastic event. Special thanks also to Gramma Millie (Krystik) who let us set up the drop zone and sorting tables at her big driveway on Maple Street. ~ From Landon & Logan of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the people who walk along Maple Street with their dogs and don’t bother to pick up the piles of poop left behind. Since there are no side walks, other people walk there too. Because of your inconsideration, we all have to walk looking down instead of admiring the beautiful flowers. Shame on you! ~ From GF an OK Falls Senior
CONDO CLEANER REQUIRED for 2 Condos in Okanagan Falls (above Library) for July and August on Saturdays between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Extra cleaning needed in June to prepare for summer rentals. References and experience are required. Please call or text Linda Rathjen at 778-246-4977.
A Big Welcome to “OK Falls Taxi”! Call 250.488.9999
West Bench 4th Annual Community Garage Sale
with Denis Chaykowski, West Bench Resident The Community Wide Garage Sale started because my family living in West Bench tried to have garage sales in both 2012 & 2013, but ended with dismal results both years. So, cmeliveproductions organized a community wide garage sale event, which has now grown to include 3 large subdivisions (West Bench, Husula Highlands and Sage Mesa) and the surrounding neighborhoods. That’s a lot of homes and great bargains. Now into our 4th annual, this has turned into a fabulous West Bench communities event. And, it is supported by over 900 homes ... WOW, just imagine [fun] if everyone took part! On Saturday of the Father’s Day weekend, our garage sale brings out 100’s of people to our three main communities, creating a festive-like event from 8am well into the late afternoon. Signage placed around the neighbourhoods direct ‘garage sale hounds’ to the doors of individual homes displaying their own garage sale signs and/or balloons. Have FUN bartering over the many items being sold or traded. Last year’s annual West Bench community garage sale event drew people from as far away as Kamloops and Armstrong, as well as the North and Southern Okanagan communities. Come and enjoy the West Bench 4th Annual Fathers Day Weekend “Saturday” Community Garage Sale, which is a ‘rain or shine’ event. Call 250.460.2221 for more information.
Community Wide 4th Annual Garage Sale West Bench * Husula Highlands * Sage Mesa Saturday, June 17th ~ Father’s Day Weekend 8am - 4pm * Rain or Shine! * Info: 250.460.2221
If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.
LIVE MUSIC AT NOBLE RIDGE June 28th ~ Winemaker Wednesday Chardonnay Vertical Tasting
3-5pm ($25/person) ~ Reservations appreciated
Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualiﬁcations.
Live Music Featuring Jeff Piattelli
To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
Bring a picnic or snack on selections from Noble Ridge. Relax and enjoy!
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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Owned Business For 11 Years! 39008 Highway 97 at Gallagher Lake, North of Oliver
Serving the South Okanagan’s Biggest & Best Wings!
Wednesdays ~ Wings - $5.95/lb & Prawns - $.49/ea Fish Fridays
2 pc Fish & Chips $8.95 With Early Reservation Only!
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.
Eat In / Take Out Until 10 pm Everyday!
Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
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Located just an 11 minute scenic drive south from Okanagan Falls.
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840
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