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2019 Kidney Walk Is June 2nd By Annick Lim, Volunteer for The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch and BC Transplant since 2008, Kidney patient since 1977 and Kidney transplant since 1999 That’s right! The Penticton - South Okanagan Kidney Walk is just days away! I’d love to share a story leading up to the Kidney Walk. Al Mansfield, owner of Penticton White Spot at 1770 Main Street in Penticton, and his wife Dorothy Mansfield were able to get a kidney transplant from a local who came forward to save her life. Dorothy is now enjoying wonderful health without having to do dialysis treatments four times every week. I could share more stories, but you get the picture, what an incredible gift of life! Al’s son is not so lucky. The disease is genetic and has been passed down from his mom. But, Al has been tested and has been found to be the PERFECT MATCH for his son to donate one of his kidneys to him. Al and White Spot Restaurants were able to raise more than $4,000 for the 2018 Penticton Kidney Walk and this year is no different. He’s helping every day to make it EASY! For every $20 donated to Al at White Spot, he’s giving away a FREE $10 White Spot dining card. You heard right! For every $20 you donate to Team White Spot, Al will give you 50% back in FOOD CARDS to his restaurant. So, if you’ve wanted to make a difference and get something for FREE in return, this is the place to go. Remember, there is a huge need for people to register their wishes in regards to organ donation. Have you registered yet? Verify your status today at www.transplant.bc.ca. For more info, contact Susan Keyes, Penticton-South Okanagan Kidney Walk Coordinator at email@example.com.
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Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen
6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca
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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Spring turns into summer very quickly in the Boundary-Similkameen and we have already experienced our first of many heat waves. And, that means our Fire Danger Rating will continue to rise. I urge all of you to be vigilant in reporting fires and behaviour that puts our land at risk. Overall, about 50% of fires are started by human activity - more than 50% at this time of year. The Richter Creek Fire in Cawston is a glaring reminder of how dry our area is and the probability of fires being human caused. On another note, the South Okanagan lost a great philanthropic individual in the passing of David Kampe. His support of the Penticton Regional Hospital has ensured excellent health facilities are available to all of us who live in the region. He also supported many other worthwhile causes in the Penticton area over the years for which we are all grateful. The Legislature is now in recess until the fall. All MLA’s will be returning to their ridings in order to catch up on important meetings and events that are difficult to attend during the Legislative sittings. It’s also the time of year that is the start of many events that will celebrate our diverse agricultural climate and give us a chance to thank the farmers who provide us with such a variety of produce for us to enjoy. The profitability of farming is always a fine line. Increasing costs of everything farmers use like fertilizers, plant stock and labour will eventually drive up the costs of product to the consumer. This has been an exceptionally bad year for increased costs. Fuels like diesel, natural gas and propane have all been impacted by an increase in carbon tax. That extra cost of fuels also affects the transportation of produce to markets and all costs end up being paid by the consumer. The Employers Health Tax impacts many of our farmers. Up till last year, individuals were responsible for their own health insurance through MSP, or in the case of Foreign Workers through a secondary insurance plan. Now, the employer is responsible for paying for everyone’s health insurance. Another cost that will have to be passed onto consumers.
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And then, there is the Legislation introduced to raise minimum wage. I support incremental increases based on cost of living and other factors, which the BC Liberal Government had proposed previously. But, raising minimum wage significantly without consultation with the employers who will have to pay it is just one more cost that will have to be balanced out by producers through consumer pricing. Regarding Minimum Wage: The response from employers has been mixed. Many employers have very slim margins, especially in small business. Being forced to pay more to employees regardless of their skills or productivity often puts employers in the uncomfortable position of solving the problem by reducing the number of their employees. The alternative to that is to raise the costs to the consumers of the products being produced. And so, for us, agriculture will feel the negative effects of an increase in minimum wage the most. Currently, we have a large group of young people who come to the Okanagan each summer to enjoy our beautiful area and make some money picking fruit. At present, they are paid by the piece, bucket, weight, etc. They are able to earn as much as $300 per day by picking for a few hours. Imagine at a minimum wage of even $15 per hour how less than eager they will be to work in the heat for 6 hours for $90 and how unhappy the farmers will be to pay the $90 for perhaps six buckets of cherries, as productivity will no longer matter, only the time clocked. A waste of time and money for the farmer and the farm worker. A mix of wage and productivity would be a reasonable approach to this issue. A report on the impacts as it relates to farming was completed and turned into the Minister of Agriculture in December. It has yet to be released. In closing, most of you will have seen the report on consultations from Parks Canada and, as it has been for the last 15 years, there is still no clear path going forward or a consensus from the residents of the South Okanagan-Similkameen on what the components of a Park would be or how it would be managed. I will continue to support the modernization of the original Land Resource Management Plan (LRMP) with consultation with First Nations, as a reasonable way of ensuring all interests in this unique and diverse ecosystem are satisfied. Again, please be extremely careful if you are out in our wild areas, report all fires immediately and pray for rain. SkahaMatters.com | June 2019 | Page 3
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’
Happy Mother’s Day for the month of May just gone by and Happy Father’s Day for the month of June about to happen! We have painted the Information Centre and the Community Service Office. April Howe and her team of volunteers at the Information Centre have done an excellent job getting Ron Obirek ready for the new season and opening Director of in mid-May. Well done and thank you. RDOS Area ‘D’ April Howe has planned an Open House for Wednesday, June 12 from 11 am - 1 pm. All are welcome to come and see the new paint job and provide any comments or feedback regarding plans for the Community Service Office. We welcome any and all local businesses or attractions that would like exposure and promotion at the Information Centre to contact myself or April Howe.
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The Aster project and committee related thereto had its first meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and will have its second meeting on June 18, 2019 at 7 pm at the Okanagan Falls School at the Club Room located next to the Gymnasium. Anyone interested in joining in or volunteering to help are welcome.
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with Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation Thank you to all the people on the Parks and Recreation to pilot the Love Your Lake (LYL) program for the first time in BC Commission for the good work you are doing providing advice to at Vaseux Lake and Okanagan Lake. The LYL project provides the RDOS Board regarding community concerns related to Parks Lakeshore landowners free, personalized and private evaluation and Recreation. I specifically thank you for your recommendations of their shoreline, with specific actions for voluntary measures regarding the trestle bridge and will be providing those to protect and revitalize shoreline to improve Lake health while recommendations to the RDOS Board. I also appreciate the maintaining waterfront view. Shoreline property owners are work being done to create a Master Plan for the Parks in Area ‘D’ welcome to contact LYL to learn more about this interesting generally and Okanagan Falls specifically. Keep up the great work. project and opportunity. Participants will receive an individual shoreline property report. You can contact the LYL program at The Heritage Hills Park project is progressing. RDOS has www.LoveYourLake.ca; and the Southern Interior Land Trust can executed the Memorandum of Agreement with the Heritage Hills be contacted at www.siltrust.ca. Lakeshore Highlands Community Association regarding the use of $210,183 in grant money successfully raised by the Heritage Our coffee meeting with the Director at the Legion May 13 was well Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association for the purpose attended with good information and concerns shared by many. of capital project development in the park. RDOS has obtained These meetings provide valuable input from the community that an updated engineered plan from ECOR necessary for the next helps me better understand issues of concern both historically stage of the Heritage Hills Park development. We expect to see and in the present moment. Thank you to all who attended and work commenced on the development in the near future. I hope all who might attend future meetings. Our next coffee meeting to report on some specific project plans and dates expected for is scheduled for Monday, June 10 at 9 am at the Okanagan Falls Legion. All are welcome. I will be available to meet with completion next month. anyone who would like to speak regarding any concern comment Special thanks to Anna Warwick-Sears of the Okanagan Basin or question. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. I can Water Board who has done excellent work advocating regarding be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-328-9800. concerns related to milfoil throughout the region and at Vaseux Lake and Skaha Lake specifically. Milfoil is a serious issue and Yours truly, requires serious attention on an urgent basis. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ I have been contacted by the Southern Interior Land Trust (SILT) Direct: 250.328.9800 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca who have, for over 30 years, worked in the southern interior of Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! BC to protect and preserve habitat for all living things. SILT is exploring ways to spark widespread voluntary care of Lakeshore’s NEW HOURS: Mon-Fri ~ 8am - 3pm to benefit all living things, including people. SILT has partnered Hiring for Summer! Effective May 1st - August 31st Page 4 | June 2019 | SkahaMatters.com
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The Kaleden Safety Committee is organizing patrols and working on a community safety plan. We are looking for volunteers for patrols. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll connect you with Crime stats were presented to RDOS the patrol organizers. board on May 9th. There are some The Pioneer Park Parking Lot project is nearing completion. The changes to the reporting statistics next step is to work towards the boat launch being replaced in 2020. by RCMP. Every call to 911 or non Thanks to everyone who donated towards replacing the swim emergency number now appears ropes at Pioneer Park last year to keep our children safe. Excess on this report, even if no evidence funds were used to replace the cement blocks that hold the dock in exists to the credibility of the incident. place with anchors, which are safer for swimmers and dock users. The change will increase number of I started a new community group called “Kaleden Community reports showing a spike in events. Partners”, which gathers community committees together to Subrina Monteith Please don’t be alarmed with the 2019 share projects and needs with other committees. We had our first Director of statistics. 2020 will be more accurate, RDOS Area ‘I’ meeting and plan to meet next on September 11th. Let me know if due to 2019 being a comparative year. you wish to join the next meeting. AIM, the company who replaced Kaleden Statistics for January 2019 to the end of March 2019. Argo with the road maintenance contract, met with attendees of the Community Partners group. To request service from AIM or Offence 2018 Q1 2019 % change report a road maintenance concern, please call 1-866-222-4204. Compare To Date Twin Lakes Residents ~ Calling all neighbors of the Twin Lakes area (Twin Lakes, Trout Lake, Marron Valley, Sheep Creek, Grand Auto Theft 1 1 0% Increase Oro, etc.). A Social will be on Friday, July 19th at 7 pm. Tickets Break & Enter - Business 0 0 0% Increase are $20 per person for a burger buffet and dance. Purchase Break & Enter - Garage, etc. 0 1 100% Increase your tickets at the Twin Lakes Golf Course. Come out and meet Break & Enter - Residential 0 6 n/c neighbours for a fun-filled evening of laughter and dancing! Thank you to the Community Foundation Mental Health Act 1 2 100% Increase for the community grant. For more Theft from Vehicles 1 3 200% Increase info on the Twin Lakes Social, email Cause Disturbance 1 1 0% Increase firstname.lastname@example.org. Mischief - Loss of Enjoyment Property 0 0 0% Increase If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Persons Violent Crime 0 2 200% Increase Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Property Crime 6 15 150% Increase Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
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By Glenda Livolsi
By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee
New Website ~ Just a reminder to everyone to take a look at our new website at www.kaledencommunity.com. Everything you want to know about Kaleden and the Twin Lakes area is on this site. The winners of the “Community Website Launch” contest will be announced in our July issue.
Be Water Smart as Well as FireSmart! In past issues of Skaha Matters, the FireSmart folks provided many useful tips on fireproofing your property. Taking preventive measures to reduce the risk of giving falling embers a place to grow anew is the best way to protect your home. Removing accumulations of leaves and needles from your roof and gutters, and eliminating all flammable materials adjacent to your house should be top priorities. During the 2017 Kaleden Fire, many homeowners wetted things down and got sprinklers running on their roofs, despite being well away from the fire zone. Although this can be an effective individual strategy, our water system could be put under stress if all did it. Although KID takes its water from Skaha Lake, the supply is limited by pump and storage capacities. Please keep in mind that, although our pumphouse is served by a dedicated power line (which thankfully was not shut down during the 2017 fire), KID does NOT have a backup generator and instead relies on reservoir storage capacities in the event of a power loss. In the worst-case scenario of a prolonged power outage, combined with fighting a major fire similar to that in 2017, we would be out of water in no more than one hour. So in the event of a major fire, please don’t turn on your sprinklers, unless advised to do so by authorities.
Grant Funding ~ Do you have an idea to bring neighbours together, to connect with Kaleden residents, or to enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Kaleden Community Association is making grants available to support your ideas. For more information on the Grant criteria or any questions or concerns, please contact the Kaleden Community Association by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Rick Wilson, Chair As the new Chair of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for the confidence they have shown in me. I would like to thank Bob Daly for his leadership as the Chair for the past five years and will strive to live up to the excellent guidance he has shown the District. I look forward to working with the Board and our excellent Staff during this year.
KID water bills were mailed out on Thursday, May 16th, and payment must be received at the KID Office by 4 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019, to avoid a 10% penalty. If you haven’t yet received your bill, contact Cheryl at the KID Office ASAP. And please remember - if your mailing address has changed, it is your responsibility to notify KID of the change.
250.497.5407 | email@example.com One of the projects your District is taking on this year is the upgrade Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur of the Ferguson Place water main and service connections. We 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 will also be installing a new fire hydrant and test station to allow for better water quality testing in this area. This project will also allow www.kaledenirrigation.com the Cascade Valve to feed the Lower Zone from the Upper Zone in times of emergency. The project is currently in the hands of “Building Community Spirit” our engineering company, CTQ Engineering for design and tender The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or documentation. even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. I know we have mentioned this several times, but it is worth New Community Toy Box at Pioneer Park! repeating, summer water restrictions came into effect on May 1. You may water on an Odd/Even basis by your address number, odd number customers on odd days and even number customers on even days. Check our website for all the details pertaining to this issue. We have completed our spring flushing of water mains and we know some people have experienced dirty water. Please run your outside tap wide open until the water runs clear. This may take more than one occurrence to flush your service. It is also a very good plan on a regular basis to try to flush your system, as there may be some corrosion or buildup in your system. We strive to eliminate the corrosion in the water mains by flushing twice a year and we have changed our methods of flushing to be more effective. If this affects your service, please contact our office and we will try to help resolve your issues. Please use water responsibly, it is a precious commodity, even in this great Country. This is especially true during our hot, dry summers.
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The Kaleden Community Toy Box is open! This toy box concept is simple ... borrow, play, return! And, feel free to donate some sand toys or other items that would add to the fun. RDOS Recreation thanks all the parents and children who help us by discarding broken toys, and popping forgotten items back in the box. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to email@example.com.
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Residents of Okanagan Falls and Oliver got hammered by a flash storm July 30, 1997. Heavy rains and hail hit the area around 6 pm bringing high waters and damaged crops. Most of the crops were apples that were hit by hail. The storm was quick, but did serious damage including basement flooding, road and parking lot washouts. The Weyerhaeuser basement looked like soup with the mixture of sawdust and wood products floating within the water. A 1994 Peterbuilt semi slid off Hwy 97 on Waterman’s Hill one night at 11:20 pm in November 1997. The truck ended up in the ditch with his load of lumber spread all over the road. The lumber was destined for Oregon. The driver was not injured, but it took several hours to clean the highway, plus pulling the truck out of the ditch. The highway was slippery that night.
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On December 22, 1997 in Cornwall, Ontario, firemen aren’t sure how the hose from a fire truck got tangled around a vehicle that was following the truck. The hose dragged the car 58 meters before that car hit another vehicle. There were no injuries. Okanagan Falls Fire Department received 113 calls during 1997. A Kaleden firefighter was paged out for a structure fire only to find out it was his own home. February 10, 1998, Graham Burke, while at work received the page at 11:10 am not realizing it was his home until he arrived at the fire hall. The Linden Avenue house fire started in the basement and worked it’s way through the floor boards to the main level. It took more than 2 hours to put the blaze out. The couple had 3 children and lost everything they had. The Kaleden community rallied together and created donation drives, which had an overwhelming response.
After a very hot and dry April, Fire Season is upon us already. It is imperative that residents are very careful with their campfires, backyard fire pits and back country activities. To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire, please call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 (from a cell phone). The KVFD is always recruiting ... please call 250-497-8231 or contact kaledenﬁre@shaw.ca for more information.
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On February 16, 1998 our fire department responded to a vehicle fire on Allendale Lake Road. Upon arrival, we found a 1979 Lincoln By Linda Dahl engulfed in flames. There was no fatalities or injuries, but the car An amazing 121 loads of burnable debris was hauled to the chipper didn’t do so well. To be continued ... and bins for our 2nd annual FireSmart Day Chipping Event. We Special Dates: National Indigenous Peoples Day is Friday, June want to thank everyone who participated and those groups that 21st., Wishing all Fathers and Grandfathers a Great Father’s Day pitched in and helped neighbours. on Sunday, June 16th. Thank you especially to: Fortis, EZ Safety Tip: Our children will be finishing the school year soon. Bins, Larry Richardson, Kaleden All drivers need to keep an extra eye open during the summer Community Church group, Kaleden months. Moms and Dads, please remind your children of road Volunteer Fire Department, Family safety. Enjoy the summer kids and be SAFE. Tree Arborists, and the many others Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Fireﬁghter? For more who came out and helped make information, please call 250-497-5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. this such a success. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.
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the neighbours have that they might like. The best strategy here is to keep the bears out of your neighbourhood in the first place Security / Safety ... Whose Responsibility Is It? by removing, and locking up anything that might attract the bears. Many people who drop in to discuss crime in their neighbourhood The same tactics apply to thieves, remove and lock up anything ask that question. Are the police not responsible for my security? that might attract them in the first place. Like bears, once attracted How about the elected officials, how about the courts, who is to your neighbourhood, thieves will check out what everyone else responsible for my security and safety? While all of the above has has and will keep returning until they realize there is nothing there a role in keeping our communities safe, ultimately the responsibility for them. I know some of you reading this are going to say I have lies with you. Who is responsible for securing your valuables, been unfair comparing bears which are great wildlife creature to a locking your vehicles, ensuring your residence is secure and your thief which is great low life creature, but as I have already said, I property is identifiable in the event someone does take it? Who is prefer bears over thieves and only use this to illustrate my point in in the best position to observe, record and report suspicious activity a different light. Some of you will also be saying that at least they in your neighbourhood? Who best knows your neighbourhood, the capture and relocate problem bears and I assure you the police do people living in it and the specific needs of your neighbourhood? this with the thieves, but unlike problem bears that return, society The answer delivered in the style of TV show the Family Feud, “the has not decided what best course of action should be taken with the returning thieves other than to try and capture them again. survey says” ... “You.” It is frustrating when you wake up and find your new iPad missing In a perfect world, we should be able to leave our property and from your vehicle parked in your driveway or your bike taken from come back to it just as we left it, but those days are long gone and your carport. The argument often made by victims is that if the I doubt they will return. In the meantime, we have to secure our police and the courts did a better job of catching and dealing with property the best we can, report crime and suspicious activity and the crooks this would not have happened, and perhaps there is persons. At the same time, police, elected officials and the courts some validity to this argument. However, regardless who you feel can listen and work better with the community to address concerns is to blame for your loss, ask yourself, who is the one that is now and together keep the communities we live in safe. There I go being deprived of their property, who was in the best person to again, talking about that “perfect world”. But, if everyone does their part, we can at least make things better, if not perfect! secure their property and prevent the theft in the first place? I often refer to the behaviour of these property thieves to be like Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police bears. Before anyone gets offended, I want it to be clear that I Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca like and respect bears much more than I do thieves. However, it is pretty common knowledge that if you don’t secure your garbage there is a chance that a bear will pay you a visit, and Formerly Brightman Electric ~ Serving the South Okanagan once they find garbage they tend to keep coming back. Once in Commercial & Residential 250-497-8284 your neighbourhood, the bears will also look around to see what
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“Frälik in the Falls” By Carrie Ferguson One of Okanagan Falls’ signature events is back with a new name and a new group behind it, and ticket sales are well under way. “Frälik in the Falls” will replace the annual “Party in the Park”, much to the delight of local wine connoisseurs who thought the event was cancelled. So, what is a “frälik” and how do you pronounce it? Frälik is the phonetic spelling of “frolic”, and what better way to describe what happens at this annual event?! The Okanagan Falls Winery Association (OFWA) voted to take a step back from hosting the “Party in the Park” this year, because their member wineries have become so busy. While that is great news for the wineries, it was disappointing for the 300+ guests who love the annual event. A local charity, The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning, stepped in to host the event as a new fundraiser for their learning centre supporting children with Autism. The OFWA is strongly supporting the new “Frälik in the Falls”, with 13 of their 14 member wineries pouring their wines at the event. The event will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 5 pm in Kenyon Park, and will feature the wines of Okanagan Falls and Skaha Lake. The evening will be very similar to the events of year’s past with a few subtle changes: 90 minutes of wine tastings followed by a cash bar, a full buffet dinner (prepared by Nest & Nectar), live music by UnCorked!, and a Silent Auction. The event will wrap up at 10 pm, which is an extra hour of music and dancing compared to prior years. The local wineries who will be participating at the event are Blasted Church, Bonamici Cellars, Crescent Hill Winery, Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery, Liquidity Wines, Meyer Family Vineyards, Nighthawk Vineyards, Noble Ridge Vineyards, Pentâge Winery, Play Estate Winery, See Ya Later Ranch, Stag’s Hollow Winery, and Wild Goose Winery. Silent Auctions items include wine, gourmet food baskets, jewellery, and activities. Should you wish to donate an item to the auction, please contact event organizer Carrie Ferguson at 236422-0207 or email@example.com. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the event’s website at www.fralikinthefalls.com.
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By April Howe, Information Centre Manager
Our anticipated opening on May 13th was delayed by only one day. We had a few things to reorganize and relocate after our new paint job. However, anyone that came to the door for information was looked after. We officially opened for the 2019 season on May 14th. We welcomed a group of 10 ladies on a bicycle trip. Hopefully, this is an omen for a busy season. I would like to thank all my volunteers and RDOS staff Shona, Nancy (and Faith) and Janet for the help and muscles with the reorganization. Also, thanks to Director Obirek for the new fresh look to our office. We are planning an Open House on Wednesday, June 12th from 11 am - 1 pm. I hope everyone can drop by to see our new look (standing room only) and meet our volunteers. We are still looking for more volunteers. Please call me between 9 am - 5 pm leave a message at 778-515-6588. Hope everyone has a great June.
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Okanagan Falls Wednesday Market Starting June 19th from 3-7pm in Centennial Park WANTED: Farmers, Crafters, Artists & Small Businesses
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Okanagan Falls Market In The Park Introduces “Old Grey Pottery”
By Vivian Botting The Okanagan Falls Market In the Park returns on Wednesday, June 19th from 3-7pm in Centennial Park. This month we would like to introduce one of our vendors, “Old Grey Pottery”. The Old Grey Potters, Paullette and Alex Sailes, are selftaught potters who have been honing their craft since 2000. They participated in their first craft sale in 2002, as part of the Penticton’s Farmers Market and were both surprised and delighted when people bought their pottery. They have been at it ever since participating for many years in “ART in the Park” and the “Penticton Community Market”. In 2012, they moved to Okanagan Falls and took a 4-year hiatus from pottery, while they focused on their property, which included setting up a new pottery studio. In 2016, they started attending markets again by participating in the first Okanagan Falls Community Market that was held in the local pub parking lot. The Old Grey Potters make their own glazes (all 16 of them), specialize in flatware sets and functional pottery, such as berry bowls, wine goblets, beer/refreshment mugs, bowls, casserole dishes, and platters. They also make unique things, such as brown sugar softeners, gecko’s, hanging pots, fairy houses, and other fun things that they sell as “It’s an Okanagan Thing”. Old Grey Pottery is happy to participate in the Okanagan Falls Community Market in the Park. Come and see them - bring this edition of Skaha Matters with you to receive a one time 10% discount on either of the first 4 markets, being June 19th, 26th, July 3rd and 10th. By the way, all their prices include taxes.
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Music & Market In The Park By Barb Few As you can see from our new heading things are growing for Music in the Park. We will now have a Sunday Market at every concert to increase your enjoyment of the day. Also, we have a terrific line up of artists both old and new to tap your feet to. We start our 4th season off on Fathers Day, June 16th, with the popular REBEL LUV starring MIKIE AND KEN who will get you up and moving to their music. So, after you have explored the market, you can wander over to the Legion for your supper and then return to your seats to enjoy the live music in Centennial Park. What better way to enjoy Father Day, so bring fathers, uncles, sons or any more males and your partners, your chairs, families and enjoy the evening which starts at 5 pm. This year, the Okanagan Falls Legion has kindly opened up their toilet facilities to our audience. Also, the whole evening is free thanks to our sponsor, UNITED STEEL WORKERS. See you there ... enjoying yourselves!
Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 15
By Taylor Bentley, Race Director Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon is just around the corner and the planning is in full swing! The event will take place on Saturday, June 15th 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 Taylor Bentley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, continuing to fill up super fast year after year. 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, Meyer Family Vineyards, Easy Lock Storage, Patio Burger, KJ Coffee Bar, Malibu Dreams Photography, Skaha Matters, Greyback Construction, Playtime Installations, Flash and Frame, Sun Rype, Lindsey Veterinary Hospital and Struthers Technical Solutions, RDOS and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. If you’re interested in sponsoring, contact Taylor at taylor.charley@ hotmail.com. 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 Taylor Bentley at email@example.com; alternatively, you may register to volunteer at www.okfallstri.com. The athletes, who range in age from 2-13, 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. KJ Coffee Bar will be on location firing up the BBQ at 10am. All proceeds will go towards supporting next year’s race. We hope to see you there!
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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Registration for Summer Reading Club starts on Tuesday, June 11th at the Kaleden Library. This year’s theme is “IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES”! This summer program is for children ages 5-12 years old. We’re all looking forward to a fun-filled summer of entertainers, make at home crafts, contests, and prizes! Save the dates: July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22. Taking place on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm. Summer Family Story Time will be held Tuesday mornings on June 4th, July 2nd and August 6th at 10 am. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. We’ll have fun listening to stories, making a craft and meeting new friends. This is free program for 2-12 years. Drop-ins welcome, but registration is appreciated. Glenda and Lynn are hosting another Father’s Day Card Making Program at the Kaleden Library on Thursday, June 13th from 2:303:30 pm. Children between the ages of 5-12 years old will make two cards (one for Dad and one for Grandpa, or a favorite Uncle), then listen to a Father’s Day story while nibbling on a cookie. Please register for these programs, as space is limited. For more information, please contact the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. DE
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Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm What’s Happening at the Okanagan Falls Library? Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 19 both from 1-3 pm. • Book Club Meeting ~ Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 pm. This months’ discussion title is “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen. This is our last meeting until September. If you would like to join our library book club, please join us in the Fall. Date to be announced. • South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author Faye Arcand, leading this writing group at the Okanagan Falls Library. A safe place to share while building a writing community, having fun, learning, and growing in your craft. Tuesday, June 18 from 6-8 pm. Children’s Programs: • Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Club, for children 5-12 years old. This year’s theme is “Imagine the Possibilities”. SRC will take place Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm, starting July 2. More information to follow. Thank you to all in our community who came out and supported our first “Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale” that was held at the United Church. Your support is very much appreciated! Do you have something you would like to share with others at our library? Please call us for details and a date for our fall program line up. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email email@example.com.
Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish THANK YOU to all the people who came out and helped with the Pioneer Park clean up. (Shown in photo below.) Your contributions are appreciated by everyone and add another reason why Kaleden is such a great place to live.
Also, thank you to everyone for their patience while Phase One and Two of the Pioneer Park improvement project are completed. It has taken longer than expected, but will hopefully be finished by the time you are reading this. With the arrival of June, and the nicer weather, many of the regularly scheduled recreation activities move outside and down to the Park. Check the Kal-Rec website for the most up to date information on these programs. June is always a busy month with some programs ending for the summer months and some Special Events showing up around the community. On June 21st, the first day of summer, P.A.T., the Physical Activity Trailer, will be down at Pioneer Park from 5-6:30 p.m. There will be fun physical activities for all. Of course the Annual Canada Day Celebration will also be held in the Park rain or shine. Details are still being organized, but watch for more information on the local events boards in the Community. Come on out, have some fun and celebrate Canada’s Birthday. The Seniors Committee are also hosting a couple of June events. Their first event is a Linden Gardens Tour on Wednesday, June 12th. Participants will meet at 11 am, order and pay for their lunch, then head off for a tour of the gardens with the infamous Ken Hayter for a reduced price of $5. On return to the Frog City Cafe, they will be able to pick up and enjoy their lunch. On Thursday, June 27th, the committee has organized another Party in the Park event. It starts at 4 pm in Pioneer Park with lawn games and pickleball. Dinner will be around 5:30 with beef on a bun provided. Please bring a salad OR dessert and your own plate, cup, cutlery and chair. As a special addition to the event this year, the group will be learning a line dance called “The Electric Slide”. As always, all the events hosted by the Seniors Committee are open to all ages, so come and enjoy the fun.
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On the business side, the Commission continues to work with the RDOS personnel on the strategic planning process for future projects. We are looking at possible projects for the next 5 years and then trying to prioritize them. These include projects for Pioneer Park, the Kaleden Hall, the Kaleden Hotel and the Twin Lakes area. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please talk to a Commission member or come to a meeting. The next regular meeting of the Kaleden Recreation Commission is Wednesday, June 12th at 7 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. Members of the public are always welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.
5 Year Red Carpet Summer Event
Our members are getting together again to celebrate, drink a bit of wine, gather with friends new and old, and to give to charities who need our help in the local community. We are rolling out the red carpet for our 5th Anniversary event! Put on your favourite summer party dress and join us where it all began 5 YEARS AGO! We gave our first donations to charity away at Bench 1775 Winery in 2014.
5 Year Red Carpet Summer Event
5-7 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Bench 1775 Winery, Naramata Road, Penticton RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests are free and come see if the group is right for you. Or, be a member by committing to giving $200 per year and contributing $100 to an endowment fund. For more information, visit www.100womensouthokanagan.com.
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Sun and Sand Play Days - Kaleden We're going to have a blast ! Plans include loose parts play - largely unstructured, creative, active and fun! Create your play experience. A chance to stay connected with your friends and meet some new ones, too. Thursdays, July 18 - August 15th Two sessions: 2-5 years and 6-12 years Check out your guide for details!
Fun in the Sun Day Camp - OK Falls Join us the 1st two weeks of July (afternoons) for a medley of water play, sports and summer action. Ideal for the 6-11 year old crowd.
Preschool Play - OK Falls Themed summer program for the 3-5 year olds. From pirates to super-hero’s, cooking to camping, enjoy a new theme every week. We have much more to offer too. Be sure to check out your guide for details!
Play in the Park - The Joy of Unstructured Play We’ll have a slate of PLAY activities to choose from; creativity (art), physical activity and free play with friends. KENYON PARK in OKANAGAN FALLS Monday, June 3 4:00-5:30 pm PIONEER PARK IN KALEDEN Tuesday, June 4 4:00-5:30 pm $10 per child If you are leaving your child in our care (pre-register) OR No fee with parent participation (just drop by!)
MOVE AND PLAY EVENTS FRIDAY, JUNE 21st - The Official FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! RDOS PLAY is back for year 2 with our much loved Physical Activity Trailer. Focusing on physical literacy, safe play and reduction of sedentary behavior, PAT aims to increase access to recreation. PAT is packed full of great equipment, such as slack lines, disc golf, hula hoops, bocce, badminton, and much more that will make recreation and play as easy as 1-2-3!
AT OKANAGAN FALLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2:30-4:00 pm AT PIONEER PARK IN KALEDEN 5:00-6:30 pm (June 21st)
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Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. June 10-16, 2019 is Men’s Health Week, which We are conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre honours the importance of men’s health and every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton wellness. According to the Canadian Men’s every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a Health Foundation, Canadians believe they’re mobile service providing on-site chair massage in-home, at sports a pretty healthy nation. But weirdly, Canadian events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for guys aren’t that healthy. It’s not because of more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three genetics; it’s a result of lifestyle. In 2014, when the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation launched 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper nationally in Canada, we knew the statistics about the state of body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to men’s health in Canada, and the picture those statistics painted check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page. was not too flattering for Canadian men. Here’s a snapshot of some statistics (Source available from Canadian Men’s Health Foundation upon request): • 54% of Canadian men are unhealthy sleepers • 59% of Canadian men don’t exercise enough • 62% of Canadian men are unhealthy eaters • 39% of Canadian men have unhealthy alcohol consumption • 20% of Canadian men still smoke • 72% of Canadian men are borderline unhealthy and/or unhealthy • 25% of Canadian men are considered healthy/very healthy. • 70% of chronic diseases and conditions may be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle habits From these statistics, we realized that the health of men on a personal, family and workplace level required a concerted effort of not one organization, but many pieces - from individuals, to other healthcare organizations, to private industry and government at all levels - to recognize the state of men’s health and its impact on Canadian society. Creative Wellness Solutions offers Wellness Coaching. Wellness Coaches work with clients on a variety of lifestyle concerns with an emphasis on overall health and well-being. We can help you develop and implement a lifestyle strategy that will empower you to achieve balance in all areas of your life whether it’s socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically or mentally. Men have the tendency to hang on to stress and worries where women are more likely to share them, this can result in poor sleep and anxiety. Chair massage can cut your body’s level of stress hormones in half and is a wonderful way to improve sleep, as it increases our serotonin levels.
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Fishing The Big Lakes By Larry Martin Okay, so this photo above from Rod Hennig was from last year and a bit of smoke, but I am predicting Skaha and Okanagan Lake will be “hot” again this year for Rainbows. Early season has been producing near surface rainbows trolling bucktails and along with the usual gear, the new Lyman plugs in 2” are making a favourable re-introduction. These have been asked for, but have not been produced for several years. With new colours and similar action to the originals, these were developed and produced in Kelowna for use in the big lakes. Hint: This #2 Lyman, named Lil Kokanee, can be trolled alone or with a dodger/flasher for Kokanee and Trout. It will even cast well when used “popper style” for Bass. There are a variety of colours to tempt both you and the fish. Plugs can be speed sensitive, but this little guy is quite versatile. Okanagan Nation has released over 4 million Sockeye fry into Okanagan Lake tributaries this year, so I’m expecting the Trout to be thinking ... this looks like food to me. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Regenerative therapies are aimed at repairing damage to joint and soft tissue structures such as tendon tears, ligament sprains, cartilage degeneration, and muscle strains. A variety of injection therapies directed at the site of injury have been developed and evaluated for safety and efficacy. These include Prolotherapy, Prolozone therapy, and Peri-neural injections. Depending on the injury or degenerative condition, one or more of these therapies may be indicated. The main therapies applied at the Natural Family Health Clinic are Prolozone and Peri-neural therapy, due to a long history of effectiveness and a high degree of tolerance to these therapies (they are minimally painful to the patient). Prolozone is an injectable pain management therapy developed by Dr. Frank Shallenberger, a renowned anti-aging Doctor and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the fatherâ&#x20AC;? of modern ozone therapy in North America. Prolozone is effective for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck, back, knee, hip, and shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and rotator cuff injuries. According to Dr. Shallenberger, because prolozone corrects the underlying pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance the chronic pain will be resolved completely. Prolozone involves the targeted injection of a homeopathic/ procaine/vitamin-mineral healing solution followed by ozone. Ozone is an oxygen gas produced by an ozone generator that effectively oxygenates tissues, both sterilizing them and enhancing the oxygen utilization of the tissue. It is the most highly active form of oxygen in the universe and provides energy to our cells. This oxygenation is very healing, as well as neutralizing to the pain in an area. Poor circulation often leads to poor oxygen concentration in and around joints. Ozone increases oxygen levels considerably leading to joint and tissue regeneration. Generally, 3-5 Prolozone treatments are required to completely resolve pain, injuries, and stimulate regeneration of worn out joints. These occur at a schedule of once every 2 weeks to once a month. This therapy is extremely safe, well supported by over 50 years of research, and most often is well tolerated. It is often administered to patients waiting for joint replacements and prevents the need for urgent surgery. 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 can 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 8090% 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. If you are suffering from pain, are tired of taking pain killers, and want to improve the ability of your body to do the things you love without suffering, contact our clinic for to find out which therapies are best suited to your personal needs. You can reach the Natural Family Health Clinic at 250-497-6681 or at www.drtamarabrowne.ca.
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Electoral Area “D” Survey
Community Services Ofﬁce Review (Skaha East / Okanagan Falls) In November 2018, the Regional District of Okanagan/Similkameen (RDOS) Electoral Area “D” underwent a boundary change resulting in the creation of two new electoral areas: Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls) and Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex). The boundary change provides an opportunity to review the RDOS Community Services Office located in Okanagan Falls. Currently, the office provides access to various RDOS services, assistance for executing community projects and initiatives, as well as providing office space to the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. At this time, residents of Areas “D” and “I” share and jointly fund this service through property taxes. Area “D” residents are being asked to complete this survey to assist in understanding how the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls is currently used and to gain feedback and suggestions about which services and initiatives are important. Mail or drop off completed surveys to the RDOS Main Ofﬁce at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 1. In which community do you live or own property? Upper Carmi Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Vaseux Lake Okanagan Falls Other (please indicate)
Vintage Views Skaha Estates ________________________
2. Are you aware there is a RDOS Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls? 3. Do you use the Community Services Office located in Okanagan Falls?
4. Which services do you access at the Community Services Office? (Please list) ________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. How many times per month do you use the Community Services Office? 1-2 times per month 3-4 times per month 5-6 times per month
6 or more
I don’t use the service
6. Please list the ways you or your community have benefitted from the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls : _______________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:
7. The services and resources accessible through the Community Services Office directly benefit my household. 8. The services and resources accessible through the Community Services Office directly benefit the Area “D” economy. 9. I support more staffing resources dedicated to economic development in Area “D”. 10. Providing space for the Visitor Information Centre in the Community Services Office is important. 11. Identifying funding sources and grants for community initiatives in Area “D” is important. 12. I would support a property tax increase to fund the Community Services Office. 13. I can access all of the RDOS services I require at the main RDOS office in Penticton. 14. Do you have an idea for a new community service that could be offered through the RDOS Community Services Office? Please list your suggestions: ________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 15. Do you have any additional comments related to the RDOS Community Services Office you would like noted during the review of the existing service? Please list your comments: _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Survey Deadline: June 15, 2019
Drop off or mail completed surveys to: RDOS Main Office. Attention: Legislative Services. 101 Martin St., Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Or complete this survey ONLINE through the scrolling banner at www.rdos.bc.ca. If you have questions, please contact Greg Rose at 250-486-1670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electoral Area “I” Survey
Community Services Ofﬁce Review (Skaha West / Kaleden / Apex)
In November 2018, the Regional District of Okanagan/Similkameen (RDOS) Electoral Area “D” underwent a boundary change resulting in the creation of two new electoral areas: Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls) and Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex). The boundary change provides an opportunity to review the RDOS Community Services Office located in Okanagan Falls. Currently, the office provides access to various RDOS services, assistance in executing community projects and initiatives, as well as providing office space to the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. At this time, residents of Areas “D” and “I” share and jointly fund this service through property taxes. Area “I” residents are being asked to complete this survey to assist in understanding how the Okanagan Falls Community Services Office is used, which services are important and to gain feedback and suggestions regarding the creation of any new services in Electoral Area “I”. Mail or drop off completed surveys to the RDOS Main Ofﬁce at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 1. In which community do you live or own property? Farleigh Lake Apex St. Andrews Kaleden Marron Valley Other (please indicate)
Twin Lakes ________________________
2. Are you aware there is a RDOS Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls? 3. Do you use the Community Services Office located in Okanagan Falls?
4. Which services do you use at the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls? (Please list) _______________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. How many times per month do you use the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls? 1-2 times per month 3-4 times per month 5-6 times per month 6 or more
I don’t use the service
6. Please list the ways you or your community have benefitted from the Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls : _______________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:
7. The services and resources accessible through the OK Falls Community Services Office directly benefit my household. 8. The services and resources accessible through the OK Falls Community Services Office directly benefit Area “I” in general. 9. I support establishing a Community Services Office in Kaleden to serve Area “I” 10. Providing space for the Visitor Information Centre in the OK Falls Community Services Office is important to the Area “I” economy 11. I can access all of the RDOS services I require at the main RDOS office in Penticton. 12. I support more services dedicated to preserving the unique history of Kaleden. 13. Identifying funding sources and grants for community initiatives in Area “I” is important 14. I would support a property tax increase to fund establishing a new service in Kaleden. 15. Do you have an idea for a new community service that could be offered through a satellite RDOS Community Services Office in Kaleden? Please list your suggestions: _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 16. Do you have any additional comments related to establishing a satellite RDOS Community Services Office in Kaleden that you would like noted during the review of the existing service? Please list your comments: __________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Survey Deadline: June 15, 2019
Drop off or mail completed surveys to: RDOS Main Office. Attention: Legislative Services. 101 Martin St., Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Or complete this survey ONLINE through the scrolling banner at www.rdos.bc.ca. If you have questions, please contact Greg Rose at 250-486-1670 or email@example.com.
School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee We are currently preparing to run our annual summer programs focused on reading at all Elementary Schools. Staff reported that some schools are considering a numeracy program for intermediate students, instead of the read and tech program. The Board is supporting their planning to run at least a couple this year to see the response and outcomes. The School District No. 53 Mental Wellness Fair was held May 16th in Oliver. Students in Grades 9 to 11 were invited. The day was designed to inspire student leaders to bring mental wellness knowledge to their schools and to reduce mental health stigma in their school community. Indigenous Program Update ~ The annual District Pow-Wow was held at SESS on April 26th and 27th. With the gym packed at almost capacity with 250 students in attendance, highlights included a Grade 3 youth drum group from Sen Pok Chin, many amazing dancers in full Regalia, and the traditional teacher/ chaperone/bus driver dance off. Our students were joined by 3 classes from Penticton and 2 classes from the Boundary district. It was a wonderful celebration of Okanagan culture. Our Indigenous Advocates, along with Helen Gallagher our Indigenous Contact Teacher, did an amazing job running the Pow-Wow and cleaning up after it’s completion on Saturday. Next year SOSS will be the host school on April 17th and 18th, 2020. At the recent 3-day NOIIE symposium in Vancouver (Network of Inquiry and Indigenous Education) highlighted was the AESN (Aboriginal Education School Network) video celebrating some outstanding innovation that 3 of the 15 case study schools have been working on for the past 3 years. The goal of the innovation is improving education for Indigenous learners across the province. Of the 15 case studies, 3 were selected as representatives of the amazing work being accomplished. We are so proud that the SOSS EPIC program (Experiential, Project Based, Indigenous, and Community) was one of the 3 case studies chosen to be featured in this video. Career Education Update ~ Experience Okanagan College was a great experience for students, as they had the chance to experience a variety of offerings through Okanagan College. SOSS sent 80 students, OSS sent 25 and SESS sent 25 students. It was received very well by all students who attended. We sent 6 students to the RCMP Youth Academy in Vernon.
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Annual Budget ~ The Board passed a capital bylaw that outlines the spending of government provided capital dollars under the Five-Year Capital Plan submission. This year, the District received funds totaling $910,758, which will be allocated to building enclosure upgrades at 3 of our schools, as well as 2 new buses. The Board was informed of changes in the operating grants for the 2019/2020 school year. A public budget learning forum was held at the school district office on May 15, 2019 to present the first draft of the budget. Partner groups had the opportunity to provide input into priorities, budget items for further consideration, as well as provide general feedback. The Board of Education will consider this input as they progress through the development of the 2019/20 operating budget. Menstrual Products ~ Boards across the Province were informed of a Ministerial Order requiring all BC public schools to provide access to free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by December 31, 2019. This direction comes with $300,000 in provincial start-up funding to improve access. We are awaiting more details as to the procedures for implementing this Order. Finally, the Board would like to remind parent communities in the district regarding Kindergarten registration for the fall of 2019. Registration is open in all schools for parents to register children who will be five years old by December 31, 2019. These will be children born in 2014. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card. We encourage all parents to register their children as soon as possible, as it assists us in class planning. For more information, feel free to contact me. Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or email@example.com.
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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President
The sad part about the end of a school year is the saying goodbye to people that are moving on to new adventures. Thank you Sholeh Pickel for being a fantastic treasurer! Also, big thank yous (although they are still here, so hopefully we can still rope them into things) to Christy Maverty for keeping us in order and organized for meetings as Chair and Stephanie Webb and Ms. Sinclair as Secretaries for keeping up with what was said in those meetings. I’d like to welcome the new and renewed PAC executive: President Chelsea Fairweather; Vice-President Lindsay Hainstock; Secretary Katie Munro; Treasurer Dominique Kruger; and Members at Large Alisha Hardy and Amber Cissell. PAC council are always happy to hear from community members that have ways they would like to contribute to the growth and well being of our school and kids. A big thank you to “Pizza Steve” at Dominos Pizza for deals towards pizza days at the school! Wait! We are not done just because school is out ... mark your calendars for: 1) Family Movie Night at Meyer Family Vineyards on Sunday, August 11th; and 2) Christmas Craft Fair Fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd. Contact Chelsea Fairweather at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to rent a table to sell your wares. The last PAC meeting of this school year is on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 pm in the school library. Free childcare is provided. Have a great summer with sun tans, sandy toes, and cherry juice stained fronts!
May Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School
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Salmon ~ Gr. 1-2 students release salmon and play Indigenous games at Penticton Channel. K-1 class performance of “Two pigs, a wolf, and a mudpie.” Up close to a cougar, and learning about the habitats of wildlife during Earth Day activities. Our Gr 4-5 class host a “Socials Fair” and share all their learning. Intermediates improve golf skills ... thanks to Fairview Mountain Gold Course and Nk’mip Canyon Golf Course.
Okanagan Falls, BC (May 17, 2019) - This past week 25 students from Penticton and Okanagan Falls received an email from Interior Savings with some very welcome news: $1000 to help with their tuition. School hallways across the BC Interior are sure to be buzzing as students share the good news. In some high schools, over 10% of their graduating class will receive an award from Interior Savings. The Million Dollar Bursary Program, now in its sixth year, offers up to $1 million in bursaries every year to Interior Savings’ young members. With this week’s announcement of $767,000 in new bursaries, the program will have surpassed $3 million in awards since inception, $116,000 of that going to students from the South Okanagan. According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, the bursary program is part of a commitment by the Credit Union to share profits with its members, while also helping its younger members make a positive move forward with ongoing education. “Through our Million Dollar Bursary program, we aim to help students graduate from post-secondary in a better financial position,” said Conway. “The $1,000 bursary definitely helps in this regard.” To be eligible for the bursary, students must be between 17 to 24 years old, a member of the Credit Union and have plans to attend full time studies in a recognized degree, diploma or trade certification program. The Credit Union has committed to awarding up to $1 million in bursaries every year until 2021. Learn more at www.milliondollarbursary.com. Any bursary money not claimed is returned to the general profit sharing pool, which is awarded each year to Interior Savings members. This spring, in addition to these bursaries, the Credit Union returned another $1.4 million in rewards and dividends to its members.
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Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!
Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey
The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students 5 “Great Things” include ... (V0H postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this 1. Our Grade 3 Cross Country Runners did a great job academic year (2019) and pursuing further education. participating in the 2 Kilometre West Bench Run this month. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our 2. Our Grade 2/3 classes spent the afternoon with their Senior students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Buddies touring the school and working on fun activities Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: together. Plans for further education (university, college, technical 3. Our Grade 3/4 students were busy completing their Land • school) and type of education being pursued. Forms Science Projects. • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the 4. It was Parent Career Week in our Kindergarten Class with school. parents coming into the classroom to share their work • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including experiences. Twin Lakes/White Lake Road) and did you attend Kaleden 5. Wish Bone Day was recognized this month at Kaleden Elementary School. School. Students learned about Osteogenesis Imperfecta • Any Kaleden community involvement. (Brittle Bone Disease) awareness during our Monday morning • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. assembly. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number and cell number, and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. • Upon being awarded a bursary, a thank you letter must be sent to the sponsor of your bursary. The bursary funds will not be released until the thank you letter is received by the sponsor. Applications must be received by July 6, 2019 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to darlenebailey1@shaw. ca or phone 250-497-8140 for further information. By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello everyone. This is it! Last month of the school year folks! The home stretch. Backpacks are hanging on with safety pins and duct tape, the line between indoor and outdoor shoes has been completely blurred, and the staff can be heard humming (and rocking some major air guitar to) a certain Alice Cooper tune. BBQs are all ablaze and people are braving the lake. KPAC would like to extend a huge thank you to all the staff at KES. You are very much responsible for helping to shape our little monsters into functioning monsters in our society. We cannot thank you enough. KPAC would also like to say a huge thank you to our amazing community. From 1 to 1 reading to buying blueberry plants, we at the school really feel your love and support.
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Just a few quick dates in June. The KPAC AGM goes Monday, June 10th. Positions are available. Come nominate your friends before they can nominate you! Thursday, June 13th is the Grade 5 Goodbye Breakfast at Linden Gardens. Friday, June 21st is Fun Day. Wednesday, June 26th is our Celebration of Learning and the Last Day of School is Thursday, June 27th. That is it! Have a great summer everybody!
School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee
The following is a brief report for May 2019: 1. The Board received a letter from Ministry of Education confirming that we will receive the Rural Education Enhancement Funds (REEF) for 2019-2020 School Year. Trout Creek Elementary will receive $410,820 and West Bench will receive $399,775. 2. SD67 is receiving a Grant of $6,850 to work collaboratively with the local First Nation to develop a process for establishing a Local Education Agreement. This will involve taking steps to set out and develop a strategy to support the negotiation and implementation of a Local Education Agreement by June 2019 with the intent of executing an agreement by November 2019. 3. Trustee Van Alphen reported on behalf of the SD67 Curriculum Development Advisory Committee. The Board approved the following Board Authorized Courses: English Language Learning 11, English Language Learning 12, Futures 12, Hockey Skills 11, Hockey Skills 12, Metal Art and Jewelry 11/12. These are exciting opportunities to increase student course selection to meet graduation requirements. 4. Representatives from the Community Active Support Table (CAST) made a presentation to the Board regarding the work they are doing with various agencies and SD67 in the broader community. This is a multi-disciplinary team that meets weekly to identify, develop and deploy real time interventions to those who are at risk of harm, victimization and criminality. They have been focused on seeking solutions for those experiencing the hardship of homelessness, etc. Community organizations include RCMP, SOWINS, SD 67 - Allen Beckingham and Susan Thomson. 5. The Board approved a field trip request submitted by Summerland Secondary School to allow 30 students to go on a 3-day excursion to Bamfield, BC. The students will get hands on experience with marine and coastal ecology in a research environment. They will charter the stations research vessel for several hours to collect samples, which will be studied in an onsite lab. 6. The 2019-2020 annual budget and bylaw was presented to the Board. It was recommended by the Board to give 2 readings of the annual budget bylaw for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The 3rd reading will be done at a future school board meeting, so that all stakeholders have an opportunity to review the budget and make inquiries if they so choose. The third and final reading of the budget will occur on May 29, 2019 at the school board meeting. The budget can be found at sd67.bc.ca. 7. BC School Trustee Association 115th Annual General Meeting was held April 25-28, 2019 in Richmond, BC. Trustees voted a new BCSTA Board of Directors. We reviewed and voted on 23 motions put forth by various school districts regarding public education issues across the Province. Also, the Board Chairs and Vice Chairs met to discuss the Funding Model Review. They discussed the recommendation put forth by the independent panel report and what key concerns we have regarding the new funding model. 8. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, presented on the SD67’s Carbon Action Neutral Report for the period January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018. It summarizes our emissions profile, the total offsets to reach net-zero emissions; the actions we have taken in 2018 to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our plans to continue reducing emissions in 2019 and beyond. By June 30, 2019, School District No. 67’s final CNAR will be posted to our website at sd67.bc.ca. Actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 include the mechanical upgrade at Summerland Secondary School, our largest carbon producer. We are expecting a substantial reduction of our carbon use in 2019 due to the geoexchange upgrade, as well as an increase in occupant comfort. The District also continued our investment in LED technology lighting.
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Over the past year, we replaced an additional 1,000 T-8 tubes with new LED tubes. We are currently in the design phase for a retrofitted mechanical system at Summerland Middle School, which we are hoping to tender in 2020. The District is also looking to continue investing in solar photovoltaic. Summerland Middle School is being considered as the next building for a photovoltaic system. 9. Heather Rose, Principal of Trout Creek Elementary School, did a presentation to the Board on the Everyday Anxiety Strategies For Education (EASE) Training Program. Ms. Rose is providing training to educators throughout the District to support the implementation of the EASE program. EASE is a collection of resources targeting students Grades K-7. 10. Michelle Glibbery, Vice Principal at KVR Middle School, presented to the Board on the “Go To Educator Training Program”. The goal of the program is to improve mental health literacy for educators, so they can assist students in learning how to optimize and maintain good health, understand mental disorders and their treatments, decrease stigma and increase health seeking efficacy. Ms. Glibbery provides training to educators in the District. 11. Tammy Kay, Teacher at Parkway Elementary, provided an overview of the Service Learning Project she is implementing at Parkway School. Students create artwork that they market to earn funding for micro-lending. The student artwork will be exhibited at Theo’s Restaurant on May 29, 2019 between 6-8 pm. Funds earned from the event will go Parkway School, SOWINS and the students’ Micro Finance Project. 12. Superintendent Hyer shared that SD67 applied for and received a $70,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to offer an after school sports and arts program at Carmi, Parkway and Giant’s Head Elementary School. Funds will be applied over two years. Jenny Mitchell, Healthy Schools Coordinator will oversee the initiative. 13. Upcoming Events: a) Part II with Sloan Governance Consulting to review the 1st draft of the revised SD67 policies, governance and administration documents is scheduled for June 10, 2019; and b) Trustees are attending a meeting on June 5, 2019 to get an update on collective bargaining with BCTF. BC Public Schools Employer’s Association (BCPSEA) is actively engaged in Provincial Bargaining with the BC Teacher’s Federation regarding issues being explored by bargaining teams at the table. SD67 is expected to have an approved bargaining plan in place prior the commencement of local bargaining. For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Walk The Walk
By Kristy Dyer A 2016 German study of the energy use found something that probably shouldn’t have taken us by surprise. In this study, wealthy families (making more than $52,000 year, 2016 CAD) generate a 1. Career Change And Sabbaticals much larger proportion of carbon emission than was previously Forty-plus year career paths don’t always follow a straight line. suspected. This confirms results from similar, but smaller, studies Whether it’s back to school, taking time off to care for family, of Canadian families. personal development or taking a shot at starting-up your own business, being financially prepared for a break or change in your I like to think I’m an independent person who thinks before I buy, career path can go a long way to helping make it happen when that I’m an individual making careful choices in line with my values. For example, I know advertisers have created a whole industry desired, or reducing the financial stress when it’s unexpected. around manipulating my wants, needs, and purchases, but surely 2. Making Financial Decisions On Your Own I’m smarter than that? Whether you become unexpectedly single or divorced, or your It turns out that I am in fact completely predictable. The person partner unexpectedly (or expectedly) passes away, financial stress who does my taxes can predict with great certainty how much can come from several directions. Do you have the full picture carbon my family is emitting by glancing at my T4. The reason of your financial situation? Will you be able to handle household the relationship between income and carbon is so predictable is expenses or be prepared to make financial decisions on your the square footage of living space. People with large incomes own? In the case of the death of your partner, do you know what require(?) more square footage per person. It’s not just that large steps need to be taken with respect to settling their estate, or who houses are expensive to heat and cool, it’s also that people can help? It can be uncomfortable to talk finances when it comes with large houses also buy and purchase new energy-intensive to these often unexpected situations, but they represent some of appliances, build new houses, or make additions. These are often the most important reasons to have a comprehensive financial attributed to the industrial carbon footprint, but they scale with plan - that both you and your partner understand. square footage and therefore income. I’ve often been amused that my grandparents raised nine happy kids in several 2-3 bedroom 3. Business Contingency And Succession Planning Businesses succeed not because their owners are lucky to avoid houses, but I and my peers feel that we “put up with” crowding disasters, but because they were prepared for unplanned events. while in university or moving to a new city and now have graduated Contingency planning can help protect your business and your to a “proper” house with separate bedrooms for each child (and family when the unexpected occurs. A properly structured plan even a guest room!). I didn’t realize how strongly “keeping up with will generally include a leadership succession plan, an updated the Joneses” affected my carbon footprint. Will and estate plan, life insurance for liquidity protection and a The second blow from this study is that my verbal commitment to detailed shareholder’s agreement. It’s also never too early to start the environment, the way I vote, or donating to the David Suziki business succession planning. Whether you plan to pass your Foundation doesn’t actually lead to a smaller carbon footprint. business to the next generation or sell it outright, setting yourself In fact, families with liberal ideologies and green values who and your business up for future success will require time, effort, support conservation actually produce slightly higher emissions than conservative families! It’s not that we aren’t trying, it’s just and a comprehensive plan. 4. Income Loss And Increased Expenses Due To Poor Health that we are putting a lot of effort into recycling, clothing and food choices (these do make a small difference), when the majority of As people live longer and for long periods of time with health issues our carbon footprint comes directly from square feet. 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Canadian Red Cross is looking for emergency management and equipment loans program volunteers. Numerous locations across the region. Job descriptions at www.volunteercentre.info under ‘browse opportunities’. The Volunteer Centre is asking all Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is seeking Campaign volunteers to provide feedback on all the events Assistants for set up and take down displays and booths, public and organizations that you are volunteering with. speaking, conservation outreach education, facilitating petition Feedback from volunteers will help the SOS and newsletter sign up. For more information or to forward a Volunteer Centre better support organizations and events in developing best practices to involve volunteers. Individual resume, please contact our Okanagan Conservation Coordinator feedback remains anonymous. Responses will be compiled to via email at email@example.com. include the combined results of questions and the survey overall. Peach City Beach Cruise is June 21, 22 & 23, 2019. The survey can be found at www.volunteercentre.info. THANK YOU! Looking for server button sales, gate control parade support, Welcoming Volunteers Presentation & Discussion for organizations maintenance clean up and much more under ‘Volunteers’ at www. that draw on volunteer help. Thursday, June 20 from 11 am - 12 peachcitybeachcruise.com. If you would like to help, please send Noon - preceding Volunteer Centre Annual General Meeting and an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Luncheon from 12 Noon - 1 pm at the Penticton United Church - Find more ways to contribute at www.volunteercentre.info under Main Hall - 696 Main Street. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP ‘Browse Opportunities’. Register as a volunteer for our volunteer opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer to email@example.com by June 14. Gathering. Everyone is welcome. The next gathering is on Volunteer Opportunities Wednesday, June 26 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and The Okanagan Falls Visitor information Centre is seeking refreshments. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by June 21 volunteer hosts to help during the tourist season. Meet new to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-576-5661. people. Learn more about the area. Help Tourists with their questions. Training provided. Familiarity with the area and what Enjoy our fresh June Hours: it has to offer is a plus. 4 hour shift during the day. Weekend help home-made Mon-Sat ~ 3-9 pm needed. To help, please contact April at 778-515-6588, email Sun/Stat ~ 4-9 pm pizzas, pastas, email@example.com. Located at #2 - 5350 9th Avenue (Hwy 97) in Okanagan Falls. donairs & wings. Take Out! The Better at Home Program is committed to supporting seniors’ Thank you for independence by providing practical non-medical services. We #3 - 5350 9th Avenue are currently recruiting volunteer drivers and grocery shoppers. your support! Okanagan Falls Drivers must have valid driver’s license, valid vehicle insurance (In the “OK Corrall” near IGA) and registration, clean driving record, and reliable vehicle. Mileage reimbursed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250487-7455 for more information or to receive an application. Volunteer Spotlight Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre provides recreational activities and programs for its members and the community. We hold monthly potluck dinners and pancake breakfasts and weekly activities such as games. We have a very popular music and coffee drop in program several times a week and bingo every week. We have flea markets twice a year with silent auctions. Drop in and pick up a schedule of activities and come out to participate. 128 Willow Street in Okanagan Falls. Volunteers learn from each other and bring joy to the seniors in the community. To volunteer, contact Grethe at 250-497-8199 or email email@example.com. Penticton Soupateria is seeking volunteers to help with food shopping, pick up, prep and serving, clean up, maintenance and anything else that needs doing. To volunteer, please download the volunteer application form at firstname.lastname@example.org or send an email to email@example.com. MS Society is looking for Volunteer Ambassadors. Training provided. Please contact Rebecca at 250-314-0773 ext. 7262 or Meet April and her team at the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“290,000 Kilometres, One Owner, Some Rust, Runs Good” By Tom Landecker
That’s my car. No, I’m not trying to sell it to you. I just want to talk about the 290,000 kilometres. It has taken me 23 years to drive that far, but light could travel that distance, and a little bit more, in just one second. To be precise, light travels at 299,792.458 kilometres per second. Per second, not per hour! We are accustomed to measuring distance in travel time. By car, Kaleden is 20 minutes from Penticton. Penticton is an hour from Kelowna, and so on. Astronomers describe distance in the same way, but it’s not the time it takes us to get somewhere, it’s the time it takes light to get there. Equally, we talk about the time it takes light to get from somewhere out there in the universe to us. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 8 light minutes. It takes light 8 minutes to travel the 150 million kilometres from the Sun to the Earth. If we want to send a radio command to a spacecraft examining the distant planets of the solar system, then the signal, travelling at the speed of light, will take about 5 hours to get there. If the spacecraft responds, the return signal will take another 5 hours to get back to us. So, we will wait a total of 10 hours before we know whether our command was obeyed. The distance to the nearest star is 4 light years. In a box 10 light years on a side, we typically find one star. There’s a lot of empty, or nearly empty, space out there. The Sun is a star, a typical middle-of-the road star. Neither the largest, nor the smallest, just in the middle. On any dark night, clouds permitting, you can see the Milky Way, a band of stars stretching across the sky. What looks to the unaided eye like fuzzy light, is actually the light of a great many stars, as you can see by using a pair of binoculars. Try it.
The Milky Way is a very large system of stars, about 100 billion of them. They are spread over a disk, shaped like a pancake, but transparent of course. We live in this pancake, two thirds of the way to the outer edge. When we see the Milky Way as a narrow band across the sky, we are looking at the pancake edge on. The Milky Way is big: it’s 100,000 light years across. The nearest star system like our Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy is 2 million light years away. The furthest galaxy known is about 13 billion light years from us. We see it in its infancy, because it was formed less than a million years after the Big Bang. But, that’s a story for another day. A tour guide is now present at the Observatory on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more info, 250-497-2300.
Congratulations Linda Garrioch! Linda was lucky enough to get a “Hole in One” from 110 yards at the 13th hole at Twin Lakes Golf Course on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Congratulation on your Amazing “Hole in One”! SkahaMatters.com | June 2019 | Page 25
Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227
By Loraine Thompson It’s Summertime in the Okanagan, and the livin’ is easy! Some of the Centre’s activities and programs are wrappin’ it up, til September. But don’t worry folks, there’s still lots going on. Things will wind up, or maybe down, with our annual June BBQ, and we’re “Keepin’ it Country” . Our house bands will join forces and have you tappin’ your toes and singing along in no time. Yippee Ai Aye, Cow Patty! Members and their guests are asked to pitch in and bring a favourite salad or dessert, plus a hearty appetite and your own dishes and cutlery, while our cowboy chefs grizzle and sizzle up some burgers and dogs on the grill. And, after y’all have had yore fill, grab your partner, kick up your heels and mosey out onto the dance floor, with a toe tappin’ Texas Two Step or more (sorry sad pun - Okanagan Two Step doesn’t quite have the same rhythm and rhyme). We look forward to meeting you. Membership is just $15/year. For more information on the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.
Monthly Special Events:
Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, June 1 from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, June 3 at 1 pm Year End BBQ ~ Saturday, June 8 at 5:30 pm Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, June 15 at 1 pm
Canasta ~ Mondays - June 3, 10 & 17 at 10 am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30 am (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) Bingo ~ Tuesdays - June 4, 11 & 18 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm
Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.
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June Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Friday, June 14th ~ The Itty Bitty Jam Band. This local group will have you hopping, starting at 7 pm following the Meat Draw. $8 burgers, fries and trimmings will be available. Come & have some fun! Sunday, June 16th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and Free under 6! Where else can you get a breakfast like this and you don’t have to cook?! Tuesday, June 18th ~ Meeting at 7 pm. This will be the last meeting for the summer, as we do not meet in July and August. Sunday, June 30th ~ Voices of Legends by Steve Hillis. Do we have a treat for you starting at 7 pm! Everyone is invited to listen to Steve Hillis, who is stopping at our Legion on his cross Canada Tour. Listen to Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks and Roy Orbison ... 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Tickets are $20 and food will be available. This is quite a treat for our Legion, so be sure to get your tickets are the bar or by phone at 250-497-8338. Wednesday Music Trivia Night - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7 pm. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. There will be hamburgers or hotdogs and fries every Friday. Everyone welcome. Sundays are Sun Fun Days! Starting at 12 pm for pool and 1:30 pm for Bingo & Horse Racing. All are welcome to join in the fun. NEW Canteen Hours - Open 2 pm to close Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday open at 12 Noon. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. 250-497-8338 Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” H&M Thrifty Boutique
Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Looks like summer is on its way. April 11-14 was our Ladies Auxiliary Convention held in Penticton, opening with an impressive parade with flag bearers. Several workshops were available to attendees. There was a “Dinner & Dance” held on April 12th, which was hosted by Okanagan Falls Legion and Summerland. Thank you to all volunteers and support to make this Convention a success. On April 28th, we hosted a Zone Meeting. Our Zone Commander, Marina Ashley, installed Iris Moldowan as Deputy Zone Commander and Louise Sax as Secretary. On May 4th, we catered to AB Condo Association for their Annual General Meeting. On May 5th, we catered the Sports Banquet for the Legion Leagues. We also held a draw for a Mother’s Day Basket.
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Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please email Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com. Monthly Dance Parties with lesson held in Summerland ~ Next Dance Party is on Saturday, June 22nd with a Cha Cha Lesson. Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered.
Register early for your place on the dance floor by calling Brian at Upcoming Events: On Wednesday, June 5th, there will be a LA 778.516.7272. (Snap a picture for your convenience.) Meeting at 11 am, followed by a Wind-up Lunch at Boston Pizza in Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! Penticton at 12:30 pm. Due to a wedding, the LA Bingo has been Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com moved to Saturday, June 8th at 12 Noon. On Sunday, June 16th, several of our members will be catering for “Music In The Park” 778.516.7272 www.briansdanceclass.ca Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons held in Centennial Park. We hope to see everyone there. Thank you ladies. Have a great month, until the next update.
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update
By Marla Wilson
By Bob Wilson, President
Here it is ... June again already. Time just seems to fly by. We had a successful Grand Opening to the Museum on Saturday, May 18th. As usual, the morning started rather grim, with heavy clouds and cool. We considered serving tea in the Bassett House. However, in usual Okanagan Fashion, the sky turned blue, sun came out at noon and by the time we started getting visitors, the air was fresh and warm. We set up the chairs in the gardens under the big blooming Hawthorn tree. The irises with their brilliant colours were perfect. Thank you to all who came and took part. We entertained visitors till 3:00 and by that time the heavy clouds were in the east and looking to take over again. So, we packed up and considered it a perfect opening for this season. Letters of invitation have gone out to Senior’s Residence Homes, as they seem to really enjoy day trips to our museum. The artifacts and collectables always awaken memories of their past. If they bring a lunch when they come out, we set up tables and chairs under the roof of the patio and make fresh coffee and tea for them. Many times, after their visit to the museum, they cross the bridge to Tickleberrys for dessert. The Thrifty Boutique is packed full of bright, colourful summer frocks. The volunteers there always do such a great job displaying the clothing. Many thanks again to Noreen and her staff for the excellent job they do. The Kenny McLean Trophy Room has received two more photos of Kenny. It all adds to the marvelous story of his accomplishments in Rodeo. The next general meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at 1pm in the Community Room at the school. There will be no general meetings of the society in July and August, so the following meeting will be September 17, 2019. See ya then!
By the time this ongoing report of Lions happenings is in print, the Walk for Dog Guides 2019 will be a done deal. Thank you to all who participated or contributed to the event. The Lions Foundation of Canada supply service dogs to people with disabilities free of charge, because of the funding raised by these events across the country. May saw the return of some more seasonal weather, then what happened in the third week? It was nice to see some precipitation without all the disasters that Eastern Canada is going through. Fire season is upon us again and reports of people related causes keep showing up. Come on folks let’s pay some attention to common sense when an action could result in catastrophe. On June 15th, all the Lions Clubs in Multiple District 19 D - Zone 9 will celebrate a total of 225 years service to our communities with an anniversary get-together in Oliver. See all you Lions there! This summer will see the Okanagan Falls Lions at the Canada Day Celebrations, “Music in the Park” events, and continuing with the refurbishing of our border crossing arch. See you around town! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is June 12, 13 & 14 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 meets every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”
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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations Hi Everyone. This is Sharon reporting on our progress with our so Energy Efficient Affordable Housing for Senior’s Project. Soon we will have a display suite for your viewing and the application process will be announced. It still looks like our building will be completed in September and suites will begin to fill up in October.
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This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.
My second year of high school, grade ten, in 1930, brought a move to the high school, located where the museum and library now stand and a group of new teachers. Outstanding among them were two, Miss Orr and Mr. Wells. Mr. Wells, finding that the government decreed that some dozen of us (rural students), who had missed a basic Science course, would have to pick it up, even though the Chemistry and Physics courses we were taking were far more advanced, offered to teach us astronomy instead - if we didn’t tell anyone. Miss Orr taught all the Math classes. Both of these teachers awakened in me what would be a life-long interest in both subjects, but particularly Math. That year also brought a new boarding place with the McMurray’s on Woodruff Avenue. Mrs. McMurray, a widow, had two boys close to my age, George and Eric, and there were far more teenagers in the neighbourhood - both boys and girls. It seemed to be the center for a group of teens from all over the west side of town. I can truthfully say that my social life was considerably more diversified than it had been all the previous year and the wonder is that academic pursuits got any shift whatsoever - I did get by in school, but achieved no great honours. The fad that year was miniature golf, with a new course having gone in on Main Street, somewhere near the Legion Hall. They
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Meet @ 11:00 am. Make your lunch choice, then tour with Ken. Return to the Frog City Café & enjoy your lunch.
Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.
Tour Linden Gardens with Ken Hayter & have lunch at the Frog City Café.
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All in all it was a year in which my education featured becoming socially adjusted rather than achieving academic excellence.
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Another couple were interesting characters. He was a musical genius, having built an organ containing some registers found in no other organ on earth. He delighted in explaining the theory of music, losing us his audience in the first ten seconds, but carrying on for the duration of the meal. We didn’t understand what he was saying, but at least we knew what his subject was. Not so for his equally gregarious wife - she would ramble on shifting from subject to subject for no apparent reason. Some of her remarks, made in all seriousness, would be so outlandish that it was difficult to keep a straight face. At last, Eric and I worked out a procedure to be used when she was coming for dinner. As soon as the meal started, we would exchange the corniest of jokes, nearly having hysteria at the supposed humour. Then, throughout the meal whenever our guest gave cause for hilarity, we would repeat the punch line and go off into tales of laughter.
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One of the great wonders of life at McMurray’s was the circle of friends that Mrs. McMurray had. One of her dearest friends was another Irish lady. She was around a great deal and was constant source of amazement. She had very little education and Math, History or Geography were subjects about which she knew practically nothing. George and Eric used to tell her the tallest tales and she would swallow them without question, much to their mother’s disgust.
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had a policy that anyone getting a hole in one on the 18th got a free pass for two future rounds. Eric and I were regular customers and we developed a knack for holding out on the eighteenth. Eric in particular had the secret touch and so after the first week or so we never had to pay. In fact, we had built up a store of free passes and were going into the marketing end of the business when management declared us personna non grata and refused to let us play. That so irritated us that we built our own course, tearing up all of McMurray’s front yard to do so.
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7 Must-Do Road Trips in North America
By Vi Creasey, Reliable Travel You hop in the car with your bestie. Put the top down. Crank up the tunes … and drive! You discover iconic spots all across this great land; stop for a bite to eat at diners along the way; chat it up with the locals; and stay at quirky motels - that’s the classic North American summer road trip. The call of the open road beckons to just about everyone, at some point in their lives. Here are seven of the best road trips in America and Canada. If you don’t have a convertible, a Jeep, or other type of fun vehicle, you just may want to rent one for your trip - which, of course, one of us at Reliable Travel, can arrange for you. Also, call us to arrange your flight to get to the beginning of each of these road trips. 1. The Cabot Trail (Nova Scotia) ~ A driver’s dream, the twolane road hugs the dramatic Gulf of Saint Lawrence coastline, twisting, turning, rising, and falling. Opened in 1932, the 185mile circular route cuts through the upper part of Cape Breton Island; and it is especially dramatic as it skirts Cape Breton Highlands National Park, home to bald eagles, bears and moose. The road meanders through towns that represent both Scottish and French traditions, so there is a good bit of culture to explore. There is also fresh, delicious seafood all along the way - and plenty of local music. And, hikers can go on foot at places like Skyline Trail. It’s a great trip to do in the summer or fall. 2. Overseas Highway (Florida Keys) ~ Start in Miami and take Route 1 all the way down to Key West, at the furthermost, bottom tip of Florida. This 150-mile journey is a laid-back trip, meant for stopping at the myriad beaches, little towns, and attractions as you pass from key to key. You will go over the famed Seven-Mile Bridge, and 42 other bridges as you head south. Sometimes you’ll be so close to the water that you’ll feel like you’re floating on top of it. A few standards: try the key lime pie; dine on the fresh catch of the day; dive or snorkel the coral reefs; stop at Hemingway House and see the Sunset Festival in Key West. 3. Paciﬁc Coast Highway (California) ~ This iconic highway along the California coast covers 655 miles of awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, stretching from San Francisco to San Diego. Start at the Golden Gate Bridge (and maybe visit Alcatraz first), and wind through the mountains, with the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur, and some of the most impressive sheer drop-offs to your right. There are so many small towns to stop in for some local culinary treats or a brew. Take a deep breath before driving over Bixby Creek Bridge. 4. Skyline Drive Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia and North Carolina) ~ This 469-mile stretch of scenic road connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. There are Appalachian crafts and music, Cherokee traditions, history (such as Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville). And, you drive along the renowned Linn Cove Viaduct, a 1,243-foot-long, concrete bridge that snakes around Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina. It’s very beautiful in the fall, too.
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The Loneliest Road (Nevada) ~ The Loneliest Road is a 408-mile stretch along Route 50 in Nevada; and it is part of a longer road trip that runs from Ocean City, Maryland, and ends in Sacramento, California - traversing 12 states. It follows the Pony Express route, passing by mining camps and crossing mountain ranges covered with juniper and pine forests. Along the way, there are also hot springs to dip into, the chance to mine garnets, and a burger-eating challenge. But, the trip was nicknamed for the section in Nevada, which is largely barren and uninhabited, with miles and miles of sweeping mountains, dusty highways, and only the occasional town. 6. Route 66 (Illinois to California) ~ No road trip list would be worth its salt without including this epic, cross-country American trek. Start at Lake Michigan and follow in the footsteps of generations past for 2,500 miles along one of the original U.S. highways. Route 66 crosses eight states, passing through towns that once thrived (and had storied pasts), and revealing dozens of historic sites and just plain fun attractions. There is America’s oldest church, St Joseph’s, in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico; the cool car display at Texas’ Cadillac Ranch; the world’s largest rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri; lots of classic diners and motels; and so much more to grab your attention. 7. Trans-Canada Highway (Montreal to Vancouver) ~ This is Canada’s version of Route 66. At 4,600 miles, it stretches across the country through all 10 provinces and six time zones. Start in Montreal in the east and end up in Vancouver in the west. You will pass by rugged landscapes, flat prairies, fishing villages, desolate stretches, and modern cities - and the cultural diversity is remarkable. Take the time to plan your itinerary and give yourself ample time for this milestone excursion. At Reliable Travel, we will help you with all your travel needs. We also specialize in group travel. Weddings, multigenerational trips, girl or guy stag parties, and most any group that you want to put together. I have just returned from a Destination Wedding in Punta Cana, which was a wonderful experience for all the guests and a lot less expensive for the bride and groom.
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Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am International Potluck ~ Sunday, June 9 at Pioneer Park at 11:30am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info
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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Youth Group ~ Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!
Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am June Speakers: June 2 - Kerry Brewer; June 9 - Victor Ince; June 16 - Judy Ritcey; June 23 - Sarah Tupholme; June 30 - Nancy Wyse. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 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 Dominique Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368
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Kathleen Doyle (Nee Thomas) October 23, 1918 - March 28, 2019
Our beloved mother passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at The Hamlets in Penticton. Mom was born and raised on the family orchard on Allendale Lake Road in Okanagan Falls where she spent her childhood. It was at The Falls that she met and married Duncan Lynch. After the birth of their first son Ted, the family moved to Hedley where Duncan worked at the Mascot Mine. Shortly thereafter, their second son Wayne was born. In 1941, the family moved to North Vancouver for work in the shipyards and where third son Bob was born. Tragically in 1950 after a long illness, Duncan died leaving Mom to soldier on with her still young family. Life was hard during those years and Mom took on any work she could get and through pure grit and determination she saw her three boys through school and safely launched into adulthood. She later met and married her second husband, Jim Doyle, who brought happiness and stability to Mom’s life. After retirement in 1975, the couple moved back to Okanagan Falls to what had been her father’s small house located opposite the original orchard where she had been raised, and adjacent to the property where her sister Betty and husband were also living. This was a very happy time in her life, but in 1985 her husband Jim died. The pain of his passing was eased by the incredibly close relationship she had with her sister. Mom continued on alone in her house even after the passing of her beloved sister “Bet”. She adored her three boys and was happiest when they were all in her company and in later years they were a constant presence and support. Gardening, dogs and wild birds were her passion and she also loved going on long country drives, relishing in the scenery of the Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas. At the age of 97, living alone became difficult and she moved to Penticton in 2016. Kathleen was predeceased by her two husbands, daughters inlaw Shirley and Marilisa, grandsons Todd and Sean and her three sisters Betty, Rene and Mary. She is survived by her three sons, Ted (Lynette) Lynch, Wayne (Betty) Lynch and Bob Lynch, 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren and many extended family members. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Snyman and the nurses and care aides at The Hamlets for the love, tenderness and care they gave to our Mom. We also extend our thanks to family members and friends for their many visits to see her and being so compassionate and caring. She will always be loved and dearly missed. There will be no formal service by request. A gathering for family and friends will be held at a future date.
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Flowers to all the locals that have donated stuffed animals for our tree on Cedar Street. We appreciate the donations, and the tourists and locals have many favourable comments about our tree. Thanks again. ~ From Wanda & Eric B. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to our new neighbour for picking up empty beer cans and bundling them up to carry out of the forest. ~ From Susan B. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Paul Murray and Margie O’Brien for the creation of the fantastic shelving and table and chair storage units in the storage room at Pioneer Park. It is great to be able to easily access the material now. ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to the gentleman and his young family for turning in the lost wallet they found outside the Okanagan Falls Pharmasave on Saturday, May 4, 2019. ~ From Jennifer T. of Pharmasave Flowers to my family and friends and Joy who have and still send good wishes, meals, sweeties and pies. The broken leg will be a trial, but with all the love and support, I will be up and about in the near future. ~ From Lexy S. of Kaleden Flowers to the Legion Volunteers, Dawn the friendliest bartender, and DJ singer John and Rebel Luv for making our wedding party the best night ever! ~ From Lorne & Sharon D. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the owner/proposed developer and powers that be to change Sickle Point’s name to Skaha Point, as noted in the last issue of Skaha Matters. Yet another slap in the face to Kaleden’s pioneers! ~ From Ruth F. now of Keremeos Fish Heads to the person who has now stolen our 2nd outside door mat in 6 weeks. ~ From Royal LePage Office, Okanagan Falls
Upcoming Spring Events Spring Progressive Dinner featuring Chef Chris Van Hooydonk of Backyard Farms ~ Join us on Friday, May 31st for an exclusive reception and 4 course dinner beginning at Stag’s Hollow Winery and then on to Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery. The proprietors and winemakers will be on hand to guide you through this food and wine paired evening.
Annual Stampede Breakfast ~ Celebrate the amazing Fathers in your life at Noble Ridge
on Sunday, June 17th! Join us for our annual Stampede Breakfast. Enjoy a traditional pancake breakfast cooked by our winemaker and owners, premium wine tasting, horseback riding in the vines, country music, line-dancing and stampede games. This event is great for all ages, bring the family and enjoy the stunning view, great company, delicious food and wine!
Vine Dining Signature Event ~ Join us on a culinary adventure in the vines. Indulge in a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Joy Road Catering. We will be pouring a unique selection of wine from our library, our current vintage list and straight from the barrel. The Vine Dining Signature Event will be held on Friday, July 19th. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to our website nobleridge.com T: 250.497.7945
Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)
BC Lic# 49382
110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 www.crediblecremation.ca
If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff of Okanagan Falls
Please make a note of our new location. “We Have Moved” to unit 110 - 1960 Barnes St. Penticton, V2A 4C3. We are located one block East of Government Street, between Industrial Avenue East and Warren Avenue East, at the top of Okanagan Avenue, turn right on Barnes Street, by the Petro-Can cardlock station, and then left into the first laneway. Look for the sign which says “Penticton Crematorium” over the doors. For more information, please call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www. crediblecremation.ca. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls neighbour.
SCHELPE, ‘GABE’ GABRIEL
August 29, 1926 - May 8, 2019 Gabe was born on August 29th, 1926 in Antwerp, Belgium. He immigrated to Richmond, Canada in 1956, with his wife ‘Mady’ and four small children. The family moved to Okanagan Falls in 1980 and have remained to this date. Gabe will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mady, sons Marc, Ron, Carl (Terri) Helga (Neil), his grandchildren and family in Belgium. No formal service by Gabe’s request. “those we love are always in our hearts, out of sight but never forgotten” Final arrangements through Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 250-493-3912 Fish Heads to those folks who think they make some kind of statement by taking the free paper, but leaving the flyers. How do you think that the paper comes free? Please take your flyers with you, so I don’t have to dig through them to get my copy! ~ From Bruce S. of Kaleden Fish Heads to golf courses who don’t celebrate a “Hole in One” with their lucky patrons. While every golf course does something a little different, it is really sad when they choose to not do anything at all. A simple acknowledgement tag for a golf bag goes a long way in customer service. ~ From Linda G. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the person(s) who “tagged” the memorial bench at Kaleden Beach. The people named on the bench lived through the Great Depression, served in and survived World War II and lost loved ones in two World Wars. What hardships have you that fill you with such disrespect? These people are some of Kaleden’s early residents who gave their time and effort to ensure this little park’s development for future generations like you to enjoy. What selfless acts have you done lately? ~ From Mike G. of Kaleden
Birch Street Yard Sale
Please come visit & shop the entire street of Birch. Support our 1st Annual Birch Street Yard Sale. Coffee & muffins offered by donation at 1020 Birch.
Sunday, June 23 ~ 8 am - 12 Noon
American Beauty Photography Exhibit
Award-winning Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain will present American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit. Jarmain documented the deteriorating beauty of Detroit’s early 20th century buildings. He was named one of the world’s top 200 photographers by the prestigious Lurzers Archive magazine. View the works June 1 to July 1, 2019 at Liquidity.
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Join us for lunch, dinner or our Chef’s tasting Menu
Additional a la carte brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations recommended. Call 778-515-5500, ext 1. Open 7 days a week: 11 am to 9 pm.
New Winemaker Tasting Series with Alison Moyes Come join us for guided tastings in our new Premium Lounge. Sign up now for the Chardonnay Experience June 5 or Premium Tasting June 19, both at 5pm.
4720 Allendale Road, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R2