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Welcome To The Raven’s Oddities By Mike Arcand In August 2021, it will have been 1 year that The Raven’s Oddities has been open! During that time, it certainly has been a challenge for all small businesses due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we have endured and are looking forward to serving our customers this year! Many new items are constantly being added. Antique cars now adorn the property, as well as a giant fishing lure, Mammoth bones, knights in shining armor, books, military items, toys, signs, farm implements, and so much more. We have strived to keep the store clean, uncluttered and junk free. We also we strive to have one-of-a-kind items for our collectors and decor designers. Things are looking up for Okanagan Falls and we welcome all our visitors and hope they have a fun and safe summer! Be sure to stop by “97 & Main Crossroads” as well and see Kelly and Kate for coffee and ice pops. A great addition to our business community!

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by waiving the federal portion of the GST/HST on construction costs. • tackle the rampant money laundering that increases real estate speculation. • stimulate the construction of co-op and non-profit social housing by establishing Quick Start Funds to streamline the South Okanagan - West Kootenay application process. reintroducing 30-year mortgages insured by the Canada #202 - 301 Main Street Finally, Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca Mortgage and Housing Corporation for first-time homebuyers Penticton, BC V2A 5B7 would allow for lower monthly payments, leaving more money in 250.770.4480 the pockets of families to make ends meet. From The Hill The bottom line is that we must all act quickly to turn this crisis around. Forcing people to live on the streets is not the answer, By Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay whether they are young workers with no place to rent, people with Canada is in the middle of a housing crisis, and the South disabilities who can’t afford to rent a suite even if they could find Okanagan, Boundary and West Kootenay areas are very much one, or people with mental illness and addiction challenges that in the middle of that crisis. This is an urgent and rapidly growing have very difficult housing options. In a country as wealthy as problem that demands the cooperation and priority of all levels of Canada, everyone deserves to have a roof over their heads. government. To contact me about this or any other issue, please email me at The crisis has emerged out of a perfect storm of factors. Housing Richard.cannings@parl.gc.ca or call 250-770-4480 (Penticton) or prices are through the roof - the average price of a single-family 250-365-2792 (Castlegar). home in Penticton is over $800,000. Those prices have forced many young families to remain in the rental market and give up Drop Off Helping Hand their dream of ever owning a home. Non-parishables Bins Onsite Because of that pressure, the rental market is filled to capacity. That is in turn exacerbated by the fact that some landlords are deciding to cash in on the real estate boom and sell their properties, resulting in evictions if the new owner has different For All Your Storage & RV Needs ... Think EASY! plans for the house. Available rentals are now rare commodities; Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 & Saturday 9:30-4:00 one recent ad offered a single room in a house with shared access 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls to a bathroom and no access to a kitchen for $1000/month. One info@easylockselfstorage.com www.easylockselfstorage.com family in Penticton were recently evicted after a house sale and found there were simply no rental units available. They had to start a GoFundMe page and use the money to buy an old RV. The most vulnerable in this housing train-wreck are the those on income assistance and disability pensions, who simply cannot afford anything in the general rental market and must have subsidized options. For the first time ever, those options completely ran dry locally last week. So, if you are on income assistance or are disabled and you lose your existing home, you are literally homeless and on the street. This unhoused population has been increasing for all the reasons Carpentry Finishing Painting Concrete listed above. Add in the opioid addiction crisis and you have an issue that is dividing communities around British Columbia and General Repairs Renovations across the country. People see a rise in the number of people living on the street and assume that these people are attracted to Penticton, Grand Forks or Trail for any number of reasons. But this is happening in Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George and other communities across Canada. Municipal governments are overwhelmed. So what can governments do to fix this? Well, first, they must cooperate at all levels to find immediate housing solutions for those people who have no homes. This means innovative ideas that keep neighbourhood concerns in mind, while remembering that most of these people simply need a roof over their heads. We need to provide meaningful supports for those suffering from addictions and offer solutions to neighbourhoods worried about security. Email: andrewstrehl@hotmail.com Federally, the NDP has a plan to build 500,000 new affordable housing units over the next decade. This is designed to catch up on Phone: 250-462-1339 the needs lost over the past 30 years after the federal government abandoned its affordable housing strategy in the 1990s. Located in Okanagan Falls The federal government should also: • encourage the construction of new affordable rental housing

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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Spring is certainly springing, and I haven’t even started my tomato seeds (I guess it’ll be a year for starts from the nursery!), but I hope most of you are finding time to be outside in the sunshine, whether it be in your gardens or wherever else you find some calm. Vaccinations are moving along at a great clip. Pretty well everyone is eligible to register and then book appointments. Vaccinations are a key measure to help us get to a place where we can have some semblance of a normal summer, so please register if you haven’t done so yet! During this most recent session of the legislature, I had the opportunity to speak up in support of the remarkable dedication and work of workers in our education system. So many have put so much on the line, and gone above-and-beyond the regular ‘call of duty’ in their roles to help others, especially our youth, during the pandemic. This is while they’ve been shouldering their own burdens. These are the teachers, but also all the other people that make up the teams in our school system, educational assistants and so many others. We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to these champions. They have helped nurture to the mental and emotional health of our children. Please recognize them. (I’ve put video clips of these speeches and more at rolyrussell.ca - trying to develop a good resource with this website, though it will look much tidier in the months ahead!). The biggest news from Victoria is the release of BC Budget. Plenty of background information is available at bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/ There you can see the substantial investments in services that I know are important to our constituents, such as childcare, mental health, education, and small business. One exciting discovery for me was the service plans for each ministry. If the budget is the blueprint for where we’re going for the year ahead, those service plans serve as part of the construction plan. An example of this for my ministry (Forestry & more) is Goal #1: specially focused on building strong and resilient rural communities. It’s top of mind for me, and so it means a lot to see - in writing - that it’s a top priority for our government. “If you’ve been swimming furiously for a year, you don’t expect to finally reach dry land and feel like you’re drowning.” Ed Yong, science writer for the Atlantic, penned these words in a recent article about our mental and emotional health as we reach this period of declining case counts, recovery, and hopefully some rejuvenation after our past year. The article is worth a read, and highlights the fact that we have so much work to do to rebuild our health in the months and years ahead. I’m proud of our government’s energy and investments into a recovery that actually works well for our communities and our residents. That said, much of the work to support our psychosocial health also is a shared responsibility for all of us: reaching out to friends and family, helping build belonging in our communities, and being willing to ask for help when we need it. We will get through this together, not independently. Great news for Sickle Point! I look forward to helping wherever I can as this project moves forward. Most importantly, huge thanks for the hard work of the Save Sickle Point Committee, RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith, Penticton Indian Band, and the buyer, for helping build a solution that works well for the community! So much more to say, but there’s not enough room to do so! Be well, stay safe, and remember to reach out to someone to say ‘hi’.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

I am writing this on May 20, 2021. Covid-19 positive tests are trending down. Vaccines are trending up. Hopefully, soon we can begin to transition into less restrictions. I continue to encourage everyone to follow BC CDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice and recommendations. The RDOS Board has appointed a Ron Obirek committee further to the Ministry of Director of Municipal Affairs terms of reference. RDOS Area ‘D’ The committee plans to have its first meeting on May 27, 2021. The committee will oversee a Request for Proposal process to engage the services of a qualified consultant. I encourage all to participate in the restructure study process. The purpose of the study is to have “public engagement that: 1) identifies the most pressing service and governance issues; 2) explores community interests in incorporation; and 3) proposes a boundary for incorporation that optimizes the service delivery, representation, tax equity, and community vision”. This is an important opportunity for all of us to ask questions and get answers, so that we can all be better informed on options and choices for our future governance. It is most important to me that the process is fair, and that the information is accurate, complete and well communicated. I encourage everyone to keep an open mind and participate as fully as you are comfortable. Talk to neighbours and others and share information. Ask questions. The better the questions, the better the information, and the better our public engagement process. I believe the better the quality of the information we have, then the better our ability will be to make good decisions. I want to focus for a moment on the positives in our community in the past year. Notwithstanding Covid-19, we have seen many local businesses work hard to survive and others have worked hard to open new businesses in this difficult time. Thank you businesses and their staff who have worked so hard keep our community working and to help improve our unity in so many positive ways. I wish to provide the beginning of a thank you to specific businesses that I will continue in future Skaha Matters articles. This list is not complete and I welcome anyone who wants to contact me to provide information on any local business that they think deserves acknowledgement and special mention. In no particular order, I wish to thank the following: Sarbi Aujla who operates the Esso on Highway 97 in the centre of our community. Sarbi has renovated his premises adding more space and intends to broaden his inventory to include some grocery items. Congratulations and thank you for rising up to meet this important community need. Derek and Dhalia Millington for opening Little Falls Foods at the old post office site on 10th Avenue. I understand they hope to be opening soon and will be taking orders for pickup or delivery. The renovations and improvements to the site are wonderful. Thank you for your positive approach and efforts to provide a muchneeded service in our community. Mike Arcand for opening The Ravens Oddities on Highway 97 across from the hotel. What a wonderful store that opened last summer and provides a wonderful display of “neat old stuff”. Kelly Kask and Kate McLean for opening “The 97 & Main Crossroads” at the old Royal LePage building. Stop by and check out the many delights they have on offer. And, watch for Page 6 | June 2021 | SkahaMatters.com

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Wednesday nights throughout the summer, which will be Cruise Night/Hot Rod Night. The Avery Group for their exciting development of a light industrial park on the old Weyerhauser site. Their significant investment into our community is much appreciated and promises to attract many new businesses and jobs to our region. Esha and Zarina Randhawa and family for opening Greenlight Cannabis. This is a local family that has invested money into our community and taken the chance on a new business during a difficult time. They are our first retail cannabis outlet. Harry Toor and family for the renovations and reopening of the Centax convenience store and car wash. I understand gasoline sales will be available soon. Annalise Toporowski for her wonderful renovations and improvements to “The Southside”. A very welcome and exciting improvement in our community. I want to thank all the above mentioned for their positive contributions and commitments to our community creating jobs and providing services in these spectacularly unusual times. As always, I encourage everyone to support local businesses. All local businesses need support in this strange time of Covid. Thank you to the businesses that have opened and are opening in our community and thank you to all the existing businesses who have stayed open in these difficult times. The list is long and I will add further comments in future Skaha Matters articles. Coffee meetings with me, the Director, are suspended until it is safe to reconvene. Until we can meet again in person, and as always, I welcome phone calls or emails any time. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


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enough to have a student on board for the summer. We are hoping to find someone who is attending a water program from a college. By Randy Perrett, Chair Someone who has some computer experience who can assist us Washrooms ~ It’s sad that the lead item in a column has to focus both in the office and in the field and someone who would take on on a washroom. But, it is the best news story this month. RDOS the role of our Water Ambassador in the District. This part of their and the Irrigation District have finally figured out the main details duties would be to set up a program to educate our residents on of a washroom in Centennial Park. The paperwork will be done the benefits of water conservation. soon. Construction to begin shortly after and we hope we will be Our Band Shell & An Unsung Hero ~ Lets end on a happy flush with success by next year, when our park will be open again. note. The band shell in Centennial Park was constructed a few Well Well ~ Just like the milk carton in your fridge with a best years ago. COVID has kept it quiet lately, but when all is well we before date, our system has components that are due to expire. can look forward to more music, the farmers market, a car show, This is the case with well number two. Around the same time that and maybe a movie night or two. When it was built, the Womens Kenny McLean was doing us proud on his rodeo mounts, well Institute was credited for the construction. This brings me to the number two was drilled. To this day, it services the lower district unsung hero. Ted Lynch was a driving force. He was instrumental and it’s best days are behind it. We are bringing in our team of in fund raising and overseeing construction. He kept the project engineers, operators, and our other consultants to see if we can on track and kept all of us up to speed with it’s progress. The squeeze a bit more shelf life out of this well. The trouble is that Irrigation District would like to thank Ted for all of his work and to repair and replace it will cost the Irrigation District dearly. We has commissioned a plaque to be erected at the band shell to are already committed to item one of our Master Plan, which will acknowledge his work and dedication to this project. Time to give correct the manganese levels in the system as Interior Health credit to someone where credit is due. considers them unacceptable. We can only deal with so much with Water We Thinking ~ In the ocean, always swim with a friend. It limited funds. Our rate payers are the only source of funds that we reduces your chance of a shark attack by fifty percent. ~ Unknown receive except for developer charges and cemetery rates that are Office Hours: Tue/Wed/Thu from 9:30-4:30 both under review. As an improvement district, we are not eligible for any government funding. We are putting our heads together to 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls make this work. This is a work in progress. I will keep you posted. P: 250.497.8541 E: ofid@telus.net Conservation ~ In the heat of the summer, we all want more water. To take care of our gardens, wash our cars, and fill our pools. This year, the pumps and wells that make all this possible are not doing so well. Some like number two have to be repaired. The others are getting old and we’ve had to shut them down for a variety of reasons. The bottom line is that we have a limited supply of water. We have to conserve it. We have to adhere to our watering restrictions or the well will really run dry. It may well turn out that our watering days will be cut back. It’s not something that we want to see. In the meantime, try to do your part. On rainy days, don’t run your irrigation. Does the car really need a wash? Do you need to hose down your driveway or the front of your street? No one wants to go thirsty, but if we all do our part at the end of the day, we can raise a glass or two. Student & More Water Conservation ~ We use a lot of water. In Okanagan Falls, our consumption rates are higher than other local communities. It looks as though the Irrigation District will be lucky

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... By Rini Van Uden On September 4, 2007, a 1976 John Deere loader at the Thomas Log Yard caught fire. The owner tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but the fire was too intense. When we arrived, it was fully engulfed. Because of the oil and grease, there was only a skeleton of the loader left. On September 9, a male diver at the Skaha Bluffs received severe lacerations to his right foot and ankle from his last dive. Marine rescue was used to transport him to EHS waiting at the boat launch. On October 6, 2007 at approximately 5 km’s up the 201, a male was shot just above his left hip. We were on scene to supply medical assistance to the patient. Prior to this, the RCMP were giving chase, which resulted in a single vehicle MVA and an altercation. On December 12, a structure fire occurred on Cedar Street. At the rear of the home, a small shed that was attached to the garage caught fire by a home-made wood stove. This fire was so intense, it was enough to burn both structures, a camper beside the garage, and the neighbor’s shed. Four trucks responded. There were no injuries. On February 22, 2008, a Nissan Pathfinder hit the hydro pole at 10th Avenue and Maple Street. The impact was so severe that the pole was sheared at ground level, the transformer landed on the roadway and caused the engine motor to crack, spilling oil. The driver of the vehicle left the scene. On July 10, 2008 at 2 pm, a grass fire occurred at the corner of 10th Avenue and Birch Street, moving rapidly towards a home. Heavy winds knocked down hydro lines causing several other incidents, including reports from McLean Creek Road, Parsons Road, and Eastside Road. All incidents caused grass fires. To be continued ... Welcome To Our New Members ~ We have three new members at our hall. We proudly welcome Melanie Howells-Van Geest, Russell Laforest and Bill Henry. They will be a great asset to the firehall and to our community.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

The June 5th Referendum for the Kaleden Sewer Project is just weeks away. I encourage residents in the initial service area to gather the information needed to make an informed decision. And, if there are still unanswered questions, to please reach out to either myself or the RDOS staff. Subrina Monteith A few things to consider before you Director of cast your vote. This project has been RDOS Area ‘I’ in motion for many years. Residents have been asking for this service, as well as residents outside of the service area. The $6.2 million dollar grant makes this project possible as the cost won’t go down in the future, making this our chance to seriously consider the service or put the project to rest. With more community infrastructure in place, Kaleden will have an opportunity to develop a local area plan to guide the future of the community, which would address densification concerns while keeping our community feeling 'rural' with community services. Community sewer will allow residents to use their entire property, eliminating the restrictions currently in place with septic fields. This means that residents may be able to expand parking, plant a garden, or build a workshop on land previously dedicated to septic. As the RDOS does not have jurisdiction over septic, it cannot monitor for replacement or repair. This increases the chance for effluent to leach into our lake. Connecting to sewer lowers this risk as the system is consistently monitored for leaks, so the RDOS can be more proactive in ensuring the health of the lake. If the referendum passes, 66% of the total cost will be covered by grants. The bulk of this funding is from the $6.2 million New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund Program. An additional ~$1 million will come from the OBWB (Okanagan Basin Water Board) Sewage Facilities Assistance grant. If the project proceeds, each resident in the initial service area will pay roughly $1225 annually for the capital costs and an annual operations and maintenance fee. While this is a significant investment, as more people can be tied into the system, the capital cost will drop for all users. For any resident that may have questions, or may be seeking further clarification on this project, there are a variety of resources available to learn more, including the RDOS Regional Connections website and KaledenSewer.ca. You can find FAQ sheets and recordings of Town Hall and Virtual Information Sessions available at KaledenSewer.ca, if you wish to review what questions other community members have asked. Advanced voting took place on May 26, but there are still two ways for residents to cast their ballot. First, you can mail in your ballot if you submit your Application to Vote by Mail before June 3rd. All forms related to this process are available at the RDOS Regional Connections website (www.rdosregionalconnections. ca). Second, residents in the proposed service area can vote inperson on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Kaleden Community Hall (320 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden) from 8 am to 8 pm. Resident electors, please bring two pieces of ID to verify your residence and identity (at least one with a signature). Non-resident electors, please visit the Regional Connections website to confirm what’s necessary to bring when you cast your vote. If you are eligible, please vote. If you have questions, please call me. Sickle Point ~ A special thank you to the kind-hearted generosity of a family who have enjoyed the community of Kaleden for many years, as the land will be donated to a nature's trust in the near future. It is currently private held land and should not be accessed.

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Strategic planning with stakeholders and owners has and will continue until the land has made its next transfer into a land trust's hands to manage. This is the best possible ending to Saving Sickle Point. I would like to THANK the committee of Save Sickle Point for the countless hours dedicated to this project, Penticton Indian Band for the advocacy and support recognizing the significance of the land, and the many donors who believed in conservation of Sickle Point. Together, we DID it! And, together we will appreciate Sickle Point for its beauty, because we haven’t touched it. As plans progress, I'll continue to share updates, but this will take some time. Community Grant-in-Aid ~ There is a current service in Area 'I' that supports local community driven projects called Community Grant-in-Aid. The service bylaw has limits in its bylaw and I have asked RDOS to create a new service to continue to support local community based projects. The engagement around this new service will begin before the 2022 budget is finalized. My goal is not to have a tax increase, but rather a splitting of the current budget into two to make the service legal in funding the projects in our communities. This is an entire Area 'I' service with a small annual budget of $10,000. Some of the past funding for 2018-2020 supported Kaleden Community Association - Seniors Committee, Get Jazzed event, FireSmart, Kaleden On Patrol, Kaleden Irrigation District, Apex Fire Brigade, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre and more. Regional Parks And Trails Review Is Underway ~ Please take the time to fill out the lengthy survey on all regional facilities and parks. This is our chance for feedback on the future of Parks, Recreation and Trails in our community. The Parks Master Plan Review Survey can be found at www.rdosregionalconnections.ca. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is in the final stage of consolidating all South Okanagan Electoral Area zoning bylaws. The process first began in 2008 and will replace zoning bylaws for Electoral Area A, C, D, E, F, and I with the South Okanagan Area Zoning Bylaw No. 2800. This project is intended to provide a standard zoning bylaw across the region. The two remaining zones to be reviewed are Low Density Residential (RS) and Small Holdings (SH). To break this down, if your home is in zones RS1 or RS2, the proposed changes would move your zoning to SH 1 (Small Holdings 1). The change should not impact taxes, but rather impact setbacks and subdivision potential on lots that are not serviced by community sewer. More information can be found at www.rdos.bc.ca/newsandevents/rdos-news/hottopics/article/3375. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


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Meet Markus Snair ... who returns as KID’s summer student for 2020 (see photo). Markus is a Kaleden resident and in Grade 11 at Princess Margaret Secondary. He is registered with the Industry Training Authority’s Plumbing Apprenticeship Program, and is considering entering the Water Engineering Technician Program after High School. In addition to monitoring adherence to KID Water Conservation Measures and assisting KID staff with other duties, Markus will be hand-delivering a “door-hanger” package to every residence. This package will provide information on the need for ALL exterior taps to be fitted with vacuum breakers, and offer one free retrofit screw-on unit for each residence. This project was made possible due to an RDOS Community Grant-In-Aid, and we thank Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith for her support of KID’s submission. We’re Working Towards Compliance ... with provincial requirements to upgrade our water treatment system. You may have wondered why there was a bright yellow silt curtain floating in front of the KID Pumphouse recently. No, it wasn’t to contain a spill! Rather, it was to exclude any fish and to contain any turbidity resulting from the installation of a raw water sampling line running from our intake to the pumphouse. The Interior Health Authority had requested this to confirm our eligibility for exclusion from filtration (a big-ticket item) in our upgraded treatment system. KID currently injects chlorine into the pipe near the intake in order to provide sufficient contact time before the water is used, and chlorination can potentially change water clarity. The raw water sampling line will provide a flow of unchlorinated water for continuous testing of UVT (ultraviolet transmissibility - think transparency!). Judging from turbidity samples taken at the pumphouse to date, we anticipate that KID can be excluded from the filtration requirement, which will reduce both construction and operating costs of the upgraded treatment plant considerably. Fingers crossed ... Water Consumption ... was once again much higher (over 3 million liters) in April than last year. More watering due to the dry spring? More folks staying at home due to COVID? More leaks in the system? July and August consumption figures should help to determine the cause.

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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl

Our Chipping and Grass Bin event was huge success once again! The FireSmart Board would like to thank the following for helping to make this day go so well: • Fortis for funding the chipper. • Bartlett Tree Experts for doing all the amazing chipping. • EZ Bins for donating the bins for grass and yard waste. • Ralf of Tidy Yards for the multiple large trailer loads he picked up from residents who took advantage of the pick up service. • KVFD for ongoing support with labour and the event site. • Steve Gronzil for being a great volunteer picking up extra loads and blow down along the streets. Because of the hard work done by local residents, we have been recognized for another year as being a “FireSmart Community”. We are on track for 2021 as well.


Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator

With the start of June, we can expect to see the influx of tourists coming into the area. This year, it will most likely be British Columbian residents visiting our resorts, parks, lakes, trails, and campsites more so than Albertans, but that will remain to be seen as the rules and regulations for Covid protocols look like they might be changing over the next few months. Major airlines are pressing Ottawa to allow international travel and the Canada/US borders may open up. If that were to happen, then provincial borders will likely follow suit provided case numbers keep falling. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Info Centre opened its doors from 9am - 4pm for the season on the May Long Weekend and welcomed guests, tourists, and residents alike. Thanks to our volunteers; Catherine, Mike, Karen, Sheila, Sherilyn and our summer student Moriah, visitors and guests were introduced to a refreshed and newly appointed Destination BC official ‘Visitor Info Centre’ and to the same great service this team provided last year. This year, the Centre is participating in the “gofishbc” program and has rods and tackle for your fishing pleasure. The Centre will be selling local bike/ hike maps, as well as Backroad Maps and Guide Books featuring both the Okanagan Valley and the Thompson Okanagan region. Also, available again this year is the very popular “BeadTrails Experience BC” program. Stop by to purchase our token bead for your BC Memories Bracelet. The Visitor Centre is currently recruiting for one more tourism experience councilor with good social media and communications skills under the Canada Summer Jobs program. If you are interested and/or know someone under 30 years of age who is looking to work in a fun, casual, and exciting environment for the months of July and August, please refer them to our office. It is a great experience and the pay range, depending on experience and skills, is $16-19 per hour. Weekly 35 hour schedules will include some weekends and statutory holidays. If you are interested in volunteering for the Centre for a few hours each week or certain days throughout the summer, please give us a call. It is a fun job and you will be working with a great team of people. Something worth checking out this summer are a couple of new tourism related phone apps - Trippzy and On This Spot. Trippzy encourages you to play travel trivia and to visit select local sites to collect points and rewards. On This Spot is an app created by history experts to celebrate and share the history of local communities through unique “then-and-now” photo sets that allow users to experience the past firsthand. Both of these fun travel apps will be showcasing our beautiful Okanagan Falls area and have been sponsored by www. visitsouthokanagan.com. These apps encourage you to play travel trivia and to visit select local sites to collect points and rewards. ‘Trippzy’ plans to launch June 30th and ‘On This Spot’ hopes to launch the Canada Day weekend. ‘Trippzy’ is a Smartphone app. The ‘On This Spot’ app can be downloaded at https://onthisspot.ca and is available on both Android and Apple devices. Try them out and make sure you and your guests have an Okanagan Summer to Remember ... Stay Local and Shop Local.

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President

Here’s an interesting question ... What exactly would you include in “Okanagan Falls”? For some, this might be what they see as the townsite proper. These people might see it bounded by Meyer Family Vineyard on McLean Creek Road to the east; Tickleberry’s to the south; the limits of Hody Drive to the northeast; and the bridge to the northwest. It’s not quite as simple as you might think though. For instance, does this include Keogan Park and the baseball field? For others, it might include essentially most of Area ‘D’. These people might include Vaseux Lake to the south; all subdivisions along McLean Creek Road and Eastside Road to the east, and up Skaha Lake to include Heritage Hills to the northeast; and again the bridge to the northwest. This raises the question of whether Upper Carmi, presently a part of Area ‘D’, would be included? Things get a bit more complicated when the type and level of services provided are taken into consideration. So, how does your geographic definition of “Okanagan Falls” compare with mine? How do our views compare with others? And, what’s the general consensus among Area ‘D’ residents, as to the area that could be included? All that, including engagement with residents to assess their views, is a big component of the upcoming Boundary Configuration Study just getting under way under RDOS direction, with a community oversight volunteer committee, and funding from BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Stay tuned and stay informed. Volunteer Opportunity ~ Are you or someone you know good at Communications? Preparing information releases? Basic website setup and management? Managing a Facebook page? Reach out and give us a hand! We’re looking for someone like you! Want to comment on our parks, trails and recreation programs? Visit www.rdosregionalconnections.ca for more information. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join the OFCA, please email okanaganfallscommunity@gmail.com.

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Building Community Spirit

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

... JOINS TOGETHER WITH ... Volunteer Spotlight

The intention of this column is to give thanks and recognition to a special volunteer or group of volunteers in our community.

RDOS Hosted “Pitch-In Canada” 2021 Community Spirit and Volunteers were at their finest from April 22-24, 2021, as the RDOS participated in the Inaugural Pitch-In Program around the region. More than 50 individual volunteers, including representatives from three schools, participated in this year’s event. The slogan for National Volunteer Week 2021 was “The Value of One. The Power of Many”. This was evident in the various communities where Pitch-In events took place. Supplies were provided by the RDOS and participants were able to make light work of an otherwise overwhelming task, all while respecting COVID-19 protocols. Participating communities included the Similkameen, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Greater West Bench, and Naramata. Two bins full of litter and debris were collected within a couple of hours, leaving local streets clean and clear. Many hands definitely make light work! Thank you to all who participated. Building healthy and cohesive communities in the South OkanaganSimilkameen region is an essential part of the programs and services offered by the RDOS. And, it is volunteers are playing a critical role in making this possible. In this time of COVID-19, we have seen many of our volunteers take on new and different roles. Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers remain at the heart of emergency response in British Columbia. There have been changes in their practice to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and responding while maintaining physical distancing and by donning personal protective equipment. The RDOS would like to recognize our Emergency Support Service (ESS) Volunteers, Search and Rescue, Amateur Radio Club Members, and Volunteer Firefighters! To all of our volunteers across the Regional District, we are both thankful and grateful for your generosity of time. Volunteers coming together for a common goal builds community spirit instantly. If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities, please contact Nancy Wigley by email to nwigley@rdos.bc.ca.

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Heritage Hills / Lakeshore Highlands Inaugural Chipping & Yard Waste Bin Event By Peter Edwards Join us on Saturday, June 12th from 10 am to 3 pm. Watch for posters on community notice boards and the mailbox flyer for more information. There will be collection areas located in the community and a yard waste bin will be located at the Vintage Boulevard entrance to the neighbourhood park in Heritage Hills. You can reduce the risk of wildfire damage by making changes to the areas closest to your home. Neighbours are encouraged to work together to trim and limb trees and rake, thin and haul flammable debris to the chipper and bin. The chipper takes small trees and branches. The bin is for pine needles, cones, small shrubs, long grasses. Let’s become a FireSmart community.

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Sickle Point Saved By Randy Cranston, Save Sickle Point Committee Skaha Lake’s last intact wetland has been purchased with the unified vision of long-term conservation. A great day for the environment and our community happened on Monday, May 10, 2021, when the land transfer around Sickle Point was completed. The saving of Sickle Point from development and the preservation of the non-motorized status of the KVR wouldn’t have happened without the pledges from over 380 individuals and commitment and willingness to write letters to government ministries, newspaper editors or articles, sign paper and electronic petitions, put up posters and green ribbons and share information with family and friends. The Vancouver-based family, with fond memories of summers in Kaleden, decided to fund the entire purchase of Sickle Point, to eventually make an ecological gift to a land trust, so Sickle Point can be conserved in perpetuity. This means that the monies from those who pledged will no longer be needed for the purchase of Sickle Point. The Sickle Point Committee’s goal now will be to establish an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to fund on-going restoration of Sickle Point through a land trust. The Sickle Point Committee hopes that once the land is ecologically gifted to a land trust and the endowment fund is established that those who made pledges and other residents of the South Okanagan and beyond will consider donating to the endowment fund, as monies will be required to restore the property, providing habitat for various endangered wildlife.

Thank you to everyone who supported the protection of Sickle Point from development, believed in the importance of conserving Reliable Travel would like to thank everybody that has chosen to it for its natural values, and ensuring the KVR did not become shop local and book with us. We work hard for our clients and motorized. are happy to announce that Reliable Travel has been able to “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens fully refund all our clients that had cancelled booked Air Canada can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Tickets, Air Canada Vacations, Sunwing Vacations and Air Transat ~ Margaret Mead Vacations. It was a long battle, but as consumers we won! We can all be very proud of this legacy! Itching to travel again? You’re not alone. By Vi Creasey

In the past month, there has been a big jump in overseas vacation bookings, especially for fall and winter of 2021. Cruises are in hot demand for 2022. Canadians are also planning domestic travel. Bookings have been related to the actual vaccine rollout. A lot of people are booking now, because they have had their first vaccine and most of us are on track to receive our second jab by September. Many people are feeling more comfortable to take that plunge. Once quarantine rules have changed, demand for travel will jump even more.

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Meet Alice James By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

** Update on our Greek Island Cruise, which was unfortunately cancelled for 2021. We are going in October 2022. We have 22 people presently booked and would love to have you join us. Please call for more information on this “Bucket List” vacation.

RDOS Play recreation welcomes Alice James to the team. Alice will be our recreation summer student and will be working on a bunch of different programs. She is a thirdyear Kinesiology student at the University of Victoria, who has a passion for promoting well-being and health for everyone. She is currently in the process of initiating a sociable, no fee walking group for seniors in the communities of Okanagan Falls. If you are interested in participating, or looking for more information, in this walk and talk group, feel free to email Alice at ajames@rdos.bc.ca or call the Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre at 250-497-8188.

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Have a great time out in the sunshine!

Resorts and cruise ships are booking up! Right now, our vacation suppliers have very liberal rules attached to your booked vacation. Many will let you cancel or change dates with no penalty, so there is no “downside” to booking early and guaranteeing that you have a place to go. Reliable Travel will take you from the “planning” stages, to getting you home safe and sound. We are here to help with every phase of your vacation. Don’t wait too long! Numerous people are feeling the travel bug and space is filling up. We are here. Call one of us soon.


Is Large Development At Twin Lakes In Public Interest?

June Is Parks And Recreation Month!

By Coral Brown, Twin Lake Resident and Waterway Monitor since 2009

By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

RDOS has partnered with ParticipAction In 2016, Golder completed a Hydrogeological Assessment in providing a host of FREE active events across the region. Walking, called “Groundwater Availability Study, Proposed Residential hiking, paddling and more! Join the #communitybetterchallenge. Development (Phase 1) Twin Lakes BC” (Phase 1 was for 50 Did you know? Everything gets better when you get active! Even dwellings, but has now been reduced to 36) at the Twin Lake communities. Participate in the “Active Communities Challenge” Golf Resort (TLGR). See 2019 Golder to RDOS and 2016 Golder during the month of June, connect with others, and help your Executive Summary ... Land use is water use. community get crowned as an ‘active community’. Golder’s numbers matched the 2010 Summit Twin Lake Aquifer Check out rec.rdos.bc.ca to learn more or give us a call anytime Capacity Study for sustainable water to the Twin Lake Area by: 1) at 250-497-8188. RDOS granting a large water variance; 2) use of increased “waterin” by adding in an assumed bedrock recharge; 3) not including Space Travel surface water licences, because Golder stated that with onsite visits to the area, no agricultural irrigation was observed; and 4) By Tom Landecker monitoring the water in the wet year cycle 2010 to 2020. On June 2, 2018, a bright flash lit up the night sky over Botswana, a Aquifer #261 is the only possible water source for the Twin Lake small country in southern Africa. Fireballs like this are not unusual, Area. Golder agreed that the aquifer is fed mainly by the spring time but this was 20,000 times brighter than the Full Moon. That’s not run-off in Horn Creek, but did not seem to recognize a waterway/ full daylight, and it lasted only a few seconds, but many of the 2 system altered by man. The lakes and streams, known as surface million people of Botswana saw this spectacular light show. Putting water, are “hydraulically” connected to the aquifer which is under together their stories, followed up by telescope data, we now know Upper and Lower Twin Lake, the Twin Lake Golf Course, Trout exactly what happened. Lake and Marama Creek (empties into Marron Lake). The aquifer is also under a large field adjacent to Myers (Park Rill) Creek. A 6-ton rock (science has named it 2018 LA) plunged into the atmosphere that night, travelling at 60,000 kilometres per hour. Water moves around Parker Mountain in two directions. 27 kilometres above the ground, it broke into pieces. Fist-sized Even though there is no other possible water source, RDOS has shiny black rocks were picked up over the next few days, scattered now passed the zoning for Phase 2, a total of 232 dwellings, 79 across the Kalahari Desert. RV sites, a Village Centre with shops, a swimming pool and the Waste Water Treatment System (WWTS), which requires water We can trace the path of 2018 LA backwards through space, for potable water and sewage treatment. RDOS will take over the based on a few records. It was detected by mountain-top cameras WWTS once built. In 2016, Golder illustrated some predicted operated by the University of Arizona near Tucson, searching for water use models in Appendix G of their “Groundwater Availability events just like this. Clues from the Arizona images led to the Study”. Illustrations from the study are available by email request. SkyMapper project in Australia, and the tracks across the starry sky supplied many more details for calculating the flight path from G8 illustrates that with Phase 1 and the active surface water beginning to end. licence withdrawals, Lower Twin Lake is predicted to drop by 19m. Only the south deep end of Lower Twin Lake remains in the 2018 LA travelled through space for 22 million years, until it landed diagram. The G9 drawing shows a Lower Twin Lake decrease of on June 2, 2018, just three years ago. Tracing its path backwards 3.5m and the Upper Twin Lake decrease of 2.2m during 4 months led to Vesta, an asteroid, one of thousands of small objects orbiting with low precipitation. Historically, there has been a 10 year dry the Sun in the space between Mars and Jupiter. Vesta is a potatoshaped lump of rock; at 500 km across it is one of the biggest water cycle, not just 4 months. Climate change is unpredictable. asteroids. We have very detailed pictures of Vesta, because it was RDOS has a covenant attached to the zoning bylaw, believed to give visited by the NASA spacecraft Dawn in 2011. control for sustainable water. The covenant states that after the 36 dwellings have an occupancy permit (no water use is stipulated) Vesta is pockmarked by craters, the traces of ancient impacts. then RDOS will assess for sustainable groundwater availability for One of those collisions, 22 million years ago, must have cracked Phase 2. We ask how sustainable water will be assessed without off 2018 LA and sent it careening across space. Eventually, its water use and no passage of time. The Twin Lake water is already path took it close to the Earth and the relentless pull of our gravity “over taxed” (2011 Golder Peer Review) and in 2010 Summit brought it down. “believed that the Twin Lakes Aquifer Capacity was at or near its Craters occur across the Solar System. You can see the craters sustainable capacity” (7.0 p. 25). In 2009, the Turtle Pond dried on the Moon through a pair of binoculars. There are craters on the up and many residences lost water in their lake or well intakes. surface of the Earth, traces of ancient collisions, part of the process Decreased water levels may take years, depending on the that has formed the Earth over the last 5 billion years. 2018 LA snowpack/water cycle. There may be no going back for the shows us that impacts from outer space are still happening. The wells, lake, wildlife and the ecosystems of the Twin Lake Area. cameras that traced the path of 2018 LA are part of a system to The Twin Lake Hydrostratigraph (also available by email) shows alert us if anything really big should be heading our way. the wells (tubes) in the aquifer and the 5 TLGR wells (62716, Here are a few helpful website addresses: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html 83151, 55199, 19837 and 34516) are far below Twin Lake, so will • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ draw from the Twin Lake water in dry years. The TLGR will be last • https://chime-experiment.ca to lose their water, while those upstream around Twin Lake will be • first. Is this a comfortable outcome for RDOS? When there is high The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the risk / unproven facts, use the precautionary principle and realize National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake the importance of water. Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300. For direct contact with the author, email coralbrown2@gmail.com. SkahaMatters.com | June 2021 | Page 13


Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Oral and Intravenous Uses By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the natural world. Although humans make ALA internally, with age this production decreases, contributing to an increased risk of chronic diseases of aging. Researchers and Doctors who work with replacing this nutrient in either a pill form or by intravenous administration, are having some phenomenal results treating some of our most resistant chronic diseases. These include diabetic peripheral neuropathy (a numbness, usually in the feet of diabetics), pancreatic and other cancers, liver disease, and auto-immune diseases. ALA is a thiol antioxidant compound that has direct free-radical scavenging properties, and has been shown to benefit vascular and endothelial function, as well as improving mitochondrial energy production. Dr. Burton Berkson, Phd, MD, has been studying and administering Intravenous and oral ALA for over 30 years. His patients include those with a diagnosis of diabetes, auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus, those with liver failure from toxins and viruses, as well as those with chemo-resistant cancers. You can discover more by watching his YouTube presentation by entering “Dr. Berkson complete talk LDN09”. He often uses LDN or low dose naltrexone along with ALA for treating autoimmune disorders and cancer. LDN has a positive, modulating effect on the immune system and research data shows that it will decrease autoimmune markers and often significantly improve symptoms in these debilitating diseases. When prescribed in the correct form and dose, ALA has virtually no side effects. Its effects on the body are wide ranging since it works at the cellular level as both a water - and fat - soluble antioxidant, an energy inducer (by increasing the production of ATP, our body’s energy molecule), a recycler of other antioxidants, a toxin and heavy metal detoxifier, a stimulator of healthy organ regeneration, and a promotor of healthy gene expression. What does this all mean to patients? Clinical experience and research reveal that ALA is amongst the most powerful anti-aging nutrients available and has the ability to reverse some serious illnesses. It has the potential to improve many serious health conditions, from cancer to neuropathies and liver diseases. Used judiciously and in an integrative, holistic care model of health, ALA can contribute greatly to overall health, especially in regards to aging related diseases. I am always grateful for people like Dr. Berkson who devote their lives to helping some of the sickest patients. These new treatments offer hope where there was little before. As always, Naturopathic Doctors follow holistic principles and treat each individual with a tailored protocol designed for each person’s unique needs. Having great researchers and clinicians to draw data from helps us immensely in our goal to improve your health. As always, it is advised that you follow the advice of a registered Naturopathic Physician before embarking on any new treatment protocol. DE

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Sagebrush Pony Parties & Events By Lois Wager Near Twin Lakes in Kaleden, Sagebrush Ranch offers a lot of family activities in an outdoor setting. New this season, we have a Pony Petting Tour! This 60 minute private pony tour at our ranch includes giving horse treats, playing ranch games, and taking western photos. It is perfect for an up close and safe way to enjoy the ponies with your little ones. Returning for a 4th season is our Summer Pony/Horse Camps! You can choose from 1, 2 or 4 half-day camps from June through September. Learn horsemanship skills, and enjoy an introduction to riding and horse care. Wash and groom a horse yourself! Take part in ranch games, daily homemade snacks, take home a country craft, western games, and create a spin art board. We offer 1 & 2 half-day camps for children 5-6 years of age. We also offer 4 half-day camps for children 7-13 years of age. Camps are small in size and do fill quickly. Ask about our Private Birthday Parties! Lots of options available. For more information or to make a reservation, please text or call 778.388.9205 or find us on Facebook at Sagebrush Pony Parties and Events. www.sagebrushponyrides.com

Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner I must say, I love the name of my business! Creative Wellness Solutions! It gives me the opportunity to expand, discover and dive into the many, many things that can bring wellness into our lives. Something I have been learning more about are natural remedies. Using the plants, many of which grow wild all around us, and learning how they can heal us both physically and mentally. Now, what does that really mean? Well, there are many weeds, wild plants and flowers that are abundant and readily available that have incredible healing properties when just using the wild plant. Yarrow can be used topically to stop bleeding and reduce the chance of infection for wounds, cuts, and abrasions. Plaintain leaves can be crushed into a paste and applied to venomous stings and bites with great effect. Those are two plants, or weeds, that we don’t have to look far to find. I grow and harvest many herbs and plants such as Lavender, Calendula, Comfrey, Plantain, St. John’s Wort, Yarrow and Elderberry, to name a few. There are so many things you can do. I have made infused oils, tinctures, syrup, lavender wands and sachets. From the infused oils, I have combined them to make a healing salve, and from my immune-boosting Elderberry syrup, I made delicious gummies. Another incredible weed that has numerous health benefits is Cannabis. There is still a lot of stigma associated with cannabis, but the facts are showing enormous health benefits in CBD products that are in no way hallucinogenic. These products have been proven to alleviate pain and reduce swelling in muscles and joints. It has been used successfully for numerous ailments like arthritis, migraines, plantar fasciitis pain, to speed the healing of tattoos, and even ‘hot spots’ on pets. The list goes on and on! I have recently become a distributor for a BC company that produces cannabis-infused creams, lotions and bath soaks called “The Grease Cream”. I have added a page to my website or you can go directly to the company’s website at www.TheGreaseCream.ca for more information on these all-natural products. Creative Wellness Solutions provides a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment or to discuss The Grease Cream. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com, where you can find more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.

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May Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

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Spending time outside digging speetlum - later we cooked it and it tasted great! Learning Indigenous game “Horse drag” with Mrs. Jack. Hike on Five Lakes Loop - at the top of the trail overlooking Skaha and Okanagan Lakes. Westbench hike overlooking Okanagan Lake and Penticton. Safety Village Visit - practicing road and fire safety. Thank you Martin from Okanagan Falls Fire Department. Our new outdoor learning structure is beautiful! Thank you SD53 and T.L.Timber Ltd.

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Creativity Camp Returns! By Kim Palmer, Executive Director

We’re excited to announce that the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) will be offering “Creativity Camps” this summer to spark the imagination of our youth. These programs are a long-standing tradition for the OSA. In 2021, we’ll have a new location and exciting new projects for participants to explore. Registration is limited, so head to our website and sign up today! www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com/courses.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee

identified to maintain the majority of our Current Priorities such as: Additional district elementary counselling position; Schools’ supplies and services budget and rollover unspent funds; Healthy school coordinator at an increased 0.4 FTE position; Feedback from multiple groups is to maintain daytime custodians in 202122; Continue providing hand sanitizer, wipes; Further support for outdoor learning; Increase support for Okanagan language and culture in all schools; Increase speech and language pathologist support. Hardware and Network Security (IBM): Hardware - replace switches and add more access points to increase wireless density; Enhance network security by hardening firewall and conducting a vulnerability assessment training; Support for trauma informed practices with workshops, webinars, training, a district coordinator; Technology training for staff - staff believe that technology training will help them be more effective in their work; Increase district support for the purchase of metal and wood shop consumables Capital funding in the amount of $1.531 M has been approved for the 2021/22 school year. Funds are to be utilized for mechanical upgrade projects at SOSS (HVAC upgrade - $391 K) and OSS (geothermal installation phase 2 - $1.14 M). These projects will proceed as per normal with work starting in the summer and completion before March 31, 2022. Finally, due to the current Covid rules, the format for the sharing out of the School Learning Plans in June will be held via Zoom. It was decided that a virtual meeting for each community would be held on three separate dates. Information on the dates and times will be forthcoming soon. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the May long weekend. We are now heading into June for the homestretch for the extraordinary 2020-2021 school year. It is exciting to see the newly completed outdoor learning structure at Okanagan Falls Elementary. The opportunity to take learning outside will benefit the students for years to come. Following are some highlights from the Board of Education meeting held on April 28, 2021. Women in Trades Bootcamp was held at OSS (Osoyoos Secondary School) on May 6 and 7. There were 16 grade 10 girls attending and getting hands-on experience with projects in carpentry, metalwork, plumbing, and electrical. Like SOSS, this boot camp was a huge success. Building on the successful Health Care Assistant program that the District ran in 2019, we are pleased to announce that we will be running another Health Care Assistant program in partnership with NVIT for the 2021/2022 school year. The program will begin in the fall with online courses, moving to full face-to-face delivery in February 2022. We are working with the Osoyoos Indian Band on this project and once all details are finalized, we will be able to announce a final location. Staff reported that Kindergarten registrations have been strong for next year. We would like to remind all parents that registrations are open in all schools for parents to register children who will be 5 years old by December 31, 2021. These will be children born in 2016. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! Staff also reported that the District is planning to run 15 of our summer reading/numeracy programs this summer under current Thanks For Supporting Hot Lunches! Covid restrictions. Programs are run July 5-22. Times are from We were able to feed everyone who wanted School Hot Lunches in May. Thanks for your support! 8:30 am to noon for students K-7. School specific programs will 5121 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls Any inquiries, email kjcoffeebar@gmail.com 778.515.6502 depend on confirmed registrations and shared at a later date. Schools will be reaching out to parents in the near future. Okanagan Falls PAC Update A public Budget Advisory meeting was held on May 5, 2021 at By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President 7:00 pm via Zoom. Information including budget process, timeline, grant allocation, educational priorities. Through this process it was What is that?! That “thing” being built on the southeast side of the school is going to be the new outdoor classroom ... and we couldn’t be more excited! This is part of the outdoor focus the school is taking and more changes will be coming over time to our little school yard. The PAC is having it’s AGM on Thursday, June 10th at 6 pm. All 2017/2018 council will be stepping down and the floor opened to all interested in joining! A HUGE thank you to the PAC of 2020-2021 (what a year) lead by the steadfast fearless leadership of Kandis Lipsett CHAPMAN@ROYALLEPAGE.CA (rumour has it we could twist her arm to be Pres again)! Zoom link to meeting will be sent out by the school.

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School Trustee Report For SD67

to analyze data and develop options for consideration. The report will be presented to the Board in October 2021 at which time the By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee District will begin engaging with the public, school communities On April 17, 2021, the Board participated in the 2021 BCSTA and stakeholders. Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, provided AGM virtual meeting. There were 42 motions put forth. The an update on the Summerland Gym. The design team is at following motions were put forth by the Kootenay-Okanagan approximately 25% of schematic design. Demolition of the existing Region. Motion 1 urged the Ministry of Education to reinstate the structure is currently scheduled for July 2021. Rural Education Partners Council. Motion 2 urged the Ministry On May 12, 2021, the Education Committee of the whole met. Some of Education to restore the Rural Education Enhancement Fund, of the highlights of the meeting included a short video presentation as its own separate grant. Both motions were passed and will be of the wonderful things that happened at Parkway School this brought forward to the Ministry of Education for discussion. year. Also, Kim Wise presented on the inclusive language On April 19, 2021, I attended the SD67 School Improvement appendices update in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Day organized by Al Beckingham. Workshop Keynote was Bob Policy. District Principal, Shaune Gowe provide some highlights on Joseph. He talked about 21 Things You Should Know About The student wellness and inclusion program supports during COVID. Indian Act. Also, Indigenous Poet Shane Koyczan did an amazing Health Promoting Schools Coordinator, Jenny Mitchell, provided job broaching sensitive indigenous topics in a slam poet style an update on the After Schools Sports and Arts Initiative and the COVID protocols in place to support the program. presentation. On April 26, 2021, the following was discussed at the Board Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have Meeting: Judy Shoemaker, consultant hired to conduct Long any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live Range Facility Plan (LRFP) shared with the Board the research steamed and can be accessed at www.sd67.bc.ca. she has been gathering over the past couple of months involving community demographics, projected student enrolment and enrolment/capacity analysis data. Sources of data include; District of Summerland, RDOS, City of Penticton, Penticton Indian Band and Statistics Canada. The data revealed a significant decline in enrolment from approximately 7425 FTE in 2001 to 5,534 FTE in www.stonesthrownursery.com 2346 Sun Valley Way 2020. The District’s overall enrolment capacity currently operates Come and see us for all your Perennials, Trees, Okanagan Falls at 76%. 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This takes away from the educational supports and (V0H 1K0 postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this programs for students. Next steps in the LRFP include: analyzing academic year (2021) and pursuing further education. identified enrolment and capacity issues; developing potential long-term options that meet the LRFP goals, priorities and guiding If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the Kaleden principles; completing a final draft of LRFP in September 2021 and Bursary Fund, and help our students, please contact myself, presenting the final report for approval by the Board in October Darlene Bailey. 2021. Also, in Fall 2021, the District will engage in consultation Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a with the public, school communities and stakeholders to consider letter or email and providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical the LRFP recommendations. school) and type of education being pursued. In May 2021, the Board participated in the following meetings: • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the On May 11, 2021, the Budget Advisory Committee met to review school. the proposed 2021-2022 budget recommendations put forth • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including by Secretary Treasurer Nicole Bittante. The Preliminary Budget Twin Lakes/White Lake Road) and did you attend Kaleden position for 2021-2022 has an anticipated budget shortfall of Elementary School. approximately $700,066. Secretary Treasurer Bittante provided Any Kaleden community involvement. preliminary balancing options to include: using the benefit • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. premium holiday; reduction of District admin budget, reduction in • • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number internet fees; and reduction in maintenance/operating budgets. and cell number, and email address. The Budget will be presented to the Board at the May 31, 2021 School Board meeting. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. On May 11, 2021 at the Business Committee of the Whole, Riley Upon being awarded a bursary, a thank you letter must be Gettens from RDOS Area ‘F’ presented on behalf of the Greater • sent to the sponsor of your bursary. The bursary funds will West Bench community to develop a community project on the not be released until the thank you letter is received by the north field and gravel pit adjacent to West Bench School. Gettens sponsor. emphasized the benefits of the project and the partnership with SD67. Also, Secretary Treasure Bittante reported on a projected Applications must be received by July 5, 2021 and should be surplus of $1,761,936 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year end. In addition, submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Bittante provided a brief update on the Long Range Facility Plan. Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Or, email to kaledenbursary@ Senior staff will work with Judy Shoemaker through the summer shaw.ca. For further information, please call 250-497-8140.

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May Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Congratulations ... everyone! We survived an ENTIRE YEAR of school during a Pandemic! That means you ... you parents. You Ms. Harris’ Gr 1/2 class watched and waited patiently for their navigated the fluctuating rules and worry and stress. Mask off, chicks to hatch! Three did hatch and since last week, they mask on, cohort with your partner then allemande left. It is like have been moved to their ‘forever’ home on a nearby farm! dealing with the worst square dance caller ever who is also drunk Ms. Lind’s Kindergarten class went to Linden Gardens to on Pfizer shots. release their butterflies. What a beautiful day it was! Teachers, admin and support staff, you stood on your heads! I All divisions are participating in virtual dance sessions with mean you had to make *gestures wildly* all of this feel normal instructors from the SQx Dance company! Each class will and engaging. I honestly do not know how you did it. You are truly participate in five sessions and a mini virtual show will be heroes in these trying times. I’d give you a standing ovation, but I put together on our last session! These sessions take place have become too accustomed to Zoom meetings, and I am never during our Fine Arts classes. sure if I am wearing pants anymore. But with all sincerity, thank All the students are continuing to attend weekly Okanagan you so much for all you have done and for what I know you will Language classes with Ms. Rose Caldwell here at school. continue to do for our kids. From the bottom of all our hearts, thank you. By Principal Diane Haddow

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And thank you, Kaleden Community. Because of your amazing support, we were able to (deep breath in) buy new sport stuff, iPads, library books, bat and bird presentations, dance play sessions, HaHaHA Kidzfest, some guy called Flyin Bob, and much, much more (gasp). It always astounds me how every time we ask, ya’ll just shower us with love and support. Thank you all so very much. Last, but most definitely not least, thank you and a goodbye goes to Angela Schaffrick, who has been our KPAC Secretary and Hot Lunch Coordinator for the last while. Thank you for all your hard work. Angela has left some big shoes to fill and we need your help. Our AGM will be in the fall and we are always looking for fresh faces, with a passion for supporting our kids and a can do attitude! With a few more folks actively engaged in PAC, the workload gets thinned out a lot. Come on out. Last time I checked, nobody was accused of biting. That is it for this update and that is it for the 2020/2021 school year. Take care everyone. Have a great summer!

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no other than TW Marriott, who was so taken by this young cowgirl that he found out who she was and arranged a meeting. By April By Meredith King 3, 1918, they were married and living in Calgary, both working on The next series of articles will include the histories of some of the the ranch, until TW fell and broke his collarbone. Eveline laid down founding families who arrived in the decades starting in the 1920s. the law and said no more cowboys for her. TW went back to his old These are recorded from the memories of the descendants of trade and began work at the Burns Meat Packing plant in Calgary these families. They are written up by me and I take responsibility in late 1918. for any errors. The run-on sentences are also all mine, though the On February 19, 1919 Horace John was born and the young tendency is undoubtedly inherited. family started thinking about moving out of the city. In 1920, a fellow worker, offered TW his farm in Saskatchewan on terms he The Marriott Family The story of the Marriott family begins in England. Thomas William couldn’t refuse. He put $100.00 down, and site unseen, moved his (Will) Marriott or TW as he was known in Kaleden, was born in family to a mixed farm between Turtleford and Cleves, near North Carcolston, Nottinghamshire on October 6, 1889. As a young lad, Battleford, Saskatchewan. On September 10th of that same year, he attended the Buffalo Bill Cody show in Nottingham and from their second child, Margaret Gladys was born. Thomas Sydney that moment on his life’s dream was to become a cowboy. There came on July 13, 1922 and Isabelle Eveline July 31, 1924. Four were no training schools in England for budding cowboys, so upon children plus a major move in 5 years. Wow! graduation he trained to be a butcher, but never gave up on his Shortly after, TW’s Uncle Jack, who had been living in Regina, bought a farm about 4 miles down the road from him, under the dream. When he was 20, he and a cousin emigrated to Canada and veterans settlement program. Then in 1926, TW sold his farm and although the cousin stopped in Ontario to work on a farm, TW bought the quarter section right next door to Jack. He worked his headed west. He ended up in Calgary, the centre of cattle country quarter section as a mixed farm and started butchering again. and soon found work on a cattle ranch, fulfilling his dream of He would ride out to neighbouring ranches with two horses, Old Baldie and Sparky. He would pick out a steer for slaughtering at becoming a cowboy. the first farm, then tie the steer to Old Baldie and tell him to go Meanwhile, back in 1889 in what was then Caldecott Wales, and is home, and he would ride on to the next farm to pick up another. now Caldecott England, Alice Eveline was born, one of three girls Old Baldie would take the steer home and stand in the yard until born into the Parry family. Both parents died when the girls were someone came to untie the steer, then head for the barn. Better still young and so they were brought up by their grandmother and trained than his kids I’m sure. Uncle Jack moved back to England aunt and uncle. When Eveline was 13, her aunt and uncle decided in 1931 and for several years TW managed both farms. One year to emigrate to Canada and Eveline decided to come with them. the farm was managed by the Atkinson family, who had 4 children; They were market gardeners and found a farm to ply their trade and Nelson, John, Helen, and Norma. The kids were around the same settled in Gliechen, Alberta, where Eveline learned to ride horses. ages as the Marriott family and they became fast friends. Little did In 1917, Eveline rode in the Stampede parade and was noticed by they know that there would be a future connection in the town of Kaleden. ~ To be continued next month. Join us each month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE

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South Skaha Housing Society Update

By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair

Well, the middle of May is here and we have not heard what the results of the application for our Phase 2 is. The BC Government is still working on the final outcome and it should be available ‘within a week’, plus or minus, any time they need to make a decision. Looking down the road, if we were successful in our application, our estimate is that the fall, early winter or 2022 would be the completion of Phase 2. And, if we were not successful, then we would apply again when the next round of proposals are put out for approval. A tentative date for our Annual General Meeting is October 14, 2021. This could be changed based what the Covid restrictions are. If all is back to a semblance of ‘normal’, then our AGM’s would go back to a date mandated by our Bylaws of the Society and as required, the AGM for 2022 would be in April.


OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson

Here it is June already. The leaves are opening on the trees and the garden is in. The lawn has had its first mowing for the season. There have been no geese on the Goose Log in Vaseux Lake, but by mid-summer, they should be thick. We truly do live in a most beautiful part of this old world! The Thrift Shop will keep its current schedule of being open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturday from 12 noon to 3 pm. Masks and hand washing will remain in place until Dr. Bonnie says we can go back to normal. We want to thank the community for all the support shown during this difficult time. The shop is packed with donations, so much so, that Noreen has asked that you hold your donations to just small quantities for now, or until the shop stock thins out a bit. Museum Manager Sue will have the museum open on the same days and hours as the Thrifty Boutique. A tour guide will be available, so tourists can learn some of the interesting facts about our little town. Tours through the Museum and Kenny McLean Room are by donation. Stop by and check out the great work that is being done on the Bassett House. It isn’t open yet, but once finished you’ll see that it really spruces it up. Did ’ja Know? I have been reading in the history books about Okanagan Falls, its people and development. One who stands out in the books was Mr. W. J. Snodgrass of Oregon. In the book, “Early History of Okanagan Falls” by Andrew McLean, it reports that in 1890 Okanagan Falls had its first newspaper, the “Okanagan Mining Review”. It was about this time Mr. Snodgrass arrived from Oregon. According to Mr. McLean, Mr. Snodgrass was sometimes referred to as “Duke of Okanagan Falls”. He became one of the main figures in the early development of what was then called “Dog Town”. Mr. Snodgrass had a sawmill, hotel, store, and ran a stage and freight line to various Okanagan-Similkameen and Greenwood mining camps. In addition, he ran a freight and tow boat service on Dog Lake (Skaha). Mr. Snodgrass is known to have laid out the town-site, and gave names to the streets, such as Cedar, Maple, Birch, Ash and Willow. He sold lots at $100 per lot, and was quoted saying “ten dollars down and the balance when and if you had it”. The Snodgrass Store served a varied life as store, hall, church, school and home until it burned down in the 1930s. According to Mr. McLain’s book, “It was a pippin of a town site. It had several projected railroads, park reserves, school, hospital site, sites for City Hall and hotels, boulevarded streets, projected warves, industrial area, and other things that had been inspired by his fertile and vivid imagination. The old chap himself undoubtedly believed that his vision would materialize, as he went to live there himself and made strenuous efforts to get things going, but it was one of many schemes of the day that petered out.” The town remained, but the “metropolis” he envisioned just didn’t happen. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden

Hello Branch 227 Members & Guests ~ I am so grateful to all the volunteers for working so hard to keep our Legion open. Right now we are open Thursday-Saturday from 2 pm to closing. Legion Town Market ~ We will be hosting a monthly Town Market on the first Saturday each month from 8 am - 12 Noon. To book a table, please call either 250-487-8381 or 250-809-7342. Come on out, as we might have that treasure you have been looking for. We have been serving food at the Legion Thursday - Saturday. Any updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. You can also check the sign outside the Legion for updates as well. Everyone is welcome at the Legion! ~ We can’t forget what our veterans have done for our country. “No one is perfect ... that is why pencils have erasers.” ~ Unknown Remember to Call a Friend or Loved One ~ Everyone loves to hear a friendly voice. “No one is perfect ... that is why pencils have erasers.” ~ Unknown Recycling Donations ~ If anyone has cans or bottles you would like to donate, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart!

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society By Linda Rich

The Good News ~ Many of our seniors and members of the community have had their COVID vaccines, and COVID numbers continue to fall. At the time of this writing, there are still restrictions, but we are very hopeful that by the time you read this issue of Skaha Matters, we will have been permitted to start some activities. Assuming restrictions were lifted, we will hold Tuesday Bingo starting up on June 8, 15, and 22 and Drop-In Bingo starting on Saturday, June 19. We will hold our popular Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 5 from 8 am until 10 am. You can have pancakes, sausages, eggs, juice and coffee for only $5.00. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this yummy breakfast! The Library Book Exchange and Puzzle Exchange will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 12 noon. Membership for 2021 can be renewed or taken out at that time, or you can phone Linda Rich (250-497-8713) to arrange another time. Should restrictions not have been lifted, we will do our best to get notifications out to everyone. Just a reminder, face masks will be required in our building until the Health authorities say otherwise. If you have any questions, please contact President Grethe Jensen (250-497-5669) or Treasurer Linda Rich (250-497-8713).


Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Summer 2021! We made it to warmer weather again. Now, we can start to complain about the heat instead of the cold, or wet, or windy (although it has been and continues to be a little blustery), so breakout the lotion, the UV block, and the insect repellent ... ‘cause it’s bug season again.

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The “Walk for Guide Dogs” is going to be a virtual event this year. More to come, when information is available. The School Breakfast Program is still going strong twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A big thank you to the early rising volunteers, including our club president Vi. Plus, reports regarding the food are favourable. A Lions Club Bursary is being given to a deserving student again this year, continuing our support of further education. The award each year is given to a graduating Okanagan Falls student who wishes to continue to a university or technical/trade school and qualifies academically. I’m sure we are all looking forward to summer activities, BUT do them safely and within established limits or we’ll never get out of this restrictive time. Stay well, stay alert, get your vaccination and get back to some semblance of normal, whatever your ‘normal’ happens to be.

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If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. We usually meet monthly in person, with hopes to resume that soon. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - On Line!

Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church - Live!

Sunday Service at 11 am ~ We are meeting outdoors (FM radio available) until further notice. Join Pastor Jon live or on YouTube. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

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H&L Farm Update By Lily Yang We have been so busy planting on the farm for the past month. We look forward to what June will bring to the farm as the weather warms up. Early greens have been replaced by tomato, cucumber and pepper plants in the greenhouse. Brassica family crops like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower have been in the ground for over a month. Potatoes and onions have sprouted out. Pea, kohlrabi, and beet plants are growing bigger. Bean and zucchini plants have survived a few cold nights under the row cover. Strawberry plants are absolutely blooming away! My mouth is already watery thinking about the first crop of juicy berries in June. In the orchard, most cherry trees are loaded with baby fruits. Most apple trees and peach trees are done blooming. Bees are busy buzzing in and out of the blueberry patch. The most exciting part is our mushroom production is back in full force. LAST Plant Sale On Sunday, June 6 ~ Order your veggie plants on our website at www.handlfarm.com and pick them up from the farm on Sunday, June 6 between 9 am to 6 pm. Deadline For The Full Season CSA Weekly Veggie Box Subscription Is Wednesday, June 9. ~ Last chance to subscribe to the full season share on our website, www.handlfarm.com, and get one box for Free. Pick up your box from the farm every Wednesday between 4-6 pm. One single box subscription in the early season might not be available depending on the availability of farm produce in the week.

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Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at Christ The King Oliver. Services are on hold, due to Covid-19. For more information on when services will resume, call the Oliver Catholic Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit www.ctkoliver.org. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil

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Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a local member for the Zoom details, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi - 250-899-0163

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Flowers to Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. for the their interest in and generous donation to the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society’s project to reduce road mortality of our protected Western Painted Turtles. Thank you! ~ From Jennifer S. of Twin Lakes Flowers to the person who is erecting Inukshuks along Heritage Boulevard and Christie Mountain Lane. I love them, as they make me smile. Flowers to the person who is leaving painted rocks with messages at the mail boxes on Heritage Boulevard. ~ From Sandra P. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the new owners of the Busch property on Linden Avenue in Kaleden (the former ostrich farm). Thank you for giving this beautiful piece of land the deep cleanse it has deserved for too long. ~ From Rick J. of Kaleden Flowers to Paula Marfleet who is celebrating her 75th Birthday on June 1st. With love from her family ... xo. ~ From Eryn W. and Shannon M. of Kaleden Flowers to our three new members at our firehall. We proudly welcome Melanie Howells-Van Geest, Russell Laforest and Bill Henry. They will be a great asset to the firehall and to our community. ~ From of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department Flowers to Anand and Matthew from the RDOS. Recently, I had a friend fall while hiking on a trail near Okanagan Falls. Anand and Matthew were working in the area. Matthew immediately offered first aid, while Anand looked for the best way for the paramedics to obtain access. Their assistance was greatly appreciated. In the end, all turned out well. ~ From Joan M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Save Sickle Point Committee of dedicated volunteers for every minute spent on the project. Flowers to the Kaleden FireSmart Committee for organizing a FireSmart event in our community. ~ From Subrina M. of Kaleden Fish Heads to whomever stole my bedding plants. We have lived here 30 plus years and have never had any problems. So, if a Mom gets 3 beautiful yellow Gerbera daisy plants for Mother’s Day, you’re welcome! ~ From Sandy B. of Kaleden

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Planning Ahead In 2021

By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos

Basic Cost $1190 Penticton - $1390 Kelowna + taxes Planning A Will ~ Can be somewhat overwhelming, so here are some helpful tips to make it less complicated: Hiring the services of a Lawyer just makes good sense; a Will is a legal document explaining in detail to your chosen Executor/Executrix your instructions for the distribution of your estate (assets) following your demise. Personal Assets ~ That are in your own name, such as jewelry, money, vehicles or real estate that is not usually jointly owned. Executor/Executrix ~ The job of an Executor/Executrix is one of great responsibility; therefore, one should make sure that the appointed person is trustworthy, well organized and has the capability and the willingness to complete the task at hand. An Executor may be a family member or a trusted friend and someone who would be expected to out-live yourself. The Appointee ~ (briefly) would be responsible for gathering together all your personal information, pay your debts, submit a final Income Tax return and distribute the remainder of your estate among the named beneficiaries. You may wish to appoint a CoExecutor or Alternate in case one of the appointees is unable or unwilling to perform their duties. Make A List Of The Following ~ Names and addresses of all family members and their relationship to you; All your properties; All investments, pensions, etc.; All insurance policies and beneficiaries; bank accounts, safety deposit boxes, etc.; and charities that you may wish to leave a donation to. When you have completed your Will, and feel you would like to take the next step to complete your final arrangements, either call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or send an email to Lesley@crediblecremation. Music In The Park ca for further information on making arrangements with Credible By Grant Henderson Cremation Services. Taking this step now will prevent your family I have reached a point where I must make a decision about this from having to make those decisions for you at a later date. year’s Music in the Park. It’s been very difficult to consider having WANTED TO RENT: Boat Slip/Dock on to cancel Music in the Park due to Covid-19 restrictions on public Skaha Lake for a 20 ft. Pontoon Boat. Willing gatherings. Given the current trends in vaccination roll-out, vaccine to pay $2,000.00 in advance for June 16 to hesitancy, and downright defiance, and the fact that the provincial September 16. Call/text Cal at 306-227-0139. Public Health Order says that concerts and festivals are on hold indefinitely, there is little hope for hosting our summer series this Emergency Hampers can be made available from year. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand during the year with While many people have already been vaccinated, it only proper qualifications. To apply, call 778-559-2412 provides partial protection until the second shot is received. I am and leave a message. Your call will be returned. not confident that we will acquire herd immunity until sometime next year. In light of that, I see no way that we could, in any good Up To Date Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and conscience, offer Music in the Park this year given that hundreds businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the of people typically attend our events. eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. I know this news comes as a disappointment to many, Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. especially me. However, we must accept “what is” and govern Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of ourselves accordingly. In the interest of public safety over public the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this entertainment, I must officially announce that Music in the Park is publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the once again cancelled for this year. I have informed the Irrigation right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as District of my decision and they concurred that it is best to err on possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2021 Okanagan Matters Publications. the side of caution.


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