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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You” Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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Volume 7 : Issue 3

March 2015 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry copies.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

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Family Storytime * Teen Night at Dogtown OK Falls Legion #227* Fresh BC Talent Quest OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Library Wed 1:30pm 6:30-8pm with OK Falls P&R * Tuesday Bingo at 1pm Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm - Season 3 Workshops* General Meeting at 1pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month LA Dinner on Feb 6 & 20 Foot Care Clinic * March 1 & 7 Kaleden Women’s Pharmasave - Pre-book Scavenger Hunt * Weekly Drop-in * OK Falls PAC OK Falls Parks & Rec Kaleden Church Genealogy Meeting 6:30pm School Library Wednesdays 1-4pm

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Kaleden Library Tues 10am (Not during Spring Break)

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OK Falls Senior Centre* Thursdays Scrabble 10am, Thursdays Bridge 1pm & Thursdays Crib 7pm

OK Falls Senior Centre* Pancake Breakfast 8-10am

OK Falls Legion #227* LA Bingo at 1pm

ONYX at Penticton Home & Reno Show March 7-8 *

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OK Falls Legion #227* Mondays Crib at 1pm

Delivery of April Skaha Matters by Canada Post LEGO Night *

OK Falls Library 6-7pm

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April 2014 Special Events April 3-6 ~ April 5 ~ April 20 ~ April 25 ~ April 28 ~

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Colour Me Green in a Changing World” March is a good time to start thinking about the panorama of colours which will soon overwhelm the drabness of winter in the Okanagan. During the first week of February, I was invited to Ottawa to present the keynote speech at a retrospective Conference on Nunavut. Some 25 years earlier my wife Pat and I, with our Inuk guide, had mushed by dog team across the white, pristine Tom Siddon Arctic snows to the ice edge. There our Director of guide showed us how to build an igloo RDOS Area ‘D’ where we spent a “once in a lifetime” night sleeping on ice. The next day, in Igloolik, I had the privilege of signing the Agreement in Principal on which Nunavut was founded. And, three years later we signed the historic Final Settlement Agreement to create the new territory of Nunavut, fulfilling the long sought dream of the Inuit people. Now, due to the accelerated pace of global warming, Nunavut is experiencing rapid climatic change. Polar ice is melting and vast areas of blackish tundra are being uncovered, endangering the very existence of Inuit and the polar bears, and other Arctic species on which they depend for survival. And, all of this has profound economic and social consequences. Following the Nunavut Conference I travelled by VIA Rail through snow-bound Ontario to London, where I attended the Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Conference on Sustainable Communities. There I learned about hundreds of “green technology” projects being carried out with FCM support in more than 250 towns and cities across Canada. These projects aim to combat water and air pollution, and to reduce the build-up of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 and CH4) which endanger our global environment. The Conference was attended by several hundred climate-conscious Canadians, most much younger than I. It was time well spent, and gave me many good ideas for dealing with our own environmental challenges. Below are some current initiatives on which we continue to make progress: Our New Transit Service ~ With the new “green and white” transit buses now running along Eastside Road, a special “Learn To Ride” Bus Buddy Program is being offered to seniors under the BC Agefriendly Program. A special “free” bus service will run from the Okanagan Falls IGA to Cherry Lane in Penticton, starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, March 11th. Passengers get free tickets, coffee and a goody bag. A companion guide will explain fares, transfers and schedules. A second free trip will run on Wednesday, March 18th to the South Penticton Seniors Centre. For further information, call “Elaine” at the OK Falls Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188. Budget Night 2015 ~ A small but motivated number of citizens attended our annual Budget information session in OK Falls on Tuesday, February 17th. The RDOS Finance Manager, Sandy Croteau, gave an excellent presentation on how the Regional District is managing your tax dollars to ensure a balanced budget in 2015. A modest 5.6 percent increase is projected for residential property taxes, which amounts to about $40 for the average household in Area ‘D’. Most of this increase is due to new energy conserving projects and initiatives. The 2015 final Budget is expected to be approved at the March 5th meeting of the RDOS Board. Lakehill Pedestrian Walkway ~ A solid “green” light has now been given to the Lakehill Road Walkway in Kaleden. Grizzly Construction submitted the lowest bid of $508,000 to carry out this project. The contract was approved by the RDOS Board on February 19th. The walkway will extend from a point near Highway 97 down Lakehill to

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the old 1912 Kaleden Hotel. Construction should be underway by the time you read this. Please drive with extra caution along Lakehill Road during the construction period. First Phase of Sewer Extension goes to Skaha Estates ~ Due to limited funding available this year under the Building Canada Program, it will be necessary to proceed with the Skaha Lake sewer extension project in two parts. Phase I, which is estimated to cost between 8 and 9 million dollars, will provide sewer service to residential properties in the communities of Skaha Estates and Sovereign Road. The main sewage trunk to the OK Falls Treatment Plant will extend Southward from Sovereign Road along either the Eastside Road right-of-way or across Skaha Lake to the KVR right-of-way, whichever routing offers the lower cost. An application for the eligible 2/3 portion of funding (about $6 million) was submitted to the Building Canada program by the due date of February 18th. The balance of about $3 million will be raised by local initiative within the service area. Property owners will have an opportunity to consent or oppose by way of a Public Referendum, once Senior Government funding has been approved. Phase II of the project, extending sewer service to Kaleden, will likely follow similarly, within one or two years. Affirmation Vote Approved for Parkland Purchase ~ The Provincial Ministry of Community Services has now approved a Referendum to secure voter consent for the borrowing of $950,000 to purchase parcels of land needed to complete two park projects; one in Heritage Hills and the other at the Eastern end of Christie Memorial Park in Okanagan Falls. The affirmation vote will be open to all residents within the Okanagan Falls Parks Service Area. If successful, the borrowing will have a taxable impact of about $32 annually for an average home in the service area. Full details about the referendum will be announced by April 1st. Keep our Skies Blue ~ The former RDOS Air Quality Coordinator, Janice Johnson has asked me to emphasize the importance for residents and farm owners to refrain from open-air burning of yard and farm waste during the coming “spring clean-up” period. Persons who suffer from emphysema and other respiratory problems will be very grateful if we keep smoke and other atmospheric irritants to a minimum.. Residents are reminded that burning on residential lots is not allowed without a permit from your local Fire Department. Please read Janice’s further explanation of the basis for these restrictions elsewhere in this edition of Skaha Matters. Electromagnetic Radiation – A Sleeping Giant? ~ A very important workshop on EMR radiation risks was held at the Kaleden Hall on February 21st. Almost 150 people attended. Organized by Jennifer Strong, a health care practitioner from Twin Lakes, the workshop featured a noted cancer specialist and bio-physicist Dr. Malcolm Paterson, who lives in Heritage Hills. Dr. Paterson pointed out two alarming facts: First, the proliferation of electro-magnetic fields emanating from high-voltage power lines, cell-phones, smart meters, and widespread use of WIFI technologies has increased the average human exposure to invisible EMR intensities by a factor of 3000 since 1980! Secondly, Dr. Paterson’s research and many other clinical studies, including a cautionary note from the World Health Organization, have classified high levels of electromagnetic radiation as possibly carcinogenic, and may be a causative factor for leukemia and other cancers in children, infants, and vulnerable seniors. This is a thought-provoking and troubling revelation from someone who knows what he is talking about! Well, that’s about enough “colour-commentary” for this month. And to all you Irish out there, mae y’hae a pocket full ‘O Shamrocks on St. Paddy’s Day! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ // tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca 250-809-2548 // Penticton Office - 250-490-4215 // www.rdos.bc.ca


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Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen

In recognition of the valuable work the BC Chamber of Commerce does supporting its business members, the week of February 16 to 20 is Chamber of Commerce Week. At the recent awards ceremony for the South Okanagan Chamber, the following businesses were recognized; Nunes/Pottinger, Vintage Hospitality Management, Greg Wheeler of Remedy RX, and the Osoyoos Credit Union. The BC Chamber represents more than 36,000 businesses of every size in every sector. Thanks goes to all who support local business and their local Chambers. Several grants were also announced recently. BC Art Council grants have been awarded to the Oliver Community Arts Council for $9,000, the Osoyoos and District Arts Council for $6,000 and the Osoyoos Museum Society for $9,000. Gaming grants have also been awarded to the Greenwood and District Public Library Association for $6,000 and the Scouts 1st Oliver Group for $3,800. A huge thank-you to the ladies of the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute who worked so hard on the fundraising for the bandshell and finally have construction underway. It is an extraordinary feat in a small Community like Okanagan Falls to raise this amount of money for any kind of local project. Well done, ladies! While most ski areas on the Lower Mainland have experienced poor snow conditions, we are extremely fortunate that Apex and Big White have had excellent conditions for most of the season. But, spring and summer are coming and both these beautiful areas are wonderful places to hike and bike in the “off” season and have huge tourism potential for a wide variety of activities for families to enjoy. It is also great to see Mt. Baldy back on its feet and I wish them every success. The recent allocation of hunting tags announced by the minister have caused some anxiety from the resident hunters who feel they have been unfairly treated with the new numbers. There are currently more than 91,000 basic hunting licences issued each year in BC. The majority of those are for deer, elk and moose, the “freezer” meat often referred to. There are no reallocations in these categories. Less than 10 per cent of tags are for the “trophy” animals such as grizzly bear, goat and sheep and of those only two per cent are allocated to guide outfitters. The changes to allocations of approximately 60 tags in the entire province is in the “trophy hunt” category. In Region 8 (most of this area), the five-year average harvest is 6,955 animals of which 6,360 of those are deer. Many of the clients of guide outfitters are BC resident hunters. After seven years of talks between the BCWF and guide outfitters without resolution, government made a decision on allocation based on conservation, First Nations, resident hunters and guide outfitters in that order of priority. Despite the negative feedback, I continue to be a supporter of the BCWF and the resident hunters of BC. While the Throne Speech may have been boring for reporters and news media, it maintains and supports the plan that is keeping BC’s economy one that continues to thrive despite the instability of other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally. Government’s job is not to make the media happy; it’s focus is the taxpayer, the creation of jobs and balancing the provincial books. That is what we have done in the past two years and what we will continue to do. The future of the Grist Mill in Keremeos has been on everyone’s minds for the last few months. As you will have heard by now, Chris Matheison will continue to operate the Grist Mill, not just for this year but for the next 10 years if he chooses to. It has always been the intention of Minister Thomson to find a long term solution so that everyone who has come to enjoy and participate in events at this unique historic site will be able to do so for many years to come. Thank you to those of you who were patient; the best solutions sometimes take a little more time. While we seem to be having an early spring, sudden blasts of winter can still happen, so keep that in mind while travelling through our mountain passes.

Linda Larson, MLA

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The Regional District has entered into a partnership with K-9 Control Services to provide dog control in all areas of the RDOS except Electoral Area “H”, being the rural Princeton area. A complete copy of the Animal Control Bylaw applicable to your area can be viewed on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca. You may file your complaint with K-9 Control directly by calling:

250-490-4113 or online at www.dogcontrol.ca

Regular hours are Monday to Friday, however, hours are flexible to include weekends and evenings….please do not let your dog roam unsupervised at any time. Yearly dog licenses are now due and can be purchased at the following locations: Summerland Animal Clinic RDOS Offices, Penticton Naramata Store Hedley Country Store True Building Center, Oliver

Penticton S.P.C.A. Penticton Animal Shelter Heritage Market, OK Falls Village of Keremeos Home Hardware, Osoyoos

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to review and update the Kaleden/Apex Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area ‘D-1’. This plan covers all of Area “D” to the West of Skaha Lake. We are now in the community consultation phase. We strongly encourage you to review our Area “D-1” OCP website http://www.d-1update.ca/ and complete the online survey. There are also printed copies of this survey in my office, Unit 1 in the OK Corral, Okanagan Falls.

If you want to discuss items raised in this article further, find out more about the role of the Economic Development Office, talk about the work I’m currently doing, get assistance with RDOS-related matters or other related questions, please contact John Powell, Area ‘D’ Economic Development Coordinator, at 778.515.5520 or jpowell@rdos.bc.ca.

RDOS Electoral Area ‘D-1’ OCP Update Get Involved! Let’s Plan Our Future Together. WHAT’S HAPPENING? The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to update the Kaleden - Apex Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area ‘D-1’. An OCP is a provincially mandated regulatory document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including housing, transportation, parks and services and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, like commercial/retail, residential, park. The RDOS uses OCPs to help guide and support decision-making on development and community planning.

WHY ARE WE DOING IT? Originally adopted in 1999, the OCP needs updating. It is one of the most important planning documents for the area. Not only does it establish policies around development and land use, it also gives direction to other community plans, including capital plans, transportation strategies and the like.

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Visit the project website for updated information, a “conversation corner”, interactive maps, and access to the latest surveys and polls.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS? The OCP update will be a community-driven process. We are looking to engage broadly with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders. We are also setting up volunteer Citizens’ Committee. The advisory group will be made up of residents from across Area ‘D-1’ and will help review materials, provide input, and reach out to the community. The timeline outlines major project components and expected timing. Keep you eyes peeled for more information in the New Year, including the first project open house. WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO? 2 Base Mapping & Research Background Reports

HOW DO WE GET THERE? 3

Community Engagement Draft Framework & Directions

FINALIZING THE OCP 4

Community engagement Preliminary Draft OCP OCP Development Report

Sep - Dec 2015 · PHASE

WHERE ARE WE NOW? 1

May - Aug 2015 · PHASE

Since the issuance of the Weyerhaeuser site’s “Certificate of Compliance” (environmental clean bill of health) in December 2012 and the departure of the previous prospective developer in late 2013, work has been ongoing to promote the site, find a developer and pursue suitable John Powell businesses for the site. As I’ve stated in the past, Okanagan Falls and other South Okanagan communities are competing with many communities and regions across North America and globally, to attract and retain developers and businesses to our communities. To set ourselves apart and compete, we need to continue to build on our existing strengths, opportunities and amenities and capitalize on our traditional and historic strengths. For Okanagan Falls, these strengths include building upon, and adding value to our agricultural, timber and manufacturing sectors. There is also some potential to pursue renewable energy production opportunities in our area. Getting key industrial sites to the point of being investment-ready is a time consuming and costly undertaking for any community. While I have almost completed the process of mapping the existing infrastructure to our industrial areas in Okanagan Falls, I still have work to do to fully appreciate the capacity of this infrastructure and what upgrades will be required to accommodate the types of businesses that we’re pursuing over the entire 130 acres of the former Weyerhaeuser site. On Monday, February 16th, I organized a Regional Industrial Land Development Workshop in Okanagan Falls that was attended by 25 elected officials, planners and other key decision makers from throughout the South Okanagan from Summerland to Osoyoos. The workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training. Topics that we covered over the course of the day included: • A review of key planning documents and regulations relating to land development; • Land Readiness Assessments; • Site Selection processes; • Building a Land Prospectus; • Marketing and Promotion; • Action Plan Development. This workshop provided us with an opportunity to look at the work we’re doing and compare the work we’re doing with best practices from elsewhere. The workshop also allowed us to take a step back and reflect upon what we are doing well at to make Okanagan Falls more investment ready and “business friendly”; and more importantly, what we need to do to strengthen areas that need additional time or resources. One area that I have worked hard at in the last couple of years, but which requires additional attention, is the coordination and delivery of information that clearly outlines planning and development information, typical time frames for planning applications and proposals and associated costs and fees. While I have added a lot of information to our website, www.okfalls.ca, I am also working with several RDOS departments, in particular the planning and public works departments to address these points.

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with John Powell

The nature of my job requires me to regularly travel to meet with clients and attend meetings throughout the working week. This unfortunately means that I have to lock the office during the work day. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you. To improve my service to you, I would like to encourage anyone that wants to meet with me, to please call or email me (see below) in advance to arrange an appointment.

Sep - Dec 2014 · PHASE

Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office

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Final Draft OCP Review, Referrals, Revisions & Bylaw Adoption

WANT MORE INFORMATION? For more information please contact Tom Siddon, Director, Electoral Area ‘D’ at tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca or 250.809.2548. You can also visit the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca, visit the project website at www.D-1update.ca, or contact Evelyn Riechert at the RDOS at eriechert@rdos.cb.ca, 250.492.0237

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RCMP Community Report with Sgt Rick Dellebuur, Penticton RCMP

Know What Your Kids Are Up To This past week we all have been busy with the threatening letter that was found on the school grounds of Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary School. The letter made reference to the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and Penticton High School and as a result we have had an increase police presence at all four schools while we try and determine who was responsible for the note. Who would write such a note and why?? There are numerous reasons why someone might write such a note and the more we can find out about the individual, the more able we are to better understand and deal with the threat and the circumstances that led to the threat. Last month we discussed internet safety in regards to what we posted on internet social media sites. As a result of this recent incident, it is a good time to discuss safety as it pertains to what your children are doing on the internet. Family dynamics are patterns of behaviour, thinking, beliefs, traditions, roles, customs and values that exist in families. Family dynamics play a big role in how a person chooses to express themselves, their beliefs and what they are prepared to do to make their statement or achieve their goals. Often parents don’t supervise, limit or monitor what their children are doing on the internet or watching on television. Often children have computers and a television in their bedrooms and are free without limits to spend as much time as they want watching inappropriate programs or surfing the web. Sometimes the parents do not know as much about computers as their child does, and they may feel that the computer is off limits while the child is secretive about his or her use which may involve violent games or internet research on violence, weapons or other disturbing subjects. Social media sites and the internet can allow children to access individuals and groups that are involved with violence or extreme beliefs. These groups exclude others who do not share it’s interests or ideas. As a result, the child spends little time or no time with anyone who thinks differently and is shielded from the “reality check” that might come from other views or perceptions. As you can appreciate, letting a television or a computer be the “baby sitter” for your child can lead to unhealthy development. You need to know what your child is watching on TV and doing on the internet and the friends they are making or hanging out with. You need to be smarter than your child and this includes understanding your computer and knowing how to check and monitor it’s use. Regularly talking with your children will help you better understand what is happening in their life and alert you to possible concerns. The more we are aware of what our children are doing, who they are hanging out with and what they are saying, the better we can assist them with making good choices and decisions. Finally, this brings us to privacy. Privacy is a very important aspect of our society, but so is the development and the safety of your children. Many parents feel they can’t invade their child’s privacy, which explains why I have found marihuana grow ops in the bedrooms of teenagers along with stolen property and weapons, only to have the surprised parent respond with that “they never go into their son’s or daughter’s bedroom as they like their privacy”. As parents, raising children is always a balance with regards to their safety, privacy, needs and wants, but parenting is not always a democracy and sometimes the saying ”if you are under my roof, my rules” applies to the situation. You need to know what your children are up to in order to best care for them and to help them to become the best they can be ... and sometimes this means you need to be Agent 007!!

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with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Meeting with MLA ~ OFID Board met with MLA Linda Larson the end of January to discuss the ineligibility of Improvement Districts for provincial grants. There was thoughtful discussion with MLA Larson, including a suggestion of coordinating with other Improvement Districts about this and other mutual issues. New Well in Upper Zone (Well #6) ~ The contract to construct the new well has been awarded to Sawchuk Development Ltd. of Kelowna. Materials have been ordered and construction should begin within the next week. The well and pumping station is located on the East side of Maple Street, slightly south of UEE. The well will include emergency power, and will enable operation in the event of a major power failure. Projects ~ Our Administrator Judy Morris and Operator Ken Peters have begun developing an Operation Procedures and Maintenance Manual. This will ensure there will be written instructions for every part of the system. They are also studying the use of GPS programs in order to more accurately identify the location of water main valves, individual property shut-off valves and repairs, and to update our drawings. Trustees are developing a Handbook of Board Policies that will serve as a guide for present and future Board members. Annual General Meeting ~ The Annual General Meeting of the Taxpayers of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held April 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. The meeting will include the Auditor’s Report, Report from the Chair, as well as new business, including Trustee Remuneration. Look forward to a Newsletter in the mail with more information.

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Little League / Cal Ripken Baseball in Okanagan Falls

Little League Baseball is back in Okanagan Falls for another year. This year we are planning 2 teams. If you are between the ages of 9 and 13 and are interested in playing organized baseball on a team during the Spring and Summer months, please let us know. For more information on South Okanagan Little League Baseball, contact Tony Orioli at 250 497-1119 or email torioli@hotmail.com.

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Age Friendly Community Okanagan Falls

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Okanagan Falls IS Age Friendly!

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with Janet Black

In an age-friendly British Columbia, older people are supported to live active, socially engaged, independent lives. Our vision is that people of all ages and abilities feel included and valued in Okanagan Falls. And so, we begin to implement some of the many recommendations in our Age Friendly Plan. We are kicking the project off with an orientation to the new Transit Service, see ad this page; an opportunity to socialize, familiarize and enjoy a new mode of transportation. In April, we will see the transportation theme explored a little further with a Mobility and Transportation Open House. Details are finalizing, but we expect to present the many resources and options in our community available for improving access to transportation and mobility devices. We’ll be putting out a call to local business and service providers that offer services and programs that help older adults remain independent at home. Keep an eye out for the posters and details next month. On a final note, we have some good news for visitors to the Community Centre – later this season an access ramp and electric doors will be installed at the North West door of the building. This will benefit not only those with mobility issues or physical disabilities, but parents with strollers and anyone who finds stairs a challenge. This was a major recommendation in the plan’s action items and we are proud to be able to deliver on it.

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join!

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree at 250-497-5572 or Janet at 250-497-5521

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Helping you age in place.

The RDOS and the community of Okanagan Falls would like to thank you for being a part of the Age Friendly Assessment of our community in 2014.

Our Age Friendly Plan Presents Our First Program ...

Learn to Ride Transit

with the “Bus Buddy Program” Our Bus Buddy Program can help you get acquainted with the new system, show you how to use the timetable, and to make a transfer in Penticton. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from a companion trip to and from Penticton, please give “Elaine” a call at 250-497-8188.

Wed, March 11th ~ 8:30 - 11:30 am TO: Cherry Lane Shopping Centre & Return * Free bus tickets, coffee & goodie bag

Wed, March 18th ~ 8:30 - 11:30 am TO: Penticton Senior Centre & Return * Free bus tickets, tour, coffee & goodies

Initiative is funded by the British Columbia Age Friendly Program

If these dates don't work for you, please give us a call to arrange another time.

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Visit our website for all our programs & facilities available. Enroll on line & pay at your first class. Office - 1141 Cedar Street

Triple The Fun! Ping Pong / Pickleball / Badminton Your Choice! Thursdays 7-9 pm $3 drop-in Starts March 19th

Scavenger Hunt & Pizza Party Friday, March 6th A youth and teen led event geared for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 4. Pre-register please!

Spring Break Programs In partnership with the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club Field trips, sports, arts and crafts ... a Theme of the Day Everyday! Come for one day or all 10 days of fun & shenanigans. $25 per day or $100 for a full week. Ages 5-12 Monday - Friday from March 16th-27th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Early Bird option available)


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Live Well HEALTH TIP

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L-theanine can offer some benefits ~ In this hyper-connected, fast-paced society, the demands of life can leave us shouldering chronic stress or burn out. Over time, people experience symptoms similar to depression or generalized anxiety. Some have suggested these are the effects of our chronically over-stimulated brains, struggling to cope with the 21st century. Recently, a lot of interest has surrounded the compound L-theanine following a recommendation by Dr. Oz., although the substance has been consumed naturally in the form of green and black tea for centuries. What makes L-theanine special and relevant to stress and burn out is that it not only seems to improve cognitive function (for instance, attention and mental task performance) and helps with relaxation, sleep and memory ... it also causes changes in brain waves similar to those recorded in practitioners of meditation. And just like meditation, it has been shown in clinical studies to improve symptoms that occur in chronic stress, anxiety and depression. Research suggests a dose of 200mg daily is likely safe and effective; however, L-theanine should be used with some caution in patients taking blood pressure medication or sedatives and should be avoided in patients being treated for cancer. So, its advisable to check with a pharmacist or physician before taking it to see if its right for your circumstances. L-theanine can be obtained by itself in capsule form sold at some Natural Health stores, but is also available in multi-agent sleep and stress formulations. For example, we carry Jamieson Stress Support Day, which retails for under $20 for a 30-day supply. As a reminder, our upcoming Foot Care Clinic date is Thursday, March 5th and appointments are filling up fast! See you in April and here’s hoping for an early Spring!

Our Air, Our Health, Your Choice

By Janice Johnson Medical science has confirmed that air pollutants has a range of affects on human health. Just one small yard waste burn may send someone with respiratory disease to hospital. The poor practice of burning yard waste (even a small pile), degrades local air quality and the pollutants it creates affects everyone’s health, especially those with respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, pregnant women, and young children whose lungs are still developing. Rather than using our air as a dumping ground for your waste, please take the time to protect our air and our health. Choose to not burn and instead choose an alternative: 1. RDOS Spring Curbside Yard Waste FREE pick up, starts the week of March 2 - 6. 2. Deliver to the landfill where yard waste is composted (Okanagan Falls Landfill and Campbell Mountain Landfill, 500kg per load of yard waste is Free). 3. Don’t have a truck to haul your yard waste to the landfill? Help the economy and hire a local gardening/yard waste business. 4. Too many pruning’s? Hire or rent a chipper. But, do not dump your yard waste in the ditches or forest as this creates a fire hazard. RDOS Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 2364, classifies yard waste as a compostable material and therefore is not permitted to burn. Want to learn more on how you can protect our local air & why? View the air quality reference guide, “Our Air, Our Health, Your Choice”, located on the RDOS website. Click on Departments, Public Work, then Air Quality. www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/public-works/airquality/what-we-do/

Even a small pile of burning yard waste creates lots of smoke and degrades air quality.

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Natural Treatments For High Blood Pressure

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health High blood pressure (over 140/90) is a serious concern in relation to heart health. It directly causes an estimated 50,000 deaths per year in the USA and contributes to another 200,000. (Divide by 10 for Canada). High blood pressure adds to the workload of the heart and arteries. This can then lead to blood vessel damage in the brain, heart, or kidneys. Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, or heart attack. Certain common nutritional deficiencies, dietary excesses, and chemical toxicities contribute to high blood pressure. Also, elevated serum Uric Acid levels are strongly associated with increased blood pressure and an increased risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Therefore, it is vital to have this measured and controlled if necessary. Effective, proven natural treatment recommendations: Whey Protein ~ A study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension found that hydrolyzed whey protein, 20 grams daily, significantly lowers elevated blood pressure using a similar mechanism as ACE-Inhibitors (a type of blood pressure medication) but without the side effects. There were also significant lowering effects of LDL (bad) cholesterol and an inflammatory marker called CRP. (Pins, JJ and Keenan, JM. “Effects of Whey Peptides on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors.” J Clin Hypertens (2006) Nov 8(11):775-82) Taurine ~ 2-6 grams daily. This amino acid (a protein building block) can be as effective as blood pressure medication to lower elevated blood pressure. And, due to its calming effect on the nervous system, it is particularly helpful in people who have trouble relaxing. Electrolyte Mineral Balancing ~ Magnesium 500-1000mg supplemented daily and Potassium over 4 grams daily from food sources (fruits & vegetables). Keep sodium down to 1.5-2 grams daily. Magnesium is an intra-cellular mineral which causes arterial relaxation when in adequate amounts. High blood pressure can be caused by a magnesium deficiency or when the body has difficulty transporting magnesium into cells. Magnesium can be administered intravenously to test whether or not a deficiency exists. In adequate concentrations magnesium is anti-stress, calms the nerves, enhances energy, regulates the heart beat and normalizes arrhythmias. It acts as a natural Calcium-Channel Blocker (another prescription blood pressure medication), but again, without the side effects (irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness, fatigue, water retention, congestive heart failure, constipation, and racing heart). Potassium is also an intracellular electrolyte that works with magnesium to help prevent high blood pressure, weakness, fatigue, congestive heart failure, muscle cramps, and atherosclerosis Hawthorn ~ Available in three forms: 1) Solid Extract - ½ tsp 3 times daily, 2) Liquid Tincture: 4-5 ml (1 tsp) 3 times daily, and 3) Herbal capsules or tablets Standardized for 160mg per day of oligomeric procyanidin in two divided doses. Hawthorn dilates coronary arteries and improves blood flow to the heart, increases the force of heart contractions, tones the heart, reduces blood pressure and angina, and reduces cholesterol. CoQ10 ~ 150-300mg daily. 50-75% of patients with heart disease are deficient in CoQ10. This nutrient enhances heart muscle strength by enhancing energy production, improving contractility of cardiac muscles, and provides potent anti-oxidant activity. CoQ10 is lowered with statin drugs which are often prescribed for high cholesterol. Garlic ~ 5000 mcg allicin daily or one pressed raw garlic clove daily. Garlic is a full-service herbal prescription for the heart and circulatory system. It effectively lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, inhibits platelet aggregation, increases fibrinolysis (breaks down fibrin clots in the blood), lowers blood pressure and protects vessels with its

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antioxidant powers. Be careful if taking warfarin for blood thinning since garlic is a potent blood thinner and may make the blood so thin that bleeding occurs. L-Arginine (sustained release) ~ 1000-3000 mg twice daily (add 400 IU per day Vitamin E). L-arginine is a naturally formed amino acid (a protein building block) which has the biological effect of increasing nitric oxide levels in the endothelium of blood vessels. Nitric oxide has the effect of relaxing and dilating blood vessels which in turn lowers blood pressure. This property is critical to maintaining good vascular health, reproductive health, and protection against oxidative damage. L-arginine improves blood flow to the heart and extremities and improves the elasticity and health of the vascular system. *Beware that L-arginine can exacerbate lung conditions at high doses. These include asthma, COPD, and other chronic cough conditions. Also, it is contraindicated in cancer. Another formula for increasing endothelial nitric oxide production is Neo-40 which contains natural ingredients such as beets and has been proven effective at relaxing arteries and lowering blood pressure. Beets and dark green leafy vegetables both increase nitric oxide, as well as being high in beneficial electrolytes and therefore, should be consumed liberally in the diet. Fish Oil (omega 3 fatty acids) ~ 2-4 grams daily of combined DHA/ EPA. The fatty acids DHA and EPA which are high in fish oil are often deficient in the modern human diet. Replacing these vital nutrients helps to significantly improve heart and circulatory health, kidney health, and brain health. These oils soften blood vessels, maintain thin blood, and help prevent heart attacks and stroke. Don’t forget to exercise at least 30 minutes per day aerobically. Detoxifying will also help with saunas, sweating, bowel and liver detoxification, and kidney detoxification. Drink plenty of clean water to keep the blood clean and at a low concentration as well as to keep the kidneys cleansed. The addition of plenty of raw veggies, legumes (beans) and extra virgin olive oil has added benefit. A qualified Naturopathic Physician can help monitor and guide you safely towards the best therapies for your own particular health needs.


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Kaleden Tennis Club Registration Sunday, April 12th from 10am - Noon at the Tennis Courts in Pioneer Park in Kaleden

By Brian Baldwin, Kaleden Parks & Recreation Chair

All levels welcome. Join us for league play,

Hi Kaleden Parks and Recreation fans! Please go over to the Kaleden Sunday drop-in, round robins and BBQ’s. Parks and Recreation Community Page and LIKE the page to stay May to Sept. $35. More info call 250-490-8864. in touch with “What’s Happening” in the community. If you are a fan of the original Kaleden Facebook page, be advised that it will be discontinued March 31st. Please go over to the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Community Page ... The Kaleden Tennis Club invites the community to sign up for our LAKEHILL PEDESTRIAN CORRIDOR ~ GREAT NEWS! The 2015 season. We are a laid back fun club that offers 3 round robins Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has awarded the contract with barbecue and pot luck lunch per season, plus organized mixed for the pathway and construction will start Monday, February 23rd, doubles leagues running into early September. All levels welcome. 2015. Please slow down and obey all signs and flag people. There The membership fee is $35 per person and this includes round robins, will be inconvenience, but the final result will be a huge benefit to our barbeques and leagues. Sign up is at Kaleden Park Tennis Courts on community. Any questions or concerns, please phone 250-490-4136. Sunday, April 12th from 10am to noon. For more information, please RENOVATION ~ The newly completed kitchen saw it’s first use for the call Tucker at 250-490-8864. Bring your racquets and let’s get playing! February 7th Kaleden Community Church’s Mexico Dinner Fundraiser. It was a great evening and a wonderfully successful achievement for our community. Many thanks have to go to Doug King for all his time and effort in spearheading this project. Since then, the hallway and museum have been retiled and only the main floor bathroom remains to be completed.

Join the Kaleden Tennis Club

MOVIE NIGHT ~ The next movie in the hall will be on March 7th at 6pm. Movie is Free, while popcorn and drinks are $1 each. Check out our sign board outside the hall for the movie title. UPCOMING PROGRAM ~ We are in the early phases of planning a Little Athletes program with funding from ViaSport. This will be a skills based program utilizing the “Run Jump Throw” resource kit. If you might like to get involved in helping with coaching, give Janet Black a call at 250-497-8188. There is a fantastic course provided to all coaches at no expense to you. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ~ The Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kaleden Community Association will have their Annual General Meetings on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 starting at 7pm. Please come and share in the shaping of the future of the gloriously wonderful home of Kaleden that we all live in. Come also to see the finished kitchen, hall and museum spaces that your tax dollars have re-created. Volunteers are encouraged to attend our AGM’s, and subsequent meetings, and adding their efforts to ours, to ensure all positions are filled! Such help is greatly appreciated. Finally, we at Kal-Rec, and I am sure members of our community, would like to thank Jodie Hopper for her work since last summer as Kal-Rec’s Park and Recreation Coordinator. Thank you for your efforts in helping to get this position up and running. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours. If you have any ideas or thoughts about the hall or park programs or events, please contact Janet Black at Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 250-497-8188 or info@okfalls. net. Janet will be helping Kal-Rec in the interim until a final staffing decision is made.

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For knowing and responding to individual and family needs in the Kaleden Area The Hub is a joint project sponsored by Kaleden Community Church, Elementary School, Recreation Commission, Volunteer Fire Department, Library, Restaurant, Lakeview Store, Linden Gardens, Petrocan Station, Irrigation District,Twin Lakes Store & Skaha Matters.

• Les C larke, 4 97 -59 95 , 488-4820(c), kalgarden@shaw.ca, Pastor, Kaleden Community Church • Heather Rose, 77 0 - 76 92 ,hrose@ summer.com, Princ ipal, Kaleden School • Judith King , 49 7 -69 85 , judithking@ shaw.ca, Community Member

Call one of the community contact numbers for:

Call directly to the numbers listed below for:

MEALS:

TRANSPORTATION: Need a ride?

• meals provided in times of illness or crisis

Occasional rides provided to Penticton

INFORMATION VISITS TO NEW FAMILIES & INDIVIDUALS: • welcoming new families & individuals to the community

SMALL SCALE MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: • in times of special needs we will do our best to gather a group together to assist

• provide door to door transportation service for essential services for persons in need • call 250-460-3387

WOMAN’S NETWORKING: • a woman’s group meets weekly for crafts, games and connections. If you need a ride to the Wednesday afternoon gathering contact Meredith King 497-6995 or Fran Dezeeuw 497-7850

IN NEED OF PRAYER? • confidential • any issues large or small

COMPASSIONATE CARE: • visits in times of personal or family crisis. Hospital visits.

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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning Policy 335 Student Transportation has been reviewed and is out for comment. There have been some changes in the wording around walk limits, eligibility and courtesy riders. Please look at the draft policy which is located on the district website (sd67.bc.ca) under ‘Policies Under Review’ which is open until March 3, 2015 and provide comments and/or suggestions on this policy. The Board approved a full review of district bussing and routes. Each year the district calendar is reviewed and submitted to the Ministry of Education by March 31st. The Okanagan Skaha Teachers Union has requested that all five of their professional development days be spread through the 2015/2016 calendar, while retaining the two week Spring Break. Last year four days were included. In addition, the schools will not be in session on February 25 and 26, 2016 to accommodate the BC Winter Games. In total, this will mean a loss of 5-6 days. The Union is asking for approximately 5 minutes to be added to the school day in order to make up the required minutes for the year. The calendar is available on the district website (sd67. bc.ca) for comments and suggestions until March 3rd. PMSS Vice Principal Sandra Richardson and Principal Terry Grady have partnered with Penticton Rotary to work on a SD67 Youth Mental Health Initiative. The McCreary Report indicates that 20% of students in our region self-report mental health issues. The Okanagan has the highest youth suicide rate in the province. The inability to handle stress well can manifest itself into self-medicating, absences from school, work that is consistently incomplete, drug/alcohol abuse, being late, avoidance and suicide. 50% of mental illness can begin before the age of 14. The goal at Princess Margaret is to prevent and de-stigmatize mental health issues. A framework of lessons has been put together to teach students tools to handle stress. A series of workshops have been set up to provide information to parents and students. On February 17th, parents and students heard from Kevin Breel, a young man who spoke about his journey with mental illness. He can be seen in a Ted Talks on YouTube. “Parenting Your Stressed Out Teen”, the first of a series of parent workshops is set for March 10th at the IMC building behind the School Board Office. For more information contact Sandra Richardson (srichardson@summer.com), Jenny Mitchell (jmitchell@summer.com) or on Facebook at Youth Mental Wellness-Okanagan. All 120 in-district students who applied for French Immersion before the deadline will be accommodated. There will be two classes at KVR and one at SMS. The location of the fourth class will be determined after April 15th. A wait list will be established for any students who applied from outside the district or after the deadline and cannot be accommodated in the four classes. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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Special Update On School Safety in SD67

with Ginny Manning At a special Community Meeting on Sunday, February 22nd, SD67 Superintendent Wendy Hyer, RCMP Superintendent Kevin Hewco and Staff Sergeant Kurt Lozinski reviewed the events around the discovery of a note found on Wednesday, February 18th at Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary threatening students at Penticton Secondary School and Okanagan Falls Elementary. The RCMP assured the crowd that all immediate leads have been followed up; however, at this time they do not have a suspect. They published the note in the hopes that someone in the community will come forward with any information to the RCMP, Crime Stoppers or Erase Bullying (link on sd67.bc.ca). Superintendent Hewco feels the threat level is low; however, they are taking it very seriously and are taking steps to ensure everyone’s safety. He asked that people be vigilant, but not paranoid. Be aware of people around you, changes in behaviours, and report it. Staff Sergeant Lozinski said that this week there will be an RCMP presence at the four schools and the only access will be through the front doors. All other doors will be locked. Superintendent Hyer said that the schools will be open on Monday, February 23rd. Every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of students. There will be increased adult supervision, along with the police presence at the four schools. District and school counsellors will be on site at schools and available to help students who are anxious or concerned. She noted that the sooner schools return to normal routines the less trauma there is for students. The district will continue to work with the RCMP to ensure the our schools are a safe place to be.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

with LeeAnn Thompson, Chair Kaleden PAC I often wonder where all the time goes! Christmas and New Year’s just happened and we are already thinking about Spring and Easter. I believe this is a sign of good times. When there is hardship and heartache the days last longer and the minutes slow down. So, I guess enjoy the rush of time passing by, but remember to always enjoy the moments. Enough of all this rambling. What is going on in PAC? Something very exciting, we are in the planning stages of adding new playground equipment to go with our already gorgeous playground. Like I said, we are in the planning stages. We are having a playground meeting Tuesday, March 3rd at 7pm in the school library. All those interested and want to give some input - come on out, can’t wait to see you all. Not a lot of fundraising going on at this moment. But once playground items have been decided and figures crunched, be prepared for lots of opportunity to support our wonderful school. Any questions or concerns about what is going on do not hesitate to contact me, LeeAnn Thompson at 250.488.0789.


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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Skaha Lake Girl Guides Spring Bottle Drive 9am - Noon on Saturday, March 28 & Saturday, April 25 Please drop off recyclables to: 1037 Duncan Place, Okanagan Falls OR for pick up call: 250-497-6426 (OK Falls) or 250-473-5700 (Kaleden/Penticton) All proceeds go towards Unit Activities - Thank You!

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Farm Bag Fundraiser Program

The Farm Bag Fundraiser program has just wrapped up another successful year of operation. Bulk quantities of seasonal produce were delivered to schools and non-profit organizations, to distribute amongst their members. Clients purchased a bag once a month, and the school group or organization received 20% of the sale to use for their own fundraising purposes. The 5-month season, which runs from October to February, means that the program is able to source locally grown, long-storing produce with preference given to organic suppliers. The idea is simple - an innovative program providing a way to buy local fruits and vegetables over the winter months, while directly supporting their local community. This season the Farm Bag Fundraiser Program raised close to $14K for local schools and charities, and sold over 50,000 lbs of local organic produce to local families through the program in the communities of Keremeos, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, Naramata, West Kelowna, and Kelowna. This program is continuing to go each season. Farm Bags contain 7-10 different kinds of fruit and veggies. Each bag weighs approximately 20lbs and is worth about $36 in the store. Each month, a newsletter is included with your Farm Bag that explains what is in your bag, recipes for using the produce and other useful information. Over the season you can expect to receive carrots, potatoes, apples, plums, leeks, garlic, squash, beets, pears, parsnips and other delicious goodies.

Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

Preschool Storytime continues on Tuesday mornings at 10am. Dropins are welcomed for this Free program. Join us for stories, crafts, and fun! A special Easter Storytime will be on March 31st. Looking forward to our Easter Egg Hunt in the Kaleden Library! Sorry, there will be no Storytime Programs during “Spring Break” March 17 and March 24th. Kaleden Library is hosting another LEGO NIGHT on Thursday, March 26th from 6-7pm. Registration is required as space is limited. Please call 250-497-8066 to register for this program, or drop by the library for more information.

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

Okanagan Falls Library is inviting all 5-12 year old’s to sign up for our monthly Lego Nights by calling the library or dropping in. Lego Nights will be the last Tuesday of every month from 6-7 pm. There will be a small amount of Duplo available for younger siblings. We are also accepting donations of Lego and Duplo.

Storytime is every Wednesday at 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for stories, songs and a small craft. No registration is required. We are still looking for people interested in joining a Library Book Club. Check out our website at orl.bc.ca for information on the “Year For more information on the Farm Bag Fundraiser, or to participate in of the Wise” and some great e-resources. a similar spring and summer style CSA veggie box program, please call Thomas Tumbach at 250-488-7615 cell or email farmbag@ localmotive.ca. Visit www.localmotive.ca for more great information. If there is someone you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, contact Janet or Nancy at info@okfalls.net or 250-497-8188.

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School District No. 53 Report

Ready, Set, Learn Event

with Sam Hancheroff

In January, at our regular meeting the superintendent presented the McCreary Report. This report is the result of grades 7 to 12 students that completed the BC Adolescent Health Survey in schools across BC. These students answered 130 questions about their health, and about the risk and protective factors in their lives. Results indicated: 1. Only 61% of females (77% males) felt happy most of the time; also only 43% of our females felt calm and at peace (64% of males). 2. 28% of females (8% of males) reported cutting or injuring themselves. 3. 21% of females (8% of males) have seriously thought about suicide and 12% of females (4% males) attempted suicide in the last year. 4. Of great concern is that most students miss out on access mental health services, because they did not want their parents to know. We want to urge parents to please talk to their children about their mental health, so that we as a society can rid ourselves of the stigma of mental illness. As a district we are trying very hard to address the mental health of our students, but we need the support of our parents and the community. The report for the Okanagan Region can be found on our district website at www.sd53.bc.ca Superintendent’s Report on Achievement: Some of the highlights of the report noted our students still maintaining strong achievement levels in reading and writing at the elementary level; our students are above the provincial average in both of these areas. As well, the gap between all students and Aboriginal students in reading, writing and numeracy is narrowing. Our numeracy skills are also continuing to improve with FSA results showing that we are well above the provincial average. The six year completions rates for students improved from 76% to 79% for all students and the Aboriginal student completion rate went from 67% to 75%. Challenging areas for our district were: active student engagement of learning, participation of students in activities, graduation rates, and social emotional learning. Threatening Letter: The RCMP have been actively investigating photocopies of a threatening letter that was left on the school grounds of Skaha Lake Middle School and Princess Margaret Secondary School on February 18th. The letter also references Okanagan Falls Elementary School. The RCMP did some preliminary assessments of the situation and are treating it is a credible threat. As such there was police presence at the Penticton schools and at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. On Sunday, February 22nd, School District 53 hosted a community meeting at the Okanagan Falls Legion. A number of families were present to hear RCMP current information on police investigation of the letter. Many questions were asked concerning the investigation. School District Superintendent Beverly Young and Acting Principal Amanda Palmer presented a plan for school opening for the week of February 23-27. These will include locking perimeter doors, increasing supervision personnel, and RCMP presence. In addition, Terry Collis, Principal of Special Services, will be working with classroom teachers providing support. Final Notes: Our Principal, Lisa McCall, has been on medical leave and should be back after Spring Break. We wish her a speedy recovery. I would also like to thank Amanda Palmer, acting principal, and all the Okanagan Falls Staff for their collective work and dedication towards safety for our students, especially during this past week. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250-497-5878.

If your child will be three years old between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2015, please attend our RSL Event!

Okanagan Falls Elementary School 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday, March 11th 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls

Ready, Set, Learn is an opportunity for families to begin positive connections with the school system and with community agencies providing early childhood resources, support and services. RSL is sponsored by School District No. 53, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children & Family Development, and Ministry of Health Services. By participating, you will receive: • An age appropriate book for your child • A parent/family kit with helpful tips for supporting your preschooler’s learning and development • Information for families from early childhood service providers • Tours of the school and kindergarten classrooms • Connections with school system & parents with similar-age children

Please confirm your attendance with Ms. Sam James (StrongStart) at 250-809-2802.

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Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James During the month of March, we have “Storytime with Georgia” on March 11th at 9 am. Our “Ready, Set, Learn” event is also on March 11th from 5:30-6:30pm. Please sign up in the StrongStart, or call the school, if you wish to attend. This will allow us to make sure we have enough pizza and art bags for everyone. Spring Break is from March 16-27, so there will be no StrongStart for two weeks. See everyone back on Monday, March 30th. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2014/2015 school year. Please Note - We are no longer open for afternoon time. For more information, please call Sam at 250-809-2802. H&M Thriftee Shop

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Open Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat from 10-3 250-486-6371

Accepting Clean & Gently Used Clothing & Accessories

Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street

OK Mini School We will be hosting our annual Open House in April. The date will be announced in the April Skaha Matters. OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, call 250-497-5576 or email Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca


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“Hop On The Bus, Gus”

BC Transit is alive and well in Okanagan Falls. Pick up your BC Transit Guide at a local retailer today. Visit www.bctransit.com or call 250-492-5602 for general inquiries. The rates for Route #21 around Okanagan Falls (“Zone 1” or “Local”) are $1.50 for adults and $1.25 for students (K-12 & 20 years & under). To go to and from Penticton on Route #20 (“Zone 2” - Trips which cross a zone boundary cost the Zone 2 fare), the rate is $2.25 for adults and $1.75 for students. You can purchase 10 tickets at once for a discounted rate. Or, if riding more regularly, you can purchase a monthly unlimited pass. If you are a senior, why not give the new “Bus Buddy Program” through Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation a try? Call Elaine at 250-497-8118 for full details on this new program.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541

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with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair PAC Farm Bag Fundraiser 2014 ~ February 12th was our last Farm Bag Fruit and Veggie delivery for this season. The PAC would like to thank all who participated and enjoyed this wonderful program brought to us by LocalMotive. We would also like to send out a “Big Thank You” to the Staff of the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Centre, who donated the space each month for Farm Bag customers to be able to pick up their produce. If anyone is interested in participating with this program for Fall 2015, please watch for the information coming this September to a school near you.

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Fresh BC Talent Quest - Season 3

Presenters from North Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna, and Penticton are all confirmed and getting ready for our performers registering We invite ALL parents to join us for our PAC meetings on the first for the Fresh BC Talent Quest by the Tuesday of every month. Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 3rd February 22 deadline, which includes our two at 6:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available. Any performers workshops. questions or ideas? Call Deborah at 250-497-5384. Out-of-town Presenters include: Aaron J. Turner (N. Vancouver) Singer/ Songwriter, Stage, TV, Theater, etc.; Candice Schmidt (Calgary) Vocal Dynamics, Song Selection, Voice Control, Audition Readiness, etc.; Angela Jung (Kelowna) CHBC Global Okanagan TOASTMASTERS Speaking with Confidence. The Penticton Presenters are as follows: Deb and Chad Wetter Bill Bogaardt - Workshop for Parents and Professional Performers; Award Winning Master Stylist Keisha McLean - How to Be a Successful Star Performer; Mary Skilled in all forms of Hair Services Kozicki - JUICE PLUS+ Healthy Choices / Diet; Richard Lautsch Tian Yo - Health and Fitness; Wayne McDougall - Shaw TV - Live TV 439 Panorama Crescent Interviews; and Adel Dewar - Performance Readiness. Just off Eastside Road in Skaha Estates These presenters offer many years of studio, stage and recording experience, and are professional instructors. They are all here to help each performer get themself ready for our April Fresh BC Talent Quest - Season 3. Show dates at Opus Café Bistro. Talent Quest Performers Workshop Dates: Sunday, March 1st from 9am - 4:30pm and Saturday, March 7th from 1-4:30pm at Even Dance in Studio 1, located at #221 in the Cannery Trade Centre. Parents and Professional Performers Workshop on Saturday, March 7th - Studio Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm 2 at Even Dance Studio. Email cmelive@yahoo.com or call 250 460 eastsidesalon@shaw.ca 2221 to reserve your seat. Saturdays 9am - 4pm Sponsorship support listed on our website. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 3 - 2015 Book Wedding Styles! www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250 460 2221

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Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Rod Quarrell

Rod is quietly making a difference in South Valley RV Resort, where he helps by walking dogs and many other random acts of kindness for his neighbours. Thanks Rod!

Volunteers Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-4978188 or info@okfalls.net.

What Inspires You? By Wendy MacKay By the time this goes to print, I will be basking in the sun in Sedona, Arizona. There are 10 of us going for a week retreat to explore the many trails, vortexes, art galleries and historic sites. Some of us are attending a 3 day live event with Dr. Joe Dispenza and Gregg Braden about ‘Breaking The Habits of Being Yourself’. Facilitating retreats, traveling and meeting amazing people is so rewarding as a life coach! Do you do what you love? Are you consistently meeting new people who inspire you? Do you do what’s on your bucket list and plan new adventures? Life is about the journey. What has happened in our past has brought us to this time and space, right here, right now. We can plan for the future, but the truth is the only real tangible thing we have is this moment. Regrets, blame or shame are heavy emotions that serve very little purpose. Living life fully is accepting and even appreciating our past, the lessons we’ve learned so we can evolve and make more empowered choices. Complaining or making excuses is allowing your self to stay stuck. You are the only one who knows exactly how you feel, what inspires you and what doesn’t. We have emotions to guide us individually and show us contrast, so we can discover clarity. So if the habits in your life are holding you back from living happy, change the habits. Find people who inspire you, try something new, visit new places, shift your thinking and ignite the spark for living and being what you love. I’d love to hear your feedback, have you join me on the next adventure, or help you plan a retreat all your own. Email me: wendy@wendymackaycoachinginc.com and let’s talk.

Flexible Housing - Is it on your radar? with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West

Every year real estate professionals coin new buzz words. Some of these terms are used to dress-up an otherwise dreary listing description by putting a positive spin on a negative feature - “cozy” means really small, “up and coming area” means high crime, and “classic character” means old and really out of date. Others are more straightforward and can help to explain the various aspects of a real estate transaction: “fixed rate mortgage” for finance options, to “digital transaction” for paperless deals, to “diamond in the rough” for properties that need major renovations. I came across a new one recently ... “Flexible Housing”. It intrigued me because at first glance, it sounds suspiciously like vague marketing jargon used to describe non-conforming properties - “This could be your new home or business storefront ... we’re flexible!” But as it turns out, the term actually does what it says on the tin ... your home is flexible to your needs, and this is the latest lifestyle trend in new home construction. Flexible Houses, or FlexHousing as the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation calls it, are designed to be adaptable to the changing needs of an owner over the course of their lifetime. If you’re a fan of the original Transformers cartoon (who isn’t, right?) then imagine those changing shapes and moving bits and pieces happening internally, while the external shell of the property stays the same. Flexible Housing designs have multi-function floor plans; rooms can change in size and are easily modified to accommodate young children, people with disabilities or the elderly. The properties are prewired to facilitate upgrades in future technology infrastructure and pre-plumbed to adapt to any changes with minimal expense. They often incorporate surplus space which is used when the family size is at its maximum, but then easily reconfigured to allow for rental or commercial income after the kids have left the nest. In a broader sense, having a flexible building is not for short-term changes, but for the structural adjustments over the lifetime of occupants and the property itself. Rather than moving when you have children or if disability affects you in later life, Flexible Housing designs anticipate and prepare for your changing lifestyle needs years in advance. There are many advantages to this type of construction. For the firsttime buyer, it means having rental income which can make affording a new home easier, and for young couples, it is the benefit of having flexible space to raise a growing family. For the ever-aging population who may have trouble climbing stairs or need wheelchair accessibility, building or buying a flexible property allows them to live on the main floor while easily converting the lower level into a rental suite. The resale potential is also high for FlexHousing designs, because the property can be adjusted to suit a new owner, whatever their individual needs might be. The prospect of a property owners can adapt to suit their lifetime of changing needs opens a whole new set of possibilities for those of us working in the real estate industry. While the volume of flexible housing currently available in the marketplace is relatively low, it is a design style which will become increasingly popular in communities not only in Canada, but around the world. Excerpt taken from the blog of Vanessa Roman is the host of HGTV’s Reno vs Relocation.

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Fishing Ice Off

By Larry Martin Don’t be surprised if on a clear cold day in March you wake up to a thin skim of ice on Skaha Lake. It soon melts and is a sign that the lake has not turned over yet. This is a good thing for those who wish to fish with plugs, spoons and bucktails near the surface. A very basic explanation of turn over ... the lake stratifies in temperature layers with cooler water near the surface in Winter. In the Spring, over a short period of time the water mixes and turns over, thus the warmer water is at the surface. The lake again forms temperature layers. During turn over, fish scatter then return to their favoured temperature layer. We can adapt to a broader range of temperature than fish, but some of us do enjoy a temperature inversion ... when the ski hill is much warmer than the valley bottom. Take a look in the Fishing Regulations for Region 8 and you will see several lakes bolded in the Exceptions to the Regional Regulations. “No ice fishing!” These lakes used to have a fixed date for fishing, often beginning May 1st. The change to “No ice fishing” allows these lakes to be fished as soon as there is open water. Thus begins the annual quest of fly fishers to target these lakes as they become ice free. This exercise is not just a cure for cabin fever ... the few days after ice off and before turn over occurs are prime for catching trout. Most of these lakes are managed to produce large fish and several have a reduced keep quota or even release of all fish caught. For more information, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Ever wonder what the wildlife is up to in the RDOS? with Zoë Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator

Residents have two choices to keep current with wildlife sightings or conflicts, places to log your own sightings, post pictures and receive personal wildlife alerts into your email. The RDOS WildSafeBC page on Facebook is where RDOS Program Coordinator, Zoë Kirk posts region specific sightings and reports for public safety and information. Besides having great local photos of wildlife and reporting areas of concern, Zoë posts all upcoming wildlife events open to the public and presentations booked at schools throughout the regional district. RDOS WildSafeBC is looking for your ‘likes’ and input to make it the ‘go to’ spot to see what’s happening locally. Go to: https://www. facebook.com/pages/WildSafeBC-RDOS/642941269065545 “I am excited to use social media to engage residents through posts and photos. I am especially pleased to be able to report warnings of pesky critter activity in your neighbourhoods,” says Kirk. “Recently, Penticton Counsellor, Judy Sentes posted signs in her neighbourhood about a brash coyote in her area. We posted a warning on Facebook, after reporting to the RAPP Line. Neighbours told neighbours and 630 views later, the community is better informed.” Skaha Lake on a cold clear day. Winter storage for my boat didn’t go well. But, if you are the type to delve deeper, and want more interactivity and information, try WARP - the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program created and sponsored by WildSafeBC Provincial Program. It is a province wide compilation of all wildlife sightings, conflicts and outcomes reported to the BC Conservation Officer Service, WildSafeBC Community Coordinators, user groups and naturalists organizations. Site users can sign up to post and receive alerts of wildlife within a predetermined kilometer radius of your home. You choose the radius and the species you want to follow. Schools can really benefit from setting up to receive ‘alerts’ - right into the inbox of the school administration. Go to: https://wildsafebc.com/warp/ RDOS Board Chair Mark Pendergraft says, “The RDOS WildSafeBC Program has proven to be a very beneficial asset to our residents. The region has experienced an overall reduction in the unnecessary 24 Hour Video Surveillance destruction of wildlife through awareness and education. Adding Individual Door Alarms & Onsite Caretaker Facebook and WARP components increases the ways the public can Security Gate with Key Code Entry access current, timely information and online educational materials.” Unit Access between 6am - 11pm If you have a negative wildlife encounter or observe assertive wildlife, please contact the BC Conservation Officer Reporting Line at 1-877Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location 952-7277 first, then post it on RDOS WildSafeBC Facebook, or We are accepting non-perishable food items and monetary contact the RDOS Coordinator. donations for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand all year long. For further information, please contact Zoë Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC So, anytime you have a little extra to share, come on by and Community Coordinator at 250-490-4110 or rdos@wildsafebc.com.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Barbara Few

We would like to thank Sharon Proctor and appreciate her special skills and contributions she gave to our advertising. From the present leadership and members of Okanagan Falls Legion Br #227. Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! March is for Mad Hares, St. Patrick’s and the coming of Spring! EnjoyOver activities that interest you. Available 118 Different Cake Pans 250.809.7038 So, the branch is celebrating all three at our St. Patrick’s Party on Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! For Birthdays, Holidays & Weddings. Saturday, March 14th. Come and be a Mad March Hare, wear the cheesecakesbylisa@hotmail.com Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call or email for more information. Call Audree at 250-497-5572 or Janet at 250-497-5521 Green and enjoy an Irish Supper of Corn Beef, Cabbage and Dessert, Find us on Facebook! and ‘spring around’ to the music of RUSTY COPELAND. Supper starts after the Meat Draw at 6:30pm. Supper is only $10 and tickets can be purchased at the bar until Thursday, March 12th. with Dianna Stewart The darts and shuffleboard leagues are now coming to a finish. Usually the Seniors Centre Spring Flea Market marks the first sale However, drop in darts etc. will be carrying on. of the season, but with the beautiful weather we’ve seen lately, some Dates to Remember: folks have held their yard sales early. Saturday, March 14th is a day Mondays ~ Crib at 1pm to mark on your calendar, as that’s when our Spring Flea Market Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons ~ Shuffleboard at 1pm happens. It runs from 9:00 until 1:00 and people always find “just Wednesday Nights ~ League Darts at 7pm what they’re looking for” at prices you won’t believe. Besides our White Elephant Table, there is a baking sale, book sale, vendors from Fridays & Saturdays ~ Meat Draws at 5pm outside the Centre, coffee, snacks, and lunch. Between now and the Saturdays ~ Drop-in Darts & Pool at 1pm 13th, if you are doing your Spring cleaning and find yourself with good Sundays ~ Fun Sunday with Hotdogs, Horse Racing & more at 1pm used stuff that you would like to donate to a good cause, we will gladly Saturday, March 14th ~ St. Patrick’s Party with RUSTY COPELAND accept your donations. The Spring Flea Market is one of our primary Sunday, March 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast 8-11am fund raisers and does a lot to help support our programs and activities. Tuesday, March 17th ~ General Meeting at 7pm Those of you with donations can drop them off at the Seniors Centre at 1128 Willow Street on Wednesday and Friday mornings and most afternoons. If you need us to pick up your goods, phone Audree at 250-497-5572. Sorry, but we cannot accept electronics. Walker, Wheelchair, Bedroom Vanity, Corner China Cabinet, The next Jam Session will be Sunday, March 8th from 1:00 until about Recliner, Loveseat, Oak Table & Chairs, Headboard & 4:00. They are a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, whether to Bedframes, Washer & Dryer, & Much More! dance or just have a coffee and watch the action. Lunch is available. 924 Main Street, Okanagan Falls 250-497-8488 The 4th Saturday of every month we hold a Pot Luck Dinner and all are welcome. For those of you over 50 years of age, it’s a great way to meet our members and see if you would be interested in joining us. Just bring a dish to share. Entertainment is provided after dinner. The with Audrey Steeves whole thing starts at 5:30 and we hope to see you there! The Okanagan Falls Legion Ladies Auxiliary celebrated it’s 67th MARK YOUR CALENDAR Anniversary with a Pot Luck Luncheon held in the Jack Hill room of the General Meeting ~ Monday, Mar 2nd (1:00) Legion Hall. It was attended by 31 of it’s 40 members. “Grace” was Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, Mar 7th (8:00-10:00) given by Audrey Steeves and the beautifully decorated Anniversary Jam Session ~ Sunday, Mar 8th (1:00) Cake was made by LA Member Deveen Cumming. Spring Flea Market ~ Saturday, Mar 14th (9:00-1:00) The first meeting to form a Ladies Auxiliary was held in the home Drop In Bingo ~ Saturday, Mar 21st (1:00) of Mrs. L. Green on February 18, 1948 with 25 ladies present, and Don’t forget Tuesday Bingo (1st 3 Tuesdays at 1:00) received their Charter later in February 1948. The first President was There will be no more exercise classes during Spring & Summer. Barbara Brent, with Secretary Ruth Mallory and Treasurer L. Green. Pool ~ Tuesdays (6:00) The first regular meeting was held on February 28, 1948 in the Scrabble ~ Thursdays (10:00-12:00) Okanagan Falls Elementary School room, then later in the original Wednesday & Friday Music & Coffee (9:00) Women’s Institute Hall on Cedar Street until the new Legion Hall was Thursday Bridge (1:00) & Crib (7:00) built in 1953 on land donated by the Kenyon Family at the North end Carpet Bowling Wednesday Afternoons (1:00) of Cedar Street. This new Legion Hall was built by many volunteers and members of Branch #227. In 1964, the building was sold, and the If you would like more information on any of these activities phone Legion Branch and the Ladies Auxiliary moved into the new building Audree at 250-497-5572 or just drop in for coffee on Wednesday or on a property donated by the late William Edge (the first Branch #227 Friday mornings between 9:00 and 10:30 and introduce yourselves. President) on 12th Avenue. From the very beginning, the LA has assisted the Branch every year financially and in every way possible. Preceding the luncheon, a brief meeting was held to plan Meat Draws, kitchen clean-up, and LA Friday Night Dinners. More information was received on the LA Provincial Convention to be held in Parksville from for seniors May 3-6, 2015. Louise Sax, Colleen Clark, along with several other LA members, were to attend the February 22nd South Okanagan & Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Similkameen Zone meeting in Penticton at Branch #40. Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Ladies Auxiliary Members Wendy Hughes, Noreen Morrice, and Sue Tymchuk were presented with Service Medals given for many years of Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 assistance to the Ladies Auxiliary. The meeting draws went to Audrey thompson298@hotmail.com Steeves and Bernie Diachuk. Gluten Free Items / Cookies / Loaves / Desserts Appetizers / Assorted Platters

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Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute with Thelma Detjen

The Band Shell construction is proceeding very quickly in Centennial Park. However, donations are still required for the finishing touches. Donations can be made to: Centennial Band Shell Account and mailed to Box 323, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. At our February meeting, we discussed the District Spring Conference to be held in Oliver on April 27, 2015. Also, we discussed the Federated Women’s Institute Conference in Fredericton, NB in June 2015. An annual donation to the “Show of Hearts” was approved. The Cold/Flu bug took its toll on our members this month. Hopefully, they are all feeling better soon. Historical Tid Bit ~ Did you know that way back in the 1970’s the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute contacted the local Chamber of Commerce to volunteer in the Beautification of Okanagan Falls? Our meetings are now held every second month. Therefore, our next meeting will be April 20, 2015. This is a Monday at 1:00 pm in the Club Room of the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. For more information, please call Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255.

A group gathered for the Band Shell Construction start on Tuesday, January 27th. Greyback was awarded the contract to build the structure. From left to right: Back row - Marla Wilson, Thelma Detjen, and Eleanor Walker; Middle row - Ted Lynch, MLA Linda Larson, Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Chair Bob Daly, and in front is Economic Development Coordinator John Powell. Thanks to each of you (and those not present) for your part in bringing this community project to fruition. Thanks to all those that monetarily donated to this project as well.

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

with Meredith King The early years in Kaleden had been ones of hard work and at times of hardship, but by the end of 1911 and the beginning of 1912 it must have seemed that Jim Ritchie’s dream had materialized. Orchards were thriving where only sage brush and bunch grass had grown, the irrigation system guaranteed an adequate supply of water, a veritable highway had replaced the pack trail, and in the community of Kaleden there were houses, stores, post office, land office and a beautiful, new, modern hotel. There was more to come! The first major project undertaken in 1912 was the construction of the new Kaleden General Store right across the street from the just completed Kaleden Hotel. Jim Ritchie hired the same contractor to do the work, Harry Tomlin of Summerland. This new building may have appeared to be a foolhardy venture for such a small village, but for several years it did far more business than any of it’s Penticton counterparts. The mines operating at Phoenix, Camp McKinney, Fairview and Hedley would send wagon teams to Kaleden to load up with supplies, saving a day by eliminating the extra 20 mile round trip into Penticton. The concrete structure was built in the same manner as the hotel. It was 1200 square feet, with 3 full floors. Basement for storage, main floor store and spacious living quarters upstairs for the Lapsley family. The store had impressive 11 foot walls clad with stock filled shelves requiring a ladder to reach the upper levels. There were display cases and racks for specialized merchandise, plus a sales counter and a couple of comfy chairs for visiting. The term ‘General Store’ was an applicable one, since the store tended to carry virtually everything a person could want; from canned goods to yard goods, clothing, tools, dishes, kitchen utensils and appliances - you name it, they had it. The people of Kaleden had all of the necessities close at hand. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

South Okanagan Genealogical Society

Searching for your Scottish ancestors? Join the members of the South Okanagan Genealogical Society in the research into Scotland’s history, genealogy, and emigration.

Meeting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 5, 2015 At the Penticton Library and Museum Auditorium. Non-members welcome by donation.

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with Marla Wilson With all this warm weather in February, can Spring be far behind? The weather guy on TV said that this time last year, it was wintery. The currant bushes in my front yard are leafing out. They are hardy, so a little cold won’t hurt them. It has been pleasant. The Heritage Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 1pm in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. It is important to get a new executive to look after the workings of the Society. As an Executive, we will meet about 6 times a year. We will also be discussing plans for the coming year. Please try to attend. The Thriftee Shop has been busy changing the stock from Winter to Spring. With this warm weather, many patrons are asking for lighter clothing. We are in transition with some Winter items and some Spring items out of the stock room. Our little family of volunteers keep busy with the chores in the store. Thanks again to the community for working with us. Fewer bags are being left at the shop during the time the shop is closed. We really appreciate your cooperation. See you soon!


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Local Church Directory Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Book Club ~ Begins February 12th from 7-8:30pm. Our next book is “In Constant Prayer” by Robert Benson. Call the church for details. EASTER at KCC: Thursday, April 2nd 2pm at the Church - Video presentation “ISRAEL HOMECOMING” with Bill & Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends. Saturday, April 4th 7pm at Linden Gardens - Tickets $20 (available March 1st) “THE TABLE” a presentation of the Russ Rosen Band and storyteller Justyn Rees. Visit www.russrosenband.com/table for more information. Call the Church or Judith at 250-497-6985 for tickets. Sunday, April 5th 7am Sunrise Service at the Lake - (227 Ponderosa Ave.) Park at Pioneer Park. 10am Easter Worship and Potluck Brunch 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

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Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 pm Okanagan Falls Community Centre

Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 - 10:30 am Aubrey and Judy aboard VELEDA IV Judy on a Barbuda Beach Children are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Aubrey and Judy Millard will be offering their second presentation, The World Day of Prayer ~ March 6th at 11am. Living the Dream Part 2, about their 5 years in the Caribbean at the 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / For more info, call 250-497-1171 or visit us Okanagan Falls Community Centre on Wednesday, March 11th at at okfallsuc.shawwebspace.ca. New Minister is Wade Liston. 7:00 pm. They had a good turnout and high level of interest in their interesting lifestyle of full-time living on-board their 32 foot sailboat for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service over 17 years last month when they presented Living the Dream Part Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1 from the Great Lakes down the Mississippi and across the Atlantic 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil to spend 5 years circumnavigating the UK, going through the rivers of Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 France and exploring the Mediterranean Sea from the Balearic Islands, and Tunisia to Turkey Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, and the Black St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Sea from Bulgaria and Romani to the Ukraine and Crimean Peninsula. Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. This month in Part 2 they are presenting their several years enjoying The 4th Sunday of the month Service will be at 1 pm. the tropical climate and exotic islands of the Caribbean Sea, after crossing the Atlantic from the Cape Verde Islands off Africa to Antigua. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. In addition to exploring the major islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, EASTER SERVICES: Jamaica and Trinidad, they take us through the Eastern Caribbean Good Friday ~ April 3rd at 10am islands of Montserrat, St. Lucia, Anguilla, and their favourite, Grenada, Easter Sunday ~ April 5th at 1pm where they anchored for months behind Hog Island and enjoyed the 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 festivities of Carnival. They will take us into the tropical jungle of Venezuela, up the Manamo River, a tributary of the Orinoco River, The Well trading with the natives in their dugout canoes. Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Judy and Aubrey are house sitting in Okanagan Falls for the winter, Free childcare provided. the first time they have stayed on land so long for 17 years. This will 1141 Cedar St, OK Falls - in the OK Falls Parks & Recreation Centre be the 3rd year they have sailed the west coast, planning to sail up to Haida Gwaii and Alaska this summer. However, Judy is ready to return Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514 to warmer climates and return to the Caribbean is a possibility in the next few years. For Judy, the ideal climate is one where, when you get Kaleden Community Women’s Drop-in up in the morning you just put on a bathing suit, as she did when they Wednesdays from 1-4 pm were in the Caribbean. Meet at the Kaleden Community Church Contact them at svveledaiv@hotmail.com or visit their website at www.veledaiv.ca for further information. Come and enjoy an evening Come for the afternoon or just drop by for coffee. of images from the warm Caribbean. Meet & connect with other ladies in your community.

Enjoy friendly conversation, games & crafts.

Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please. If you need a ride, please call Meredith at 250-497-6995.

Please Note: Aubrey will also be presenting Living the Dream Part 1 at the “Learning at Lunch” seminars at the Penticton Public Library starting at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 6th, followed by Living the Dream Part 2 starting at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 20th.


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Flowers to all of the businesses and families that donated to the annual Christmas Basket Fundraiser for the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. A Special Large Bouquet goes out to the Okanagan Falls Legion, who generously donated $500.00. All of the children, Staff and PAC are incredibly thankful for your support. ~ from the Okanagan Falls School PAC Flowers to John Chambers for cleaning off the front door mat at the Kaleden Library! ~ from the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to the lady who walks her golden retriever daily, taking the time to pick up after all those offenders. ~ from John of Okanagan Falls

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Fish Heads to all the drivers who think Oliver Ranch Road is a great How many times have you thought about making your final dumping ground for cans, bottles and other debris. arrangements? Why have you not taken the steps to see to it? ~ from John of Okanagan Falls Perhaps like many others, you feel that death only happens to other people’s families. Maybe you think that those final choices are best left for someone else to deal with. Take it from me, your children or other members of your family do not wish to make those difficult decisions Mondays 7pm at Kaleden Community Church for you! Don’t worry about whether you can sing or not. It is much less stressful for those left behind, if all the decisions Come join us - just for fun! are pre-arranged. For example, your family will not have to face

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the possibility of emotional over-spending, which often happens following the death of someone close. Unlike days past, younger folks of today are extremely busy, and tend towards everything being easily accessible. They do not have the time anymore to deal with long drawn out or complicated issues. The easier it is for them to tidy things up, the better. Therefore, it is up to you to put your estate in order. Make a will and update it on a regular basis. Make sure all bank accounts, investments, etc. are carefully logged and accessible to your executor/executrix. Pre-planning allows you the advantage time. Time to discuss your final wishes with your family. Time to make the choices that best fit your needs and your budget.

Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is fully licensed by the Province of BC and owned by professionals with over 30 years of combined dedicated service to families. We are available 24 hours, including holidays and weekends. Call Lesley at (250) 493-3912 and make your appointment. $990.00 Penticton and area $1190.00 Kelowna and area

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