__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

www.SkahaMatters.com

Volume 8 : Issue 3

March 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

skahamatters@telus.net

250.490.6951

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.

Scan QR Code to the left with your smart phone and read any issue of Skaha Matters. For full advertising details and to send in a submission, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com.

The Traditional Easter Lily Photo by Malibu Dreams Photography

t e k r a M s l l a F y Agenc

uor agan Falls BC L91iq et, Okan 0 Main Stre

Mar (OK Food

ner” Store

t) The “Cor

& - Hwy 97

Follow

FAST • ACCURATE • FRIENDLY • AFFORDABLE

iquor.store

ls.market.l

.com/fal .facebook us at www

Smoking Cheap “Pack” Deals

Your One Stop Shop for All Your Needs!

Ice Cold Beer & Wine Full Selection of Liquor Unique Variety of Wines Grocery Items Confectionary Treats Movie Rentals Smittys Live Bait

250-492-4445

Maximize Your Tax Refund!

Budweiser 6 pack cans - 355ml

 $50 Basic return  Seniors 10% Off  Free pickup and delivery (South Okanagan)

*WOW! Lowest Price Around!* Call for Special Orders

250.497.5194

$9.00

20+ years of experience

tax inc.

Stocked with the LARGEST Craft Selection in the South Okanagan!

BIG SALE ~ BELOW BC GOVT PRICING EVERY MONTH!

David Smith

104, 2436 Skaha Lake Rd, Penticton www.1stchoicetaxservice.ca


Page 2

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Does Your Doctor Prescribe Volunteering?

By Wendy Weisner, Ph.D, Director On a visit to your doctor, some typical questions inevitably come up: Do you exercise? Do you smoke? How much do you drink alcoholic beverages? But, perhaps another medical question should also be asked by your health professional: Do you volunteer? Measuring volunteer engagement in your life is just as important as assessing and evaluating one’s blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. Why? Research shows that giving back to the community helps improve one’s health. Volunteering may also lead to fewer hospital stays and build greater awareness of preventative health measures. Dr. John W. Rowe, co-author of the best seller Successful Aging and founding director of the division on Aging at Harvard Medical School, says he’s seen the evidence. The engagement effect can be very significant in the volunteer’s life. While volunteers are good at taking care of others, it appears volunteers are also good at taking care of themselves. Volunteers are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors and more likely to take better care of themselves, including getting flu shots, mammograms, and/or having their cholesterol tested. Researchers are also finding that when volunteers take better care of themselves, they experience more positive emotions, psychological well-being, and less depression, and immune systems are strengthened by positive emotions. A sense of purpose in life and connections with others are also linked to positive health outcomes which are often experienced through volunteering. Life may take on more meaning and lead to a greater willingness to take better care of oneself. Yes, volunteering goes hand-in-hand with successful aging, and employee volunteering can also lead to a healthier workforce, which translates into longer term financial benefits for both the employer and employee. Healthy life-time habits should begin at a young age. Youth and

students will gain valuable experiences and skills through volunteer work and many organizations the Volunteer Centre works with welcome youth volunteers. Studies show that altruism can be fostered through volunteering. Empathy for others, passion for a cause, and a positive mental state of mind all contribute to becoming an effective volunteer ... young or old. The SOS Volunteer Centre (www.volunteercentre.info) has over 70 Volunteer Opportunities posted with 30+ non-profit agencies. If you cannot find something you like and would like more help, make an appointment to discuss your interests and experience by calling 1-888576-5661. Visit the Volunteer Centre booth at the Healthy Living Fair on Saturday, March 12 from 9-4. Register with the Volunteer Centre on March 12th to receive updates on Volunteer Opportunities and receive a draw entry for a Gift Basket, compliments of Knights Pharmacy. Penticton Trade & Convention Centre

Saturday, March 12th 9am - 4pm FREE ACCESS www.healthylivingfair.com Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

Helping the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

Jay Mallach

No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured

250.490.6343

March 2016 Community Calendar

Church Services* 6

Kaleden & OK Falls Community Churches 10am OK Falls United 9am St. Barbara’s 9:30am Catholic Mass 11:30am The Well 6pm

13 OK Falls Senior Centre* Music Jam 2nd Sunday 1-4pm

Tuesday Bingo 1pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month Tuesdays Pool 6pm

OK Falls PAC Meeting * School Library at 6:30pm

Chair Massages * 7

General Meeting 1pm

Women’s Institute * OK Falls Seniors Centre 1pm

Spring Break

14

March 14-28

OK Falls Lions Club

Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays OK Falls Legion 7pm

20

21

OK Falls Legion #227* Women’s Chair Yoga * Breakfast 8-11am

OK Falls Senior Centre*

8

Creative Wellness Solutions SD53 School Closure Zen Centre Mondays 11am Meeting 7pm in Osoyoos *

OK Falls Senior Centre*

Free Listing for Local Non-profit Groups. Advertise Your Business Event Too!

* Event info is included in this issue.

1

April & May 2016 Special Events April 3 ~ Dirt Craft’s Healthy Paint Workshop in Kaleden * April 5-26 ~ Soccer Tots in Okanagan Falls * April 7 ~ Kaleden PAC Meeting (No meeting in March) * April 9 - May 7 ~ Soccer for Kids in Okanagan Falls * April 10 ~ Kaleden Tennis Club Registration 9-11am *

Yoga with Freya * Kaleden Hall Tuesdays 5:45-6:45

Kal-Rec Program 15 Survey Deadline *

LetsFinishIt.ca

Get Your Event on the Community Calendar!

View Online at www.SkahaMatters.com ~ Event Reminders on Facebook Page! Call 250.490.6951 or skahamatters@telus.net

jaymallach@gmail.com

2

Governance Study * Open House 6-8pm OK Falls Rec Centre

3

Governance Study * Open House 6-8pm Kaleden Community Hall

Wed/Fri 9-10:30am

Pancake Breakfast 8-10am

OK Falls Senior Centre* 50th Anniversary of RDOS Heritage Tea 1-3pm * Senior Tax Return Help World Day of Prayer * Wood Heat Workshop* Thursdays 9:30-Noon St. Barbara’s Church 2pm Kal PAC Lobsterfest *

Ready, Set, Learn *

StrongStart 5:30-6:30pm

9

Kaleden Ladies Weekly Drop-in *

4 Governance Study * 5 OK Falls Senior Centre* Open House 3-5pm @ Apex Music & Coffee OK Falls Senior Centre*

10

11

16

Family Storytime * OK Falls Library

Kaleden Parks & Rec * Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm AGM 7pm Kaleden Hall OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227* Carpet Bowling Wed 1pm

17 18 19 Closing Day for RFP OK Falls Senior Centre* St. Patrick’s Day Submission Deadline for April Skaha Matters is between March 15-20.

Age Friendly Project *

22

Kaleden Chuch Mondays 1:30-2:30pm

Kaleden Library Tues 10am

Inner Bliss Belly Dancing Mondays 1pm Kaleden *

4-6 hrs No Water Challenge

World Water Day *

23

Better at Home’s * Information Session

Drop-in Bingo 1-4pm

OK Falls Legion #227* ”Shindigger” Plays Live

Giant Yard Sale *

General Meeting 7pm

Family Storytime *

12

OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Senior Centre* Thursdays Scrabble 10am Meat Draws Fri/Sat 5pm Spring Flea Market Thursdays Bridge 1pm Kaleden Church Wed 1pm 9am - 1pm Easter Egg Hunt * Thursdays Crib 7pm StrongStart 11am Healthy Living Fair * OK Falls Legion #227* Inner Bliss Belly Dancing Penticton Trade Centre Drop-in Darts Weds 7pm Kindergarten * Thursdays 7pm Kaleden * 9am-4pm Free Access Registration Deadline

Penticton United Church

24

Blood Donor Clinic*

Penticton Senior Centre OK Falls Library 10:30-Noon Mar 23, 24, 25 1:30-5:30pm

Community * Enrichment Program

25 Good Friday

26

OK Falls Legion #227*

Drop-in Darts Saturdays 1pm

OK Falls Senior Centre* Potluck Dinner 5:30pm

OK Library Weds 10:30am

Easter Sunday

27

See Church Listings for Special Services Lions Easter Egg Hunt Lions Park 1pm

28 Easter Monday

29 Back to School LEGO Night*

OK Falls Library 6:30-7:30pm

30 Pharmasave’s Customer Appreciation Day *

31 EA Recruitment Info Session

OK Falls School 2:30pm

April & May 2016 Special Events Cont. April 19 ~ Recreational Kids Baseball Registration * May 1 ~ Wild Goose’s “Johnny Cash Tribute” * May 19-23 ~ Meadowlark Festival May 21 ~ Meyer Family Vineyards “Family Reunion” * May 23 ~ Victoria Day


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

FROM THE DIRECTOR “Spring is in the Air”

Tom Siddon

As I write this column, I am looking out on a lovely spring-like day in late February. The snow has all but disappeared except from the highest peaks, the sky is clear blue, and our lawn is already turning green. I guess this confirms what Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam predicted when he didn’t see his shadow on February 2nd; that this year’s winter will be short and mild. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Kaleden Winter Carnival ~ Speaking of winter, the Kaleden Winter Carnival planned for January 23rd was washed out by rain and drizzle. The good news is that the Carnival was rescheduled for Saturday, February 20th, minus snow. The fun and games, light-ups, hot-dogs and “s’mores” were organized by Freya James and Carrie Few with help from Kim Denis and her team of volunteers. Almost 50 children and adults turned out under a beautiful moon-lit evening at Pioneer Park. Pat and I went with grandchildren in tow. A great family evening was enjoyed by all who came! Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

Affordable Housing “front and centre” ~ These were words used by Premier Christy Clark to describe one of the key priorities in the Budget presented by Finance Minister Mike deJong on February 16th. The Budget contains a commitment of $355 million dollars in construction and renovation support to facilitate more than 2000 affordable housing units throughout BC. The Budget also commits the BC Housing Corporation to “work in collaboration” with other levels of government to provide housing for seniors and low income groups “at prices they can afford”. Through the Community Partnership Initiatives Program, BC Housing will partner with local governments, non-profit societies and other community-based groups to arrange construction or long-term financing for such projects. It is for these reasons that the work of the South Skaha Housing Society has become so timely and important. To qualify for assistance from BC Housing toward the 30 unit senior’s project planned for Okanagan Falls, or other affordable housing projects in Area ‘D’, now is the time to get the applications together and into the hopper.

Page 3

Area ‘D’, valued at $343,000, or an average tax increase of about $30 dollars (4.3%) when compared with last year’s tax on the same home. Around 2% of this modest increase arises from inflationary pressures and rate adjustments; the other half is due to a few new projects, mostly within parks and recreation, and fire department services. The final Budget bylaw will be adopted by the RDOS Board on or before March 24th. Governance Study Seeks Public Input ~ Residents may recall that some time ago the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development awarded RDOS a $50,000 grant to find ways to improve the present system of rural governance in Area ‘D’. This electoral area is unique in the province with its complex distribution of smaller and larger communities, farms and vineyards, resorts, trails and tourist attractions all embedded in a spectacular panorama of mountains, forests and lakes. The objective of this governance study is to carry out a comprehensive review of all the various kinds of services and the often confusing roles of different governing agencies that have a shared responsibility to provide adequate and cost effective services to the taxpayers. I am especially indebted to Mr. Bob Daly for the leadership he has given as Chair of the Citizens Governance Study Committee, and to Christy Malden who has overseen the study in her capacity as Manager of Legislative Services for RDOS. Great progress has already been accomplished in producing the numerous fact sheets, which describe the present services available to residents. A mass mailing of an informative newsletter and survey was sent to all residents a few weeks ago. Now, it’s your turn to offer input. Please try to attend one of three Governance forums that have been scheduled, starting on March 2nd in Okanagan Falls, March 3rd in Kaleden and March 5th at the Apex Mountain Resort. I hope to see you there! For further information, call 778-515-5520.

Sewer Extension Update ~ In preparation for a renewed funding application to the Building Canada Infrastructure Fund to help support the proposed sewer line extension to Kaleden and Skaha Estates, another meeting will be held with the Sewer Steering Committee on February 29th. Our Engineer, Liisa Bloomfield will lead a discussion about updated cost estimates and routing options and the possibility of obtaining public support for this long awaited project. The next funding application is due in late April, and it should include some evidence Update on Town Centre Planning ~ In preparation for the next that the benefitting property owners are prepared to contribute a share phase of planning for the Okanagan Falls town centre, RDOS staff are of the overall cost. More to come next month! currently assessing feedback received from some property owners A New Pedestrian Walkway in Okanagan Falls? ~ I understand within the planning area between 9th Avenue and the Lakeshore. Staff that a petition is circulating in east-side Okanagan Falls for a paved are also reviewing the Phase 2 report from Urban Forum Associates pedestrian walkway to be built alongside MacLean Creek Road. The and recommendations arising out of September’s “stakeholder- route would begin at the Big Horn Estates entrance, proceed past driven” design charrette. This will form the basis of a staff report to Peach Cliff Estates and Peachcliff Drive, then down around the corner the RDOS Board, outlining proposed steps toward a comprehensive and along 10th Avenue to Main Street. This walkway would be similar to the ones recently built in West Bench and along Lakehill Drive development plan for the downtown core. To this end, the Planning Committee has already approved a review in Kaleden. I fully support this proposal and will work to secure the of possible amendments to the list of “permitted uses” in the Highway required funding. For further information or to sign the petition, please Commercial Zone which follows Highway 97 north from Tickleberry’s, call Stan Maber at 250-497-7389. then west on 9th to the Okanagan River bridge. Of course any Well, that’s it for this time. Beware the Ides of March! amendments to zoning will require consultation with interest holders, Sincerely, and Public Hearings. At present, we are also meeting with officials from the Ministry of Transportation (MOTI) to discuss intersection design options and traffic management issues within the town centre planning area. RDOS Budget Review for 2016 ~ A well-advertised budget review Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | Email:: tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca meeting for Area ‘D’ was held at the Okanagan Falls Community Cell: 250-809-2548 | OK Falls Office: 778-515-5520 | Web: rdos.bc.ca Centre on February 18th. Unfortunately, only about a dozen residents turned out to hear the excellent budget overview presented by the RDOS Finance Manager, Sandy Croteau. In a nutshell, here is what Sandy said: The overall tax requisition for RDOS services to Area ‘D’ Tue-Fri ~ 8:30-4:30 Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber Mon & Sat ~ 8:30-1:00 will be $2.82 million, or just under 6% of total RDOS spending for 2016. 5208 9th Ave. OK Falls 250-328-3888 Closed Sundays & Holidays This equates to a residential tax bill of $637 for the average home in


Page 4

March 2016

Linda Larson, MLA

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

Monthly MLA Update

By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen I am now back in Victoria at the Legislature until the end of May. While there are many events and meeting requests that come across my desk, I am only in the constituency on Fridays and Saturdays and quite often that time is limited by weather and other unforeseen issues. I depend on my very resourceful and knowledgeable staff, Colleen and Patt, to be the front line and forward to me quickly any concern that I can deal with while in Victoria where I have access to ministry staff. I am still waiting, as many of you are, for some identified actions as a result of the park consultation that ended last October 31. Environment Ministry staff is working diligently on a report, but have experienced staffing turnover that has delayed the process. It was the wish of the public to have ministry staff be responsible for completing the process, so we will all have to be patient a while longer. While there have been many events in the riding in the past few weeks, I would like to tell you about “Kids Learn to Fish” day at Yellow Lake. Thanks to the BC Freshwater Fisheries Society and the staff and volunteers from the Penticton Fisheries Management Section, several hundred “kids” of all ages enjoyed a day ice-fishing. Fishing rods and bait were supplied (as well as hot dogs) and many children who had never gone fishing enjoyed a great experience. I would also like to recognize Chamber of Commerce Week, which was February 15-19. There are 125 Chambers throughout BC representing 36,000 businesses. Over the years, the Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with the Small Business Roundtable in reducing red tape and regulation for small businesses throughout BC. I want to thank all our local Chamber volunteers for getting involved in creating a better work environment for the businesses in their areas. The 2016 budget has been tabled and is again a balanced budget. I am sure you are all getting tired of the constraints a conservative budget imposes, but it has allowed BC to lead the country in stability from an economic standpoint in what is becoming a very unstable environment. One of the biggest advantages to you as taxpayers is the triple-A credit rating that keeps the interest we pay on debt the lowest in Canada. It translates into billions of dollars annually that stay in BC working for our taxpayers.

NEW MENU

Everything Homemade & Fresh! Real Chicken! Real Beef!

Here is a Sneak Preview ...

Mushroom Chicken Melt

Sauteed Chicken, mushroom, cheddar, mozza, bacon & Caitlin’s special sauce.

Fried Pickle Burger

Bacon, mozza burger topped with fried pickle, sauteed onion & special sauce. Jalapeno Popper Burger ~ Cream cheese stuffed burger, topped with tempura jalapenos, banana peppers & special sauce.

Extensive Breakfast Menu!

Strawberry Pancakes, Corned Beed Hash, Eggs Benny ... Served All Day!

New Line of Mouthwatering Ciabatta Sandwiches! "Same Great Place With Much More To Taste!" 8:30am - 8pm Tue/Thur/Fri | 8:30am - 4pm Mon/Wed/Sat

Eat In/Take Out

940 B Main Street, Okanagan Falls

250.497.6555

SkahaMatters.com

For the Boundary-Similkameen there are several budget items of specific interest to us all, so I will relate a few each month as we move forward. • The establishment of the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, which will be tasked with wildfire prevention and mitigation through forest fuel management, reforestation and habitat restoration. • The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative will continue with Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fire Smart Planning Activities (as Anarchist Mountain residents have done) and Fuel Management Projects. All who experienced the fires of 2015 will recognize the value of these initiatives for our entire region. The 50th Anniversary of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will be celebrated March 4th in Penticton. While there are always people who question the value of regional government, or any of our current government systems, the men and women who step up to serve their constituents are to be commended for their service. The elected directors and the staff of the RDOS work extremely hard to serve all the people who live outside the boundaries of municipalities in a very large and diverse region. It can be an amazing experience on one hand, and a thankless job on the other. The one thing that is a constant is the willingness to serve and the dedication to the people they represent. To all of you who have served in the past 50 years and to all who serve today, thank you. H&M Thriftee Shop

H&M THRIFTEE SHOP

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

Epicure Selections

Gourmet Blends & Quality Cookwar e

“Turn everyday meals into gourmet meals!” Contact Lorraine ~ 250-497-8781 or lharri40@shaw.ca

South Skaha Housing Society Update

with Sharon Proctor, Director Hi everyone. This is Sharon Proctor, Board Member on the South Skaha Housing Society, SSHS. I just wanted to give you a brief report since our Annual General Meeting and the Election of our Board and Officers. Our meeting was held on January 18th at 7:00 pm upstairs at our OK Falls Legion, Branch 227. We had over 40 in attendance and it was quoted from our past president, Lorraine Harrison, that this was the largest meeting that SSHS has ever had. For those of you who attended and supported us, Thank You! Many thanks to the Legion for their support and for the refreshments. Election of our Board Members on January 18th and our Officers selected from our Board on January 20th are as follows: Robert Mcleod - President; Ed Melenka - Vice President; Perry Tompkins - Secretary; Thelma Detjen - Treasurer; Board Members are Leslie D’Andrea (Has completed 1 year of a 2 year term, Melody Walker - Former Secretary (Has completed 1 year of a 2 year term), Sharon Proctor, Elaine Chernoff, Michael Livingstone, and Tom Siddon (Ex-officio). On a very positive note, we have only been a team for 3 weeks and we have already tackled some outstanding tasks. We have made: • Good progress with organizing our Archives for easy reference and access to minutes, projects, etc. • Good progress with fundraising - We submitted 3 grants on behalf of our Committee without hiring a consultant. • Good Plans for Communications - We have nearly completed our plans for a website and have found fair prices for our insurance. • Good progress with the reviewing of our Constitution and Bylaws, as well as formulating our Mission, Goals and Objectives. • Good progress with reviewing and updating our Membership List. Stay tuned for more action and upcoming progress with this much needed project in our community ... “Affordable Housing for Seniors in Okanagan Falls”. For any questions regarding our Society or Membership to SSHS, please contact rhmcleod@shaw.ca.


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Page 5

ELEC TO R

Electoral Area “D” Governance Study

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

Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say! 1. Read The Fact Sheets ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy. (See below) Volume 1 (#1-6) ~ Regional District Governance | Solid Waste Management | Fire Protection & Emergency Services

Library Services | Transit | Parks, Trails and Recreation

Volume 2 (#7-13) ~ Economic Development Services | Administration | Sewer & Waste Water Services | Water Service

Planning & Building Services | Bylaw Enforcement & Animal Control | Invasive Plants & Pest Control

2. Fill Out Survey #1 ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy.

(See below)

We want to hear from YOU! A major concern in one community of Area “D” may not be of significance in another. The more we understand the issues, the better we can develop options to address them. What are your views about Area “D” governance and local services? Fill out Survey #1 online or pick up a paper copy (see below). You can drop off your survey in the box.

3. Attend A Governance Study Open House Forum

Map of Area “D”

Come and discuss your ideas and concerns. Ask questions, learn about the study, discuss your views on services and governance. Okanagan Falls Community Centre ~ March 2nd 6-8 pm Kaleden Community Hall ~ March 3rd 6-8 pm Apex Mountain Inn - Rock Oven Room ~ March 5th 3-5 pm

What is a Governance Study? The purpose of the study is to review and consider methods of improvement with local governance. Who provides services and at what cost? What do the residents think about this? How could we make it better? How could this affect us? Please note, incorporation is not a consideration.

250.492.0237 areadgovernance@rdos.bc.ca www.rdos.bc.ca

Paper Copies of Fact Sheets & Surveys at: Apex ~ Apex Administrative Office & The Edge Bistro Twin Lakes ~ Twin Lakes Store St. Andrews ~ St. Andrews by the Lake Office Kaleden ~ Kaleden Irrigation District Office & Kaleden Library Okanagan Falls & East Skaha Communities ~ Pharmasave, Library, 3 Winds Hair Design, Dr. Browne’s Office, Dr. Robertson’s Office, Royal Lepage Realty, Interior Savings Credit Union, Seniors Centre, The Bear Bean Café, Johnston Meier Insurance, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, & the RDOS Rural Services Office. Upper Carmi ~ Penticton RDOS Office

Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits - Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans - Building Inspection - Library - Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection - Emergency Planning & Services

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

“D” GOVER NA REA A N L A

UDY ST CE

Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans - Building Inspection - Library - Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection - Emergency Planning & Services

Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits - Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware


Page 6

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager The Electoral Area “D” Governance Study Committee has been working really hard. Area “D” property owners should have received a newsletter and survey #1 in the mail. Please complete the survey preference is “online”. Please also attend the Open House Forums scheduled for: March Shona Schleppe 2, Okanagan Falls Community Centre from Rural Services 6-8 pm; March 3, Kaleden Hall from 6-8 pm; Manager and March 5, Apex Mountain Inn from 3-5 pm. The 2016 RDOS Expenditures are $37.4 million and Area “D” assumes a 2016 Rural Requisition of over $2.8 million. RDOS collects taxes from property owners for services that benefit all residents. However, there are certain services that do not extend over the entire region, the cost of these services are borne by the service area. On February 18th, the 2016 Operating Budget for Area “D” residents was presented at an Open House. Residents were told they can expect a 4.3% increase in taxes, this equates to approximately $30.00 per house increase for this year. For those residents not able to attend the Open House, the Budget can be viewed at www.rdos.bc.ca - click on Budget 2016. The Budget will be adopted by March 31st by the RDOS Board. The Area “D” Business Survey was sent to over 80 Businesses, the survey closed on February 12th. Thank you to those Area “D” Businesses for taking the time to respond. We had 23 responses and are pleased to share the findings, which are posted on www.okfalls. ca. We will further analyze the responses and engage with interested businesses to address needs, challenges and commonalities. Update on Age Friendly Buildings and Benches (2016 Age Friendly Project) ... A request for proposal for the Age Friendly Buildings project is available at www.okfalls.ca. We drove the bus route with Mike Palosky, Transportation Supervisor with Berry & Smith Trucking Ltd., to discuss the most popular bus stops, assess ridership and logical locations for bus benches in town and on Eastside Road. We will now have to work with BC Transit, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the community to further examine the location and the style of the benches. We are committed to developing integrated, logistical options (thanks Jerry). Excellent news from the Provincial Government of a historical investment of $355 million for new affordable housing. This is promising for the South Skaha Housing Society and communities in Area “D”. March 4th marks the 50th Anniversary of RDOS. To celebrate this milestone, RDOS is planning community celebrations and other anniversary events. Stay tuned! Once again, the South Okanagan Wood Stove Exchange Program is in effect. Trade in your old wood stove or wood insert for a new clean burn. You could receive a $250.00 rebate. This offer is available from January 1st to April 30th; however, this offer is limited to 52 exchanges in total. Please contact Janice at 250-488-4151 or janicejo@shaw. ca for details. A Wood Heating Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 5th from 1:00 - 3:30 at the CHBA South Okanagan Home and Reno Show held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Thank you to the Okanagan Regional Library and the Community Enrichment Program for hosting the Wednesday Workshops. Very engaging and informative! • Apex and Nickel Plate had a fantastic month – record snow, Brewski Event, Fat Bike Demo, Canada Cups, Speed Camps, Ullr’s Winter Triathlon, Loppet and BC Winter Games. We have an updated Website! Check it out at www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair OFID News and Alerts ~ You can receive the latest Okanagan Falls Irrigation District news and alerts via e-mail or text, if you go to the Irrigation District Website and sign up for alerts. Or, call the Irrigation District Office and leave your e-mail address. On-Line Bill Payment ~ We are pleased that so many water users have been taking advantage of on-line bill payment since its implementation. Thanks to so many of our customers for that helpful suggestion. Band Shell Vandalism ~ There has recently been a case of minor graffiti to the band shell. From all appearances the “culprits” are young children playing there. Parents, please be aware of what your children are doing and speak with them about respecting property. Many thanks! Park Beautification ~ As spring approaches, OFID will begin work on improvements to Centennial Park. This will be a multi-year project involving benches, new trees, painting, and many other plans to beautify Centennial Park. Plans for the improvements can be seen at the Irrigation District Office. If you have ideas, please contact us at the office or through email. OFID Information ~ For information about any matters related to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, be sure to check our website or call our office.

OKANAGAN FALLS IRRIGATION DISTRICT 1109 Willow Street | P: 250.497.8541 | E: ofid@telus.net Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 8:30 - 4:30 (Closed 12-1)

www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca

The World’s Most Precious Resource? By Coral Brown of Twin Lakes

\Would you join me on March 22nd, “World Water Day”, to turn off your taps for 4 to 6 hours when you are at home? You can prepare for this by filling containers, the bathtub and sinks, and then do not turn on a tap or push the flush handle. This will give you a sense of value for the convenience of your water taps, but not an absolute sense of being without water. We do need to have an appreciation for both water quantity and quality. Those who have their own wells or lake intakes have likely been without water at some time, which is a consequence that gives water appreciation. Water quality became a big issue in the English River system North of Kenora, Ontario in the early 1960’s, when the river and fish had mercury poisoning from a upstream discharge of a paper mill chemical plant. Unfortunately, it took lasting neurological problems in the people at Grassy Narrows to bring an investigation and a close of the fishing and area drinking water use. It would be interesting to know how many in the D1 area take up this challenge. Please respond, if you were challenged on March 22nd, on the LNID or Skaha Matters Facebook page. Thank you.

“Your hometown realtor ... here for you!” Serving Okanagan Falls and area for over 12 yrs!

Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

Laurie Kingsfield Cell: 250.498.1110 LKingsfield@telus.net


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Page 7

RCMP Community Report We have been enjoying spring-like conditions around our area, unlike in Eastern Canada where it is very much winter. However, please remember that while the roads here are for the most part clear there are still areas that can be icy and slippery. This is especially true later in the day when the drop in temperature can turn wet roads into icy roads. Even the rain at this time of year can cause the roads to become slick, as evident by the number of collisions experienced in the area recently. We can’t control the weather, but we can control our driving, especially our speed relative to the conditions. Finally, remember that you are still required until April 1st, to have winter tires throughout the valley regardless of how clear the roads are as driving/weather conditions change can quickly in the valley and the mountain passes. In my last article, I spoke on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of thefts and break in. As an update, the Penticton and area RCMP have made it a priority to deal with the prolific offenders that are responsible for the bulk of these area crimes. Area detachments have dedicated resources to this and by working together the police have successfully targeted several of these offenders, which has resulted in their arrest and incarceration. However, the task continues as there are still a number of these offenders doing what they do best in our communities. So, while the police work at rounding up these individuals, you still need to be vigilante in securing your property and reporting crimes and suspicious activities. I am getting lots of requests to speak about Scams, Frauds and Identity Theft, as this continues to be a problem in our area. The income tax scam is still very much out there where you receive an email supposedly from Revenue Canada where you either owe them money or are getting a refund. The scammers request banking information to deposit your refund, which they then use to access your bank accounts and help themselves. If you send them money, well that will be gone as well and not to Canada Revenue, as they lead you to believe. Revenue Canada does not do business like this via email requesting funds or offering refunds. It is very easy to make emails look official at first glance. When in doubt, contact the agency or business supposedly sending you the email. And, not by calling the numbers provided in the suspicious email. While these scams are always changing or coming up with a new twist, they always remain the same in that they are designed to get you to part with your money, personal information, or both. Remember, “if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is”. And, my favorite, “if it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, looks like a duck ... it probably is a DUCK”. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD March 2016 Safety Tip March is the perfect month to start working on getting your yards and properties “Fire Safe”. While raking and trimming, keep a clear, clean space around your house, garage and out buildings. Tumbleweeds, tall grass, old boards, and boxes can become very flammable as the weather warms up and things get drier.

Johnston Meier

Insurance Agencies Group For All Your Insurance Needs 5350 9th Avenue Okanagan Falls

Here’s a little History of your local Fire Dept.

The Okanagan Falls townsite was established in 1893, but no moves were made to establish a Fire Department until 1950. At that time, men of the village got together and decided it was time to form a Fire Department. First chore was to elect a Fire Chief. Elected was Joe Young and Assistant Chief was Roy Jakins, who owned the Falls Hardware Store. Minutes were taken by elected Secretary Charlie Yule. Firemen were Bert Young, Jim Sinclair, Angus Smith, Angus Duncan, Bob Burns, Nigel Lamb, Frances Craney, Morris Thomas, Harry Webster, O.J. Quenel, Lawrence Joe Young, Fire Chief, Vader, Earl Young, Bob Bazley, Harry Webster Jr. 1950-1952 and Ray Connell. The only equipment they had was a CO2 extinguisher, two shovels and axes. The volunteer firemen built a 12’x12’ shack to house the equipment. The building was situated on the corner of Mr. Hatfield’s property. To raise money for the department, dances were put on. Penticton loaned Okanagan Falls a large bell to ring in case of a fire. The bell was later returned to Penticton and is now on display at the Penticton Museum. In 1951, a petition was sent to landowners who would receive fire protection. In late 1951, Joe Young moved away and the Fire Department was at a stalemate for a few years. In 1954, Mr. Wilf Newcombe moved to Okanagan Falls and bought the Auto Court on Highway 97. Wilf was elected Fire Chief and the Fire Department was given new life. Wilf looked over the situation and found out what equipment was needed. A 1936 fire truck was purchased from Burnaby for $1200. The BC Government gave a loan of $1700 to purchase the truck and 500’ of new hose. Additional items were donated from the Penticton Fire Department. The Provincial Fire Marshal’s travelling unit was how they got their first formal instruction in fighting fires. The Falls had 4 hydrants that served the homes. Practices were on Sunday mornings at the Lakeview Motel & Trailer Park courtyard. A siren on the truck had originally served as a WWll air raid siren. It seems to have been used to great effect when the Fire Department received it’s only call, in that first year, which came at midnight, from the Assistant Chief’s place, where a wood pile had been set ablaze. Wilf Newcombe and his executive continued to build the Fire Department. To raise money, membership dues of $1.00 were adopted at a meeting. The only source of water was a main line down the centre of town, which was pumped from the river. To be continued ...

Dynamic & Knowledgeable Speaker : Reid Harvey, WETT BC Come early and see the OUTDOOR BURN DISPLAY, demonstrating an old stove verses the new technology. Use this time to chat one-on-one with the instructor, then enjoy the workshop, where refreshments will be provided.

• planning an effective wood heat system • wood heat options

www.jmins.com

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department

WOOD HEATING WORKSHOP

UPCOMING FREE WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

250-497-8739

• purchasing and preparing firewood • proper burn techniques

FREE WITH ADMISSION TO CHBA HOME & RENO SHOW

WHEN: March 5, 2016 OUTDOOR BURN DISPLAY: anytime between 11:30am - 12:30pm WOOD HEATING WORKSHOP: 1 - 3:30pm WHERE: Room 3, CHBA Home Show Penticton Trade & Convention Centre


Page 8

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Update with Kim Denis, KalRec Board Member Dr. Mercola reports that, “Research shows that the average American spends 87 percent of their time in enclosed buildings and 6 percent of their time in enclosed vehicles. That’s a total of 93 percent of your life spent inside. There are many benefits you’ll receive by going outdoors, above and beyond the fresh air.” The benefits are so great Dr Mercola says that you should try to get outdoors virtually every day - even if it’s winter. And, that’s what we did from 4-7 pm on Saturday, February 20th. The rain had stopped, the lake was calm, and the Canada Flag had a large bright moon shining behind it over the mountains. Spending time in Pioneer Park for the Kaleden Winter Carnival was a fun way to get green exercise in nature. It was a fabulous evening spent with old and new friends enjoying time around a campfire and playing games outdoors. The children seemed fascinated with the “glow in the dark” LED balloons. Picking dates for community events are challenging. We would like to improve our programs and services to the Kaleden community and need your input. Next month, we will be asking each household to complete a Kaleden Recreation & Facilities Survey asking questions to help us better serve you. We would love your honest feedback, as it is a guessing game if we don’t know what the community wishes. Tell us what programming the young and the young at heart older folk wish to have. And, please feel free to submit your ideas any time. The Kaleden Parks & Recreation Commission is holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm in the Kaleden Community Hall. All residents are invited to attend.

BROWN & SON

Lawn & Yard Maintenance Time to book your Spring Clean Up, Lawn Aeration, Power Raking, Fertilizing & Weekly Lawn Cuts. Call Ken or Cassidy @ 250-488-4209 Serving Kaleden, OK Falls, St Andrews by the Lake, Heritage Hills, Skaha Estates, Penticton & Area.

Kaleden Tennis Club Registration

Recreation Programs Survey How do YOU want to play?

The Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission is gathering information to help us evaluate programs offered to the community. Our intent is to develop programs and events that are meaningful, while advancing the health and well being of residents. The survey takes approximately 3 minutes. Your feedback is important and confidential. Please visit www.kal-rec.ca to complete the survey, or visit the library for a hard copy. Please note this survey closes March 15th. KALEDEN RECREATION PRESENTS

Yoga with Freya A low intensity yoga series designed to promote relaxation and decrease stress. Improve flexibility, balance and coordination, while gently strengthening and improving muscle tone. Suitable for beginners.

Sunday, April 10th from 9-11am

Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 pm

at the Tennis Courts in Pioneer Park in Kaleden

March 1st - April 5th ~ Six Sessions $50

Join us for Mixed Social League Play, Sunday drop-ins, Round Robin Tournaments and BBQ’s. May to Sept. $35. More info call 250-497-7147.

Registration at the Door : 5:30 pm

We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call

250-460-3387

Business Tagline or Motto


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Page 9

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 2016 Project Coordinator - Age Friendly Businesses Project in Okanagan Falls REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Acupuncture $20-40 per session (Pay-What-You-Can OR Direct billing for MSP Extended Benefits)

Custom Herbal Remedies 623 - 7th Avenue, Keremeos

similkameen.acu@gmail.com

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 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

INNER BLISS BELLY DANCING by Jenny Reiki & Ra-Sheeba Master ~ Professional Teacher/Performer ~ Egyptian

Classes (in Kaleden): Mon 1pm starts Mar 7 & Thur 7:10pm starts Mar 10 Affordable Belly Apparel ~ Have Fun, Get Fit, Feel Fabulous!

More Information? 250.497.1189 or jpuls@shaw.ca or www.innerblissbellydancing.com

250.497.8188

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is issuing a Request for Proposal for a Project Coordinator - Age Friendly Businesses Project in Okanagan Falls. The Project Coordinator is to work under the direction of the Area “D” Rural Services Manager and/or the Okanagan Falls Recreation Coordinator. Duties may include, but are not limited to: • Educating businesses regarding Seniors Related - Initiatives Age Friendly BC • Audit of businesses utilizing reliable assessment tools and guides • Developing an award and incentive program • Creating a grant resource inventory for businesses to access funds for infrastructure improvements • Coordinating meetings and workshops For proposal term information, please refer to www.rdos.bc.ca, www.okfalls.ca or www.okfalls.net. Information on Age Friendly can be found at www.gov.bc.ca/ agefriendly Deadline for all proposals is on or before March 18, 2016. Please note, this is a contract position and will involve approximately a 200 hour commitment over a period from April to November 2016. It is a fixed-price contract in the range of $4,000 - $5,500. The awarded contractor will operate out of a home office. RDOS will assist the contractor with the costs associated with promotion, facility rental, printing of resources and pamphlets.

info@okfalls.net

www.okfalls.net

Visit our website for all our programs & facilities available. Enroll on line & pay at your first class. Office - 1141 Cedar Street Zen & Fitness and Community Centre will be CLOSED March 14th - 28th.

Saturdays Mornings April 9th - May 7th 2 times for 2 age groups

Check out okfalls.net after March 10th for Full Spring Program Roster!

Recreational Baseball with Coach Rob and Dave-O Tuesdays Evenings ~ May 3rd - June 14 T-ball ~ For ages 5-7 - 5:00-6:00 pm Coach Pitch ~ Ages 8-11 - 6:00-7:15 pm

Registration Session ~ April 19th

Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:00 am April 5th - 26th In partnership with StrongStart

Geared for Ages 3-4 years (but all welcome)


Page 10

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Supporting our heart and circulation is one of the most fundamental and important things we can do to prevent the development of chronic health problems. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), mainly strokes and heart attacks, remains our nation’s number one cause of mortality and is often called the “silent” killer. Every 7 minutes in Canada someone dies from a heart attack or stroke, and stroke is the number one cause of long-term disability. Most strokes and heart attacks are caused by an arterial clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain or heart. The damage caused by these events can be lifealtering and devastating. The great news, however, is that the vast majority of CVD events are preventable by optimizing a few simple lifestyle habits that we can all accomplish. The three essentials of prevention are: preventing clots, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and improving endothelial (the inner lining of blood vessels) health. This ensures that blood flow and oxygen delivery to tissues is optimized and CVD risk is minimized. Strategies around diet, exercise, weight management, blood sugar management, and avoiding toxins such as those in cigarettes and processed foods can significantly reduce an individual’s stroke and heart attack risk. So, what can you do for yourself to prevent your risk of CVD? First, it is important to know that the majority of preventive strategies are in your hands. You have the power to improve health and reduce risk significantly. “Life’s Simple Seven” guide developed by the American Heart Association list the following seven factors that influence CVD risk:

1.

2.

3.

Get active: Just 30 minutes of activity for most days of the week has a protective effect. Now research shows that “grounding” which is walking barefoot improves blood flow and keeps the blood thinner and less likely to coagulate. Perhaps thinner soled shoes will have a similar effect. Regardless, walking in nature and on the earth is very healing. Control your cholesterol and clotting factors: Increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides is important. Equally important is reducing cholesterol “stickiness” to prevent clotting. Stickiness occurs with increased oxidative damage and glycation (too much sugar). A diet and supplement protocol focused on anti-oxidants and lowering blood sugar and insulin levels helps prevent cholesterol problems and clotting. Statin drugs that lower cholesterol have been shown in recent research to actually increase the risk of a second stroke! Unlike natural nutritional supplements, drugs often have many side effects that contribute to health problems. Most cholesterol is produced in the liver and is stimulated by high insulin levels. Dietary cholesterol levels have very little effect on blood cholesterol levels. For instance, eggs do not increase cholesterol nor do they damage the endothelium. They provide valuable nutrients and are a healthy addition to a healthy diet. Comprehensive CVD risk factor blood testing is available which includes metabolic risk factors, nutritional risk factors, and clotting factors. This provides a clear snapshot of your unique risk for developing heart disease and stroke and can help guide your prevention strategy. Eat better: Diet can be used therapeutically to control blood sugar, oxidation, inflammation, and toxins. All of these factors affect clotting. A good diet prevents blood sugar abnormalities, stabilizes and strengthens the endothelium, and prevents clotting and arterial hardening that lead to high blood pressure. Goods fats are very protective and these include omega-3 fats from cold water fish and algae, omega-9s from olive oil and avocados, and healthy saturated fats from grass fed animal products, coconut oil, and organic eggs. Healthy levels of protein also help by keeping blood sugar levels low. And finally, vegetables are extremely important for their high levels of anti-oxidants and fiber. Foods to avoid are processed oils and margarines, sugar, artificial sweeteners, processed grains, wheat, and

Preventing illness-optimizing health, naturally OFFERING:

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

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

250-497-6681 www.chelationokanagan.com www.facebook.com/chelationokanagan

4.

5.

6.

7.

artificial chemical additives. Manage your blood pressure: Healthy diet and exercise habits contribute greatly to healthy blood pressure levels. Optimally BP should be less than 120/80. With age, hardening of the arteries through both calcification of the endothelium and plaquing can occur. Increasing levels of potassium and magnesium while keeping sodium levels low and avoiding calcium supplements will help prevent high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. Drinking plenty of clean water and eating a clean, organic diet is also very protective. Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity is on the rise and is a risk factor for stroke. This is directly related to a processed diet high in bad fats, sugar, processed grains, and chemical additives. A sedentary lifestyle also contributes to obesity. Following a healthy eating and exercise plan is the best way to combat obesity. Reduce your blood sugar: Elevated blood sugar is very damaging to the human body in so many ways. It slowly breaks down organs, imbalances the hormonal systems that control physiological processes, increases plaquing in arteries, and increases blood clotting. It also increases insulin which in turn increases bad cholesterol. Stop smoking: It seems redundant to even state anything about this. Smoking is just very unhealthy in every way.

Chelation treatments have also been shown conclusively to significantly reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack. As part of a healthy lifestyle, Chelation therapy works by reducing toxic body burden, increasing blood flow, reducing hardening of the arteries, and increasing energy. Targeted supplements are also highly effective at preventing clotting and stroke. Naturopathic Physicians are specifically trained to guide patients individually towards the best preventive strategies. Each person’s unique physiology requires individualized therapies. Seeking expert advice in this area will ensure you have the best chance of preventing the often devastating consequences of poor circulation. Take control today and optimize your health, naturally.


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Page 11

Live Well HEALTH TIP

Over 25 years experience

FOOTWORKS

Located in Kaleden

OKANAGAN VALLEY

CUSTOM ORTHOTICS BY PRESCRIPTION 90 min. Biomechanical assessment, including gait and pressure analysis.

CUSTOM FOOTWEAR FITTING Including Walking, Running and Hiking .

*By Appointment Please* 250.490.5887 | tmakos@telusplanet.net | www.footworksokanagan.ca

TERRY MAKOS

C. Ped (C)

CERTIFIED PEDORTHIST CANADA

Pedorthic Association of Canada College of Pedorthics of Canada

Creative Wellness Solutions

with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner It was great to see all the people come try the chair massage at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre. Creative Wellness Solutions will be there Mondays at 11:00 a.m. Call Dee-anne to schedule your appointment. We offer three routines that can be mixed and matched as desired. Each routine is 15 minutes. • Head and face • Upper body chair massage - upper & lower back, arms & hands, neck & shoulders • Legs and feet

As reported in an article in the Baltic Times, “Leg and foot massage is a little bit different from, let’s say, back massage. The difference is that foot and leg massage stimulates not only the muscles, which are directly rubbed, but also gives a positive effect on the whole body. And the reason for this is a huge set of reflex points, which are responsible for the state of the body as a whole. For example, there is a huge concentration of points in the arch of the foot, which according to modern reflexology are related to the spine. Therefore, stimulation of this area of the foot can help alleviate pain in the back and bring a general easiness to the body. The stimulation of the toes has a beneficial effect on the eyes, ears, nasal sinus, teeth and gums.” Come and take advantage of our “try it for free” offer while it’s available. We look forward to seeing you at the Zen Centre. Call us at 250-4975974 or come by to make an appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page often for inspiration, information and upcoming local events!

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Wellness Coaching & Chair Massage

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com

Perry Tompkins, Pharmacy Mgr

brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

B vitamins and heart attack and stroke: Is it worth supplementing? ~ Heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death and disability in Canada and as such, a significant amount of clinical research has been devoted to uncovering preventative strategies for these important health problems. For decades it’s been known that low levels of B vitamins, particularly B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12, are associated with higher levels of a naturally occurring chemical called homocysteine. In turn, excess homocysteine has been associated with tissue damage and higher rates of stroke, heart attack and other ailments including osteoporosis and schizophrenia. While studies on supplementation with B vitamins have generally failed to produce consistent evidence of reduction in stroke and heart attack risk, persistently elevated homocysteine levels in patients already at high risk (for instance, people with a previous heart attack or stroke), may warrant supplementation with a B6, B9 and B12 formulation. For individuals at low risk, a balanced diet is likely sufficient to ensure adequate B vitamin intake and normal levels of homocysteine. So, before you reach for the B vitamins, ask the Pharmacist if supplementation is right for you! On a separate note, OK Falls Pharmasave is pleased to welcome our new part-time Pharmacist, Mr. Brent Klein, who comes to us from Spruce Grove, AB and has years of experience in Community Pharmacy in Northern and Southern AB, particularly in small communities. Brent’s arrival follows the departure of Jo-Anne Cardinal, who has made a transition to relief/locum practice. We thank Jo-Anne for her years of dedicated service and wish her all the best in the future!

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, March 30th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

Pharmasave Okanagan Falls 5217 9th Avenue, Highway 97 Phone: 250-497-8050 HOURS: Mon - Fri 9am - 5:30pm & Sat 9am - 4pm

*FREE Prescription Deliveries to Okanagan Falls & Kaleden Areas*

Present this coupon to receive:

Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Pharmasave Brand Products* *Free product must be of equal of lesser value. Coupon valid only at Pharmasave Okanagan Falls. No cash value. One coupon per customer. Excludes codeine products, phone cards and gift cards. Offer Expires March 31, 2016


Page 12

March 2016

Free Wireless Internet!

www.orl.bc.ca

Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Family Storytime is being held on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 10:45 am. Come and enjoy stories, songs, action rhymes and crafts! This is a free program and walk-ins are always welcome! Come in and get your list of “100 Great Books for Children Learning to Read”. We encourage you and your child to explore books from different reading levels represented by coloured spines. Just a reminder to please use our New Book Drop located on the right side of the front door. We appreciate any donation of books, DVD’s, or magazines. Please drop off during library open hours. Happy Spring and Happy Easter to all our patrons!

SkahaMatters.com

Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal February’s “Great Things” include ... • Kaleden’s primary students took part in Chinese New Year activities and created a variety of Chinese crafts. • Kaleden’s intermediate students enjoyed two sessions of Cross Country skiing at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. • All students enjoyed our “Day of Science” hosted by Science World and sponsored by Kaleden PAC. It was a wonderful day of “hands-on” science! • Kaleden’s PAC is hosting another delicious “Lobster Fest” on Saturday, March 5th. Proceeds of this popular event help support Kaleden School. We hope to see you there!

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 Family Storytime continues every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 2:30. Please join us for stories, songs, finger plays and crafts!! Lego Night is on Tuesday, March 29th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm for ages 5 to 12 years old. Bring your creativity and building skills with you! Lego is provided and Duplo is available for younger siblings. Above: Left - Chinese New Year Craft. Right - Cross Country skiing at Nickel Plate. Shirley Peron is our new Assistant Community Librarian. Shirley has Below - Kaleden students enjoyed a “Day of Science” hosted by Science World & PAC. worked on-call with us before and we are very happy to have her in a permanent position with us. Community Enrichment Program ~ The Community Enrichment Program provides opportunities for us to share knowledge, skills, and new experiences with others. Each session is on a Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30. Pre-registration would be appreciated. Refreshments will be served. Please call the library at 250-497-5886 or drop in. • Wednesday, March 2 ~ A Community Enrichment Planning Meeting. Everyone Welcome! Share your knowledge and/or learn something new. • Wednesday March 9 ~ Monica from “Healing Stones” will present information on Yoga, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Massage. Every Wednesday 1-4 pm • Wednesday, March 16 ~ Wendy Huddart and friends invite you Meet at the Kaleden Community Church to bring your ideas and crafts and join our monthly Craft Circle. Special guest Ruell Smith will be demonstrating Basic Origami. All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation & crafts. • Wednesday March 23 ~ Myrna Tischer from “Better at Home” Any Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850. No children please. will present an information session on the services provided, who qualifies for service and volunteer opportunities, to help us grow the program in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. • Wednesday March 30 ~ NO PROGRAM with Brad Nunes

Kaleden Weekly Ladies Drop-in

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

Piano and Theory Lessons in Kaleden Members of BC Registered Music Teachers

Dillys Richardson, ARCT

Carmen Leier, ARCT

250-497-5925

778-515-2592

Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

Gift Certificates Always Available! Free Aqua Chi / Hour Purchased!

250.497.8806

Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden

With March upon us, the tell-tale signs of potholes being filled in tells me Spring is in the air. PAC would like to remind parents to please pay attention no parking signs posted near the school. I floated the idea of having a towing fundraiser, but I was told my ‘fundraiser’ would likely fall into the category of ‘theft and extortion’. In lieu of Towfest 2016, we would just like to remind you to please respect parking signage. Please keep the following dates on the calendar. March 5th is Lobsterfest! This east coast style shindig serves up the best lobster you can eat without having to kiss a codfish. Find 7 friends and book a whole table! On March 4th, report cards come home. Please note that any letter grades issued in crayon may be counterfeit, so if you have questions please consult your child’s teacher. Our next PAC meeting is April 7th at 6:00 pm. It was decided to skip March because we are off for two weeks of Spring Break and someone didn’t want to conference in from Mexico. As always, we want to thank the community for the amazing support you give the school. We are blessed to have your cooperation. Have a happy start to Spring.


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning A public meeting for trustees to hear ideas for alternative uses for the six schools being considered for closure was held on February 22nd at the Shatford Centre. The meeting followed the same format as our other public meetings starting with a short presentation, followed by the opportunity for the public or invited representatives to speak or present information. The public decision-making meeting for school closure and/or reconfiguration will take place on March 9th at 7pm at the IMC building located behind the School Board Office. Late French Immersion registration for the 2016-17 school year closed February 1st. Applications were received as follows: In-district students: KVR Middle School - 88 and Summerland Middle School - 30. Out-of-district students: 9 in total, being KVR - 5, SMS - 2, and Out-of-country - 2. There will be 3 classes at KVR and 1 class at SMS for 2016/17. Selection of spots for out-of-district students and late applicants will be conducted as per Policy #305 Choice and Flexibility. The annual Okanagan Valley Concert Band Festival is being held March 1st and 2nd at the Trade and Convention Centre. The District Science Fair is being held March 8th at Summerland Secondary School. Reminder: Draft calendars for 2016/17 and 2017/18 are on the website for consultation and comment until March 1, 2016. They are virtually the same as this year with the exception of the government mandated Curriculum Implementation Day (CID) on the first day of school - students will begin school on Wednesday, for a half day, as per usual. The BCTF and the Ministry of Education came to an agreement to provide teachers with four professional development days focussing on the new curriculum. There will be two CID days this year, April 27th and May 24th, and one in each of the next two school years. OSTU requested that the future CID days be scheduled on the ‘normal’ first day of school for the next two years to allow staff the opportunity to review the curriculum at the beginning of the year. The calendars meet the minimum number of yearly school hours required by the Ministry of Education, because the hours have been officially re-allocated from instructional time to non-instructional time. There will be no change to the bell schedules. Spring Break begins on March 12th and schools open again March 29th. I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4

Page 13

EAST SIDE SALON Deb and Chad Wetter

Award Winning Master Stylist Skilled in all forms of Hair Services

439 Panorama Crescent Just off Eastside Road in Skaha Estates

Spring into Style with Us! eastsidesalon@shaw.ca

778-515-1497

Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm

Book Wedding Styles!

Michèle’s Flowers & Gardens Michèle Brown

Weekly Fresh Flower Deliveries - adding life and colour to your day Wedding Consultations - finding the perfect fit for your style Floral Classes & Workshop - very relax & informal. (See Facebook page for details) Classes for Homeschooled Students - working on various crafts

Don't forget to place your order for your Easter Table! Studio open by appointment only 4922 Leslie Drive, Okanagan Falls micheleannenbrown@gmail.com

250-493-4299

Semi-finals ~ Sat, March 5th Show Finals ~ Sat, March 12th Presenting Group A, B, and C Performers Orchard House Hall - Martin St., Penticton Door by donation. Open to public at 11am. Show starts at 1pm. Domino’s Pizza Food Concession

www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250.460.2221

www.uee.com

An Electrical Solutions Company

Engineering and manufacturer of electrical apparatus for Mining, Hydroelectric Power Plants, Transportation, and Commercial & Industrial applications. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality electrical equipment to customers worldwide. Power Up! With Unit Electrical Engineering Ltd.

484 Main St, Penticton

Call For Your Complimentary Market Evaluation No Cost or Obligation This is not intended to solicit buyers & sellers currently under contract with a brokerage.

1406 Maple Street, Okanagan Falls

250.497.5254


Page 14

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

How can you prepare? Visit our website at www.sd53.bc.ca and review our education assistant job descriptions and application guidelines. SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

about their work:

EDUCATION ASSISTANT DATE: MARCH 31, 2016 AT 2:30 PM

“Every day offers new challenges and you work alongside students as they move forward”.

How to join our team! Attend this session to gather information about employment opportunities as an education assistant in our district including: -

information about our district, student demographics and the work of education assistants how to become a certified education assistant positions and duties employment information hiring opportunities and process application requirements

The district will shortlist and pre-hire applicants to begin work after successful completion of an approved education assistant course including a successful practicum in one of our schools.

We invite ALL parents to join us for our next PAC meeting on Tuesday, March 1st for one hour only from 6:30-7:30pm in the school library. Free child minding is available. If you have any questions or ideas, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384.

What our EAs say “Being an EA is a very rewarding job…I love working with children and seeing their success”.

LOCATION: OKANAGAN FALLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair

“As an EA you watch a student be successful and know that you are part of the success”.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 53 (OKANAGAN SIMILKAMEEN)

6161 Okanagan Street Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 www.sd53.bc.ca

For more information call 250-498-3481 Manager of Human Resources, Susan Trower Ext. 102 District Principal of Student Support Services, Terry Collis Ext. 106

p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 toll free 877.311.7722 service@okanaganofficesystems.com 523 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna

“Serving all your Office Equipment and Stationary needs”

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James During the month of March, we have lots planned in our StrongStart Centre. Join us for our annual “Ready, Set, Learn” evening on Wednesday, March 2nd from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please phone the school to sign up. OSNS will join us on Tuesday, March 8th at 10am. Storytime with Lynn is on Wednesday, March 9th at 9am. Be sure to attend our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 11th at 11am. Please Note: We are closed for Spring Break from March 14th - 25th. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

Vintners Club Gets 10% Off

A Canadian Icon!

Johnny Cash Tribute

wildgoosewinery.com

May 1

Tasting room re-opens Easter weekend!

12- 3 $79 includes lunch and a glass of wine

2145 Sun Valley Way, Okanagan Falls

250.497.8919 info@wildgoosewinery.com

Winter Wine Shop Hours Open for Sales Only Monday - Friday 10 - 4pm or by appointment

@wildgoosewines wildgoosevineyards

Ho me of th e S mo ke & Oak Bist ro


March 2016

School District No. 53 Board Report

with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee Okanagan Falls Elementary News: February was a busy month at Okanagan Falls Elementary. In addition to it being an active learning month, Grades 4 & 7 students completed the Ministry FSAs (Foundation Skills Assessment); all students had opportunities to participate in the Science World Family Days; Grade 4 students attended the Okanagan Aboriginal Day at Osoyoos Elementary; our Grade 6/7 participated in the district basketball tournament, and the entire school focused on Random Acts of Kindness Week. Ready, Set, Learn (RSL) Event ~ If you have a preschool-aged child, you are welcome to attend the RSL event at Okanagan Falls School. This will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 from 5:306:30 pm at the school. This is an opportunity for families to begin positives connections with the school system and with community agencies providing early childhood resources, support and services. Registration is required. Call Mrs. Sam James (StrongStart) at 250.497.5414 ext #1. Kindergarten Registration ~ Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2016, may begin their first year of full day Kindergarten in September 2016. These will be children who were born in 2011. Parents or guardians may register these new students up to Friday March 11, 2016 at any of our district schools during school hours. Parents need to bring their child’s birth certificate and medical card for registration. District News: School Closure Process ~ The first Okanagan Similkameen Board of Education school closure consultation meeting of February 9th at Osoyoos Secondary School focused on the following existing challenges: • Financial ~ SD53 is facing a financial and operational crisis impacting the District’s ability to deliver full services to students. The costs to operate are larger than the funds received to provide programs and services. The School Act requires that districts prepare and submit balanced annual budgets to the Ministry of Education by June 30th of each year. • Declining Enrolment ~ Excess capacity in schools is also a challenge. Significant drops in student enrolment over time, particularly at Secondary, have left an excess of more than 800 seats. While we receive a modest income of $28,000 per year from our early learning partners, the cost of maintaining empty space is high. • Small Cohorts (numbers per grade) ~ result in increased staffing costs and increased challenges to offer a full complement of educational services and programs. Even though faced with financial challenges common in most BC school districts with declining enrolment, we continue to have high expectations for student success. The District needs to prioritize its allocation of resources to ensure we can address challenges with respect to student success and choice. • Facilities ~ In addition to declining revenues, operating costs continue to increase each year. There is an aging infrastructure and an inability to remain current with maintenance and repair of existing buildings, creating a backlog of important work. During the 2016/17 year, the District will have approximately $1.1 million in building repairs that will have to be postponed; in five years this number will grow to $34 million. The school closure process will continue at the next public consultation meeting on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Sonora Centre. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12

Medicines

- Okanagan Falls

250.497.7808 Surgery

Vaccinations

Page 15

Spotlight on Volunteers! Meet the School Breakfast Volunteer Team

At Okanagan Falls Elementary School on Thursday mornings from 7:00-8:30am, the Okanagan Falls Lions Club sponsors a hot breakfast program with volunteers assisting from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand. Between 40-60 hot breakfasts are served each Thursday morning. Children enjoy pancakes, sausages, eggs and Spanish dishes from time to time. Juice and fruit is also served as well. From time to time, the School Breakfast Program utilizes some left over food from Helping Hand, when any excess is on hand. A huge thank you to these volunteers for preparing hearty nutritious breakfasts each week! The school children (and parents) absolutely appreciate it. If any parents would like to volunteer too, the team would love to have you join them.

Above: Volunteers left to right - Helen, Sharon, Niki, Darrell, Michael, Skip & Jim.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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

Kim Harris

Cell: 250.462.4232 kimharris@royallepage.ca Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

My Passion ... Helping you to reach your Real Estate goals

CatMatch My Name is Peek-A-Boo I am a young man just starting to seek out a mature and permanent relationship. I did have one live together relationship, but I woke up one morning literally on the street. I had been kicked out! I guess one too many late nights out prowling with the boys! I am in AA now and want to settle down into a lifetime commitment with one lovely lady only. I am fine with other adults living in the home, but to be honest not much experience with kids or pets, so we may have to take that slow if they are part of the package. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls

250.497.6733

www.jardinantiques.com

As seen in Apex Matters.

SkahaMatters.com


Page 16

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Selling This Spring? with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Are you considering selling your home this Spring? As we head into the year’s busiest real estate season, ensuring that your home is in its best condition will help attract maximum interest. Here are some tried and true steps to follow: Begin the purge ~ Put your house on a diet. Give consideration to the appeal of a tidy and organized house and begin removing or donating both the things that clutter your home and the things you don’t want to move with you. Choose a drawer, shelf or storage bin, and begin streamlining, room-by-room, a little bit at a time. Seasonal changes can create great opportunities for sorting unworn clothes. You’ll be happy to have less on moving day and your closets will look bigger to potential buyers. A garage sale is a great way to purge before your home’s first showing. Fix what’s broken or damaged ~ Determine what house maintenance is in order. To pass a home inspection, certain repairs may be unavoidable. Taking care of these issues now will ease your burden later and improve your sales opportunities. Simple repairs are also well worth the effort. Painting those chipped shutters and replacing the broken banister rail will provide a return in creating the right impression for a timely sale. Think like a buyer ~ This can be the hardest step, since we love our homes and generally assume others will too. Accept that potential buyers have different tastes and consider hiring a house staging professional or ‘fluffer’ who can objectively determine what needs to change. Consider basic staging techniques such as: removing clutter; putting away personal items like photos and trophies; cleaning and sanitizing inside and out, from top to bottom; freshening and neutralizing your colour scheme; making your entrance way appealing; eliminating pet and food odours; enhancing the illusion of space; and beautifying your backyard. Contact your Realtor ~ I am your partner in selling what is likely your largest asset. I can assist you in getting your home prepared for sale and in helping you understand the current buying and selling real estate markets. As an experienced, attentive and committed Realtor, I know the market and can put the strength of an established, leading real estate brand to work for you. It’s my goal to help you sell your home in the shortest amount of time possible and at the best possible price. Alternatively, if you have a friend, relative or colleague, who is considering buying or selling, please tell them about me. Your referrals are genuinely appreciated. I will treat your friends and family with the care they deserve, so you can be proud you referred me.

(250) 497-5541 (250) 493-2244 24 HR. PAGER FAX: (250) 497-8449 CELL: (250) 809-6192 brianmoen@royallepage.ca www.brianmoen.ca 837 Main Street, P.O. Box 329 Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0

Brian Moen

BUS:

PENTICTON:

PRESIDENT’S GOLD AWARD

SALES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

REALTOR

Penticton Pump Service 250-328-9070 Pool

Spa

Water Feature

Irrigation

On Site Service & Repair Electric Motor & Pump Repair Free Pick-up & Delivery!

pentictonpumpservice@gmail.com

EDGING EMERALD CEDARS

Direct from Okanagan grower. Acclimatized for this area. SPECIAL: 5 ft. tall 10 for $200 Delivery & Planting Available!

Call George at Budget Nurseries

250.498.2189

georgedemelo@mail.com Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

Countertops, Sinks, Outdoor Kitchens, Furniture & More 250-488-2798

info@onyxcastings.com

www.onyxcastings.com

24 Hour Video Surveillance Individual Door Alarms & Onsite Caretaker Security Gate with Key Code Entry Unit Access between 6am - 11pm

Year-Round Helping Hand Drop Off Location

We are accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand all year long.

Our new building is nearing completion, please call to reserve your spot today!

250.497.3279

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 & Sat 9:30-4:00 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls

info@easylockselfstorage.com

www.easylockselfstorage.com


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Page 17

South Okanagan Chamber Awards

Tube Fly’s

By Larry Martin So far this season, the large lake trollers seem to be more evenly spread over Skaha, Okanagan and Kalamalka Lake. Both the fish and the fishers seem to be a little more tight lipped than last year. Bucktails or plugs are always good for large trout. For winter Kokanee, I still prefer a variety of hoochies or small spoons with downsized flashers or dodgers. Of late, I have been using a variety of Tube Fly’s. In the cold water they can be trolled and run true at very slow speeds. As the name implies, Tube Fly’s are tied on a tube rather than a hook. Frank of (Frank’s Fly Box Facebook) sent pictures of Kokanee caught recently on Lake Chelan. The tube accommodates blades or spinners, as well as different hooks, that can significantly change the action and function of the fly. Frank’s Kokanee Kandy fly’s work well when trolling for winter Kokanee. You have to see them in the water to appreciate the subtle pulsing, which gives the fly a life-like movement. Traditional Steelhead fly’s can also be tied on tubes. The body will be thicker than if tied on a hook. Weight, balance and length of the fly can be adjusted by using different tube materials. If you prefer to tie your own, a tube fly tying adapter is not expensive and can be used with most traditional vices, purpose built tube fly vices are also available. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

with Denise Blashko, Executive Director of the SO Chamber

The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Eastlink held its annual Business Excellence Awards on January 29th at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver. 35 nominations were received and a Selection Committee narrowed it down to four finalists in each of the categories. Brock Jackson was the Emcee for the evening and he highlighted what each of the finalists’ successes and accomplishments were throughout 2015 and then the winners were announced. • Entrepreneur of the Year: Joanne Muirhead (Jojo’s Cafe), Osoyoos • Large Business of the Year: Buy Low Foods, Osoyoos • Small Business of the Year: Medici’s Gelateria, Oliver • Customer Service Excellence: Home Hardware, Osoyoos

A mixture of the finalists and winners of the annual Business Excellence Awards, Tube Fly’s from Frank’s Fly Box. Kokanee caught on Lake Chelan with Tube Fly’s. along with South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce Board Members.

Tickets on sale now! & Spring Release Party

Saturday, May 21st, 1 to 6PM Tickets $75 +gst Wine Club $67.50 +gst Purchase online at:

MFVspringrelease.eventbrite.ca

Meyer Family Vineyards

BBQ Buffet with Chef Jordan Ash Live music with Mandy Cole & Aidan Mayes

*Tickets include complimentary wine tastings from 1-2PM, BBQ Buffet with single vineyard Pinot Noir & Chardonnay tasting, live music. Shuttle available from select locations in Penticton & SAVE THE DATE Okanagan Falls, must book in advance. June 18th Wine Club Pick Up Party Sept 3rd Harvest Dinner with Joy Road Catering

Tasting Room & Wine Shop open Easter long weekend! 4287 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls BC | wineshop@mfvwines.com “crafting single vineyard wines of excellence”


Page 18

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

VALHALLA WINDOWCLEANING

250-497-7810

Kaleden Women's Chair Yoga Mondays 1:30 - 2:30

Kaleden Community Church $10 per drop in

Licensed - Worksafe Insured Residential - High Rise - Strata

Snairs Plumbing Services

Pressure Wash - Gutters Owner/Operator

Qualified

20 years serving the South Okanagan

Dedicated Honest Plumber Bonded with over 30 yrs exp. No Travell Time charge 10% Discount For Seniors

Stephen Snair

Valhalla Window Cleaning Call 250-497-7810

250-488-9430

Healthy Painting 101: Beyond Low-VOC Paints

By Ashley Lubyk of Dirt Craft Natural Building

With Spring in the air, many people are thinking about sprucing things up around the house and yard, and for some that means putting on a new coat of paint on the walls. But when it comes to choosing a paint, you should be considering more than just the colour. Since the average Canadian spends 90% of their time indoors, indoor air quality is more important than ever. Paints and stains may contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are short for volatile organic compounds, and are basically the solvents in the paints that get released into the Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice! air as the paint dries. According to HealthLink BC, VOCs “cause eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and skin problems.” Many paint manufacture’s are offering “greener” alternatives, often with Nita & Howie Richardson with low- and no-VOC options available. This is great news. The bad Want to make those winter clouds go away; without going to Arizona? news is while many of the un-pigmented paint bases are low- (or no-) How about a hike in the hills near home? Few people leave the VOC, the pigments added to give you your desired colour are not! pavement once the snow settles, but with care you can venture onto The other thing to keep in mind is that paint, even the water-based some of the beautiful trails around Okanagan Falls, and do so without latex paints, are petroleum-based chemical concoctions, and have a any equipment other than your regular hiking shoes and a walking stick. large environmental footprint. Using data from the University of Bath’s There are both individuals and organized groups who hike, ride, snow- Inventory of Carbon and Energy, the paint needed to paint the interior shoe and ski local trails year round. Within a matter of days after a of an average home requires as much energy as is contained in 250 snow fall, popular trails have a well-beaten path that can be followed litres of gasoline. And, there’s a lot more to paint than just the VOCs. without getting snow in your boot-tops. Skaha Bluffs Provincial Modern paints are made up of thousands of chemical compounds, Park would be a great place to start. There is usually a selection of including fungicides and biocides, that are dangerous to your health. compacted trails, maps and signs to help you navigate, not to mention They really are a chemical soup. The good news is healthier options amazing scenery, fascinating geology, and a unique array of wildlife. are available. Other trails well-used in winter include those on Peach Cliff, along While there are several commercially available natural paints, did you the river channel, at Mahoney Lake and White Lake. Start small and know that you can make your very own home-made paints from simple increase the scope of your hikes, as you become familiar with an area ingredients like clay and chalk and a few items found in most kitchen and perhaps opt to get some snowshoes. Check pentictonadventurers. cupboards? Natural mineral pigments can be added for a variety com for a group who go out twice a week nearly all winter. of colours and minerals like mica can be added to give a sparkle. Don’t worry if you never get above the clouds, as it is the rare individual The textures are rich and the colours earthy. Home-made paints are who can say their spirits have not been lifted by a walk in the snow. durable, easy to repair, beautiful, safe enough to eat, inexpensive to If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for make, and best of all, anyone can learn to make and apply them. healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188. If you’re interested in learning more, we will be teaching a 1-day workshop on Sunday, April 3rd from 9:30am to 4:30pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. The workshop will including information on choosing healthy paints, stains, and finishes, and we’ll also be showing people how to make their very own healthy paints and wood stains from simple ingredients. There will be demonstrations and you’ll have the opportunity to create your own sample board to take home with you. It will be a fun and educational day. We hope to see you there! For more information visit www.dirtcraft.ca or call 250-276-7251.

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

Skaha Winter Hikes

Dirt Craft Natural Building

Left - Nita hiking at Skaha Bluffs. Right - Howie taking in the view at Skaha Bluffs.

www.dirtcraft.ca 250 • 276 • 7251

K a l e d e n , BC

Workshops • Straw Bale Construction • American Clay Clay Paint Application • Wood Fired Pizza Ovens


Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015 March 2016 SkahaMatters.com

Page 19

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Shirley O'Connor

Last month, I made a boo-boo. I reported that the age to qualify for membership with the Okanagan Falls Seniors was 55 years, which of course, is wrong. All you have to be is 50 years and this pleases Stan Smallenberg and new, potential pool players who will now qualify to play. And speaking of Stan and his pool players, they took in a tournament in Oliver on January 25th and Julius Tarr placed 1st in a field of 24. Stan is planning a pool tournament for Okanagan Falls in the very near future which will include men and women. In other news., Audree Sikorski will again help seniors with preparing their income tax returns. She will be available starting Thursday, March 3rd from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon and every following Thursday at the same time concluding on Thursday, April 21st. We are so lucky to have this service available. The Spring Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, March 12th with doors opening at 9:00 am and running until 1:00 pm. There are vendor tables available to rent. The usual Silent Auction will be held, home baking for sale, used book sale, and a White Elephant table, which we need donations for. Items may be delivered to the Senior Centre now. Contact Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669 for further information. The Shuffle Board has been brought out from hiding and is ready for shuffling. If you want to try it out, drop in to the Seniors Centre anytime. The executive nominated Moreen Thompson, Jack Carleton and Dave Stewart for Life Membership and were unanimously accepted at the last general meeting. They are lauded for their dedication and time donated to the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, March 7th Annual Spring Flea Market ~ 9am - 1pm Saturday, March 12th All our regular activites can be found on the calendar on page 2.

By Appointment Only Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday - March 5th Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday - March 26th Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (Mar 19th) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Music Jam ~ 1-4pm every 2nd Sunday of the month. Bring your instruments and voices and get right on stage & enjoy! Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Exterior Interior Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

~ Painting Plus ~ Making Your Home Look Good Again

The PLUS is for Carpentry Work, Finishing Trim Installs, Decks, Tiling, Drywall Taping & Repairs, & Power Washing. Call Dave Anderson for:

Estimates & References

250-490-5380

Quality Workmanship

Professional Service

Better at Home provides help with simple day-to-day tasks to assist seniors in maintaining their independence. Fees are based on annual income on a sliding scale

Information Session March 23, 10:30—12 noon Okanagan Falls Library Learn about: Who qualifies for services Services provided Volunteer opportunities How to help us grow the program in OK Falls & Kaleden For more information call 250-487-3376 www.betterathomepenticton.com

Walter & Fred Hill Denturist Free Consultations BPS Masters ® Certified Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures Personalized Teeth Arrangement Hospital / Institution Visits Flexible Hours Upon Request

Mark S. Hill R.D 570 Martin St, Penticton

250-492-5754

Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

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


Page 20

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Okanagan Falls Lions Update

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

with Michael Livingstone, President

with Douglas Harrison

Finally, Spring is here and the great outdoors is starting to look good. No snow and lots of sunshine. A great Okanagan Summer is coming, along with the Annual Okanagan Falls Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 27th. And as usual, it will be in Lions Park in Okanagan Falls starting at 1:00 pm.

A busy month of February saw the installation of the new flooring and ceiling tiles. Come check out the new look in the lounge! Painting is next up and that is happening soon. Zone Dart Playdowns were hosted by the Branch and a great time was had by all.

Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is Regular Monthly Meeting is coming up on March 15th at 7pm. 1:30-5:30 on March 23, 24, 25 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. The month of March is going to be another busy month! Regular If you would like to be involved in this worthy organization, talk to a Dinners and Meat Draws on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at Lions Club member or call 250-497-8486. 5pm. This month’s band is “Shindigger” performs live on Saturday, March 19th with a Deluxe Burger Dinner being served. Then, join Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt the Pancake and Waffle Breakfast the following morning on Sunday, March 20th from 8-11am. Sunday, March 27th ~ Starts at 1pm

Lions Park in Okanagan Falls

In-Store Bakery Deli & Meat Department Fresh Produce

Your Local Grocer ... Open 8-8 Daily! Proud to Serve our Community! 250.497.5818

5350 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Audrey Steeves

A brief meeting preceded the 68th Anniversary of the Okanagan Falls Legion Ladies Auxiliary on February 3rd. President Louise Sax welcomed Branch #227 Legion President Wayne Knight, who thanked the LA for the gift of $2500 and also for their assistance at recent events. Help for the Friday and Saturday Night Meat Draws were arranged for, as was the help for various catering events, such as two Dart Shoots and two LA Dinners on Saturday nights. President Sax thanked the members who did such an excellent job of cleaning the kitchen and completing the inventory.

“Member Appreciation Mondays” are every Monday! You can always pop in for a game of pool shuffleboard or darts. Did you know ...? (from www.legion.ca)

LegionConnect is a social platform designed strictly for the Canadian military Veteran, both retired and serving. The history of the military in Canada is one of success and sacrifice. Throughout our relatively short history, we have served with honour and distinction asking little, but devoting everything to the preservation of Canada and our way of life. Whether serving or retired, the bonds that have tied us together were formed in training and fortified in the service of this great country. From Vimy Ridge to Kandahar, we are one and the connections that remain join us forever in a world we have chosen and remain firmly entrenched in. Today, there are estimated to be in excess of 700,000 serving and retired Canadian military personnel spread throughout Canada. Although large in numbers, the physical dispersion is as great as the country we live in. In this dispersion, the voice of the Veteran is lost. Speaking strictly in principles we are all familiar with, as a distinct and identifiable body, we lack the ability to speak and act as a unified voice and are therefore unable to project the influence worthy of our size

The Royal Canadian Legion, in concert with Atomic Motion, has taken the first steps in creating a unified Veterans voice - LegionConnect. LegionConnect is a social platform designed strictly for the Canadian military Veteran, both retired and serving. It will provide the basis for social interaction, a forum for discussion of relative subjects and the ability through electronic polling to voice the concerns of all Veterans Continuous Membership badges were presented to Edna Moreland in a simplified and expedient manner. These are the tools of our times for 20 years, to Evelyn Tufford and Louise Sax for 25 years, and to and The Royal Canadian Legion wants to provide all Veterans the Donna May Thompson for 45 years. Meeting draws went to Barbara opportunity to engage. Few and Wendy Hughes. To begin the process, go to www.legionconnect.legion.ca and sign The 29 member present then proceeded to the Anniversary Luncheon up. There are no fees and no commitment on your part other than at the OK Falls Hotel. The Okanagan Falls Ladies Auxiliary was adding your voice to the nominal roll. Select your units, populate first formed in February 1947, receiving its Charter later in February your page, engage in relative discussion and participate in actively 1948 with 25 members. Today, the LA has 44 members, including promoting the information and issues important to you. This is a one original Charter member - Lily Edmonds. The first LA meeting site exclusively for Canadian military Veterans and it is the Legion’s was held February 28, 1948 in the original WI Meeting Hall on Cedar offering to you for the recognition you deserve.. Street with the late Barbara Brent as President. Later in the 1950’s, Branch #227 built a Legion Hall at the North end of Cedar Street on Until next month ... land donated to the Legion by the Late Sid Kenyon. This building was built by Legion War Veterans and members of the community. In the early 1960’s, the LA moved to its new home in a larger building on 12th Street and Highway 97 on property donated to Branch #227 by the Late William Edge, who was the first President of Branch #227. The purpose of forming a Ladies Auxiliary was strictly to assist it’s Branch financially and whenever help is needed. This task is what the Ladies Auxiliary has done right from the very beginning and continues to do so while fulfilling obligations to the community. Over the years through the hard work of it’s members, the Ladies Auxiliary has been able to give donations not only to its Branch, but to many other organizations, hospitals and schools.

ICBC Insurance Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty Computerized Free Estimates

250.276.6257 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton THE BODY SHOP NETWORK FIX AUTO PENTICTON www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute with Betty Lynch

So, dear reader, once more I have been appointed and anointed to edify and entertain you. The edification is simple, the entertainment, not so much. However, onward I go and inform you that yes, indeedy, a celebration is to happen. Said event will occur Monday, March 7th at 1:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. As in days of yore, biscuits will be served with an assortment of preserves . Do, please, enjoy every crumb, Even let the jam run down your thumb. Wipe at your face. Sit back in your place And smile, just smile. “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch For information on the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute, please phone Thelma Detjen at 250-497-5255. Locally Owned

Reliable Travel

and Operated

For All Your Travel Needs

Toll Free: 1.866.497.8785 Vi ~ 250.497.8785 Wendy ~ Cell: 250.488.7490

BC Business Licence #48999

www.reliabletravelcanada.com

Page 21

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

with Meredith King Speaking of families, which we did in the February issue, the family who had the greatest impact on the growth of this little town in the very early days was the Preston family. The TC Prestons were the first to arrive in 1909 with 4 children and made Kaleden their home until 1920. TC’s brother Burton was the man who made the Preston name synonymous with Kaleden, although they didn’t arrived until 1919. He had a family of nine, seven of them married by the time they moved here, and all but one, a daughter Clara, lived in Kaleden at one time or another. Besides Clara there was George, Richard, Albert, Robert, Harold, Edith, Earl and Annie.

Burton Preston

Earl and Annie, the youngest children, came with their parents, and grew up here. Earl married and moved to Oliver, but Annie stayed and married Gordon Mackenzie and they spent their entire married life in the house across the street from the church and had 5 children, Mary, Jean, Grace, Bill and Ethel. George, the eldest, and his wife Lou, settled here with their 2 daughters Dorothy and Eileen. Both grew up here and eventually Eileen married Al Davidson and they settled on 5 acres south of the existing gas station on the highway and raised three children, Gordie, Linda and Randy. Richard lived here for only a few years and then traded properties with his younger brother Robert who had been farming in Saskatchewan. Albert lived at the North end of Kaleden, but returned to Saskatchewan when his wife died. Harold and his wife Hilda, raised their son Bernard, in what was originally the Hatfield home on Lakehill Drive. Harold became the cold storage man for the Kaleden co-op, but was best known as the community barber ... cutting hair for free, just for the pleasure of the company. Edith had married Bill Dunn and they had two children, Dale and Merrel, who added to the numbers in this rapidly growing town.

The last to arrive was Robert. He traded properties with his brother Richard and he and his wife, Hazel, arrived in the 1920s with children Evelyn and Clarence. Three more sons were born here, Lawrence, Lyle and Lloyd. Evelyn later married Cecil Hayter and eventually took with Marla Wilson over the family farm on Linden Avenue. This same piece of property still The spring weather we have been experiencing has been great! remains in the family and has now been developed into Linden Gardens. Hopefully, all this rain will help during the hot summer days when everything gets so dry. The Thriftee Shop, inspired by the warm The Prestons had a huge impact on Kaleden. In just sheer numbers temperatures, is bringing out some of the spring clothing. The bright alone, with adults and children included, they affected every corner of life here in those early years. But their greatest legacy was the gift of colours really cheer up the place! the families that remained here to support the life of this community for The Heritage and Museum Society would like to congratulate the the next 100 years; the Mackenzies, the Davidsons and the Hayters. Women’s Institute in their 95th year of Community Service. Many of the accomplishments of the Institute are still in town. There is a Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical branch of the South Okanagan Library System, thanks to the WI. The path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to Community Room and Industrial Kitchen at the school were inspired the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. by the WI. Centennial Park once belonged to the WI, but was given FREE Upright Piano at St. Barbara’s Church. It would be to the town as their “Centennial Project” in 1967. It was the WI who up to the person concerned to arrange pick up and delivery. purchased the Bassett House, which was the catalyst for the Heritage and Museum Society. The most recent project is the Band Shell. It Interested? Please call Rev Rick Paulin at 250.494.0704. took a while to get it this far, but there it is! So Thank You, Women’s Institute for all the years that you have given to improve Okanagan Falls. It is a better place today, because you are here! On Saturday, March 5th, there is “An Okanagan Falls Celebration Tea” at the Senior’s Centre from 1-3 pm. The always popular baking powder biscuits and homemade jams and jellies will be served along If you live in the Kaleden with other tasty treats. Stop in for your afternoon snack of the day. area and need a ride Cost will be $4.00 and the coffee and tea will keep coming. Door please call prizes and entertainment are on the agenda. Memberships to the Heritage and Museum Society are still $15.00 per year. We are hoping to get a few more new members for the Society. It is important to keep up our “Society Status”. Come and join us!

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

250-460-3387


Page 22

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Roger Blaine Jorde

LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 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 Easter at KCC ~ Sunday, March 27th - 7:00 am Sunrise Service at the Lake (227 Ponderosa Ave) Parking at Pioneer Park. 10:00 am Easter Worship and Potluck Brunch. To Mexico With Love 2016 ~ Thank you for your generous support for our upcoming trip. We leave on March 14th, returning March 26th. Prayer Gathering - Saturday, March 12th from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Church. Praying using Lectio Divina. The HUB ~ A program for knowing and responding to individual needs in the Kaleden Community is looking for volunteers to help with snow removal. If you would like to help out, please call 250.460.3387.

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Good Friday ~ March 25th at 10:00 am Easter Sunday ~ March 27th at 10:00 am 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Seder Supper ~ March 24th at 5:00 pm at OK Falls United Church Good Friday ~ March 25th at Oasis United Church in Penticton Easter Sunday ~ March 27th at 9:00 am at OK Falls United Church All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

October 22, 1970 - November 4, 2015

Roger passed away unexpectedly in the early morning of November 4, 2015. He was 45 years of age. Roger was born and raised in Kamloops, BC. Roger moved to Whitehorse after many jobs that took him across BC. In 2005, he met Karen MacDonald with whom he fell in love and settled down. Roger was a gentle, loving man who was devoted to his family. His greatest love was his son Lachlan. He loved taking him swimming, to the library, and to marvel at the heavy machinery at construction sites. Roger loved to make his ‘little man’ laugh. The two of them spent most evenings cuddling on the sofa watching cartoons. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Karen and their son Lachlan, father Glen Jorde and step-mother Brenda Spletzer and grandmother Betty Lou Jorde. He is also survived by many relatives included aunts and uncles, Barb and David Ferguson, Bruce Beemish and Janice Moor, Erin and David Myers, Norine and Jeff Allen, Nancy and Brian Spielman and Wade Jorde. He will be fondly remembered by the family of Karen, including her sisters Jessica and Rebeca, husband Brandon and mother Josephine Smith. Roger was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Sam and Helen Beemish, his paternal grandfather, Kenneth Jorde, and his uncle Will Hart. Roger, you came into this world too early and left far too early. You will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank. A Celebration of Life will be held in June 2016. Contact Glen Jorde at 778-515-1115.

HELP WANTED: Two Full Time Seasonal Vineyard Workers

required for Blasted Church Vineyards, 378 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R5. $10.59/hour, 40 hours/week. Job duties include all aspects of vineyard work, pruning, tying, suckering, shoot thinning, etc. Physically demanding, repetitive tasks, outdoor work in all weather conditions. Start date April 18th, 2016. Email resume to work@blastedchurch.com.

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

250-498-0167

info4@nunes-pottinger.com

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1pm, except for March 27th. Good Friday ~ March 25th at 10:00 am Easter Sunday ~ March 27th at 9:30 pm Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

JOHN NUNES

www.nunes-pottinger.com

DARYN POTTINGER

5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

World Day of Prayer Service ~ March 4th at 2pm. Service prepared by the Women of Cuba, with theme of “Receive Children, Receive Me”.

The Well

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

Ron & Taraleigh Crooker

www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

MIKE INGRAHAM

PREPAID FUNERALS COMPLETE ESTATE PLANNING

&

JACLYN KINRADE 250-493-2244

Call us for a complimentary in-home consultation. LOCATIONS WEST REALTY 484 Main St, Penticton, V2A 5C5

www.providencefuneralhomes.com

Family Owned and Operated Trusted Since 1908

PENTICTON CHAPEL 250.492.0713 SUMMERLAND CHAPEL 250.494.7752


SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to G&R Auto. Suspicions confirmed that living in a small town and using the services right here often proves to be the best and gives way more than expected. We’re new home owners here and dropped in to G&R Auto for some help. Ron and his Mom Louise were so friendly and helpful! Besides work done quickly and efficiently, their practical advice is much appreciated! Thank you G&R Auto of Okanagan Falls! ~ from Sally Isaksen, New Okanagan Falls Resident Flowers to Elaine Chernoff who has worked so hard towards a project geared for those in our community who want to get moving and feeling better. Thank you! ~ from a group of OK Falls Seniors Flowers to Sandy Croteau, RDOS Finance Manager, for her 2016 Budget presentation at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. The presentation was very well prepared and delivered. ~ from M.C. Flowers to our newly appointed Okanagan Falls Community Librarian, Lynn Warfield. Well deserved. Congratulations! ~ from Betty of OK Falls Fish Heads to those who park in the Handicapped designated spots during the snowy weather. Those who need those spots are forced to make their way farther through the snow. ~ from Betty of OK Falls Fish Heads to the motorist who sped through the crosswalk at Hwy 97 and Cedar St while there were two pedestrians in the crosswalk. Okay, Highways and RDOS, when is a solution coming for this and other traffic hazards in OK Falls? Shame! ~ from Betty of OK Falls Fish Heads to ? Sorry in advance if this comes off as a rant, that’s not my intention. I’m genuinely looking for an answer. We live in a very horse-friendly town and they are seen on the roads and some horses are ridden on the Lakehill Road pedestrian walkway. We know this because of manure evidence. Can you return after your ride to pick it up or toss it into the grass or under a bush somewhere? Yes, manure is biodegradable, but not on paved asphalt. ~ from a local resident

Creating Premium Quality Wines & Wine Experiences

Page 23

Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior Owner & Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 www.crediblecremation.com

Planning Ahead

with Lesley Luff of Credible Cremation Services Ltd. (Resident of Okanagan Falls) $990.00 + taxes Penticton - $1190.00 + taxes Kelowna Planning a Will ~ Can be somewhat overwhelming, so here are some helpful tips to make it less complicated: Hiring the services of a Lawyer just makes good sense; a Will is a legal document explaining in detail to your chosen Executor/Executrix your instructions for the distribution of your estate (assets) following your demise. Personal Assets ~ That are in your own name, such as jewelry, money, vehicles or real estate that is not usually jointly owned. Executor/Executrix ~ The job of an Executor/Executrix is one of great responsibility, therefore one should make sure that the appointed person is trustworthy, well organized and has the capability and the willingness to complete the task at hand. An Executor may be a family member or a trusted friend and someone who would be expected to out-live yourself. The Appointee ~ (briefly) would be responsible for gathering together all your personal information, pay your debts, submit a final Income Tax return and distribute the remainder of your estate among the named beneficiaries. You may wish to appoint a Co-Executor or Alternate in case one of the appointees is unable or unwilling to perform their duties. Make a List of the Following: Names and addresses of all family members and their relationship to you; All your properties; All Investments, Pensions, etc.; All Insurance Policies and Beneficiaries; Bank Accounts, Safety Deposit Boxes, etc.; and Charities that you may wish to leave a donation to. When you have completed your Will, call Lesley at 250-493-3912 and make that appointment to get your final arrangements taken care of either in the comfort of your own home or at our facility in Penticton. We offer 24 hour personal door to door service. Make your arrangements now, so your family is not faced with it later.

GIANT YARD SALE ~ Saturday, March 19th

Penticton United Church, or ‘Big Blue’ at 696 Main Street, is hosting their Annual Fundraiser, a Giant Yard Sale from 9:00am - 1:30pm on Saturday, March 19th. If you’re looking for it, we’ve got it ... at incredibly low prices! Come and enjoy browsing our vast array of gently used items. Refreshments also available!

DANIEL K. LO SIP INTO SPRING Wine Shop Open for Tasting Every Saturday 11-4pm Special Tasting On Easter Long Weekend Premium Wine, Remarkable Memories, Home Delivery T: 250.497.7945

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

MOBILE LEGAL & NOTARIAL SERVICES DELIVERING BEYOND 9-5

Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca P: 250-770-2951 C: 778-931-0461 W: dklmobilelaw.ca

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW WILLS, ESTATES AND PROBATE LAW REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCING COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW

Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications.


Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

dly! ily Frien m a F w No

Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

Enough for 2 ......................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95

Salads

Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 12 jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Dry Boneless Garlic Ribs Calamari Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

10 ounces of delight! ........................................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

Served with Pita Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95

Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

iendly!

Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.50 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Salmon Casesar

SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

mily Fr

Garden Salad

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Served with grilled garlic toast ..................................... $7.25

Now Fa

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $9.95 20 items: $18.95 30 items: $28.95 40 items: $37.95 Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Ice Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Ryoe Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

Burgers

Fish & Chips

All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) and your choice of fries, perogies or salad.

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Medieval Burger More than 1/2 a pound of spicy feast ....................... $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A meatless patty, dressed to please! ......................... $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon ............................................................... $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95

Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ....................................... $9.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $12.95

All Day Breakfast Ye Olde Breakfast Steak and Eggs

2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $.95

Add mozza, cheddar, 2 strips of bacon or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $9.95 or without a meal $12.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.25 / Side of 3 perogies $4.95 / Add Swiss $1.50 / Add Feta $1.95 / Change to Gluten Free Bun or Bread for $1.75.

Entrées

Steak, Seafood and Ribs

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or salad with your choice of dressing.

Grilled Cheese The BLT

On white, brown or rye bread ....................................... $9.95

Hot Roast Beef

This sandwich has lean roast beef piled high ........ $11.95 and smothered in our own gravy

Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $10.95 garden salad

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $10.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95

Our spicy medieval beef patty, baked ...................... $12.95 potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $13.95 baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $16.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $20.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, baked potato or home fries and garlic toast

Chicken & Ribs

Half rack of ribs (8 oz.) and a grilled 6 oz. .................. $17.95 chicken breast, baked potato or home fries, garlic toast and salad

Rack of Ribs

A full rack of pork ribs with baked potato ............... $17.95 or home fries, garlic toast and salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, baked potato or home fries ..... $26.95 garlic toast and garden salad

cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

So good, you’ll eat the bowl! ....................................... $11.95 Served in a bread bowl with salad

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Baron of Beef Dip

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39!

Medieval Steak

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

SkahaMatters.com

March 2016

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Page 24

Profile for Skaha Matters

Skaha Matters March 2016  

Skaha Matters March 2016  

Advertisement