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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 9 : Issue 3

March 2017 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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Friday, May 12th at 6:00 pm Winemaker’s BBQ at the Smoke & Oak Bistro at Wild Goose Winery $90.00 (all incl.)

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Marching into Springtime”

As the old saying goes, “March comes in like a lion, but it goes out like a lamb”. The world seems to be in a “marching mood” these days, perhaps triggered by recent events happening with our neighbours to the South. Maybe the resulting upheavals will give way to better days ahead, with the arrival of Spring. Let’s hope! Town Hall Meetings ~ I will be hosting two important community meetings in the Tom Siddon next few days. The first will be on Tuesday, Director of February 28th in the Kaleden Community RDOS Area ‘D’ Hall and the second on Thursday, March 2nd at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre. Both meetings commence at 7:00 pm and will begin with a short illustrated overview of the RDOS/Area ‘D’ Budget for 2017, followed by brief remarks by our special guests from the RDOS and the RCMP. We will then hold an “open mike” discussion of issues important to you, the residents of Area ‘D’. Please come to either meeting and plan to participate. Upcoming Sewer Rate Increase ~ Residents of Okanagan Falls should be informed that last year’s sewer service charges were too low, due to an inadvertent accounting oversight. In order to redress the resulting deficit in the sewer service reserve account, a higher than expected rate increase has been proposed for 2017. I am presently working with the RDOS Finance staff to minimize the impact of this increase for 2017. Canada 150 Planning ~ July 1st, 1867 was a sunny day right across the country. In all the major towns from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Quebec and Ontario, church bells rang out as Queen Victoria’s proclamation of a new Nation’s birth was read out, followed by parades, celebrations, fireworks and bonfires until late in the night. We probably won’t be able to repeat the excitement of that first day, but planning is underway for a great weekend of activities in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden, as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st, 2017. If you would like to assist with preparations for this historic birthday celebration, please call the Community Services Office at 778-515-5520. Water Board Grant Applications Supported ~ At the RDOS Board meeting of February 2nd, Directors voted to support four applications for funding under the OBWB’s Water Conservation and Water Quality Improvement program. These include a Drought/Flood Risk Management Plan, a region-wide Aquifer Re-charge and Groundwater study, a Vaseux Lake Land Use and Water Quality Assessment project, and a Water Storage and Release Plan for the Twin Lakes Watershed. Each of these four projects has relevance to Area ‘D’ and collectively they should receive funding of about $57,500 from the Okanagan Basin Water Board. A decision will be announced shortly. Recent Meeting with MOTI Officials ~ On February 1st, Shona and I had a very detailed and productive meeting with our senior contact in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Mr. Jeff Wiseman, together with the new District Manager for MOTI, Mr. Jack Bennetto. We reviewed numerous issues of importance to the taxpayers of Area ‘D’, including the status of traffic planning for the Town Centre Revitalization project, a needed upgrade to the pedestrian-operated cross-walk lights at Cedar Street, Provincial acquisition and upgrades of Weyerhaeuser Road, status of the McLean Creek walkway project, heritage protection for “Keogan’s Chimney” South of Okanagan Falls, and a much-needed widening of Pineview Drive into the Banbury Point campground in North Kaleden, for fire-access and safety reasons. We also discussed scheduled paving and line-painting needs for the Summer months. All told, we had a very productive review of Area ‘D’ roads priorities for 2017. Kaleden Projects in the Works ~ The Kaleden Parks and Rec Commission is currently in the process of revising the Lakeshore

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COLDEST BEER in Okanagan Falls ... GUARANTEED! Parks Plan that was submitted by LA West Associates last Fall. The Commission is also reviewing the mandate of the Kaleden Community Association, and has a sub-committee working on a structural upgrade and optional uses for the old Kaleden Hotel. Meanwhile another group of interested residents, headed by Meredith King, is looking at ways and means of building a Senior Citizens’ Housing Project in Kaleden. And yet, another group is advocating for more consistent design standards for future residential construction. This is all exciting stuff as historic Kaleden enters it’s second century! New Dog Control Bylaw ~ I have recently had complaints of “dogs on the loose” in our parks and on the trails, with some showing aggressive behaviour towards other dogs, walkers and cyclists. Because this is becoming a major problem throughout the Regional District, the RDOS Board has decided to adopt a new Dog Control Bylaw No. 2671 at its recent February 16th meeting. The intent of the new bylaw is to regulate “dogs at large” and “aggressive or vicious dogs” by requiring leashing or muzzling in public places and adequate fencing of dog runs at home. A detailed summary of the new regulations may be obtained by contacting Roza, our RDOS Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator, at 250-490-4130. While most dog owners handle and train their pets responsibly, I am sure everyone understands the need for these new regulations. Implementation of Governance Changes ~ Our Legislative Services Manager, Christy Malden, has been making good progress over the Winter months in preparing for governance changes arising from the Provincially-funded Governance Study, which was completed and submitted to the RDOS Board last October. In particular, the proposal to divide Area ‘D’ into two New Rural Electoral Areas along a watershed dividing line is being carefully analyzed for the costs, benefits and servicing implications. Once this analysis is complete, there will be one more round of consultations (probably in September) before a final recommendation is prepared by RDOS to the Provincial Government. If Cabinet approval is granted, the electors of Area ‘D’ may be voting for two separate Area Directors at the next elections, in 2018. Finally, my thanks to Natalie Alexander, who is filling in as our Recreation Coordinator while Janet Black is away for a well-deserved rest. If you’re Irish or want to be, show the green on St. Paddy’s Day! And, don’t worry about the Lions - Spring is just around the corner!

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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Linda Larson, MLA

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

Monthly MLA Update

with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature resumed in Victoria on February 14th, with the Speech from the Throne. Critics immediately jumped on the lack of detail or new material it presented. The point of a Throne Speech is not to get into detail ahead of the budget, but to speak on the philosophy that government uses to develop future policy. As boring as it may seem, that has not changed. The focus is still on keeping the economy strong and creating jobs. It is the most successful platform in the country, and BC continues to lead on all fronts. It is a fiscally responsible plan based on balanced budgets and paying down the operating debt. It is about leaving this beautiful province a better place for our children and grandchildren. Today, February 21st, the 2017-18 Budget was tabled in the Legislature. Being fiscally responsible means that we will continue to be able to invest in education and health care as we have done in the past three years, as well as other important areas of support for all British Columbians. Our rural schools will continue to be funded as we rethink the values that we, as rural residents, put on an education received in our own communities. Our small businesses will benefit from a reduction in their taxes, and the volunteers who sustain our local Fire Departments and Search and Rescue will receive a personal tax credit of $3,000. None of these benefits, and the others mentioned in today’s budget, would be possible without the attention to the unstable economy of the rest of Canada and the world that our government has payed. The budget maintains a fine balance of what British Columbians may or may not be able to support through our taxes. I know the MSP has always been contentious, and our government is on a path to eliminating it entirely. To begin the process, all those whose incomes are below $120,000 a year will see a 50% reduction in their premiums in January 2018. It will not be possible to eliminate the MSP unless we stay on the strong economic path we have set out, continuing to encourage job creation and supports for the job creators - the businesses of BC. I will bring you more information on the budget throughout the Spring. Locally, I had the pleasure once again of attending “Learn to Fish”, a fun day of ice fishing at Yellow Lake, with my grandchildren. The kids are given fishing rods, bait, a bucket to sit on and instructions on how to catch a fish. I had to put the worm on the hook, and sit patiently (or not so patiently) by the hole in the ice. Stations were set up with cameras situated on the bottom of the lake and video screens displayed the fish swimming by. Unfortunately, we did not catch anything, but fortunately for my grandchildren one did conveniently swim by. In 2016, programs like this were delivered to over 32,000 children and families across BC. Thanks to the Fresh Water Fisheries Society of BC, Rick Simpson and volunteers from the BCWF, Outreach Coordinator Tanya Laird, the BC Conservation Office, the ONA and all the partners and other volunteers for providing this great experience for the hundreds of kids who come from all over the province every year.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Long, cold winter with lots of snow ... perfect conditions for Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre activities and events. Apex hosted some terrific events in February (Family Day, 4th Annual Brewski with 27 craft companies, and the Jeep Snow Drive). March will host the NORAM Moguls competition and the 5th Annual Shona Schleppe Vertical & Vintages, featuring 20 wineries. Rural Services Nickel Plate is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Manager BBQ on March 18th. Apex Waste Transfer Station Update ~ Due to the survey results, the RDOS is now finalizing the designs for a building at the waste transfer site. Samples of the type of proposed building are available upon request. Building colours and design will be chosen to work with the Apex Mountain Resort Village and will take the various issues identified into consideration. Other upcoming steps include; creating rules, regulations and fines for the site, hiring a maintenance contractor to ensure the site stays clean, and reviewing potential options for payment, such as a fee for service rather than taxes. More details are available at www.rdos.bc.ca. We hope the Town Hall Meetings (Feb 28th in Kaleden and March 2nd in Okanagan Falls) were informative and valuable. If you have questions, ideas or comments about Area “D” projects and initiatives, please do not hesitate to phone the Community Service Office, email any time, or better yet, just drop in. Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec and Kal-Rec Commissions still have a couple openings for members. What a great opportunity to get involved in the community and work with other dedicated individuals! Director Siddon and the Area “D” Office met with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) on a number of issues related to roads in Area “D”. The Pedestrian Controlled crossing at Cedar Street and Highway 97 was discussed. And, following further consultation with highway engineers, it was deemed that there will not be an indicator light added to this installation. The installation of an indicator light provides a false sense of security to the pedestrian. All pedestrians should continue to make eye contact with drivers and ensure vehicles come to a complete stop before continuing to cross highway. Director Siddon and MOTI representatives are working hard to communicate on issues and maintain service levels. The Governance Study final report was shared with MOTI and there may be further discussion on establishing an enhanced local service area standard. Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum has partnered with RDOS on the submission of a grant application to BC Museum/Canada 150 for improvements to the Keogan Chimney Site. Two Okanagan Falls Wineries “knocked it out of the park” architecturally speaking, according to Vancouver Magazine - kudos to Painted Rock and Liquidity, as they were among the 8 most stunning wineries. Our area is certainly fortunate to have 14 of the South Okanagan’s best in our backyard. Please consider supporting local check out www.ofwa.ca for a list of wineries and 2017 events. Penticton Western News reported that our region is earning a reputation of “Napa of the North” or “Hollywood North”. Kristi Patton quoted Jon Summerland …“There is all this product to make and Vancouver is getting saturated, so we are looking very sexy,” said Jon Summerland, Okanagan Film Commissioner. With a number of films and commercials already being shot in the region, Summerland said experienced crew and new infrastructure will only boost the Okanagan’s saleability. In early February, it was announced a film starring Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck is starting work in the Bridesville/Anarchist Mountain area.

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From Beaches to Bluffs ... •

The Community Service Office welcomes Natalie Alexander, she will be the Recreation Coordinator while Janet Black is on a sabbatical. Please give her a warm welcome!

Take a look at the Calendar of Events for Area “D”! We have lots of great things coming soon, so visit www.okfalls.ca today.

Community Partners have started to plan the 150 Canada Day celebrations. Please share your ideas and volunteer, by calling 250-497-8188.

“Music in the Park” has already secured some sponsors for their slate of seven events starting on Mother’s Day in May. A few sponsor spots are still up for grabs!

Kenny McLean prints are sold out and there are only five Kenny McLean Statuettes available - Are you interested? For more details, please visit www.okfalls.ca.

Don’t forget to sign up for your Skaha Matters Weekly eCalendar. It is a terrific reminder of community events!

Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News RCMP Community Report with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Water Taxes and Tolls ~ A reminder to OFID taxpayers that Water Taxes and Tolls are due to be paid by March 30, 2017. Cash or cheques only are accepted at the office; however, payments can be paid online at most major financial institutions. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am - noon and 1:00 - 4:30 pm. OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The Annual General Meeting of the Taxpayers of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held on April 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, located at 1128 Willow Street. The agenda will include Election of Two Trustee positions, Auditor’s Report and Report from the Chair. OFID News and Alerts ~ You can receive the latest OFID news and alerts via text or email, if you go to the Irrigation District Website (Google “OK Falls Irrigation District”) and sign up for alerts, or call the Irrigation District Office and leave your email address. OFID Information ~ For information about any matters related to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, check the website or call the office at 250-497-8541.

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Police Need to Know What is Happening

Most people would like to see more preventative patrols and police presence in their communities and it is a certainly something that the Penticton Detachment is committed to do, based on resources and priorities. The number of rural resources for policing rural communities and others in the area around Penticton is not always sufficient to meet all demands for service. As such, police have to prioritize what and when they attend certain requests and calls. Unfortunately, the police cannot always attend every single request for service, due to a variety of circumstances at any given time. However, this does not mean that you should not report crime or suspicious activities that occurs in your neighbourhood simply because you feel the police are too busy, or won’t attend, or there is nothing they can do for me. Ultimately, the police need to know what crime is occurring, and where and when it is occurring, so that we can better plan and implement strategies and or enforcement to reduce and eliminate the crime. It may be that we need do some education, some enforcement, targeting or any combination to deal with the concerns, but we can only do with this if we know about it in the first place. We employ a Crime Analyst at our Detachment for the Region. This person reviews all reported crime, and organizes it into types of crime, crime areas, similar fact crimes and methods and suspects. This information is shared with other Detachment Crime Analysts, as we all know criminals travel and this sharing of information helps us to develop profiles to track and catch those responsible. We have access to computer programs that can certainly assist us in cyber tracking and solving crimes, but it is all dependent on the information that the residents provide the police on crime, suspects and activities that are occurring in their communities. Crime Stoppers is a great way to report crime and suspicious activities if you want to remain anonymous, but want the police to know what is going on in your neighbourhood. Any contact with Crime Stoppers via a phone call, a text tip, a web tip is all received anonymous by Crime Stoppers. Some people think that if they called Crime Stoppers their identity would be revealed on the call display and thus no longer anonymous. As the coordinator of the South Okanagan Similkameen Crime Stoppers program, I can tell you that Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Your calls, text and web messages are routed anonymously to the appropriate Crime Stopper program and you are known only by the Tip number that is generated and given to you when you call Crime Stoppers with your information. I can reply back to you on text tips, but only through our anonymous server and I have no idea who I am talking with or the phone number I am replying to.Crime Stoppers goes to great lengths to ensure you remain anonymous, as that is what the program is based on. Crime Stoppers wants your information, not your identity. So, if you want the police to be in a position to better serve and understand your concerns, you need to let us know what is happening in your neighbourhood or to you. While at times police may not need to or be able to attend, the information will be recorded and your little bit of information when added to other bits of information could help solve a crime or issue that otherwise would not have been solved. See Something? Hear Something? Say Something! Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Vitamin D ... the newest data ~ During the winter months, Canadians do not get enough Vitamin D, due to minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is required to increase the absorption of calcium into the body, which is crucial to maintain bone health. Sunlight is the primary natural source of Vitamin D in humans. Food/fortified sources of Vitanim D include fatty fish, egg yolks, margarine, milk, infant formulas, meal replacements, and nutritional supplements. A recent meta-analysis of over ten thousand participants in 25 randomized, controlled trials showed an overall protective effect of Vitamin D supplementation against acute respiratory tract infection. The benefit was greater in those receiving daily or weekly Vitamin D, and the protective effects against the infections in this group were strongest in those with profound Vitamin D deficiency. These findings support food fortification to improve Vitamin D status, particularly in settings where profound Vitamin D deficiency is common. Most importantly the use of Vitamin D did not influence risk of serious adverse events of any cause or death due to any cause. Come on in and talk to Christie or I to discuss if benefits of Vitamin D are for you!

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Update with Jen Charlish

THURSDAY MARCH 9TH 12:00 COME FOR LUNCH WITH YOUR FRIENDS Donations accepted

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PRUNING DEMONSTRATION

SHRUBS, BUSHES, FLOWERS, TREES AND MORE

Presented by Ken and Margaret Hayter of Kaleden’s Linden Gardens This will be a hands on session so bring your clippers. WE WILL BE MEETING AT THE COMMUNITY HALL CARDS AND GAMES CLUB MEET FROM 2 – 4 SPONSOREDBY THE KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Live Well & Shop For More at Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

At Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, we strive to provide you with what you need at the price you want. In fact, the Pharmasave Brand items are well known for their low price and quality you can trust, not to mention the value of the “Stamp Card”. Now we’d like to introduce even more great savings with our Value Deals! This program provides alternatives on household, beauty aids and food products, all at an Every Day Low Price. Assorted spices $1.25; pickles $2.50; kitchen garbage bags $1.00 and that is just the beginning. Stop in and check it out, and don’t forget to have a look at all our Winter Fashions, now 50% off!

Well, the snow has gone, thanks to the rain and warmer weather. Most of us are thinking about getting outside. It might be a great time to connect with the New Horizons Lunch and Learn series on March 9th to get some more information about ‘Pruning’. Please register with the Kal-Rec office. Several of the winter programs offered in the New Horizons sampler series have continued as clubs that meet weekly. The Zumba Gold and the Cards and Games clubs meet every Thursday and both groups would welcome new participants. We are hoping to offer Tai Chi in the Park, when the weather permits. More information about all our programs can be obtained from the website listed below. The Kaleden Recreation Commission and the Kaleden Community Association are looking at the possibilities for grant applications to help fund some of our capital projects and recreation programs. In regards to the long term planning for our parks, we are sending back our final comments to the consultants and hope to have a finalized plan which can be presented to the community soon. The Kaleden Hotel committee continues to meet and we hope to be able to present a plan of action in the next few months. Continue to watch here for more information on projects and possible volunteer opportunities that could arise. We have been asked to participate in a Community Open House to be held sometime in April and are hoping that many community organizations will take part. We are still short several Recreation Commission members and have some portfolios that need to be filled. If you have ever thought of becoming involved, we would love to hear from you. Contact us through the numbers below, if you are interested. We are also still looking for possible ideas for Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations. If you have an idea for an event or are interested in helping out, please call 250-497-8188 to share your thoughts or perhaps join us on a Canada 150 Committee. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

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Okanagan Falls Baseball Returns This Spring!

There will be baseball once again this spring in Okanagan Falls. Okanagan Falls has joined SOMBA Baseball Association and will be having a few teams based out of Okanagan Falls. The teams will play at Keogan Park in Okanagan Falls. Players who are interested in playing baseball this Spring are asked to contact Tony Orioli at torioli@hotmail.com or 250 497-1119 for more information.


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Recreation Programs for Kaleden & Okanagan Falls Check out our websites for all programs and facility rentals!

kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497.8188 | info@okfalls.net | okfalls.net Watch for our Spring Program Flyer later this month ...

Time To Get Outside & Play!

INDOOR CYCLING ~ At the Zen & Fitness Centre Get your cycling legs warmed up for Spring!

ZUMBA GOLD

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This is a self-led, drop-in session (no instructor)

Kaleden Community Hall $10 Drop-in

Thanks to our volunteer host, Howie Richardson!

The Story of Bill and his House on the Hill Saturday, March 11th 3-5 pm Kaleden Community Hall

The themes of Yam Cooper’s story is of anti-racism, anti-bullying and diversity. His funny book takes a fun ride through this difficult subject, yet puts a different spin on it. Kids will enjoy a reading of his book and an afternoon of interactive activities that go along with it. $10 & Siblings $5. Please pre-register

Thursday, March 9th ~ 3-4 pm FREE Drop-in Session with Wade Harvey “Just for Fun” Pickleball was created with one thing in mind … Fun! It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickleball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle.


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

Skaha Lake Ultra Swim Returns for 20th!

The Benefits of Inter-Generational Events

On Wednesday, February 8th, Ms. Charlish, Ms. McCall, Kindergarten and Grade One students from Okanagan Falls Elementary School visited the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre as guests for an interactive musical morning! Students sang five favourite songs complete with synchronized actions and echo lyrics. Students were then treated to a Valentine cookie and fruit drink, while being entertained by the Seniors playing live music. This was a wonderful experience and example of ways for us to “bridge the generations”, which has the benefits of building relationships between multi-age groups, fostering respect, open-mindedness and tolerance of different ages, gives the opportunity for both groups to have meaningful conversations and engage in story-telling about hobbies, interests, and connections, while developing character through the engagement of social graces and manners required to be a guest, presenter, and host. We look forward to future opportunities to build upon these invaluable inter-generational social emotional experiences! If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

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Planning is well underway and registration is now full with a wait list started for the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim scheduled for Sunday, August 13th, 2017. This event was last held in 2004 and is being reinstated as an official event of the Annual Peach Festival, with whom the new Skaha Lake Ultra Swim Society has partnered. The Society Board is made up of a few well known local athletes and organizers: Steve Brown, Steve King and Shelie Best, along with a group of Ultra Distance Athletes from Vancouver, Chad Bentley, Matt Hill and Lucy Ryan. “We came together last September and talked about resurrecting the Ultra Swim, which has been absent from the local sport scene since 2004”, said Steve Brown. “We thought this would be the right time to bring the event back, as we have all had requests over the years from people that wanted to do it again and also a lot of people that wanted to do it for the first time, but never got the chance. When we looked at it we realized as well that this would actually be the 20th time for the event, as it ran from 1985 to 2004 with one year missed in 1997. This means 2017 would be the 20th Anniversary for the event! We all got excited and the next thing you know we had a great organizing group put together.” The swim is 11.8 kilometres in length, starting from Skaha Beach in Penticton to Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls. The swim starts at 7:00 am and ends at 1:30 pm, being 6 hours and 30 minutes after the start. Entry is limited to 100 athletes and their support paddlers. Organizers expected to sell out this first year and did. Both parks and beaches are open to the public and in fact the organizers want to encourage people to come down to cheer on the swimmers as they start and finish. For safety reasons each athlete has a specific support watercraft with them throughout the entire swim. Organizers also provide high-speed rescue watercraft with medical and lifeguards in case of emergency. Safety is the greatest priority in this race and organizers ask that other users of the lake please be courteous and cautious. It will be hard to miss 100 swimmers and kayaks in the lake at one time, but everyone’s cooperation is needed. As well as being part of the Peach Festival, the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim has also been affiliated with Canaqua Sports Open Water Swim Series. Now in its 3rd season, the Canaqua Sports Open Water Series has grown to 9 open water races for the 2017 series. The goal of the series is to promote open water swimming across Canada, creating a Canadian brand to the sport. Currently, there are two in BC, Invermere and Penticton, one each in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and five in Ontario. “This affiliation we felt was an important step for us to take”, stated Steve Brown. “We think it could help secure a strong future for the race, as it now has a National audience. The race is also the longest Open Water Lake Swim in Canada, which obviously adds to its appeal and mystic. There is something about swimming the entire length of a lake that appeals to athletes at all levels. Canaqua being a National Group gives us access to those athletes in the rest of the country that may not have heard of us otherwise.” Anyone interested in signing up to swim or to volunteer can go to the website, www.skahalakeultraswim.com, for complete information and use the social media links on the site to follow us and keep up to date with current developments. For further information, please feel free to call the event organizers, Steve Brown at 250-809-1798 or Shelie Best at 250-488-3583.


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Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide Treatments: The Use Of Oxygen To Improve Health And Remove Damaging Infections And Toxins By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is a natural oxidative and antimicrobial treatment, which helps to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms and toxins from the body. It is particularly useful in cases of pneumonia, emphysema, bronchitis, and other lung infections. It has also been successful in the treatment of: viral infections, yeast infections, bacterial infections, gangrene and diabetic skin ulcers, petrochemical toxicities, conditions of low tissue oxygenation, arterial plaque build-up (atherosclerosis), temporal arteritis, conditions of impaired metabolic rate, shingles, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, scleroderma and MS. A treatment of intravenous H2O2 consists of 250 ml D5W solution (5% Dextrose in sterile water) to which is added 2.5 ml pharmaceutical grade 3.0% Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 ml magnesium sulfate (500mg), and 2 ml manganese sulfate (0.5 mg). This is infused intravenously over 90 minutes. In acute infections, this treatment should be done daily for 4-5 days (this may need repetition). In more chronic conditions, it is administered once or twice weekly for 10-20 treatments or until symptoms improve. Double treatments can be administered over three hours in severe conditions. Hydrogen peroxide is part of our normal metabolism and is therefore, a very safe therapy. Your body produces it constantly to ward of infections and toxicities. There are units in certain white blood cells called “peroxisomes” which produce H2O2. When the infective disease becomes obvious to the person who has the infection, the H2O2 defense mechanism already has been overwhelmed by the number of microbes (bacteria, virus, yeast) involved. This is why intravenous H2O2 is so effective; it assists the body in clearing the infection when the immune system is unable to do it on its own. Conditions which can be treated with H2O2 include those conditions treated with antibiotics, but without the serious toxicity often associated with antibiotics.

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H2O2 has also been found to dissolve cholesterol and calcium deposits associated with atherosclerosis. Therefore, it is a good treatment for vascular disorders and can result in lessening or disappearance of angina, leg pain with exertion, and transient ischemic attacks of the brain. It also can help reverse some of the damage left over by a stroke, if treatment is instituted early enough. It has been discovered that IV H2O2 is a wonderful complement to EDTA Chelation for improving circulation. IV H2O2 has a remarkable clearing effect on the skin. After only a few IV treatments, the skin often takes on a translucent clarity. It has been shown to successfully clear eczema, psoriasis, and other skin lesions. Why is IV Hydrogen peroxide not in use in “modern” medicine? The reason is simple. H2O2 is not patentable since it is a natural substance. There is little profit to be made by its use in modern medicine. It is present throughout nature in the ocean, in rainwater, in plants, and in every cell in our body. Because it is naturally produced in the body, it is extremely safe to administer. Therefore, the use of IV H2O2 is considered alternative and experimental. This despite the fact that it has been safely used for over 100 years successfully. In fact, a doctor used it during the influenza epidemic of World War I with great results and saved many lives. To be safe, this treatment is not used in pregnancy, chronic granulomatous diseases, and hemolytic anemia. It may cause side-effects associated with any intravenous therapy such as vasculitis, infusion site pain, and bruising. It may also cause a Herxheimer reaction from dying microorganisms, which may include flu-like symptoms, headache, fatigue, grouchiness, insomnia, nausea and muscle pains. These symptoms are temporary and represent the body detoxifying and clearing infections and toxins. In Canada, doctors trained in the safe use of intravenous H2O2 are licensed to do so by their governing body in the province they practice medicine in. For more information on this and other effective natural intravenous therapies, call Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681 or visit www.drtamarabrowne.com.


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Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Creative Wellness Solutions has comprehensive training that ensures a safe, appropriate and customized massage for each client. A regular, weekly, 15 minute massage has greater benefits than one, hour long massage, once a month. Massage helps boost your immune system and will help speed recovery time of colds and flus. Massage greatly reduces the effects of stress and is great for your mental health. It improves lymphatic drainage, which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins. Massage can reduce chronic pain and headaches and will improve your sleep. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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Welcome To “Eyes 4 You”!

What if you were able to purchase prescription eyewear in the comfort of your own home? Or, maybe you have a very busy life and you would like purchase your eyewear over lunch at your work place. Then, have it delivered to you when it is convenient in your schedule. At “Eyes 4 You”, we are changing the way you can purchase your prescription eyewear. We carry a wide variety of frames and lens. But, if there is that frame you love, no problem. We can order your choice of frames online and then install your custom prescription lenses into them for you. We have lenses from Essilor (Crizal coatings), Nikon, and Kodak ... to name just a few. Our goal is to find that perfect lens just for you. Our one on one customer service is top notch. And, we are confident that you will love our prices too! For more information or to book your next appointment in the comfort of your home or business, please call Brenda Yunker at 250-328-5898. Visit eyes4you.ca or find us on Facebook at “Eyes 4 You.summer”.

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KVFD March 2017 Safety Tip Burn Awareness

Burns & Scalds: Surprising Dangers, Simple Tips Water Temperature ~ Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or the manufacturer’s recommended setting, to prevent accidental scalding. Be sure to always test the hot water temperature after adjusting the gauges. Cooking ~ Do not leave a hot cooking area unattended. Keep children at least three feet away from stoves, ovens and backyard grills. Electrical Outlets And Appliances ~ Never leave irons, hair dryers or other heat-producing appliances unattended. These items can heat quickly and stay warm after use. Always unplug them, and tuck the cord away or store them after you are done. Fires ~ Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including your basement. Place them near sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom.

We Are Now Recruiting!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...

July 1977, the Northwood Mill increased production at the sawmill from 260,000 board ft to 400,000 per day. Reason being that Penmill in Penticton had a fire that destroyed the sawmill. The OKFVFD sponsored soccer team won the Penticton Junior Soccer Association Cup in the Pee Wee Division. The OK Falls ATV Club put on a 4x4 barrel race that year. The Fire Department offered their services and watered (wetted) down the race track, but the mud and dust still flew around as the vehicles raced. On August 25, 1977, the members of the Fire Department tied up a victim named Bill Jackson Jr. to a stretcher and put him in the back of the 1936 Fire Truck. Why you ask? Because of his upcoming marriage. The cost of insuring the 1936 Fire truck was $19.00 a year. 1977 saw the highest building permits issued for the Falls and the highest for any electoral area in the Regional District. A new restaurant opened called Phyllis’s Restaurant, formerly known as the “Road Runner Café” on the corner of Highway 97 and Main Street. The C.I.B.C. Bank closed it’s doors in the Falls on October 31, 1977. It opened in 1971 with the doors open 3 days a week in the summer and 2 days a week in the winter. Census showed that Penticton had a population of 21,344 with a growth of 18% from 1971. The Electoral Area D had a growth of 100% between 1971 - 1976 or 1712 - 3425 people. In October 1977, 11th Avenue was paved in front of the Fire Hall. Most of the streets and avenues were paved during the 1970’s decade. Many thanks to the Assistant Chiefs or Deputy Chiefs: Ray Jakins, Angus Smith, Angus Duncan, Trevor Jones, J. Robinson, Bob Burns, E. Royie, Henry Nickel, Rob Hall, Bill Moore, George Fleming, Howard Krystik, Wally Charlton. To be continued ... Have you thought of volunteering as a Firefighter? Call 250-497-5700 for information. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9am-12pm or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.


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RDOS Board Recognized by Peers for Establishing South Okanagan Conservation Fund

The South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) is pleased to announce the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) Board has received an award to acknowledge and celebrate local governments for their efforts in protecting biodiversity. The RDOS Board is being recognized with this award for their work in protecting rare species and ecosystems by establishing the South Okanagan Conservation Fund. A working group of local governments from across BC has been coming together with the BC Ministry of Environment under the banner “Species and Ecosystems at Risk-Local Government Working Group (SEAR-LGWG)” to enhance the protection of species and habitats at risk. This is the inaugural year of this award sponsored by the working group to acknowledge the efforts of local governments in protecting biodiversity. For their role in fulfilling that mandate, SOSCP Program Manager Bryn White did not hesitate to nominate the RDOS. “We are thrilled the RDOS Board has deservedly won the very first SEAR-LGWG Award,” says White. “The RDOS Board and staff has shown great leadership with the establishment of the South Okanagan Conservation Fund. This innovative Fund will protect species and ecosystems for generations to come. It also will work regionally across electoral area and municipal borders, engaging all citizens of the South Okanagan to come together to protect the wonderful region in which we live, work and raise our families. Their vision will leave a significant legacy for nature and a positive future for our communities.” “As a Board we are pleased to be recognized in this way by our local government peers,” says RDOS Board Chair Karla Kozakevich. “Establishing the Conservation Fund was a major accomplishment for the RDOS in 2016. The fund will allow for the preservation of land and species at risk through opportunities of land purchases and/or environmental conservation projects through joint partnerships.” SOSCP presented the award to the RDOS Board at their February 16th Board meeting.

KJ’s Coffee Bar is Hiring!

Are you highly personable with a friendly, warm personality? Do you have excellent verbal and written skills? Are you highly organized and detailed oriented? Do you have experience working in a food establishment? If this sounds like you, then perhaps you should apply for a position KJ’s Coffee Bar in Okanagan Falls. They are currently seeking candidates to join them as a Barista, Cook and Baker. Requirements for this position are: Food Safe Certificate; Serving It Right Certificate; willing to be trained; able to work on call; and able to maintain a positive morale and professional attitude. If you are interested, please email your resume to kjcoffeebar@gmail.com.

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Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!

School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

Several schools in the district are investigating changing their Kindergarten format to an Outdoor Learning Program. The Kindergarten teacher at West Bench has already begun to take the class outside each day and has found the students are very engaged with the free play, structured and unstructured lessons. The students seem to be more focused and interested when they come back into the classroom. Princess Margaret Secondary School staff has been exploring the potential of implementing an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program. A committee will be formed to gather more information to look deeper into establishing the program. In the meantime, PMSS staff will begin the initial work, which will include a presentation to parents. Principal Roger Wiebe established the program at his former school in Vancouver. The recent Supreme Court (SCC) decision required that pertinent class size and composition clauses be restored to the collective agreement. At this time negotiations are ongoing, until they are complete the district must abide by those clauses. This year’s Late French Immersion application intake closed on February 1, 2017. The number of “in district” applications was 117 with 88 in Penticton (KVR), 29 in Summerland (SMS), and four “out of district” applications. Due to the SCC ruling, classes need to be built using a class size of 28, which allows for the creation of three classes at KVR and one at SMS leaving five “in-district” and all of the “out of district” applications on a wait list. The random selection process for class placement will occur over the next few weeks. The deadline for student transfer requests is April 15th; however, approvals are on hold until clarity around the impact of the Supreme Court of Canada ruling and restoration language is determined. The review of Transportation and Boundaries has also been postponed until the impact of the SCC ruling is known. Policy 150 Trustee Financial Matters and Policy 212 Trespassers on School Property (to be renamed Maintenance of Order) have been revised and are available on the website (sd67.bc.ca) for comment until March 7th. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet ~ Serving the South Okanagan

Janel Bailey LPN janelmariebailey@gmail.com 250-462-5666

Spotlight on Volunteers! Meet Kurt Goessman & Family Kurt, Corrie and their children Erik and Cameron moved to Kaleden in August of 2016. The Kaleden Karate Program began in September of that year and remains a success today. When we asked Kurt why he volunteers, he said, “Because when I was a kid, other adults volunteered to teach karate and that’s why I do it”. Thanks for paying it forward Kurt!

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.

Volunteer In Your Community!

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 have enjoyed playing a variety of local area Basketball teams. The focus has been on teamwork, good sportsmanship and fun! All Kaleden School students came together to enjoy some buddy reading time during Literacy Week. The Grade 2/3 class continues to enjoy their monthly engagement sessions with their senior buddies at the Kaleden Community Hall. Kaleden’s PAC hosted a delicious Valentine’s Pancake Breakfast for the Kaleden School population.

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm ~ Starts again January 11th Held at Kaleden Community Church All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Hello Everyone. We have done it. We have survived Winter. We can now enjoy the muddy shushfest that is early Spring. My children will be celebrating by insisting to wear shorts in 5 degree weather and by jumping in mud puddles before getting in the car with the justification that they were wearing the correct boots. This is yet another classic case of ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’ (I am also looking at you ‘meatless hotdogs’). With the rainy weather, PAC would like to remind parents to make sure your rug rats are dressed for the weather. Proper footwear and a jacket, as well as a steady supply of spare clothing, will ensure they get the outside exercise they need without any of that annoying mold issue. Due to March being basically half a months worth of school, PAC is slacking off and won’t have a meeting until the first week of April, where we will be putting the finishing touches on LOBSTERFEST 2017! Stay tuned to the Facebook pages for ticket details. As always, PAC would like to thank everyone for their support. You are an amazing community and we are blessed to be a part of it. Happy Spring Everyone!


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What Are Screens Doing To Our Lives? with Gloria Bucil & Elad Milman We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call 250-460-3387.

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Kaleden Branch:

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Preschool Story Time ~ Held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am on March 7th and 14th. There will be NO Story Time over Spring Break (March 21 and 28th). Story Time resumes on Tuesday mornings on April 4th and continues through May 16th. Easter Card Making Class ~ Karen and Darlene are hosting another Card Making Class at the Kaleden Library on March 23 at 6:30 pm. This evening class will teach you how to make an Easter Card for a family member or friend. This adult program is free and refreshments will be served. Registration is required for this program, as space is limited. Lego Afternoon ~ Will be held on Thursday, March 30th at 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register in advance for this program, as space is limited. For ages 5-12 years old. Computer Use, Printing & Free Wi-Fi ~ Kaleden Library has two computers with free internet access for the public. Printing is available from these computers ($0.25 per page). Customers with a valid library card are allowed up to one hour of free internet access per day on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Visitors to our library system are also welcome and allowed one hour per day use with a guest pass. Free unlimited Wi-Fi access is available to customers who provide their own equipment. No library card is required!

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

Spring Story Time ~ Tuesday, March 14th from 9:30-10:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! LEGO Night ~ Tuesday, March 14th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO building skills! Duplo available for younger siblings. Creative Colouring for Everyone ~ Saturdays in March. Drop-in anytime between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This program is designed for both adults and children. All supplies provided. Colour to express your creativity and meet others who share the same interest. Children must be accompanied by parent. Community Enrichment Information Sessions ~ Please join us at the library on the following Wednesday afternoons between 1-2 pm. • Stitch and Sip ~ Wednesday, March 15th. Are you a keen knitter, a committed crocheter or just cross-stitch crazy? Why not join us for a sociable stitching experience! Bring your project and stitch while conversing with others who share your interest over a cup of coffee! • Better At Home - Together We Can Give Seniors a Hand Wednesday, March 29th. Be part of the solution in your community. A little bit of help goes a long way! This program requires community support to be effective. Find out what the program offers and how you can help. Book Club ~ Tuesday, March 21st from 10:00 - 11:00 am. This month we feature “Caprice” by George Bowering. For more information on any of these programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email us at okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our lives, we are starting to see it’s dark side. An increasing number of families are seeing children and teens develop an unbalanced attachment to their phone, computer or tablet, and witnessing symptoms such as an increase in irritability, temper tantrums, concentration problems, and more. Research from scientists and psychiatrists shows that in many cases these symptoms are not a result of an actual disorder, but of overexposure to screen time. Excessive screen time affects us on both physical and emotional levels. Studies show a correlation between increased anxiety and depression and the frequent use of electronic screens. In 2015, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto conducted a study that showed one in three students from Grades 7 to 12 suffer from depression or anxiety, a surprising 41% increase from just two years before. Girls in particular are seeing an increase in cyberbullying, with their self-esteem suffering as a result. Research from Stanford University showed that boys are more likely to fall victim to the negative effects of computers and video games, resulting in increased aggressive behavior and attention deficit disorders that lead them to drop out of high school and college 40% more when compared to girls. The technology we use changes the way we think, respond and act, often without our awareness. We have heard many stories of frustrated parents and educators who are experiencing these changes in their children. Families that have implemented ways of reducing exposure to screen time are reporting an improvement in their quality of life. We invite you to join our presentation at the Shatford Centre on March 15th at 10:30 am called “Reconnecting: Keeping Human Connection in a Technological Era” to learn more. Visit our website at www.childrenforabetterfuture.org.

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

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St Paddy’s Day Bash At the 1912 in Kaleden

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School District No. 53 Board Report

with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53 Okanagan Falls News: I’d like to personally thank our Okanagan Falls PAC and the business community for their efforts to raise $3,400 through the Business Challenge. Some of this money will support the Friday lunch programs, grades K-4 swimming lessons, and grades 5-7 curling lessons. This is a big support for our community and we are very appreciative of it! Thank you! District News: Social and Emotional Learning ~ Teachers, administrators and some support staff from elementary and secondary schools met on February 15th to share ideas on how they have addressed self-regulation as a school and in classrooms. Discussion revolved around the personal social core competencies and how best to support the self-assessment of these competencies. The session was facilitated by SOSS VicePrincipal, Tracy Harrington, who plays a leadership role in assisting schools and the district in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) ~ This provincial assessment is administered annually to all BC students in grades 4 and 7 and provides a snapshot of how well students are doing in reading comprehension, writing, and numeracy. All written-response questions are locally scored and a district marking team will be assembled in early March for this purpose. The 2017 FSA reports for individual students will be ready to send home, along with the students’ written response booklets, by the end of March. Culinary Program Update ~ Our Culinary Program started during the week of February 6th. The students had an orientation with Chef Gilbert from Camosun College. The culinary lab is housed at SOSS with Chef Jenna Pillon from Terrafina Restaurant as the lab instructor and runs from 12:30 to 6:30 pm every Tuesday. This program has been well received by students and is fully attended. Career Preparation Tech Tour ~ On Thursday, February 16th, 18 students from SOSS travelled to Kelowna on a mini ‘tech tour’. As part of the activities related to our “Shoulder Tapper” grant, students visited Accelerate Okanagan, a business tech accelerator. Students were informed about the growing number of opportunities in the tech sector. They visited Hyper Hippo, a game developer, and Banana Tag, which is a software company that makes email-tracking software. This is the first of many visits where secondary students from SD53 schools will gain some exposure to opportunities in the technology sector in Kelowna. The goal of these visits is to assist students in broadening their perspective of technology-related fields with hopes of students enrolling in more technology courses at the secondary school level and going further in post-secondary training. 2016/17 Enrolment ~ As indicated in the enrolment report for December 31, 2016, district enrolment is 2,369.5125 FTE. Compared to September 30, 2016, elementary enrolment increased by 20.0 FTE, secondary enrolment decreased by 25.5625 FTE and YouLearn.ca increased by 58.575 FTE for an overall increase of 53.0125. Rural Education Enhancement Fund ~ Districts were invited to apply for the 2017/18 Rural Education Enhancement Fund (REEF) initiated by the Ministry of Education in 2016. School District No. 53 was successful in it’s 2016/17 application for funding to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open. The district has submitted an application for the 2017/18 school year for $410,426, an increase of $23,126, to cover increased salary, benefits and utility costs. Districts will be notified by March 15, 2017 of the status of their application. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53, at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca.

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837 Main Street Okanagan Falls

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary Just a little bit longer till Spring Break on March 20th ... but before we jump ahead, we look back at some “Thank Yous” from February. I am thrilled to report the pilot hot lunch program was a huge success! The Kindergarten/Grade 1 class surprisingly out ate the other classes as they came back for seconds ... and thirds of the tasty Lasagna and Caesar salad served up from Karl of KJ’s Coffee Bar. Our school says a big THANK YOU Karl for a wonderful affordable healthy lunch for the school. We also owe a big THANK YOU to a recent generous donation to our hot lunch program from Mavety’s of Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars as part of the business challenge. Plans are in the works for weekly healthy hot lunches starting after Spring Break, so look for the order forms coming home this month. A big THANK YOU to Value Contracting for stepping up to the business challenge by sponsoring our end of year school field trip to the waterslides on Tuesday, June 27th ... yes, spring and summer are coming! Despite the short month at the school, there are still some exciting things happening. There will be a demonstration of fun things to do with a Ukulele on Friday, March 3rd at 1:40pm in the gym (all are welcome). The kids will get to learn Bollywood dancing with Get Bent on Tuesday, March 7th. Swimming lessons will also be continuing for the K-4 on March 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Helpers are always appreciated, especially any dads/grandpas out there for the boys change room. Please feel free to contact PAC President, Kristine, with any questions or suggestions at 250-497-6006. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the school library with free childcare. Everyone is welcome to join!

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

Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 5 This summer is going to be the best ever for our SEASON 5 registered performers pairing with Canada’s 150th Birthday and Peachfest 70th Anniversary summer celebrations. SEASON 5 - Performers Workshop SANDMAN Hotel - Saturday, April 8th Performers Talent Quest Show Dates: Saturdays April 22, 29, and May 6. FINALS on Saturday, May 13th Awards - Presentations - Celebration to follow Talent Show open to the public by door donation. FREE Art NEW design contest open to ages 9 + Details: www.freshbctalentquest.com | Contact: Denis 250.460.2221


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Okanagan Correctional Centre’s “Stay On Side” School Drug Awareness & Prevention Program

1788 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls

250-490-6588

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James During March, we are learning about “Families”. We have Storytime with Lynn on Wednesday, March 8th and Aboriginal Art on Wednesday, March 15th, both starting at 9am. We will be closed for Spring Break from March 20th and re-open again on Monday, April 3rd. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, March 1st from 5:30 - 6:30 for our annual “Ready, Set, Learn” evening. This is a perfect time to look around the Preschool and Kindergarten rooms, if your child is heading that way in September. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Teacher Ms. Morhart, Jared Nash (Penticton Vee’s), Keith Pearce (OCC Assistant Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2016/2017 school year. For Deputy Warden of Standards), Nolan Hildebrandt (Penticton Vee’s), Principal Ms. more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1. McCall and the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Grade 5/6/7 students. On January 30th, Okanagan Falls students in Grades 5, 6 & 7 participated in the “Stay On Side” Drug Awareness Prevention Program presentation, sponsored by the Okanagan Correctional Centre, the Penticton Vees and the Odd Squad. Many thanks to Keith Pearce of Okanagan Correctional Centre and Nolan and Jared of the Penticton Vees for bringing this valuable interactive personal safety and social responsibility workshop to our school! The purpose of this presentation was to share what the presenter’s have learned from high risk drug addicted people residing in the downtown East side of Vancouver, provide education and information on illicit drugs, encourage healthy life choices, promote positive attitudes, and informed perceptions on the reality of the use and abuse of illicit drugs. This past October, these students were also fortunate to participate in a guided tour of the Okanagan Correctional Centre Prison Facility, where they received comprehensive information about the various correctional centre roles, responsibilities, and systems. This recent school workshop helped extend that learning experience by reinforcing the importance of students being mindful of choices they make in their lives, as they learned of the negative consequences and life-long repercussions that can arise when one chooses differently. Thank you Okanagan Correctional Centre for these meaningful learning experiences and opportunities to help foster character, critical thinking, and resiliency in our kids!

OK Mini School OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, please send an email to Bonnie. OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

If your child will heading to preschool or kindergarten this year, please attend our RSL Event!

Ready, Set, Learn is an opportunity for families to begin positive connections with the school system and with community agencies providing early childhood resources, support and services. RSL is sponsored by School District No. 53, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Children & Family Development, and Ministry of Health Services.

By participating, you will receive:

 Complimentary pizza by the slice  An age appropriate book for your child  A parent/family kit with helpful tips for supporting your preschooler’s learning and development  Information for families from early childhood service providers  Tours of the school and kindergarten classrooms  Connections with school system and parents with similar-age children

Pre-registration required, contact Ms. Sam James at OKF StrongStart or phone 250-497-5414.


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Brian Moen PRESIDENT’S GOLD AWARD

(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 BUS:

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REALTOR

Cat Foster Homes Urgently Needed!

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, 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.

JB’z Handyman Services No job is too small so give me a call!

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- OWNER/OPERATOR

250-939-9130

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AlleyCATS Alliance is in urgent need of foster homes. What is a foster home and what is required? A foster home generally, but not always, has an area set aside where a cat or kittens can be contained safely until the foster family determines if the cat/kitten can have full run of the home. Since AlleyCATS is dealing with the feral and abandoned portion of the cat population, we often need a place for a pregnant mom to have her kittens in a safe environment where the kittens can be properly socialized by the family in preparation for adoption. Sometimes the mom may be feral, but often they are cats that have just been abandoned and are already socialized. We also get adult abandoned cats that need a place to reside while waiting for surgery to be altered and a safe place to recover while waiting for an opening in one of our adoption centres. This is an area of urgent need at the present. Fostering is a rewarding experience for the whole family, you get to give and receive love from an animal that otherwise would have been living on the street susceptible to hunger, predators, injury and extreme weather conditions. Without the generosity of foster homes, AlleyCATS could not do what we do. You would be an integral part of creating change in the lives of cats and kittens that have been abandoned. If you are retired and travel often, fostering is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a pet while still allowing you to have a flexible lifestyle. AlleyCATS Alliance will provide everything you need to host a cat in your home and we take care of all the vet bills as well. Length of time required for fostering depends on each individual case. We will match each cat to each foster home requirement. Please call 250-462-8195 or alleycatsalliance@gmail.com to find out how you can change an abandoned cat’s life!

CatMatch Izzy ... Still Looking for Love!

I am a a big red headed gal who can be quite shy, but once I feel like I know you I am VERY affectionate. I have lived most of my life out in the country with no indoor plumbing or running water, so still feel a bit "odd" living in a regular house. I have suffered a slight deformity due to having no medical care when I was young, but it does not affect my hearing. If you think you have the patience to deal with some of my residual fears about moving to the "city", please consider making a "date". www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org.

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

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Preparing For Ice Off

with Larry Martin If you take a look at the 2015-2017 fishing regulations for Region 8 Okanagan (available online) you will see several lakes bolded “No Ice Fishing”. This was a change from previous years where these lakes had fixed dates, usually May 1st, when fishing was allowed. The problem with the fixed date was that some of the best fishing of the year occurs within the first few weeks or days after the ice is off. The “No Ice Fishing” designation allows fishers to plan and fish these lakes just after the ice melts of which some years may occur in late March or early April. Several of these designate lakes were also artificial fly only, and had bait bans or restricted quotas. In recent years, people fishing these lakes with restricted quotas often kept no fish at all preferring to ‘catch and release’ or only harvest the larger fish, as a result many lakes have become over populated with smaller fish. You can expect changes to quotas, gear restrictions, and even allowing ice fishing on some of these lakes in the new fishing regulations. Hint: Make a list of these lakes and prepare to fish them this year just after ice off. Still water lakes are very productive the first few weeks after ice off, especially for those who know how to fly fish with Chironomid imitations. Penticton Flyfishers and friends just spent the weekend learning Chironomid fishing tactics from local experts, Ken Woodward and Jack Butula (photos below).

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The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society & The Lower Nipit Improvement District are pleased to announce that we have partnered with RainBarrel.ca to host a

$70 RAIN BARREL FUNDRAISER!

Each rain barrel includes a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor, a spigot and an overflow hose. Downspout diverters, stands and flower pots are also available for purchase. Rain barrels are $70 each and must be pre-ordered by March 17th online at www.RainBarrel.ca/gtlass

For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

Public Help Needed To Monitor Spread Of Deadly Bat Disease

WANTED: Reports of dead bats and of bats flying during Winter White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease responsible for the death of millions of bats in Eastern North America, has moved to the West coast and was confirmed in Washington State in 2016. This is very worrisome for the health of bat populations in British Columbia, with near 100% mortality for some species of bats exposed to the fungus. Although devastating for bats, WNS does not affect humans. The BC Community Bat Program in collaboration with the BC government is requesting the public’s help in monitoring the spread of this disease. “We knew this deadly fungus was moving Westward across North America,” says Mandy Kellner, Coordinator of the BC Community Bat Program, “but we thought we had many years to prepare”. Instead, the disease was confirmed near Seattle last March, and we are gearing up to look for it in BC this year.” The typical first sign of this disease is bats flying during the Winter, an unusual sighting at a time of year when bats are hibernating. Another sign of the presence of WNS is the appearance of dead bats as they succumb to the effects of WNS. “We are encouraging the public to report dead bats or any sightings of Winter bat activity to the Community Bat Project (CBP) toll-free phone number, website, or email below. Bat carcasses will be submitted for testing for White Nose Syndrome and would provide the earliest indication of the presence of the disease in BC,” says Kellner. Reports of winter bat activity will help focus research, monitoring and protection efforts. If you find a dead bat, report it to the CBP at 1-855-922-2287 ext. 13 or okanaganbats@gmail.com as soon as possible for further information. Never touch a dead bat with your bare hands. Please note that if you or your pet has been in direct contact with the bat, you will need further information regarding the risk of rabies to you and your pet.

Pre-ordered rain barrels will be available for pick up on Saturday, April 1st between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm at Twin Lakes Market, 1066 Hwy 3A . The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society will receive $10 from every rain barrel sold; and $2 from each downspout diverter, stand or flower pot sold. For more information, contact Jennifer Strong: jgstrong@shaw.ca or 250-497-1109 Currently, there are no treatments for White Nose Syndrome. However, mitigating other threats to bat populations and preserving and restoring bat habitat may provide bat populations with the resilience to rebound. This is where the Okanagan Community Bat Program and the general public can help. Funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Province of BC, the Habitat Stewardship Program, and supported by our partners the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Program, the BC Community Bat Program in the Okanagan works with the government and others on public outreach activities, public reports of roosting bats in buildings, and our citizen-science bat monitoring program. To contact the BC Community Bat Program - Okanagan, see www.bcbats.ca, email info@bcbats.ca or call 1-855-922-2287 ext.13.

Left - A hibernating little Brown Bat showing visible signs of the fungus. Right - Little brown bat wing affected by WNS and thus unable to fly.


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Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669. March 2017

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Loraine Thompson and Shirley O'Connor

Is Spring here? It sure seemed like it the other day when Ms. Charlish from Okanagan Falls Elementary School brought her Kindergarten and Grade 1 class to the Senior Centre for a Valentine Sing-a-long. Under the direction of School Principal, Lisa McCall, the tots gave their rendition of several tunes, such as "One Green Jelly Bean" and "If You Are Happy". The event took place on Wednesday, February 8th, which is our "Music & Coffee" time at the Senior Centre. The program was enjoyed by young and not so young when, accompanied by Margaret Baldwin on guitar and Malcolm McKay on keyboard, an impromptu dance of elders with the children took place. We are hoping to see the class return on Friday, April 21st for another enjoyable performance. In other Spring time news, the biannual Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, March 11th. The contact person for information on renting tables or anything pertaining to the Flea Market is Joan Rundle, who may be reached at 250-497-5695. Our President Grethe Jensen, who is also the lady who did such a wonderful job organizing the library at the Center, is looking to purchase, or if you wish, donate, books dealing with the history of Okanagan Falls and Kaleden area. Please give Grethe a call at 250497-5669. Back to Spring again ... and that means Tax Time! Ron Crawford will be available at the Senior Centre starting on Thursday, March 2nd from 10 am to 12 noon for assistance in filing income tax returns. This applies to low income Seniors. He will be there every Thursday at the same time through to the end of April. Organized Ladies Pool is no longer available. But if any ladies are still interested in playing, they are invited to join the men on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Please note that if you are a member, you are welcome to play pool at any time the centre is open. Reminder ... All membership fees for the 2017 season are now due. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, March 4th General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, March 6th Jam Session ~ 2nd Sunday each month - March 12th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm Saturday, March 18th *NEW* Canasta ~ 10am the first 3 Mondays of the month Shuffleboard ~ 1pm the last 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

Heather’s Housecleaning References Available Experienced & Efficient Trustworthy

$25/hour 2 hour minimum 250-497-1171 Will also drive to appointments & errands for $20/hour.

Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 thompson298@hotmail.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. So, anytime you have a little extra to share, come on by and donate to a local worthy cause that needs your support.

250.497.3279

Winter Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-4:00 & Sat 10:00-3:30 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

Well, it finally looks like Winter is leaving, with a lot of foot dragging, but it is leaving. Which means Spring and Summer, Music in the Park, Canada Day, and everything that goes with those hot summer days, will be here, along with the odd mosquito. The members of the Lions Club are looking forward to the Spring and Summer, as some of our fundraisers for our programs occur. Some of our members are looking forward to the BC Lions Society Camp Winfield work parties, taking place later on in the Spring to help prepare for the campers. ‘Cookies for Breakfast’ at the Music in the Park, along with other Lions’ events will come soon enough. Let’s look forward to a fantastic Summer, where we can show the rest of BC what Okanagan Falls is all about. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is March 20 & 21 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and or volunteer, go to www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, talk to a Lions Club Member or call 250.497.8486.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

with Melody Walker Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. St. Patrick’s Day Dance - Friday, March 17th ~ From 7-10pm with “REBEL LUV” with Mikie Spillet. Chinese Food $10. Please join us! Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, March 19th ~ Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are FREE. Please join us! Community Craft Fair - Sunday, March 19th ~ From 10am - 2pm. Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Beginning at 1:30pm. Check out all the fun and games. Please join us! Every Monday is Member Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Friday & Saturday Meat & 50-50 Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday Night beginning at 5pm. The Meat & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion & the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! Friday, March 17th Meat Draw & 50-50 Draws with Dinner - Chinese Food $10. Thank you to everyone for their continued support of the Legion Meat & 50-50 Draws on Fridays & Saturdays. Sports Teams - Please join us! • Darts: Pub League Teams ~ In-House Fun League & Monthly DropIn Tournament. Monday Pub League at 7:30pm. Wednesday In-House Fun League at 7pm. 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Tournament ... Register at 10:30am at the Legion. • Shuffleboard: Tuesday & Thursday Afternoons at 1pm • Pool: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Afternoons at 1pm 2017 Memberships ~ UNPAID Fees are PAST Due for 2017. 2017 Cards must be shown by all members beginning March 1st. For membership inquires, please contact Trudy (or leave a message for her) with regard to same. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. To transfer or join as a new member, applications are available in the branch. General Meeting - Tuesday, March 21st ~ Always the 3rd Tuesday of the month starting at 7pm. Please join us! A special thank you to Randy Reeves for the ‘Electrical Repairs’ completed for Branch 227. Volunteer Recruitment ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws recruiting volunteers! Interested persons, please contact Bev. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338. It’s fun and easy to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draws or with the 50-50 Draw. Additional details & sign-up calendar at the Legion. Bartenders interested in volunteering with our Serving Team: Contact Mel for information. Legion Ph: 250-497-8338.

Caylie Perceveault won 1st place in the Junior Poem Division of the South Okanagan/ Similkameen Zone and 2nd place in the BC/Yukon Command Poster & Literary Contest. Congratulations Caylie! In photo above - Okanagan Falls Elementary School Principal Ms. Lisa McCall and the Perceveault family, with Caylie in front.

Rural Agency Liquor Store and Grocery Store BEER - CIDER - SPIRITS - WINE DAIRY - PRODUCE - MEATS - BREAD

ATM ON-SITE Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday ~ 8 am - 7 pm Friday - Saturday ~ 8 am - 10 pm info@apextradingpost.com www.ApexTradingPost.com

Questions? Contact Mel at mellwalker@shaw.ca or 250-487-8765 Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

Attention: X W I If you are a former Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute member, please join us on Monday, March 20th at 5:30 pm at Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner to help celebrate the 96th Birthday of this local organization. If you plan on attending, please indicate to bettybear736@hotmail.com. Hope to see you then, Betty Lynch

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Barb Few This month is a fairly quiet month for the Ladies Auxiliary, so our members can take a well earned rest. Our General Meeting is on Wednesday, March 1st at 1:00 pm. The LA will be catering our usual suppers during the Branch #227 Meat Draws on March 11th and 27th. And of course, don’t forget the popular LA Bingo on Saturday, March 4th starting at 1:00 pm. Come and join us for friendship and fun!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Local Group Offers Free Website Development

with Bobby Armstrong, Program Manager

“Moving to a new city and making friends can feel like an insurmountable with Laurena Rehbein task, especially when you’re also trying to get the hang of a new Does your non-profit group need a website? A local group wants to language. That’s why longtime language student Mary Leighton hear from non-profit organizations in the South Okanagan. And, they decided to found Language Partners BC - a learning space where are willing to build a website for free, if they can find the right group. students can do both at the same time. The program aims to pair The club’s expertise would be free of charge, and members are inviting up students, many of whom are new immigrants or refugees. Each interested groups to contact them at www.projectwebconnect.ca. person exchanges their language with their partner through a series The South Okanagan of one-on-one lessons and conversations in addition to larger groupWordPress Club meets learning sessions.” To read more, check out http://bit.ly/2lTDhGf monthly in Oliver. They To find a similar opportunity with the South Okanagan Immigrant and have a range of skill levels Community Services, visit http://bit.ly/2lQnWJA and experience. They help Visit the SOS Volunteer Centre’s display during the Okanagan Healthy each other to develop Living Fair on March 11, 2017 at the Penticton Trade and Convention those skills, to network Centre. Register as a volunteer and your name will be entered to win and collaborate to resolve a Gift Basket, compliments of Total Restoration Services. website-related problems. In a kick-off to National Volunteer Week April 23-29th, the South They love WordPress Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre will host an evening to because it is easy to recognize outstanding people who volunteer in our communities learn, is created entirely and non-profits and service groups who have made an exceptional Left to Right: Laurena Rehbein, Gus Michael, by volunteers all over the contribution to improve the wellbeing of individuals and families. To Alicia Osland, Shawn Limbach and Erin Hayes. world, and can grow with see the nomination criteria, or to fill out a nomination form, please visit you as your skill-set grows. They would like to give something back http://www.volunteercentre.info/nomination-awards/ to the community and are offering to produce a WordPress website The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves to for any single charity or non-profit group, large or small, located in connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you the South Okanagan. The result would be a professional, fullycan contribute and make a difference by visiting www.volunteercentre. functioning website. Club members will work together with the noninfo and searching under ‘Browse Opportunities’. You can also register profit, brainstorm ideas, build the website and provide training so the as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more non-profit organization can continue on their own after the project is information or to meet with a staff member, please email info@ finished. Because the group is small and resources are limited, only volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. one non-profit can be accommodated. •

Demonstration of Need ~ Why do you need a website and why is this a good match for our group?

An Initial Vision ~ While setting goals, and brainstorming with our group will be part of the process, you need to have given some thought as to what you want your site to accomplish and how you want it to look.

Commitment ~ This will be a long-term commitment, for a minimum of once a month for several months.

Main Contacts ~ You will need to identify 1-2 point persons who will make decisions on behalf of your group throughout the entire process. One of these people will also be trained to manage the site on-going. There will be training, but some technical capacity is desirable.

Financial Contribution ~ Costs will be low, but there may be costs at a minimum of $200/year.

Why WordPress and what is it? WordPress started in 2003. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. It is now used on 26% of the world’s websites. Everything on WordPress.org, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers. It also means you are free to use it for anything from your recipe site to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee. This is instrumental for what we call “democratizing the web” ... ultimately, anyone can use the same software to build their site as the Chicago Sun Times and the New York Times Blog! Groups who are interested in applying for this project can visit www. projectwebconnect.ca for more information and to fill out an application form.

March GUNBARREL SALOON

What they require from the chosen partner organization:

March 18th - 31st

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Available from 5pm MON TUE WED

BURGER & BEER $15

Burger, Fries & Sleeve of GB Lager or Pale Ale

TACOS & HIGHBALLS!

Single Tacos $3 & Single Well Highballs $3

POUNDS & JUGS $17

Pound of Wings & Mini Jug of GB Lager or Pale Ale

NACHOS $12

THUR

“ MACHOS ” Add Pulled Pork $5 or Chicken $6

FRI & SAT

Weekend Roast Feature!

SUN

Tequila Shots $4

FEATURE PASTA NIGHT! $8 Caesar Night - Single $4.50 Double $7.50

All Specials Do Not Include Tax * Not Valid On Special Occasions or Holidays * Cannot be Combined with Any Other Discount or Promotion

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Insurance Agencies Group with Barb Few, Committee Member Who would think that the Winter would be busier than the Summer for the bandshell? But, it is. To our delight, bands are getting in touch with us! Which is very flattering, and because of this, we are collecting a large choice of different music. Our greatest excitement is the concert we have lined up for Canada Day! We will be offering three bands for your musical entertainment. One is a ‘Big Band’ sound, playing music from Glen Miller to the 70’s. Next, a 40 piece jazz group, playing popular tunes. Then, the third band is a swing jazz group, when people will want to get up and dance! We also are planning a Mexican evening and many of your favourites will be returning too. The bandshell will certainly be hopping this Summer! Our first concert will be in May with school children entertaining on Mother’s Day in the afternoon at 2:00 pm, so be sure to mark that on your calendars. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Speed Dating Seniors Break Down Stigmas About Aging ... Award-Winning Documentary Comes to Oliver on March 14th

with Corinne Johnson, Interior Savings Community Engagement Mgr Love and romance are not exclusive territory for the young and middleaged, and yet biases around aging and love exist. Interior Savings is partnering with UBC’s Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention (IHLCDP), Interior Health and AGF Investments to present “The Age of Love” film; a funny and charming documentary that challenges the stigma our society places on love and romance with age. The film follows the humorous and heart-warming adventures of thirty Rochester, NY seniors who sign up for a first-of its-kind speed dating event for those 70-90 years of age. Fearlessly candid about their needs and desires, these WWII babies soon discover how the search for love changes, or doesn’t change, from first love to the far reaches of life. Defeating stereotypes and linking generations, the film presents an unexpected story of possibility and growth regardless of age. As one 74 year old speed dater puts it, “No one, not even my children, asks me what’s in my heart anymore”. Yes, it’s a story about speed dating for 70-90 year olds. However, the underlying message carries a special significance for Interior Savings, IHLCDP and Interior Health. “We recognize ageism as an issue in our society and we are working together to help build more age-friendly communities,” said Interior Savings CEO, Kathy Conway. Whether you can relate to the individuals in the film, or you’re happily married, or even in your twenties and just discovering first love, the hope is that this film will not only entertain, but also inspire you to question your own assumptions about age. So, gather your friends and family and head to Frank Venables Theatre on Tuesday, March 14th for a Free night at the movies. You can register online at www.aololiver.eventbrite.ca or just arrive on event night. Registration is encouraged, but not required. About Interior Savings ~ Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically-controlled credit union dedicated to creating local money, while helping to build vibrant communities. Through its 21 branches, 16 insurance offices, Member Service Centre, and two Commercial Services Centres, the Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to more than 70,000 members across 14 communities. Since 2002, Interior Savings has returned $53.8 million to members through its Member Rewards Program and invested nearly $8 million in support of community programs. About the Age of Love ~ Watch the movie trailer at https://vimeo. com/61764746. For more information or to arrange interviews with Interior Savings or with Film Director, Steven Loring, please contact: Corinne Johnson, Manager of Community Engagement for Interior Savings at 250.869.8320 Local: 8320.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson We have really been enjoying the warmer, spring-like weather. Returning home from Okanagan Falls last week, the Vaseux herd of sheep were all standing in a line facing the East. From the highway was a whole line of sheep, about 20 animals, rear ends toward the road. It is good to see them ... from any direction. The Heritage Society had a great meeting on February 20th. Our treasury is in good shape and memberships are coming in. There are some new volunteers in the Thrifty Boutique who are interested in working on Thursdays. We will start opening on Thursdays in March. Sue Walker says the museum will not be ready to open in April, as there are new showcases being constructed and we need to do some clean-up on the Pavilion and its contents. We have some great plans for events during the summer. Watch for more news in the Skaha Matters. The computer in the office needs replacing. We will be looking after that. A grounds maintenance person is needed for the summer. Mark Thompson looked after mowing the lawns last year. The membership will have a work day for some of these activities, but a hired person is required to keep it up. A “Winter Clothing Bag Sale” is in effect from March 1-15. Buy a bag for $5.00 and go fill it up with winter clothing. According to the weather guy, there is still some hint of winter showing up off and on and this is a good time to prepare for it. The shop will be closed Sunday and Monday and open the rest of the week from 10 am to 3 pm. You can phone the Thrifty Boutique at 250-486-6371 for more information. The next meeting of the Heritage and Museum Society will be on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 pm in the Thrift Shop front room. Everyone is welcome! March is Spring Equinox month, so it will be here soon! Have a great Spring everyone!

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

This is the 10th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The Preston Family 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 and they built a home on Linden Avenue. They were charter members of the church, he was on the first School Board and with their 4 children were an important part of Kaleden until 1920, when they moved to Vancouver. In 1911, a cousin,TR Preston, moved and operated a sawmill in Marron Valley for some years and later Mrs. Preston ran a small grocery store in her home, which was located just north of the present school. But, it was TC’s brother Burton 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. 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, named Mary, Jean, Grace, Bill and Ethel. George, the eldest, and his wife Lou, settled here with their two daughters Dorothy and Eileen. Both grew up here and eventually Eileen married Al Davidson and they settled on five acres south of the existing gas station on the highway and raised three children, named 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 coop, 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, named 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 1920’s with children Evelyn and Clarence. Three more sons were born here, Lawrence, Lyle and Lloyd. Evelyn later married Cecil Hayter and eventually took over the family farm on Linden Avenue. This same piece of property still remains in the family and has now been developed into Linden Gardens.

The Prestons had a huge impact on Kaleden. In just sheer numbers alone, with adults and children included, they affected every corner of Hi Everyone. This is Sharon reporting that on behalf of the community, life here in those early years. But, their greatest legacy was the gift of we are still working very hard to finalize negotiations for our Affordable the families that remained here to support the life of this community for Housing for Seniors Project. We thoroughly appreciate your ongoing the next 100 years; the Mackenzies, the Davidsons and the Hayters. support and loyalty. And, as they say, “Wait for Signs of Spring” ... We Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to will get ‘er done! the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. with Sharon Proctor, Secretary & Communications Director

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

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Joyce Lilian Nita (Jill) Salter April 24, 1924 - February 8, 2017

Jill Salter passed away peacefully and Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am lovingly surrounded by all of her children Ash Wednesday Service ~ March 1st at 7:00 pm at the Church on February 8, 2017, in Penticton. Jill is To Mexico With Love 2017 ~ Thank you for your generous support survived by Nita & Howie (Robin, Tony) for our upcoming trip. We leave on March 20th and return on April 1st. Robyn & Steve (Norah and Emily-Jane,12 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 and Kaitlynn, 9, Zander and Danielle, Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Jasmine), David (Jaclyn, Amy), Brian and Facebook: Kaleden Community Church Sue (Jessie and Josh, Nellie, Clara), Nicola www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info and John (Chris and Steph and Oliver 3 months, Andy, Robyn), sisters Marge, Esther, Audrey, Ruth, and brothers Jim, Paul and many Okanagan Falls Community Church nieces, nephews and family members. She is preceded in death by Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Rev. Derek Salter, and her young son, Tony. Prayer, Praise & Worship ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Jill was born in Penticton to Hugh and Joyce Leir. She was the middle Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday of the month at 6:30 pm child of 11 siblings and had a happy free childhood spent playing in 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 nature, drawing, painting, riding horses, and enjoying the friendship of Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! many who she has kept in touch with her whole life. Jill graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Paul’s Hospital in 1946. She married Derek Okanagan Falls United Church in 1947. She always wanted to marry a farmer and she did, although Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am - No Service on March 5th! he eventually joined the Anglican Church as an ordained minister, so All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. her life was filled with faith and devotion to church activities. Jill and Mid-March Musical Merriment ~ Thursday, March 16th 7:00 pm Derek lived in many communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan This is a men’s group from Oliver, with a surprise inclusion. and England. They eventually built a home and a wonderful place 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones to share at Lime Springs in Okanagan Falls. They became faithful www.okfallsunited.ca members of St. Barbara’s Anglican Church. Jill developed her talents and gained a reputation as a watercolour Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service artist. A year ago she accepted the life-time achievement award Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am from the Penticton Arts Council. She devoted herself to learning new World Day of Prayer Service ~ March 3rd at 2pm. This Ecumenical methods of painting that augmented her natural skills, but she was Service will feature the “Philipines” at Lady of Lourdes. All welcome! also a natural teacher and friend to many who shared the love of art as 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil she did. She brought together her interest of nature and appreciation Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 for Okanagan landscapes by creating over 800 paintings that can be seen in homes across Canada. St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Jill loved to engage in lively discussions of a spiritual nature and Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th she also loved gardening, swimming in Skaha Lake, picnics with Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. friends, parties with family and friends. She was a loving mother Coffee and social time after the Church Service. and grandmother. She rode horses, loved pets, birds and wildlife, 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 she shared the produce from her garden, played the piano to enjoy herself, could throw a fun party and always had the tea pot ready to The Well share with anyone who dropped in. She was a dignified lady, but she Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm was also happy to get her hands in the garden soil. She loved to Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. dance and be silly, but she didn’t hesitate to share her opinions about Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514 serious matters, such as the protection of the environment, healthy eating, parenting, and playing tennis. She and Derek joined family and friends for summer vacations and winter holidays in Mexico. They travelled to Africa, England, the U.S. and across Canada. We will miss our loving mother and Nana, but feel reassured she will be reunited with Derek and Tony. Jill’s Funeral was held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 2pm at St. Saviour’s Church in Penticton, with a reception that followed at the church hall. Thank you to Rev Rick Paulin that officiated and everyone that attended and celebrated Jill’s life. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Concorde and Westview Place in Penticton Ron & Taraleigh Crooker for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Penticton Art Gallery or Penticton Arts Council. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.everdenrust.com Family Owned and Operated Trusted Since 1908

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Flowers to the gentleman who dropped off the plumbing tools to with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls Andrew Sheret Ltd. in Penticton. These tools were stolen out of my Credible Cremation Services Ltd. Created with one thought in mind. truck, while on a job site. Thankfully, my business card was found in To offer families the one place they could turn to for a reasonable price with these tools you turned in, which is how they found me. Thank for a simple cremation, without having to purchase options or extras you so much! ~ From Kris Poole, K&E Plumbing, of Okanagan Falls that do not fit in with their requirements. Fish Heads to the guy on the green Kawasaki 2 stroke dirt bike, who was riding on the KVR walking bridge on Wednesday, February 1st. It is a difficult enough time for families when one of their beloved Thanks for the exhaust and noise pollution as you grabbed 2nd, 3rd family members have passed away, without having to feel pressured. and 4th gear once you got off the bridge. It is such a beautiful peaceful Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is available 24 hours by telephone walking trail ... lets keep it that way. ~ From Scott of Okanagan Falls to help families with any questions they may have, whether it be an ‘at need’ situation or a ‘pre need’ requirement. For those who have not Fish Heads to the Argo plow drivers who feel that Maple Street is their yet made their future arrangements, now is as good a time as any to personal drag strip, launching snow, ice and debris over residents’ take care of Pre-Planning. vehicles. And, I’m not talking about blocking vehicles and driveways. I am talking about launching debris between 6 to 8 feet from the edge Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is fully licensed by the Province of of the road. Fortunately, only a few vehicles were damaged. Had there BC and managed and operated by Lesley H. Luff with over 25 years of been anyone standing by these vehicles, or one of my neighbours’ dedicated service to families. Cremations are completed in Penticton, children, they would have been seriously hurt. Slow Down. Also, Fish and we offer the very best in personal and efficient service. Heads to Argo managers who will not take responsibility for damages For further information, please call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email caused by their plow drivers. ~ From Steve Wind of Okanagan Falls to crediblecremations@shaw.ca.

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Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Bakedd with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............. $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Flat Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95 SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

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Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................... $9.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $10.95 Surf & Turf Burger Beef and Calamari .......................................................... $11.95 Medieval Burger Our Best Burger .............................................................. $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Chrispy Chicken Burger ........................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A Soy and Rice 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 Add mozza, cheddar, 2 bacon stips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss or Feta: $1.50

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