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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 By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen THRONE SPEECH AND BUDGET The Throne Speech usually reflects the broad philosophy of the government in statements that are often more wishful thinking than what is realistically possible. The speech tries to appeal to all by referring to what we call “Motherhood” issues with intentions to do good for all. This is the same for all Governments regardless of their Political stripes. The Budget is where the reality of what can and cannot be done starts to be formalized. There is only one source of money for a government - the working public and the corporations that support them through taxes and fees. As we move through the budget process, I will expand on specifics of where spending will occur and how it will be paid for. SPECIAL OLYMPICS We are extremely fortunate to be represented at the National Special Olympics this year by 8 outstanding athletes from the Oliver and Keremeos areas, who qualified at the BC Special Olympics last summer. They are competing in bowling and swimming and I will tell you more about these amazing individuals as we get closer to the Event. FLOODING Our snowpack once again is above normal and we still have a couple of months left for more precipitation. Areas that in previous years were damaged by fire are the most vulnerable for dangerous runoff (Testalinda, for example) and these areas will continue to pose a danger. Replant is an obvious solution, but our normally dry areas like the Okanagan and the Cariboo are slow growing areas and take many years to get back the vegetation lost to fire. The major lakes are already being lowered in anticipation of high waters this spring. I will continue to meet with Highways personnel and the RDOS Emergency Management Team and we will all make every effort to be prepared for this year’s potential high water and runoff.

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Retired Government Employees Giving Back Each Year

The BCGREA (BC Government Retired Employees Association) is a provincial organization with 9000 members and has branches throughout the province. There are about 250 members in the South Okanagan Branch. Membership is open to retired government workers and includes former management, professional and union employees. For more information, please email bcgrea@telus.net. Each year the local branch makes a donation, as a memorial to recognize those of our members who have passed. This year the Desert Valley Hospice society was chosen. The goal of the society is to provide end of life care in Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls. In photo - Maurice Davidson, Local President of BC Government Retired Employees Association, donating $300 to Lois Brummet, Desert Valley Hospice Society President.

RCMP Community Report Who Can I Blame?

The most often question I get asked here at our Community Policing Office on Lakeshore Drive begins with, “What are the police doing about ... ? And, from there it goes to whatever problem you can name be it social, criminal or civil. How did all of society’s woes become the sole responsibility of the police to resolve in the minds of many? Is it because we are one of the few agencies that will answer your call 24/7 and in most cases send someone to see you? In my 38 years of policing, you can only imagine the type of non-police calls I have taken, never mind responded to, because it was easier to respond than to try explain why it was not WOW CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE WOMENS TRADE SHOW a police matter. However, when officers are tied up with non-police This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Trade Show. matters they are not available to respond to other police priorities that Started 25 years ago by the same group of women, but under the the community as a whole has identified, such as thefts, speeding, Oliver Soroptimist banner, it has continued with the WOW organization. drug use and sales, and other criminal concerns. This Trade Show focuses on promoting women who are business The police cannot address community concerns without the assistance entrepreneurs, whether as a home based business, online, or in a of the community. Principle 7 of Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of commercial setting. It also serves to showcase not for profits who Policing states, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship do great work in our communities, as well as businesses who offer with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the specific help to women starting up their own businesses. police are the public and the public are the police; the police Thanks to all the dedicated women who have volunteered with WOW being only members of the public who are paid to give full time over the years and continue to promote and support a better life for all attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the the women and children in our local communities. interests of community welfare and existence.” In short, police are paid to do full time what everyone else should also be doing. Sir NEW LEADER AND FOCUS BC politics are always interesting and change is always happening. Robert Peel is credited with helping to create the modern concept of We, as a Liberal Party, are fortunate to have new leadership with policing based on these 9 Principles of Policing in the 1800’s and they Andrew Wilkinson. The candidates for leadership reflected the are still very relevant today. So, let’s not waste time at pointing fingers positive desire for change that all parties need to do to stay current and having unreal expectations of each other’s role in solving our and relevant to the people of BC that they represent. We are united problems. Let us work together to address concerns and implement as a team under Andrew and will work towards a renewed and more viable and lawful solutions. So, if you have any ideas on how we can positive set of policies moving forward that all British Columbians will best do this, come on down and share them with me. I look forward to be able to relate to. The core of BC Liberal policy has always been hearing, “I have an idea on how we can deal with ...”. REMEMBER, and will continue to be a strong economy to create jobs and improve VIABLE AND LAWFUL IDEAS! the daily lives of everyone who is fortunate enough to live in this Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca beautiful Province.


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Area “D” Community Services Office with Shona Schleppe

The 2018 Budget was read a third time and was moved for adoption at the RDOS February 15th Board Meeting. For Area “D” residents, there was a 11.91% increase in the overall budget. The impact on taxes per residential property valued at $370,000 will be approximately $76.49. For more Shona Schleppe details: www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/ Rural Services contract_reports/CorpBd/2018/20180215A Manager gendaPackage.pdf The RDOS has a new service provider for dog and animal control, noise, land use, untidy and unsightly property and other regulatory bylaw related complaints within RDOS Electoral Areas. Please change your records to reflect the current contact information: Dog Control ~ 250-490-4113 Other Bylaw Complaints ~ 250-492-0911 Okanagan Falls Landfill ~ Saturday Openings start on April 7th from 10:00 am - 1:45 pm. Regular Hours of Operation are OPEN Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 1:45 pm and CLOSED All statutory holidays and Boxing Day. Please note - landfill fees change May 1st, 2018. Yard Waste resumes with the first curbside pick-up on Wednesday, February 28th and then again on Wednesday, March 14th. This runs in opposing weeks from the recycling pick-up day. On February 22, we invited Okanagan Falls and Area “D” businesses to attend a “Business Meeting” to discuss and share. If you were not able to attend, please contact me or stop by the Area “D” Community Service Office for details on the proceedings. McLean Creek Pedestrian Corridor project is still on the radar. RDOS is working with engineers and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to finalize costing. The RDOS is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for residents and acknowledges that recreation is a foundation for healthy communities. Grant funding from BC Healthy Communities / BC Healthy Living Alliance and PlanH have enabled the creation of a Regional Recreation Approach. We are collaborating with regional partners to improve access to physical activity opportunities. A Community Physical Activity Survey has been developed for residents to provide feedback - How do you PLAY in the Region? PAT (Physical Activity Trailer) will be launched on Saturday, March 10th at the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair held at the SOEC in Penticton. PAT will be touring the region this spring and summer attending community events and promoting physical activity. Please refer to rec.rdos.bc.ca to view PAT’s calendar, workshops and other regional recreation news! Big shout out to Kaleden Seniors Committee for hosting the Fun Facts and Food Series. The February 12th Sushi Kojo and Secrets of Mobile Technology was very popular - rumor on the street ... over 50 attendees. Mark your calendar for Friday, March 2nd for The Russian Borscht and Xeriscaping with Ken Hayter. Events are held at the Kaleden Community Hall. Lunch is at 12:00 (by donation) followed by a workshop. Everyone is welcome to attend the Lunch. No registration is required! Another fun offering, every Thursday is Cards and Games from 1-3 pm, also in the Kaleden Community Hall. 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 Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History continues ... A Montreal church fire on May 25, 1987 killed two firefighters and injured three others when the wall of the church collapsed onto the aerial ladder, breaking it off of the fire truck. The bodies were recovered several hours later. The members of the Montreal fire station took the tragedy very hard. Over 100 firefighters fought the blaze. A woman, the church organist, admitted to starting the fire. She was charged with two counts of second degree murder. On July 2, 1987, a forest fire on Highway 3A, a couple kms west of the Highway 3A and Highway 97 junction, consumed 1,800 hectares. St. Andrews by the Lake and Twin Lakes were on evacuation alert. The fire could be seen in Penticton. It took six days to fight the fire and came within meters of the community homes. At the same time, a fire started on Waterman’s Hill, which burned 5 hectares. Tankers, skidders and helicopters assisted in putting the fires out. During the mop up, human remains were discovered about half kilometre from the Highway 3A pull out. It was believed to be a Kelowna man who disappeared in 1984. A week later a fire on the hillside of Green Lake Road consumed 25 hectares. That took two days to put out, including mop up. Also at that time, there was a major fire 10 km from Tonasket, Washington, of which Canadian firefighters helped assist. On September 15, 1987, a grass fire at the south end of Penticton caused the evacuation of Riva Ridge, the Penticton Indian Reserve, West Bench, West Hills and Husula Highlands. It grew to serious proportions, because of strong winds causing the fire to come within 100 meters to the homes. That was the first time Penticton implemented it’s disaster plan. The fire consumed 956 hectares and took four days to get it under control. To be continued ...

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Water Main Flushing ~ Please be advised that the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be flushing water mains commencing March 26, 2018 for approximately two weeks. The water main flushing program is to maintain water quality in the Irrigation District’s system. If you experience water showing sediment and/or discolouration, run your cold water taps only and/or garden hose until the water runs clear. If the water is turbid, minimize the use of hot water until the water clears, as this will minimize any sediment from entering your hot water tank. In addition, check the water quality for sediment or discoloration before laundering of clothes to reduce the risk of staining them. Residents with water treatment systems or filters should take necessary precautions with their systems (isolate or disconnect if needed). We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. OFID Annual General Meeting, April 30, 2018 ~ The District Annual General Meeting will be held Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Seniors Centre. One Trustee position is vacant. Those interested in running for the Trustee position must file a nomination paper, which can be picked up at the District Office or by emailing the office at ofid@telus.net. Closing date for receipt of nomination papers is 4:30pm on April 12, 2018. OFID Grant Application Postponed ~ OFID had prepared a Grant Application to Okanagan Basin Water Board for 2018 that would allow us to meter Parks and Agricultural properties in order to get more accurate user data. The grant was a cost-sharing arrangement, and OFID’s contribution would have been in the $20,000 range. We have recently discovered some needs in the operation that take precedent over the metering project, and have withdrawn our application for this year. We will seriously reconsider the project for 2019. Water Taxes and Tolls ~ A reminder to OFID taxpayers that Water Taxes and Tolls are due to be paid by March 29, 2018. Cash or cheques only are accepted at the office; however, payments can be made online at most major financial institutions. Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - noon and 1:00pm – 4:30pm. OFID News and Alerts ~ For information and news about OFID, visit OFID’s website. While there, you can sign up for Alerts, which will notify you by text or email with immediate information regarding water emergencies (i.e. breaks, flushing, shut down of water services, boil water advisories). We highly recommend this service, especially for businesses.

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1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls P: 250.497.8541 E: ofid@telus.net www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca In Photo ~ Laurie Kingsfield, President of Okanagan Falls Helping Hands, accepting a $1000 donation from Fire Chief, Rob Oliver from the Okanagan Falls Fire Department members.

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While washing outside windows, they should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, just in case they are needed as an exit. Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests! BBQ Season is just around the corner! Get your grill cleaned and serviced. Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage. FIRE SMART Tip ~ Neighbour to Neighbour: Work together, combine tools and resources and trim shared trees, shrubs and underbrush. Clear your yard fronts and ditches. Trim tall grasses and help each other haul away debris.


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The Goal of Giving Back Together By Sergej Sinicin

At the beginning of this year I wrote about setting personal goals for 2018. I hope that you also took some time in January to clearly lay out goals that you would like to see come to fruition this year. I too took the time and created my plan for 2018. I wrote down several items on that list, varying from business goals to personal goals; key goals I must achieve to succeed and grow personally and professionally. I won’t bore you with all of the items I have on the list: however, I have one goal that I know and believe is worth mentioning and I need YOUR help to achieve it. Like many of us, I would not be where I am today without people who have opened up their hearts, opened doors to their homes and in one way or another helped me get to where I am today. Love, kindness, generosity and being there for those in need is paramount to a functional and well-being society, and I believe, survival of the human race. Most of us have been involved in some way and contributed to different organizations that are there to help provide assistance. My wife Laura and I have been involved with many charities over the years. We’ve supported several local non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan and now we strive to continue to contribute here locally by attending fundraisers, donating to organizations, such as HOPE International, OSNS Share a Smile Telethon, and “To Mexico with Love”. We contribute to our community of Kaleden by volunteering our time to the Volunteer Fire Department and coordinating the One-2-One Reading Program at the local elementary school. Altruism comes in all shapes and forms. Kindness, generosity, compassion, volunteering and donating - it has the potential to reward the giver even more than the recipient. It increases our capacity for love. It makes us realize that even if you don’t have much, you have enough to share with others.

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There is a vast array of different organizations that are seeking help. It is always fantastic if we can pick one that is local and close to home. That is when we can really see and feel the difference! If you are thinking of moving, or have plans to list or buy in 2018, I ask you to list or buy with me and together we can spread kindness and love to our beautiful communities. I give you my gentlemen’s word and PROMISE, that for every completed real estate transaction, I will donate $500 in your name to your choice of local charity. YES, that is my promise! Let’s work together and ‘Make a Difference’ in our communities! If you are not exactly sure which charity, one way to find out is to speak with your family members and see who they have supported in the past. Involve your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the decision - this will instil in them, the importance of caring for others and giving back to the community in which they live, the desire to share and serve others throughout their lives. So, you may have guessed by now what my goal is. It’s relatively simple - to give back. My goal has a target - $20,000 dollars must be donated by the end of 2018. I welcome you to join me on this journey and “LETS DO GOOD TOGETHER!”

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Update with Jen Charlish

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Recreation Update with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

As we look forward to spring, I am happy to announce a new Seniors Play in the Park Series. With generous funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we will be celebrating the great outdoors with a number of new offerings for older adults. We have received some input from the community, but we will digging a little deeper as we learn how adults in Okanagan Falls want to play in the park. Watch for details of the Play in the Park Launch Party - and try your hand at disc golf, bocce ball and giant chess in Centennial Park. We will also be looking for a few talented program leaders who can help make it all happen. If there is a sport or activity you currently enjoy, you might consider leading some sessions or offering up your suggestions! Call Janet at 250-497-8188. A very warm welcome to the newest addition to RDOS Play team: James Chicalo is a husband, father and Certified Fitness Instructor. He enjoys helping people achieve a more fit, healthy lifestyle. He is comfortable working with all ages and fitness levels including children. As a father of a nine year old, James knows the importance of getting kids into fitness and activities at an early age and how exercise plays a vital role in overall confidence and well-being. Watch for his new program beginning in April: Awesome Kids Athletics (see ad to right). James also leads a fun, athletic functional fit class at the Zen and Fitness Centre on Thursdays at 5:00 pm. All levels should be prepared to be challenged.

It’s March and the desires for all things Spring start to emerge. Start your month off right on Friday, March 2nd and join the Kaleden Seniors Committee at noon at the Kaleden Community Hall for Russian Borscht followed by a presentation by Ken Hayter on Gardening and Landscaping. This month there is also a second session of Fun, Food, & Facts on March 23rd at the hall. Lunch will be Chinese food followed by a presentation on Alzeimer’s vs. Normal Aging. A reminder that these programs are open to everyone of all ages. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there. Congratulations to all the participants in the Shinobi “Ninja Warrior” event. What a great way to play and get some exercise! Keep your eyes open for more of these types of events coming in the future. Another thing to watch out for is the Spring Recreation Flyer or look online at www.kal-rec.ca Check it out and consider getting involved in a new activity this Spring. Also watch out for P.A.T., our Physical Activity Trailer. The trailer will be out in the local communities with mobile activity programs. There will be adventure and play in spaces and parks near you. Physical fun for all ages! We also need to thank Randy Cranston for his efforts and dedication in applying for grants to support programs in our community. We have secured a $5000 grant from Fortis to go towards the revitalization of the Kaleden Community Hall. We will also be receiving a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation for an accessibility study and certification of the Community Hall and Pioneer Park. When we receive the study and certification, we will be able to use the information to apply for grants from the Rick Hansen Foundation to enhance the accessibility of the Hall and the Park. As the weather slowly starts to warm up and the amount of light during the day creeps up, consider getting the whole family outside for a detective walk to find signs of Spring or maybe even a bike ride along the KVR. Have Fun! As always, 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 subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com.

St Paddy’s Day Bash At the 1912 in Kaleden

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

Kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497-8188 | okfallsrec@rdos.bc.ca | okfalls.net Spring Flyer will be out March 5th. Here’s a sneak preview!

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Thursdays in Okanagan Falls 2:30-4:30 pm April 12th - June 14th

Tuesdays in Kaleden 2:30-4:30 pm April 10th - June 12th 10 fun-filled outdoor, active sessions with Coach James Chicalo Earn an awesome passport to Fun and Fitness! $55 if registered by April 1st - Late registration $75

10 fun-filled nature themed, outdoor play sessions with Yam and Corina Earth Play and More! $55 if registered by April 1st - Late registration $75

The Ninja Warrior Course is an over-sized obstacle course with the feeling of parkour! Try the cannonball alley, leap onto power pillars, swing on the rad ropes!!!

1:00 - 4:00 Tuesdays - March 20th & 27th OK Falls School Gym $10 each or $15 per family /session Kindergarten to Adults Welcome Please pre-register Snack and craft included NEW at the Zen & Fitness Centre: Ch'an Yoga with Claudia This class is for beginners to advanced students and certified yoga teachers. A practical approach to further the relationship with Ones Self and Movement. Wednesdays at 6:00pm Email Claudia for details: buschc2@gmail.com

Bootcamps in Kaleden With Jacqueline Goodfellow Results based fitness! Call: 306-741-4875

Pickleball, Pickleball, Pickleball! Kaleden Hall (all-levels): Tues / Thurs 6:30 pm & Saturdays 9:30 am Okanagan Falls School Gym: Thursdays at 3:30 pm - All welcome! Join us for Badminton, too! Thursdays in OK Falls at 7:00 pm

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: Is it Possible?

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health A one year study comparing a lifestylebased approach to manage Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) with standard of care treatments for the disease, has shown that this common, debilitating, and rapidly growing problem is, in fact, reversible. Although this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, it is not new to holistic doctors who have witnessed this phenomenon for decades. Fortunately, a study is proving what many have suspected all along; since Type 2 Diabetes is largely caused by environmental and lifestyle factors; it can be reversed by changing our environment and improving particular lifestyle factors. A group of researchers and doctors at Virta Health placed a study group of T2D patients on a program, which induced nutritional ketosis. This is a diet that limits carbohydrate rich foods, keeps protein to a moderate level, and is relatively high in healthy fats. They also supplemented patients with certain vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. After one year, the treatment group on average had dropped their levels of Hemoglobin A1C by 1.3% (this is a measure of average 3 month blood glucose), their weight by an average of 12% or 30 pounds, 60% of the people had their diabetes reversed to normal, and 94% had lowered or discontinued their dependence on insulin. Other benefits of this diet are a lowering of one’s risk for heart disease, a lowering of high blood pressure, and a lowering of inflammation. Anyone with T2D can sign on with the Virta Health team to obtain more information and follow their protocol with proper monitoring (www.virtahealth.com). With our dietary guidelines historically emphasizing a low fat approach to health, diets for the past 50 years or so have been higher in carbohydrates, particularly from grains and sugars. This trend along with the production of factory food that is highly processed and the increase in fast and convenience foods has brought about alarming statistics in chronic disease rates, many stemming from blood sugar abnormalities. According to Diabetes Canada, the prevalence of diabetes in 2015 was 3.4 million, but is estimated to grow to 5 million or 12.1% of the population by 2025. This represents a 44% prevalence increase and a 25% increase in health care costs. Not only can we not afford to put ourselves at risk with this largely preventable disease, but our healthcare systems could be severely stressed by these numbers. Consider this: It is estimated that one in ten deaths in Canadian adults is attributed to diabetes; Diabetics are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease, 12 times more likely to develop end-stage kidney disease, and 20 times more likely to suffer a lower limb amputation compared to the general population. Couple this with the alarming stat that 57% of Diabetics cannot adhere to prescription treatment due to high out-of-pocket cost, and it becomes clear that prevention and evidence-based dietary and lifestyle approaches are direly needed in this area. Under the care of a Naturopathic Physician and adhering to lifestyle guidelines that are sensible and easy to follow, Diabetics can lower their dependence on expensive therapies, free up spending for healthy whole food and exercise, and expect to live longer, healthier lives. Dr. Joseph Mercola has written a wonderful Cookbook called “Fat for Fuel: The Ketogenic Cookbook�, which is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in this approach. Please contact Dr. Tamara Browne at the Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls at 250-497-6681 for further information and guidance on this subject.

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when you take a trip, don’t leave your medications at home! Keep these tips in mind for managing your medications on the road: Before your trip, review your dosage schedules with your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you’ll be crossing time zones - you may have to take your medications at different times. For example, if you have diabetes and need to use insulin while travelling eastward across 5 or more time zones, you may require less intermediate or long-acting insulin. If you are travelling to another country, visit www.travelhealth.gc.ca to see if you need special protection again disease in the country you are visiting. Some medications can make you more sensitive to the sun and heat - check labels for warnings, or ask your doctor or pharmacist. You may need to cover up or use stronger sunscreen. Store medications away from direct sunlight or high heat. A beach bag or your car’s trunk or glove compartment aren’t good places to keep medications. For example, insulin can be kept up to 30 days at room temperature, but degrades at higher temperatures. Don’t put your medications in checked luggage. Keep them with you and bring enough to last the whole trip. When you go on an outing, carry along a day’s supply. You should pack essential medication in 2 different pieces of hand luggage, just in case one becomes lost or stolen. This way you will have back-up and not be left without your important medication while abroad. Keep with you a list of all the medications you take (include the names, dosages, directions), your doctors’ phone numbers, and your health insurance information. To avoid problems with customs, carry a note from your health care provider describing the types or medications you are using, a copy of your prescriptions, and clear labels on all your medications that identify your full name (as on your passport), pharmacy name, and the name and dose of the medication. The same applies should you have to carry needles or pre-loaded syringes. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which specific medications may best suit your needs, depending on your medical history and travel destination.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Massage is one of the oldest forms of health care practices. Massage therapy history dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. Massage is about relaxing tense muscles, improving the range of motion of joints, stress relief, and enhancing circulation. One of the keys to reaping the numerous benefits of massage is regular treatments. Diabetes is a common disease in many older people. In Canada, approximately 20% of adults over 65 years of age have diabetes. Massage can be beneficial as it increases circulation, which tends to encourage cellular intake of glucose and improve insulin utilization. Diabetic clients can check glucose levels an hour or two after receiving a massage to witness how their glucose levels have been altered. It is also very important with diabetes to have good circulation to the extremities. Relaxation, a good night’s sleep, and stress relief are also very important to a person’s health when dealing with any disease and massage is an excellent way of achieving this. Massage will also increase mobility and enhance tissue elasticity. Both of these will encourage having a more active lifestyle, which will help reduce the chance of depression associated with this condition. I love working with seniors and going to local retirement residences every week and providing people in our community the opportunity to help manage their good health. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing on-site chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. 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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The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair Society will be hosting the annual Healthy Living Fair on Saturday, March 10th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. Whether you are just starting your healthy living plan or you are a successful triathlete - join us at this free event and take advantage of all of the great resources in our community! Visit www.healthylivingfair.com. A key element of the Healthy Living Fair is the opportunity to participate in the FREE ‘Healthy Living Assessment’ Program. Pre-register for the program prior to the event. Then, on Saturday, March 10th, drop by the Healthy Living Assessment table in the Atrium entrance and pick-up your personalize ForMyHealth! Profile and Plan. With your package in hand, you can then visit the various stations where health professionals will take your blood pressure, met with you one-on-one to discuss stress, eating healthy, being fit, and how to stop smoking. A quiet room will be available for you to sit down, relax and start setting your healthy-living goals. Take your completed ForMyHealth! Profile and Plan to your next annual Doctor’s appointment to review and set-up a plan. The Healthy Assessment Stations are brought to our community by funds from the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association ForMyHealth! Program, the CHMA Bounce Back Councilors, Summerland Guardian Pharmacy and the support of the nursing students at UBC-O Nursing Program. All elements of the event are FREE to the public, but registration is necessary for the ‘Healthy Living Assessment’ Program and can be done in-advance through www.healthylivingfair.com. All pre-registered participants with the ‘Healthy Living Assessment’ Program will be entered into a draw for an awesome prize, which will take place at the end of the Fair. The annual Healthy Living Fair hosts organizations who will profile resources, products and services that support and encourage a healthy lifestyle. There will be activity demos, healthy eating sessions, speakers, ‘Healthy Living Assessment’ stations and over 80 different information booths - all for Free! www.healthylivingfair.com


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Free Wireless Internet!

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Kaleden Branch:

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

Preschool Storytime continues at 10:00 am on March 6th and 13th. Please note that there will be NO Storytime over Spring Break, being March 20th and March 27th. Join us for a “late” Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday, April 3rd. This program is for children ages 2-5 years old and includes listening to stories, singing songs, meeting new friends, and making a craft. Looking for something to do over Spring Break? Lego Afternoon is being held at the Kaleden Library on Thursday, March 29th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. All ages are welcome, but please register in advance for this program, as space is limited. With spring approaching we have also ordered books on Gardening and Landscaping to go along with Ken Hayter’s presentation on Friday, March 2nd at the Kaleden Community Hall. The Kaleden Library is having the annual “Guess How Many Jelly Beans are in the Jar” contest. Stop by the library and enter your guess! Winner will be notified on Thursday, March 29th. The Kaleden Library will be Closed over the Easter Holidays, covering Friday, March 30th to Monday, April 2nd, re-opening on Tuesday, April 3rd. Happy Easter to all from Glenda and Lynn. The Kaleden Library is a small branch, of the Okanagan Regional Library system. Library membership is FREE to all the residents living permanently or owning property in the Kaleden Area. To apply for your FREE library card, please bring valid personal identification and proof of your address. For more information on these programs, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 10 - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Effective March 1st - Tuesday hours have changed to 10am - 6pm. Adult Programs: • Introduction to Reiki with Elaine Hopkins, Master Teacher of Traditional Japanese Reiki. You will learn the history of Reiki, how the chakras affect the flow of vital energy, and you will see a demonstration of the energy. Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30 8:00 pm and/or Wednesday, March 21st from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. • Crafting Circle - Bring your projects to work on, or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday afternoons March 7th and 21st from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. • Book Club - Tuesday, March 20th 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Please Note - the time has been changed.) Children’s Programs: • Story Time - Bears, Bears, Bears ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, March 13th from 9:00 - 10:00 am. (Please Note - the time has been changed.) • LEGO Club ~ Let’s build something awesome! For ages 5-12 years old. Tuesday, March 27th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please pre-register for all programs by calling us at 250-497-5886 or email us at OkanaganFalls@orl.bc.ca.

In Photos Above - “Zentangle with Jeannie” at Okanagan Falls Library was well attended and everyone enjoyed their creative time spent on the art of Zentangle.

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Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School!

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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

SD67 graduation rates continue to move in an upward trend and are with Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal above the provincial averages. This year the Ministry of Education 5 “Great Things” include: broke out statistics for Residents from All Students. The numbers 1. The whole school visiting Princess Margaret Secondary School break down as follows: to watch a wonderful Dr. Seuss Musical Performance. 2016/17 2015/16 2. The Kaleden Fire Department teaching our students to be “Burn Residents 88.1% 86% Aware” with help from Sparky, the Fire Dog. Aboriginal 75.5% 74.9% Special Needs 77.2% 75.2% 3. Our Grade 4 & 5 Basketball Team finishing up their season by participating at a District Tournament at KVR Middle School. The application deadline for Late French Immersion closed at noon on 4. Our First Term One-to-One Reader Program having a special February 1, 2018. There are 86 students registered for KVR, which is three divisions, along with 29 registered for Summerland Middle party to celebrate reading success. 5. Kaleden’s Monday Morning Assemblies continuing to celebrate School, which means one division. All students who applied on time student growth and learning with the “Student of the Week” will have a spot in the program. Parents will receive a phone call to advise acceptance to the program and next steps. program. The district is pleased to announce that Kevin Lorenz, CPA, CGA has been appointed as the new Secretary-Treasurer (ST), effective June 1, 2018. For the past four years he has worked as ST in School District 40 (New Westminster) and has several years experience in districts around BC. Kevin succeeds ST Bonnie Roller-Routley. We thank her for her work and commitment to students in SD67 and wish her all the best in her future endeavours. Several months ago, the Board contracted IBM to do an external technology review, as per our Strategic Plan. The Learning Plan Leveraging Digital Report has been completed and the Superintendent identified next steps to implement some of the recommendations. 1. District staff will work together to adopt an initial focus area based on curriculum competencies and the ongoing work around inclusion. A presentation will be made at school staff meetings about the key recommendations and to discuss how digital can support the work going on in the classroom, teaching and learning. 2. A Learning Council and workgroups will be formed. The council will look at the district’s top learning needs, action plans and resources to address them. 3. A group will be formed to look at device selection for students and teachers. There will also be a new user device strategy developed and professional development for staff. 4. Windows 10 upgrade. 5. Review and update Policy 207 Acceptable Use of Technology. with Brad Nunes Hello Kaleden. Parents, please don't be alarmed. I want you all to Try-A-Trade, facilitated by Brian Allanson and Trevor Knowlton, is sit down. I have something scary to tell you ... It ... is ... MARCH! an initiative that has been introduced to the district for Kindergarten AHHHHH. I know! The dreaded month where you have to find TWO to Grade 5 students. The program is supported by a grant from the WHOLE WEEKS worth of fun activities to do with your kids. The only Ministry of Education and is at no cost to students. It introduces thing worse is the end of June, but this is a close second. I mean you students to the trades through small hands-on projects. The students might be able to swing a week off work, but what do you do? Too cold use child size tools, so they experience success with each project. for the beach, slushy snow on the ski hills. You could always get away The goal is to eventually have all elementary schools participate in somewhere warm, but that means you have to live the nightmare of the program. what I am sure is Samuel L. Jackson's next film, "Kids on a Plane". Policy 323 - Police Questioning Students in Schools is on the website Waaaay worse than snakes. We just have to hope that good ol' Kal for review until March 12, 2018. Rec comes through with a Spring Break camp. We can also take For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at the time to appreciate that while we have to entertain our kids for 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com. two weeks, the school staff has to engage AND educate them for 36 www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com weeks. God bless them. The old calendar is pretty light this month. No real big events, except for the extra special super duper PAC meeting on March 5th at 6 pm. Seats will be provided this time in the library. Also, keep your eyes open for more information about LOBSTERFEST INGRAHAM 2018! The prizes are rolling in fast and large. We will always take more. Tickets will go on sale soon. Also, if you haven't already put your name on it, stop by the school and consider signing the petition to have the sidewalk extended out to the school. Keeps our kiddos off the road and (insert old man voice here) off mah darn lawn! (Please note that KINRADE LOCATIONS WEST REALTY the PAC has not actually heard any man, or woman, old or otherwise 250-493-2244 484 Main St, Penticton, V2A 5C5 aged, complain about kids on their lawn.) That is all from KPAC.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 16th

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update with Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

The next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30-7:30 pm with Carrie Ferguson, Race Director Attention Parents: Time to mark your calendar! in the school library. Child minding is available. All parents/caregivers Registration opens at 6:00 am on April 1st for the of children of the school are members of PAC, so come out and hear 7th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. As always, what exciting things are coming up at our school! this fun event is Free for kids aged 3-13. You can register online at “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC www.okfallsjrtri.com, but don’t delay as the registration cap is 200 wishes everyone a great Spring Break participants. We do expect another “sell-out”, so please register early from March 19th - March 30th.” to avoid disappointment. The event is being offered at no charge due to our awesome sponsors. Thanks to those businesses who have already confirmed their support again this year. If you are interested in becoming one of our fabulous Learn to play a universal instrument. It’s easy, fun and fast. sponsors, please contact Carrie at carrieferg@hotmail.com. Uken’ do it! All levels and groups welcome. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 16th, and once again 250.497.7162 www.ukenplay.ca the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park is on Friday, June 15th. The race course is in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park. For more information on the event, to volunteer, or to register, visit www.okfallsjrtri.com or email carrieferg@hotmail.com.

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Monthly Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School with Principal Karen Sinclair

February’s Highlights Include:

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. Our spaces are currently full and a wait list available. For more information, send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

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Future Scientists in Gr 3-4 class

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“Find Your Fit” ~ Gr 5-7s attend Career Fair at SOSS

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Mixed Boys and Girls Basketball Team

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Kindness Challenge / Pink Shirt Day Celebrated

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Okanagan-Similkameen Day hosted at Okanagan Falls


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6. Clean Or Replace Flooring ~ Carpets should be shampooed and treated for stains. Tile and hardwoods should be thoroughly swept and mopped to a shine. Any flooring that is stained, damaged or worn beyond repair should be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors that are scratched or have lost their sheen should be refinished. 7. Freshen Up Fixtures/Hardware ~ Light fixtures, bathroom mirrors, PRESIDENT’S taps, shower heads and cabinet hardware can all be replaced for very GOLD AWARD little money and will make a huge difference in terms of visual appeal. SALES 8. Create A Welcoming Entrance ~ Your front door is the first thing ACHIEVEMENT AWARD potential buyers will see when they visit your home, so remember REALTOR to make it inviting. Paint the door if needed, replace any damaged hardware, keep decorations minimal and declutter the entrance area. 9. Stage ~ An important part of showing your home, staging can be done yourself or by professionals. Place furniture to maximize the feelings of space and light in your with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other. If your decor Spring selling season is just around the corner and it’s certainly not isn’t cutting it, you can move your belongings into storage and rent too early to be giving it some thought if you’re looking to make an furniture and artwork from a home staging service on a monthly basis. impact on the market. Taking steps to prepare your home now will 10. Get Your Real Price ~ Find out how much you should list your help you avoid the stress of a last minute rush to market. home for by asking for your agent’s advice. Here are 10 tips to get ready for a spring sale:

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10 Ways To Prepare Your Home For A Spring Sale

1. Clean & Declutter ~ Make your move easier by beginning the packing process now. • Clear out all clutter and remove items you don’t regularly use. • Donate items that haven’t been used in the past 12 months. • Throw away items that are broken or damaged. • Shred and dispose of paperwork that is no longer needed. • Consider a temporary storage facility for bulky pieces of furniture, holiday decor, out of season clothing and any other items you don’t need. When you clean, pay attention to small details. • Wash windows • Dust blinds • Launder curtains • Dust baseboards • Clean appliances • Straighten contents of your closets 2. Do A Thorough Inspection ~ This step will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises during the sale process. • Inspect your walls and floors for water damage • Check for plumbing leaks • Make sure your windows don’t have broken seals • Check for any signs of insects or rodents • And, fix any problems that you find

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3. Eliminate Odours ~ Don’t mask household odours with air fresheners, which can be overwhelming and cause allergies in many people. Rather, include freshly cut flowers, the scent of fresh cinnamon boiled on the stove (but remove the pot before the showing), or fresh apples and cookies placed in plain sight in the kitchen. 4. Paint ~ While you might love your aubergine walls, there’s a good chance that most buyers won’t. Many buyers want to see a blank canvas, where they can inject their own personality. In order to make your home appeal to the largest possible audience, paint your walls in neutral colours in a matt finish. Don’t forget to repair any nail holes or other damage before painting, and be sure to touch up ceilings and trim as needed. 5. Finish Projects & Repair ~ Now is the time to complete any home improvement projects you have under way and make any and all necessary repairs to your home. You’ll most likely find a buyer more quickly and the sale process will be much smoother, if everything that needs to be done is taken care of before you list your property. If you have additional home improvement projects planned, make sure they can be finished in a short amount of time.

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Pike Fishing with Larry Martin

This may not be the best timing for a summer trip to rural Alberta with BC plates on my boat and Okanagan wine in the cooler, but opportunity knocks. I’ve always wanted to try fishing for Pike, so when my cousin sent a picture of his daughter Brianne with a Pike caught near Fox Creek, Alberta, along with an offer to visit the area this summer ... How could I refuse? I have never been anywhere near the area, so a quick look on trip planner Brianne with Pike. was in order. I found it is about 950 kilometres to Fox Creek, Alberta, mainly via the Yellowhead Highway. I was assured that I will not need an ice auger in early June. I think they were joking? In any case, I will show up prepared for any weather event, along with an assortment of tackle. I’m not used to being the fishing rookie, so this will be an adventure. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Surprise in the Hay Shed By Randy Castle, Marron Valley Resident

On the morning of February 18th, at the normal time I usually go to feed our horses, there was a surprise waiting in the hay shed. Taco, our little dog, as usual accompanied me. When we approached the barn, Taco went his usual routine of checking out all the new tracks and smells around the barn area, while I proceeded through the barn to the hay shed attached to the back of the barn. As I entered the hay shed, the hay bales are stacked on the right, so in order to feed the horses, I pass the stack to where I have an open bale I am feeding from twice daily. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Taco jump up onto the hay bales stacked 4 or 5 bales high, which is his usual routine but sooner than I had expected. I threw 2 flakes of hay to the horses, then turned and started back for 2 more flakes, looked up and there sat a young cougar where Taco normally sat. I’d estimate it was about a yearling and about half grown from its full size. Probably weighed about 50 or 60 lbs and was absolutely beautiful. It no longer had its kitten spots and moved as gracefully as anything I had ever seen ... like fluid motion. The young cougar was not acting particularly afraid, but was nervous and looking for a way out. It jumped down from the hay bales, then back up a couple times, rather than pass by me trying to escape. I talked calmly to it and it finally realized it could go out through the door I had come in through. It then jumped down and ran through the barn alleyway to the indoor arena, through the indoor arena, and then off into the bush. At no time was fear an emotion either of us felt or displayed. It was just a very beautiful experience. Fortunately, Taco was still checking things out around the area while all this happened. The cougar was gone by the time Taco showed up, so there was no encounter between them. Otherwise, we would have been dealing with entirely different emotions; barking dog, the cougar feeling trapped and trying desperately to escape, and panicking the horses too. As it was, the horses did not react at all and probably didn’t even know the cougar was there, since it did not have to expose itself to them. I’ve always believed we each have a Higher Power who helps us when we encounter situations like this. Call it guides, or God, or whatever, but it is always there when we need it. Just one of the many experiences one has when they live close to and with nature, but this was my first close encounter with a cougar.

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Attention Dancers - Join The Excitement

Learn to dance Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. There is a boom of new dancers already learning in the South Okanagan. Brian Udal is currently drawing students from Peachland, Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls to burn up the dance floor. Brian Udal is a Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) Certified instructor who began teaching in 2004 in White Rock/South Surrey. He has taught thousands of students how to be comfortable on the dance floor. With only 8 weeks of lessons, you can strut your stuff at parties, cruises, weddings or just have fun twirling around the kitchen. Brian’s Dance Class offers Wedding Lessons for the new couple that have a goal to look their best in only 5 private lessons. You will learn an amalgamation of patterns for a choreographed routine that will provide you with the confidence to set the stage with memories that continue to give back long after your honeymoon. Private lessons are also provided for the students who desire to refine their patterns or freshen up with something new. Need a place to dance? There are monthly dance parties at the Anglican Church Hall located at 9311 Prairie Valley Road in Summerland starting February 24th. All Brian’s students will have a target dance to express their new skills. This is great news for students who are looking for a dedicated location to practice what they have learned, meet fellow dancers, and develop healthy exercise for body, mind and heart. Brian Udal and Natalie Dunser of Brian’s Dance Class are the new kids on the block and are excited to be your dance hosts. The next season of dance lessons commence in Penticton April 12 and April 13 in Summerland. Beginner and next level lessons will be offered for those keen to tackle another 8 weeks of more advanced patterns and skill levels. Be the first to sign up and join the Ballroom movement right here, right now ... Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

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Life is short. We can show you the World in 180 days. with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel Oceania Cruises is willing to break the mold of traditional cruising in some pretty dramatic ways. This world cruise will depart Jan 22, 2020. Winters were getting worse, more and more boomers and retirees are searching for winter escapes. People just felt they want to get away from the increasingly brutal winters in so many parts of the country. So, the concept of a ‘winter cruise’, a world cruise that could follow the sun to warm weather destinations, has great appeal. It also means that much of winter could simply be avoided. The product that gives them the best bragging rights is almost always going to be highly successful. And, what is more brag-worthy than saying you spent the winter on the longest world cruise in modern history? Yes, 25 million people will cruise this year. But, how many snowbirds will flee the cold climes in search of warmth? And, what will they get for their efforts? Likely, it will be a condominium rental overpriced during the winter season. Food won’t be included. Housekeeping won’t

be included. Security may not be included. They will have to drive everywhere. They will find crowded and expensive restaurants. They will have to spend countless hours shopping for food. If storms come, their condo will not be able to seek safe harbor. Why not consider a 180 Day World Cruise? Voyage Highlights ~ Insignia begins her ‘Around the World’ journey in Miami transiting the Panama Canal to San Francisco on January 22, 2020. While exploring picturesque ports in Central America, Mexico and Baja California. Insignia then travels to South America to call on a wide array of iconic and boutique ports throughout Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Next, she makes a transatlantic journey to South Africa, while discovering off-the-beaten path ports in Senegal, Gambia, Ivory Coast and Ghana. The exploration continues along the dramatic landscapes and world-class cities all around Asia, including visits to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and China. The expedition deepens as Insignia travels farther north to new ports in Japan, Russia and along the Bering Sea, encompassing ports in the Gulf of Alaska and beyond. The odyssey culminates by traversing the Panama Canal once again from San Francisco to New York exploring the best the Americas has to offer. Interesting Voyage Facts ~ Continents visited - 4 / Countries visited - 38 / Time zones crossed - 27 / Islands visited - 24 / Ports visited - 95 / UNESCO World Heritage sites accessible - 67 / Overnight stays (including two-night stays) - 17 / Nautical miles sailed - 44,090 / Oceans cruised - 3 / Seas cruised - 18 / Number of times equator crossed - 4 / International Date Line crossed - 1 / Largest population - Tokyo, Japan / Smallest population - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

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“Building Community Spirit”

Making sure your financial future is secure.

The hope in this new column of “Building Community Spirit” is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show community spirit is alive and well in many areas of our South Skaha region.

Join in “Tea for Two Tuesday” on March 20th Happy Tea for Two Tuesday! Visit http:// holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/ March/tea-for-two-tuesday.htm for more information. Didn’t know it was a holiday? Well, now you do! The premise of this holiday is for two or more people to enjoy a cup of tea together, enjoy a conversation, and take a break. Tea is a very relaxing beverage, with a number of known health benefits. And, how much more pleasant it is, when it is enjoyed with others. While the name of this very special day, is Tea for Two Tuesday, we encourage you to have “a spot of tea” with any number of people. Go ahead ... make it a Tea Party! The more, the merrier!

Robert A. McLennan, FMA Investment Advisor

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Making The Most Of Your RRSP By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor When it comes to saving for your retirement, you just can’t beat the tax advantages offered by your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Here are some tips on making the most of your RRSP. 1.

Save the Date - “Pay It Forward” Day is Saturday, April 28th. Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. What will you do to celebrate this special day?

Maximize your RRSP contributions every year ~ Not only are your contributions tax-deductible, they also grow on a taxdeferred basis. In other words, you don’t pay taxes on the investment income earned within your RRSP, until you withdraw it. Make your maximum contribution every year, and if you have unused contribution room from previous years, catch up as soon as possible. Also, contributing earlier in the year or at regular intervals over the year can result in greater growth over time.

If there is someone or a group you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. 2.

Set the right asset mix for your life stage ~ Your RRSP’s risk/reward tradeoff is largely based on your asset mix between stocks, bonds and cash. Stocks tend to provide higher returns over 10-20 years (good for when you have this much time before retirement), but fluctuate more in value. Bonds and cash tend to provide lower, but more consistent returns for those approaching or enjoying retirement.

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Neighbourhood Small Grants support residents like you who want to make our community a better place to live. Neighbourhood Small Grants is a unique program that helps build community and strengthening connections right where people live. We give grants from $50 to $500 to projects that focus on connecting and engaging residents. There’s no limit to your creativity!

Reduce future taxes now – with a spousal RRSP ~ In Canada, the higher your income, the higher your tax rate. Because of this, it can make sense to “split” your income with your spouse, so that you have two smaller retirement incomes taxed at a lower combined rate. The spouse expected to have the higher retirement income can split income by contributing to a spousal RRSP on behalf of the lower-income spouse, who will then receive income from the spousal RRSP during retirement.

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Talk to your neighbours and apply online!

Go global to reduce risk and enhance return potential ~ By diversifying your RRSP’s assets among different geographic areas, you can offset the impact of negative performance in one area with stronger performance in another.

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Bring it all together ~ If you find it difficult to determine how much you have saved for retirement - or what rate of return you are getting on your savings - you could probably benefit from a consolidation strategy. By consolidating your savings into one overall plan, you can reduce the extra costs associated with multiple RRSP accounts, while making it easier to understand where you stand today, and where you will be tomorrow.

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Making your 2017 RRSP contribution ~ The deadline for your 2017 contribution is March 1, 2018. You can contribute up to 18% of your 2017 earned income to a maximum of $26,010, minus any pension adjustment from your 2017 T4 tax slip.

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Have a great idea for your neighbourhood? Apply for a grant of up to $500 and make the South Okanagan Similkameen an even better place to live.

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Apply online by April 4, 2018 www.cfso.net in partnership with

Please contact Robert McLennan at 250-770-1213 for more information about your RRSPs. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. This article is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy.


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This is the 17th 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 Tomlin Family Oliver Tomlin, or O.E. as he was known, brought his wife and two sons, George and John Charles (JC) to Kaleden in 1909, moving here from Wetaskawin. He owned two teams of horses, operated a livery barn and did general hauling in the area. He was a vital link between the boat service on the lake and the new homes and businesses that were springing up. All the supplies, building materials, groceries, furniture and personal possessions of new arrivals were freighted from Penticton to the dock facility at the northwest corner of Skaha Lake. From there, they were transported on the Kaleden, the Mallard or the Cygnet, down the lake to be unloaded at Kaleden. At first, the boat pushed a scow which was simply driven onto the beach, but by 1911 a small dock was constructed in the little bay near the beginning of Alder Avenue. This was the first of three wharves that served Kaleden during the years in which water transportation provided such an important link within the valley. The other two were situated at the end of 2nd Street, or Lakehill Road, between what is now the 1912 and the old hotel. The first was a small dock suited to the very shallow draft boats. The second, a much longer wharf, extending out into over 6 feet of water to accommodate the York, which, in the years up to 1931, hauled so much of Kaleden’s fruit on its first leg to world markets. It was from these docks that OE Tomlin’s delivery company distributed the arriving freight to the ever increasing number of homes, orchards and businesses in Kaleden.

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250-492-5754 OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson I gather from the dusting of fresh snow on my deck that winter isn’t over yet. It has been a busy one for the Heritage Society. The Society AGM was held the end of January, and was well attended by the membership. Four “Life Time Honoury Memberships” were presented to long time members and volunteers, those being Eleanor Walker, Jim Laidlaw, Merle Laidlaw and Fred Wiley.

The smoke detectors had been ordered for the buildings and in early February, a technician arrived and put the smoke detectors in their places. New wall paper was ordered for the Bassett House and has arrived. The new paper will be in the two bedrooms. They are beautiful patterns and we are quite excited about it. Mr. Art Simpson put new drywall in the bedrooms for the paper to be hung on. The original walls were too uneven and rough for the new stuff. Anyway, all is looking great! We will be looking for a paper hanger later in the spring. When OE played an active role in the growth of Kaleden for nine years. we open in May, all will be ready. The family established several firsts in the community; they built the Speaking of a thank you owed, I neglected to thank Grant Henderson first home, on the hill overlooking the lake; they produced the first for entertaining us at our Christmas Party and Dinner in December. child born here and were awarded a town lot in recognition of that He always has a nice mellow selection of songs to sing. He’s just distinction; they were among the charter members of the Baptist great! Church; and for many years their livery barn, the first built in Kaleden, stood where the KID office now stands. Quite a legacy for one family. The Thrifty Boutique is holding it’s Winter Clothing Bag Sale. Buy a Mrs Tomlin served as the second postmaster in Kaleden, using one bag for $5 and fill it up with your choice of clothing available. The sale started on February 20th and will run into the first weeks of March. room of the house for that purpose. Noreen will start bringing out the spring frocks in the middle of March. Tragic events seemed to follow the family during their residence here. A new sign was ordered for the “Thrifty Boutique” and will be put in The first accidental death in the community, in 1909, was that of NK place on the building in a week or so. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Simpson when he was thrown from his horse during a race with JC. all of our family of volunteers who are working shifts in the shop. The JC joined the Canadian Army during WWI along with his close friend, girls who come to work in the shop are all friendly and helpful. You Hartley Simpson. They were in action together in France when JC ladies are doing a fantastic job and we really appreciate you. was killed by an enemy shell. Then in 1918, after selling his livery business and joining the South Okanagan Transportation Company, Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal working the boats, the Mallard was spotted drifting on the east side of Skaha Lake. On boarding her, OE was found dead in the engine room. There had been engine trouble and whether the death was from carbon monoxide poisoning or was the result of a heart attack was never determined. More than enough tragedies for one family in just $40 March Special nine years. Mrs. Tomlin and Gordon moved away shortly after - but the 30 minute Reflexology with family certainly had a lasting impact on this small community. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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Kaleden Seniors Programs with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

A ton of laughs, sushi rolling and secrets of Japanese cuisine were shared in February’s SUSHI KOJO cooking class presented by the Kaleden Seniors Committee. A HUGE thanks to Kan Tatsuo and four amazing staff from Sushi Kojo, who wowed us all with new cooking skills and an incredible lunch. AND, a Family Day thank you to the students of Princess Margaret Secondary School, who shared their hands on expertise with community members on a wide variety of mobile technological devices.

Our Fun Facts and Food lunch series continues on March 2nd with Carolyn Johnson and “Russian Borscht”. Lunch by donation starts at Noon followed by a Xeriscape Gardening presentation with Ken Hayter of Linden Gardens. Bring your trowels and questions for Ken! He will dig up some great tips. On Friday, March 23rd, we present Mark Cheung with our Fun Facts and Food “Chinese Hot Pot” Hands on Cooking class from 9:30am -12 Noon. Mark will share his chicken hot pot, fried rice, vegetable/ tofu recipes and the Chinese culture of enjoying food with friends and family. Registration for the cooking class opens March 2nd. Please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com to reserve a spot. Space is limited! Lunch by donation will be served at Noon, followed by a presentation by Mary Beth Rutherford from the Alzheimer’s Society: Alzheimer’s/ Dementia versus Normal Aging. Please invite your neighbours and friends for this timely talk and question session. Cards, Games & Poker continues every Thursday through to the end of April at the Kaleden Community Hall. Time for games is 1-3 pm. $3 drop in fee or a prorated fee for the remaining weeks if you pay in advance. Euchre will be taught during the month of March. Watch for opening dates to register for our cooking classes and other programs. Any questions? Please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com. DE

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In Loving Memory

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FERRIS, Mary (Elliott) (nee Bell) December 19, 1916 - February 6, 2018

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Mrs. Mary Ferris (Elliott) (nee Bell) passed away peacefully at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver, BC at the age of 101 years. Mary was predeceased by her parents Eugene and Katherine Bell; sisters Rosy, Annie and Joyce; brothers Frank and Johnny; and her husbands Stan Elliott and Webb Ferris. Mary was predeceased by step-son Larry, grandson Kelly and granddaughter Marlene. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her sisters Lily, Emily and Susan; brother Louie and brother-in-law Bill and all their families, as well as by all her nieces and nephews. Mary’s memory will also be especially dear to her step-family, who became her family: Heather, Shari, Lavern, Jerry, and Sherry (Larry) and all their families. She will live on in the hearts of her many, many friends. Mary was born in Cloverbar, AB on December 19, 1916 to Eugene and Katherine Bell. She was the second oldest of ten children. Her family moved to Okanagan Falls in April 1935 when she was 18 years old, making her a resident of Okanagan Falls for 83 years. Her first job was in Kaleden, keeping house for the postmaster and their children. She later worked on a farm, then Summerland packing house and cannery, and at a local cattle ranch where she was “hoping to find a handsome cowboy, but there wasn’t one”. She worked as a “kitchen flunky” and later the cook at a mining camp in Surf Inlet. Here she met and married her husband of 38 years, Stan Elliott. During WWII, Mary became a riveter at the Burrard Shipyards. Never afraid of hard work, Mary and Stan worked together at the same camps. On highway construction, Mary was either a cook for the crew, or part of the crew! They always returned to their home base in Okanagan Falls, on weekends or between seasons, remodelling a home, or building a new home. In 1963, Stan and Mary built culverts at the coast, and through the South Okanagan, up Anarchist to the Kootenays, Mary the bolter. Her best job, she said, was camp cook for the four seasons she spent at the Greyback Mountain Dam. After Stan’s death in 1979, Mary later met and married Webb Ferris. Both retired; they were members of the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, spending many hours volunteering and attending social events. They did some travelling holidays around BC, Alberta, and the USA. Mary loved becoming Mom and Grandmother to Webb’s family, having step-children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren: the whole Ferris family tree! Mary was always a willing and able volunteer. She tended and beautified the Heritage Centre’s rose garden, and helped at the Heritage Thrift Store. She loved her garden, and transplanted flowers into community beds wherever she saw a need. Mary loved old-time music, attending all social music events at the Seniors Centre. She played the violin, and enjoyed her accordion and guitar. Mary had a feisty attitude and loved her independence. She loved her ancient pedal bicycle, riding it into her nineties. After Webb passed away in 2003, she continued living on her own until a few months past her 100th birthday. Then, relocated to Oliver’s Sunnybank Centre, where a luncheon was held by family on her 101st Birthday. Her graveside service was held on Saturday, February 24th at 11:00 am at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre at 12 noon. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre (1128 Willow St, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 or 250-497-8199). The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sunnybank Centre, and John Nunes, Daryn Pottinger and staff at Nunes-Pottinger. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Heather Jackson

We are busy gearing up for our Annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, March 10th. We are asking for donations of new or gently used items, excluding clothing or electronics. Also, baking donations for the bake table is appreciated too. Coffee and goodies will be available all day. You can bring your donations to the Senior’s Centre Tuesday through Friday between 9-11 am. Or, if you need something picked up, please call either Elaine Chernoff at 250-497-8608 or Heather Jackson at 250-497-1171. Ron Crawford has generously offered once again to help prepare our income taxes at no charge. Beginning March 1st, Ron will assist us every Thursday from 10 am to noon right through until the end of April. We are working on another inter-generational project with our local students who have expressed a desire to learn some old time dances. Anyone who thinks they could help show the kids a few moves, please contact Loraine at 250-488-5575. Check your calendar or stop by the hall for upcoming details. Please Note: Shuffleboard has been discontinued due to lack of interest. However, there are many other programs to join in on. For example, some people have expressed an interest to learn how to play "Mexican Train Dominoes". We are hoping to incorporate a games night or afternoon sometime soon. There is a sign-up sheet at the Seniors Centre. Lana Maber will be coordinating this project. Be sure to stop by the Centre to pick up your copy of the monthly calendar. Remember, the coffee pot is usually on. Have you renewed your membership for 2018? Are you new to town, want to meet new people, and get involved in the community? Come out and join us! Memberships are just $15 per calendar year.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, March 3rd from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, March 5th at 1 pm Music Jam & Dancing ~ Sunday, March 11th at 1 pm (11:30 lunch) Drop In Bingo (19+) ~ March 17th - 1 pm every 3rd Saturday Pot Luck Dinner ~ Saturday, March 24th at 5:30 pm Canasta ~ 1st 3 Mondays at 10 am Exercises ~ Tue/Thu/Sun at 9 am - except for 2nd Sunday Tuesday Bingo ~ 1st 3 Tuesdays at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music and Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays at 9 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm Scrabble / Bridge / Cribbage ~ 10 am / 1 pm / 7 pm on Thursdays Falls Music ~ Fridays at 3 pm

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Bob Wilson, President

Here we are half way through February and winter came back - again! Just when you think you might be spared - surprise! But don’t worry it will warm up again … eventually. I hope. We have seen our way through Christmas and New Year’s and the start of the run for spring. Now, it is Chinese New Year’s following Ukrainian New Year’s last month. “Gung hey fat choi” to everyone it’s the year of the Dog. Our Lions Club is continuing our community activities this spring with the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lion’s Park in Okanagan Falls on Sunday, April 1st starting at 1pm. Before then, however, we have decided to re-establish a dinner meeting once a month on the 4th Monday. We used to have them in the past, so we thought we’d try again this year. On February 26th, our return of the dinner meeting also had us celebrating our 39th year as a club in Okanagan Falls. On Sunday, May 27th, we will be hosting the annual “Walk for Guide Dogs”, which is appropriate in the year of the “Dog”. Let’s all try to make it a special year for this nationwide event which provides service dogs for people with special needs. The Lion’s School Breakfast program continues on Thursday mornings (early) thanks to our volunteer cooks and servers. Lions International continues it’s worldwide vision and diabetes awareness program targeting the less fortunate areas of the planet and our own backyard. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is March 21, 22 & 23 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you see us around town, come over and say hello. If you have a Monday evening free, drop into our meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/ okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans” William Edge

Enlisted August 10, 1914, St. Catherine’s Ontario Attestation on September 22, 1914 at Valcartier,PQ Into the Canadian overseas expeditionary force, 4th Battalion, Central Ontario. Regiment rank of private. Theatre of war: France, February 1915 - May 1915 Frontline. Wounded (gun shot wound) on March 5 1915, right chest and left arm. Awarded ~ 1914-15 Star Medal, 191419 Victory Medal, 1914-18 British War Medal, Mid Silver Leaf . William Edge was President of Branch #227 in 1948, 1951, 1953 and 1955. Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 is situated on land donated by William Edge. Thank you William Edge for your service to your country.

March Events at the Okanagan Falls Legion:

Great News ... Music Bingo is coming to the Branch! Starting Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm. It will be a Bingo Membership Drive. Food will be available from 6-10 pm. Saturday, March 17th ~ St. Patrick’s Day Dance! Irish Stew, biscuits and desserts for just $8. Tickets will be available at the bar. Music by Grant Henderson. Sunday, March 18th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. We have pancakes French toast, hash browns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults - $6, Children (3-10) - $3, and Children under 5 are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, March 20th ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out what’s going on at the Legion. Friday, March 30th ~ Beef Dip & Coleslaw is $7. This is immediately following the Meat & 50/50 Draws. Music by Grant Henderson. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. Come on out, you could be lucky. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. All the sports are up & running at the Legion: • Wednesday Darts ~ Starts at 7pm - Sign in at 6:30pm ICBC Insurance • Dart Shoot ~ 1st Sunday of each month - Sign in at 10:30am, 250.276.6257 Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Towline at 11am. Get your darts sharpened! Windshield Replacement 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty • Shuffle Board ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm THE BODY SHOP NETWORK Computerized Free Estimates • Pool ~ Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Stan is your man FIX AUTO PENTICTON www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com for all your pool information. Call 778-531-8228. For more information on darts and shuffleboard, please call Denise at 250-485-4949. For other information, call the Legion at 250-497-8338. with Barb Few We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. We will surely be starting to see signs of Spring this month and looking It’s a lot of fun! Everyone is welcome to become a member. for our bulbs to begin flowering. We will start the month as usual with Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. our Bingo at 1 pm on Saturday, March 3rd, where you can come out Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 and have fun, meet friends and perhaps win. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” On Wednesday, March 7th we will have our General Meeting at 1 pm. Then, something a little different at 2 pm following the meeting you will have a chance to learn how to make cards. This will take place No Event 2 Small or 2 Big from 2-4 pm and ALL are welcome to join in. You will be making 3-4 Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Receptions, etc. different cards, including an Easter card. The cost for this class is $15 Contact Denise @ 250-485-4949 or OpalBiz12@shaw.ca with a percentage of the money going to the Ladies Auxiliary funds and also for purchasing materials. ALL are also invited to attend our meeting first, if you would like to. As usual, the Ladies Auxiliary will be catering supper during the Meat Tue-Fri ~ 8-4 / Sat ~ 8-12 Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber Open: Closed: Sun/Mon & Holidays Draws on Friday, March 10th and Friday, March 24th. So, come and okbarbershop@shaw.ca - 778-515-6585 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls support us. Keep your eyes open for other events coming soon.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

KCC UPCOMING EVENTS Pizza, Kid’s Movie, & Parents’ Circle Sunday, March 11th, 5-7 pm at KCC Topic: Psychological Needs: Control, Freedom, Belonging & Fun RSVP: kaledenchurch@gmail.com

Easter Sunrise Service

Sunday, April 1st, 7am at Kaleden Beach - around the fire ring Wear warm clothing. Please bring a chair, mug and blanket.

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for March: 4th - Sarah Tupholme; 11th - Rev. David Sparks; 18th - Victor Ince; and 25th - Judi Ritcey. “Sing for Your Life” programs continues on Mondays at 10:00 am on March 5th and 19th. Participatory fun with music! All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Be A Part Of Something Bigger

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Volunteering not only helps others, it also builds community while Coffee and social time after the Church Service. contributing to the healthy lifestyle of a volunteer. Volunteering as part 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 of a team further increases a one’s sense of contribution, because teams can have a greater impact. Now in PENTICTON ... On March 10, visit the SOS Volunteer Centre Display at the Okanagan Healthy Living Fair to learn more on how your health is enhanced by helping others. On March 28, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, everyone is welcome to join “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet first, share volunteer experiences, and discuss new opportunities. Light lunch provided. RSVP by March 23rd to the SOS Volunteer Centre. Register as a volunteer to receive updates and learn more about the following positions at www.volunteercentre.info by searching under lifechurchbc.ca “Browse Opportunities”: • Cherry Park Retirement Residence located at 317 Winnipeg Street in Penticton is seeking volunteers. Volunteers help out with reading one on one, assisting with art classes, and helping Meet Randy Cranston on bus trips. Summer projects for youth volunteers are available. Randy Cranston is a grant writer • Habitat for Humanity Okanagan is opening a ReStore in extraordinaire. Randy has landed Penticton and are accepting new volunteer applications for thousands of dollars for the numerous positions, such as Customer Service, Handyman, community of Kaleden, benefitting Price Researcher and Warehouse Receiver. Training is provided. Senior’s programs and upgrades • Okanagan College is actively seeking individuals to become to the Hall. Hat’s off to you, Randy Adult Literacy Tutors! Training is provided. - for a lot of hard work behind the • The Older Adults Sharing Information on Substance use (OASIS) scenes securing funding for these program at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre is looking worthwhile projects. Randy is active for Peer Volunteers. Friendly, outgoing adults (50+) interested in on a number of committees, including healthy lifestyle issues are welcome. Training is provided. Kaleden Community Association, • The South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre Society is Kaleden Recreation, RDOS Regional looking for Board members with interests in helping out with Recreation Task Force and the communications and fundraising. Kaleden Mural project. • The Multiple Sclerosis Society has 3 committee positions open Volunteers ... Making A Difference for the May 27th MS Walk. Gain valuable experience, contribute If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, your talents for a worthwhile cause, and automatically receive an please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. extra helping of good Karma. Training is provided. Volunteer In Your Community! The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any volunteer work. For more information or to meet with a staff member, of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hi Everyone, this is Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations. All is well and we are moving forward with our exciting “Affordable Housing for Seniors Project”. We meet regularly to discuss many details of the project and we are working hard to meet the needs of our project and the community. Spring is on it’s way and so is our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held on April 11th at 6:30 pm in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre. We will be electing to our Board of Directors (Executive), whose term will expire. Membership dues for 2018 must be paid 30 days prior to our meeting, so by March 12, 2018. In order to vote at our meeting, please put your membership dues of $5 in a sealed self-addressed envelope and drop it off at the RDOS Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls. They are always there to help, just like Skaha Matters! Many thanks and we look forward to seeing y’all at the AGM on April 11th.

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Kaleden Ladies Drop-in Wednesdays from 1-4 pm

Kaleden Community Church Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation and crafts. Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

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Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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