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The Pioneer Park Project was created after a community survey was done a few years ago, showing residents wanted improvements made to the boat launch and parking. After many opportunities for residents to provide feedback into the design, the project is expected to be completed by Spring 2019 with a paved parking Subrina Monteith lot, including drainage infrastructure. Director of With the upcoming sewer referendum, RDOS Area ‘I’ hopefully by Fall 2019, 6th Street that goes to the boat launch won’t be paved until we know our community sewer design. We currently don’t have a provincial permit for a boat launch, which moves the project to Spring 2020 to replace the boat launch and hopefully we can secure grants to add a dock to the project. Previously allocated funds to the boat launch portion of the project will be redirected to the overall project, so there will be no financial charge to residents. The entire project is approximately $600,000, with less than $100,000 paid by residents, as the majority is funded by MoTI, KVR Regional Trails and gas tax funds. An area of concern has been the Ponderosa trees, which will be removed and smaller ones transplanted into the area between Pioneer Park and Kaleden Irrigation District. The trees have been slated for removal for years, as they are located in the right of way of MoTI. The tree removal and replacement cost will be covered by MoTI funds. The Sewer Project for Kaleden has entered into the next phase, which is commissioning a conceptual drawing to determine the cost for hookup per home and number of homes that can be reached using the current $6.6 million dollar grant. There will be a public meeting and information provided prior to the referendum, so please stay tuned. Crime in Kaleden has returned to a “Kaleden normal”, which means it still occurs but not like what we experienced earlier this year. Keep us all safe by locking up valuables and working at making your home/property less desirable to thieves who prefer to operate in the dark. Motion lights, security cameras, getting to know your neighbours or joining our community patrol are all ways we can work together to keep Kaleden safe. A group of residents received basic training on patrols to be prepared for the return crime. A Block Watch website is returning! A local has donated his time to restart a website for our community. Watch for details in the near future. To get involved in patrols or to be a block watch captain, contact me at 250-486-1346. We have a “Kaleden Watch” Facebook group to join, if you wish for more info on current crime. I have worked hard to reduce our property taxes, but there is an increase for residents in 2019. The increase is due to the sewer project and additional staff at RDOS. The staff increase that benefit Area ‘I’ are a Regional Recreation Manager, lead hand for Park Maintenance and other General Governance Staff.
The Economic Development Office in Area ‘D’/’I’ has secured a contracted employee to conduct a community review of services. “Why do we need an economic development office?” Area ‘I’ has wineries in Kaleden and around Green Lake Road, a garden/ cafe, two golf courses, a ski hill, two campgrounds and a resort. Sounds like we have tourism in Area “I”. The community survey for Area “I will ask if we wish to have our own office located at the Kaleden Community Hall to offer services, including garbage tags, dog licences and community information to residents a few days a week. Watch for the survey and feedback opportunities over the next few months. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.rdos.bc.ca
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’
The new Okanagan Falls Town Centre Revitalization Plan Bylaw came into assent February 7, 2019. This brings the new South Skaha Housing Association project zoning into order. It also prepares our Town Centre for potential new developments under the new bylaw.
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A reminder to everyone that Superintendent Ted de Jager of the RCMP and a delegation will participate in a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Okanagan Falls School Gymnasium from 7-9 pm. We will be calling for volunteers to participate in the renewed “Citizens On Patrol” program. This will be a very positive opportunity for our community concerns regarding policing generally to be heard and for us all to participate in finding ways to achieve improvement in this area.
I will continue to update you in Skaha Matters, as we move the public consultation and engagement process forward. When we are finished, we expect to have a better focused more efficient and high-value functioning community services office focused on economic development and betterment for all who live work and reside in Area ‘D’.
The 2nd Monday in March is Monday, March 11, 2019. Due to the success of the two community meetings we had at KJ’s Coffee The Community Service Office is staying open and the RDOS Bar on Main Street, we have gone looking for and found a larger is working to contract a consultant to assist us with the public venue. On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, I attended a meeting at the engagement process. The cost will be shared between Electoral Okanagan Falls Legion and was very grateful to the membership Area ‘D’ (60%) and Electoral Area ‘I’ (40%). Director Monteith for voting in support of having our meetings at the Legion. All and myself are expecting to be very successful in this transition members and non-members of the Legion are welcome. There process without any increase over the 2017 budgeted cost for the is plenty of parking at the rear of the building and all are welcome Community Service Office. The Community Service Office has at 9 am on Monday, March 11, 2019 (5009 Veterans Way, been very active and has contributed significantly to the success Okanagan Falls). I will be available to meet with anyone who of the $7.4 million housing project, which is expected to open this would like to speak regarding any concern comment or question. fall. It is also been very active in the Town Centre Revitalization I believe in democracy and I know that I can do a better job at the Plan Bylaw and planning process related thereto. The Community RDOS Board table if I know the community concerns and issues Services Office has also been highly impactful in grant applications of importance. I thank you in advance for helping me by sharing (resulting in over $400,000 of successful grant applications in your comments, ideas, and thoughts, so that I can do a better job recent years), in addition to contributing significantly to tourism, representing our community at the RDOS Board table. As always, Parks and Recreation and miscellaneous community services. phone calls or emails are welcome. I can be reached at robirek@ The primary impact has been promotion of economic development rdos.bc.ca or 250-328-9800. in Area ‘D’. Yours truly, The review of the Community Services Office was necessitated Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ by the division of the old Area ‘D’ into the new Area ‘D’ and Area Direct: 250.328.9800 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca ‘I’. Through this process, we will sort out what services Area ‘D’ SkahaMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 3
Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen
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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature resumed on February 12th with the traditional Throne Speech. As has already been reported by various media, it was probably the shortest in history and had none of the usual vision for the future we have come to expect. It was a total of 8 pages repeating the vague promises made by this government over the last 18 months that are still waiting for action. As Opposition, we respond to the speech with speakers of our own, matching the Government speakers one to one. This Government chose not to speak to its own Throne Speech, so the debate lasted only a couple of hours - again the shortest debate in recent history. How the House operates and how long a debate is on any Bill is dictated by the number of people who wish to speak to it, and the house leader’s management of time while the House is sitting. As Opposition, we have pushed the length of debate on issues that we feel are critical to the people we represent, like the Speculation Tax and the Proportional Representation Bills. The majority of the Bills that the NDP Government has introduced have not been spoken to by their members - they have merely voted in favour of them. When the BC Liberals were in government, as every Bill was introduced as many of us that time would permit spoke in the House to support our Bills. We matched and exceeded Opposition participation with speakers to our Legislation. Everyone is welcome to access Hansard (Debates) and see the difference in NDP member participation in the Legislature now as compared to when they were in Opposition. The Budget was introduced on February 19th. Each Minister will spend many hours in estimates, as our critics for each Ministry question the spending one line item at a time. I will be sitting in on the Agriculture Estimates and also Health Estimates, where I will ask the Health Minister once again what he is doing to settle the Doctor’s pay dispute with the Oliver Emergency Doctors. On another topic, it is extremely disappointing that meetings with Parks Canada continue to be cancelled or delayed. Many of you have participated in online surveys or joined others in organized groups asking for your opinion to be respectfully listened to by Parks Canada. There appears to be a loss of appetite on Parks Canada’s part to meet face to face with those who have unanswered questions about the impact from this Reserve on their current lifestyle or the possible consequences to their livelihood. Most of the areas under the new Park Boundaries are already
covered by protections either from the Province or organizations like Natures Trust and others. No one who lives in the beautiful South Okanagan Similkameen would tolerate damage being done to this unique grasslands ecosystem. We have all been educated about the species, animal and plant, that are on endangered lists, by the amazing work of the Osoyoos Desert Centre and the work of the Osoyoos Indian Band with the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. I fully support a call by the majority of residents who live here for a proper referendum to end the neighbour against neighbour conﬂicts that have disrupted all our lives for almost 15 years. With a Federal Election coming this fall, we should all be asking those candidates where they stand on this issue and what they would do to solve it. This is still a democracy - let the majority decide. It’s still winter and our snowpack is near normal. The tipping point for ﬂood issues is always the amount of rain that could fall in March and April. We need a spring without ﬂooding to continue the cleanup from last year’s disaster and create proper ﬂood management plans for the years ahead. Please be careful in the back country, as slides begin to happen more often as we warm up. We are all looking forward to a spring without any more natural disasters. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!
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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations Hi Everyone. This is Sharon reporting on our “Affordable Housing for Seniors” project. As you can see by our photo below, we are moving along very close to our schedule through wind, rain, sleet and snow. Many thanks to Greyback Construction for persevering through our winter and now “South Skaha Place Winter Wonderland!” Our Annual General Meeting will be held at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School in the Community Room on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30). In order to be able to vote, $10 Membership Dues need to be paid by March 26, 2019. You can drop off your dues in an envelope at the RDOS Community Services Office in the Okanagan Falls IGA Mall. You can also pay your dues or obtain membership at our meeting, but you will not be able to vote as per our SSHS Bylaws. We will provide you with information on our Application Process, Construction Progress and our Grand Opening updates. We look forward to seeing y’all.
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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News Fire Department History Continues ... The 1995 year saw our first female firefighter. Jennifer Zackodnik stayed on for 8 months, but sadly had to resign because of employment opportunities in the Langley area. That year, the fire department had a higher percentage of MVA calls than normal, with two of them having fatalities. We had a total of 103 calls with 31 members on staff. Two MVA’s on February 2nd at about 2 km’s south of Okanagan Falls. Both accidents were blamed on icy conditions and one needed the jaws of life to remove the driver, which took about 20 minutes. That vehicle was down a 20 foot embankment. No serious injuries in both accidents. Naramata received the go ahead for a new 5000 sq.ft. wood frame fire hall and an emergency response vehicle costing approximately $400,000. The building was a single story, which includes a 2 bay, four vehicle drive through, general purpose area, offices and a training area. Kamloops received 2 new fire trucks at a cost of $770,000, but they were to big for the fire hall. The trucks were a couple of inches to high for the bay doors, so they were moved to the Sahali fire station were the doors were larger. Trucks are replaced about every 20 years. A Prince George volunteer firefighter died while fighting a blaze in his own home. The firefighter died after falling from the roof of his home. He was 53. The community was deeply effected by the incident. At this time Kobe, Japan felt the 7.2 earthquake, which caused over 4000 deaths. Fires broke out all over the area, causing the firemen to fight them with very little water. The water mains were ruptured. Many of the structures burnt to the ground, because of lack of manpower and water. The Okanagan Falls Beach Resort on Main Street completed construction and were priced at $128,500 to $185,500. The complex had 28 condos with a central courtyard. The 2 bedroom units are in the area of 1,000 to 1,500 sq.ft. At the same time, Cedar Court on Cedar Street was completed. These units have 3 bedrooms and were designed as a family oriented complex. Also, 20 lots became available on the East Bench named Peach Cliff. Prices ranged from $55,900 to $75,900 and lot sizes 1/3 to an acre. A Japanese firm, TSW Laminating Co. constructed a $7 million, 49,000 sq.ft. laminating business beside Weyerhaeuser. The company employed 20 local people, making laminated posts and beams. The wood was supplied by Weyerhaeuser. The building was completed by October and is now known as Structurlam. In December 1995, a structure fire at the Sun Dial Motel at Vaseux Lake was reduced to a pile of smoking ash after an early morning kitchen fire. The fire claimed one life and destroyed half of the motel. To be continued ... Our deepest condolences to the Emery family for the passing of 20 year veteran firefighter, Dwayne Emery of the Oliver Fire Department.
By Bob Daly Water Main Flushing ~ Staff will be ﬂushing the watermains from March 26 - April 6, 2019. In addition to these dates, ﬂushing occurs throughout the year (weather permitting) in areas that require more frequent ﬂushing. System ﬂushing is required to ensure optimum water quality and removes any sediment deposits that may accumulate over time. Customers of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District are advised that during these periods you may experience lower than normal water pressure and some temporary discoloration when staff are working in your area. To avoid any inconvenience, please check your water clarity prior to use, if you experience discoloration run your cold water taps or an outside tap until the water runs clear. Notice To Dog Owners ~ As a courtesy to all, please pick up after your dog. It has come to our attention that dog owners are not picking up after their pets, while enjoying Centennial Park. As well, complaints have been received regarding this issue around fire hydrants and the lower reservoir below Peach Cliff. Doggy bags are available at Centennial Park for your use while there. For other areas, please take a bag with you on your walks and pick up after your pet. OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The Annual General Meeting of the taxpayers of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Seniors Centre. An election will be held to fill two Trustee positions. Trustee Bob Daly and Randy Perrett’s term expire at the meeting. Those interested in running for a Trustee position must file a nomination paper by 4:30 pm April 11, 2019. Nomination papers are available at the District office. Those running for election must be a Canadian citizen, be eighteen years of age or older and an owner of land in the tracts of land included in the District’s Letters Patent. Both Mr. Daly and Mr. Perrett have indicated that they will run for re-election. Water Taxes and Tolls ~ A reminder to OFID taxpayers that Water Taxes and Tolls are due to be paid by March 28th, 2019. 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 8:30 am - Noon and 1-4:30 pm. OFID News and Alerts ~ For information and news, visit OFID’s website. You can sign up for Alerts, which will notify you by text or email with immediate information regarding water emergencies (breaks, ﬂushing, service shut downs, boil water advisories, etc.). We highly recommend this service, especially for businesses.
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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee
What the Heck’s an IPZ ... ? In last month’s column, I talked about KID’s water intake and the need for a levy to upgrade water treatment required by the Interior Health Authority. One of IHA’s requirements was to identify possible hazards to our drinking water supply. KID hired Larratt Aquatic Consulting Ltd to report on this, and they outlined a number of risks and recommendations to reduce those risks in their 2016 report, Source Assessment of the Kaleden Irrigation District Skaha Lake Drinking Water Intake. As well as identifying potential sources of contamination, they studied how currents and mixing within the lake would affect contaminants moving through the lake near the intake. With this knowledge, an Intake Protection Zone (IPZ) was established. KID needs a minimum of two hours to react to an emergency such as a spill. Using that two-hour safety factor, together with the data collected on the vertical and horizontal transport of water, the area required for an IPZ around the KID intake was calculated (see map below). The proposed IPZ boundaries span from 300 to 450 m out from the shoreline, and extend some 600 m north and 300 m south of the KID Pumphouse. This area is in front of about half of the homes along Alder Avenue, and extends right to Pioneer Park’s main beach. Within an IPZ, water quality should take priority over other uses, and special care must be taken in the use and handling of potential contaminants. Other jurisdictions have applied for foreshore leases or implemented zoning bylaws that restrict activities such as boat moorages and the construction of docks. KID prefers to not pursue such initiatives. Rather, we will be looking at signage and other measures - such as this article - to educate landowners and the general public as to acceptable and unacceptable activities within the IPZ. Some examples: please don’t take your horse wading at the pocket beach just south of the KID Pumphouse; don’t fuel your boat motors or drain bilges within the IPZ ; and do use the Park’s washrooms before swimming! It’s our drinking water source - we all need to be involved in protecting it!
Kaleden Intake Protection Zone (taken from Larratt, 2016)
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Did you know that today, if your home broke out in fire, you would have less than three minutes to escape safely? Forty years ago, a person had about 17 minutes to escape a burning home. Evolutions in furnishings, homes incorporating more open layouts, and lightweight construction materials, all allow for fires to spread much quicker. Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Fortunately, the simple action of closing your bedroom door before March Tipand fire. going to sleep can help slow the 2019 spread ofSafety smoke, heat, Close The Door!leave for the day, Close doors to rooms before you go on holidays, or on rooms not the that time.today, if your home broke out in Didused you all know fire, you would have less than three minutes to escape safely? Forty years ago, a person had about 17 minutes to escape a Fire Smart Tip - Area ‘I’ burning home. Evolutions in furnishings, homes incorporating By The Kaleden Fire Smart CommitteeSERVICES MOBILE LEGAL & NOTARIAL more open layouts, and lightweight construction materials, all allow for fires to spread much quicker. The long-awaited Fire Assessment Report for Area ‘I’ DELIVERING BEYOND 9-5is completed. The need for assessment came a result of the Kaleden Fortunately, thethe simple action closingas bedroom door before Available forofEvening &your Weekend Appointments interface fire and desire to fithe nd spread ways toofreduce theheat, risk and of further going to sleep cana help slow smoke, fire. E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW P: 250-770-2951 wildfi res in our area. The report will outline concerns and solutions WILLS, ESTATES AND PROBATE Close doors to rooms before you go on holidays, leave for theLAW day, C: 778-931-0461 within our firenot protection REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCING or on rooms used all area. the time. W: dklmobilelaw.ca FAMILY LAW 129 Nanaimo Ave. W, Penticton 1N2 plannedCOLLABORATIVE AA:Community Meeting is V2A being for Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. This will allow Fire Fire Smart Tip -Group Area ‘I’ the report the Davies Wildland Management to deliver and answer any questions. Be sure to mark your calendars! By The Kaleden Fire Smart Committee The Fire Smart Committee has numerous ideas for Fire The long-awaited Fire Assessment Report for Area community ‘I’ is completed. Smart projects. These projects will be proposed at this meeting. The need for the assessment came as a result of the Kaleden Wildland fifires canahappen anywhere at any time. Weofneed to interface re and desire to find waysand to reduce the risk further be diligent to do whatThe wereport can within our own community. Please wildfi res in our area. will outline concerns and solutions come Kaleden and your neighbours. within and our fisupport re protection area. A Community Meeting is being planned for Thursday, April 4th at 7:00 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. This will allow the Davies Wildland Fire Management Group to deliver the report and answer any questions. Be sure to mark your calendars! The Fire Smart Committee has numerous ideas for community Fire Smart projects. These projects will be proposed at this meeting. Wildland fires can happen anywhere and at any time. We need to be diligent to do what we can within our own community. Please come and support Kaleden and your neighbours.
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By Randy Cranston The art rafﬂe of two pieces of art to raise funds for community projects in Kaleden continues to March 15, when the winning tickets will be drawn at 5:00 pm. The rafﬂe just got better due to the generous donation of a second historical print of Kaleden from around 1912 from the Lloyd Gallery. When you purchase your tickets, you select which rafﬂe prize (art) you wish to win. If you choose the historical print of Kaleden from around 1912 by Nel Witteman (valued at $425), there will be two draws from that rafﬂe box - the first draw will be for the framed print which is on display at the Kaleden Library, the second draw from that rafﬂe box will be for an unframed print (valued at $185) including a 10% off coupon for framing. As well, if you don’t win either historical print, the Lloyd Gallery has decided that for each purchase of a print they will donate NINETY DOLLARS to the Kaleden Community Association. So, if you have friends visiting during the year and they want something to remind them of Kaleden and the old hotel, encourage them to visit Lloyd Gallery on Front Street and purchase this print. After the rafﬂe, a framed copy of the print will continue to be on display at the library. The other picture being rafﬂed is an encaustic art piece of the old hotel (valued at $300) donated by Jane Bland. Both pieces of art are on display at the Kaleden Library. Tickets ($5 each or three for $10) can be purchased at the library, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or from any KCA Director.
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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish Thanks to the cold weather and the dedicated service of our volunteer ice makers, we had great ice for skating in February. Also, thanks to Eryn for organizing the Skating Party in the Park. I hear great fun was had by all. Remember, it takes a lot of work from all of our volunteers to create this unique experience for the people in our community. Please do your part to help care for and maintain the ice and the area when you are there. If we all do a little bit, then together we do a lot. Winter Recreation Programs are beginning to wind down and it is time to watch for the ﬂyer with new Spring Recreation opportunities. There will be new programs and the return of some long time favourites. Check the website (rec.rdos.bc.ca) or call the recreation office (250.497.8188) for the most up to date information on schedules and programs. These activities are a great way to get some exercise and meet some new friends. Consider giving something new a try this year. As the weather warms up, the work on Pioneer Park will also resume. Be careful around all the construction equipment. Although it is a bit inconvenient now, we will all be able to enjoy it when this phase of the park plan is complete.
Of course, there are many other activities that you can be involved in. The Kaleden Seniors Committee is hosting another event in their “Lunch and Learn” series. This month’s event will be held KCA is continuing to look for local artists who would be interested at Linden Gardens on Friday, March 29th. Ken Hayter will be in participating in an “Artists in Kaleden” evening in the spring. If presenting on fruit and vegetable container gardening. Please you are a local artist, photographer, sculptor, etc., and would like to note the change of venue. This presentation will be held at Linden be involved in an evening displaying and/or selling your art, please Gardens. As always, lunch will be by donation with no registration contact KCA at email@example.com. required. Remember, people of ALL ages are welcome. Also, We continue to work with an artist to design a Kaleden t-shirt and mark your calendars, the Annual Heritage Social is coming up on Sunday, April 28th. There are many other events going on in the are hoping to have it on sale this spring for summer wear! The KCA Small Community Grant Program was a huge success community sponsored by different groups. Keep you ears open, with four grants being awarded to community members, including watch the sign boards, and choose something to try. everything from a winter skating party, to construction of shelving The Kaleden Recreation Commission meets the second in the storage room behind the boys washroom at the park, to a Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. community clean up/adopt a street campaign, and support for the If you have something you are curious about or have any concerns, purchase of sign boards for the Twin Lakes community. Hopefully, please contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda and KCA will be able to offer this small grant program again dependent come to one of our meetings. Members of the public are always welcome. We are also still looking for additional board members. on funds raised and the 2019/20 budget. If you are interested in joining us, talk to a Kal-Rec board member, come visit us for a meeting, or contact Nancy at the office number For All Your Home Financing Needs ... below for information on how to apply. INTERIOR
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Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association Calls On Provincial Government To Act On Milfoil And Siltation Issues By Norm Gaumont The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association Board would like to thank the RDOS and Laratt Aquatic for the study on Vaseux Lake’s water quality, siltation and milfoil proliferation. The study identified some good recommendations for milfoil control and highlighted the serious siltation problem at the north end of Vaseux Lake. The Association does have one concern relating to the conclusion that milfoil growth in Vaseux Lake is the same as 40 years ago without having any kind of context relating to the record ﬂooding in 2017 and 2018 added in the study. It was obvious to all home owners on Vaseux Lake that there had been a major reduction in milfoil in 2017 and 2018, which was not the norm and the Association advised RDOS in early August 2017 when water levels were still at record highs at Vaseux Lake that it was not a good time to start the water study. It was felt the ﬂooding would impact key results, especially around the milfoil proliferation and overall water quality since the lake was being ﬂushed out twice a week and water levels had been at record highs for months. During certain points in both the spring 2018 and summer of 2017, Okanagan River broke 100 years of water ﬂow records at the mouth of Vaseux Lake dating back to 1913. Water levels at Vaseux Lake in the spring 2018 and summer 2017 were also broken dating back to when Vaseux Lake water level data collection started in 1991. It is well documented that milfoil growth is very much impacted by an increase or decrease in water ﬂow, water depth, water clarity or temperature variations and all these parameters were affected by the ﬂooding.
Above photos show the Milfoil during the summer 2016 at the north end of lake, which disappeared in 2017 after the ﬂood. Finally, the siltation at the North end of the Lake is getting so bad that large section of Vaseux Lake is now being lost. The Province needs to look at dredging the mouth of Vaseux Lake and create a large sedimentary pond to slow the siltation of the lake. The small pond in Shuttleworth Creek is simply not large enough to contain the silt that comes down the creek every spring. There also needs to be a more comprehensive study to determine the cause of the increase in silt ﬂowing into Vaseux Lake and how to reduce it.
Vaseux Lake in 1967.
The study does provide some good insight on the siltation and various water quality issues that would not have been impacted by the ﬂooding and does make some sound recommendations. There is no doubt that within a few years milfoil will be back in Vaseux Lake unless the rototiller is authorized. It is more important than ever to get the rototiller in the lake in 2019 to keep the milfoil from proliferating again. After 3 years of waiting, the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association is calling on the Provincial Government to authorize a pilot project that has been requested by the Okanagan Basin Water Board in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance to test the Rototiller in Vaseux Lake.
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By April Howe, Information Centre Manager
I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year and the rest of 2019 will be good to you. I would like to introduce myself. My name is April Howe and I have taken over the position of Manager at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. After living in Okanagan Falls for many years, Barb and Woody have moved to Penticton. Barb decided to retire from her position as Manger at the center to focus on endeavors in Penticton. I would like to thank her once again for the wonderful job she did. Barb was always very helpful in training and giving direction to all our volunteers. We plan to have the Visitor Centre open again for the 2019 tourist season starting on Monday, May 13th. We are looking to increase our list of volunteers. It is a fun job, as you get to meet people from all over the world. If you are interested in volunteering, please call me at 778-515-6588 between 9-5 to set up a time to meet. Looking forward to hearing from you! Have a great spring and let’s hope it warms up soon.
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How Important Is Water And Our Environment? By Coral Brown The website “Sustainable South Okanagan - Area ‘I’ - Sustainable Ecosystems - Stable Communities” suggests the value of water, and history shows the importance of water for transportation, trails/ roads and industry. Besides vegetation requiring water, healthy soil must also have water. March is a celebration of water. Where does your water originate from? At Twin Lakes, all residents draw their water from either a lake or well intake. We are all responsible for our own household water, and in the bigger picture, the water for the ecosystems and environment in this special area. Water is life and we must not take it for granted. The main water source for Twin Lakes is Horn Creek, originating on Orofino Mountain at 1555 meters above sea level. The Lakes and most at Twin Lakes are fortunate to be situated over a sand and gravel (water storage) aquifer fed mainly by Horn Creek. However, there is a limit to the aquifer, as described in the 2010 Twin Lakes Aquifer Capacity Study. Years ago, the first settlers of the Twin Lakes Area understood the importance of the balance between man and nature (historical information obtained in the Penticton Museum). The early residents of the Upper Twin Lake Ranch, namely, Mr. & Mrs. Charles (1863 1929) de Blois Green and their friend Berkley Noad (1866 - 1958) owner of the Lower & Middle Twin Lake Ranches were very aware of their environment. “Butterﬂy” Green, the first land surveyor in the South Okanagan Region was also known as an ornithologist and much of his collection remains in the Penticton Museum. Berkley Noad purchased his land in 1903 and was known as “the gentleman of the hills”, because of his educated, English background. He was the first settler to express concern for “the balance between man and nature. The Green family remained at the Upper Ranch until 1956. It is interesting that some of the first Europeans settled on the land of Upper Twin/Horn Lake and the N.E. part of Lower Twin Lake. The Old “Waggon Trail” went from Keremeos north to the S. White Lake Road valley. There was no way past the sheer rock cliffs of Yellow Lake. The post office during 1895-1925 was at what is now the White Lake Ranch. The first town was “Fairview” and for a few years, gold was transported from the Twin Lake Grand Oro mines to Fairview. Do value water. DE
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By Tom Landecker Let me take you back to High School Chemistry and the Periodic Table. It’s the table of the elements, with hydrogen, the simplest atom, in the top-left corner. Did you ever wonder where those elements came from? It’s a story as old as the universe itself, 13.8 billion years. After the Big Bang, the universe was nearly all hydrogen, a little bit of helium and a trace of lithium. All the other elements in the periodic table have been made inside stars, and the driving force has been gravity. The very first stars formed from the primordial hydrogen. Single atoms were pulled together by the force of gravity and soon there were little clumps, like condensing rain drops. In the clumps, the atoms were closer together, the force of gravity was stronger, and some of the clumps entered a runaway phase where atoms were pulled in faster and faster. In the very centre, the hydrogen atoms were crushed together, until at last the pressure was so high that the atoms collapsed. Four hydrogen atoms fused together to make one atom of helium, plus a lot of energy. A star was born. Eventually, those first stars used up their hydrogen - they had converted it all into helium. Then a new process began, one where atoms of helium combined to make atoms of carbon. And, that’s interesting, because we’re made of carbon, as are all living things. Then slowly over time, other processes took over and made all the other elements in the Periodic Table. The oxygen and nitrogen in the air we breathe were made inside stars, as was the silicon that makes up the rocks of the Earth. That, of course, raises a question. How did all these elements get out, why weren’t they locked inside the stars that made them? Some stars slowly lose material to the space around them. Really big stars can explode, spreading their material throughout interstellar space, where it can take part in a new generation of star birth. The iron that makes steel for cars, and much else, was once part of a massive stellar explosion. It is iron that makes our blood red (as a part of hemoglobin), so all of us are carrying around bits of exploded star in our bodies. The Sun and all the planets formed about 5.5 billion years ago from material between the stars that existed at that time. That material had already been enriched with the products of some 8 billion years of star birth and star death. We and our world, we are all made of star stuff. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more information, please phone the Observatory at 250-497-2300.
Endocrine Disrupters: Why We All Need To Be Aware Of Them By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health
The endocrine system is our body’s glandular system which manufactures and releases hormones. Many glands are involved in this highly tuned and well orchestrated system that controls and directs most of our bodily functions. Unfortunately, our modern world produces many chemicals from plasticizers and pesticides, to chemicals like parabens in personal care products, which disrupt this delicate balance and put us at risk for chronic illness. Research demonstrates that women can absorb an estimated 5 pounds of chemicals a year from their daily makeup routine alone. Plus, the average adult uses nine personal care products each day, containing 126 different chemicals. Our skin is our largest organ and will absorb whatever we put on it, so as a basic rule, we should not apply anything to our skin that we would not eat. The World Health Organization (WHO) along with the United Nations Environmental Program suggest that an outright banning of endocrine disrupters may be needed to protect the health of future generations. Some of the most harmful chemicals have been identified as toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, Bisphenol-A, PCB’s, phthalates, and agricultural pesticides. According to the report a wide variety of health problems have been associated with exposure to these chemicals, including: developmental effects on the nervous system in children, ADD/ ADHD, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, obesity, infertility, type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a variety of other diseases. To quote the report, “The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety”. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces lists, which are available on their website (www.ewg.org) to help consumers avoid chemicals in the products they are using around their homes and in their daily personal care routines. Some easy ways to simplify and avoid the harmful effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals are: •
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do personally to improve your health and lower your risk of developing disease. Naturopathic Doctors can help you both to avoid chemical exposures and to detoxify body stores of harmful chemicals. This goes a long way to preventing many diseases. Contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND, at 250-497-6681 or visit www. drtamarabrowne.ca for more information.
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LED Lights Make Me Look Bad By Kristy Dyer During a bad phase in energy efficiency, I would walk into a low budget hotel and ﬂick the switch. This resulted in a ﬂicker of weird ﬂorescent light from a compact ﬂorescent (CF) bulb. The colour of the light actually made the room feel unwelcoming. Today, we are much better off. We have LED bulbs that use 75% less energy than CF and last 25 times longer. However, sometimes I come home with my new LED, screw it in, and don’t like the light. It reminds me of the ﬂorescent fixtures in classrooms in my childhood. It isn’t as bad as the hotel CF zombie illumination, but I’m still not happy with it. There are LED bulbs that would make me happy, by giving me that warm glow. How did I get the wrong one? I was misled by the label on the box. Faced with a larger number of choices, I saw one that said “Daylight” and thought of the warm summer sun and grabbed it. So, why did I get the wrong colour? When it comes to interior decorating, “warm” colours have a redyellow tint. Blue is a “cool” colour. Anyone who has ever cooked with gas knows that this is backwards - the red-yellow ﬂames on a gas stove are for cooking slowly. If you want “blackened” you turn the gas higher, for a hotter blue-white ﬂame. So, colour (marked on the box with a K) is backwards from interior decorating. The second problem is that daylight is much more blue than we expect. We like candles, we like lots of windows, but when your light bulb matches the window light, it’s the wrong colour for the living room. “Bluer” bulbs actually produce a more accurate light. Think of putting a red-tinted bulb in an overhead fixture. Everything in the room will look red and you won’t be able to detect the difference between green and blue socks. So, how does one come home with the correct bulb? Colour temperatures of 2000-3000 K are the candle and campfire “warm” that interior decorators are looking for. Colour temperature in the 4000 K range are “bright light/cool white” - good for bathrooms, kitchens and workspaces. Colour temperatures 5000 K and above, “Daylight”, are only used for shop ﬂoors and jewelry display cases. H&M Thrifty Boutique
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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner “Don’t regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.” But as we grow older, we find it can bring many health challenges. I do see more and more people being more aware and health conscious and doing things to try to stay healthy. There are the obvious things we hear about all the time; exercise regularly, eat healthy food, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, don’t drink excessively, etc. Yet, there is another simple thing that has enormous health benefits that so many people continue to ignore, especially seniors. Massage. It’s easy, inexpensive and convenient, yet has so many positive effects, especially for seniors. Massage dates back thousands of years and is used to help the body heal. Massage increases your body’s circulation, which helps get rid of toxins which, simply put, is releasing pockets of waste build-up in the cells. Massage has also been known to help reduce inﬂammation and increase mobility, which will help people with arthritis, which is the number one condition that people 65 or older contend with. Stats Canada has found that cancer is the leading killer in adults aged 40 and up. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “there is evidence that massage therapy helps people with cancer physically and emotionally, and it can improve their quality of life. People often use massage therapy to help reduce muscle soreness and stiffness. It can also help reduce pain (such as headaches and low back pain), anxiety and stress. It improves circulation and promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Studies have shown that massage therapy can help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue and depression. It can also help with problems sleeping (insomnia), improve sleep quality and reduce nausea”. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.
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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee I hope everyone was out enjoying the blast of winter that mother nature was so kind to bring us mid-February. Perhaps your family 1. day was spent on a toboggan or at the ski hill. I was thrilled to see 2. some families out enjoying the chance to skate on both Skaha and 3. Vaseux Lakes. In addition to my new position as Trustee, I have just finished my first season as the SOSS Jr. Girls Basketball Coach. We had a 4. great season and finished fourth in our league. Basketball is more than a game, it is fitness and nutrition, battles and sportsmanship, 5. nerves and courage, tears and jubilation. I encourage any of our OK Falls Falcons basketball hopefuls to check out Lakecity Basketball (Penticton). They are offering a great spring youth development league along with Spring break camps for students in grades 3-7. This is an excellent program. www.lakecitybasketball.weebly.com
February Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Grade 6-7s learn skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baldy. Primary students celebrating 100 days of school. Intermediate students improve their soccer skills - thanks to Penticton Pinnacles Coach Yann Calmets. Mrs. Stayberg’s class learning about Okanagan-Similkameen traditional foods. District Basketball Tournaments - GO FALCONS!
Following are some highlights of items discussed at the January 30, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting. Administration reported that School District No. 53 has been awarded a grant from the Ministry of Education in the amount of $35,000 to support mental health and well-being promotion in our district. This funding will be used to support a number of initiatives in the district that supports creating infrastructure and evidencebased supports for our learners. The Board was informed that the annual School District Pow Wow will be held at SESS on April 26th and 27th. Helen Gallagher and our Indigenous Advocates have already organized two fundraisers to support this event, raising nearly $3000 at Indian Taco Night and Loonie Auctions. School District No. 53 has a Health Care Assistant dual credit program beginning this semester. We have 5 students from our district enrolled in the Health Care Assistant program offered by Okanagan College in Oliver. The original plan was to have the program housed in one of our buildings in Oliver, but we have managed to move the program to the Okanagan College Continuing Studies campus in Oliver. The program is full with 12 students, and we are looking forward to seeing our dual credit students demonstrate a high level of success. Also, under the career education theme, the Board was informed that one of our students from Osoyoos Secondary is currently enrolled in an exciting dual credit program that is both challenging and rewarding. The student is currently enrolled in “Para 1050”, a course offered by the Justice Institute of BC as the first step towards becoming a paramedic and is halfway through the program and is the only high school student in this class.
Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM NEEDS CONTAINERS RETURNED to keep costs down. Please, do not throw them in the recycle/garbage bin! We understand how sneaky all plastic lunch containers can be ... You wash them, put them neatly away, and then go to use them and the lid mysteriously doesn’t match any bottoms anymore. If In December, 12 students from SOSS and OSS went on a tour you are finding handy dandy rectangular black containers with the of the Penticton Regional Hospital. They had a great opportunity clear top lids in your children’s backpacks, please rinse them and to see some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes on in the send them back to school to be washed and used again. Even if hospital with hopes that some of the careers they had a chance it’s just a lid or a bottom; chances are another child somewhere will to experience will inspire some of them into a career in the Health only have the other. The hot lunch program is running low and it Sector. We were restricted with space on the tour and SESS takes a good chunk of the budget to buy more. students will get the opportunity in the second semester. Okanagan Falls PAC is still looking for a parent volunteer to act The Board would like to remind parents that Kindergarten a Secretary for us and a volunteer to represent our school on registration is now open for parents to register children who will DPAC (District Parent Advisory Council). DPAC is made up of be five years old by December 31, 2019. These will be children representatives from each of the schools that comprises School born in 2014. Parents must bring their child’s birth certificate and District #53. This would be a great opportunity for communication medical card to the school when they register their child. between schools in the district for potential sharing of ideas and resources. If you are interested in volunteering for this position (or See you all in the spring! if 2 people want to share the position), let one of us know! For more information, feel free to contact me. Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Next Okanagan Falls PAC meeting is Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 pm in the school library. All parents/guardians of children in our Page 12 | March 2019 | SkahaMatters.com school are welcome at meetings and childcare is provided.
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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Preschool Storytime continues at 10 am on March 5th and 12th. Please take note that there will be NO Storytime over Spring Break on March 19th & 26th. Join us again on Tuesday mornings the month of April to May 14th for Spring Preschool Storytime. This program is for children ages 2-5 years old and includes singing stories, action rhymes, meeting new friends and making a small craft. A Special Easter Storytime will be held on April 16th. We are having an Easter Egg Hunt in the Library! With spring sneaking just around the corner, it’s a good time to come to the Kaleden library to choose books on gardening, including vegetables, fruit and ﬂowers! If you can’t find that book, CD, or DVD in the O.R.L. Catalogue, make a SUGGESTION TO PURCHASE on-line, or ask any staff member of the Kaleden Library to assist you. If your suggestion is purchased by the Okanagan Regional Library, a hold request will be placed and you will be notified when the item is available for you to pick up from your local library. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-8066 or email email@example.com. We had another successful Valentine Card Making class. See photo to right. The children had fun making cards for their loved ones. We are planning an Easter Card Making Class for children ages 5-12 years old on Thursday, April 11th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register for these programs, as space is limited. DE
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Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday afternoons March 6th and 20th from 1-3 pm.
Art Therapy: A Form of Active Meditation ~ Join Andrea Garland to learn a more in depth discussion on various forms of meditation. A discussion to help us discern what is best suited for our individual character and inclinations. Tuesday, March 12th from 6-7:30 pm.
South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author Faye Arcand, leading the newly formed writing group at the Okanagan Falls Library. A safe place to share while building a writing community, having fun, learning, and growing in your craft. Tuesday, March 19th from 6-8 pm.
Friendship Force Club ~ Find out how you can be a host/ ambassador by promoting global understanding across the barriers that separate people. Tuesday, March 26th at 1 pm.
Edward Jones “Lunch and Learn” on Estate Planning ~ When it comes to your estate, even if you’ve taken no action at all, you have an estate plan. Your “default plan” may be determined by the laws of your province or territory. Join us for our presentation “Script Your Family’s Future: Why You Need an Estate Plan”. Wednesday, March 27th at 11:30 am.
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Friends of the Library Meeting ~ Wednesday, March 13th from 1-2 pm.
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Story Time “Feathered Friends” ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, March 12th from 9-10 am.
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Unplug and Play in the Library every Saturday through March 30th. Join us for fun on Saturdays. Self-led programs, including Duplo/LEGO, Puzzles, Adult/Child Colouring, Zentangle, Board Games, Cards, or bring your own! Parent supervision for children under 12 years required. Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. Drop in any time!
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Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. The Grade 4 & 5 Basketball season ended on a high note with a Play Day Tournament at Skaha Lake Middle School. A big thank you to Coach Thompson and Coach McClelland! 2. The Pow Wow Dancers from Princess Margaret Secondary School gave our students the opportunity to experience the music, regalia and dancing of the Okanagan Nation. 3. Happy Chinese New Year from our Kindergarten Students! 4. Buddy Readers ~ Our Grade 1 Students are proud to be reading with their Kindergarten Buddies. 5. Our Grade 4/5 Students were proud to build the “Largest Snowman in the Okanagan”!
School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee The following is a brief summary of items discussed at the January 28, 2019 School Board Meeting: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) Report ~ Roger Wiebe (PMSS Principal), Travis Bond (VP), Jeff Fitton, Christy Bevington gave an overview on an exciting new educational development they are currently pursuing at Princess Margaret Secondary School. They are seeking authorization to become an IB World School. They reported on the work that has been completed to qualify as an IB school, as well as the communication strategies implemented to inform students and parents of the shift to the IB education paradigm. Currently, PMSS is involved in preparing for their IB Verification Visit and the full implementation of the Middle Years Program. The IB model focuses on developing strong critical thinking, Lifelong learning and problem solving. Research and data reﬂect that IB Students do better in Post-Secondary Education. Brief Review of the SD67 Strategic Plan - Year 2 Update ~ SD67 Strategic Plan covers 5 themes (areas of focus): 1.
Governance ~ The Board will work with partner groups to revisit the District’s Mission and create Belief Statements which are reﬂective of the renewed curriculum and support the development of “Educated Citizens”.
Education ~ Focuses on developing a holistic plan to support student wellness in the areas of physical, mental, social and emotional learning.
Technology ~ An external review was conducted in June 2018. Report received in Jan 2018. Report provided research based best practices regarding the use of technology.
Human Resources ~ a) District staff wellness plan for physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. b) Staff wellness monthly events calendar outlines activities to promote wellness. For example, family gym nights, golf, wellness try it event, etc. c) District Wellness Symposium is planned for May 3, 2019.
Facilities and Transportation ~ SD67did a transportation review in partnership with Ministry of Education and the Association of School Transportation Services in BC. Recommendations regarding the review will be presented to the board in 2019-2020 school year.
Parks & Recreation Rep ~ A request was made to the Board for a Representative to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee’s mandate is to make recommendations to Council on parks and recreation services and planning. DE
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Funding Formula Review Update ~ Dec 19, 2018 Press release states ... “Next phase of renewing the Province’s Funding Model is asking parents, teachers, support staff, school and administrators and others to help shape the direction and path forward to make education funding work better for students in the classroom.” Penticton Council Meeting at PenHigh ~ The Penticton City Council has requested to hold a Council Meeting at Penticton Secondary School in 2019. The board approved the request. The Sloan Governance Model ~ Sloan Consultants are scheduled to work with SD67 new board in March 2019 to review policies and ensure the board is clear regarding their governance roles and responsibility. Until next month, be happy, play safely and take a moment for quiet reﬂection. For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to email@example.com.
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello Everyone. Welcome to March. The month of Leprechauns and panicked parents scrambling to sort out what do to with their kids for 2 whole weeks. Last year, I was smart enough to pawn them off on the grandparents (shout out to all those Nanas and Pops out there!), while we adults ran off to Vegas. This year they have reattached themselves to me, so I’m dragging them off the mainland to edge-u-macate them on the inner workings of the parliamentary system. I think I’ll find Horgan’s office and let them run around in there for a while. Might instill the importance of that $10 a day child care thing they are working on. But for real, I love taking the boys on trips and the island is really beautiful. KPAC hopes you can spend some quality time with your kiddos over the break. Okay ... business time! Our next PAC Meeting is right around the corner on Tuesday, March 5th at 7 pm in the school library. Come get schooled on the workings of the ... school. KPAC is spinning up Family Movie Nights soon. Keep your eyes on the Facebook group for details. We would also like to remind parents to please obey all ‘NO STOPPING’ and ‘NO PARKING’ signs posted near the school. There is always room in the upper parking lot, in front of the playground, or on Cypress. Please keep the front of the school area clear. We hate seeing kiddos have to dodge in and out of parked cars. Let’s be safe out there. Lastly, a HUGE thank you for all the donations pouring in for Lobsterfest (or “The Sea Bug Big Boil”, as I like to call it). If you have any additional items you want to throw into the pot (prize pot, not lobster pot - please note you cannot cook your OWN seafood at this event), please contact Leanne McClarty or any member of the KPAC executive. That’s it that’s all folks! Have a wonderful Spring Break!
A Different Kind of Catch By Larry Martin
“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.
A Kaleden Skating Party Success!
On Sunday, February 10th between 4-7pm, the Lakeside Rink in Kaleden was buzzing with skaters, young and old. Around 75 people gathered to enjoy the rink and bonfire under gently falling snow. Volunteers served up hot chocolate and hot dogs generously provided by a Kaleden Community Association grant. Thanks goes out to the KCA for funding this event for Kaleden residents to enjoy. (Photos above by Karla Avendano, as well as Josee Bergeron @ Backwoods Mama.) This community gathering would not have been possible without the rink, which has been carefully created and maintained by Len and Hugh. A warm Kaleden Community thank you goes out to these two gentlemen for volunteering their time and skills. Did you know any Kaleden resident can apply for a community grant from the Kaleden Community Association? This event was spearheaded by a local family, who wants everyone to know anyone can plan events like this. The process is simple and provides access to up to $150 for projects that benefit the community. To request an application, simply email the KCA at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to email@example.com.
Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 15th By Taylor Bentley, Race Director
Attention Parents: Time to mark your calendar! Registration opens at 6:00 am on April 1st for the 8th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. As always, this fun event is Free for kids aged 3-13. You can register online at www.okfallsjrtri.com, but don’t delay as the registration cap is 200 participants. We do expect another “sell-out”, so please register early 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 Not a big deal, the Triumph Spitfire was in Kamloops, a short drive of our fabulous sponsors, please contact Taylor at taylor.charley@ ... or at least it was when I arranged to see it. Why not add a hotmail.com. bit more excitement to the adventure and travel via Princeton, This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 15th, and once because of a land slide. It will come as no surprise to those who again the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park seek these older cars, as per usual there would be issues with the is on Friday, June 14th. The race course is in and around Kenyon registration, soon to be resolved, I hope. Park and Christie Memorial Park. For more information on the event, to volunteer, or to register, visit www.okfallsjrtri.com or email I just could not think of a fishing story to top this catch. firstname.lastname@example.org. SkahaMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 15 For more info, just ask Larry Martin at email@example.com. This is what happens when we start off with a mild winter and thoughts turn to Spring a bit early. It’s not my fault. I should have been and was planning to go fishing, but with the return of winter, I was trapped ... At home and on the computer, innocently viewing the Old English Car Club of BC classifieds when I saw this gem. One that actually runs, unlike the 1959 bugeye sprite that I have been working on for over 25 years and still looks much the same as day I bought it. At the time, it was intended as a ‘parts only’ car, but I never found a better car (that I could afford) to put the parts on.
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What Is A Balanced Market? As reported by Solo.ca A balanced market is a term used to describe whether or not supply is meeting demand in the real estate housing market. If a region’s housing market is balanced, it means that there is enough demand from buyers to equal the supply from sellers.
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In a balanced market, sellers usually accept reasonable, closeto-list-price offers, while homes generally sit on the market for an average or typical length of time (this can vary from market to market). In a balanced market, housing prices remain stable, and for buyers, there is a usually a sufficient number of homes to compare and choose from. A balanced market is one of three market classifications used by experts to describe the balance of supply and demand in the property market. The other two terms - a seller’s market and a buyer’s market - indicate a shift away from a balanced market. Each market is determined based on the sales-to-active listings ratio. In a balanced market, the sales-to-active listings ratio is between 12% and 20%. In a seller’s market, there are more buyers looking for homes than homes available for sale. In a seller’s market, prices for homes tend to rise faster than the long-term average inﬂation rate (the rate at which most homes appreciate, on average, over time). In a seller’s market, the sales-to-active listings ratio is greater than 20%. In a buyer’s market, there are more homes for sale, or listings, than there are buyers actively looking to purchase. As a result, price increases are slow or stall, and in extreme situations, can even decline. The market is in buyer’s territory when the sales-toactive listings ratio is below 12%. In Canada’s Real Estate Market, the usual pattern is for housing markets to enter into seasonal cycles. As spring temperatures start to climb and more buyers start their house hunt, this pushes up the demand for listings and pushes markets closer to a seller’s market. The same applies to the fall buying season. Historically, the Canadian Real Estate Market is in a balanced or buyer’s market during the summer and winter months, when fewer buyers are looking for their next home. That said, there are, in the world of real estate, the usual pattern is that when spring temperatures start to climb, buyers and sellers start pushing the real estate market into high gear. Around this time, we start to hear the terms “seller’s market”, “buyer’s market”, or “balanced market” being tossed around. It’s easy to get a general sense of what they mean ... seller’s markets mean conditions are favourable for sellers to get higher prices for their homes, buyer’s markets allow buyers to come in at lower prices, and balanced markets are, well, balanced.
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Women Face Unique Financial Challenges, But There Are Ways To Overcome Them By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. In most ways, financial management has little to do with your gender - the markets, interest rates and the economy generally function without considering whether you’re a man or a woman. However, women can face unique financial considerations and challenges at all stages of their lives - whether they have children or they don’t, and whether they are married, single or divorced. Just The Facts: (Source: RBC Dominion Securities, April 2017) • Today, the average Canadian woman is expected to live until age 83, while for men it’s 79. • Women comprise 60% of Canada’s population over 75, and 73% of those living in senior’s residences. Further, 89% of women living in senior’s residences live alone. (Stats Canada 2011) • Women tend to leave the work force for periods of time more frequently, earn less and have lower pensions than men. • Whether due to single parenthood, caring for children after divorce, or for supporting aging parents, the role of primary or sole caregiver still falls with women more frequently than men. Unique Challenges ~ Longer life spans mean many women will need to fund longer retirements, manage all household finances and family wealth independently, and potentially pay for more ongoing healthcare. To maintain a comfortable and worry-free retirement, many women will need to save a higher percentage of their earnings, fund more of their retirement income with their savings and possibly work later in life. The Solution ~ Get involved, know your finances and have a plan. Whether out of necessity or desire, many women have long ago taken their finances into their own hands, or are equally involved with their partner, but many women have not. Additionally, there remain many couples without a plan to address the numerous paths their lives may take, or the unique challenges that one of them may face. With all that in mind, it’s particularly important for women to look closely at their financial and personal needs and goals in light of the above - with or without a spouse, caring for children or parents or living alone. It’s also important to be engaged in your or your family’s finances, and prepared to make both expected and unexpected financial decisions long before, as well as into, retirement. If you’re single, and without a financial plan, it may be time to look at your goals, needs and risks, and put one together. If you’re part of a couple and leaving the finances up to your partner, it’s a good idea to take an interest, meet your partner’s advisors, get educated and ensure that you’re aware of all aspects of your plan. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre
By Loraine Thompson
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By the time you get this month’s issue, we’ll be just over a week away from our annual Spring Flea Market. Join us on Saturday, March 9th at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. It’s kind of a big deal for us here, as it’s one of our major fundraisers for the year. And, it’s also become a bit of an ‘event’ that many locals look forward to attending. We are asking for donations of new or gently used items that you may have gathered during your spring cleaning purge. No electronics or clothing, please. Also, baking donations for the bake table are greatly appreciated. Joan and her crew will be in the kitchen, serving coffee and lunch all day. Books, puzzles, CD’s and DVD’s will be located in our new library/pool room for sale, along with the White Elephant, Silent Auction, Bake Table, Peter’s Bargain Basement and many local vendors with treasures galore. It all starts at 9 am and is over by 1 pm. Please contact Dave Stewart at 250-497-7089 for more information. We are again happy to offer the Income Tax preparation service, which will start on Thursday, February 28th from 10 am - 12 noon. This service will run every Thursday through to the end of April. Please note, Ron will not be here on Thursday, March 14th. Take advantage of this free service! There are only 2 Music Jams left for this season, which are held every 2nd Sunday of the month, thus Sunday, March 10th and Sunday, April 14th. They will start up again in October, once our Snowbird friends and families come on back for our warm winter. (I must apologize, February’s article stated the jams are every 2nd Sunday, when in fact they’re every 2nd Sunday of the month.) Have you renewed your 2019 membership? Membership is just $15/year. For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.
Thank you to Andrew Feniuk for volunteering your services to the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum. He is our maintenance person for the last year and a half. “Andrew is conscientious, friendly, hard working, a self starter, amazing, and all of that good stuff”, says Marla Wilson. When Andrew isn’t volunteering his time at the Museum, you can see him out walking, hiking, playing pickleball, quadding, doing something active in and around the community. If you see him out and about, be sure to say ‘hi’. Thanks for all that you do “Amazing Andrew”!
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There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!
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Monthly Special Events: Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, March 2 from 8-10am General Meeting ~ Monday, March 4 at 1pm Annual Spring Flea Market ~ Saturday, March 9 from 9am-1pm Music Jam ~ Sunday, March 10 from 1-4pm (lunch at 11:30) Music Jams run monthly from October to April Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, March 16 at 1pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, March 23 at 5:30pm
Weekly Activities: Canasta ~ Mondays - March 4, 11, & 18 at 10am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30am For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program Bingo ~ Tuesdays - March 5, 12, 19 at 1pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm Volunteer Income Tax Program ~ Thursdays 10am-12pm Feb 28 / March 7, 21, 28 / April 4, 11, 18 & 25 (NOT on March 14) This is a FREE service for the community of Okanagan Falls. Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7pm
Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. 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. Page 18 | March 2019 | SkahaMatters.com
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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson
Old Man Winter must be very pleased with himself, with all this cold and snow. I will be glad when he moves on and things can warm up a bit. Vaseux Lake is frozen over, so the swans are not in the lake at all. They must be up by the river, where we can’t see them from the road. The Heritage Society is moving right along. On January 23rd, we were invited to speak to the “100 Men Who Care” meeting in Penticton. Sue Walker, Museum Manager, spoke to the men about our Bassett House, Museum, and Kenny McLean Trophy Room. Three charities were chosen. After the speeches were finished and the dust all settled, first prize went to the Desert Centre in Osoyoos, and second prize was awarded to the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society. We were awarded $670. Now, we must find the best way to put the money to good use. The restoration committee for the Keogan Chimney has the results from the Engineer who studied the chimney. He has given us three options for restoration and preservation of the chimney. On Saturday, March 23rd, an Open House will be held in the Community Room at the school from 1:30-4:30 pm. We invite all interested community members to share with us your concept of what would be best for the Chimney. The April meeting of the Heritage Society will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 16th in the Community Room at the school.
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden
March Events at Okanagan Falls Legion:
Saturday, March 9th ~ Enjoy Dinner at the Legion. Enjoy shepherds pie, potato boats, salad and bun for $8. Wednesdays - March 6th & 20th ~ Music Trivia. Join in the fun starting at 7 pm. Food is available at 6 pm. Saturday, March 16th ~ Dinner & Dance - Enjoy live entertainment by “13 Broken Bones”. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm with beef stew & biscuits, followed by desert for $10 each. Tickets available at the canteen. Come for the Meat Draw & stay for the Dinner & Dance. Sunday, March 17th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. We have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, March 19th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... You could be one of the lucky ones! Everyone welcome. Sunday Fun Day! Bingo and Horse Racing starts at 1:30 pm every Sunday. You can join in Snooker starting about 12:30 pm. Youth Darts ~ Every Friday at 6:30 pm at the Okanagan Falls Legion. For youth and teens aged 11-18 years. Call Dee at 250497-5975. Please Note - No youth darts on Friday, March 15th. Darts, Shufﬂeboard & Pool ~ Call Denise for more information on Darts & Shufﬂeboard at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for information on the Pool League at 778-531-8228. New Canteen Opening Hours starting March 1st - Open at 1 pm on Tuesday and Thursday; Open at 12 pm on Sunday; and Open at 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 2019 Memberships Are Now Due ~ Show Your Support - Become A Member. The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are open to Legion Members and bona fide guests. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. 250-497-8338 Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President Whether the weather is going to stabilize or not, that is the question I’m sure we are all asking. Is anyone else getting tired of constant change? Something we aren’t used to here in the Okanagan with temperate temperatures. Oh well, this to will pass. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is fairly quiet this time of year. We have to face it at our average ages, we tend to be somewhat quieter (so as not to alarm the community at large). This doesn’t mean that we aren’t getting ready for the Spring/Summer/Fall activities. The Easter Egg Hunt in Lions Park is on Sunday, April 21st and starts our year off activities wise. Even though we have been doing the school breakfasts all winter, but not outside. Prior to the Easter Egg Hunt, we are having our Spring Conference for the District in Penticton April 5th & 6th with the theme “Kids In All Of Us”. Seems kind of fitting, seeing that we are all heading into second childhood, at least it seems like most of us are. Some are fighting to the bitter end to avoid the inevitable. Next up is “The Walk for Dog Guides” held on the last Sunday in May. We are hoping for a better turnout this year. It is a fun and serves a good cause. That’s about it for now. See you around town. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are March 18 & 19 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. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. 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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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Well, another month has passed and we hope spring is on it’s way. The Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 celebrated their 71st Anniversary on Wednesday, February 6th with a special luncheon at Shades on Main in Penticton. It was attended by 14 of our members and the food was thoroughly enjoyed, followed by cake. I would like to mention at this time that one of our oldest and lifetime member Audrey Steeves is presently in Penticton Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. Upcoming Events ~ On Saturday, March 2nd, join the LA Bingo starting at Noon, as well as the LA Dinner following the 4pm start time of Meat Draw and 50/50 Draw. A second LA Dinner will follow the Meat Draw and 50/50 Draw on Saturday, March 16th. April is the Ladies Auxiliary Convention to be held in Penticton with various Ladies Auxiliaries coming from all over BC. It will be an ideal time for our Ladies to network, share ideas and much more. We have our Meat Draws along with Branch #227 on Fridays and Saturdays. Our Ladies Auxiliary welcomes anyone to come and check us out, and perhaps even make a new acquaintance or two. SkahaMatters.com | March 2019 | Page 19
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
By Meredith King This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.
There are exceptions to every rule and not every teacher was a paragon of pedagogical excellence. In my grade eight year, we had a young lady, whom we shall call Miss, who should, I believe, never have graduated from Normal School. She had only one answer to every misdemeanour - the strap - and she administered it with an enthusiasm that had to be seen to be believed. For most of the year, parents refused to believe the stories brought home by their progeny. “But she is such a nice refined lady”, they would say. It took Jim Robertson to unmask the sadist that inhabited the body of the “nice, refined lady”. Due to Jim’s carefree, insubordinate nature, he had acquired considerable experience with this particular form of punishment and had the rhythm and tempo of the strapping manoeuvre figured out to the split second. As the strap descended in a vicious arc, he removed his hand to look for indications of some epidermal deterioration and the strap continued on its inevitable course, striking Miss on the knee with a resounding smack. Since this took place in front of all the students and since the results produced howls of laughter from the assembly, Miss proceeded to lose it in a big way. She struck Jim with the strap across the face, arms, torso and any other available target area. When he went home with lacerations and bruises over most of his body, his parents and the rest of the class parents began to take their children’s stories of brutality a little more seriously. She was not fired, but I think she was given a warning and a crash course by the local School Trustees as to what constituted an acceptable level of corporal punishment. Naturally, the students were not eager to have anything to do with her during after-school hours, but she boarded close by, she enjoyed croquet and our parents would invite her over to play at anytime - “just whenever you are free, the children would enjoy giving you some competition”. So she would come over, we would choose partners and the game would get underway. In some fiendish fashion, this was our way to retaliate and her partner would purposely make a poor shot, which would allow his/her ball to be hit by the opposition and then that would allow the teacher’s ball to be hit and it would be sent screaming to the farthest reaches of the lawn. I don’t think Miss ever did make it past the third hoop, but she kept coming back and we kept being just as miserable on the lawn as she was in the classroom. Eventually, everyone in the village had stories to tell about her temper and the stories were favoured at every community gathering for years to come. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.
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How Travel Agents Work And Get Paid By Vi Creasey When people find out what we, at Reliable Travel, do for a living, weird things happen ... Some will tilt their heads to one side and ask, “Do Travel Agents still exist?” Others will immediately start over-sharing every travel nightmare they, and everyone on the internet, have ever experienced. Finally, there are the folks that will hit you up with a rapid fire, laundry list of questions like a hypochondriac during a doctor’s visit. February has been an interesting month for Reliable Travel, mainly because of the number of ﬂights from both Penticton and Kelowna that have been cancelled. Cancelled ﬂights often mean that people miss their connecting ﬂights for vacations and cruises. If you booked with an agent, you will have an experienced agent to help you maneuver your next steps. You may not have to purchase a new ticket for your missed package, or you may very well be covered by insurance. One of the most important things to know is that a ﬂight and/or vacation that has not been booked with a travel agent, cannot be fixed by a travel agent. The other thing worth knowing is that after your ﬂight has been cancelled, and you call Reliable Travel to purchase cancellation insurance, it is too late. Travel agents are “all inclusive”. Hotels, vacation packages and cruise lines all include travel agent commissions in their published prices. Remember, that when you book on-line, you are dealing with an on-line travel agency. The prices are the same; however, they do not provide any service. Please be aware, if the price is too good to be true, there is often a reason. One of the latest scams is Sandals ... only to find out, after you have paid the amazing on-line price, then get to Sandals, to find out there is no reservation for you. Travel agents do not cost more! Travel agents earn their livings by commissions from the products we sell. However, saying that, the airlines haven’t paid commissions to travel agents since the mid 1990’s, so often we charge a service fee. Travel agents often deal with “wholesalers”, so that we can get prices less expensive, and the overall effect is that the price you end up paying is less than you see on-line. This works better for worldwide travel than domestic travel. Travel agents save you time. You can spend hours researching your trip, which is what we also do. Often people will do the research and then call Reliable Travel and ask for our opinion on what they have found and if there are any pitfalls. One example that I had lately, was a ﬂight to Mexico, the price was very inexpensive; however, there were two overnights in the United States, and staying overnight anywhere comes with a cost. Another person found a cheap hotel in Los Angeles; however, it cost her $100 US dollars to get to her cheap hotel, and then another $100 US dollars to get back to the airport the next morning. Travel agents will help you avoid these situations. Lastly, when we do the research for you, we would really appreciate it if we booked the vacation for you. Research is valuable time spent and when you book, that is how we get paid.
Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator
A gastronomical and virtual tour of the Philippines wowed the crowd at Kaleden Community Hall in February. A huge thanks from the Kaleden Seniors Committee to Nora Lopez for leading the delectable cooking class and Vi Creasey and Jill Chico for the colourful guide to exciting travel excursions to the Philippines.
Spring is now lurking under the snow banks in Linden Gardens and Ken Hayter is itching to get us motivated to dig out our trowels and ﬂower pots. On Friday, March 29th, our Fun Facts and Food series kicks off Spring! Ken will provide soil tips for successful container gardening for patios and decks, pruning pointers for our fruit trees and inspirational ideas for growing delicious greens and veggies. Our gardening day will kick off with lunch BY DONATION at 12 noon with a delicious soup and dessert created by Harold Blower, followed by Ken’s info packed gardening session at 12:45. Everyone is welcome at Linden Gardens on Friday, March 29th. Bring a warm coat for a short tour of the gardens! On Sunday, April 28th, we invite you to our Heritage Tea, Cherry Delight and Antique Car Display. Bring your friends, family and everyone you know who used to live in Kaleden to enjoy this sweet family fun social tea! ALL AGES will love to view the sparkling polished antique cars, the Kaleden Museum’s artifacts and join in trivia games, prizes, Cherry Delights and tea. And, if you own an antique car that you would like to shine up and show at this event, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. The Kaleden Seniors Committee also has an engraver that can be loaned out. The engraver will be stored at the Kaleden Library and is available for signing out on your library card. The engraver has multiple tips and can be used to identify anything from smaller and larger household items, including tools and even bicycles. A reminder that Cards and Games continues until March 28th with a $4 drop in fee. For details and inquiries on all of our exciting spring events, email email@example.com. RI
Need A Ride? If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.
Kaleden Ladies Drop-in
Wednesdays from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation & crafts. Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850
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Kaleden Community Church (KCC)
Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Mental Wellbeing Film Series ~ “Lars and the Real Girl” on Sunday, March 3rd from 5-8 pm. Evening includes viewing, discussion, drinks and popcorn. Tickets available by donation at the door or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: email@example.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 40th Anniversary Service on Sunday, March 31st at 10:00 am Okanagan Falls Community Church will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Join us for the service, followed by coffee, cake and reminiscing after the service. All are welcome. Old Tyme Hymn Sing on Sunday, April 7th at 6:00 pm ~ Please join us for a Old Tyme Hymn Sing. All are welcome. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!
Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am March Speakers: 3rd - Rev. Mark Bedford; 10th - Judi Ritcey; 17th - Victor Ince; 24th - Rev. David Sparks; & 31st - Nancy Wyse. 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
Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368
VOLUNTEER TRAINING - SPRING 2019
Become a Desert Valley Hospice Volunteer for Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls. Next training session runs on Saturdays from March 16 - April 13. For more info, please call Shelley Middleton at Desert Valley Hospice Society at 250-495-1590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal
Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. Please email for more information. Spring group social classes commence: Penticton ~ Starts April 11th - 8 weeks • 6:30 - Romantic Night Club 2 Step, Level 1 (Learn to dance the slow songs.) • 7:30 Salsa, Level 2 (So exciting, hot moves) Summerland ~ Starts April 12th - 8 weeks • 6:30 Single Rhythm Swing, Level 2 (The most fun you will ever have.) • 7:30 Rumba, Level 1 (Sultry Latin, great for beginners) Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered. Register early for your place on the dance ﬂoor by calling Brian at 778.516.7272. (Snap a picture for your convenience.) Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!
Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner ... Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Add a plate to share for just $2.50! 5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls
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778.516.7272 www.briansdanceclass.ca Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom Dance Lessons Monthly Dance Parties ~ Certified Instructor Since 2004
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DINNER SPECIALS: Wednesday ~ Boneless Butter Chicken, Rice, Veggies, Chutney + Dessert ~ $13.95 Thursday ~ Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes, Veggies + Dessert ~ $14.95 Friday ~ Everyone’s Favourtie ... Fish and Chips! 2 piece with Fresh Cut Fries ~ $14.95 1 piece with Fresh Cut Fries ~ $12.95
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Flowers to the residents of Twin Lakes that are using our new Facebook page called “Twin Lakes BC Information Page” for community information. Kaleden also has a Community Page that I find very useful as well. ~ From Raydene of Twin Lakes Flowers to Terry Clark for the great job he did of clearing the roads in Peach Cliff Estates to keep us all safe and able to get in and out without danger on ice! We all noticed. Thanks Terry! ~ From Lana and Stan of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to dog owners who leave their pets outside all day and into the night without a proper shelter against the bitter cold and snow. I feel that is cruel and irresponsible. ~ From Debbie of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Paul, Margie and Jaynie for the long hours over three days in January painting the renovated chair/table storage area, plus other areas of the Kaleden Community Hall. AND, for all the donated brushes, rollers, cleaning equipment and expertise. Check out the renovated areas the next time you are at the hall. Thanks as well to all the community members who came out in December to clean out the two rooms at the hall, so they could be renovated! ~ From the KCA Board of Directors
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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls Credible Cremation Services is available by telephone 24 hours to serve your needs, whether at need or pre-need. When you call our number, you will be greeted by Lesley, not an answering service. If you have had a death in the family, or a family member is imminent in hospital, at home, or in hospice, you probably have a number of questions that need answering. Sometimes, folks do not quite know which steps to take first. Gather as much personal information as possible for the person, and for yourself and document it all. Once completed, place the information in a safe place.
Information you will need to gather includes: Social Insurance Number; Care Card Number; Date and Place of Birth; Marital Flowers to Mike Lucas, Project Manager for Westcana Electric for Status; Spouse’s Full Name and Place of Birth; Wife’s Maiden his support of the renovations to the museum room at the Kaleden Surname (if applicable); Father’s Surname and Given Names and Community Hall through his generous donation of lights and Place of Birth (if known); Mother’s Maiden Surname and Given labour to help in keeping the costs of the renovation manageable. Names and Place of Birth (if known); Next of Kin or Executor, It’s great when business people in the local community support Executrix, Lawyer or Notary, along with their name, address the community! ~ From the KCA Board of Directors and phone number; Is there a Will? Yes or No? If no Will, it is suggested that one be drawn up. If yes, where can it be located? Taking these simple steps of gathering information ahead of time, can eliminate a great deal of stress, when a death occurs in the family. Any questions? Feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email email@example.com. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 250-493-3912 (24 hours) www.crediblecremation.ca Flowers to Matt of Matt’s Plumbing and Heating and Al from A.R. Denis Carpentry for the great work they did on the renovations to the Community Hall in Kaleden. Matt responded quickly when plumbing work was needed to keep the renovations progressing and Al provided lots of ‘bonuses’ as a local contractor supporting the community he lives in. ~ From the KCA Board of Directors Flowers to Ken Hayter, Mike Gane and Len Bzdel for clearing the Church parking lots during the recent snowfalls. Thank you. ~ From the Kaleden Community Church Congregation Published by Okanagan Matters Publications firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.490.6951 www.SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All Up To Date residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Weekly Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via eCalendar! Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit our website. Sign Up Online Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2019 Okanagan Matters Publications.
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Ninja Time 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. Action-packed fun!
1:00-2:30 pm $5 Pre-register or drop-in with parent participation. Friday, March 22nd (During Spring Break) Okanagan Falls School Gym
KA An afternoon filled with adventure! Join us for an archaeology dig, try out some metal detectors and make a swing you can hang in a tree!
I Dig Kaleden
First Day of Spring: Wednesday, March 20th 1:00-4:00 pm Pioneer Park For Grades K-5 Early Registration - Fee prior to March 15th - $10 Fee After March 15th - $15
“PLAY gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” - Mr. Rodgers
Unstructured Play Sessions: Pre-school: 9:00-10:00 am Tuesdays & Thursdays (March 19, 21, 26, 28) All Ages (parents welcome) 10:00-11:30 am Okanagan Falls Gymnasium $2 Drop-in per family. A Sneak Peak at April:
Fresh Air Rev-it-Up Fitness with James Adults … Accept this outdoor fitness challenge and save the dates now! Tuesday & Thursdays at 5:00 pm in Okanagan Falls
Starting April 2nd
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