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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Spring??? Hopefully. I know the last two months have been unpredictable from a weather perspective. We have had moments of incredible volumes of snow in short periods of time only to see it disappear just as quickly and then a couple of weeks later repeat the process. Once again, ﬂooding in some areas is a possibility and I am meeting with the appropriate Ministries to ensure they have action plans where issues could arise.
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The unpredictability of the intense snow storms created challenges for our snow removal company, AIM. Extreme challenges. Their ﬁrst We Appreciate Your Support! priority is always the major highways, rural bus routes and lastly, rural roads in general. And, with the size of our area that rural road system is extremely large. All of your concerns expressed to my oﬃce through phone calls, emails and letters have been passed on to the Highways Ministry and they will follow up. The Legislature has resumed again with the return of everyone Another issue that has occurred affecting 700 patients in the South to Victoria for the Spring Session. Unfortunately, the traditions we Okanagan is the loss of one of the Oliver Doctors as of April 1st. have come to depend on for stability in our Democracy are being Despite months of trying to recruit a replacement, there was no undermined and challenged by groups of protestors who have no respect for the lives or livelihood of the rest of the people of BC. I luck and patients were notiﬁed by letter. have been in various positions politically for almost 18 years and I was one of those patients and after going to the same clinic for this was ﬁrst time I have been concerned for my safety. 30 years I was understandably shocked, at my age, to suddenly, Legislature Security is the responsibility of the Speaker. They be without a family doctor. were understaffed and unprepared for the protest even though it I have now gone through the online registration process with was a planned event. They did an exceptional job, but help from Interior Health and am on the waiting list for a new doctor along the Victoria Police should have been requested sooner. My hope with everyone else affected by this change and everyone new who is that none of the people who work here at the Legislature will has moved to the South Okanagan. ever have to experience that kind of disrespect and threats to their The information for you to register was included in your notiﬁcation safety ever again. letter. If you are having any diﬃculty in registering, please contact The Speech from the Throne was mostly a repeat of the Speech Patt in my oﬃce. Unfortunately, the doctor shortage is across the from the last two years. The Budget Speech also, did not address entire Province and not unique to the Okanagan and training new the need for targeted programs to support BC’s most important doctors is a long expensive process. Interior Health is developing industries throughout the Province. I will convey any relevant a system of Primary Care Clinics that will provide a new way for details of the Budget to you as it gets sorted out. people to access care by utilizing other Health Care Professionals Finally, a comment on ICBC. The proposed “no fault” insurance is such as Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses to provide not the answer to the problems being faced by ICBC and British care when appropriate. Columbians. My Liberal Caucus has been advocating that more options should be made available for insurance in BC, not less, as the government has continued to raise the rates. It is true that a few of you have seen your rates go down, but at the expense Meet Black Bird of our young drivers, and others, who have not had accidents but I am about a year and a half old and in search of are being charged excessive rates, virtually making it impossible a special family. I came from a very difficult for them to afford insurance at all. The changes proposed will not background and was not held or given a lot of take effect until 2021 and any monies promised to come back to love. As a result, I am very nervous around drivers will not compensate for the increases they will have paid people. I need a quiet home with patient between now and then. I know there are a lot of opinions about people who will give me the time to relax and ICBC, but I believe there should be more insurance options for the feel safe, while I gather my courage to approach drivers of BC. them to seek the love and affection that I crave. I love to play with Unfortunately, there is yet another insurance issue that I would toys, so I’ll entertain you as we work on our relationship. If you think like you to email me about. I understand that affordable options for you have these qualities, please contact AlleyCATS Alliance at Condo/Strata Insurance is becoming almost impossible to obtain. email@example.com. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org If you are part of a Strata that is experiencing a considerable jump in costs or having diﬃculty in even obtaining insurance, please let my oﬃce know by email and we will follow up. Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Finally, I hope you participated in one of the many Family Day Recycling the Elegance of the Past Events throughout the beautiful South Okanagan/Boundary/ 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls Similkameen. Happy Spring! 250.497.6733 www.jardinantiques.com Email: Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca Tel: 250.498.5122
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ Welcome to March! 2020 is going to be a very busy year for Area ‘D’. We have a new RCMP Superintendent. His name is Brian Hunter. I met him at the RDOS Board meeting on February 20, 2020 and invited him to come and meet with our community. He spoke positively about collaborating with us and improving our local policing. Ron Obirek I will schedule a public meeting for Director of the community to come and meet RDOS Area ‘D’ Superintendent Hunter for a public conversation, where he can hear your concerns and you can hear his thoughts and suggestions. Watch for updates in my future Skaha Matters articles. The Okanagan Falls Economic Development Oﬃce is doing excellent work building relationships in the community and welcoming public input and suggestions on how to make our community a better place for all. Robin Irwin, the Economic Development Oﬃce Coordinator, is collecting information and working hard creating a strategic plan for implementation and action. All comments and suggestions are welcome. Robin can be contacted at 778-515-5520 or in person at the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Oﬃce. The Okanagan Falls Community Association will be announcing a public meeting in the next issue of Skaha Matters. All will be welcome to attend. This community group is doing amazing work. There will be much positive and interesting information presented. I encourage all who are interested in obtaining improved ﬁbre-optic network to access the following internet link, where you can conﬁrm your support for improving the ﬁber-optic network in our community. The link is: https//ﬁbre.telus.com/iwantﬁbre/#overbuild_form A special thank you to RDOS Project Manager Doug Reeves and Parks Manager Justin Shuttleworth for the projects underway in our community. The new and improved boat launch and dock are currently under construction and should be open this summer. I encourage all who are interested to watch for the completion of this project, which will be a very big improvement to our community. Also, watch for the fountain that is being installed in Lion’s Gardens Park. The fountain will provide aeration and improve water quality in the pond. It will also be a handsome aesthetic feature. An added bonus is electric power being put in for the fountain, which will be extended to the Heritage Trestle Bridge, so that we can have Christmas lights on the bridge this coming Christmas season as part of our continuing initiative to have Christmas lights across our beachfront parks and walkways. The Heritage Trestle Bridge is also getting work that will improve the safety of the ladders and platform where community members traditionally have gone for a jump into the lake. This project promises to be a very positive improvement to a long enjoyed local and tourist tradition. And, the Park in Heritage Hills will be enjoying a busy year of development. Plans include completion of a play park, a paved perimeter path, a pavilion, paved parking with dual-purpose sporting activities and aesthetically pleasing safety and environmentally respectful lighting. The Save the Aster Save the Beach Society is working on exciting plans to move the Aster project forward. I will be supporting and helping them in every way I can. I attended the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) conference in Richmond in February and wish to provide a brief update. I had very positive and productive meetings with many of the delegations who presented workshops and participated in the
conference; including, but not limited to, the Hon. Selena Robinson, Minister of Housing and Municipalities; and Tom Barnes, CEO of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC. The conference focused on inclusive leadership; respectful, collaborative and public engagement. Tom Barnes spoke about the importance of adapting to climate change, asset management, and emergency planning. He emphasized the importance of cognitive diversity and demographic diversity in our leadership teams both at the elected level and community organizations. He emphasized the beneﬁts of investing in infrastructure and managing community assets with strategic repair, maintenance, and replacement planning. Tom Barnes spoke about leadership as a group of people working together as a functioning team. Minister Robinson spoke about housing as a major issue. She spoke about the importance of providing families affordable housing and her commitment to work together with us at the local community level. She spoke of the importance of infrastructure funding and assistance that is being made available to communities under 5000 population. Minister Robinson spoke about problem solving, innovation, creativity, inspiring and engaging members of our community. I spoke with the Minister about concerns in our community and we shall be continuing our discussions in the future. The conference keynote speaker, Chris Fields, spoke about “How to build a community”. I wish to share a few of his comments here for everyone’s beneﬁt, consideration, and feedback or thoughts arising. Chris stated that “Attitude Is a Choice!” He suggested we choose a positive attitude; that we all choose to contribute positively. He suggested we “Pursue Happiness”. He suggested we view our community as a conduit to the “Meaning of Life”. He spoke about the Notion of “US”- the idea of COMMUNITY! He spoke about the importance of appreciation to each other and the importance of being kind to each other. He suggested we build more bridges and fewer walls. He spoke of inviting solutions from all members of the community. He emphasized listening to young people and to old people - they both have much to offer and they know stuff! He spoke of Ending Fear. Having Gratitude. Daring to be Different. He stated that people crave Different. He suggested thinking about what we have that is unique and different. He suggested doing the small things. Small things are important. Small things like planting ﬂowers or painting or repairing a fence or cleaning a beach or a park. He suggested embracing change. Making things better means change. He spoke of the Law of Accelerating Returns quality begets quality - improvement leads to more improvements. He suggested we become Leaders of Everything and Anything is Possible (LEAP). And, he suggested that we Believe in Better ... He stated that Community Matters (people, place and economy). He provided many excellent suggestions and examples that I will share with our community members and RDOS staff. I have scheduled two coffee meetings for the month of March. Both will be at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre next to the Economic Development Oﬃce at #1, 5350 - 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls (next door to Bullies Pizza, which is next door to the Johnson Meier Insurance Oﬃce, which is around the corner from the Canada Post Oﬃce). The 1st meeting will be Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9 am and the 2nd shall be Thursday, March 19 2020 at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. I also welcome phone calls or emails. Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.rdos.bc.ca
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By Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator February is a short month, but it feels like it sped past at 100km an hour! Perhaps it is because of all the activity at the Okanagan Falls Economic Development oﬃce. We had a successful “Starting a Business” lunch and learn event presented by Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen on February 6th. Special thanks to Nicole Clark who facilitated the session and to those who attended. The excitement of budding new entrepreneurs is exactly the type of energy we are trying to generate with our work here. A vibrant and growing community is complimented by diverse and creative individuals, and we hope to encourage and support anyone who is interested to doing business in our area, big or small. I have been fortunate to make some good contacts and ﬁnd encouraging support from local organizations, such as the City of Penticton Economic Development Department and Travel Penticton. I am excited to be attending the “Start Here Okanagan Job Fair” on March 12th at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, where job seekers will have access to over 30 companies looking to ﬁnd their ideal candidates. This is an excellent initiative, and I’m looking forward to seeing how job seekers in our area, as well as Okanagan Falls companies, can beneﬁt from such an event. Contact our oﬃce for more information on this event. March brings the Economic Development Summit in Kelowna and I will be participating in three days of workshops and seminars, many focusing on speciﬁc elements relative to our area, such as “Exploring Co-operatives”, “Housing as an Economic Driver in BC” and “Building the Tourism Industry”. Economic development is dynamic in its nature and keeping up with changes and opportunities is important in maintaining effectiveness and initiating action. Destination BC has been very helpful in our efforts to get the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre designated and included in provincial websites, travel guides and highway signage. This designation offers opportunities to participate in tourism training for staff, volunteers and tourism businesses. We are looking forward to working with event coordinators, community groups and businesses in promoting all we have to offer and ensuring that visitors receive a warm welcome when spending time in our area. The Okanagan Falls Community Association continues to work with us on a new Economic Development Strategic Plan, and we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with such a focused and committed group of volunteers. Watch for advertising on an engagement session for the whole community coming soon to get your feedback in guiding the direction of our combined efforts. Our oﬃce is located at #1 - 5350 9th Ave. in Okanagan Falls and is open from 10 am - 3 pm Tuesday Friday. If you have any questions or concerns, call 778.515.5520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
Spring is around the corner and I know that my family is itching to be outside enjoying our beautiful area. Seeing more residents outside walking around the community, reminds me to ask everyone to be aware of our surroundings and unusual activities. The K.O.P. (Kaleden On Patrol) committee is seeking volunteers for Subrina Monteith patrols done by walking or driving Director of More info can be found on the KCA RDOS Area ‘I’ website, www.kaledencommunity.com. Kaleden residents were presented with Area ‘I’ ﬁnancials at a public meeting in February and I’m pleased to share that property taxes were held at 2019 rates for 2020. Join me at a community Spring Dance Fundraiser for KCA on Saturday, April 25th at the Kaleden Community Hall, when the band “Timbre Wolves” will perform. We will celebrate spring arriving and raise funds for KCA to continue community projects. Tickets are available at The Studio in Kaleden for $20 per person. Kaleden Parks and Recreation has ordered a replacement for one of the two swim docks this year and the other swim platform will be replaced in 2021. The former docks will be combined to make one functional dock for 2020. Docks and swim ropes should be out by May long weekend for our summer long enjoyment. The Pioneer Park Boat Launch has been upgraded and is ready for spring ﬁsherman to launch and catch the big one. Kaleden Sewer Project Proposed Service Area will move to referendum outlined in black for on Saturday, June 20th Kaleden Sewer Project. for residents within the proposed service area shown in the map to the right. Watch for more info in the near future with public meetings and mail outs to inform residents within the service area of the facts prior to making your vote. Communication with the community of Kaleden is planned to begin by April with published material and at least one Open House. The project will require a long-term borrowing of up to $4,040,000 (four million, forty thousand dollars) for the construction of the Kaleden extension of the Okanagan Falls sewer system. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com
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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, Interim Chair Community Survey Results Coming Soon ~ At the time of publication, 184 Okanagan Falls residents had completed our community survey. Thank you to everyone who shared their views. The information collected will inform the new Economic Development Strategy now under development jointly by RDOS and Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA). You will get your ﬁrst look at the results of the survey and components of the Strategy at a public workshop coming soon. Membership ~ As part of the workshop, the OFCA will also be kicking off its membership drive. As a member of the Association, you can help set the priorities for the Association. With a large membership, we will create a strong voice for the community that will improve access to grants and better inform decision-makers. Join our Facebook page and watch Skaha Matters for more information as the details are conﬁrmed. Thanks for your snaps! ~ We are so thrilled with the response to our photo contest. We received 48 stunning pictures. A special congratulations to John Goudie, who received the most votes for three of his photos! We are so fortunate to have his art to feature as we go forward. We were so blown away by all of the submissions that our local wineries offered up more bottles to give as draw prizes. The following hobby photographers will also receive a prize: D. DeVos; B. Jennings; H. Jackson; A. Gulbransen; W. MacCormac; and L. Uttley.
Volunteer Spotlight Okanagan Falls Community Partners Group
The Okanagan Falls Community Partners Group has been meeting bi-monthly for the last 10 years. A representative from each of the various local non-proﬁt groups, along with local businesses, come together to ﬁnd ways to support each other in activities and events, as they work together to enhance the Okanagan Falls community. The group has decided to meet monthly, instead of bi-monthly, in an effort to support the many projects, goals and special events in the community. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10th at 9:30 am in the Multi-purpose Room in the Rec Centre. The current chair is Randy Perrett and the administration support person is Debbie Morrow. For more information, please contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-515-5520.
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RCMP Community Report Theft from Vehicles
Theft from vehicles continues to be a problem in our area. It is a problem that can be greatly reduced by locking your vehicle and not leaving anything of value in your vehicle, especially in view, even for just a short time. Some say, “I don’t lock my vehicle as they will just bust my window”. That may be alright if you have absolutely If you have any questions, concerns or ideas to share, you can nothing of value, otherwise it is best to lock your vehicle. They will reach the OFCA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. easily enter unlocked vehicles with supposedly nothing of value and steal registration and other bits of personal information, such as bills, receipts and such that often accumulate in our vehicles. They then try and use this information to steal your identity and open up bank accounts, apply for credit cards and run up debt in your name. Neighbourhoods are seeing and reporting more night time suspicious persons. Most of these sightings and reports are attributed to more people installing outside security cameras, which are now capturing these night time opportunists. Does it mean there are more suspicious persons in your neighbourhood or are we now just able to see them? This remains to be determined. As I have said before, these suspicious persons or night time opportunists are like bears roaming your neighbourhood. If they don’t ﬁnd anything, they move on to somewhere else. However, if they ﬁnd something, they will keep coming back looking for more. And, while they are there, they will check out what everyone else in the neighbourhood has to offer them. The best defense is to keep them out of your neighborhood in the ﬁrst place by not leaving out Top - 1st. Bottom Left - 2nd. Bottom Right - 3rd. All photos by John Goudie. any attractions for them. This requires everyone doing their part to secure and remove valuables. Again like bears, they are looking for the “easy pickings” and the least amount of confrontation. If you see suspicious persons in your neighbourhood, call police. You can call 911 if you are witnessing a crime in progress or 250492-4300 if not urgent. After hours and on weekends/holidays 250-492-4300 is answered by our call center who will advise/ dispatch the police. When calling 250-492-4300 after hours and on weekends/holidays, stay on the line for all the prompts and then you will be connected to a call taker.
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As a note after March 1, 2020, our Community Police oﬃce will be moving out of the 185 Lakeshore Drive oﬃce (next to the Peach) and into the RCMP Detachment at 1168 Main Street, Penticton. Our phone numbers will remain the same and as always you are welcomed to drop by if you have questions or concerns. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
Kaleden Irrigation District News
Kaleden Community Association Update
By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee
By Glenda Livolsi
A Sure Sign Of Spring ... for many organizations, including KID, is the preparation of the next annual budget. KID’s 2020 Budget, as adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 13, requires a 2.9% increase in both taxes and tolls. Aside from the seemingly inevitable rise in the cost of just about everything, this will allow KID to replace one of our major pumps, make improvements to the Linden and Cypress Reservoirs, and add the ability to continuously monitor turbidity and UVT (ultraviolet transmission, or UVT, is a measurement of the amount of UV light that can pass through water).
Last year, the Kaleden Community Association hosted an Art Raﬄe to raise funds for community projects. It was so successful that we are having another Art Raﬄe for 2020. One framed photograph called “Sandhill Cranes Migrating Through Kaleden” was donated by Sue Kelly - the photographer is Bruce Turnbull. The second photo was taken by Les Clark and is called “Fall Through the Trees”. A special thanks to Sue and Les for giving back to your community. The Kaleden Library has these two beautiful framed photos on display and the tickets are on sale for $5 each or 3 for $10. You may also purchase tickets at the Kaleden Library, through In 2017, a Levy was established to address Interior Health a KCA Director, or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Authority requirements for KID to meet provincially-set Water The Art Raﬄe is raising funds to cover the cost of the Kaleden Quality Treatment Objectives. For the 2020 Water Bills, that Community Website, www.kaledencommunity.com, a bursary Levy is increased by $10 to $144.50. This Levy will continue to through the Kaleden Bursary Fund, and projects at the park. increase by $10 annually until reaching $194.50 in 2025. By then, the funds raised through this Levy should amount to around half of that required to construct the upgraded water treatment plant. Once plans are ﬁnalized and costs conﬁrmed, a referendum will Kaleden Community Association ask ratepayers to approve borrowing the rest of the funds required for construction.
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In short, the above will amount to less than a $25 increase in my Water Bill - not too hurtful to ensure a safe and reliable water supply! It should be noted that current KID water rates are among the lowest in the Okanagan region. And, our water quality has been consistently excellent; unlike many other suppliers, KID has never had to issue a Boil Water Advisory or Notice. Despite Provincial pressures to eliminate Improvement Districts (of which KID is one), our Board of Trustees and staff intend to continue to eﬃciently and effectively provide quality water to the residents of Kaleden. Mark Your Calendar ~ Want more information? Attend KID’s Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Kaleden Community Hall at 7:30 pm on Monday, April 27.
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Sandhill Cranes Migrating through Kaleden. By Bill Trumbull
Tickets $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 Available at the Library or from any KCA director. Proceeds to:
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Fall Trees By Les Clarke
Daylight Savings Time ... Time to check smoke detectors! Daylight Savings Time starts again on Sunday, March 8th. When you turn your clocks ahead, check the batteries in all of your home smoke detectors. Only a working smoke detector can save lives! If you need help with this task, please call KVFD at 250-497-8231.
March FireSmart Tip By Linda Dahl FireSmart Day planning has started. The 3rd Annual Chipping Event will be in late April. More information coming soon. Start thinking about your projects now!
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Do you need a ‘Site Hazard Assessment’ done for your property or neighbourhood? The FireSmart Board can help you with that. Email kaledenﬁre@shaw.ca with your contact information. We will reach out to you. SkahaMatters.com | March 2020 | Page 7
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Fire Department History Continues ...
A ﬁre broke out at Rasmussen Log Homes, but no serious damage was done on September 25, 2000. The ﬁre started when heavy machinery came into contact with low power lines. This started a log ﬁre, which spread to the surrounding grass. The ﬁremen quickly extinguished the blaze. Minor damage was caused by the ﬁre with no injuries. Morris J. Thompson passed away on September 26, 2000 and was a long time past member of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. He was liked by everyone and he would help anyone that needed it. Morris started working at Weyerhauser (Northwood Mills) in 1972 as a Millright. He loved anything mechanical and would work tirelessly until that item was ﬁxed. What Morris considered good stuff, his lovely wife Donna May considered it junk. He would say, “these are assets, not junk”. His service was attended with more than 500 people. Okanagan Falls Fire Department celebrated their 50th Anniversary on September 30th, 2000. First Fire Chief, Joe Young, attended the ceremony along with the ﬁrst ﬁre truck, a 1936 La France pumper. Joe stated, “we didn’t have much of a ﬁre department back then, we started with pails, shovels and picks, whatever we could get our hands on”. With a provincial government loan of $1700, the 1936 truck was purchased from the Burnaby Fire Department for $1,200. With the remainder of the money, a new ﬁre hose was purchased and formal training was supplied by the Fire Marshal. The ﬁre truck was housed at an old barn by the school. After Mr. Young left Okanagan Falls, Angus Duncan took over as Fire Chief. Later that night, a social was held honouring past and current members. A plaque in front of the ﬁre hall is available for viewing. To be continued ... For the 2019 year, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department attended 233 incidents: ﬁrst responder and related calls - 153; alarms - 19; motor vehicle accidents - 28; vehicle ﬁres - 3; structure ﬁres - 4; miscelanous ﬁres - 20; and miscelanous incidents - 6.
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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair
Communication, Collaboration, and Cooperation ~ These are the foundations that make for good relationships. The Okanagan Falls Irrigation District takes pride in that we work very hard to partner with many of the groups, boards, and our neighbours that we are connected to. This makes a difference, and beneﬁts us all. We have regular communication with our liaison oﬃcer at Interior Health, who keeps us focused, who monitors our operations, and keeps us on track. We have had several meetings with RDOS reps at several levels, as we try to keep in touch and stay on the same page with our common irrigation issues. We are active members with our Community Partners, where we team up with other groups in Okanagan Falls for events such as “Music in the Park”, “Market in the Park”, and the Christmas Light-up. We recently met with our colleagues from the Kaleden Irrigation District to put our heads together, compare our successes, and needs for improvement, and to see if there are ways to share ideas, equipment, or staff. We are trying to arrange a meeting with our MP Richard Cannings, so that he can get to know us, and see where we can work together. As much as we try to branch out to those outside the Irrigation district, it’s important that we want to stay in touch with you, our neighbours and friends. Just a reminder ~ The water invoices have been sent out, and are due by Thursday, March 26th. If you haven’t received your’s, please contact our oﬃce. Remember, you can now pay by either Visa, MasterCard, or debit. If you are a tenant, please make sure that your landlord receives their invoice to avoid any disruption to your service. If you would like to receive your invoice by email next year, please contact Kim at our oﬃce at oﬁd@telus.net. Water We Thinking ~ “If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet their water bill is higher.” - Debbie Macomber
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EVOLUTION @ THE ZEN The Zen Centre - 1141 Cedar St, Okanagan Falls
Session Dates - March 3 - May 7 10 Class Punch Pass (limited) - $100 + GST 20 Classes Tue/Thur - $180 + GST 30 Classes Tue/Wed/Thu - $270 + GST Individual Drop In - $15
Spring Program Guide available March 6th. Look for it online or pick up your copy at your local library or community centre. New After School Program coming in April! _________________________________ The following classes are cancelled in Okanagan Falls during Spring Break - March 16-27 Monday Fit, Functional Fitness, Gentle Fit & Yoga. Yoga continues in Kaleden: Tues & Thurs at 9am at the Kaleden Church. Zen & Fitness passes are valid.
Meet Your Recreation Team By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator Meet Your Recreation Team ... a monthly column featuring one of the team leaders.
Evolution @ The Zen, with program leader James - on top & in the middle.
Meet James Chicalo James Chicalo is a lifelong ﬁtness and exercise enthusiast. From team sports like hockey and baseball to individual sports like weight training, James is in his element. James is a certiﬁed personal ﬁtness trainer and has additional certiﬁcations in both Sports Nutrition and Plant Based Nutrition. James is a group ﬁtness instructor and loves motivating people along their paths to wellness. You can come and workout with James at The Zen Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 5:00 pm for any one of his popular High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes. The music is pumping and camaraderie is high! The next session runs from March 3 - May 7. For more information, please call James at 604-506-1614, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jameschicalo.com.
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“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.
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Join OK Falls Fitness Today! Are you looking for a gym with a positive atmosphere and great staff? Are you looking for positive results? Well, we have what you’re looking for. We welcome you to join our gym or come give it a try. We have affordable rates and we welcome all ages. Thanks to all our members that joined and continue to support us. Hope to see you soon at 936 Main Street in Okanagan Falls. For more information, to become a member, or to simply try out our gym, please call Raymond Gauthier at 250-328-5799. SS NE n St T I i S F Ma
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“Edema” is the medical term for swelling. Body parts swell from injury or inﬂammation. It can affect a small area or the entire body. Medications, pregnancy, infections, and many other medical problems can cause edema. Edema happens when your small blood vessels leak ﬂuid into nearby tissues. That extra ﬂuid builds up, which makes the tissue swell. It can happen almost anywhere in the body. (WebMD. com) Swollen feet and ankles are the most common. Normally, our bodies can eliminate this ﬂuid, but when it can’t there are many other things you can try. Often your doctor will prescribe a diuretic medication, also called water pills, which are medications designed to increase the amount of water and salt expelled from the body as urine. Other things that can help are: • Rest as much as possible with the swollen area elevated above the level of the heart. • Reduce the amount of salt you consume. • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. • Soak the area in Epsom salt. • Compression therapy which involves wearing tight socks or garments that actually squeeze the excess ﬂuids out of the edema affected areas of the body. • Massage will help move the excess ﬂuid out of the area to an area that can properly absorb it. • Exercise will get the muscles moving and may help pump the ﬂuid back towards the heart. There are also many natural diuretics such as dandelion, hawthorn, horsetail, juniper, green and black tea, parsley and hibiscus. Eating more fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics may be another beneﬁcial solution. These foods include watermelon, grapes, berries, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic and bell peppers. I love trying to ﬁnd natural remedies before resorting to prescribed medications, but it is always important to have a discussion with your doctor. Massage is a highly effective way to help reduce swelling. The massage helps move the ﬂuid around to get it out of the body. A gentle, soothing massage relaxes muscle tension and greatly improves circulation. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. Creative Wellness Solutions 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. 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. The cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com where you can read any past articles you may have missed.
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IV-Chelation Therapy To Improve Your Heart Health And Circulation, Plus Lower Your Toxic Metal Load By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Chelation is a medical therapy that is effective for both toxic metal removal from the brain and body, and as part of a holistic approach for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment. It is administered by Physicians with specialized training in this area and in BC, Canada is approved for use by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC under the Ministry of Health. Doctors who offer Chelation therapy have advanced training and certiﬁcation in this area. It is not a standalone therapy and works best when accompanied by a holistic approach addressing lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet, nutraceutical supplementation, and stress management. Historically, Chelation therapy was ﬁrst administered by intravenous infusion around World War II as a poison gas antidote and to remove lead from the bodies of industrial workers. It was observed that many of the patients who received Chelation therapy beneﬁtted from general health improvements and in particular had improved blood ﬂow dynamics. Symptoms such as angina, intermittent claudication (leg pain with walking), poor memory, poor eye sight and diminished hearing, all improved with this therapy. Research since this time has consistently shown improvement in cardiovascular disease symptoms and a reduction in the risk of heart attack and stroke. An NIH (National Institute of Health) clinical trial in the U.S. (the TACT trial) showed an overall 18% reduction in clinical events such as heart attacks and strokes in patients who had previous cardiovascular disease. These numbers were even better in a sub-group of diabetic patients in which the clinical events were reduced signiﬁcantly. People with diabetes, who made up about one-third of the participants, had a 41 percent overall reduction in the risk of any cardiovascular event; a 40 percent reduction in the risk of death from heart disease, nonfatal stroke, or nonfatal heart attack; a 52 percent reduction in recurrent heart attacks; and a 43 percent reduction in death from any cause over a period of about 5 years This was based on a total of 40 intravenous Chelation treatments. These infusions last 90 minutes to 3 hours each and are administered from 1-3 times weekly. To Chelate means to remove unwanted toxic metals and mineral from the body. This is accomplished with various Chelating agents that can be administered in either a pill form or through intravenous therapy. Research to date supports the use of intravenous Chelation as the most effective and safest method of detoxifying body heavy metal burden. It may take 10 or more treatments to remove toxic metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminium, cadmium, nickel, and tin. With proper testing, almost everyone today is found to carry some level of toxic metal load in their bodies. Some people naturally detoxify more effectively than others. And, it has been discovered that many chronic illnesses are associated with heavy metal toxicity (likely more prevalent in those who do not naturally detoxify metals easily). In particular, Autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological diseases, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, kidney disease, and possibly cancer (to name a few), may be associated with metal toxicity. A study from the University of Michigan found that “exposure to mercury stood out as the main risk factor for autoimmunity”.
Mercury is particularly toxic to the entire body, but has been speciﬁcally identiﬁed as a neurotoxin, kidney toxin, and immune system toxin. There are no safe levels of this metal in the human body. We accumulate mercury from dental amalgams, contaminated seafood, fungicides, pesticides, batteries, cosmetics, coal mining emissions, and many other industrial sources. Other toxic metals such as lead and cadmium are found to be consistently high in most people with chronic illnesses. Testing is available at our clinic to determine if you have elevated body stores of toxic heavy metals. The Environmental Working Groups at www.ewg. org provides extensive information on this issue. Naturopathic Physicians are highly trained and experienced physicians in lifestyle approaches to health and wellness. For more information call or stop by the Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls at 250-497-6681. Sources: Chappell LT. 2007 Jun. Should EDTA chelation therapy be used instead of long-term clopidogrel plus aspirin to treat patients at risk from drug-eluting stents? ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/17604460 Altern Med Rev. ;12(2):152-8 Cranton, Elmer M. 1989. A Textbook on EDTA Chelation Therapy. Human Sciences Press, New York, New York USA Escolar E, Lamas GA, Mark DB, et al. The effect of an EDTA-based chelation regimen on patients with diabetes and prior myocardial infarction in Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT). Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes. 2014;7(1):15-24. https://www.ewg.org/ McDonagh E.W. and Rudolph C.J. 1994. A Collection of Published Papers Showing Efficacy of EDTA Chelation Therapy; Gladstone ,Missouri, USA. McDonagh Medical Center, Inc. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/chelation Somers, Emily C et al. 2015. Mercury Exposure and Antinuclear Antibodies among Females of Reproductive Age in the United States: NHANES Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1408751 SkahaMatters.com | March 2020 | Page 11
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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Kaleden Library had so many responses to our “I LOVE MY LIBRARY BECAUSE ... ” that we would like to share some of the comments with everyone: “It’s the HUB of the Community.” “I also love Glenda and Lynn!” “It feels like home.” “Storytime is the best!” “There are new books every time I visit.” “I like books.” “I don’t have to pay for books, just borrow and return.” “I love to play with the LEGO!” “The Librarians are very nice!” “The teachers always order me good books.” “Our family likes to borrow movies - no cable at home.” “Nice to look at all their magazines, need a coffee machine!” Valentine Craft Afternoon was a lot of fun! The children made a Valentine Card to give to someone special and also a “love bug” craft. Miss Lynn read the children a story, “The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart”, and each child received a heart shaped cookie. With Spring rapidly approaching, we have ordered many books on landscaping and gardening. Stop by the Kaleden Library to get new ideas for planning your gardens or yards. Preschool Storytime continues on March 3rd, 10th, and 31st at 10:00 am. Please note there will be NO Storytime over Spring Break (March 17th and 24th). The Okanagan Regional Library Youth Services Team has prepared a book list of “100 Books To Read Together Before Kindergarten”. This book list can be picked up from the Kaleden Library. Complete the book list, attend a Storytime, and get a library card for your child to receive a book bag and certiﬁcate. For more information on these programs offered at the Kaleden Library, please call 250-497-8066 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, March 4th and March 18th from 1-3 pm.
Introduction to Mystical Psychology ~ Join Andrea Toro Garland for an introduction to mystical psychology/buddhist cognitive therapy and mindful meditation. Andrea is a certiﬁed life coach/certiﬁed art therapist/yoga practitioner/ energy healer, who promotes an integrated system of health. Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30-8 pm. Pre-registration appreciated.
Love Your Lake ~ Please join the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society who are hosting this presentation. Saturday, March 14th at 11 am.
South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author, Faye Arcand, leading this 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 17th from 6-8 pm.
Book Club ~ Join local book reading enthusiasts for discussion of monthly book selections. New members always welcome! This month’s selection is “The Alice Network”, by Kate Quinn. Wednesday, March 18th from 1-2 pm.
Meet BC Author Eleanor Deckert - Memoir Writing Method Workshop ~ Participants will learn 3 kinds of Memoir, Slow Down, Title, Theme, Topics, Tips, and Deckert’s Index. This is a free program. Workbooks available $5 each. Eleanor’s memoir series will be available at a discount. Have your copy personalized! Tuesday, March 31st from 6:30-8 pm.
Do you have a special talent or hobby you would like to share with others? We are always looking for new content to add to our line up of programs. Please let us know what you have to offer. Children’s Programs: • •
Storytime ~ Join us for Stories, Songs, Crafts, and more! Tuesday, March 31st from 9-9:45 am. Builders Club ~ has been cancelled until further notice due to low participation. Feel free to come in and build whenever you like. LEGO and KEVA are always available.
Friends of the Library: We are again asking the community to donate items for our book sale. If you have any books in good condition, please drop them off at the library. We do not accept encyclopedias, or readers digest condensed books. The Book Sale will be in May. Anyone who would like to volunteer as a Friends of the Library member, please contact the library for information. For more info on these programs at the Okanagan Falls Library, please call 250-497-5886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Other Places To Live By Tom Landecker We all learn the names of the planets in elementary school: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Well, Pluto fell off the list a few years ago, demoted to the role of dwarf planet, but the other eight remain. The ﬁrst four, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are rocky planets, and the outer four, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, are big balls of gas.
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The novel was originally Nevertheless, the atmosphere is rich in organic molecules, released in 1971, the audiobook version at the library dates from particularly methane. That’s suggestive, because on the Earth 2009. A killer has targeted a senior police oﬃcer. Police oﬃcer atmospheric methane is produce by rotting vegetation (and by Martin Beck wonders if it’s personal or if it’s the start of a war cattle and other ruminants, but it’s hard to imagine cattle at minus against the police in general. Can he and his colleagues ﬁnd the killer before he strikes again? The answer takes us through a brief 180 degrees). history of policing culture in Sweden, before leading us to a high Jupiter’s moon, Europa, is another candidate. It has a very smooth stakes high rise stand off in downtown Stockholm. surface, made up of large areas of ice, and there may be oceans under the ice. Plumes of water vapour have been detected, rising Hag-Seed ~ Written by Margaret Atwood. Narrated by R.H. from Europa’s surface, driven by some kind of geyser action, and Thomson. MP3 Audiobook runs 8 hours 11 minutes. Also available it is fascinating to speculate what might be found in those plumes. as large print book, book, e-book, and CD audiobook. Was Venus once a habitable planet? Venus is Earth’s twin, just a I am rather unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, but I little bit smaller than our home. Now it is a very hostile place, with enjoyed this modern re-telling of the famed play as a contemporary a surface temperature like a pizza oven, 450 degrees C, and a fable. Here, a wronged Shakespearean actor/director plots revenge crushing atmosphere of carbon dioxide. Our view of the surface is while teaching a class in a medium-security wing of a prison, and blocked by clouds, not clouds of water vapour, clouds of sulphuric also copes with the loss of his wife and daughter. There is some acid! Nasty as they are, the clouds reﬂect sunlight very well, humour here ... and some suggested and actual violence. making Venus a beautiful bright object in the sky. We see Venus It’s a retelling of a Shakespeare play set largely in a prison, so yeah, as the evening star, appearing in the West just after sunset, and as there’s obscene language, both Shakespearean and modern. the morning star, visible in the East just before sunrise. Humans: A Brief History of How We F----d It All Up ~ Written Did Venus once have oceans? Was it once a nicer place? Did it by Tom Phillips. Narrated by Nish Kumar. MP3 Audiobook runs 6 suffer a climate catastrophe? As we edge towards understanding hours 31 minutes. eBook also available. our own climate and how it is changing, we can apply the same An often sarcastically funny take on the history of humans getting climate-modelling computer tools to Venus, and try to unravel things wrong. From Lucy falling out of that tree on the African its history. The latest research suggests that oceans might have savannah, past the empire that was wiped off of the map due to existed on Venus for the ﬁrst 3.5 billion years of its history, but poor translation, through the introduction of rabbits to Australia they were then evaporated by the Sun’s heat, tipping the balance and starlings to North America and up to the possibility that letting toward catastrophic climate change. AI make our decisions might just be the worst idea we’ve ever Here are a few helpful website addresses: had. As one might guess from the title of this book, there are • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html obscenities throughout. • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ The Unpassing ~ Written by Chia-Chia Lin. Narrated by Feodor • https://chime-experiment.ca Chin. MP3 Audiobook runs 7 hours 53 minutes. Also available as The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the book and e-book. National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at A poetic, elegiac tale from the perspective of a young Taiwanese717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300. American boy about his family. They mourn the sudden loss of one of their members, while their father losses his job. Their mother, having minimal English, feels alienated in their new home and wishes to return to Taiwan. Their only contact with their previous 250-809-7625 lives is through a once-a-month phone call to her father. They firstname.lastname@example.org eventually ﬁnd themselves relying on their mother’s foraging skills and a neighbour’s kindness as they prepare to face another winter Specializing in Commercial, Demolition & Construction Waste - in 1980’s Alaska. The boy’s parent’s marriage frays under the Roll Off Bin Service | Same Day Delivery | Same Day Disposal strain, and then his youngest brother gets left behind in the woods during a storm. 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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes
We can count ourselves lucky! We have made it into March and there will be nothing but shamrocks and pots of gold from here on out. KPAC would like to remind parents that there will be no school during Spring Break in March. Please do not send your kids to the school begging for an education. There is a full two week embargo on all learning! We don’t want a repeat of last year when several students were found in the school taking extra history exams. Strictly no learning allowed! Want to become self-sustaining and prepare for the zombie uprising? Buy some seeds! KPAC is selling seed kits as a fundraiser. Check out www.makeitsow.com/seed-kits for details and stop in at the oﬃce or email Jess at email@example.com by March 2nd to order yours. Our annual crustacean cook off is coming up quick! We are still in need of donations. If you or your business can help out, please reach out to Leanne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any donations from wine to cash for the tent rental to silent auction items would be greatly appreciated. It takes an army to throw a successful Lobsterfest and KPAC needs you! There is no KPAC meeting in March, because parents need a break too gosh darn it. As always, thanks to this amazing community and all of your wide reaching support for our students and our school. We couldn’t do it all without you and we are extremely grateful. DE
Would you like a free consultation with a biologist to learn how to improve and maintain the health of your lake? If you own property on Twin or Skaha Lake, this will be your year to get a personalized property report with details on the state of your shoreline and recommended actions for improving lake health for people and wildlife. Shorelines are among the most unique places on earth and people’s inﬂuences can have a huge impact on these delicate interfaces. Keeping shorelines healthy and natural is the easiest way to protect water quality. This helps maintain or improve property values and provides cleaner, clearer water for future generations and wildlife. Lakes and rivers are the most sustainable source of fresh water for humans and wildlife. Canada has more lake area than any other country. Our lakes provide drinking water, attract tourists who support our economy, are home to over 100,000 species, and provide water for washing, cooking, sanitation and recreation. Removing shoreline vegetation, runoff, boat wakes, construction and even foot traﬃc can cause erosion and affect water quality, wildlife habitat and shoreline stability. Upland areas need to be managed as well as shorelines to ensure a properly functioning riparian area (this is the area of land just before the shoreline). Natural riparian corridors are the most diverse, dynamic, and complex biophysical habitats on the terrestrial portion of the Earth. Habitat degradation and impaired riparian conditions have been associated with 90 per cent of the extinctions and declines of salmon in the Paciﬁc Northwest. Okanagan waterfront is among the most beautiful and valuable imaginable. Most Okanagan lakeshore is already developed for human-use. The Southern Interior Land Trust (SILT) is exploring ways to spark widespread voluntary care of lakeshores. Natural shorelines, with their ribbon of native trees, shrubs and grass beneﬁt wildlife; protect properties from ﬂood and erosion; and support ecological processes essential to clean, drinkable, swimmable, ﬁshable water. If you own a shoreline property on Twin or Skaha Lake, a biologist will assess it this summer and the report will show you how to improve and maintain the health of your lake. Join Al Peatt, Executive Director of SILT on March 14th to have all of your questions answered (see ad space to right). * Compiled from: http://loveyourlake.ca and www.siltrust.ca
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Love Your Lake is a shoreline evaluation program developed by Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF), and conducted for any shoreline community across the country by local organizations. Al Peatt, Executive Director of SILT, will discuss why lake health is so important and how your property will be assessed using a standardized assessment protocol. You will get a personalized property report with details on the state of your shoreline and recommended actions for improving lake health for people and wildlife. Al Peatt, RPBio, FAPB Executive Director, Southern Interior Land Trust
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Kaleden Ladies Drop-in Every Wednesday from 1-4 pm Held at Kaleden Community Church
All ladies welcome for coffee, calories and conversation. Games, handwork, quilting, crafts or whatever interests you. Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850
School Trustee Report For SD67
Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!
By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee The Transportation Policy review events hosted in January 2020 were not well attended by parents and the community; however, the input provided by the few who attended was valuable. The Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, is putting together recommendations for the Board to consider for revising the 20202021 Bus Transportation Policy. In general, the survey revealed that parents are not opposed to paying rider fees; parents would like to see the walk distance for all students shortened and parents feel courtesy riders should pay additional fees. At the January 14, 2020 Business Committee Meeting, Secretary Treasure, Kevin Lorenz, reviewed the process for the 20202021 Budget. Currently, the Board is seeking public/community input for the 2020/2021 budgetary process. Go to https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/79PH8R2 to complete a survey about the District’s educational priorities, goals and actions in the Board’s Strategic Plan. The intent of the survey is to inform the 2020-2021 budgetary process and the development of budget priorities for the coming year. Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey. Below is a summary of the process and timelines that will be followed in preparing the budget for the 2020-2021 school year: •
January 2020 - Enrollment projections and revenue estimates. Historical data, student projections based on census and other data is utilized to generate projections.
February 2020 •
March 2020 - Community consultation - a survey is available on the District’s website to invite feedback from the public. Further opportunities for community consultation and input for draft budget will occur in March and April, 2020. During the March 2020-Draft Budget Preparation, the Ministry of Education provides revenue projections based on the District’s enrollment projection and the current funding formula.
April 2020 onward
Presentation of Draft Budget to DPAC at the April meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. Board Approval of the Budget •
The budget will be presented at the April 2020 Regular Board Meeting for 3 readings.
Approved budget must be submitted to the Ministry of Education by June 30, 2020.
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The closing date for the Superintendent Job Posting was February 7, 2020. The Board is meeting with Anne Cooper on February 26, 2020 to review applications and to develop a short list of candidates to be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted the ﬁrst week of March 2020.
2019-2020 Budget Revision is currently underway. SD67 will make budgetary revisions to address the decline in enrolment for 20192020. Senior Admin staff are working with school administrators to cut spending. This is a taxing and challenging process for all. The Board welcomes public input and we ask that you attend the February 24, 2020 Board meeting to ask questions about the budgetary issues that have arisen.
5 “Great Things” include ... 1. Kindness Month is being celebrated with everyone drawing a picture of themselves and placing it under the Kindness Umbrella. 2. Kaleden students spent a fun ﬁlled the day up at Apex Mountain Resort’s Tube Park. 3. Our Kindergarten class got to meet cast members of Princess Margaret’s musical “Beauty and the Beast” after their performance. 4. Multi-Grade learning on our new student tablets in the computer lab. 5. Kaleden students and staff proudly wear our new Be Kind T-Shirts.
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February Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair The past month was very busy at Okanagan Falls Elementary with a lot of amazing experiences and learning happening! 1.
Celebrating “Literacy Week” with Penticton Vees Hockey Players ... and a fun game of ﬂoor hockey. 2. Falcons Night Out at the Vees Hockey Game. 3. SOAR Celebration ~ Students achieving their goals. 4. Mt. Baldy trips to improve our skiing and snowboarding skills. 5. 100 Days of Learning ~ Wow, some students have really aged! 6. Real Acts of Caring ~ Visiting the Seniors Activity Centre to deliver Valentine Cards. 7. Hip Hop lessons with Miss Leah at Oliver Dance Studio. 8. Division 5 students making traditional spears. 9. All classes attended a “Beauty and the Beast” performance. 10. STEAM activities at the Okanagan Falls Regional Library. Thank you to everyone who helped us with our learning this month!
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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Thank you to all who added another delicious option to your home brew by supporting our school with Backyard Bean purchases. To allow those who would like to continue to support us this way and get their home ﬁx (and not burning out our bean counters), we will be running the fundraiser 3 times a year. Next orders will be due for Friday, March 13th. Delivery will be expected after Spring Break around Monday, March 30th. The ﬁnal order for this school year will then be due Friday, June 12th for end of school delivery. We will then start up again in the new school year for November orders. We will have order forms available at the school or on the school website under PAC. The next PAC meeting will be Thursday, March 5th at 6:30pm in the School Library (free child care will be available). You can always contact us through the Okanagan Falls PAC Facebook page.
PATIO Burger Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon By Taylor Bentley, Race Director Attention Parents: Time to mark your calendar! Registration opens at 6:00 am on April 1st for the 9th Annual PATIO Burger 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 “sellout”, so please register early to avoid disappointment. The event is being offered at no charge due to our awesome sponsors. A special thanks to our new title sponsor, PATIO Burger! And, thanks to the other businesses who have already conﬁrmed their support again this year. If you are interested in becoming one of our fabulous sponsors, please contact Taylor at taylor.charley@ hotmail.com. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 27th, and once again the bike drop-off in Kenyon Park is on Friday, June 26th. The race course is in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park. For more information on the event, to volunteer, or to register, visit www.okfallsjrtri.com or email email@example.com.
School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee
After what seems like a long winter, we are ﬁnally enjoying some sunshine here in the South Okanagan. Time to put away the snow shovels and pull out the bikes. Following are some highlights from the Board of Education meeting held on January 22, 2020. District staff reported that on November 14, the Minister of Health announced the intention to strengthen regulations to address the rise in youth vaping. The Ministry of Health is proposing new regulations under the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act (TVPCA) and the Public Health Act (PHA) to be enacted April 1, 2020 outlined in this Vapour Products Intentions Paper. They are accepting comments on the proposed changes until January 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM PT. This opportunity for input has been shared with schools. The 2018/2019 Aboriginal How are we Doing (HAWD) report was recently released. This report highlights how Indigenous students throughout our District are performing on the FSA assessments, school completion results, and student learning survey in comparison to the rest of the province. We are seeing encouraging results as our Indigenous students are performing signiﬁcantly above the provincial average compared to other Indigenous students on Grade 4 and 7 FSA assessments. Another positive indicator was the improvement of nearly 9% for Indigenous 6-year school completion results. We jumped to 65% completion last year compared to 57% the previous year. This matches a 5-year high on this completion rate in our District. These improvements can largely be attributed to the hard work and continued focus in our schools to improve success for Indigenous learners and strides we have been making to ensure local culture and ways of knowing are reﬂected in our schools and we look forward to continued improving results. Second Semester will see a number of exciting career education programs beginning including Gateway to Trades, a new Gateway to Technology program, a weeklong RCMP Youth Academy in Vernon and once again our Professional Cook Level 1 course in partnership with Camosun College. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Education Minister Rob Fleming was in the District to tour Southern Okanagan Secondary and Oliver Elementary Schools. The tour focused on speaking with staff and students with a focus on Indigenous programs, inclusion, career education, and other unique programs that we have in the District, such as our new pilot of the Seamless Day Kindergarten with before and after school care. The new semester began on Monday, January 27th. Many Grade 12 students are also presenting their capstone projects for which completion is mandatory by the end of June under the new graduation requirements. The draft 2020/21 School Calendar has now been posted (along with ﬁllable response form) on the district website for feedback at the this link: https://www.sd53.bc.ca/apps/pages/districtcalendar The draft calendar has also been attached to our news slider and news item for viewing at this link: https://www.sd53.bc.ca/ Please provide any input or comments on the ﬁllable response form by March 13, 2020. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
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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.
Ahhh! Spring is just around the corner. All-in-all, we had a pretty good winter. Just enough snow and cold weather to remind us what people all across this country go through every winter. The swans are still here in their southern lair on Vaseux Lake, but will be moving back north again this month. They go to their private pond, build their nests and have their families there over summer. The Heritage Society is busy and active. The Thrift Shop is in full swing with their Winter Clothing Big Bag Sale. When it is completed, then all the lovely colourful spring and summer frocks will be hung on the racks and everything will look fresh and new. Noreen and her friendly staff of volunteers will be happy to assist you when you are in the shop. Stop in and say ‘Hello’! The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. Andrew Feniuk is planning some changes in the gardens. Change is good! There is also some work to be done on the railing to the apartment. Fresh paint is always welcome. Sue Walker has been busy keeping up with new additions being donated to the Museum. Keeping all those artifacts in order is a real job and she does it so well! Karen Feniuk keeps us on an even keel with oﬃce procedures. There are some exciting projects being planned for the future. And all the while, President Tara Higgins keeps her thumb on the pulse. It all works really well! The next meeting of the Heritage Society will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at 1 pm in the Multi-purpose Room at the School.
Some of the characters of Kaleden’s early history were the stage coach drivers. Two of these that I remember were Warrick Arnott and Thomas Roadhouse. Warrick Arnott drove the stage between Penticton and Orville and I got to know him as he delivered mail to the Post Oﬃce, which Grandma King operated. He was an early settler, having developed a pre-emption which Jim Ritchie purchased in the process of accumulating land for Kaleden. At the time I remember him, he was using a car for transportation, but in earlier times he had used more romantic if less speedy transport. Thomas Roadhouse was one of the more famous stage drivers, who ran a service between Penticton and Princeton. It served passengers, but its main source of revenue was the freight hauled, particularly to the nearby mines. At the time that Billy Miner was living in Merritt and making a good living robbing stage coaches and trains of the gold they were carrying out to civilization, Thomas Roadhouse was hauling gold from the Hedley to Penticton in a most casual manner. He would take the gold bricks and throw them in the sack of oats that he carried for the horses. The sack would be tossed on the ﬂoor at his feet and for years he transported hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold in this manner, without ever being held up. He built the house which stood for many years at the foot of the hill named for him, which is still referred to as Roadhouse Hill. He and his large family were very much a part of the social life of Kaleden in the early days. A grandson, Clark Roadhouse, lived as a boy in Kaleden and went to school with our kids in the 1940s. Years later, in the 1960/70s, as an engineer in Prince George, I would get a call from a Doreen in Vancouver telling how a crew that had been sent up to erect a tower at Baldy Hughes had been frustrated by the local Forestry oﬃcials who would not give them permission to cross certain property in order to get their equipment in to pour cement and erect the steel. They had been stymied for a week and the request was, “Could you see if you can ﬁnd out the problem and more importantly, ﬁnd a solution?” I asked who the local Forestry contact person was and on being told it was Clark Roadhouse I opined that I might be able to help. It took about ﬁve minutes to straighten the whole thing out and when I called back to say it was a “Go” for the next morning there was a note of awe in the voice on the other end of the line. As a ringing example of the merits of complete honesty it must be noted that I did not mention that Clark was an old family friend, letting Doreen assume that it was entirely due to my charm and mediatorial expertise that the issue was so quickly resolved. This was a faux pas of the most serious nature since forever after, when some foul up occurred anywhere in the Northern Division, Doreen would call me, expecting once again miracles to be performed. More ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life next month. To donate to the Kaleden Museum, contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE
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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director
Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Volunteer Gathering”, where volunteers meet ﬁrst and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Our next Team Gathering is Wednesday, March 25th from 11:30-1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by Friday, March 20th by email to email@example.com. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by Browsing Opportunities at www.volunteercentre.info. Please register as a volunteer to receive updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-576-5661.
Continuing To Give To Great Causes Welcome to another year of 100 Women Who Care! We are a group of more than 270 local women, who over the last 5 years have donated more than $100,000 to local charities. Working together, we make our charitable donations count. Come join us as a member for the year or a guest at a meeting. Mark your calendar for the following events in 2020: • 1st Quarter ~ April 22nd - Elma Restaurant, Lakeshore Drive • 2nd Quarter ~ June 25th - Serendipity Winery, Naramata • 3rd Quarter ~ September 30th - Hosted at one of our own 100 Women’s home, Winston Estate Vineyard • 4th Quarter ~ November 26th - Little Black Dress Party at the Penticton Lakeside Resort All events run from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. To join and make a difference together, please visit www.100womensouthokanagan.com.
Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator
It sure feels like Spring is right around the corner (and can’t come soon enough for some of us!). If you missed our recent events, consider joining us in March and April. Everyone is welcome even though they are sponsored and presented by the Kaleden Seniors Committee - KSC events are for the community and we look forward to seeing you! Mark your calendars for our always popular Gardening Session at Linden Gardens on March 27th. Soup will be served and Kaleden’s own Ken Hayter will lead a talk on container gardening. Join us at 12:30 pm for soup, followed by the talk at 1 pm. For those of you who missed it, Valentine’s Day was celebrated at the Kaleden Hall with Music Trivia with James Chicalo. James had us up and out of our seats dancing in the ﬁrst song and led a lively - albeit competitive - game we all enjoyed! Prizes were awarded (and enjoyed) and snacks were shared. We hope to have James at another one of our events ... he was fantastic and I’d recommend his entertainment for any sort of event. For more information, visit his website at www.jameschicaloexperience.com. Here are some photos of our recent events:
L - James Chicalo & his lovely assistant. R - The grand prize winners of Music Trivia!
On January 24th, Richard Lautsch led a Tai Chi sampler class (above) and Melanie Magritz taught an Ayurvedic cooking class (below). Plus, Leslie Roos volunteered her time and gave an AED Demo. Did you know we have several throughout the community? Good to know how to use them!
Join us for the Season Opener ~ Friday, April 10 Weekly Reminders: Ladies Drop-in meets every Wednesday from 1-4 pm at the Kaleden Church. All ladies welcome at this no charge gathering. Thursday’s Cards & Games is from 1-3 pm at the Kaleden Hall. Feel free to bring a new game to share! $4 drop in fee. If you have any questions or ideas or need more information, email the Kaleden Seniors Committee at email@example.com.
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227
By Bob Wilson, Past President
Heading into March already, hardly seems that the time has passed - I must getting old. Every morning I get up, look outside and wonder what I did yesterday, and why am I in this room and where are my keys? We are doing our usual activities this year ... school breakfasts at this time. Tuesdays are cereal days and Thursdays are hot meal days, both overseen by our charter member Mike Livingstone and his crew of volunteers, including the van Blerks from Penticton, Ann and Colin. Colin is also the member of our club who has gathered close to 68,000 pair of glasses over the years for distribution to those in the world who need them. Thanks for your support everyone! For without your freely given participation, we wouldn’t be able carry out the activities that make us a Lions Club. Thank you also to the organizations who help ﬁnancially by way of donations: Canada Safeway Corporation, Saint Barbara’s Church, Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society, Tickleberry’s and Music in the Park. Your donations gave funding to the breakfast program this past year, enabling us to do it twice a week rather than Thursdays only. Thanks also goes out to the Okanagan Falls Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary for their continued support of the Lions Club by allowing us to use their facilities of the Legion building and kitchen. Get ready for next month! Mr. Wilding our veteran Club member and Past District Governor is gathering eggs and goodies for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 12 in Lions Park. The children of the area are now being brought to the event by their parents who attended as children themselves. We’ve been at it for quite a while, and the Kiwanis Club did so before us. So, any grandparents out there, who came to look for eggs as kids? That’s about it for now, got to go get another coffee and get my day underway. Everyone have a good few weeks until Spring hopefully shows up for another great year in the Okanagan. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are March 18, 19 & 20 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. 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 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month at 7 pm. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ and www. facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.
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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update
By Bev van Uden
March Special Events: Wednesday, March 4th ~ Music Trivia at 7 pm. Food available at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Saturday, March 14th ~ St. Patrick’s Day Dance with Buzz Byer (shown to right). Beef dip, fries and coleslaw $8. Starts after the Meat Draw. Everyone is welcome! Sunday, March 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. Enjoy pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Everyone is welcome! Special thanks to Summerland Sweets for their syrup donation. Tuesday, March 17th ~ General Meeting at 7 pm. Saturday, March 28th ~ Pizza & Games Night. Starts after the Meat Draw. Everyone is welcome!
Weekly Activities: Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays ~ Pool at 2 pm. Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8228. Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Pool at 3 pm. Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8228. Wednesdays ~ Darts at 7 pm. Call Denise for information at 250-485-4949. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draw starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Everyone is welcome! Fridays ~ Youth Darts from 6:30 - 8 pm. Call Dee for information at 250-497-5975. Sunday is Fun Day ~ Check out the fun and games with Bingo and Horse Racing starting at 1:30 pm. Pool starts at 12 Noon. (Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8228.)
Other Items: Canteen Hours ~ Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm until close. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm until close. And, open Sunday from 12 Noon until close. Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338.
Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served their country. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care Spring is coming, so don’t forget to reset your clocks on March 8th. and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways On Sunday, March 1st, we will be serving soup and sandwiches for in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. the Monthly Dart Event at the Legion. Our next General Meeting will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, March 4th. Join us on Saturday, Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” March 7th for our Monthly LA Bingo starting at 12 Noon. We will also be serving up our LA Dinners on both Saturday, March 7th and Saturday, March 21st following the Meat Draws. House Cleaning, Yard Work, Community Look for our basket draws and other events in the coming months. Support Worker & Massage Technician We continue our Meat Draws on Friday and Saturday with the For more info, call Patricia at 778.889.9725 Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. By Denise Ashton
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“Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I’m wonderin’ where the skunksez is.” That line always reminds me that spring is a-comin’, skunks are comin’ out of hibernation and it’s time to shake off that cabin fever and get to cleanin’ and purgin’ all that extra stuff I’ve somehow acquired, once again. We’re busy gearin’ up for our Annual Spring Flea Market in just about 2 weeks time ... Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 14th. It’s kind of a big deal for us here, as it’s one of our major fundraisers for the year. Also it’s become a bit of an event that many locals and vendors look forward to attending. We are asking for donations of new or gently used items that you may have gathered during your own spring cleaning purge. Please, no electronics or clothing. Also, baking donations to the bake table are greatly appreciated. The gals in the kitchen will serving up coffee and lunch all day. Books, puzzles, CD’s, DVD’s at prices you won’t believe, White Elephant, Silent Auction, Bake Table, Inhouse Raﬄe, Peter’s Bargain Basement, all at prices you can’t ignore and many local vendors with treasures galore. It all starts at 9 am and is over by 1 pm. Please contact Edna at 250-460-0730 for more information. We are again happy to offer the Income Tax Preparation Service, which will start on Thursday, February 27th from 10 am - 12 noon. This program will run every Thursday through to the end of April. Stop in and sit a while, grab a coffee, visit with some folks and be sure to take advantage of this FREE community service. There are only 2 Music Jams left for the season, held every 2nd Sunday of the month, March 8th and April 12th. Thank you to everyone that helps make our Music Jams so successful. It helps the winter months to go by faster. We’re trying something new, a Crafting Corner, one Friday morning of the month, from 10 am -12 noon. You can bring your projects to work on, or it could be a card making class, or whatever. There will be posters with details. And lastly, I would like to thank everyone that brought non-perishable food items to help replenish our local Helping Hands cupboards for their needs throughout the year. Drop-In Bingo will probably do another food drive in July. Once again, at the risk of repeating myself, have you renewed your 2020 membership? Membership is $20/year and covers January 1st - December 31st. 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.
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General Meeting ~ Monday, March 2 at 1 pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, March 7 from 8-10 am Music Jam ~ Sunday, March 8 from 1-4 pm Light lunch available at 11:30 am. Runs from October to April. Annual Spring Flea Market ~ Saturday, March 14 from 9 am - 1 pm Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, March 21 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, March 28 at 5:30 pm Entertainment by Malcolm & Friends
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Flowers to the Okanagan Falls First Responders for their quick $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) action to my 911 call, when I suffered my stroke in December. $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area) Without their speedy response, I don’t believe I would be as far 250.493.3912 (24 hrs) advanced on the road of recovery as I am. And, a special thank 110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 you to Colin. ~ From Gail S. of Okanagan Falls www.crediblecremation.ca BC Lic# 49382 Flowers to Lynn at the Okanagan Falls Library for being such a great co-host with the Greater Twin Lake Stewardship Society in If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice sponsoring community environmental talks on topics including, By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos ‘The Nature Trust in BC’, ‘Shooting Stars to Black Holes’, and Credible Cremation Services is available by telephone 24 hours the upcoming, ‘Love your Lake’. Lynn welcomes us all into the to serve your needs, whether at need or pre-need. When you call library and sets up everything we need to enjoy these enriching presentations. ~ From Jennifer S. of Twin Lakes our number, you will be greeted by Lesley, not by 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 Status; Spouse’s Full Name and Place of Birth; Wife’s Maiden Surname, if applicable; Father’s Surname and Given Names (if known) and Place of Birth (if known); Mother’s Maiden Surname and Given Names and Place of Birth; Next of Kin or Executor, Executrix, Lawyer or Notary, along with their name, address 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 if be located? Taking these simple steps of gathering information ahead of time, Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for our free vital statistics form. Helping the
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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls Neighbour.
JUDITH GAIL MORTENSEN
January 25, 1945 - February 10, 2020 Born in Vancouver, BC of parents George and Jean Chamberlain. Judith is survived by her loving family. Husband Dave, her four children, three grandchildren, expected great grandchild and brother Leon (Linda). Pre-deceased by twins Mark and Brian. Dave and Judy lived at St. Andrews for over nine years, and then moved to Okanagan Falls. Judy will be sadly missed by her loving family and friends. No formal service is planned. Credible Cremation Services was entrusted with Judy’s ﬁnal arrangements. P: 250-493-3912 E: email@example.com Published by Okanagan Matters Publications firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.490.6951 www.SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents Up To Date and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Weekly Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry eCalendar! copies. For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. 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. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.
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