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Timing Of Spring
By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters
The first signs of spring bring life and colour, from budding leaves and emerging daffodils to migrating birds and buzzing bees. We also see the return of Daylight Savings Time. On Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2:00 am PST, we will turn our clocks forward one hour. The March equinox happens on Monday, March 20 at 2:24 pm PST. This is the astronomical beginning of the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. This marks the point in time when the sun sits directly over the Earth’s equator as it heads northward. Both hemispheres share the sun’s rays equally at the equinox, and night and day are roughly the same length. The timing of spring is near!
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From The Hill
By Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay Electoral Boundary
Every ten years, Elections Canada is obliged by law to redistribute the boundaries of federal electoral districts (ridings) to address changes in local populations across the country. A boundary commission is struck in each province and these commissions are nonpartisan, an important distinction from the process followed in the United States, where electoral boundaries are set by local politicians.
The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for BC recently tabled the next-to-final draft of its proposed changes to the electoral map. Surprisingly, this draft was radically different from the first, significantly affecting the boundaries of our riding. Unfortunately, there is no real opportunity for direct public input at this stage. I’d like to outline how we got to this point, present some of the details of the proposed changes, and provide an opportunity for feedback of any local concerns.
The commissions consider a number of factors in their decisions, the most obvious of which is to ensure the population of each riding comes as close as possible to the provincial average - in BC’s case, this is 116,600 people per riding. But, just as importantly, they must also take into account social and economic relationships between communities, geographical barriers, and the history of past electoral boundaries.
Because of recent population growth, the BC commission had to add one new riding to the province, and it decided to centre that new riding on Vernon. That addition caused a ripple effect of necessary changes to the ridings in the Central Okanagan, Shuswap and surrounding areas. One of the suggestions in the 2022 draft involved changing the riding of South OkanaganWest Kootenay by splitting Penticton in two, the west half going to a riding including West Kelowna and the east half remaining with the South Okanagan. There was significant public concern about that proposal and numerous groups and individuals made presentations to that effect in the extensive public input process that took place in 2022.
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Since the eastern part of South Okanagan-West Kootenay remained untouched there were essentially no comments or other input from the West Kootenay in response to this first draft.
The boundary commission’s second report showed that it had listened to the residents of Penticton and kept that community whole, but that news was overshadowed by drastic changes elsewhere in the riding. The entire Similkameen Valley was added on the west, the Arrow Lakes and Slocan Valley were moved into the new Vernon riding, and two parts of the West Kootenay were removed and added to the East Kootenay riding. As well, the ski resort of Big White was moved into the Kelowna riding.
So, how do these changes meet the mandate of the commission? Well, they hit the population target of 116,000 bang on - well within the 25 percent margin allowed. The addition of the Similkameen to the South Okanagan riding makes sense from a social, economic, and historical context. Big White is obviously closely tied to Kelowna (and conversely, the addition of the Similkameen finally moves Apex into the same riding as Penticton).
But I’m hearing a lot of concern about some of the changes in the West Kootenay. For instance, Montrose and Fruitvale are essentially part of Trail, but the proposal separates them from that community and moves them into the East Kootenay. Castlegar neighbourhoods just outside the oﬃcial city limits are cut off from their community in a similar manner.
The commission’s task is a diﬃcult one, but I’m hoping they can address these concerns in their final decision expected next spring. The only oﬃcial avenue for input now is my ability as an MP to present concerns to the House of Commons Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, which can pass them on with recommendations to the commission. I have begun conversations with elected oﬃcials throughout the riding on this issue, but would like to hear from anyone with comments or concerns about these boundary changes. More information and the commission’s full report can be found at https://redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca. Please email me at email@example.com.
Monthly MLA Report
By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen
The Throne Speech opened our spring legislative session in Victoria outlining our government’s plan to tackle the big challenges of today and create a stronger, more resilient future for all of us. It highlighted the work ahead, touching on priorities such as further transitioning our healthcare system, presenting legislation to reduce disaster risks, cracking down on crime and the roots of crime, and, exciting for my own mandate, developing a strategy for supporting thriving rural communities.
The Liberals decided to attack me in Question Period on this final point, which was rather fun - I’d made it clear that rural communities (Okanagan Falls being a prime example!) are creative, and looking for options to diversify and support their economies in a multitude of different ways. And, so, my vision for rural communities is to support that desire; helping create room for sustainable and good jobs that let people meet their bold expectations economically and socially. I’d called out the Opposition for comments that imply to me that their vision for rural development is simply supporting natural resource development corporations, which I think of as an out-dated and uninspiring vision for politicians to hold for rural community development. We will always celebrate that us rural British Columbians are miners and loggers and farmers, but we also know that rural residents are not limited by those constraints - they can be that and so much else.
In the same vein, we are investing heavily in opportunities to add more value (i.e. jobs!) for our natural resource sector. We are investing in private sector innovation in forestry, critical minerals strategies for mining, and in agriculture technology (regenerative or otherwise) to help get more community value for each unit of raw material we’re harvesting. I had the opportunity to visit the inspiring industrial park development in Okanagan Falls last week, which is an example of a community economy vision that adds local value, and is buffered from the boom-bust cycles of global commodity markets. This is vital work for the future of our communities.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called the Federal government to action to establish a statutory holiday to reﬂect on our path to sharing truth and reconciling the past and present. We brought forward a bill to do the same for BC, identifying September 30 as a new statutory holiday.
We also announced a suite of supports for composite and volunteer community fire departments across BC, recognizing the great work that these groups do for us all. Similarly, we announced a whopping one billion dollar support package for local governments (e.g. Oliver, Penticton, RDOS) recognizing their excellent work, significant financial burdens, and central role in building thriving, livable communities.
Finally, we are accelerating our efforts to transition our forest management system to a place of better stewardship so our forests provide value to us all for generations to come; jobs, environmental health, and more. Our new Forest Landscape Planning tables are a big step in this direction, providing more room for community priorities and input to forest management direction.
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RCMP Community Report
Last April, I wrote on a couple of scams that were making the rounds, and one of them was the Grandparent Scam. It appears that the Grandparent Scam is again one of the more prominent scams circulating around British Columbia, so I thought it timely to provide a little refresher.
The Grandparent Scam got its name in that it usually targets grandparents. It involves getting a call from someone claiming to be a grandson or granddaughter, who is urgently in need of money. They will claim to need money for bail, car repairs, lawyer, a plane ticket or anything else that will tug at your “heart strings” and get you to send money. They can be very convincing and may even have information on your granddaughter or grandson that further makes you believe they are genuine. Most often they will ask you to please not tell mom or dad, which is probably the very first thing you should do when a grandchild calls you for money. Recently, we had such a scam in Penticton, where the caller actually sent someone to the grandparent’s address to pick up the money. Normally, the caller will have you send the money by Western Union or other means of money transfer that is not traceable. They have even had grandparents buy gift cards and simply give them the number from the cards over the phone. Never agree to having someone come to your address on behalf of your grandchild to pick up the money or meet with them.
The scammers will make it sound urgent to get you to act, rather than take time to think about their request and investigate it further. Once you have given these callers money, the chance of getting it back is slim to none. Be very careful in giving or sending money to unsolicited callers. Nothing is so urgent that you cannot take time and do your due diligence and make sure you know your money is going to a legitimate person and cause.
If you do become a victim of one of these Frauds or Scams, ensure you report it to the Police.
Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area "I"
Spring is just around the corner.
It’s time to FireSmart your property to help keep your community safe. Consider organizing a block party to team up with neighbours and tackle a project together. Contact the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for more FireSmart information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-497-8231.
RDOS is in the process of finalizing the 2023 budgets that set a portion of Property Taxes. Budgets increase due to many factors, including the cost of materials, cost of employees, training, and retention of valuable staff or volunteers, and projects or service level increases. Increases this year reﬂect in beach grooming, as well as 1912 Hotel maintenance. Also this year, a working committee of tennis players, pickleball players, and park users are working together to create a list of opportunities for the court upgrade/replacement that hopefully can take place in 2024 or 2025. Stay tuned for more information, as the court is nearing the end of life with large cracks in the surface causing a potential hazard to users.
Kaleden Community Association is working hard at fundraising for many community projects and initiatives. Save the date, May 27th, for a Community Dance at Linden Gardens with more information in April’s Skaha Matters and on the Kaleden Community Facebook. If you own a business in Area "I", please reach out to me, as I continue to volunteer my time working with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce and Visit the South Okanagan project to promote our local economy.
Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area "I" Direct: 250.460.0723 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
Twin Lakes Fire Services Society
By Richard Hellyer
Preparing for this coming fire season should be part of your spring cleanup plan. There are a lot of tough questions that you may need help answering. Who can you turn to? Twin Lakes Fire Services Society (TLFSS) has taken its first steps in being part of FireSmart BC. We have trained personnel that will be available to help answer some of your questions. We also have hard copy resources available for you to keep on hand and refer back to when needed. If you like using resources online, try this link below for a very helpful homeowners manual: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergencyservices/wildfire-status/prevention/prevention-home-community/ bcws_homeowner_firesmart_manual.pdf
TLFSS is organizing a truck and chipper to drive around the Twin Lakes community and chip up clippings from your spring cleanup. Look for further details on what we will be able to chip and shred on our webpage or Facebook group. We are currently working on a date in late April, which will be included in Skaha Matters next month and posted online once confirmed.
For more information on our FireSmart program and what we have to offer, visit our website at twinlakesfireservices.ca. We can be found on Facebook at “Twin Lakes Fire Volunteers”. More information can also be found on the various other community Facebook pages. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can reach us by email to TwinLakesFire@gmail.com. If you need a phone number, please visit our website listed above.
Kaleden Irrigation District News
By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee
Ah, Those Were The Days, My Friends ~ KID Trustee Mike Gane came across this interesting history tidbit within some material given to the Kaleden Museum by the Penticton Museum. On June 30, 1966, the KID held an Oﬃcial Opening of their new pumphouse, switching from gravity-fed water from the Marron River to water pumped from Skaha Lake. The Programme lists a number of attendees, including senior representatives from the Agricultural Rehabilitation and Development Act Program, the federal Ministry of Forestry; the provincial Department of Lands, Forests and Water Resources; and the local Member of Parliament. The Honorable Frank K. Richter, the BC Minister of Agriculture did the ribbon-cutting. All back when politicians perhaps placed more importance on rural voters and irrigation districts ...?
The AGM Is Coming, The AGM Is Coming! ~ KID’s Annual General Meeting is normally on the last Monday in April; that will be April 24 this year, but check next month’s issue of Skaha Matters to confirm the date. KID staff and Trustees went over 2023 Budget items with a fine-tooth comb, and I am pleased to report that, despite costs of virtually everything rising from 4% to over 20%, we were able to keep the 2023 tax increase to 4.5%, plus a $50 increase to the Interior Health levy (the latter is required to build the funds needed for the upgraded water treatment system mandated by the Province). Want more information? Mark your calendar and plan to attend the AGM!
A Chance To Serve ~ Three Trustee positions are coming open this year. Dave Libby and (ahem) Bruce Shepherd have both indicated that they are willing to stand for re-election. Due to his relocation to a new job on Vancouver Island, Kevin Larson resigned from the KID Board, resulting in a third vacancy. If you are interested in running for one of these Trustee positions, Nomination Forms can be downloaded from the KID Website (found in the “How Do I?” section). Completed forms must be received by the KID Oﬃce one week in advance of the AGM.
And In Closing, Please Don’t Open Those Taps! ~ A gentle reminder to not be starting up sprinklers before April 15, which is when Irrigation Season opens. It seems a little silly to be writing this while we are still in the throes of winter, but spring has been known to come on quickly (especially in these strange times of climate change). So, tempting though it may be, please, no irrigating before April 15! KID staff will be watching ...
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SAVE the DATE ...
Kaleden FireSmart Annual CHIPPING EVENT
May 13th, 10 am - 2pm at top of Dogwood Avenue
• Drop off all materials that can be chipped.
• Drop off all pine needles/shrubs/tumbleweeds.
• Tools and large bags available to make the job easier.
• Debris pick-up service for those needing help.
• Handouts and FireSmart information on site.
• Chance to win Door Prizes!
Need more information or an assessment? Call 250-497-8231 or email kaledenﬁre@shaw.ca
of RDOS Area "I"
Kaleden Community Association Update
By Eryn Wiedner
Spring is in the air and your local community association has lots going on!
First of all, if you don’t have your art raﬄe tickets yet, please stop in at the library to purchase. All funds raised will go toward a new bench and community notice board in front of the library.
Secondly, the KCA is once again giving away grants valued at $200. These grants are geared toward projects which engage and/ or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation. See the display ad space below for more information. The application process is simple and doesn’t take much time. Let’s see what ideas you have!
All new website for all things Kaleden!
Ask about our Kaleden Grant Funding Program
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Grant Funding Program
Did you know?
Kaleden Community Association has Grants available for activities connecting Kaleden and area residents?
1. Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.
2. Grant is open to all ages.
3. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.
4. Grant funding is limited to maximum of $200.00 once a calendar year.
5. Grant application may be submitted anytime to email@example.com or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0
6. Grant Applications/criteria are available at www.kaledencommunity.com under the KCA tab.
for knowing and responding to individual and family need in the community
If you live in the Kaleden area and have needs during this time, please call the HUB. Our frozen meals (mostly soup) are available immediately. We can also provide grocery shopping - Please allow a few days advance notice.
We are grateful for all the neighbours helping neighbours!
HUB NUMBER: 250-460-3387
Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department
By Jean Dube
Open Burning Season
We are in the midst of Open Burning season. Here are a few steps you need to know.
A Burn Authorization must be completed prior to any burn. The KVFD is reminding residents to review burning regulations before completing the Burn Authorization application. Please visit www. rdos.bc.ca and search for “Permits & Licences”.
Burning Authorization holders must confirm burning is allowed on that day by checking the AIR QUALITY and VENTING INDEX. Call 250-490-4125 after 8 am.
• Permitted burning materials includes pruning branches, trunks and tree stumps.
• Compostable material shall not be burned.
• Burn is monitored at all times by a responsible adult.
• Burn is completely out and cold before leaving the fire unattended.
• Ensure that no burning occurs when the forecast is for windy period during or immediately after the burn.
It is important for property owners to consider their neighbours and the environment before burning.
If you have questions about the process, please contact the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-497-8231. Please leave a message and someone will return your call.
Please Note: Open Burning is not permitted from April 16th to October 15th each year.
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ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area “D”
Still Standing ~ So on Wednesday, February 22, we had our half hour to show the rest of Canada the awesome and unique people and things that make up Okanagan Falls! However, even though our editor at Skaha Matters is a force to be reckoned with, she was unable to delay the Skaha Matters deadline to allow for a report here. The showing took place at several locations and I’m sure a good time was had by all! I look forward to sharing more next month.
Updates ~ The potential transition of sewer and water systems is progressing, from Vintage Views Development and Lakeshore Waterworks respectively. A communication update was sent to users last week ... Bill payments will be possible at the RDOS’ Community Services oﬃce in Okanagan Falls. Don’t forget that water is being billed on a quarterly basis this year ... Reminder: staff at the RDOS Okanagan Falls Oﬃce - Kim Kirkham and Debbie Morrow - are there to help, and may inform or direct your inquiries regarding RDOS or other government services.
Housing Starts ~ Phases
I and II have started at Lemonade Lane. That’s the 40 unit condo project located on Cedar just south of the School. Other projects are progressing nicely.
Meeting with MLA / Parliamentary Secretary
Rural Aﬀairs ~ A group of community leaders and senior RDOS executive met with MLA Roly Russell, on Friday, February
17. The MLA - also the Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Affairs - was asked to support:
1. The ongoing process that is leading to an informed decision on incorporation;
2. Added infrastructure investments (sewer, water, roads, etc.), noting the successful OFID transition, and the potential transition of sewer and water from Vintage Views Developments and Lakeshore Waterworks;
3. A second ‘affordable’ housing project in Okanagan Falls, and regulatory authority for ‘alternate’ housing within RDOS;
4. Added childcare facilities in Okanagan Falls, possibly in conjunction with housing above;
5. Added traﬃc management solutions on Highway 97 (10th, Main and Cedar) and Maple Street.
Thanks to Avery Family Farms for hosting the meeting. The facility tour was an ‘eye opener’ for all, including our MLA who will be back to see more of Okanagan Falls in the future.
Childcare ~ Earlier in the month community leaders met with senior managers at BC Education & Childcare and SD#53 who shared information regarding funding/training programs. The strong financial and training supports recently made available from government, suggest that this is a really timely opportunity. If we can’t make it happen with these assists, then when will we? There are some missing components, however, including an interested operator. Your thoughts/suggestions are welcome!
Volunteer Recognition ~ A sincere thank you! To those who volunteered their time over the past 4 years on Boards or Commissions on behalf of local government in Area “D”, e.g. Parks & Recreation Commission, Advisory Planning Commission, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. Some of these individuals have served the community in this way for ... decades! Doug Lychak, Alf Hartviksen, Norm Gaumont, Gerry Stewart, Don Albright, Kelvin Hall, Judy Garner, Jillian Johnson, Linda Finner, Shari Rowland, JoAnne Kleb, Phyllis Radchenko, Barb Shanks, Randy Perrett, Bob Daly, Ted Lynch, Marjorie Bracconier, Catherine Giesbrecht, Fred van Elsas. Have I missed anyone? ... THANK YOU!
Volunteer Request ~ We still need volunteers for the Parks & Recreation Commission. Over the coming years, the Commission will oversee preparation of development plans for: 1) Okanagan Falls Waterfront Parks; 2) Keogan Park; and 3) the Lamb Property. Interested residents or ratepayers within Area “D” are invited to apply with 2 references by email to email@example.com.
Director’s Oﬃce Hours ~ Stop by the RDOS Okanagan Falls Oﬃce on the first Tuesday each month between 1-3 pm. I look forward to meeting you during this open drop-in time.
Matt Taylor, Director for RDOS Area “D”
Direct: 250-460-0980 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.rdos.bc.ca
for RDOS Area “D”
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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department
By Colin Pickell
Last month, the immortal Mascot of Canadian Winter, Wiarton Willie, emerged from his den in small-town Ontario, did not see his shadow, and subsequently predicted an early Spring for all 10 million square kilometers of Canada, minus Quebec. (No seriously, Quebec’s furry forecaster, Fred le Marmotte, died before he was able to reveal his Groundhog Day predictions, so Quebec may now be in a perpetual winter lasting until Bill Murray releases his next movie.) Anyway, my point is you still have about six more weeks of Open Burning Season! Currently, open burning in our region is allowed until April 15th, so this is the time of year that vineyards and orchards burn their cuttings in large burn piles. On burning days, you may see large plumes of white or light grey smoke rising in the distance, as you drive up and down the valley. Often our reaction is one of concern, but these burn piles are regulated by local Bylaws and Environment Canada venting index restrictions. If someone wants to legally burn a pile of brush, there are steps they must follow to do so. The first is to fill out a “Burning Authorization Application” available on-line through the RDOS. You must indicate where you plan to burn, what you plan to burn, and agree to a site visit from your local Fire Chief if deemed necessary. Next, you must find out what the venting index is - a forecast released daily by Environment and Climate Change Canada. It estimates how well the atmosphere disperses smoke on any given day. The index is similar to a weather forecast, except it provides information on how well smoke will mix into the air. If the venting index allows for open burning, the final step is to ensure you meet all safety regulations at your burn site - that there is an adequate fuel break around the entire burn pile, that there is a responsible adult always monitoring it and that they have hand tools and adequate water at the ready. (For the complete Open Burning Bylaw, refer to RDOS Bylaw No. 2898, 2020).
We’re having a busy season of training at our fire hall - four more members became certified Ice Rescue technicians in January, our entire hall re-certified in Traﬃc Control in February, and currently one of our members is down in Texas completing his NFPA 1001 Certification. Just a reminder that as Wiarton Willie’s prediction of an early Spring (hopefully) arrives in the Okanagan, the ice currently on our lakes will become more unstable, so always take care if planning on heading out there!
Okanagan Falls Community Partners
By Randy Perrett, Chair
On February 14th, the Okanagan Falls Community Partners held their first meeting of the year. Kevin Ronaghan from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen was invited to share with the groups on how to apply for grants. Grants are an added bonus to any community organization. Fundraisers, annual dues, memberships and fees can only cover some of the costs to keep a group aﬂoat. Groups often need an extra boost on items, such as a dishwasher for a school to help out on the breakfast program, new computers for a Senior Centre or a security system at a local Legion, as was shared from grant access in other communities. The presentation that Kevin gave will help all of our partners with starting a game plan to apply for grants outside their usual fundraising outlets.
Since this column is new to Skaha Matters, we are still finding our way. Baby steps. What I would like to do is not just give you basically the minutes of our last meeting, but to also introduce you to the Community Partners as well. I plan to focus on one of our members in each edition. I will try to tell you a little about them, who to contact if you are interested in joining them, and what they are currently up to.
In this issue, I would like to bring you up to speed on our local school. Karen Sinclair, Principal of Okanagan Falls Elementary School, was very kind and cooperative with me in letting me know what’s going on. Our school is part of School District #53 and has a student body of 109 children that range from Kindergarten through Grade 7. There is a teaching staff of 9 and support staff of 12. The school is not only busy indoors with academics, but out in the community as well. Outside the classroom, the students have participated in cross country skiing and hip hop dance. Mrs. Eddison’s Grade 6/7 class are working on fundraisers that will support five different charities. Most recently at a Penticton Vees game, Okanagan Falls Elementary School won $500 courtesy of Cobs Bread Bakery as the school with the most ‘School Spirit’. (That means we were the loudest!) Our school also has a StrongStart Program, which provides a rich learning environment designed for early learning development - language, physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Qualified early childhood educators lead learning activities where children 0-5 years of age find opportunities to make friends and interact with others of similar ages. Thank you to Principal Sinclair, staff and students. Keep up the great work! Our next regular meeting of the Community Partners has not yet been scheduled. We are trying to determine the best day and time when we can get the biggest turnout at our meetings. So, I’m not sure when I will submit an update for this new column. Until then ... Sleep On This ~ “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~
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Agents Who Care
By Sergej Sinicin of neuHouzz Real Estate Group
The real estate news is teeming with statistics, numbers and charts. You can find sales stats from any agent on the block. But, there is one “metric” that is often overlooked or not mentioned. There are also no charts on it.
So, allow me to share about that other metric which is not tracked or spoken of, though clearly shows the other side of professionals in the real estate world, through a slightly different lens. How many of us professional agents do CARE and are willing to do whatever it takes to help the people we are working with.
Yes, negotiating, writing strong contracts and due-diligence are all part of a REALTOR’s day. But then, there is another set of nuances which comes with the job. It’s everything outside of and in between accepted offers, possessions, celebrations and big cheques. Literally, today when I was at the pool and sitting in the sauna, an old acquaintance asked me if I love what I do. It has been a while since someone asked me that. I paused, not in hesitation, but to experience in my heart and what my mind already was ready to authorize my mouth to spit out for an answer. With a big grin and heartwarming enthusiasm it was an obvious answer - YES, I do love it.
Of course, the oﬃce environment and the Team you work with plays a big role when we love what we do. Culture is important. But, so is your company’s mission and goals. When the mission is clear - to impact people you meet in a positive and meaningful way, achieving your goals is easy. After all, I can tell you from experience, it’s not the accolades or awards you receive for the number of properties sold or volume in dollars achieved that an agent remembers. It’s the meaningful impact on people you make and leave with them, while helping them through challenges of what many would say is arguably the most important transaction in their lives. Allow me to share some of those short stories from personal experiences.
Sometimes we get calls from another country or province. This one came from Nova Scotia. It was a son in his late sixties whose mother just passed away in Penticton. No other family nearby and son not being able to take time off or having the ability to come out, he needed to facilitate the sale of the property as Executor of the Will. We promised; we will assist. After several weeks of non-stop handling the cleaners to wash down the heavily smokecovered walls, then bringing in painters, landscapers since the property had not been managed in a long time along with multiple trucks removing personal items - the property went on the market. It sold for roughly $45-50K more than it would have if it was just left to be sold as is. All of that at no additional cost to the Seller. “Understatement” in the Seller’s words, “I feel grateful that you could help through this diﬃcult time and make it as painless and easy as possible for my family”.
Another one, where an 86 year old single lady, my Seller, had to be out of her 6,000 sq ft house completely on the day of possession, forgot to pack the rest of her personal items after the first moving truck packed up the day before. The morning of possession the Buyer’s agent was calling me at 8:30 am. Meanwhile I am with my Seller at her new residence she is moving to, and the Buyer’s agent is telling me that there is a “truck” load of stuff still in that monstrous house and her Buyers are on their way from Alberta to arrive later that afternoon. After taking a bit of a beating on
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the phone by the Buyer’s agent and then canceling my multiple appointments in my calendar that day, alongside 3 movers and the Buyer’s agent, God bless her, we all spent 7 hrs loading a 26 ft moving truck with items from the 3rd ﬂoor and the basement of that house. The buyer’s arrived to a complete mess and I had to put them up at a Lakeside Resort for two nights, since we still had to line up the cleaners to clean the home for the new owners. I don’t believe in haunted houses ... but this one haunted me for a while, lol.
This one was exceptionally hard emotionally on our 96 years young, Seller. She lived for 40+ years in their home and in the last few years following her spouse’s passing she needed to be moved to assisted living on the coast. The closest person to her was her niece. While looking for her Aunt’s new spot on the coast, the niece had lost her husband. Loss of the spouse, work, helping her Aunt and life in general, none of this stops or pauses. The spot opened up on the coast and within 48 hrs our Seller was taken away in a Ford Taurus chariot to her new castle, and our Team was left with the prep of the sale of the house where 40+ years of memories and items were accumulated and left behind. Tapping into our network of trusted vendors, we made arrangements to have the property cleaned. Helped move many personal belongings out of the house. Finalizing the curb appeal for a couple of days with the landscaper’s help, the sale of that property was a great success with no headaches to the Seller. It seems everything falls in place when you take on the attitude where you promise - we will make this real estate thing, easy on you.
These are just a few of my own experiences. There are many other agents, who without ever compromising, deliver an exceptional service to their clients. I have heard those stories and am proud to say that yes, REALTORS do CARE.
How to find them? Interview a few. Ask questions and read “between the lines”. Use the internet and read the Google Reviews to hear what people who worked with them say about their services. Don’t just hire the one who gives you the highest list price. Because if you hire the one who has the right values and strong operating principles as their compass, they will fight tooth and nail to get the highest price for your home.
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Attic Rain And Roof Ice Damming ...
How, Why, And What To Do About It
By Randy Smith, Building Scientist
Attic rain and ice damming are common winter complaints in buildings. To fix these issues, it is important to understand why these issues occur. But first, you must first understand how attic spaces work. This pertains to both ﬂat and sloped roofs.
In traditional buildings with peaked roofs, attic ventilation was provided by venting in the soﬃts, coupled with vents along the roof ridge or at the peak. Our buildings were not very air tight or well insulated, so warm moist air and heat would leak into the attic space through the ceiling, attic hatches, wire penetrations in partition walls, and ceiling electrical boxes. Now it is important to remember that, the attics were somewhat warm because of this. The warm air would rise and ﬂow out of the upper roof vents and bring in colder/drier air through the soﬃts. Too much heat/air loss from the building though, and the ventilation couldn’t keep up. This is when moisture would condense and form frost on the colder parts of the roof framing (i.e. underside of the roof sheathing, shingle nails, etc.), and the excess heat in the attic would melt the snow on the roof from the underside. The meltwater would ﬂow down to the eaves and freeze when it reached the cold soﬃt. Over time the ice would build up, damming the meltwater behind. As the ice dam grew larger, more and more water would be trapped behind, and eventually leak in under the shingles and into the building. This is why “ice and water” membrane protection is now installed under the shingles along the eave. Any buildup of frost on the surfaces within the attic would melt on warm days or when the shingles were in the sun, dripping down onto the insulation below. The water would drain through the insulation and collect on the polyethylene vapour barrier above the ceiling drywall. If a big enough puddle formed, it would find a gap in the polyethylene and leak inside.
In ﬂat roof buildings, with all the insulation above the roof deck, ice damming or attic rain typically does not occur as the ceiling space is within the building envelope. In situations where there is insulation in the ceiling cavity, only a small, 2.5” high, attic space is usually provided between the insulation and the underside of the roof deck. Even with soﬃt ventilation and roof vents, it is still very diﬃcult to effectively remove moisture and excess heat from such a small space. As a result, condensation/frost within the small attic space is common. Ice damming on ﬂat roofs can result in plugged roof drains and scuppers, creating heavy ponds on the roof.
So how to fix this? Most people jump to the obvious conclusion that the roof ventilation is not working, but the key is to look at why is there excessive air leakage and/or heat loss into the attic space.
Good attic design comes down to 2 things. Keep the warm/moist air in the building, and don’t let excess heat out. This means ALL the ceiling penetrations in the ceiling must be properly sealed. This includes the electrical box penetrations, any wire penetrations and especially the attic hatch (if there is one). The attic hatch is the biggest culprit. Make sure a tight seal exists between the attic
hatch and the support framing (use one-sided closed-cell foam gasket around the perimeter). The hatch should be somewhat heavy, so it sits tight against the gasket and insulate the top side of the hatch with 4” of extruded polystyrene insulation (R-20). Also, make sure your attic is properly insulated according to the building code and the insulation is well distributed. Do not block the vented soﬃts with the insulation. Please note, the additional insulation that new buildings require actually makes the ice damming and attic rain worse, as the attic is much colder, reducing the convective air ﬂow out of the attic. As a result, in new buildings, most of our attic ventilation occurs just due to wind.
On top of the roof, ensure the vents are tall enough NOT to be covered by snow. Snow covered vents will significantly reduce the effectiveness of the ventilation.
Please also note that some ice damming on south and west-facing elevations may occur due to solar heating of the roof. Not much you can do about this, but it is usually a short term issue as the snow clears quickly.
So, remember, if you have ice damming or attic rain, ask yourself “how is the heat and warm/moist air getting into my attic?”
To fix this issue, find and seal all the holes, seal and insulate your attic hatch, insulate you attic well, make sure the soﬃts are completely uncovered, and make sure your roof vents are clear and tall enough not to get snow covered.
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Plan & Book Early For Best Value!
By Diane Chatfield
Industry experts predict higher travel prices are going to be with us for a while. Coming off the heels of 2020, where the industry faced its hardest challenge ever, rates have come back and surpassed where they used to be.
Of course, it’s not only the desire to make up for losses experienced then, but the travel industry is also not immune to the effects of inﬂation just like every other industry. Pricing is all based on supply and demand. This hasn’t slowed our business down. People may be more mindful of costs, but they sure are still traveling! The days of last-minute deals are gone for now. Plan and book early to get the best value for your travel dollar.
This may be the time to make that bucket-list trip to Europe. The dollar is strong in Europe, so the cost of the trip might actually be lower in total.
The cruise market has absolutely exploded to start the 2023 booking season and in many cases rates remain affordable. Many companies are offering great perks.
We have exclusive pricing on a 7-day “Elvis Cruise” aboard the Discovery Princess from April 1-8, 2023. More than 44 people have joined our cruise to travel from Los Angeles with ports of call in Cabo, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. Our prices include wifi, beverage package and gratuities. Give us a call to book your cabin on this fun-filled adventure!
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Creative Wellness Solutions
By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner
I have a wonderful lady in my life who has greatly inspired me and helped me to realize the importance of making the choice to be happy and to let go of the things that I have no control over. She probably doesn’t even realize this impact that she has made on me. It’s so true that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
We all want to be happy. But we sometimes think of happiness as a thing that happens to us - something we have no control over. It’s easy to link the idea of happiness with the situation we’re in. We might tell ourselves, “If only things were different, then I’d be happy”.
But, that’s not really how happiness works. Research shows that just a small portion of happiness (only about 10%) depends on a person’s situation. So, where does most of our happiness come from?
Part of happiness depends on personality. Some people have a naturally happy nature. We all know people who are cheerful and optimistic most of the time. Their upbeat personalities make it easier for them to be happy.
So, what does that mean for people who are born with a personality that’s on the grumpy side? They might see the faults in people and situations instead of the good. Their mood might be glum more often than it’s cheerful. But if they’d like to be happier (and who wouldn’t?), it is possible to get there.
Researchers have found that more than half of happiness depends on things that are actually under our control. That’s really good news, because it means everyone can be happier.
A big part of how happy we are depends on our mindset, the habits we practice, and the way we live each day. By learning the key ingredients of happiness, we can use them to become happier. Happiness is more than a good feeling or a yellow smiley face. It’s the feeling of truly enjoying your life, and the desire to make the very best of it. Happiness is the “secret sauce” that can help us be and do our best.
Here’s what researchers found when they studied happy people:
• Happy people are more successful.
• Happy people are better at reaching goals.
• Happy people are healthier.
• Happy people live longer.
• Happy people have better relationships.
• Happy people learn better.
Happiness is so important in our lives that it has it’s own field of research called positive psychology. Experts in this field have found that there are key things that make people happier: Joy; Gratitude; Love; Amazement; Delight; Playfulness; Humour; Inspiration; Compassion; Hope; Creativity; Interest; Excitement; Enjoyment; and Calm. We all like to have these positive feelings. Besides feeling good, positive emotions do good things for our brains and bodies. They lower stress hormones, help ease anxiety and depression, and improve our immune system.
Feeling some positive emotions every day has a big eﬀect on our happiness and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to do things that give us positive feelings. Even simple actions like playing with a child or a pet or going for a walk outdoors can inspire these feelings.
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Knowing how to manage our negative emotions is also key to happiness. Diﬃcult emotions are a fact of life, but the way we handle them makes all the difference.
A massage will also make you happy and will lower stress hormones, help ease anxiety and depression, and improve your immune system. Creative Wellness Solutions provides 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. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home ($50 for a 30 minute appointment). Gift certificates are also available. Please call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment or to discuss The Grease Cream; which is an amazing, all-natural, cannabis infused pain management alternative that actually works. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com for more information on The Grease Cream and where you can find more information about our services, as well as to read any past articles you may have missed.
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Myers Cocktail: The Health Beneﬁts Of Nutritional IV Therapy
By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by the BC Ministry of Health
Clinical and scientific research is mounting to support the use of intravenous micro-nutrients for a wide range of health problems. Intravenous Nutrient Therapy, also often known as the Myers Cocktail after its founder Dr. John Myers who used this therapy extensively in his practice until his death in 1984, has been providing a multitude of health benefits in many doctors’ clinics for decades now. The rational for these benefits lies in the chemistry of various nutrients in the human body, the fact that most people are found to be deficient in one or more vital nutrients, and in the positive health effects of micronutrient repletion.
IV administration of nutrients can achieve blood concentrations that are much higher that with oral administration. This allows for specific biochemical processes to occur promoting repair, regeneration, and healing through various mechanisms such as lowering inﬂammation and reactive oxygen species. Science is reaching the conclusion that inﬂammation is a major contributing factor in almost all chronic disease states, and micronutrient IVs lower body burden of inﬂammation.
Certain nutrients act in the short term to calm down over active inﬂammation and in the long term to repair damaged cells and tissues. In essence, nutrients arm the body with the basic tools it requires to detoxify, repair, and regenerate healthy tissue. Patients often report an improvement in energy, a decrease in pain, a more stable mood, and improved sleep. With the natural rhythms of the body restored, it is primed to heal itself and perform at an optimal level.
At the Natural Family Health Clinic, various other natural IV therapies are offered and may be advised based on the unique needs of the individual. As always, Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person in a natural, safe, non-toxic manner that is specifically targeted to their individual needs. If you are not functioning in optimal health, you may want to consider Nutritional IV Therapy as an effective means of supporting your health and diminishing disease causing processes in the body. In coordination with a holistic approach, Nutritional IV Therapy is a proven effective treatment that can provide both immediate symptom relief and ongoing prevention towards your goal of reaching optimal health.
For more information on this and other leading-edge natural therapies, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND at 250-497-6681.
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Exhibitions & Coming Events
Submitted by the Penticton & District Community Arts Council
The Penticton & District Community Arts Council is excited to announce our upcoming exhibition and events for March!
February 22 - March 25:
• Up in the A.i.R. in Gallery I ~ Annual group exhibition featuring a variety of mediums and styles from current Artists in Residence; George Traicheff, Endrené Shepherd, Lindsay Peltz, Victoria Jaenig, Danielle Hébert, and Robyn Sawchyn a.k.a. Cathartic Wanderer.
• Graphica in Gallery II ~ Solo exhibition by Endrené Shepherd featuring some of the thousands of pieces of comic art created over her lifetime.
Ignite The Arts Art Walk ~ Saturday, March 25 from 11 am - 4 pm. Explore 29 venues across the city, plus sculpture events and a mural dedication! Free, fun, and family-friendly.
Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom
By Brian Udal
Free Grand Opening! Learn to Country 2 Step on Saturday, April 1st. Yes, admission is free! Beginner to experienced dancers are invited. Please bring a partner. Double shot required. Class starts at 7 pm, party starts at 8 and runs until 10. Join us at the Anglican Church Hall, located at 9311 Prairie Valley Road in Summerland. Penticton classes start on Wednesday, April 5th and run for 7 weeks. Summerland classes start on Thursday, April 6th and run for 7 weeks. Dance Parties with a lesson will be held on the first week of the month and the third week of the month.
My background is formerly a professional drummer and dance has put the music back in my life. All my experience will help you learn how to listen to music and assist your dancing pleasure. The gift of dance is the gift that keeps giving back for years to come. Enrollment is limited. Sign up today. Call Brian Udal at 604-2206256 (cell) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update
By Laura Turnbull, Board Chair
With signs of spring popping through the tender ground, many of us are thinking about new possibilities for ourselves. Some see this time as an opportunity to re-assess purpose and direction in life. Why not make volunteering a part of that plan?
Encaustic Workshops with Angela Hansen ~ Learn the basics of the wonderfully versatile encaustic medium. Encaustic Basics on Saturday, March 25 from 10 am - 4 pm. Encaustic 3D Tree Sculpture on Sunday, March 26 from 10 am - 4 pm. $175 + GST for each, and all supplies included.
Assemblage Workshop with Michael deMeng ~ Learn to make a mystical shrine based on creatures from legends and lore across the globe using found objects, clay and paint. This is a three-day workshop from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2. $250 + GST ($45 +GST optional supply kit).
Please visit our website, www.pentictonartscouncil.com, for current gallery hours, arty downloads, and Penticton Art Walk information.
The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre, located at 696 Main Street, Suite 102 Penticton (Penticton United Church, The Blue Church) is eager to help you explore and discuss the various options and alternatives available. Do you only have an hour or two a month that you can give? Great - there is a place needing your commitment. Are your interests varied and you have an unclear focus where you would like to invest your energy? No problem - there are skilled staff to help you discern a direction to explore. Are you wanting to meet new people, but don’t know where to start? Volunteering is a tremendous way to develop relationships.
Everyone needs purpose in their life. What better way is there to find meaning than by giving time to the organization/agency or cause that you are interested in? Walking an animal, serving on a board, reading to young children, assisting at one of the festivals, visiting at a Senior’s residence, responding on a crisis help line, or driving someone to an appointment, are just a few of the various volunteer tasks open to folk willing to share time and interest. Contact the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre (SOSVC) at 1-888-576-5661 or email@example.com or drop in to the oﬃce at 696 Main St. Unit 102, Penticton.
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“Finnerty View” by Endrené Shepherd
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Kaleden Branch: 101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066
Tuesday 1-5 pm / Thursday 1-8 pm / Friday 1-5 pm
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!
Preschool Story Time ~ Join us at the Kaleden Library every Tuesday from 10-10:45 am until March 14, 2023. There will be no Story Time during Spring Break. Story Time will resume on April 4 and run weekly through May 9, 2023. Enjoy stories, rhymes and fun activities for toddlers and preschoolers with a parent or caregiver. Call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 to register today. Registration is required.
Minecraft-inspired Library Cards ~ Need a new library card or would you like to replace your old card with the limited-edition Minecraft character card. Each child will receive a reading tracker with their new library card, and they can return their completed reading tracker to Kaleden library to receive a special gift. Supplies are limited.
Kaleden LEGO Afternoon - Bring your imagination to the Kaleden Library for an afternoon of LEGO. This program runs from 2:303:30 pm on March 23, April 27, and May 25, 2023. Call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 to register by phone or online at orl.bc.ca. Registration is required and space is limited. Explorer Spring Break with S.T.E.A.M. - Learn, explore, and have fun with S.T.E.A.M. Visit the Kaleden library during Spring Break and have fun with coding S.T.E.A.M. kits. This program runs from March 21 to March 31, 2023. Drop-in program available during open hours.
Earth Day April 22, 2023 - Celebrate Earth Day by taking part in a community event or create your own event with your family and friends. This would be a great day to start planning your garden. Visit the Kaleden Library and check out our collection of gardening books.
Learn about Earth Day ~ Visit www.earthday.org/earth-day-2023/ Local Environmental Groups in the Okanagan. These groups focus on aspects such as trail maintenance, watersheds, parklands, wilderness conservation and education and are also looking for volunteers.
• Alan Brooks Nature Center
• Central Okanagan Land Trust
• Central Okanagan Naturalists Club
• Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO)
• Okanagan Basin Water Board
• Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society
Submitted by Kelly Long, Kaleden Community Librarian
Tuesday 10 am - 6 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 5 pm / Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Crafting Circle ~ Wednesday, March 8 and 22 from 1-3 pm. Bring your creative talents and participate with like-minded individuals. Have fun while you create!
Book Club ~ Our book club discussion will be on Wednesday, March 15 from 1-2 pm. We will be discussing “Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. If you would like to join our club, please contact Lynn at the library for more information.
Crafty Saturdays for Adults ~ Come to the library for crafting and socializing with other crafty people. Bring your crafts to work on or have some quiet time with adult colouring! We have lots of pages to choose from! Come and craft anytime during open hours on Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm.
Games Night ~ Tuesday evenings 6-8 pm. Teens 13+/Adults Drop-In. Join us for various board games or bring your own! We welcome all those who wish to meet up for some fun!
Afterschool LEGO Club ~ Join our LEGO Club on Wednesdays from 3-4 pm. Come and create something fun!
Preschool Story Time ~ Story Time for your 0-5 year-old will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00 am. Join us for stories, songs, and lots of fun!
Saturday Drop-in LEGO and KEVA Planks ~ Come and build something awesome! This program is self-directed. Bring your family and friends! Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Come and build anytime during open hours, which are 10 am - 2 pm.
Cards With Pat ~ Monday, March 6th from 9 am - 1 pm. This is a Friends of the Library Fundraiser. Cost is $25. You take home 4 beautiful cards and have a small luncheon as well. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call the library for more info.
Thank You OK Mini School Society ~ The Okanagan Falls Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who were responsible for the most generous donation from the OK Mini School Society. We are grateful for this and will be sure to enhance the childrens programming, furnishings, and equipment with it.
Thank you to the Double “O” Quilters ~ For displaying their lovely “Whimsical Travel” Display at our branch.
Did You Know?
• Children grow faster during the spring. Children actually grow faster in the spring than during other times of the year. Tornadoes are most common in the spring and least common in winter. Every year, allergies constitute over 17 million outpatient oﬃce visits, mostly in the spring and fall.
• Spring Fever is a real syndrome. When the temperature rises during the warm spell after a long winter, there is a dilation of the blood vessels so blood can be carried to the body surface where heat can be lost quickly. People experience an energetic feeling when this happens.
Wishing you all a lovely Spring!
Submitted by Lynn Warﬁeld, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian
Blood Donor Clinics March 15 / April 10 & 11 1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St Call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca It’s in you to give!
Free Wireless Internet! www.orl.bc.ca OK Falls Branch: 101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886
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“Books For Babies” Early Literacy
By Samantha James
Family literacy is hard to define, but it encompasses all the ways parents, children and extended family members develop and use literacy skills to accomplish day to day tasks and activities at home in their community. It also has to do with adults being literacy role models for their children.
Family literacy programs are community based initiatives that aim to break the inter-generational cycle of low literacy skills and support families in literacy activities and in accessing literacy resources. They are proactive rather than reactive and one such program is “Books for Babies” in Okanagan Falls.
Parents aren’t always aware of the strong inﬂuence they have on their children’s attitudes towards literacy and learning. This inﬂuence is particularly important from birth to age six. In fact, there is considerable research showing that substantial literacy learning takes place as a result of family interaction and activities before the child enters formal school years.
Books for Babies will support Okanagan Falls parents by providing them with the tools to start off in the rewarding activity of reading a Books for Babies set. Each set includes a light canvas book bag, an appropriate board book, a captivating picture book and materials on how a parent can support reading in the entire family. The Royal Canadian Legion who support youth development have funded the cost of the book bags; StrongStart will dispense the book bags and will encourage the continued use of books by parents and babies in Okanagan Falls. A true partnership of community groups to support early literacy for early childhood development.
Books for Babies is organized by the South Okanagan Community Literacy Society, which believes that working toward the development of a well-rounded, educated and confident new member of the community cannot help but benefit everyone. If you’re interested in finding more out about Books for Babies or want to participate in its program, please contact Pat Buckland at 250-498-8433.
School District No. 53 Board Report
By Sholeh Pickell, SD53 School Trustee
March brings much excitement with the first glimmerings of spring and the desire to get out into the garden. In our house, it brings a different kind of excitement with the upcoming play “A-Wop Bop A Loo Bop” slated at Venables Theatre on March 9, 10 & 11th. SOSS works so hard to get this ready and it is so much fun to watch. Hope many of you get the chance to take it in.
This past month, we attended the SD53 Bannock Taco fundraiser for the upcoming Powwow. This was a lively event held at the Osoyoos Indian Band Community Hall. There was a loonie auction that had everyone in a raucous mood bidding on the generously donated prizes. The place was packed and seemed to be a success. We are looking very forward to the Powwow scheduled for April 21 & 22, with the Saturday, April 22nd open to the public.
Following are snippets from the Administration Report: Highlights from the How Are We Doing (HAWD) Report for 2021/22 ~ This year’s HAWD report is once again a positive reﬂection on the progress that is being made throughout schools in our District, as success rates for our Indigenous learners continue to trend in the right direction. The HAWD report for 2021/22 highlights a number of areas of noticeable improvements. Specifically, areas of improvement which have been identified within the District’s Equity Action Plan as target areas: Five-Year Completion Rate - Indigenous students recorded 71% completion rate compared to the previous year’s 67%. Once again, this signifies the highest 5-year rate seen in our School District. Indigenous students in the District also made significant gains in FSA results in closing the equity gap compared to non-Indigenous learners. In Grade 4 Reading, 71% of Indigenous students were on-track or extending compared to 72% of non-Indigenous students. In Grade 4 Numeracy, Indigenous learners were within 3% of nonIndigenous learners for on-track or extending. Other Highlights from the HAWD Report that Indicate a Positive Trend in the District for Indigenous Learners: The percentage of Adult Dogwood Certificates that were awarded in the District for Indigenous learners compared to Regular Dogwood Certificates once again showed remarkable improvement. In 20/21, the percentage of Indigenous graduates with an Adult Dogwood was 11%. In 21/22, that percentage dropped to 7%. This is in comparison to nonIndigenous students in the District that had 8% graduate with an Adult Dogwood. This is significant as the provincial average for Adult Dogwood Certificates for Indigenous learners generally falls between 20 and 30%. Looking through the Student Learning Survey results, it is evident that in almost all areas surveyed, there is now very little difference between the responses provided by Indigenous students compared to non-Indigenous students. K-12 Anti-Racism Action Plan ~ Anti-racism is a high priority for Minister Singh, as outlined in her mandate letter. The K-12 Anti-Racism Action Plan was recently released. The plan is a comprehensive multi-year framework to address racism and discrimination in the education sector and to create a school culture and climate of belonging for all students, staff, and families. Lastly, an update on the development of our Strategic Plan, we are close to announcing our refreshed Vision and Mission statements, as well as the Key Result Areas. Stay tuned for next months issue. For more information, please contact Sholeh Pickell, School Trustee for SD53, by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In back left to right standing: Sam James, Okanagan Falls StrongStart Facilitator; and Karen Sinclair, Principal of Okanagan Falls Elementary School. In front left to right sitting: Lynn Warfield, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian; Tash Judy (Mom) and Madden Martel (Baby); and Douglas Rodgers, Member of the Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227.
February Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School
By Principal Karen Sinclair
1. Outdoor Activity Day at Mt Baldy - Great to be in the mountains!
2. PINK the RINK - Winning $500 at the Penticton Vees game for having the most school spirit! Sponsored by COBS BREAD!
3. More mountain time ... Cross country skiing at McKinney Nordic Trails.
4. 100 Day - You’re never too old to be a learner!
5. Real Acts of Caring (RAC) - Kindergarten students decorate and deliver cookies around the school.
6. Legion Remembrance Day Contest Winners - Congratulations students! Special thank you to the Okanagan Falls Legion!
Meet Laura Setrakov
This month’s volunteer article wishes to acknowledge and thank Laura Setrakov from Okanagan Falls.
Laura has volunteered with the RDOS Recreation Team in different programs over the past five years. She has given her time willingly to coach and encourage children in Physical Literacy through various programs such as; multi-sport, soccer, t-ball, and most recently basketball and gymnastics.
Laura believes that, “it is important that kids have an opportunity to get involved in sports at a local level” and this is why she volunteers with the RDOS. Laura, thank you for all that you do!
Volunteers ... Making A Difference
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Okanagan Falls PAC Update
By Chantelle Bruwer
Wolf Tree Coﬀee Fundraiser ~ In support of Okanagan Falls
Elementary PAC, choose from Howling Wolf Espresso, Brazil Cerrado, Mexican Chiapas - Café Femenino, or Decaf - Fair-Trade Organic. Available in beans or ground. $20 per lb bag. Orders and payment are due by March 5th. Contact Robyn at 250-219-3017 (TEXT ONLY).
Pizza Day Fundraiser ~ On Friday, March 3rd, we will have a Pizza Day Fundraiser with pizza from Bullies Pizza in Okanagan Falls. A big thank you to Dwayne and Lynda from Bullies Pizza for your continued support (and delicious pizza).
Kindergarten Registration ~ Children who will be five years old by December 31, 2023, may begin their first year of Primary (Full Day Kindergarten) in September 2023. These will be children who were born in 2018. Parents or guardians may register these new students from Monday, January 16 to Friday, March 17, 2023Monday to Friday 8 am - 2:30 pm. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and medical card with you. Should you require further details, please call the school at 250-497-5414 or send an email to email@example.com.
Come Join Us! ~ The next PAC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7th at 6 pm in the School Library. All parents/guardians of OKF students are welcome! Free child minding is available.
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Big Radio Telescope
By Tom Landecker
It’s oﬃcial! Canada is signing on to the biggest radio telescope in the world! On January 24th this year, the Minister for Innovation, Science, and Industry announced that Canada intended to become a full member of the organization building the Square Kilometre Array (see the first website listed below).
What is the Square Kilometre Array? The SKA (astronomers love acronyms) will be the most sensitive radio telescope ever built. It will get it’s sensitivity by having a bigger area of antennas than any previous radio telescope. (See the second website listed below). Why does area matter? The bigger the area the more signal the telescope will pick up. It’s like collecting rainwater off the roof - the bigger the roof, the faster the rain barrel will fill. The bigger the collecting area of the telescope, the better equipped it is to pick up very faint signals from distant parts of the Universe.
What was special about the 24th of January this year? Is that when we started work on the project? No, one of the first conversations about the project occurred at an international meeting of astronomers in Penticton in the summer of 1994. We started then, to plan for the future. Canadian teams have been working on concepts, technology, and plans ever since.
What is the SKA and where will it be? It will be two telescopes: one in South Africa will pick up radio waves between 1 metre and 2 centimetres: a second, in Australia, will probe waves between 6 metres and 1 metre. The South African Telescope, already being built, will consist of 197 radio dishes of a fairly conventional design (which means they will be recognizable as radio telescopes). It’s collecting area will be 34,000 square metres. The Australian telescope will consist of 131,000 antennas that look like aluminum Christmas trees. These are not readily recognizable as radio telescopes, but they are much better suited for long wavelengths than dishes. The collecting area of the Australian array will be over 400,000 square metres.
What does Canada bring to this project? - a huge breadth of expertise in science and engineering. The scientist leading the design (the SKA architect) is a former Director of our observatory, now working from Penticton. We have been leaders in technology development: we have designed the correlator, the huge specialpurpose computer that takes signals from the 197 radio dishes and forms images from the telescope. That machine will be built in Canadian industry. The SKA will have “Made in Canada - Fabriqué au Canada” written all over it, and astronomers all over Canada will use it in their research.
Here are a few helpful website addresses:
• https://www.canada.ca/en/national-research-council/ news/2023/01/canada-announces-intention-to-become-fullmember-of-international-skao-radio-astronomy-project.html
The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300.
February Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School
By Acting Principal Ron Manning
February has been a very busy month indeed. Basketball season is in full swing with 6 games scheduled for both the boys and girls Grade 4/5 teams. The students are very excited and have showed excellent sportsmanship and skills during the games that have been played. They have represented Kaleden Elementary in an excellent fashion. We also had the opportunity this month to have a school wide field trip to Summerland High School to watch the performance “Anastasia”. It was a fantastic show and the students all enjoyed it from Kindergarten to Grade 5. We continued to have “out of school” experiences with our Grade 4/5’s going cross country skiing up at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre early in the month and there is one more trip planned for the beginning of March. On February 14th, we had our “Amazing Day” with the students rotating through the school doing 4 stations. Cupcake decorating, cooperative gym games, fine arts activities, and a dance and clue search station. It is hard to believe that the term is beginning to wind down already and that spring is just around the corner. There are still two very full weeks of activities in March, before the Spring Break begins on March 18th.
School Trustee Report For SD67
By Karen Botsford, School Trustee
This report includes meetings and events after January 19, 2023 and up to February 15, 2023.
Business Committee Meeting on January 24 ~ Agenda items included: A presentation on the 2022-23 operational plan for the HR Department; Three strategies were outlined: 1. Encourage leadership at all levels of the organization; 2. Attract, recruit, and retain exceptional staff; and 3. Support the ongoing development of all employees; Capital Fund Update; Update on Summerland Secondary Gym; and Draft Administrative Procedure for Child Care on School Property.
Education Committee Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 ~ Agenda topics included: 1) A presentation on the upcoming changes to the K-12 reporting system for students. Schools have been piloting the new system in anticipation of full implementation this fall; and 2) A presentation on the land-based learning program involving Princess Margaret and Skaha Lake Middle School students. The program has been supported widely by the community and the feedback from the students and parents indicate that the program’s innovative practices of teaching outside normal practices is engaging students. Thank you to teachers
Corrie Goessman and Laura Savoie for their work and vision.
Grade 4/5 Basketball Game on January 26 ~ Naramata Rattlers vs West Bench Wildcats at West Bench. The long-awaited return of inter school sports culminated in a spirited game!
Board Meeting on January 30 ~ Agenda topics included: 1) A presentation by a Grade 12 student on English First People’s 12 Final Project presentation by Grade 12 student Olivia CareltonPalanio. Her topic: “Is the eﬀort being made in elementary classrooms to meet the TRC calls to action in education, truly having an impact on the future generations?” A very positive and well delivered presentation. Well done Olivia!; 2) District Strategic Planning Committee - Terms of reference, timelines and processes were approved. Committee members will include Senior Leadership Team, two representatives each from OSTU, CUPE, DPAC, OSPVPA, and the IEC, three representatives from DSLT (District Student Leadership Team, minimum two rotating members of the Board. Other staff and guests may be invited by the Superintendent or Board Chair as appropriate. It will be great to have student participation in the process.; and 3) Superintendent’s Monthly Report - including updates on district initiatives and events.
DPAC will be hosting parent engagement sessions between now and June. These evening sessions and dates are:
1. Supporting Anxiety on February 9
2. Online Safety on March 9
3. Impacts of Stress on Students and Strategies for Families on April 13
4. ABC’s of Youth Substance Use on May 11
5. 5 Things Parents Need to Know about Global Education (session will include communicating student learning) on June 8. These are great opportunities for parents! All sessions are held from 6:30-7:30 pm in IMC (behind the School Board Oﬃce) at 425 Jermyn Avenue in Penticton.
Girls Basketball Game on February 1 ~ West Bench Wildcats vs. Kaleden Cougars at Kaleden
West Bench PAC Meeting on February 7
Basketball Game on February 9 ~ West Bench Wildcats vs. Naramata Rattlers at Naramata
DPAC Parent Engagement Evening on February 9 ~ Topic was supporting anxiety. I would encourage parents to attend the other evenings coming up (listed above).
Trustee In-service on February 15 ~ In-service meetings are an opportunity for trustees to come together for learning and board development.
Spring Break is fast approaching. I hope you find time to rest, play and enjoy the outdoors!
For more information, please contact Karen Botsford, School Trustee for SD67, by sending an email to email@example.com.
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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update
By Alana Struthers
The next PAC Meeting is Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm. All parents/ caregivers of Kaleden Elementary students are welcome to join us! You can also join the “Kaleden Elementary Parents Group” Facebook page, for more information and updates about what’s happing at our school.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported the Farmer Brown’s, Kaleden Acres Beef Fundraiser and the Movie Night! Thanks to all the community support for KPAC fundraisers, we were able to purchase ukuleles for the school. The grade 4/5 class is enjoying learning how to play the new instruments. If you have fundraising ideas, you’re welcome to bring them to the next PAC meeting. Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring Break. I know my kids are looking forward to it!
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Guess Which Body System Makes
By Carmen and David Ohori of Space2Flourish, Kaleden
Last month, we wrote about Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy and how it can help calm a nervous ... nervous system. We’re not done talking about the nervous system, because it matters way more than you may realize. Even though we think our brains are in charge, research suggests it is our autonomic nervous system (ANS) that holds the key to understanding our experiences and how they affect our mental health. Author and clinical therapist Deb Dana uses the image of an anchor to illustrate a calm and regulated ANS. A secure anchor is what can keep a ship safe and secure through a storm. If you don’t own a boat, you have likely been on one with your friend or family member. Imagine a boat without an anchor; without the ability to secure itself to the lake ﬂoor. It’s fine for all the action, but what about when you need a rest?
People with overactive (anxious) and underactive (depressed) autonomic nervous systems are like a boat with little to no ability to ever rest. As a result, either life often seems overwhelming or hopeless. But let me be bold; it is not all in your head. In fact, it is more in your body than in your head. This is why Psychiatrist and world-renowned expert on trauma Bessel Vander Kolk claims that Yoga is equally or more beneficial than the best possible “head” medications in alleviating traumatic stress symptoms. We want to tell you about another treatment Space2Flourish offers that explicitly addresses an untethered ANS called Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). SSP is an evidence-based therapy tool designed to reset the nervous system back to safety. Developed by one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, Stephen Porges, SSP directly regulates the ANS through our ears with the use of specially filtered music. In a safe state, we are better resourced to navigate a complex and often unpredictable world while continuing our journey of healing and ﬂourishing.
If you would like more information on SSP, or to evaluate the state of your ANS, please reach out to us at connect@space2ﬂourish.ca.
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Kaleden Museum ~ Fun Facts
By Meredith King
For the next few issues, we are going to relate some fascinating fun facts about Kaleden. Interesting anecdotes you should know, so that you can entertain your family and friends.
Did You Know?
In the late 1930’s and early 40’s, Kaleden was serviced by a mobile butcher shop. T.W. Marriott lived in Okanagan Falls with his family and was a butcher by trade. He had been trained in England and had emigrated to Canada in 1909 at the age of 20. He lived for almost 30 years in Alberta and Saskatchewan, working as a cowboy, farmer and plying his trade as a butcher, living in a multitude of communities. During that time, he married and began raising a family.
In 1937, he moved his family to Oliver and then Okanagan Falls and set up a business as a butcher. Not having a store front, he decided to build a shop in the back of his truck. He then developed sales routes, which included Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. He would drive from house to house, stopping in to check with each lady of the manor to discuss their meal preparations for the next week and see what meat would be needed. When he got their list, he would then go back out to his mobile shop and prepare their desired cuts of meat. This was the very beginning of home delivery in the Okanagan.
This continued until sometime in the early 1940’s. At that point in time, one of his sons who was working in a shipyard in Vancouver, heard of a home for sale in Kaleden from one of his coworkers. It was owned by a member of the Lockhart family and was situated on a lot overlooking Skaha Lake right down by Ponderosa Point. His son purchased the house and then sold it to T.W. So some time around 1943, T.W., his wife and their remaining children moved into the home and settled in Kaleden. The family became an integral part of the fabric of this community.
T.W. built a permanent butcher shop beside his house, and although the original house was torn down and replaced, the butcher shop still remains. It is the small white structure on the lake side of Ponderosa Avenue just at the top of the hill heading to Ponderosa Point Resort. It is currently owned by Don and Gail Jeffrey, distant relatives of the Marriotts.
T.W. carried on butchering until he retired in the early 1960s, and then he and his wife moved to Penticton. He passed away in 1993 at the age of 104 - still a record for a Kaledenite. He was a pillar of this community, a dedicated family man, hard worker and quite the entrepreneur!
Join us each 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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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update
By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator
We had a great turn out for our Bike Expo in February! Thanks to everyone who joined us, brought yummy appetizers and contributed to great discussion!
Thanks go to mentor Daryl and organizer Randy for a second successful Broom Making Workshop. This time participants made smaller brooms, perfect for ridding corners of spider webs. Keep your eyes peeled for round 3 of this popular event at the Kaleden Community Hall.
Who is ready for Spring and to get their fingers dirty in the dirt? For our next Lunch & Learn at the hall, we’re being joined by a gardening expert from Sagebursh Nursery in Oliver. We’ll talk about a wide variety of gardening topics with a particular focus on answering your burning questions. Lunch by donation will be served at noon followed by the gardening talk. Hope to see you there!
See You There! The Spring Market Is On! The Spring Market Is On! Penticton Farmers’ Market is announcing a great start to the 2023 Market Season. The Penticton Farmers’ Market is again partnering with Cherry Lane Shopping Centre for an Indoor Farmers’ Market on Saturday, March 18 & Saturday, March 25. Visit your favorite vendors onsite over these two Saturdays from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. See You There!
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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society
By Marla Wilson
March is here with her longer warmer days. Soon will be the spring equinox, then summer isn’t far behind. The swans are back on Vaseux Lake, but will be getting ready to go back to their nesting area in the Arctic. Hopefully, they’ll be back next winter. Things have been moving right along in the Thrift Shoppe. It’s time for the End-of-Winter Bag Sale. We’ve got to make room for the spring and summer stock. All bags will be $5 each. Buy a bag, then fill it with treasures of your choice. Big Bag Sale starts on Wednesday, March 8th and will run for two weeks. Come in early and pick out your bag full before all the good stuff is gone. You will be noticing lots of activity in the Heritage Society. The Society was registered in 1983, so this is it’s 40th Birthday. There have been a lot of little fixes and patches when needed, but it’s time to put it all back together and correctly. Grant Henderson is just the guy to do it. It will be done right and the quality of the exhibit will show his hard work.
The March 1973 Viewpoint newsletter wrote a bit about Okanagan Falls pioneer, Major Hugh Fraser, so I’ve chosen to tell you his story. He was a great contributor to the development of Okanagan Falls.
“Hugh Fraser was well known for his community activities and his faithful service to the Red Cross and the SPCA Society. He was born in Montreal in 1885 and graduated from McGill University in 1912. Hugh went to war in 1914 and was taken prisoner in 1916. He served two years in a Prisoner of War Camp for commissioned oﬃcers, before being discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Major.
Strangely, this oﬃcer first came to this valley in 1919 at the invitation of playwrite Carroll Aikens of Naramata. He fell deeply in love with the beautiful valley, and subsequently purchased 320 acres which was then known as the Hawthorne Ranch.
Major Fraser adopted a son whose name was A. K. Worth, later taking the name of A.K.W. Fraser who now operates the ranch which is planted in grapes.
Major Fraser was very active in community affairs, giving generously in each case. He helped finance the building of the Community Women’s Institute Hall, contributed to the Legion Hall and initiated the founding of Christie Memorial Park. The lovely stained glass window in the United Church at Okanagan Falls and the church organ memorializes his mother, who started the Victorian Order of Nurses in Ottawa. As an avid historian, he possessed a collection of priceless papers and was a major contributor to the Museum in Penticton. We are grateful to have known him for all his kindness, which has left a beautiful memory to us all.”
Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society
By Donna Taylor
There is a building in Okanagan Falls in the centre of town on Willow Street right behind Pioneer Park with the fire hall, Legion, and 2 churches. This building is called the Seniors Activity Centre and is very active with games, activities, social events, pancake breakfasts and even private events including use of the kitchen. Bingo is offered 4 afternoons a month and you can make an appointment to have help with your income tax.
There is lots of parking available. The local bus stop is right across the street from our front doors.
The centre is used by about 100 mature and friendly people not exclusive to any group. They host Craft Fairs, BBQ’s and Swap Meets.
Come out and enjoy our smoke free hall. Most activities don’t require a membership, but we would love you to become a member to help us grow. Come by and pick up a calendar of our monthly events. Our secretary also posts the activities in Skaha Matters. You will probably see something you would like to try.
Ask yourself, “where are my friends, what’s on TV or is it bedtime yet”?
We have a library and puzzles to loan out. If you would like to use the library when the hall is not in use, please call Donna at 250462-5233.
Morning exercise classes are trying to start up. Please watch for more information.
Activities in March 2023:
Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, March 4 from 8-10 am
General Meeting ~ Monday, March 6 at 1 pm
Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am (Not held on March 27)
Tuesday Bingo ~ Tuesdays - March 7, 14 & 21 at 1 pm
Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 5 pm & Thursdays at 1 pm
Mexican Train Dominos ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm
Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am
Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm
Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm
Dance Music ~ Friday Afternoon - Watch for start date!
Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, March 18 at 1 pm
Booking Agent - Heather at 250-497-1171
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you over 50? Just $20/yr to join!
a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society!
more information, call 250.497.8199.
Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update
By Bob Wilson, Incoming President for 22/23
March was originally the 3rd month of the ancient Roman calendar, “Martius”, which traditionally started the new military campaigns - let’s hope it doesn’t get that hostile! Then, the western world decided that it was the oracle of weather coming into spring ... “In like a lion (no relation to the club), out like a lamb” and vice versa. We can only hope we get two lambs this year, but they may get wet when the snowpack melts. We have a somewhat larger than usual amount of snow thus far.
The Lions Club held it’s normal meeting on February 13th. We welcomed Lion Mike Livingstone back from his Chicago training seminar at Lions International Headquarters. This is prior to his incoming as District Governor for the newly formed District I, which comes into effect next year.
We are continuing our School Breakfast Program twice a week at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. So far all is well, thanks to our contributors and volunteers.
Next on the yearly agenda will be our ever-popular “Easter Egg Hunt” at Okanagan Falls Lions Park on Sunday, April 9th at 1 pm. This is always a community favourite for well over the last three decades. On Sunday, May 28th, we host our “Walk for Dog Guides” and on Sunday, June 18th we see the start of “Music in the Park” for another season. Once again, everybody is welcome to these free community events, so come on out and enjoy the activities. It won’t be long before the warm weather is with us once again, so start planning for your spring and summer fun. Until next time, keep well and stay safe.
Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held on March 15 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:305:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers, so please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets each month. If you would like to join us, call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook. com/okanaganfallslionsclub.
South Skaha Housing Society Update
By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair
What has happened to South Skaha Housing Society in the past year? We are waiting for the Government to tell us to start building. There was a group of grants released about one year ago; however, we were not successful on that occasion. There has been an indication of change, as the present Premier is aware of the housing issues in BC. And hopefully that can make a difference, as we are shovel ready to start building. While we continue to wait for a change, the massive shortage of housing in Okanagan Falls continues. We have the largest vacant commercial property of its kind in British Columbia. There are businesses waiting to build, and in some cases are building and unable to get housing for their staff in Okanagan Falls. These are people wanting to move here and are unable to. Those business can be a major benefit to Okanagan Falls now and in the future. I had a chance to peek into the production area of Avery Family Farms and I was impressed. I am looking forward to having fresh lettuce and other vegetables they will be growing as part of our food choices. WE have to make use of locally sourced food and have to reduce our dependence on food production that is currently being affected by global warming. Workers for those businesses will be wanting to move to Okanagan Falls and can we supply that increased demand for housing? At least that is my opinion.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227
By Beverly van Uden
Open Tuesday - Saturday from 2 pm to closing. Open Sunday from 12 pm to closing. Everyone Welcome!
Meat Draws - Fridays at 5 pm & Saturdays at 4 pm ~ ALL profits are donated to charities.
Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner & Karaoke on Friday, March 17 ~ Come and enjoy the St. Paddy’s Day fun. Be sure to dress in green! Enjoy the Karaoke entertainment and an evening of cheer.
Celebration Of Life on Saturday, March 18 ~ Leave your sadness at the door and join us as we celebrate the life of Evelyn “ET” Ruth Tuﬀord (December 18, 1948 - December 20, 2022). To honour her memory, we’d like to invite friends to join us at the Legion from 12:00-1:30 pm for lunch and a drink. Bring your stories to share and join us in a toast. “A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Forever in our hearts.”
Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 19 ~ We have changed the time to 8-10:30 am. Adults - $8, kids under 12 - $4, and kids under 3 are FREE!
General Meeting on Tuesday, March 21 ~ Starts at 7 pm. Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month.
Recycling ~ Drop off cans, bottles, milk cartons at the Legion. Call or text Bev at 250-809-5537 for more information.
It’s our 75th Anniversary! Special events coming. Stayed tuned! Everyone Is Welcome To Become A Legion Member ~ Legions give back to the veterans and the community. Come out and see what we are about. It is fun and you meet folks in our community.
Get The Latest Updates ~ Always check the Facebook page “Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC”, the sign outside, or come into the Branch. For more information, please call 250-497-8338.
We are a small Legion with a big heart!
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Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES DARYN POTTINGER 5855 Hemlock Street, PO Box 788, Oliver V0H 1T0
LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY
Kaleden Community Church
10 am Sunday Worship ~ in-person and online
Visit kaledenchurch.ca for updates and the link to our live worship. 443 Lakehill Rd. | email@example.com | 250-497-5995
Okanagan Falls Community Church
Sunday Worship Service & Children’s Church at 11 am ~ with Pastor Jon Manlove. Live Worship Services online at okfcc.net.
FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome!
1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls | Oﬃce: 250-497-5131
Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service at 9 am ~ Speakers: March 5 - Rev. David Sparks; March 12 - Rev. Paul James; March 19 - Rev. Donald Schmidt; and March 26 - Victor Ince. Coffee fellowship after the service. Visit okfallsunited.ca or call us for more information.
1108 Willow St, Okanagan Falls | 250-497-1171 or 250-460-2560
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church
1039 Willow St, OK Falls | Father Thomas Kakkaniyil | 250-498-3934
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service at 9:30 am ~ Join Rev. Rick Paulin on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Guest speakers rotate on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Please call the number below with any questions.
1039 Willow St, OK Falls | 250-497-7844
“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.
Free Franks Family Day
Family Day is the Annual Free Franks Day at Kaleden Community Church. This year was hosted by the Nunes family (Brad and Tamara, and their spirited boys Ben and Lucas) with the help of Ginny Manning and Pastor David.
WOW Trade Show 30th Anniversary
By Terry Beddome, WOW Member
Vendors are gathering in Oliver at the Parks and Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 11 for the 30th Anniversary WOW Trade Show. This event is hosted by the Women of Oliver for Women Society (WOW).
There will be 50 interesting display booths showcased for the attendees to enjoy. We have lots of returning vendors, as well as many new ones to experience. Visitors enjoy this spring “comingout” event each year - a time to reconnect with friends and local suppliers of the coveted products they have learned to rely on. That’s the fun of a live show! Although we all appreciate being able to buy our favourite products on-line, isn’t it exciting when spring comes around and we can meet live, and share an inspirational day with our family and friends!
This show offers a great opportunity for vendors and customers to connect and share information. As an exhibitor, the WOW Trade Show is the best opportunity to meet in person, answer questions and reach a broader audience. And as a customer, a few hours at the Trade Show, offers a social atmosphere with a wide variety of products and services to choose from. The WOW Trade Show opens the door for both sides to gain - a win/win for everyone!
WOW is proud to present our sponsor - The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co. from Okanagan Falls. This is the second year that they have donated a major prize for us to raﬄe at the show. Women of Oliver for Women Society is a group of like-minded women, meeting once a month with a pledge: “To enrich the lives of women and children in our community and beyond.” If you feel you would like to know more about this group, please check out the WOW booth at the show and connect with some of these ladies for more information. Or if you are not able to attend this event, check out our website at www.wowoliver.org or call Shirley at 250-485-7627 or Sally at 250-498-0104.
WOW Trade Show highlights:
• 50 booths
• Cost is by donation
• Door prizes
• Colourful spring primroses for sale
• Raﬄe - beautiful custom furniture piece donated by Flex Industries, a.k.a. The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Company
• 3 raﬄe prizes offered by WOW
• Information table about WOW
• Refreshments by Oliver Eats - rest and recharge
The concept is pretty simple; we just give out free hotdogs. No catch. We love our beautiful community of Kaleden and try to do things to contribute to its spirit. This year, we saw friends we haven’t seen in a while, met folks that have recently moved to Kaleden, fed a few hungry families, and saw some of our “regulars”. It’s just hotdogs, but food has a way of bringing people together around a common purpose ... filling bellies. Old friends, new faces, and smiling children. Our tube steaks of love are nothing special, but the connections made at these small events are what really knit this amazing community together.
For nominations in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Flowers to the first responders and the paramedics who took excellent care of me when I fell down the stairs at the Legion on February 1, 2023. They quickly attended to me and whisked me away to the Hospital. No broken bones, two stitches in the my heads and lots of bruises from top to bottom.
~ From Bernadette T. of Okanagan Falls
Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualiﬁcations.
To apply, please call 778-559-2412 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
Time For Spring Cleaning
By Cristina Calderon and Mark Divell
Tired of all that drab winter dust? Looking for a fresh new start? We are excited to extend our professional cleaning services to select clientele in Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Our attention to detail to ensure your home meets your high standards is our priority, as well as our specialty.
Spring cleaning is right around the corner, so please book early as it will be an extra busy time. Also, we currently have a few spaces open through the week for personal home cleaning.
We charge $35 per hour for weekly and bi-weekly cleaning. We are very eﬃcient at that fair price. We love what we do and it totally shows.
We are relatively new to the Okanagan, as we packed up our ‘wagon’ back east and headed ‘west’ for new adventures and opportunities. We absolutely love the Okanagan and are happy to now call it our home.
If you would like to see how our services can give you a fresh clean start this spring, please call Cristina Calderon at 250-460-7797, or email Mark Divell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at wagonswestclean.com. We look forward to serving you soon!
Wagons West Cleaning Services
Credible Cremation Services
Call Lesley, our own Senior, Licensed Director
Total - Basic Cremation No Hidden Costs
$1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area)
$1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)
250.493.3912 (24 hrs)
110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 Lesley@crediblecremation.ca
If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice
By Lesley Luff of Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos
Here we are once more. Another year and into March already! 2022 was a very sad year for quite a number of our local families. Hopefully, the dark days of winter are over with, and perhaps we can look forward with anticipation to a somewhat normal and pleasant spring and summer. We all need some sunshine! I must take this opportunity to congratulate all of my clients who took a leap of faith, and made their Pre-Arrangements with Credible Cremation Services. In doing so, they have finally been able to set their minds at rest. I know there are other folks, who are still “thinking about it”. Believe me, there is no time like the present to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email Lesley@crediblecremation. ca for an information package. Making your Pre-Arrangements is a very simple process, and once looked after, you will never have to think about it again. Furthermore, your family will bless you for not leaving your final arrangements to them to deal with.
Credible Cremation Services
110-1960 Barnes Street, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3
Phone: 250-493-3912 | Email: Lesley@crediblecremation.ca
Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. BC Lic# 49382
Cristina Calderon Mark Divell email@example.com wagonswestclean.com 250-460-7797
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