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Volume 8 : Issue 5
May 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter
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May 2016 Community Calendar
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KVFD Yard Sale* 7
Kaleden & OK Falls OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls PAC Meeting * Information Sessions OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Parks & Rec * OK Falls Senior Centre* Community Churches 10am General Meeting 1pm School Library 6:30pm OK Falls Library Thursdays Scrabble 10am Mother’s Day Craft for Kids Pancake Breakfast 8-10am Wednesdays 10:30am Thursdays Bridge 1pm OK Falls United 9am Women’s Chair Yoga * Family Storytime * Kaleden Parks & Rec * OK Falls Legion #227 Thursdays Crib 7pm St. Barbara’s 9:30am LA Monthly Bingo 1pm Kaleden Church Mon 1:30pm Kaleden Library 10am Kaleden Ladies Bounce Carnival & Catholic Mass 11:30am Kaleden PAC Meeting* Last session until Sept. Scavenger Hunt Weekly Drop-in * OK Falls Legion #227* Governance Study * The Well 6pm School Library 6pm Both on Saturday, May 7 Kaleden Church Wed 1pm “Cinco da Mayo” Night Monthly Meeting 6:30pm
OK Falls Senior Centre* OK Falls Senior Centre* Ladies Pool Mondays 1pm
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1st 3 Tuesdays Bingo 1pm Tuesdays Pool 6pm
A film on climate change. Kaleden Church 6:45pm *
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50th AGM of LNID 10am GTLASS AGM 11:30am
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OK Falls Lions Club Walk starts at 10am
Outdoor Fitness with Freya Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm T.I.M.E. April 12 - June 14
Inner Bliss Belly Dancing Thursdays 7pm Kaleden *
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June 11 June 18 June 18 Chair Massages * LEGO Night* Creative Wellness Solutions OK Falls Library 6:30-7:30pm June 18 Zen Centre Mondays 11am June 19 Meet 2nd & 4th Mondays OK Falls Legion 7pm
Drop-in Bingo 1-4pm
After School LEGO* Kaleden Library 2:30-3:30pm
Welcome to Kindergarten*
OK Falls Legion #227*
Candle Light Service OK Falls Cemetery 12pm Drop-in Darts Saturdays 1pm
OK Falls Elementary 8:30am in StrongStart
OK Falls Senior Centre*
Drop-in Darts Weds 7pm
AlleyCATS Alliance Massive Yard Sale * Kaleden Parks & Rec Spring Clean-up* Kaleden Spring Fling Dinner & Dance *
OK Falls Info Centre * OK Falls Legion #227 Carpet Bowling Wed 1pm Over 75 Events - May 19-23 LA Garage Sale Open House OK Heritage & Museum OK Mini School AGM * Blood Donor Clinic * Meadowlark Festival At Preschool at 7pm Penticton Senior Centre Keynote Speaker at 7pm * Walking Tours Start * May 18-20 - 1:30-5:30pm “Circling the Midnight Sun” OK Falls Senior Centre*
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OK Falls Legion #227* OK Falls Senior Centre* Meadowlark Festival*
St. Barbara’s Church
OK Falls Library Wednesdays 10:30am “Age Friendly Businesses” (New Topic Each Week)
Little Tykes T-Ball May 10-31
St. Andrews Golf Course *
Community * Information Sessions
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June & July 2016 Community Special Events: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Open House at Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory 5th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon Meyer Family Vineyards’ Wine Club Pick Up Party Wild Goose Vineyards’ Rocking the Blues with David Gogo Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery’s Stampede Breakfast
June 19 ~ OK Falls Community Farmers Market Last Weekend In June ~ Annual Legion Day July 1 ~ Canada Day Celebrations! July 5 ~ Kaleden Bursary Deadline July 17 ~ Welcome Inn’s “Show ‘n’ Shine”
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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Welcome Merry May!”
May is always a month of excitement. It’s time for a fresh start; the birds and bees are a’buzzin while we keep busy in our yards and gardens in preparation for the fine sunny days and warm summer evenings to come. Pat and I have been away for an extended “spring break” these past few weeks, although I was able to keep on top of issues as they arose by phone and email. It’s pretty amazing – this modern age of Tom Siddon “instant communications” from anywhere! Director of And in my absence I was very well RDOS Area ‘D’ supported by our Area ‘D’ staff Shona and Vickie, and by Alternate Director Tom Styffe who filled in so capably on my behalf at numerous meetings and special events. Thanks team! What’s up with the weather? ~ While the past winter brought a higher than normal snowpack in the South Okanagan (20-50% above average) we are once again seeing the spring snow melt (freshet) occurring several weeks earlier than normal. Throughout April there have been rapid rises in river levels with some localized ﬂooding in a few low-lying areas (so far nothing serious in Area ‘D’). Last summer the global average temperatures reached the highest levels ever recorded in over 120 years. With this year’s expected “Godzilla” of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, scientists at Environment Canada are now predicting that the summer of 2016 may be even hotter! What all this means for our local South Okanagan climate, possible drought conditions and crop production is anyone’s guess. But it sure is food for thought. Community Sewer Extension Meetings ~ I was pleased to learn that so many residents turned out for the sewer extension briefings and Q & A sessions held on April 12th in Kaleden and on April 13th in Okanagan Falls (for Skaha Estates residents). These sessions were organized and presented by our RDOS Engineering staff with input and support from the Citizen’s Steering Committee. About 140 residents attended the Kaleden meeting and another 71 came out to the Skaha Estates event. A total of 158 property owners submitted feedback forms of which 64% (101 respondents) said they would definitely connect to the new sewer system. Another 8% would consider connecting if the system is built. A clear majority of residents favored two separate sewage trunks along each side of Skaha Lake, rather than a cross-connected system passing under the lake. The foregoing responses and other comments offered were based on a preliminary sewer layout which would bring service to about 350 residential properties (190 in Skaha Estates and 160 in Kaleden). The estimated cost per parcel is $23,000 installed to each residential property line. This cost estimate assumes that 2/3 of the capital financing (about $16 million) would be provided jointly by the Federal and Provincial Governments. (If an additional 170 connections could be added in upper Kaleden the unit cost would be reduced to less than $20,000.) The annual cost of amortizing the homeowner’s share over 20 years would be somewhere between $1300 - $1500 per year per connection, which is considerably less than the cost to finance a typical $40,000 replacement for a failing septic field system, over the same period. Based on the foregoing estimates and favorable survey results, an application has now been submitted to the Building Canada Infrastructure Program for the 2/3 financing required from the Federal and Provincial Governments. For more detailed information on this project, and the results of the feedback survey, please refer to the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca. Parks and Recreation By-law Amendments ~ Due to a number of evolving changes in the relationship between RDOS and our Parks and Recreation Commissions, a new standardized bylaw has been prepared which lays out common terms of reference and operating
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procedures for the six Recreation Commissions within the Regional District. The draft Bylaw No. 2732 received first reading by the Board on April 7th and has now been referred for consultation with each of the six Commissions and their respective Area Directors. The proposed new bylaw defines the Commissions as “advisory” to the RDOS Board and describes their operational responsibilities for organizing, planning, budgeting and implementing the parks and recreation programs in each designated service area. These changes will, in some respects, diminish the existing operating authorities of the largely volunteer-based Commissions. Some fine-tuning of the bylaw language may therefore be needed to avoid any disappointments. Commission Member Changes ~ I was sorry to learn of the recent resignations of Ed Melenka and Julie Feller from the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission. Both Ed and Julie have been valued members for some time and their contributions will be missed. Should anyone be interested in filling one of these vacancies, please contact Chair Don Clark at (778) 515-4522. I am pleased to welcome the newest member of the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission. Jennifer Charlish has a long career as an elementary school teacher, most recently in OK Falls. Jennifer lives in Kaleden. I’m sure she will become a well-regarded addition to the Commission. Rogers Cell Tower On Hold ~ According to recent information from Rogers Communications, the 12 m cell phone tower proposed for Gray Ledge Rock, behind the Kaleden Elementary School has now been placed on hold pending a review of other possible locations which might be better-suited to improving cellular service in and around Kaleden. Should a more acceptable site be chosen it will be a big victory for Darcia Harcott and the large group of concerned parents and residents who signed her petition against placing this facility so close to the elementary school. A Time for Spring Cleaning ~ Many of us are busy picking up winter’s debris in our own back yards. But this is also the time of year to pitch-in with neighbors and help clean up our public spaces. Many residents of Kaleden and OK Falls did just that during Pitch-In Canada Week (April 17th to 23rd). Congratulations to all of you who participated! The next big clean-up event will be the Kaleden Parks Clean-up on Saturday May 14th, from 8am to noon. Come out to Pioneer Park with your garden tools and gloves! You might even get a free hot-dog and chips. I look forward to seeing you there! Well, enjoy your May Days! And, keep your ear tuned for the Robins and Meadowlarks. Sincerely,
Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ Email:: firstname.lastname@example.org | Cell: 250-809-2548 Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 | Web: rdos.bc.ca
We all know how valuable our hospice societies are to the communities they serve. It is the wish of most of us to be able to die in our home or a loving environment surrounded by our family or close friends. Hospice volunteers offer the support needed to make that happen. The Desert Valley Hospice Society will receive $35,000 to continue with their work increasing access to compassionate care closer to home, and the Boundary Community Hospice Society will be able to add three new beds with a $90,000 grant. The Minister of Health continues to support By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen volunteer hospice throughout the province, as we work toward helping Rural BC has been the focus of several recent government people at the end of their lives with the appropriate setting. announcements that have a positive impact on the South Okanagan With all the issues that relate to water, fire, etc., we often forget about and Boundary-Similkameen. some of the other pieces that make our communities great places to The province continues to move forward on its fight against invasive live. Arts and Culture are what brings us together socially at many mussels. A permanent, mobile inspection station is set up near shows and events throughout the year. Boundary District Arts Council, the border crossing in Osoyoos - one of eight permanent stations Grand Forks Art Gallery Society, Oliver Community Arts Council and operating along BC’s borders with the US and Alberta. The Osoyoos the Osoyoos and District Arts Council will share in $42,296 worth unit also has mobile capability and will go to other locations to respond of grants to help them continue the great work they do. Tying into to high-risk incidents. Quagga and zebra mussels pose a serious that is the great Harvesting Diversity Event that the South Okanagan threat to BC’s aquatic ecosystems, salmon populations, hydro power Chamber of Commerce will host later this year with the help of a stations and other infrastructure facilities. They can clog pipes, cause multiculturalism grant of $2,480. ecological and economic damage, displace native aquatic plants and I would like to remind all of you that warnings have been issued about wildlife, degrade the environment and affect drinking water quality. the high water and fast ﬂow of the Okanagan River, so please do not There have been several grants received by worthy organizations in go for a swim no matter how hot the weather is. And, despite the high the Boundary-Similkameen in the past few weeks. water, the danger of fire is still with us. We live in a very dry region and This year, $2 million has been added to the province’s invasive mussel we do not want to repeat last year’s fire season, so please exercise defence program, which launched in 2015. We are fortunate to have extreme caution when you are out exploring our beautiful country. many volunteers and agencies who participate in several invasive species societies throughout the riding. They spend a lot of time West Bench Community 3rd Annual Garage Sale educating the public on how to identify and control many invasive Saturday, June 18th ~ Father’s Day Weekend species that plague our areas. The Okanagan and Similkameen 8am - 4pm - Street Signs/Balloons Displayed at Houses Invasive Species Society, the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary, Tools, equipment, household items, records, band gear & more! the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Boundary More info: 250 460 2221 - www.cmeliveproductions.com Invasive Species Society will share $154,300 to continue their work.
Linda Larson, MLA
~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca
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Area “D” Community Services Ofﬁce
with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Thank you to the citizens of Skaha Estates and Kaleden who attended the Public Meetings for the Proposed Sewer Extension. We also acknowledge the efforts of the Committee as they have been very engaged in providing advice and guidance to Liisa and Darcy. Please check the RDOS Shona Schleppe website for a summary of the comments Rural Services and next steps ... www.rdos.bc.ca - click on Manager Popular Links (right side) - Sewer Expansion. The survey results from the Governance Study - Survey #1 are posted on the RDOS website ... www.rdos.bc.ca - click on Popular Links (right side) - Governance Study. The next step is to analyze the results and develop some options for consideration. Survey #2 will then be generated for Area “D” residents to complete. Again, kudos to Bob Daly and the Advisory Committee. Age Friendly Buildings and Benches projects are progressing. We are pleased to announce that Kim Ruttig English will be the coordinator for the Age Friendly Business project. She will be reaching out to Okanagan Falls and area businesses in May. Please consider attending the Information Session on Wednesday, May 11th at Okanagan Falls Regional Library for more details. We had a great meeting with Bob Daly and Randy Perrett regarding Bench Dedication and Beautification projects. Stay tuned, as the Irrigation District has a number of projects scheduled for this spring and summer! All owners of fruit bearing trees or shrubs are responsible for controlling insect pests on their properties to prevent them from severely affecting nearby neighbours and professional growers. Two of the most common and destructive pests are the Spotted Wing Drosophila, which infects all soft fruits and berries including blueberries, raspberries, apricots and peaches, and the Western Cherry Fruit Fly. To protect the commercial fruit industry in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, the RDOS has had Bylaws in place since 2001 that ensure better control of fruit tree pests in Electoral Areas: “A”,”B”, “C”, “D”, “F”, “G” and the Town of Oliver. The Bylaw and related information on mitigation can be obtained at the RDOS office or online: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/public-works/ pest-control/tree-fruit-pest-control/
Heritage and Museum Society has momentum, they had a clean up day and gathered 8 bags of garbage. The Thrift Centre (part of the Museum) helps to offset costs to maintain the Heritage House and Museum, thank you to the community for donations! However, there have been a high number of individuals taking advantage of the Heritage and Museum site to dump unwanted items - this is defined as Illegal Dumping! It’s that time of year, the Visitor Centre will be opening on May 16th. The Centre is a very popular stop for many tourists with the most frequent question “Where are the Falls?” This question and many others are enthusiastically addressed by the very knowledgeable volunteers. The Centre is open Monday to Friday, it relies on a very dedicated team of volunteers. Barb and the team are always looking for new recruits, if interested please contact 250-497-8283. From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Wow, the place to be on Wednesday at 10:30 is the Okanagan Regional Library in Okanagan Falls. They have been hosting the “Information Sessions”. Get there early for a seat! • Mark your calendar for the Meadowlark Nature Festival with over 75 events from May 19-23. Visit www.meadowlarkfestival.ca • Thanks to everyone that participated in “Pitch-In”! • Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon scheduled for Saturday, June 18th needs volunteers! Please email Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org • New Farmer’s Market starting on June 19th at the OK Falls Hotel Check out www.okfalls.ca. We welcome comments and suggestions. Ofﬁce 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or email@example.com
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Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre
with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager
Well, spring has arrived and it won’t be long before the valley is full of visitors to the area. So, the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre will be opening our doors on Monday, May 16th to welcome them. We are hosting an Open House on Friday, May 20th and we encourage all locals to pop into our Centre for coffee and see what we have to offer. We have lots of information on our local surrounding area, as well as other parts of the province if you are planning a trip. We also have an awesome local bike map for just $2.00. So stop in and say ‘hi’. Do you like people? If so, we need you! Volunteers are needed at the Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre. Meeting and greeting visitors, helping them know about Okanagan Falls and the surrounding areas, helping them with the rest of their visit to BC. Training will be provided. This is a happy relaxed job with lots of satisfaction received from meeting different people from different countries. To learn more, please phone Barb at 250-497-8283.
The Area “D” Governance Study is designed to consider methods to improve governance and services to the communities of Electoral Area “D” and their surrounding areas. Over the past eight months, the Governance Study Committee has introduced residents and property owners of Area “D” to the study and presented them with “Fact Sheets” related to services provided by the RDOS. A series of Forums and a Survey gave residents and property owners an opportunity to express their attitudes toward the present governance framework for services and to offer suggestions for improvement. The Area “D” summary Survey results and comments from each Forum are available on the RDOS website - www.rdos.bc.ca. Information from the survey and forums is now being analyzed by Governance Study consultants, Leftside Partners. From the analysis, the consultants and Committee will present options to respond to the issues identified by the residents and property owners through the survey and forums. These options will be completed by the end of May and will be presented to Area “D” residents and property owners as detailed “Fact Sheets”, which will describe implications related to each of the possible governance changes. The options and “Fact Sheets” will be available on the RDOS Government Study website, and in print at locations in each of the Area “D” communities. The Committee will also invite the residents and property owners to participate in a second survey, which will ask for their preferences from among the possible options. The survey will also be available for completion on the Governance Study website, and in print at locations in each of the Area “D” communities. To keep informed about the Area “D” Governance Study, including meeting minutes and schedules, go to the RDOS website at www. rdos.bc.ca and click on “popular links”. The Governance Study Committee regularly meets in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre and meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is Monday, May 2, at 6:30 pm.
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May 22, 2016 - 50th Annual General Meeting 9:45 am ~ Registration. AGM at 10:00 am St. Andrews Golf Course Board Room
“It is a 50 Year Celebration!”
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Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say!
ELEC TO R
with Bob Daly, Chair
Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits
What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not?
Thank You for reading the Fact Sheets, completing Survey #1, and participating in the March Open House and Roundtable discussions. What’s next? This spring, look for a Few Additional Fact Sheets, which describe implications of possible changes to governance and services as a result of your feedback from Survey #1 and Open House and Roundtable discussions. Watch for and complete Survey #2, which will ask for your preference from among the possible options for changes to governance and services.
Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say! Curious about the Electoral Area “D” Governance Study? www.rdos.bc.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.492.0237 Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware
Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans
Area “D” Governance Study
Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection
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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department
KVFD April 2016 Safety Tip Wildﬁre Prevention: Save Our Valley Wildfire prevention is about keeping fires from starting. When using fire in or near woods, be extremely careful. People are responsible for starting about half of the wildfires in British Columbia. Pay attention to your surroundings. • Do not have a campfire in windy conditions. • Do not discard smoking materials from vehicles, use interior ashtrays. • Lawn & farm equipment should have properly working spark arresters to prevent sparks from exiting through the exhaust pipes. • All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) produce an enormous amount of heat and can ignite brush from their exhaust systems.
KVFD is Now Recruiting!
We are in need of new community recruits. To become a volunteer firefighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition, and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as the opportunities to take training close to home. This is a paid on call position. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, call 250497-8231 and leave a message. We will call you back.
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Annual Yard Sale May 22, 2016 - 3rd Annual General Meeting Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society At 11:30 following the LNID meeting at St. Andrews Golf Course Board Room
All living in the Twin Lakes Area & friends are invited to attend. The Stewardship Group’s focus is for stewardship of the water, air, land and inhabitants in the Twin Lakes Area. The annual membership fee is $10/person, $20/family, or $50/corporation. www.gtlass.ca
Saturday, May 7th
Held at the Kaleden Fire Hall, located at 303 Lakehill Road. The event starts at 8am Sharp and ends at Noon. Donations are gratefully accepted. Only items in working condition please. Articles may be left at the fire hall, or for pickup in the Kaleden Fire Protection area on Wednesday, May 4th after 7pm. Call 250-497-8231 and leave a message. You may also call any firefighter.
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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair
OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The AGM of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District was held April 26, 2016. Trustees Randy Perrett and Bob Daly were elected by acclamation for three year terms. The Report from the Chair was read by Bob Daly who noted major accomplishments for the year, including completion of Well #6 on Maple Street and completion of the Band Shell in partnership with the Okanagan Falls Womenâ€™s Institute. Other achievements were addressed in the areas of: Improved Communication, particularly refinements to the District website and development of OFID News and Alerts; Board Duties and Responsibilities with the development of a Trustee Handbook of Policies and Procedures and initiating a workplace Safety Audit; Security notably the effort to keep drinking water safe from contamination; System Projects, including planning for a series of isolation valves to reduce areas of the system affected by repairs or line breaks; and finally, Budget Planning, adopting a system for longterm planning in order to develop a sustainable system of rates to cover maintenance, operating costs, replacement, reserves and debt repayment. The Chair thanked Staff and Trustees for their dedication and hard work over the past year. Trustees for the next year are: Bob Haddow; Ted Lynch; Randy Perrett; Marjorie Bracconier and Bob Daly. OFID Staff are: Administrator, Judy Morris; Operator, Ken Peters; and Standby Operator, Ed Smith. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ Effective May 1st to September 30th sprinkling/watering is only allowed on the ODD/EVEN address system. No watering/sprinkling will be allowed between the hours of 12 noon to 7 pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight - 6am on your odd/even address matching the odd/even date. Strata complexes please use the street address of the complex, not the unit number to determine your watering day. Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis; however, not between 12 noon - 7pm. Thank you for helping to conserve water. Music in Centennial Park ~ Can you imagine family picnics in Centennial Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon with great music playing from the Band Shell? It could just happen as Myrt Niles is heading a committee to bring regular entertainment to the Park. Stay tuned for more information as Myrt and her committee work to make it happen!
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OK Falls Community & Farmers Market Every Sunday 10-2 ~ Starting June 19th
Local Farmers & Wineries
Local Artists & Artisans
Bouncy Castle & Petting Zoo
WANTED: Registered Vendors! We held our first General Meeting on April 18th. We have 15 confirmed vendors, but need a minimumof 25 to run a successful market. We will be holding another General Meeting in early June. The cost is just $15/Sunday or $180 + GST, if you sign up for the season. Individual Sundays are $20 + GST. We are committed to running this market, but need you to commit too. Please contact us today! Market will be held at 1045 Main Street in Okanagan Falls
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RCMP Community Report
Spring Driving Safety
Spring is a great time of the year when everything and everybody shakes off the winter and enjoys the warm sunshine. More people are out and about enjoying the nice weather, which puts more traffic and types of conveyance on our roadways. People are enjoying spring on their bikes, skateboards, roller blades, motorcycles, and on foot. Thus, we all need to be more aware of everyone else and share the road. Cyclists are out in full force enjoying the valley for recreation and training. They must ensure that they follow the rules of the road, such as riding in single file and as close as safely possible to the right hand side of the roadway. They need to be visible, use proper signals, and wear a helmet as required by law. Vehicle driver’s need to understand that cyclists have the right to be on the road the same as they do. Drivers need to ensure that before they pass a cyclist that it is safe to do so, as many of our rural roads are narrow and winding. Motorcyclists are also out enjoying the nice weather and need to ensure that they are visible and are wearing proper safety equipment and clothing. Shorts and sandals do little to protect you if you lay your bike down even at a slow speed. Vehicle drivers need to understand that motorcycles are entitled to a lane to drive in and as such should not be cut off or forced to the right side when being over taken by a vehicle. Since motorcycles are smaller, vehicle drivers have to ensure that a motorcycle is not travelling in their blind spot. Motorcycles are very maneuverable and fast, but need to be operated within the limits of the laws and the abilities of the operator. If you are a new motorcyclist, consider taking a motorcycle safety course as they provided you with valuable instruction and practical experience to keep you safe. For those enjoying spring by walking or jogging, ensure that you are visible. If a sidewalk is not available, always ensure that you are walking or jogging facing traffic. The reason you do this is so you can readily see the traffic coming towards you and can take evasive action if needed. Walking facing the traffic is even more important these days when many are listening to music with ear phones making it hard to know what is coming upon you especially from behind . While listening to music as you walk or run can be enjoyable, it also can put you at risk in that you are not always aware of your surrounding if you have ear buds in both ears and the music turned up. It is up to you on how to best manage this risk, as only you can ultimately look out for yourself. It’s all about following the rules, sharing, being respectful and looking out for of one another, so we’ll all safely enjoy the beautiful Okanagan. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
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Fishing & Chironomidae
with Larry Martin Chironomids are found throughout the world and are a significant food source for Rainbow Trout, thus an obvious choice for ﬂy fishers to imitate. There are hundreds of varieties in BC, so don’t expect to be able to match the hatch, unless you tie your own on site. A small assortment of colours and sizes will get you in the zone. Most commonly imitated by ﬂy fishers are the larval or pupae aquatic stages. Fish do not hit the offering with the same enthusiasm as they do a leach or scud imitation. The take is subtle, so fishers may use a small ﬂoating indicator which helps observe the take. It is also effective for precise depth control. A small weighted ﬂoat delivered with an ultra light spin outfit would yield a similar presentation. Knowledgeable fishers usually anchor when fishing chironomids and have their favourite areas on the lake. So, take note and try these hot spots when they are vacated. A bonus ... although the ﬂying midge may be similar in size and abundance as the mosquito, it is a none-biting. For more info, just ask Larry at email@example.com.
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Left - The aquatic stage most often imitated by ﬂy fishers. Right - Fish are easily released when using a barbless hook. (Photos courtesy of Ken Woodward)
Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Continuing from last issue on our history ...
By 1962, the Falls Irrigation District had received Letters Patent and as the only recognized authority in the community became responsible for funding the Fire Department through taxation. The District accepted the resignation of one of its trustees, Bill Barten, and appointed him Water Bailiff and approved his ideas for modernizing the village’s water supply. Barten also began preparing a modern fire hydrant system. He had wells drilled and his efficient piping layout was soon easing the hazards of fire fighting. George Fleming was elected fire chief in 1963. George held that position for 2 years. After holding that position, he remained a fireman and was very active in the department. George passed away in 1992. Werner Kaden took over as fire chief in 1965 until January 4th 1967. He worked for Weyerhaeuser Canada for many years until his retirement. Werner George Fleming, Fire retired from the fire hall after 18 years of service and Chief, 1963-1965 passed away in 2005. In 1967 Bob Haddow was elected fire chief and still retains that title. Bob started in the fire department in 1964 and worked his way up the ladder. Eight years after the new fire hall of 1960 was built, the insurance rates on buildings went down to $0.50 from $0.85 per $100. In October 1970, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department held it’s first Fire Prevention Warner Kaden, Fire Week with a display of awareness to causes of fire Chief, 1965-1967 in the home. Also, a Fire Prevention Week poster drawing contest started in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Fire Department Spokesman, Harry White, said that the winning poster would be on display at the Community Hall. Those receiving the awards
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were Pam Mallory, Marilyn MacAhonic, Lou Rowe, Dale Spence, Goody Kaden, Kevin Medlock, Clark Rowe, Randy Murphy and Debbie Haddow. Winners were also given $3 each and $2 to the runners-up. In those years, the Fire Department provided extra services to the community, such as making skating rinks, demonstrations to the public and cleaning the dust off of the main roads in town. The fire gear that the firemen had at that time consisted of rubber boots, helmet and a long coat to the knees. The rest was their personal everyday clothing. The Fire Department had their own Ladies Auxiliary or sometimes referred to as the “Okanagan Falls Fire Ladies”. They helped by putting on dances, yard sales, babysitting courses, and fundraisers to raise money for equipment needed for the fire hall. One special event that some will remember is the Valentine’s Day Dance. During the 4th annual Valentine’s BBQ & Dance in 1971, the event was held at two locations on the same day because of the amount of people that showed up. The event was held at the Legion and Community Centre and attended by 800 people. Over $1000 was raised. During 1971, the Fire Department responded to 27 alarms, 18 for fires and 9 for emergency inhalator. All firemen were paid $0.50 each week for attending practice and training. They also received $2 for each emergency they attended. In 1972, the Fire Department received its first new truck. A 1972 International Loadstar 1700 pumper at a cost of $80,000. A well equipped Firehall can only be effective when they are backed by a devoted, determined team of volunteers. Thanks to long term members: Bob Haddow, Rob Hall, Harold Stein, Ian Ross, Merv Krywa, Walter Curts, Bill Woods, Earl Edge, Bill Moore, Sam Hancheroff, Matt Baumgartner, Ray Mountenay, Wally Charalton, Pat West, Bob Ronnie, Howard Krystik, Bill Jackson, John Kasper, Rick Bunyan, Andy Bouchard, Fred Morris, Bob Pearce, Harry Shaffrick & more to come. Back in the day, there was an event called the “Annual Fire College”. It was an education tool for firefighters in new technology for fighting fires. Now, it’s called “Fire Seminar” and it is held in Oliver this year. Please check it out May 13-15, 2016. To be continued ...
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Okanagan Falls IS Age Friendly!
Initiative is funded by the BC Age Friendly Program
Our Age Friendly Plan Continues ...
What is an Age Friendly Business? Over 650,000 British Columbians are 65 or older. If your business is “age friendly” you can attract and keep customers and employees within this expanding demographic. In the next phase of our Age Friendly Project, we’ll be meeting with local businesses to offer some incentives, tools and tips.
The project kicks off with an Information Session at the Okanagan Falls Library
Wednesday, May 11th at 10:30 am Meet our Age Friendly Business Coordinator Kim Ruttig English and Okanagan Falls Recreation Coordinator Janet Black to learn how both businesses and local Seniors can get involved in this project. For further information, please call 250-497-8188 or visit www.okfalls.net.
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Update with Doug King, KalRec Chair The Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission held its Annual General Meeting on March 15th. The attendance was sparse, so we‘d like to give plenty of notice for our next AGM which has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (unless our AGM is moved by the RDOS to January 17, 2017.) Stay tuned. Four directors whose terms were up agreed to stay on for another term. They are: Paul Chahil, Bruce Ramage, Wendy Busch, and Jaynie Molloy. These nominations were approved at the meeting. Since then, Jennifer Charlish has also been nominated. All nominations are forwarded to the Area “D” Director for approval by the RDOS Board. Kim Denis, who was our Programs and Activities commissioner for the past three years, has resigned. We thank her for her service, her energy, and her attention to detail. She will be missed (although she has agreed to continue to keep our Facebook page up to date.) Thanks to a $5000 grant from the South Okanagan-Similkameen Community Foundation, the renovation of our washrooms at Pioneer Park is well underway. The purpose of the renovation is to provide an all-season washroom, which will also allow better accessibility for those in wheelchairs. A new waterline was laid below the frost line and now the carpentry and plumbing are nearly finished. Special thanks to all those who have volunteered their time and equipment. By the time this article is published, the old washrooms will have opened and the new washroom will be close to completion. Our annual “Parks & Facilities Clean-up Day” has been scheduled for Saturday, May 14th from 8am to noon. We will provide beverages during the morning and something to eat at noon. We look forward to seeing you with your gloves and garden tools to help us make our community parks a beautiful place for your families this summer. To contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office, please phone 250-497-8188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.
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Pre-School Balance & Bounce Carnival Kaleden Hotel Park
Saturday, May 7th Drop-in between 10:00 - 11:30 am With a pint-sized bounce house and fun obstacles to balance and move through.
Physical Literacy Good Times!
Riddle-me Scavenger Hunt Saturday, May 7th Meet at the Picnic Shelter in Pioneer Park 2 Sessions: For ages approx. 5-10 (with parents) ~ 6:00-7:30 pm For ages approx. 11 & up ~ 7:30-9:00 pm $5 per family Registration not required. Rain or shine.
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Outdoor Fitness Classes Coming Soon! Motherâ€™s Day Craft (Okanagan Falls) Friday, May 6th 5:00-7:30 pm
Wrap up something special for Mom! For Kindergarten to Grade 4 ~ $15 / child $30 max / family Includes Pizza from the New OK Falls Bullies Pizza!
Preschool Sports Little Tykes T-ball May 10th - 31st In partnership with StrongStart. No fee. Geared for 3 & 4 year olds.
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Managing Women’s Health Naturally By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health
Many women are plagued with hormone imbalance issues, often during menopause, but during other times in their lives as well. These can present as menstrual pain and irregularities, infertility, mood swings, headaches, water retention, hot ﬂushes, night sweats, body aches and pains, fatigue, osteoporosis, hair loss, insomnia, weight gain and other distressing symptoms. How can a Naturopathic Doctor help guide women towards optimal health and avoid the myriad of symptoms that often occur with hormone imbalance issues? First, with the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, nutrition, detoxification, and whole body care, we can often correct imbalances and smooth out any uncomfortable symptoms. Second, with the use of advanced hormone testing we have the tools to uncover specific hormone imbalances that may be causing trouble. And finally, with the knowledge, training, and ability to prescribe bio-identical natural hormone treatments (BHRT), we can effectively bring a woman’s body back into balance safely and without side effects or risks. Although traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been found to increase a woman’s risk of cancer, gallstones, blood clots and other health problems, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) does not carry these risks and is, in fact, protective. This means that BHRT decreases a person’s risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases. This is because there is a big difference between the synthetic HRT drugs and the natural BHRT hormones that are identical to the hormones our bodies produce. No other health care provider is as well equipped as a Naturopathic Physician to help women achieve optimal hormone balance and great health. I encounter far too many women who suffer needlessly with symptoms that are readily corrected with the restoration of optimal hormone balance. Make an appointment today to see if hormone imbalances might be at the root of your health problems. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND, The Natural Family Health Clinic, 101-1040 Main St, OK Falls. Call 250-497-6681.
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Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015
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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon is FULL!
Registration opened on April 1st for the 5th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. Within 72 hours, the event registration reached its maximum of 200 participants! If you registered your child and need to cancel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you missed out on registering in time, we will place you on a wait list. The event is being offered at no charge due to our awesome sponsors, being Pharmasave, IGA, Interior Savings, Skaha Marine, Kettle Valley Pizza & Donair, Robbins Drilling, Meyer Family Vineyards, Easy Lock Storage, Patio Burger, and Skaha Matters. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Carrie at email@example.com. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 18th, and once again the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park is the night before on Friday, June 17th. The race course is in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park and the race will again be voiced by the infamous Steve King. We are in need of more volunteers! It is a ton of fun and we’ll show you what to do. If you can spare a couple of hours to assist with our community event, please sign up online at www.okfallsjrtri.com.
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Poison Ivy ~ With the warmer temperatures in our midst, many are feeling the pressure to don their summer gear and take a hike on the many trails we’re blessed to have around the valley. But before you head outside, take a second to be mindful of something that may be itching to spoil your outdoor adventures. Besides lakes and wineries, the Okanagan is known for its poison ivy, which although native to this area, has become somewhat invasive, popping up in many places you might not expect. Casual contact with the plant’s sap initiates an allergic reaction that results in swollen, itchy and blistered skin. In classic cases, lesions appear in lines or streaks according to where the plant brushed against the skin, usually showing up 1-2 days after contact. Fortunately, the rash usually goes away on its own after a couple of weeks. In the meantime, antihistamines, calamine lotion, cortisone cream and cold compresses may provide some relief. Its important to keep in mind that contact can occur indirectly through clothing, implements, hair and animal fur when droplets of sap land on these surfaces and are subsequently transferred to skin. So its a good idea to wash clothes and take a shower after spending the day hiking. If your dog comes with you, you might consider washing him or her afterwards (with shampoo). Overall, developing a familiarity with the appearance of poison ivy may be the best way to prevent a nasty encounter that could ruin your outdoor fun. So keep a look out this summer, especially if you are treading off the beaten path, and remember ... leaflets three, let them be.
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, May 25th ~ Receive 15% OFF*
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Creative Wellness Solutions with Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Many people still feel massage is nothing more than a luxury, that because they don’t have pain or stiffness they don’t need to have a massage. There are so many health benefits to receiving regular massage therapy and because of these many benefits it can actually aid in the management of numerous diseases. The following is an excerpt from a news report on the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation website dated September 17, 2009: One form of treatment that can supplement the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is massage therapy. Recent research has shown that regular massage therapy can help patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease improve in their daily functions, sleeping abilities, self-confidence, walking, and well-being, as well as decrease their overall stress levels. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (rigidity, depression, fatigue, etc.) are conditions that massage therapy has been proven to relieve. The disease is a central nervous system disorder, where dopamine is not produced or received correctly. This failure of dopamine transmission leads to rigidity of muscles, poor balance, and fatigue. Collectively these symptoms can lead to depression, isolation, and low selfesteem. As I have written in previous articles (1) massage therapy can help relieve many of these symptoms in all patients, whether they have Parkinson’s or not. It should therefore come as no surprise that massage therapy has been shown to help lessen these symptoms in patients that do have Parkinson’s disease. In one study performed in 2002 (2), adults with Parkinson’s disease were given either muscle relaxation classes or massage therapy twice a week over the course of five weeks. While both groups of patients showed improvement, the group that received massage therapy showed higher levels of improvement in performing their daily activities and in their sleeping abilities. This was recorded in observations by the researchers, as well as in assessments by the patients themselves. The National Parkinson’s Foundation states: “The benefits of massage are recognized by many people with Parkinson’s disease.” Specific benefits may include: reduction in rigidity and tremor, improvement in sleep, increase in daily stamina, reduction in anxiety, and increased feeling of relaxation. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre on Cedar Street every Monday. We offer three 15-minute routines; the price for one routine is $20. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage or any combination. Chair massage is more convenient than the traditional table massage for many reasons. You do not have to remove clothing, climb up onto a table and no oils are used. We are a mobile service so can be available to meet your unique needs. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 to make your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page often for inspiration, information and upcoming local events!
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May 2016 Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
OPEN HOUSE 2016 Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Celebrating DISCOVERY and INNOVATION in Radio Astronomy • Science activities for children • Technical demonstrations • Astronomy lectures • Come early and stay all day • Concession stand • Free admission! 717 White Lake Road • Kaleden, BC • 250-497-2300 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival highlights the special natural spaces of the Okanagan Similkameen with Jayme Friedt, Meadowlark Nature Festival Coordinator Showcasing the best of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys’ natural environments, the 19th annual Meadowlark Nature Festival is set to go May 19 to 23. This year the festival offers 79 tours including hiking, cycling, horseback riding, canoeing, geology tours, astronomy events, film screenings, events, and photography, painting and writing workshops. “We’ve got a really great roster of events planned for this year. Meadowlark events allow participants the opportunity to engage with experts in their fields, including biologists, botanists, historians, traditional knowledge keepers, herpetologists, naturalists, artists and explorers. There truly is something for everyone,” says Festival Coordinator Jayme Friedt. Listed as one of Canada’s top ten explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine, this year’s Keynote Speaker is James Raffan. Raffan spent three years circumnavigating the arctic circle engaging with people in Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska and Canada. He has produced a spectacular collection of images, sights, sounds and stories, touching on the full spectra of human ingenuity that lie in the remarkable lives of northerners. “James is an incredible storyteller. His tales and pictures are mesmerizing, funny and inspiring. It really will be one of the highlights of the Festival,” exclaims Friedt. Other Festival highlights include: Cycling Tours ~ In addition to the highly popular KVR Birding Cycling tour that newly elected MP Dick Cannings has done for the Festival for many years, this year we also present local history buff and KVR expert Craig Henderson who is leading two bike rides. On Saturday Craig leads the group from Chute Lake to Penticton and on Sunday a second tour will travel from the KVR west of Summerland and returning to Penticton over the landmark Trout Creek bridge - one of the highest railway bridges of its type. Saddles and Sage Horseback Tours ~ A perennial favourite the Saddles and Sage Horseback Tours are back this year. The ride takes participants through a spectacular sage plateau on the Osoyoos Indian Band land located above Oliver. Traditional stories are told and a noontime meal is served. Cottonwoods Birding Tour ~ Syilx (Okanagan) Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Richard Armstrong, and conservation ecologist and author, A. Michael Bezener, lead this rare opportunity to bird at dawn at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands in Penticton. This special area encompasses a complex mosaic riparian habitat found nowhere else in the Penticton area, and is home to many common and several rare and endangered species. Saturday Night at the Movies - The Messenger ~ The Messenger is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it means to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them. Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary is an engaging, visually stunning, emotional journey that mixes its elegiac message with hopeful notes. Painting Workshops ~ Celebrated landscape artist, natural history illustrator and outdoor enthusiast Dianne Bersea presents a watercolour painting demonstration overlooking Skaha Lake in Kaleden. Landscape painter Loraine Stephanson will conduct a plein air painting session at the breathtaking Naramata bench property of Maple Leaf Spirits. All skill-levels are welcome. Writing Tour ~ Nature poet and UBC Okanagan professor Nancy Holmes along with self-described “gentleman scientist” and writer Don Gayton lead a group through an open air discussion of nature writing on the Trout Creek Ecological Reserve. Tickets and more information are available online at www. meadowlarkfestival.ca or call 250-492-5275.
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha)
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Children born in 2011 are eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2016. Parents, who feel their child is not yet ready for kindergarten, may defer enrollment for one year. Please contact Wendy Hyer (250-7707700) at the School Board Office for information on this.
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Placement in your neighbourhood school kindergarten is based on your address and registration date. The earlier you register, the more likely your child will attend a school close to your home. Register at your neighborhood school during regular school hours. A birth certiﬁcate will be required, as well as your child’s BC Care Card, parental BC Care Card and proof of address (i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, lease agreement, etc.). We are also accepting registrations for all other grades (1-5).
If you know people who have moved into our community, please encourage them to register at Kaleden Elementary now for next Kaleden Library After School LEGO is being held on Thursday, May September (for all grades). 26th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Age 5 to 12 years. Please note: Registration is required for this FREE program. Please register early, as there are limited spaces available. All materials and snacks will be provided. For more information, please call 250-497-8066. Morning & afternoon spaces available for 3-5 year olds. Last Kaleden Storytime is being held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10:00 Starting in September in the Kaleden School. am. Preschool Storytime will start up again in September 2016. Call Grizela Dos Santos at 778.931.0070
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101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm
Family Storytime has ended for this term. Lego Night is on Tuesday, May 31st from 6:30-7:30 pm. Community Enrichment Program ~ Information Sessions are held on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 am. Please join us and share your knowledge, skills, and experiences with others. Preregistration would be appreciated. Refreshments served. Door Prizes every week! Please call 250-497-5886 or drop in. • Wednesday, May 4th - “Backyard Herbalist” Jennifer Holmes. Learning to work with the plants we grow, see in our yards, or find trailing along the valley hillsides is incredibly rewarding. Not only do we nurture a closer relationship with our land, but we can craft products to assist our body, home, and uplift our spirit. We will take a look at some local plants and discuss their uses and recipes for creating lovely herbal goodies. You’ll come away with some new ideas on how to work with the plants popping up in your own backyard. • Wednesday, May 11th - “Okanagan Falls is Age Friendly” Janet Black will present a snap shot of where our Age Friendly project began, our accomplishments to date and projects for 2016. • Wednesday, May 18th - “Craft Circle” with Wendie Huddart and friends. Special Guest Ruell Smith with “Miniatures”. • Wednesday, May 25th - “Better at Home” coordinator Myrna Tischer will have special guest Laurie Myers from the Alzheimer Society to help us understand Dementia and how to recognize the difference between general memory loss as part of normal aging and the various forms of dementia. If you are interested in sharing a skill or experience with our community through our Info Sessions, please drop-in or call the Okanagan Falls Library at 250-497-5886. Upgrade your Library card FREE to one of the contest winning designs. Each card comes with two key ring tags to make check out easy! Congratulations to Shirley Dawson who won our Easter Contest by guessing the closest number of jelly beans! Shirley won a water bottled filled with jelly beans and a cuddly stuffed bunny.
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The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students who are graduating from Grade 12 and pursuing further education. At present we have three bursaries being sponsored; Ted and Barbara Gane Memorial Bursary, the Allen Leslie Willis Memorial Bursary, and the Kaleden Fire Department Bursary. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road). • Any community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number, and email. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. Applications must be received by July 5, 2015 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to email@example.com or phone 250497-8140 for further information.
Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal There are many great things happening at Kaleden School, but none of these would be possible without our wonderful community volunteers. Students and staff had the opportunity to express their gratitude to our school volunteers during our annual Volunteer Tea recently held at Kaleden School. All classes performed for our audience of school volunteers, including our One to One Readers, coaches, hot lunch volunteers and other adult volunteers who offer their time and make a difference in our student’s lives. We recently had the good fortune of having two members of Penticton’s Search and Rescue team teach to our students about wilderness survival. Thank you Kaleden community members Kelvin Hall and Brian Lang for an engaging and important session! Kaleden School also hosted a fundraiser on Saturday, April 16th for a Kaleden family in need of support. A great turnout and time was had by all. Thank you for your support of the Watson family. We look forward to having the family back together in Kaleden soon.
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes
Well, summer seems to be upon us despite what the calendar says. PAC would like to remind parents to please be safe when playing on or near water. Spring is the perfect time to double check weights on life jackets. Make sure everyone still fits within the posted weight ranges. Kids grow up and sometimes we adults grow out. Two dates for the calendar this month. On May 5th at 6pm is our PAC meeting. Karen can’t chair this meeting, so I will be at the helm. Expect nothing but the utmost professionalism, while I demand everyone refer to me as Grand Puba. Dust off your dancing shoes, because Saturday, May 14th is the Spring Fling Dinner and Dance! (Please do not actually ﬂing anyone) Tickets will be on sale shortly, so please enquire at the school. Once again, thank you to the community for your amazing support. Our kids really do know they have a village behind them to help them grow.
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Above - The recent Volunteer Tea held at the Kaleden School with performances showing appreciation of our school volunteers. Below on Left - A student tries out some survival skills shown by the local Search & Rescue. Below on Right - Thank you for all the donations and support of our fundraiser to support the Watson family in Kaleden!
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with Ginny Manning The Ministry of Education (MoE) will be auditing the Distributed Learning enrolment data reported in February 2016 to ensure the enrolment lines up with the funding provided. The MoE periodically audits enrolment in various areas. Superintendent Hyer has developed a protocol that schools follow to ensure the enrolment is done correctly and avoid funding being taken back. The District was successful in its application for a $52,416 Early Learning Centre grant from the Provincial Office of the Early Years. Additional funding for four subsequent years is possible after review of the centre in its first year. The School District, in partnership with Penticton and District Community Resources Society (PDCRS) and Summerland Early Years Table will implement a multi-community Early Years Centre, offering a one-stop shop ‘family hub’ that focuses on the early intervention and Kindergarten readiness for young children and their families within the region. Summerland, Kaleden, Naramata and Penticton will host the program one day/week to start. More details to come. At the recent BC School Trustees Association AGM a motion came forward “That BCSTA arrange a meeting with the Minister of Education to strongly urge the provincial government to immediately discontinue the practice of utilizing public tax dollars to fund and subsidize private/ independent schools, with the exception of band schools, and redirect this funding to the public school system”. Given that Boards have been closing schools and cutting services and supplies for several years most of the trustees, including our board, from around the province supported the motion. The Board passed a motion accepting an offer of $451,000 from the RDOS, Area E Naramata, to purchase a portion of land adjacent to Naramata School. Currently, the property is green space and includes a tennis court. The proceeds will be split with 75% going to the MoE to be held in a capital account and 25% will remain in the district and may be used only for capital projects. The district will have access to the 75%, but will have to request it from the MoE for future projects. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OK Mini School WANTED: OK Mini School Society (non-profit) is looking for an Early Childhood Educator with a current “Licence to Practice” and “Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR”certificates for our 2016 2017 school year. The successful applicant must be ﬂexible, friendly and eager to work in a school environment. Candidates must be able to work independently, but also be a cohesive part of an early learning group. This position is part-time in the mornings. Please forward your resume to Bonnie Kandulski, Box 6, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R0. If you are interested in registering your child for preschool, we currently have a few spots open for the next school year. Please call 250-8097322 or email Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca. Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm at the preschool. Please come and attend. OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become Okanagan Falls Elementary School has kindly received a thoughtful life long learners. For more information, call 250-497-5576 or email donation of $1000 from the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca. members. This generous contribution will assist our Elementary School in purchasing new books and learning resources to compliment the revised K-9 ministry curriculum to be implemented in September 2016. Okanagan Falls Staff and students send along their sincere appreciation to all Legion members supporting our community school p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 throughout the year with initiatives such as our breakfast program and toll free 877.311.7722 Remembrance Day assembly.
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with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair PAC NEEDS YOU! Calling ALL parents, it’s PAC AGM time! Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30-7:30 pm in the School Library. Come one, come all. We have had a great year and are looking forward to next year. Come and vote in a new council, or better yet, volunteer! Our PAC is made up of parent volunteers. So, no parents = no PAC = no extra funding for anything. Come support our kids and their school. Left - Mrs. Mary Findlater (Legion Representative), Ms. Lisa McCall (School We invite ALL parents to join us for our monthly PAC meetings on the first Principal), and Mrs. Lorraine Harrison (Legion Representative). Right - Ms. Lisa Tuesday each month for one hour only from 6:30-7:30pm in the school McCall (Principal) and Samantha Stanley (student). library. Free child minding is available. If you would like to have an item added to the agenda, please email Ms. McCall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or ideas, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384.
TOGETHER, LET’S MAKE YOUR CHILD’S START TO KINDERGARTEN A BIG SUCCESS! Join us for a Welcome to Kindergarten™ orientation and share in family activities that will help your child have a successful transition to kindergarten.
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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee
Okanagan Falls Elementary News: Earth Day was a great success! Rosemary Phillips, author/musician walked with the students and helped create a school-wide Earth Day song and story celebrating the beauty and hope of Mother Earth. Thank you to Okanagan Falls Legion for their generous donation of $1000 to support resources for our revised curriculum. District News: On April 6, 2016 the Okanagan Similkameen Board of Education School District #53 approved the closure of Osoyoos Secondary School. The provincial government provides our district with money targeted for the education of our students, which includes facility maintenance, special education, staff, equipment, student materials, bussing, etc. Over the last few years, SD 53 has requested increased funding to help with rising costs affecting student education and management within the district. However, the government’s money is allocated according to their funding model, based on student enrolment, which has been steadily decreasing throughout our district, thus creating a difficult financial situation. The government’s expectation is that the Board must balance the budget every year, while putting forward the best educational options for all students while maintaining all our facilities, equipment, vehicles, etc. In the last four years, we have struggled to make sure our budget balance. With due diligence, our administration, Secretary treasurer and Superintendent have done an admirable job in cutting costs wherever possible to maintain a balanced budget. At the same time, student enrolment has been steadily decreasing. We have 3 senior high schools within in our district with a total enrolment of 900 students; however, none of these schools are near their capacity in enrolment. The Board is at a point where small cuts are no longer possible to balance the budget and are therefore faced with a very tough decision, that being closing the secondary school. Our belief is that combining the two secondary schools into one will provide the student population with greater choice of academic and fine arts courses and technical trade electives, while reducing the costs involved in running and maintaining an additional school building. As an elected member of the Board, I supported this very difficult decision. I understand that there are some parents in Osoyoos who are interested in setting up an independent secondary school. Of course this is an option that parents could take; however, my belief is that our public schools offer more courses, a greater variety of electives, and a strong staff committed to supporting all students within our district. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.
Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre with Samantha James
May is a busy month for us. We have our annual Mother’s Day Craft evening on May 4th from 5:30-6:30. Please sign up in the StrongStart room. We have Supported Child Development on May 9th, CCRR and our monthly Storytime with Lynn on May 11th, Infant Development on May 18th, and all at 10am. We are also studying “Transport” this month, so we have visits from the Cement Truck on May 13th and a Police Car on May 20th. Please Note: StrongStart will be closed on May 6th and May 16th for Professional Development Days and May 23rd for Victoria Day. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2015/2016 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.
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Meet Preston and his friends, who all eagerly ride their bikes and scooters to and from school each day. These kids would prefer to leave home a litter earlier each morning for transportation exercise. Way to go kids! Keep up the great effort and perhaps ask some of us ‘older’ folk to join you once in a while in your healthy daily choice. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email email@example.com or call 250-497-8188.
Things To Consider Before Downsizing Your Home.
with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Once their kids have left the nest, many men and women over 50 begin to consider downsizing their homes. Downsizing to a smaller home can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including less home to clean and maintain, more affordable utility bills and lower property taxes. But, the decision to downsize is rarely black and white, and men and women often struggle with that decision. Perhaps the most difficult part of the decision of whether or not to downsize to a smaller home concerns the sentimental attachment many homeowners, especially those with children, have to their homes. The home might be too big for your current needs, but it also was the same place where your son took his first steps and where your daughter lost her first tooth. Saying goodbye to a place that was home to so many memories isn’t easy. But, there’s more than just sentimental value to consider when deciding whether or not to downsize your home after the kids have grown up and moved out Personal Finances ~ Your financial situation merits significant consideration when deciding if the time is right to downsize your home. If your retirement nest egg is not as substantial as you would like it to be, then it would seem as though downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home is a great opportunity for you to start catching up on your retirement savings. But, that’s only true if your new home won’t incur any additional expenses that are already taken care of in your current home. For example, your current home may be fully furnished, while a new, smaller home may require you to buy all new furniture because your existing items simply won’t fit. The cost of such furnishings can be considerable. If you plan to move into a condominium, you can expect to pay monthly homeowners association fees, and such fees are often substantial. So, while the condo itself might be smaller, the additional expenses associated with the property may end up making the smaller home more expensive and prevent you from saving more money for retirement. Real Estate Market ~ There are seller’s markets and there are buyer’s markets, and ideally you would like to sell your home in a seller’s market. But, keep in mind that this might be the same market in which you hope to buy a new home. The nature of the real estate market depends on a host of factors, including geography. If the city or town where you currently live is in the midst of a seller’s market and you are planning on moving to a location where buyers have the upper hand, then now might be a great time to move. But if you currently live in a buyer’s market and hope to move to a seller’s market, then you may end up paying a steep price, even when downsizing to a smaller home. Things may even themselves out if you want to downsize to a smaller home within your current community, but do your homework nonetheless, researching the time of year when you’re most likely to get the most for your home and find the best deal on your next place. The advantage men and women considering downsizing have is that they are rarely in a rush to move out of their current home and into their next one. This gives them ample time to make the real estate market work for them. Space ~ How much space do you really need? Once the kids have moved out, couples may feel like all of that extra space is going to waste. But that can be a knee-jerk reaction, and upon a more thorough examination of the space and your needs you may just find that you can put all of that extra square footage to good use after all. If you have always wanted your own art studio, then now might be the perfect time to make that a reality. Always wanted a room devoted to home theater? Get to work on converting your basement from an all-purpose game room to your own private movie theater. If, after considering the space in your home, you find that the extra square footage really is just upkeep you aren’t especially interested in doing, then you would no doubt like a cozier home that’s less of a responsibility to maintain. If you need any help or advice with your downsizing, give me a call.
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Hi everyone. This is Sharon Proctor reporting from sunny warm Okanagan Falls. What beautiful weather and what a lovely little area we have. Who wouldn’t want to spend their time and of course their Senior years here. The South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS) is a non-profit community based organization that serves Okanagan Falls, Kaleden and our surrounding areas. The society is dedicated to the advancement of affordable and appropriate housing that will ensure that our residents can obtain necessary housing of a standard suitable to their needs. We are currently raising funds to provide Operating Costs for our current project, which is to build Quality, Safe, and Affordable Housing for Seniors. We are responding to the need by coordinating the acquisition of properties, funding of land and building purchases. We are working hard to enhance and update our community profile to attract new partners and funding for our project. Please join us and help us to achieve our goals! We are continuing to acquire funds and we are interviewing Development Consultants and building our Team. Look for us on Canada Day, as well as at the Okanagan Falls Wine Association (OFWA) “Party in the Park” this July. Why not join our ever growing membership and call our President, Robert Mcleod at 778-515-4555 or email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions that you may have. Happy Spring!
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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Douglas Harrison
Did you know ... Lorne Greene, Canada’s ‘Voice of Doom’, sent dispatches from the front on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, heard on CKOK 800 AM during that time. Lorne Greene became an American Old West Icon following the second world war. Hear a dispatch from May 6th, 1943 on www.cbc.ca/player/play/1838087814 Branch #227’s Candle Light Service is being commemorated on Saturday, May 28th at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery at 12pm. Let us all attend that can. “Cinco da Mayo” will be held on Saturday, May 7th at the Legion. Entertainment Chair Bev Van Uden says, ”We are going to have a fun Mexican themed evening with a pinata, drinks and food.” As always, every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 5pm are out ever popular Meat Draws. Show up early for the best seats. Join us on Sunday, May 15th for our monthly Breakfast from 8-11am. We will be serving up pancakes, wafﬂes, sausages, bacon, and scrambled eggs. We hope to see you there! “Hats Off for Keeping Heads Up” ... The Legion recently held their Annual First Responder’s Dinner on Saturday, April 16th, with nearly 90 people in attendance. President Wayne Knight said, “It was a great evening. Too bad Kaleden VFD couldn’t stay, but duty called.”
Special thanks and appreciation were given to our many local first responders during the annual “First Responders Dinner” held at the Legion in April. If there is an event that you require a gathering spot for, why not consider the Jack Hill Room in the Legion. We offer reasonable rates. Care to volunteer? Every member swears to assist in the annual Legion Poppy Campaign. Members can also assist in lots of different ways, which can mean fun activities for you. Give Barb Few a call if you can volunteer a little time for your Legion. Block your last weekend of June, as Branch #227 is welcoming one and all to our annual “Legion Day”! There will be “Free Food, Fellowship and Community”. What’s a better way to end June? Stay tuned for the Canada Day plans in our community, which will include something special at your local Legion. Watch for details in the next Skaha Matters.
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with Shirley O'Connor Big news to report! Merrell and Bruce Cox celebrated sixty years of wedded bliss in March, while Merle and Jim Laidlaw celebrated their union of fifty-six years in April. Congratulations to both couples. We have something new happening at our monthly Pot Luck dinners held on the 4th Saturday of each month. A donation to the Centre will get you a lovely glass of wine, either red or white, to enjoy with your meal. Our next general meeting will be Monday, May 2nd at 1pm. Membership fees are $15/year, but you don't have to be a member to attend meetings. You only have to be a member to vote on issues or if you wish to join a certain activity such as Bridge, Crib, Scrabble, Pool, Music, etc. Speaking of Music, the last Jam Session was held on April 10th to be continued when the "snowbirds" return in the fall. As well, Music and Coffee sessions on Wednesdays from 9-10:30 am are discontinued for the summer. However, on Friday from 9-10:30 am, you can still enjoy Music and Coffee. Another change - Ladies Pool has been moved from Tuesdays at 1pm to Mondays at the same time. Spring is supposed to be a time of renewed energy and vision. It seems that OK Falls is in need of some of that stuff in the form of new members with new ideas. Last month, I reported that we would have more to tell the public about plans for a fundraiser to benefit the Penticton Hospital. As it turns out, the membership voted against the proposal. Oh well. And, that's all to report for this month folks! MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, May 2nd Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am every 1st Saturday - May 7th Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm every 4th Saturday - May 28th Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (May 21st) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Fridays Only Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm Wednesdays Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays
Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Audrey Steeves
A chair covered with a black cloth and one minute’s silence opened the LA March meeting in memory of long-time member Thelma Detjen. President Louise Sax welcomed Branch #227 liaison member Lorraine Harrison and guest speaker Elaine Chernoff who spoke on the Community Enrichment Program, which offers different programs every Wednesday morning at 10:30am at the Okanagan Falls Library. The LA arranged catering for the Annual Sports Banquet on April 23 and for the Antique Car Show on April 24. A brief report of the Zone meeting held at Br #288 was shared. The next LA Zone meeting was held at Br #22 in Summerland on April 24. Help was arranged for the monthly LA Drop-in Bingo the 1st Saturday of the month, for the LA Dinners on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month at 5pm, and for the Friday and Saturday night Meat Draws. Plans for the LA Garage Sale were finalized for May 21, starting with a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Hotdogs from 11:30-2pm. Any member having an item they wish to donate to the sale, please bring to the Branch prior to sale day. Donations were approved to be given to the SPCA in memory of Thelma Detjen, $500 to the Annual Lions Guide Dog Walk, and $500 to the Upper Deck. Since January 2016, donations of $2500 have been given to Branch #227. Meeting draw winners were Evelyn Tufford and Lucy Smallenberg.
Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute with Betty Lynch
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS!! Misinformation, dear reader, massive misinformation that I am guilty of spreading far and wide. Can you believe such major misconduct? So, the July 1st Canada Day celebrations will be held at KENYON PARK, with the gaiety to continue - after the scrumptious Canada Day cupcakes have been devoured by all the kids - big and small, then we head to our LEGION. No more cupcakes, but food and drink for all, I think. The Women’s Institute Annual District Conference will be held in Kamloops on April 30th, and two of our members will be attending. A Country Craft Fair will take place on November 26th at the Senior’s Centre and the W.I. will be participating in that with the appropriate, superbly crafted items for your consideration. Discussion took place on the type of identifying plaque we would like to see in Centennial Park for the bandshell. Two of our members are to investigate the possibilities and report back to us. “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President
Well, another successful Easter Egg Hunt took place in Okanagan Falls on Easter Sunday. The rain stayed away, lots of youngsters participated, and there was a good time had by all. Many thanks to the Lions Club Members that helped. Also, a big thank you to the business and groups that helped us. It is with your support and help that our community is a better place.
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Appreciate wildest Africa at its very best while experiencing an openvehicle safari or perhaps enjoy all that the African wilderness has to offer on foot, by taking on an exhilarating walking safari. Whichever of these unforgettable adventures you embark on, remember to hold on The Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 27th was a huge success! Our Purina Walk for Dog Guides is coming up on Sunday, May 29th. to your senses whilst dining under the Milky Way, serenaded by the The walk will start at 10 am at Lions Gardens. The walk will tour sounds of Africa’s night creatures. around Okanagan Falls, going past the dog beach area in Christie Come and see for yourself the beauty of the Cape with its stunning Memorial Park. And, a chance for the dogs to cool off, if it is a hot day. beaches, coastline and mountains. Enjoy visiting the countless rolling All proceeds from the walk go to the Lions Foundation of Canada to be vineyards of the Cape Winelands region, which also boasts the title of used to train service dogs. Posters and pledge forms will be available South Africa’s culinary capital! Leave only your footprints in the sand and bring home memories which will last a lifetime. around town and at the event. We would like to acknowledge and thank the following for their assistance to keep the school breakfast program going ... Michelle Shewchuk and Rob Hammersley of Black Market Wines, as well as Stephen Carter and Laura Yake of Hawk’s Vineyard. It is through their support that we are able to continue with the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Hot Breakfast Program. Thank you! Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is May 18, 19, 20 from 1:30-5:30 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. To book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca If you would like to be involved and join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, please call 250-497-8486 or talk to any Lions Club Member.
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Spotlight on Volunteers!
BIG THANKS to Linda Dahl for once again organizing Kaleden’s annual “Pitch-In” clean-up event. “Thank you to all the Kaledenites who “Pitched-In” and helped to take 30+ bags of garbage off of our streets, ravines and pathways. It’s shocking that we still have prolific litterers out there, but it’s encouraging to know that others will help to clean up”, says Linda Dahl. “Thank you to the RDOS for bags and gloves, Progressive Waste Management (Roy Aitken) for the bin, Kal Rec support, Skaha Matters for advertising, and of course, to all the good people who care about their environment.”
It’s May and Spring is in the air! It’s also the perfect time to become more active in your community. Volunteering is a great way to become more socially active and help out with some fun and worthwhile projects. It also has many health benefits, including alleviating stress, decreasing depression symptoms, and improving physical health! The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is an excellent community resource for people looking to volunteer. Find a searchable listing of volunteer opportunities at www.volunteercentre.info. If you’d like to explore your options in more depth, contact the Volunteer Centre at 1-888-576-5661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some May events needing volunteers, and that you may want to attend as well: May 1 ~ Walk for Memories - Alzheimer Society. Call Angela at 250492-8806 ext. 232 or email email@example.com. Or, call Judi at 250-809-4662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May 1-TBD ~ Cooking up Connections - South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society. Call 250-487-7455 or email email@example.com. May 7-8 ~ Spring Plant Sale - Runs from 8am-4pm both days at Friends of the Summerland Gardens. To volunteer, contact Eva at 250-486-2303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May 14-16 ~ Move to Defeat Depression - Mental Wellness Centre. Call 250-493-7338 or email email@example.com. May 15 ~ Scotia Bank MS Walk - In Penticton, call 250-493-6564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May 19-23 ~ Meadowlark Nature Festival - Call 250.492.5275 or email email@example.com. May 23 ~ Victoria Day at the Grist Mill & Gardens - In Keremeos, call 250-499-2888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. May 24 ~ Wear Purple for Schizophrenia - Mental Wellness Centre. Call 250 493-7338 or email email@example.com. To volunteer at any of these events, please call or email the contacts listed above. Check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s 2nd Annual Online Silent Auction running now and until May 8th. Bid of a broad selection of donated items from local businesses, such as Golf Packages, a Team Signed 2015/16 Vees Hockey Stick or 2016/17 Box Seats, Luxury Accommodations, Penticton Speedway passes, Gift Baskets and more! Go to www.volunteercentre.info to learn more.
OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson
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Isn’t this lovely warm weather fantastic? We, at the Thriftee Shop, are leaving the front door open during work hours for fresh air. It is really At the 1912 in Kaleden pleasant. 100 Alder Avenue There was a great response from the community for the sale on baby clothes in April. Most of the items went to new homes. All the left over baby clothes were boxed up and sent to an orphanage. There have been a few changes in the shop in April. It is such a great group of volunteers! There are a few openings for either a 2 hour morning shift or a 3 hour afternoon shift once a week. If you would like to learn more, drop in and check it out. Reservations Required The Heritage Society is stepping out! There was a great turnout for the Heritage Meeting on April 7th. It was proposed that the Heritage 250.486.8939 Society sponsor a “Historical Walk” around Centennial Park with tour guide Myrt Niles. The tour would start at the Heritage Complex through the Bassett House, Museum and Kenny McLean Room. Then, go on across the highway to the Park, north past the Kenny McLean statue, to the corner at the Fire Hall. The story of the Hotel will be told there. Then on west past St. Barbara’s and to the Blasted Church. Turn south and learn about the Seniors Centre and the Women’s Institute. From that corner, the story of the school and the Copper Mountain houses. Turn east and hear the history of the Legion. Return to the Heritage Parking Lot and learn the history of Tickleberry’s. The tour with Meredith King would take about an hour. Cost for the tour is still being discussed. On April 25, 1982 the Old Hotel The tours will start May 21st and run throughout the summer. Time site was dedicated as a community for the tour will be 10:00 am, before the hot afternoon. It is all in the park. It was decided at that time planning stages right now. We are really excited about it! For more that a plaque would be installed information, phone the Thriftee Shop at 250-486-6371. commemorating the pioneer families Thanks to those members of the society who on April 18th helped who settled and developed Kaleden. clean up the yard, walkways and patio. It really looks good. Michelle A committee was appointed by has done a fantastic job on the ﬂower beds! Many thanks to all! Kal Rec and they were given the Memberships to the Heritage Society are still $15.00 a year. So, sign responsibility of choosing which up today. Also, the Heritage and Museum has a Facebook page now! families should be recognized. The committee consisted of Ray You can have a look at what is going on with Heritage and the Thriftee Findlay, Dolly Duncan and Jeanne Lamb and the committee later coShop by bringing up “H&M Thriftee Shop” on Facebook. opted Ron King. The committee was given the following guidelines to use in making their selection: Open Tue/Wed & Fri/Sat from 10-3 Accepting Clean & Gently Used 1. The families were to have been a part of Kaleden during the first Clothing & Accessories decade of its existence. 250-486-6371 Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Place - 1145 Main Street 2. They were to be families which had a part in the growth of the community over a period of years. There were some families who were here in the very early years, but left quickly and there were others who came in the twenties and remained to help build the community and both these groups had to be left out because of the guidelines. If you live in the Kaleden The committee chose 20 families to be commemorated on that plaque: (In alphabetical order) Battye, Camsell, Corbitt, Findlay, Harrison, area and need a ride Hatfield, Kay, King, Macallister, Melville, Preston, Ritchie, Roadhouse, please call Robertson, Simpson, Standen, Swales, Tomlin, Whitaker, and Whitman. These families were truly pioneers of Kaleden, not only because they were sinking their roots in a new land, but also because they were venturing into an industry that was new and untried in this area. The plaque was dedicated in a ceremony in June of 1986 and in recognition of the 30th Anniversary of that dedication and in celebration of the extraordinary gift of the hotel site park, over the next few months I will be recapping the brief biographies of these families provided by the committee. Hopefully, these will give you a feeling for the people who came from various parts of the world to settle here, a Experience the Difference new appreciation for their work and dedication and an insight into their dream for this community. Stay tuned.
Sunday, May 8th 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit
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Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.
LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church
“To Mexico With Love” 2016 By Papa Les, Kaleden Community Church
Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am May 9th - “This Changes Everying” ~ A film on climate change will be shown at the church at 6:45 pm. Following the film there will be a time of discussion. Please email the church if you plan to join us. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info
Okanagan Falls Community Church
Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!
Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704
Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514
What a difference a year makes. Last year the To Mexico With Love trip was in constant limbo, as we waited for labour unrest to subside before we managed to make it into Mexico and complete two of our three homes (the third was completed by staff after we returned). To Mexico With Love 2016 was a completely different experience. On March 14th our 42 participants made it through the snowy HopePrinceton and the torrential rains of Washington State and Oregon, eventually arriving in sunny California. With a good night’s rest in San Diego, we arrived at our destination - Don Diego’s RV Park in Vincente Guerrero, which would become home base for the next eight days. This year would see us move to a new community to build our two homes. The hillside community of Camalu, with its sweeping view of the valley below, would become embedded in our hearts as we loving built, engaged in conversation, play and lots of fun with our two families and many neighbourhood children. It was warm and sickness would limit some, but our two homes began to take shape and our families would with great appreciation be handed the keys to their new homes some five days later. This year would turn out to be a very busy time, as 12 homes would be built by five different groups who were participating on trips through our hosts Live Different (www.livedifferent.com). These groups would join us from Ontario, Victoria, Richmond and McBride - some 150 participants strong. It was a pleasure to meet them and share our passion for these trips. Once again, I want to express my thanks to all who have supported our trip. Without your generosity, we would not be able to undertake these life changing experiences. THANK YOU! Plans and fundraising are already beginning for To Mexico With Love 2017, which will see us traveling to the same area to once again build homes for families in need. And, these families will become what the many families before them have - mi familia es su familia.
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Flowers to Eleanor Walker. I wholeheartedly support Eleanor Walker’s protest against removing the name “Okanagan Falls” from the Provincial Park signs. Such a silly waste of tax payer’s dollars for one thing and what does it solve? ~ from Shirley of Okanagan Falls Flowers to John Chambers. Thank you for building a bird house to hang in the tree at the Kaleden Library garden. And, Flowers to Jaynie Molloy. Thank you for taking care of our little Kaleden Library garden and shrubs in the parking lot. ~ from the Kaleden Library Staff Fish Heads to RDOS for not having “working man’s hours” or Saturdays Open at the landfill for yard waste. It is ridiculous this time of year and in the fall. Geesh ... and they wonder why illegal dumping is on the rise ... c’mon RDOS! Enough is enough! ~ from Brent of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the dog at the end of 10th Street in Okanagan Falls that poops near our garbage bins. This should be picked up as children are in this area when putting garbage in these bins. ~ from a concerned resident in Okanagan Falls
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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to three former residents of Okanagan Falls.
DONALD ROBERT NYBO
November 4, 1928 - March 30, 2016 Born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, Don passed away in Penticton on March 30th, 2016 after a lengthy battle with Cancer. Former resident of Okanagan Falls (23 years), Don is survived by his family, wife Denise and daughters Darcy, DeVera and Darriel. Don had many trades and will be sadly missed by his loving family and especially his friends at the Okanagan Falls Flea Market. “Peace at Last“
GLORIA VIOLA PRAILL
November 7, 1918 - March 27, 2016 Gloria Viola Praill, born in Carlos, Alberta, and passed away suddenly on March 27th, 2016 in Penticton Regional Hospital at the age of 97. Gloria was predeceased by her husband Frank Praill. Left with fond and loving memories are daughter Karen (Richard) Coleman, son James Knight, six grandchildren, Kristine, Julie, Ronalee, Xara, Xiva and Maria-Julia. Ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Gloria requested no formal service.
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March 9, 1950 - April 21, 2016 Lorrie Gough passed away in Moog & Friends Hospice House, in Penticton on April 21, 2016. Lorrie was pre-deceased by her sister Louise Hanna in 2009. Survived by her loving mother, Mary Fraser, step-father Doug Fraser, sister Lyndy (Greg) McMurchy, nephews, Michael, Rob, Carlen and Breeya. Special friend Laurie Carncross and many close friends. Lorrie’s beautiful smile and happy personality will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton 250-493-3912
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