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Volume 9 : Issue 5

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Meadowlark Festival 20th Anniversary

with Jayme Friedt, Meadowlark Nature Festival Coordinator Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, Meadowlark Nature Festival offers over 75 tours including hiking, cycling, horseback riding, canoeing, geology tours, astronomy events, children`s programs, film screenings, art exhibitions, Aboriginal events, and photography, painting and writing workshops. Each event is led by an expert in his or her field including botanists, naturalists, herpetologists, biologists, historians, artists, geologists, Indigenous knowledge keepers and more. This year’s Keynote Speaker is Tzeporah Berman. Passionate, profound and funny, Berman is one of Canada’s most influential environmentalists. In her early 20’s, she faced nearly 1000 criminal charges and six years in prison for her role organizing blockades in Canada’s rainforest. Today, Berman is an Adjunct Professor at York University and works as a strategic advisor on climate and energy issues to a number of First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations. As cofounder of ForestEthics, Berman helped protect over 65 million acres of land through innovative partnerships with corporations. Her recent campaign, PowerUp Canada, blends hard information, civic appeals, and a virtual gathering space to push citizens from lifestyle changes to legislative demands. Berman has been profiled as one of 50 Visionaries Changing the World in Utne Reader and was included in the BC Royal Museum permanent exhibit of one of 150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia. Her talk, This Crazy Time, offers a wryly honest, behind-the-scenes, ultimately uplifting look at the state of the planet. In celebration of the 20th Anniversary, the Festival is presenting a Founders’ Gala taking place Saturday, May 20th at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. Founders Richard Cannings, who is now the South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP, Doreen Olson and Lisa Scott will be recognized for their role in launching the Festival in 1998. For a complete look at the 2017 Festival, go to meadowlarkfestival.ca and click on 2017 Festival at a Glance.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “All in the merry, merry month of May”

Well, I guess I struck out last month when I predicted “blossom time” way too early! But, we sure got lots of April showers didn’t we! Now, we are into the merry month of May which is traditionally a time of sunshine and gardening; of festivities and flowers to celebrate the beginning of spring. To start off, we have the ancient traditions Tom Siddon of May Day, the Maypole dance and May Director of Queen on May 1st, followed by Cinco de RDOS Area ‘D’ Mayo - the Mexican celebration of victory, music and dance on May 5th, Mother’s Day on May 14th, then the 24th of May is Queen Victoria’s Birthday. And, how many knew that it is “Clean up your Room Day” on May 10th? Seriously, there are lots of important dates coming up in Area ‘D’ this month, and much cause to celebrate too! Senior’s Housing Project A Go! ~ The big news this month is that a signed agreement has now been reached between Mr. Terry Feeny (Avro Oil Ltd.) and the South Skaha Housing Society, for the purchase of the Easternmost parcel of the former Okanagan Falls Flea Market property at 5080 - 9th Avenue. This location will become the new home for the proposed 35 unit Senior Citizens Housing Project in Okanagan Falls. The three storey structure will be oriented North to South, with the mostly one-bedroom, independent-living units facing to the East and West. The signed purchase agreement and all the required conditions of sale have now been approved by the BC Housing Management Commission, which has also agreed to provide interim financing for the purchase of the land and project development costs. BC Housing will also contribute a $5 million dollar financial incentive toward the construction of the project. There only remains a final ratification vote by the Housing Society membership at a Special Meeting called for in early May to get the project underway. A big vote of thanks to our MLA Linda Larson, and to the South Skaha Housing Society Board of Directors for moving this project forward in the face of many challenges! Stay tuned for more details in next month’s issue of Skaha Matters. Funding Approval for Vaseux Lake Study ~ More good news came in the recent decision by the Okanagan Basin Water Board to award a grant of $25,440 to RDOS to carry out Phase I of a Land Use and Water Quality Assessment of Vaseux Lake in order to identify the likely sources of nutrient loading and sediments which may contribute to the increased amount of milfoil and algae growth occurring in Vaseux Lake during recent years. This baseline study will identify likely pollution sources, and help to develop a sampling and monitoring plan to protect the long term water quality of this ecologically sensitive area. Watering Regulations Now in Effect ~ Watering regulations take effect in Okanagan Falls on May 1st, using the odd/even address sprinkling schedule. Please consult www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca for further details. Similar restrictions also apply in Kaleden from April 15th to October 15th, using Lakehill Road as the dividing line for the 3 day per week watering schedule. Go to www.kaledenirrigation.org for detailed regulations. Proposed Composting Facility at Marron Valley Road ~ The RDOS Solid Waste Management group has short-listed two possible sites for an organic waste composting facility; one of those sites would be located on PIB locatee lands, a short distance north of Highway 3A along Marron Valley Road. The proposed composting plant would handle organic waste from domestic, commercial and agricultural sources, together with sewage biosolids. I and many other residents are concerned about potential odor impact and possible ground-water contamination from such a large-scale

composting operation located near the Area ‘D’ communities of Twin Lakes, St. Andrews, and Kaleden. Due to the potential public upheaval which could come from such a decision, an initial Public Information Meeting is to be held at the Kaleden Community Hall on Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30-9:30 pm. This meeting will offer an important forum for all those who may be affected by the proposed facility. Family Carnival at Kaleden Community Hall ~ Don’t miss this great family event sponsored by the Kaleden Recreation Commission, on Saturday, May 13th from 1-3pm in the Kaleden Community Hall. Music in the Park for 2017 ~ Our “ladies of music” comprising Myrt, Marla and Barb (and Stan, the money-man) have once again put together a splendid and varied program of “Music in the Park” at the WI Bandshell in Centennial Park. The first of seven concerts this year will feature our friend Diego Alcaraz and his Amigos de Mexico, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. This concert will run on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th from 2-4pm. Don’t miss it! Kaleden Information Fair & Open House ~ Sponsored by the Kaleden Community Association and Kal Rec, this interesting evening will feature many of the community-based organizations at work in Kaleden. It takes place on Tuesday, May 16th in the Kaleden Hall from 6-9 pm. There will be numerous table-top displays and special presentations by such diverse groups as the Kaleden Irrigation District, the Old Hotel Committee, the Senior’s Housing Committee, the Community Church, the Hub, the Sewer Committee and a number of Sports and Recreational Clubs. It should be a great evening. I hope to see you there! Who Ripped Off the Flag? ~ I was very disappointed to learn that some uncaring individual or a group of undisciplined kids chose to tear down and steal the Canadian flag and it’s pole from the location where we mounted it in Pioneer Park on July 1, 2015. It was my suggestion that we purchase these new flag poles for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls and raise the flags on Canada Day in 2015. Now, as we approach Canada’s 150th Birthday Party, we’ve got to find another $500 or more to replace the Kaleden flag pole. Shameful! Meadowlark 20th Anniversary Festival ~ Don’t forget to consider taking in at least some parts of the Meadowlark Festival, which runs from May 18-22 this year. Have a look at the many interesting and varied hikes and naturalist-led tours through our unique South Okanagan landscape. Many of the venues are in Area ‘D’ and we are proud to welcome visitors to this very special part of paradise. For program details, please consult the Meadowlark website at www. meadowlarkfestival.ca. Canada Turns 150 on July 1st ~ Ambitious planning is already underway for a big weekend of activities as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday on July 1st in both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. Be sure to participate in the celebrations if you are here. And, don’t forget to Vote on Tuesday, May 9th for the candidate of your choice. We can’t complain if we don’t participate. Happy May Everyone!

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is looking at a potential site above Kaleden for the building of a compost facility. The location would be near 2760 Marron Valley Road about 1 km from Highway 3A. If this site is selected and construction is completed, the facility would receive food scraps, and potentially waste water treatment sludge, from across the Region. An Open House, discussing the potential compost site, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall at 320 Lakehill Road. A presentation will be held at 7:00 pm. Initially, the RDOS looked at 18 potential sites before narrowing down to the 6 top selections. After extensive review, that included feasibility and transportation studies, and odour modelling, 2 sites were selected for public consultation. One is the Marron Valley Road site and the other is the Summerland Landfill. Smaller compost sites are also being considered near Summerland and Oliver for residential food waste. The benefits of a Regional compost site include the diversion of all food waste from landfills, better composting of other organic materials and a significant reduction of green house gases. Local concerns include potential odour and transportation. The RDOS is also looking into the potential for using carts in the curbside collection. Carts are wheeled bins used for collecting garbage, recycling and yard waste from homes. The RDOS has asked for prices to supply carts. If selected, the cart program would be begin operation starting July 1st, 2018. Additionally, the Campbell Mountain Landfill is moving forward with drainage and leachate control projects. The Landfill has also set up bio-cover test plots to test their effectiveness at reducing methane emissions. If the tests are successful and the Province approves the plan, over 8 hectares of the landfill would be covered with a bio-cover; significantly reducing methane emissions. Please check out the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca for more information and an online survey asking residents their opinion about curbside collection.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Annual General Meeting ~ The AGM of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District was held April 24, 2017. Trustees Marjorie Bracconier and Ted Lynch were each acclaimed for three year terms. The Report from the Chair was read by Bob Daly who noted major accomplishments for the past year, which included: • The completion of the Isolation Valve Project, which will isolate sections of the water system in the event of breaks or required service, and will reduce the number of homes and businesses affected during such events. • The nearly complete Asset Management and Investment Plan designed to: inventory all system assets including age, life expectancy, condition, cost of replacement; to develop a schedule for repair or replacement; and to produce sustainable rates to adequately fund the system well into the future. • The completion of OFID’s Security Audit, which has identified potential risks to the safety and reliability of the water supply and includes a schedule to address these risks. • The finalization of OFID’s “Water System Capital Expenditure Charge Summary Report”, which will guide OFID by prioritizing operation and capital projects over the next 1 to 3 years, 3 to 8 years, and 8 to 15 years. 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 Jeff Leidl. Capital Plan ~ OFID has begun the first phase of the capital plan to upgrade water mains in order to improve water flows throughout the system. This phase of the project involves 650 metres of new water main along McLean Creek Road from Mallory Crescent to Maple Street, and also included upgrades to service connections to homes on 14th Avenue from Shuttleworth Creek to Maple Street. The project has begun and construction should be complete by the end of June. You can follow the progress of the project on OFID website. Flushing ~ In order to remove sediment from water lines, flushing is a regular part of maintenance in any water system. We appreciate that it may cause some inconvenience with discolouration of water at the time, but if you follow the tips regarding running outside taps to clear lines and minimizing water use while flushing is proceeding, it should minimize the impact. Thanks to all of you who realize the importance of this maintenance procedure and who tolerate the inconvenience. Communication ~ Whenever we have scheduled events, such as flushing of lines, or emergencies, such as water main breaks, we try to find as many ways to communicate this information as possible: email messaging; electronic alerts; OFID website; tags door to door or signs throughout the community. In spite of these efforts, the message doesn’t always get through. We appreciate any suggestions to improve our methods of communication. Please give us your ideas via our website, email or phone. Watering Restrictions ~ Restrictions for watering are now in effect, May 1st to September 30th. Odd/Even address system. For further information, go to Okanagan Falls Irrigation District website.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District has begun the first phase in it’s plan to upgrade the community water mains in order to improve the distribution system. The goal over the next 6 to 8 years is to bring the water flow up to a standard throughout the entire system in order to improve service to residents and to meet the needs of the community as it grows. The first phase of the project, beginning April 18th will see a new 250 mm water main installed along McLean Creek Road from Mallory Crescent to Maple Street. The project will also include upgrades to service connections to homes on 14th Avenue from Shuttleworth Creek to Maple Street. The project begins April 18, 2017 and is expected to be complete by June 30, 2017. The Contractor for this project is H&M Excavating Ltd. of Penticton. During this time, there will be some traffic interruptions, and possibly times that public in the area of the project will not have vehicular access to their property. H&M will do their best to notify those affected in advance and to keep the traffic interruptions as short as possible. If you have any questions, please contact site supervisor Andy Zeeman at 250-493-4677 (office) or 250-809-2406 (cell). You can also contact Okanagan Falls Irrigation District at 250-497-8541, and be sure to check OFID website for updates on the project.


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Area “D” Community Services Office

I would like to specially acknowledge the dedicated residents of Kaleden. This community is very dedicated and committed to fostering a sense of belonging and wellbeing. The community’s April events featured an environmental tone with Pitch-In Day and Park Clean Up with Shona Schleppe, (held on Earth Day) both very successful events! The May calendar Rural Services Manager Spring is slow to arrive - some positive of events features a Family Carnival on Saturday, May 13th and on signs… the bright yellow flower has been Tuesday, May 16th is the Kaleden Information Fair Open House! seen, the Arrowleaf Balsamroot. It belongs From Beaches to Bluffs ... to the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). • The Lion’s Easter Egg Hunt was a tremendous success - the sun The Arrowleaf Balsamroot is a long-lived was shining and approximately 200-300 youth were in the park perennial forb native to western North on the search. The Annual Pet Value Dog Walk will take place on America. It has been found to contain Sunday, May 28th at 1pm. antibacterial compounds and has been • Thanks to all those that participated in the Pitch-In Day on April Shona Schleppe used as an herbal medicine. The leaves, 21st - our communities look clean and green! Rural Services stems, roots and seeds were commonly Manager • Both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden received a Canada 150 eaten by several western tribes. This year Celebration grant - We invite you to share your ideas and marks the 20th Anniversary for the Meadowlark Nature Festival, over volunteer, please call 250-497-8188 for details. 75 events are scheduled from May 18 - 22. For a full list of events, • Music in the Park events start on Mother’s Day, May 14th starting please visit www.meadowlarkfestival.ca. at 2:00 pm with “Amigo Diego”. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is interested • Sprinkling Restrictions begin May 1st - Remember to only water in knowing what you think about your local government and are on odd/even days matching your address - check your Irrigation conducting both a telephone and online Citizen’s Survey. Significant District Website for further details. sections of the Survey will question residents on Quality of Life, Okanagan Falls Landfill - Open on Saturdays from 10am - 1:45pm Service Satisfaction, Environment, Communications, Information • Technology, and Fiscal Responsibility. As well, throughout April and • Many “Spring Release” events are scheduled for our Okanagan May the RDOS is hosting Open Houses to get public feedback on a Falls Wineries - Visit www.ofwa.ca for a list of wineries and events. regional composting facility, the use of carts for residential collection Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca and an update on capital projects for local landfills. These are important Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca projects and the RDOS seeks citizen feedback. Please refer to www. rdos.bc.ca – Hot Topics – a list of dates/times for the Open Houses Making you feel safe and a link to both the Citizen and Solid Waste online Surveys. The Short Rayed Alkali Aster (SRAA) can be found in Christie Memorial Park on Skaha Lake. The SRAA is a small plant in the Lorne Davis sunflower family that uses seasonally flooded foreshore habitats. Security Professional SRAA is known from only eight extant populations in Canada, one lorne@winevalleysecurity.com of which is Christie Memorial Park. At the provincial level, SRAA is Do you travel and need house check sitting? Are you planning a critically imperiled and red listed (endangered or threatened) and Special Event, needing support in your Beer Garden? Do you under the Conservation Framework this species has a conservation require Mobile Patrol Security? How about using us to provide priority of one. Thus, there is a Stewardship Agreement between FLNR Commercial/Residential/Construction Security? Ecosystems Section and RDOS Community Services to promote the careful management of SRAA and it’s habitat. The plants are sensitive to disturbance while they are germinating, growing, flowering and setting seed (May 1 - October 31). Help us to promote conservation with Sharon Proctor, Secretary & Communications Director of this unique species at risk! For additional information, please stop Hi everyone, this is Sharon reporting that we have moved forward by the Community Service Office for a handout on the SRAA. with our purchase of land for our Seniors Affordable Housing Project In February, a grant application was submitted to Canada 150/BC in Okanagan Falls. There will be a Special General Meeting for the Museums for the securing of Keogan Chimney, we were notified that Members of our Society to give final approval. the grant was not approved. The Chimney is one of the few structures left in the community of Okanagan Falls that dates back over one hundred years. It is a memorial to the pioneers of Okanagan Falls, many of the descendants live in the area today. We cannot neglect the Chimney any longer, taking no action is taking action. It requires preservation to ensure it remains a legacy for future generations. This is one of the few remaining historic places of this era. Stay tuned for an update on a ‘community fundraising’ event. On another heritage and A sample architectural drawing of the proposed 35 unit senior’s housing project. cultural note, the annual opening for the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum is Saturday, May 6th. Stop in and view the new showcases Gardens & Café and the Kenny McLean slide show. OPEN May 1st The Visitor Centre will open on Monday, May 15th. Did you know Okanagan Falls is home to an 108 year old pre-fab home and in The Ideal Location For 1942 ranchers from the surrounding valleys set about building their Your Next Special Event own sales ring. Some things have not changed, in the fall starting lindengardens.ca on Sunday night, the bawling of cattle still echoes across the narrow valley! These are just a few of the gems and legends of Okanagan Falls. Please consider volunteering for a shift in the Visitor Centre, as 250.497.6600 this group has a lot of fun and it is a very rewarding position. Call Barb Café Open 8am - 3pm 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden if you are interested at 250-497-8283.

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with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre is Opening for the Season on Monday, May 15th. We will be ready to welcome tourists from all over the world once again. In 2016, we greeted people from Australia, Europe, Japan, and USA and we are looking forward to meeting many others this season. We also welcome our locals to pop in and see what we have to offer you and your guests. There are lots of activities planned for our community, from Music in the Park to Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations to Farmers Markets to Wine Events to Parks & Recreation Activities for kids and adults alike. Be sure to pop in and say ‘Hi’ and see what we have to offer in our community. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help at the Visitor 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. Did you know? The annual hours of sunshine in Okanagan Falls is 2,032 hours. The average temp during July is a high of 28°C and a low of 12°C, while during January is an average high of +1°C and an average low of -4°C. Annual rainfall is 250mm and snow fall is 73mm. Vistor Information Centre

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All though Spring and good weather has been a little slower on arrival this year, I am sure it will come. Thus, it is a good time to remind people to take care while traveling whether for work, vacation or recreation. The warm weather has resulted in a natural increase of motorcyclists and cyclists on the roads. One of the motorcyclist’s and cyclist’s best areas of defence is to ensure that they are visible to others on the roads. This is achieved by wearing a high visible vest, reflective clothing, and proper lighting. On my way to work in the early morning, I often encounter cyclists riding in the dark with a small light to the front and wearing dark non-reflective clothing. Old bikes all came with fenders and rear reflectors, but that is not the case anymore and as such cyclists need to ensure they are visible from the rear, as well as the front when cycling in the dark. Cyclists need to be aware that they are governed by the Motor Vehicle Act and need to follow the rules of the road to ensure their safety and that of others. Cyclists are required to obey all traffic control and direction signs the same as motorists, and in fact they can be fined for failure to do so. Cyclists and motorists must share the road and this is best done if each obeys the rules and regulations that pertain to each other. Remember, a collision with a motor vehicle seldom has a good outcome, even if you were in the right! Take care and enjoy the road! Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Update with Jen Charlish Well, March came in like a lion with it’s wind and rain and it hasn’t really left us until the late part of April. The blossoms are starting, the bees are humming and the birds are singing. It’s finally Spring! Once again, I find myself privileged to be starting with Thank You’s. First, Thank You to all the people who came out to the chair and table cleaning party in the Hall, shown below. What a great effort! Also, thanks to the organizers of this event, who made sure everyone had lots of supplies and some yummy pizza afterwards.

Kaleden InFormation fair Tuesday, May 16, 6 - 9 pm at the Kaleden Hall Over 20 Kaleden community groups will be there to provide you with information and garner your feedback.

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will be given between 7 - 8 pm by several groups including The Sewer Committee, The Kaleden Hub and The Kaleden Seniors Housing Society Get informed and make your voice heard!

Another Thank You goes out to all the people who participated in the Community Pitch-In event and the Annual Pioneer Park Spring Cleanup event. Kaleden is a brighter, cleaner place thanks to your efforts. And again, Thanks to the organizers that make sure there is food and refreshments at these events. As I look at my calendar for May, it is already a busy month, but I have a couple more events to add. On Saturday, May 13th, Kaleden Parks and Recreation will be holding a Family Carnival at the Kaleden Hall from 1-3 pm. Costs are $4 for adults and $2 for kids. This event is for all ages and will have games, treats and some other neat features. Come out and have some fun. Also, on Tuesday, May 16th, an Open House and Information Fair will be held from 6-9 pm. This will be a great opportunity to come out and visit different organizations and see what’s available in the community. We are still looking for ideas for Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations. If you have an idea for an event or are interested in helping out, please contact us through the information below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs and facility rentals! Kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497-8188 | info@okfalls.net | okfalls.net

Come learn the basics of how to ride your bike with reps from Freedom Bike Shop. Sat, May 13 10:00am-12:30pm $17 per child — OK Falls Basketball Courts Light refreshments provided

This recreational program is designed for kids that are just starting to learn the basics of softball. Fundamental movement skills will be explored through specially designed drills and games for this particular age-group. Parent participation is encouraged. M & W, May 1—June 12 11:05am-11:50pm $40 - OK Falls Gym

Join us for a quick jaunt up Peach Cliff to take in the natural vistas and explore the historical significance of this area. Bring a water bottle and a camera as the views will be worth the effort! We will be meeting at the OK Falls Pub after for a refreshment (not included in price). Sat, May 6 10:30am-12pm $15 (meeting point TBD)

Run, jump, and kick your way to the goal line with this fun program! Toddlers will learn the basics of soccer through customized play games and activities. Parent participation is encouraged. M & W, May 1st — June 12th ( no class May 22) 10:15-11:00am $40—OK Falls Gym

Whether you want to play a game of stick n’ puck or just a board game, we’ve got you covered! Hang out with your friends, and grab a slice of pizza for a night of fun and laughter. Fri, May 5 5:30pm-7pm FREE—OK Falls Community Centre


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Intravenous Glutathione Therapy By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health

Glutathione (GSH) is the body’s major systemic anti-toxin, antioxidant, and free-radical scavenger. In fact, the ratio of reduced Glutathione to oxidized Glutathione is one of the most accurate indicators of cellular health. This makes this valuable nutrient vital for protecting cells from damage, as well as for detoxifying biotoxins and toxic heavy metals. The liver has the highest concentration of GSH in the body, which makes sense since the liver is the most important organ of detoxification in the body. Unfortunately, with aging, nutrient deficiencies, toxicities, and infections, GSH can be drastically reduced, leaving the body vulnerable to the ill effects of damaging substances. Oral GSH is very poorly absorbed; therefore, the most effective method of increasing GSH levels is to inject it intravenously, or to take it in a liposomal oral form that absorbs well. Intravenous GSH has proven effective in the treatment of hypercoagulating blood disorders, jaundice caused by liver disease, and anemia. It plays a critical role in toxic metal transport, storage, and metabolism; therefore, acting to clear these lethal toxins from the body. With accurate testing, toxic metals are found to be elevated in most people today. They contribute to many chronic degenerative diseases, particularly heart disease, neurological disease, and inflammatory conditions. GSH also safely removes biotoxins from the body via the liver. Although GSH is vital to liver detoxification, it also acts as the major detoxifier of the kidneys, lungs, intestines, and all other organs systems in the body. It is vital to immune function and stimulates both B and T-cell growth and proliferation which act to protect from invading micro-organisms and toxins. GSH moderates the immune system helping to regulate both an over stimulated (allergy, asthma, eczema, auto-immunity, etc.) and an under stimulated or sluggish (chronic infections, fatigue, fever, etc.) immune system. Conditions which can benefit from IV GSH therapy are Neurological disorders including, but not limited to: Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Alzheimer’s, ALS, Stroke, Epilepsy, Cerebral Trauma, ADD and Autism. It also has shown benefit in toxic conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and chronic infections. GSH is highly protective of the brain. In one study with Parkinson’s patients, GSH was shown to be reduced by 40-50% in the part of the brain affected by Parkinson’s, called the Substantia nigra. Others methods of increasing GSH levels include eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, consuming bioactive goat or bovine whey protein regularly, and by increasing tissue levels of zinc, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin E, carnosine, B-vitamins, milk thistle, alpha-lipoic-acid, N-acetyl-cysteine and melatonin. GSH tissue levels are depleted by petrochemicals, Tylenol (acetaminophen), alcohol, environmental toxins, household chemicals, toxic metals, and infections. Intravenous GSH is administered from daily to once monthly depending on the patient’s condition and its severity. It is often administered along with IV phophatidylcholine (Plaquex therapy) in a treatment called Phospholipid Exchange to further enhance detoxification and cellular revitalization. To learn more about IV Glutathione in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, watch the video by renowned Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter on YouTube. Once on YouTube, enter the words “Dr. Perlmutter and Glutathione”. The video of a man with Parkinson’s will be one of the first videos shown. For information on this and other leading edge, scientific natural therapies, contact Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, at 250-497-6681 or at www.drtamarabrowne.com.

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FOOT WORKS

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CUSTOM ORTHOTICS BY PRESCRIPTION 90 min. Biomechanical assessment, including gait and pressure analysis.

CUSTOM FOOTWEAR FITTING Including Walking, Running, Hiking, Golf, and Cycling *By Appointment Please*

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Live Well HEALTH TIP brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

Christie Crassweller, Pharmacist

Seasonal Allergies ~ Seasonal Allergies or Hay Fever is a common

problem affecting 1 in 5 Canadians. For many people it is an uncomfortable signal to the beginning of Spring and Summer, when tree pollens, grass pollens and dust fill the air. Antihistamines remain an important tool for managing allergy symptoms and many patients will use these on a periodic or daily basis throughout the Spring and Summer months. As a Pharmacist, I’m often asked which antihistamine is the best. The reality is that there is not one antihistamine that will work for everyone. However, there are some that may be more suitable for certain patients than others. While generally as effective as the newer antihistamines like Claritin® (loratidine), Aerius® (desloratidine), Reactine® (cetirizine) and Allegra® (fexofenadine), older medications like Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) and Chlor-Tripolon® (chlorpheniramine) tend to cause drowsiness, dry eyes and dry mouth and can aggravate conditions such as enlarged prostate, dementia and difficulties urinating. For these reasons, patients are encouraged to check with their Pharmacist before selecting an antihistamine to ensure they receive the most suitable product for their circumstances. If a 2-week course of one antihistamine does not improve allergy symptoms, patients may benefit from trying another. If nasal congestion and runny nose are particularly bad and do not respond to oral antihistamines, patients often benefit from a cortisone nasal spray, such as Flonase or Nasocort, now available without a prescription. If you are suffering from any allergy symptoms, speak to your Okanagan Falls Pharmacist. We are here to help you!

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, May 31st ~ Receive 15% OFF*

*Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon is FULL!

Registration opened on April 1st for the 6th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. Once again, the event registration reached its maximum of 200 participants in record time! If you registered your child and need to cancel, please email carrieferg@hotmail.com. 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, Bullies Pizza, Robbins Drilling, Meyer Family Vineyards, Easy Lock Storage, Patio Burger, and Skaha Matters. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Carrie at carrieferg@hotmail.com. This year’s race will take place on Saturday, June 17th, and once again the sign-in registration tent and bike drop-off in Kenyon Park is the night before on Friday, June 16th. 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.

JEAN MCDOUGALL

250-490-6093

jeanmcdougall@royallepage.ca

SHELLY WEINRICH 484 Main St, Penticton 250-493-2244

250-488-4247

shellyweinrich@royallepage.ca

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join!

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

Access To Recreation For Low Income Families

with Natalie Alexander, Recreation Coordinator (RDOS) It is important that everyone has equal access to affordable recreation in order to enjoy the multitude of benefits that recreation offers. Yet, many children, youth and families still face significant barriers to participation. At the RDOS, we strive to ensure that everyone has access to affordable recreation programs and services regardless of their circumstances. Our program staff plan, deliver and evaluate all of our programs to ensure that they remain affordable, inclusive and responsive to the needs of each community. Our “Anyone Can Join” program provides individual applicants up to $100 toward registration costs per calendar year. If you are an individual or family in need, please contact our Community Services Office at 250-497-8188 for more information.


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Your Can Ask For Your Eye Prescription with Brenda Yunker

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by clients is, “Am I entitled to a copy of my prescription after my eye exam?” This answer comes from the College of Optometrists in Ontario ... “If an examination results in a prescription, the prescription belongs to the patient and an Optometrist must provide it to the patient. The first copy of a prescription is included as part of the fee for examination. An additional fee may be charged for duplicate copies of the same prescription.” Don’t be afraid to ask for your eye prescription, as it belongs to you. And, just like any other product out there ... shop around for your prescription eye glasses and get the best deal on what you really want and need. “Eyes 4 You” is your mobile prescription eyewear store ... We come to you and at your convenience. For more information or to book your next appointment in the comfort of your home or business, please call Brenda Yunker at 250-328-5898. Visit eyes4you.ca or find us on Facebook at “Eyes 4 You.summer”.

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner

Brenda Yunker, CCOA 250.328.5898 Summerland, BC eyes4you.summer@gmail.com www.eyes4you.ca

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Okanagan Falls Multi-generational Events

The OK Mini School Students and the StrongStart Families joined together with local Seniors at the Okanagan Falls Senior Centre for a multi-generational jam session in April. A very entertaining and enjoyable time was shared by everyone present. Fostering a sense of community between generations is important. A sense of community is a feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group. These type of events build a stronger healthier community for all to enjoy. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

Being a chair massage provider and focusing on the needs of seniors has become such a fulfilling career choice. Whether young or old, most everyone gains from regular massage therapy sessions. It is such a pleasure spending time with seniors in our community and providing such a beneficial service to them. My clients often tell me how my massage has helped them sleep better and makes them feel so great! As our bodies age, we are often faced with declining health, many seniors have at least one chronic health condition. Many of these conditions are helped with regular massage by increasing relaxation, decreasing muscular stiffness, encouraging circulation and helping to decrease inflammation that may rest in the joints. One of my biggest obstacles is getting seniors to realize that massage offers so many physical and mental benefits, that it can also help things like tendonitis, bursitis, and respiratory problems, to name a few. Even though massage has so many physical and mental benefits, many seniors are still blocked with the idea that massage is a luxury or something you get at the spa. Please give me the opportunity to convince you otherwise. Come reap the benefits of an incredible, affordable massage and allow yourself to experience the benefits. You do not need to remove clothing or get up onto a table and no oils are used. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com


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HEROES aren’t Born, They’re REGISTERED: You Can Help Those Waiting for Life-Saving Transplants

with Annick Lim, Kidney Recipient in 1999 If you asked me what my passion was ten years ago, I don’t think I would have been able to give you that answer. Today, I celebrate 18+ years with my kidney transplant and I’m so grateful to my donor, my dad. My birth date is May 11th, 1975. February 8th, 1999 was my ‘second’ first day of life! It started like no other I’d ever experienced ... I’ve battled kidney disease since I was born and was diagnosed at 18 months. “End Stage Kidney Disease” came at age 23, which means either you choose to go on dialysis or get a transplant (or end up on a wait list, if you don’t yet have a matching donor). My mom, sister and dad were all tested to see if they might be my match for donation. My dad was my ‘perfect’ match! I’ve since tried to express into words how much his life saving donation has meant to me over the last 18+ years, but I don’t think gifts, cards and phone calls could ever truly translate my sincerest appreciation! My ‘Second Life’ has changed me for the better ... I’ve become saturated into ‘my community’ (of kidney disease patients like myself). I’ve come to volunteer my time in order to ‘pay it forward’, just in a small attempt to show my deepest gratitude. I know that if it wasn’t for my dad’s donation of one of his kidneys to me, I wouldn’t be alive today! It’s given me a chance to get married, travel, work, and live my life! What more could I ask for? Next month, I’ll be a 42 year old ‘girl’ not only surviving, but THRIVING with her dad’s donated kidney who’s 67 years old! ~ Forever Grateful! Remember, you don’t have to be a ‘live donor’ to be a HERO, simply take a few minutes to register your wishes to be a donor once you’ve passed on at www.transplant.bc.ca. The picture show above is Annick Lim in the BC Transplant 2015 Campaign, which to this day still gets mailed out to people who get new Care Cards, Photo ID, and Driver’s Licenses here in BC. Thank you Annick for sharing your story in Skaha Matters.

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet ~ Serving the South Okanagan

Janel Bailey LPN janelmariebailey@gmail.com 250-462-5666

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

Annual Yard Sale Saturday, May 6th

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 pick-up in the Kaleden Fire Protection area on Wednesday, May 3rd after 7pm. Call 250-497-8231 and leave a message. You may also call any firefighter.

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KVFD May 2017 Safety Tip Safe Burning Practices

Be reminded that Open Burning is no longer allowed for the season. Permit applications are required for burning after October 15th, 2017. If you have a backyard fire pit, it must follow the following RDOS guidelines: “Fire Pit” means a non-combustible enclosure, being a minimum of 30 cm in height; having a minimum of three sides, if rectangular; and having a maximum outside width of 1 meter and length of 1 meter; or having a maximum diameter (if round) of 1 meter; and being a minimum of 30 cm in height. Campfires in fire pits are intended for and used solely for the preparation of food and to provide warmth. Enjoy your Spring and please always be FIRE SAFE!

KVFD is Now Recruiting!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter 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 specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.

EAST SIDE SALON Deb and Chad Wetter

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Engineering and manufacturer of electrical apparatus for Mining, Hydroelectric Power Plants, Transportation, and Commercial & Industrial applications. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality electrical equipment to customers worldwide. Power Up! With Unit Electrical Engineering Ltd. 1406 Maple Street, Okanagan Falls

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Spring into Style with Us! eastsidesalon@shaw.ca

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Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm

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Upcoming Summer Events Visit wildgoosewinery.com for more information and to purchase tickets

The new vintage has arrived Visit us in the tasting room, on-line or call for your chance to tastes wines that touch the four corners of the Okanagan; Sun, Earth,   Fruit & Family

Tasting Room Hours: Daily 10:00 – 5:00 pm The Smoke & Oak Bistro opens May 3rd , Wed- Sun, 12 noon - 7:00 pm reservations are recommended

Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, harmonica player, drummer and legend of East Texas Blues/Roots: Randy McAllister. One of America’s true blues/roots originals, and most versatile bluesman in Texas. Don't miss your opportunity to hear him live! Saturday, July 29th, 6:00 pm $75 + fees & GST Buffet dinner Nearly Neil's tribute to Neil Diamond, Saturday, August 26th, 6:00 pm $75 + fees & GST Buffet Dinner

Hot off the press! Gold - Pinot Gris 2016 Gold - Red Horizon Meritage 2015 Cascadia Wine Competition, OR

Watch for exciting news about our Vintner's Club Join now!

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

Happy May Everyone! I hope April treated you well. We are now moving full bull into lawn mowing season, or as I like to call it “Was that a missed Easter egg or dog leavings?” May the odds be ever in your favor! In either case, just leave it where it was. Never worth the risk. May is also the month of Mother’s Day. As I struggle to cram toast into my half-dressed children while kicking them out the door every morning, I have visions of my mother cackling over a cup of coffee saying. “See! I said you would get yours! Ah ha ha ha!” She is still always right. Love you Mom. A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and attended the Lobsterfest. As of these ramblings, there were STILL some donations coming in, so we don’t have a final total yet. However, all the funds will go a long way to revitalizing the basketball court area. Thank you once again for your support. “Did You Know ... By purchasing your favorite craft beer, local wines or spirits at Fairview Liquor Store you can support Kaleden PAC all year round? Just let your cashier at FAIRVIEW LIQUOR STORE know that you’d like your receipt put toward “KPAC” and we receive a percentage! Calendar Time! On May 3rd, we swing in with the best darn meeting in town. KPAC Baby! Be there (at 6:00 in the Library) or B2. (He he ... Math joke.) We bump on down to the bottom of the month with the annual Kaleden Run happening on Friday, May 26th. Details are forthcoming. Lastly, get your flannel and daisy dukes out on Saturday, May 27th, because we are Flinging Spring into a Hoedown! That is right folks, the Annual KPAC Spring Fling is gunna be a Barn Dance (still held at the Kaleden Hall, no barns were hurt during this production). It will be a dance with snacks (no dinner this year), so you can get right down to line dancing. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page for deets. That is it for May. As always, we can’t do this without the amazing community support and love we have. Thank you. Happy May!

2145 Sun Valley Way Okanagan Falls 250.497.8919 wildgoosewinery.com

Thank You from KPAC’s Lobsterfest

A huge thank you to everyone who donated and sponsored KPAC’s Lobsterfest 2017. Once again, this fundraising event was a success because of you. KPAC would like to recognize the following donors and sponsors for contributing to Lobsterfest 2017: Real Canadian Superstore Penticton, WestJet, Fairview Liquor Store, Summerland Waterfront Resort, Nesters Market Summerland, Globally Fair, Beautiful Surprises, Timberchild, 3M, Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Knicknack Signs, Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre, The Hooded Merganser, Okanagan Stoneworks, Laura Weber, Total Restoration Services South Okanagan, Get Bent Yoga and Dance, Leslie Roos, Nk’mip Cellars, Pound it Pottery - Ariane Allen, Flambé Catering, 97.1 SunFM, Rick Johnson’s Woodwork, Peach City Massage, Coconut Express, Dominos Pizza, Green Orchid Massage, Zia’s Stonehouse, Apex Mountain Resort, Kojo Sushi, The Barley Mill, Lang Vineyards, OF Falls Pub, Familia Tattoos, Whole Foods Market, Barefoot Beach Resort, Time Flies, Kettle Valley Steam Train, GardenWorks, T-Bones, Panago, Home Hardware, Penticton Community Centre, Tracey Badger, Backyard Beans, South Okanagan Event Centre, AutoPro, Skaha Ford Penticton, OK Tire, Lordco Parts Ltd., Safeway, Silverwood Theme Park, Triple Play Family Fun Park, Winners, Linda Swales, South Main Market, Cindy LaBounty Abraham, Downtown Penticton Association, Burger 55, Fortis, Summerland Sweets, Mrs. D’s Playschool and Afterschool Program, David’s Tea, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Olivia’s Oils, The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill Kelowna, Thornhaven Estates Winery, Lake Breeze Winery, Ruby Blues Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Legend Distilling, Cannery Brewing, River Stone Estate Winery, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Hidden Chapel Winery, Desert Hills Estate Winery, SummerGate Winery, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Church & State Wines, JoieFarm Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad, Intersection Winery, Cana Vines, Play Estate Winery and Bistro, Constellation Brands, Okanagan Gymnastics Centre, Linden Gardens, Skaha Matters, and last but not least, DJ Kevin Rossion. Thank you!


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School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning The board has sent a letter to the local RCMP detachment requesting a dedicated School Liaison Officer be attached to the district. In the 1990’s, a dedicated officer was assigned to the District. That officer worked in all of the schools to help strengthen relationships between the RCMP and staff and students, provided preventative education, and responded to the needs of the District on a daily basis. Currently, administrators and local RCMP members in Penticton and Summerland have built strong relationships; however, administrators are aware how stretched members are which makes it difficult to focus on prevention work and relationship building with RCMP members in schools. Administrators believe that a dedicated School Liaison Officer would be able to promote a healthy relationship between students and police, while being a resource for students, staff and parents in relation to police matters or other potential problems. The Board has adopted the Okanagan Skaha Strategic Plan and Year One Priorities. It is truly reflective of our district as a whole with the words and ideas of the partner groups woven throughout. The Plan is available on the school district website. As part of the Strategic Plan and Year One Priorities, the Board passed a motion to direct staff to move forward with an RFP (request for proposal) for a technology audit with a maximum budget of $100,000 to be funded from the Board’s reserve. The Board also approved a moratorium on the purchases of some computer hardware devices, without specific permission from the Secretary Treasurer’s office, until completion of the audit and development of an IT Plan. Some members of the Penticton Secondary Diversity Club along with Michelle Glibbery, their sponsor, presented their feedback and personal stories with regard to the importance of the Board’s new SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) policy. They are pleased with the new policy as it supports students and staff in educating around diversity. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call 250-460-3387.

Kaleden Bursary

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students who are graduating from Grade 12 and pursuing further education. 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 address. • 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, 2017 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to don_bailey@shaw.ca or phone 250-497-8140 for further information.

Free Wireless Internet!

www.orl.bc.ca

Kaleden Branch:

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

The winner of “Guess How Many Jelly Beans are in the Jar” was Heather Smith. (Photo below on left.) Heather was very excited when she heard she won the jelly beans and the stuffed Easter Rabbit. The Storytime children enjoyed making and wearing their bunny headbands. (Photo below on right.)

Preschool Storytime ~ Continues on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am. Our last storytime will be held on May 16th. Preschool Storytime will start up again in September. After School LEGO ~ Join us on Thursday, May 25th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register for this program, as space is limited.

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

Storytime - “Pirates and Parrots” ~ Tuesday, May 23rd from 9:3010:30 am. Please join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! LEGO Night Wind Up ~ Tuesday, May 30th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Bring your best LEGO building skills! Duplo available for younger siblings. This is our final LEGO night until the Fall. Community Enrichment Information Sessions ~ Please join us at the library on the following Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 pm. • May 10th ~ “Protecting Grassland with National Park Planning“ - Please join Doreen Olson and learn about the National Park concept. • May 24th ~ “Card Making” - Ever thought of card making? Come out and learn how to make a card with Dianne Gough. If you have a tape runner or double sided tape, bring it along. If not, no worries. • May 31st ~ “O.A.S.I.S.” (Older Adults Sharing Information on Substance Use) - Please join us for Chronic Pain Management and issues of substance use and misuse, medication management, and healthy lifestyles. Book Club ~ Tuesday, May 16th from 10-11 am. This month we feature “Divisadero” by Michael Ondaatje For more information on any of these programs, please contact the Okanagan Falls Branch at 250-497-5886 or okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.

Piano and Theory Lessons in Kaleden Members of BC Registered Music Teachers

Dillys Richardson, ARCT

Carmen Leier, ARCT

250-497-5925

778-515-2592


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with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary U-kulele, WE can lele maybe soon! Okanagan Falls PAC is getting closer to our goal of bringing the benefits of learning a musical instrument into the hands of our students, thanks to Community Foundations! The learning of a musical instrument has been shown to improve the learning of children in many other cognitive areas, such as math and language ... and a ukulele is fun around a campfire (and a lot easier on the ears than a recorder). We were approved for a grant to purchase new ukuleles for students to use in a ukulele program next year. We are still working out the details, so stay tuned. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to hear the sound of children’s voices and ukuleles in the bandshell? For those signed up for the hot lunch program, here are the dates to remember. Bullies Pizza days are on the Thursdays throughout the month of May. KJ Coffee Bar days and menu choices are as follows: • Tuesday, May 2nd ~ Taco Tuesday with salad bar and fruits • Tuesday, May 9th ~ Spaghetti & Meatballs with carrot/ginger soup and fresh bread • Tuesday, May 16th ~ Chicken fingers & baked potato with salad bar and fruits • Tuesday, May 23rd ~ Bacon grilled cheese with tomato or veggie soup • Tuesday, May 30th ~ Lasagna (back by popular demand) with salad bar and fruit Please feel free to contact PAC President, Kristine, with any questions or suggestions at 250-497-6006. We welcome all parents to join us with your feedback and enthusiasm to make things better for our children. PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the School Library with Free childcare. Everyone is welcome to join!

JOIN US FOR CHEF SIMON BOUCHARD’S CREATIVE DINING SERIES

Join us for a Welcome to Kindergarten orientation and share in family activities that will help your child have a successful transition to kindergarten.

Please RSVP to Mrs. Deane 250-497-5414 or mdeane@sd53.bc.ca

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James The Strongstart Centre will be closed on Friday, May 5th as Sam will be attending a Conference. We will be visiting K&J Coffee Bar on Friday, May 12th with OK Mini School. We will also join the OK Mini School and the Kindergarten class for our annual “Bubbles and Chalk Day” on Wednesday, May 17th. We have “Welcome to Kindergarten” on the Friday, May 19th. There is No School on Monday, May 22nd for Victoria Day. We will have our last “Dancing with Miss McCall” on Wednesday, May 24th. 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 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

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OK Mini School OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. We are currently taking registrations for our 2017/2018 preschool year. For more information, please send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.


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MAJOR ART UNVEILING of “THE DINNER PARTY”, by artist Jeff Burgess – May 13th Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the painting for the very first time and to have Jeff explain the complex layers of meaning and storytelling that are always the basis for his major works. Unveiling is at 10:00am on May 13th. Jeff Burgess, the artist and the mind behind "The Red Brigade", the massive ensemble painting at Liquidity known to all as the “Pope painting” will be on hand to reveal his latest large scale ensemble piece know as "The Dinner Party". It melds ancient mythology with Old Masters' painting influences along with a dose of classic literature and modern symbolism to create a work of art that only Jeff could imagine and then create. Please book online at liquiditywines.com or call us at (778) 515-5500, ext 2. Tickets are free but space is limited.

School District No. 53 Board Report

with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee SD53 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: Supporting Indigenous Perspectives Across all Curricular Areas: The Knowledge Keeper program is concluded for the 2016-2017 school year. Knowledge Keepers worked with teachers and students to assist with the implementation of the new curriculum. There is student and teacher interest to continue this program next year and we will work with local bands to identify elders to work in our schools. As we head into Spring, our focus is on the district Pow Wow that took place April 21st and 22nd hosted by SOSS, the Salmon Release, and our Aboriginal Graduation Ceremony on June 21st at SESS. Health Promoting Schools: An application for a Health Promoting School Coordinator grant for the 2017-2018 school year will be submitted to Interior Health, as well as three additional grant requests. These include having a healthy food program provided within Okanagan Falls Elementary and Osoyoos Elementary, having Grade 6 and 7 students of Oliver Elementary and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary participate in a Healthy Food-Healthy Minds program in collaboration with a Home Economics class at Southern Okanagan Secondary, and creating a South Okanagan/Similkameen community collaboration for substance use awareness. We will provide more information if we are successful in these grant applications. Skills Canada Regional Competition: On March 3rd, SD53 sent 58 students to participate in the Skills Canada Competition at Okanagan College in Kelowna. For a small district, we did remarkably well bringing home 15 medals, including 5 golds! The gold medal and silver medal winners represented the Okanagan Region at the Provincial competition at TradeX in Abbotsford on April 5th. Once again, SD53 did very well. The medal count from the Provincials is as follows: Gold - Culinary Arts - Siobhan Detkavich (SOSS); Bronze - Gravity Cars - Sher Sidhu, Nobal Bhathal and Tyson Douangpanya (SESS); and Bronze - Electronics - Flor Rivas Guevara (OSS). Siobhan Detkavich

from SOSS will represent SD53, the Okanagan Valley, and British Columbia at the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg from May 31st - June 3rd, 2017. Kindergarten Registrations: The following are our Kindergarten registrations to date: Cawston Primary School - 23; Okanagan Falls Elementary School - 8; Oliver Elementary School - 31; Osoyoos Elementary School - 32; and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School - 28. In some cases, these numbers are significantly lower than what has been projected. We urge all families who have Kindergarten age children who have not registered their child to do so as soon as possible. OPERATIONS: 2016/17 Enrolment: As indicated in the March 31st, 2017 enrolment report, district enrolment is 2,388.42 FTE. Compared to September 30th, 2016, elementary enrolment increased by 18 FTE, secondary enrolment decreased by 32.41 FTE and YouLearn increased by 86.325 FTE, for an overall increase of 71.92 FTE. Youth Trade Capital Equipment Program (YTCEP) Grant: In the Fall of 2016, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, in liaison with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), developed a Youth Trade Capital Equipment Program (YTCEP) to enable schools to purchase trades training equipment to support the delivery of one of the ITA’s Youth Trades Program. Districts were invited to apply for funding to purchase additional new equipment, replacement of obsolete existing equipment or repair of existing equipment. Purchases could include tools, heavy machinery, trades or ventilation equipment. School District No. 53 submitted an application to YTCEP for funding and was recently advised a grant of $172,443. District staff will work together with Tech Ed teachers and administrators to determine school priorities for the grant. 2017/18 Capital Plan: The Ministry of Education has advised the district of the approved projects from the 2017/18 Five Year Capital Plan submission. The confirmed projects totaling $1.2 million are a sprinkler system upgrade at SESS and change room/washroom upgrade at OSS.


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Real Estate Licensees: Licensing Requirement

Brian Moen

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West It is important to understand that in British Columbia, the person you hire to assist you to purchase your home must be licensed under the provincial Real Estate Services Act. Responsibilities of Seller’s and Buyer’s Licensees ~ In every real estate transaction there is a seller and a buyer. A real estate licensee may be employed as an agent for the seller, as an agent for the buyer, or both. Early in the first meeting with a real estate licensee, the licensee should provide you with full disclosure about the nature of his or her relationship with you, as a buyer, and any relationship he or she may have with the seller. The licensee is required by law to provide this information and explain its implications to you. Your Relationship with a Real Estate Licensee ~ When providing real estate services, the nature of the relationship that is created between the buyer or seller and the real estate brokerage, including its related licensees, is important. The relationship may be either a sole agency, limited dual agency, or no agency relationship. Sole Agency ~ Where a licensee acts only for the buyer or the seller, a sole agency relationship is generally created. The buyer or seller who engages a licensee to act as a sole agent is known as the “client”. There are different types of sole agency relationships. The historical model of real estate agency, referred to in this material as ‘brokerage agency’, is one where the brokerage is the agent of the client, and all licensees engaged by that brokerage automatically assume the same agency obligations as the brokerage in relation to that client. When the brokerage only represents one client in a particular transaction this is referred to as ‘sole’ agency. Another type of sole agency, ‘designated agency’, occurs when the brokerage and the client agree that the brokerage will designate one or more licensees engaged by that brokerage to provide real estate services as sole agent to or on behalf of the client. In designated agency, the brokerage has contractual duties to the client, but it is the designated agents who act as sole agent on behalf of the client. As an agent, a licensee has certain duties to their clients. In addition to the general obligation that all licensees have to act honestly and with reasonable care and skill in performing all assigned duties, an agent has: a duty of undivided loyalty to the client; a duty to keep the confidences of the client; a duty to obey all lawful instructions of the client; and a duty to account for all money and property of the principal placed in the brokerage’s hands while acting for the client. In designated agency, the brokerage and the client agree that these duties - other than the duty shared with the designated agents to keep the confidences of the client, and the holding of money on behalf of the client - are the responsibility of the designated agents. Limited Dual Agency ~ When a brokerage acts for both the buyer and the seller, with their agreement, the nature of the relationship created by contract is one of limited dual agency. In brokerage agency, limited dual agency can occur when the same licensee engaged by the brokerage represents the buyer and seller, or where different licensees engaged by the same brokerage represent the buyer and the seller. Before a brokerage may represent both the buyer and the seller, the buyer and seller must consent to such a relationship. Before providing their consent, the buyer and seller should be fully informed regarding the limits that will be placed on the agent’s (brokerage’s) duties and obligations to the buyer and seller. Designated agency allows two clients who have engaged the same brokerage to have independent representation by their respective designated agents, eliminating the occurrence of ‘in-house’ limited dual agency where the interests of those clients are in conflict, e.g. they wish to negotiate in relation to the same property. Where a limited dual agency relationship has been agreed to, it is not possible for the agent (brokerage or its designated agent) to fulfill all of its duties to both parties. As a result, the duties are limited by contract

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and the sole agent, whether the brokerage or its designated agents as the case may be, become limited dual agents, with their duties being limited as follows: the brokerage and/or its designated agent must deal with the buyer and seller impartially; the duty of full disclosure is limited so that the brokerage or its designated agent are not required to disclose what the buyer is willing to pay for the property, what the seller is willing to sell the property for, or the motivation of either party; and the brokerage or its designated agent must not disclose personal information about the parties, unless authorized to do so in writing. No Agency ~ A brokerage or its designated agent may also agree with a buyer or seller that they will not act as an agent on their behalf in a transaction. In other words, there will be no agency representation. In such a case, the buyer or the seller will be the “customer”, not the client of the brokerage or its designated agent. This may occur when a licensee already has an agency relationship with a seller, for example, and a buyer becomes interested in the seller’s property. In this situation, the licensee is not permitted to recommend or suggest a price, negotiate on the customer’s behalf, inform the customer of their client’s bottom line price point or disclose any confidential information about their client unless otherwise authorized by the client. However, the licensee can provide a customer with other services, such as: explaining real estate terms, practices and forms; assist in screening or viewing properties; prepare and present all offers and counter offers at the customer’s direction; inform you of lenders and their policies; and identify and estimate costs involved in a transaction. Services a Buyer Can Expect From a Real Estate Licensee ~ You can expect licensees to provide you with such services as: helping you to clarify the type of home you need and can afford; providing information about available properties and sources of financing; Arranging appointments to view available properties; providing accurate answers to any questions you may have about a specific home you are considering; explaining the forms used in a real estate transaction and assisting you in making a written offer to purchase; presenting your written offer to the seller; and familiarizing you with the steps you must take to complete the purchase after the seller accepts your offer. Keep in mind that if the licensee with whom you are working is the seller’s agent, any information you give to him or her must be passed on to the seller. It is in your best interest to discuss with that licensee only what you would discuss with the seller in person.

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EVERYDAY SPECIALS Bacon & Eggs ~ $5 Deluxe Burger & Fries ~ $6 11am-4pm Crispy Chicken Caesar Wrap ~ $7

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Tuesday ~ Meatloaf or Shepherds Pie

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

Dear readers, I'm filling in for Shirley today. She's out with the flu. Get well soon, Shirley! I don't do so very well with deadlines. It's too much like getting my book reports in on time. So, please, bear with me. Our Senior Centre will once again become home to the BC Provincial Election voting poll stations. There are early or advanced voting polls set for Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th from 8am - 8pm. And again, advanced voting polls continue on Wednesday, May 3rd through to Saturday, May 6th from 8am - 8pm. These advanced polls will affect our regular scheduled activities, which will be cancelled or postponed rather. For example, our monthly Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 8-10am. The actual voting date is Tuesday, May 9th. Again, voting hours are from 8am - 8pm. Tuesday Bingo will be bumped as a result. But not to worry, the 3rd Tuesday Bingo will be held on May 23rd. We had special guests drop by for Music & Coffee on Friday, April 21st. Miss Bonnie's Pre-Schoolers and Miss Sam's StrongStart kiddies came by (along with a half-dozen Mommies) to visit and entertain us with their little action songs. They were quite a sight to see, trooping into the hall, holding onto their walking rope, with their tambourines and shakers held tightly in hand. They started dancing and shaking to the music that was being played by Friday's band (guitar players Jack Hest, Malcolm McKay, Verna Schreiber and Loraine Thompson with Lloyd Gloer playing Bass guitar and Loraine and Jack singing). Gramma Moreen got up to dance with the kids. They sure had good timing and rhythm. Maybe some will go on to become dancers and musicians one day, once they've grown a wee bit more of course. Everyone joined in on a final chorus of "You Are My Sunshine". Such a short, but sweet, visit. And, the kiddies were so very much enjoyed. Hopefully, we'll do more of these visits in the near future. Thank you for joining us! Some days this place is so very busy, and others not so much. With all the lively exuberance displayed by our young guests, it's a sober reminder that occasionally we are also hosts to sadder events like funerals. Such was this past week, starting with Thursday's Exercise classes, and card games, Friday Music & Coffee with our young guests, and Saturday was a 'Celebration of Life' followed by our monthly Potluck. Be sure to join us on Monday, May 1st for our monthly General Meeting. We will be having an in-house demonstration of an AED (defibrillator). This will be done by a qualified Red Cross representative. As we are getting our own AED unit, this is a great opportunity to come out and see what they're all about. Any questions of hows and whys will be answered. The unit that we're getting is supposed to be 'dummy-proof' (my words), and will only operate if the person is in actual need of assistance. So, no one will be unduly shocked, willy-nilly. Apparently, the unit is able to tell whether the patient has a heart issue or a panic attack. Pretty amazing stuff! Come out and see for yourself. Remember to pick up your calendars, or check with activity leaders, as some programs will be taking their Spring/Summer Siesta and won't resume until September or October. Finished by May 1st is Shuffleboard, Carpet Bowling, and Scrabble. The Music Jams will resume again in October. Canada Day is coming soon and our great country will be 150 years young. Our Senior Centre will start the day off with our monthly Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. There is also the possibility that we will host a Drop-In Bingo that day as well. Be sure to check in with us for next month. I think that's it for now. I apologize if I've missed anyone or anything. But, you know where we are and you can drop by anytime the Centre is open. Ciao for now! ~ Chatty Patti H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Sharon’s Care Services for seniors

Transportation, Personal Care, Companionship, Respite & Light Housekeeping Duties Contact Sharon at 250.770.0497 thompson298@hotmail.com

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Spring Cleaning Time

with Patty Irwin It’s spring cleaning time for your yard and home! I can help organize and clean your home. Detailed spring cleaning is my speciality and I also love working in the yard. Yard clean-up, weeding, light pruning, raking the lawn, preparing the beds for planting, or just tidying up the edges and sweeping the sidewalk ... What ever is needed, just give me a call. I can also shop for annuals and perennials that grow well in our climate and are deer resistant. I am happy to extend a $10 off coupon for all first time costumers with a two hour minimum booking for the month of May! “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your Spring Cleaning, so call Patty at 778-889-9725 today.

Patty Irwin ~ Services for the Heart & Home

H&M Thrifty Boutique

Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10-3 250-486-6371

MARK YOUR CALENDAR General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, May 1st Advanced Voting Polls ~ 8am-8pm on May 3, 4, 5 & 6 BC Provincial Election Day ~ 8am-8pm on Tuesday, May 9th Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am on Saturday, May 13th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm on Saturday, May 20th Potluck Dinner ~ 5:30pm on Saturday, May 27th Canasta ~ 10am the first 3 Mondays of the month Exercise Classes ~ 9am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm May 2, 16 & 23 Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Bridge Club ~ 1pm Thursdays Cribbage ~ 7pm Thursdays

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Okanagan Falls Legion members make a difference in the lives of veterans every day. Help the Legion support our veterans. Without legion members, we can’t provide the support. Every member counts. Come down to Branch #227, see what we are all about. Saturday, May 13th ~ Sports Banquet. Dart and Shuffleboard Leagues wrap up with our Sport Banquet. Please join us! Tuesday, May 16th ~ General Meeting. Always the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm. Sunday, May 21st ~ Pancake Breakfast. Every 3rd Sunday of the month is our Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under are Free! Come on down, and let us do the cooking for you. Saturday, May 27th ~ “13 Broken Bones” plays Live from 7-10pm. On the menu that night is a Spaghetti Dinner for just $7 each. Friday & Saturday Night ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starts at 5pm. Our Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Monday is Membership Appreciation Day ~ Please join us! Come down and check on our billiard table and shuffleboard. Why not stay and play a few games. Volunteer Recruitment ~ Volunteers are need for the Meat Draws and 50/50 Draws, as well as bartenders. It is fun and easy to volunteer! If you’re interested, call 250-497-8338 and leave a message. I would like to put a thanks out to all our volunteers at our branch. You time and effort is greatly appreciated! Reminder: 2017 Membership are Due ~ Paid members can pick up their cards at the Legion’s bar. For membership inquiries, please contact Trudy or leave a message 250-497-8338. Check out our Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Barb Few

As we draw towards our summer break, we are holding our General Meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd. And, preparing for some of our members to head for our convention in Surrey on Saturday, May 6th. Also on this date, we will be holding our usual Bingo at 1:00 pm. On Saturday, May 13th to mark the close of our Legion sporting events, there will be the annual Sports Banquet starting at 6:00 pm. The cost is $14 each, which will include a variety of cold cuts, a choice of salads, lots of other goodies, and of course desert. Tickets will be available from the Legion Bar and can be held by phone. Our wind-up meeting will be at the Heritage Museum, where members can see for themselves the lovely Bassett House, the beautifully equipped Museum with it’s new shelving, and the log cabin housing the Kenny McLean collection. After this, we will have a picnic in the park grounds (bring your own sandwiches). Even though we will be closed for the summer (no regular meetings), the Ladies will still be busy preparing food for events, as well as each month preparing and serving the food for the Music in the Park concerts.

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250-492-5754 Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

How about we try this one more time? Spring is finally here, well maybe. In the meantime, we have had another successful Easter Egg Hunt. Lot’s of Easter eggs stuffies and other prizes for the children. Many thanks to the people and business that supported us. Your help is much appreciated. (Below ... The hunt is underway!)

Our support of the Lions Foundation of Canada PET VALUE Dog Walk continues. Join us on Sunday, May 28th at Lions Gardens in Okanagan Falls. Registration will start at 1:00 pm and the walk starts at 2:00 pm. The Foundation raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. So, let’s enjoy a fun day out in our community. Walk with your friends, family and co-workers. The event is pet friendly and everyone is welcome, so let’s all be a winner by supporting the Dog Walk where 100% of the funds you raise will go towards helping Canadians needing a helper dog to give them the freedom we all enjoy. For more information on the 2017 Pet Value Dog Walk, please visit www.walkfordogguides.com/about. Scroll down and under the “Quick Links” click on “Donation Forms”. I encourage you to invite your dog friends and their masters to join you in supporting this great cause. Blood, it’s in you to give. The next Blood Donor Clinic is May 15th and 16th at the Penticton Senior Drop In Center. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and or volunteer, go to www.blood.ca or call 1-888236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club is pleased to have a New Website and Facebook page. Search ‘OK Falls Lions Club’ on the web today! • www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ • www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub If you wish to join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, talk to a Lions Club Member or call 250.497.8486.


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Spotlight on Volunteers

Upgrade to ENERGY STAR® & Save!

Pitch-in Day Success!

Are you shopping for a new clothes washer, dryer or refrigerator?

L - Kaleden Pitch-in Volunteers are ready to get at it ! R - Garbage collected in Kaleden alone.

On Friday, April 21st, volunteers in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls joined together for Canada’s Pitch-in Day. Let’s challenge each other, now that our communities are looking so great, to keep them that way. Do your part to pick up garbage daily. Ensure you always recycle too.

Purchase a qualifying ENERGY STAR® fridge, clothes washer or dryer and get up to a $100 rebate from FortisBC. It’s now easier than ever to upgrade to high efficiency and save on your energy costs year after year. More information is available at your appliance retail store, www.fortisbc.com/rebates, or call 1-866-436-7847.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

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

Volunteer In Your Community!

There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!

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with Barb Few, Committee Member It doesn’t seem possible that our first concert will be this month! But, on Sunday, May 14th bring your Mothers, Aunts, Dads and Children to the afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm and running until 4:00 pm. Snacks will be available from the Ladies Auxiliary and all you have to do is bring your chairs. We had hoped to have two school choirs to entertain, but unfortunately this was not forthcoming. However, what we do have is very exciting and colourful. We have been very lucky to have “AMIGO DIAGO” with his dancers and singers to get your feet tapping to a Mexican Fiesta. He will get all the children dancing with him and may even get the rest of you up and swaying too! You can be sure this will be an exciting, happy event, with special thanks to FortisBC our event sponsor. Next month, since we are recognizing Mother’s Day this May, we will recognize Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18th with Elvis (a.k.a. JEFF BODNER) and TERRI BREMNER. Last year, the park was filled for this concert, so be sure to come early. The concert starts at 5:00 pm and will run until 9:00 pm. You can have your supper starting at 4:00 pm with the Ladies Auxiliary serving up something tasty. Once again, a special thank you to our sponsor Brian Moen of Royal Lepage.

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Meyer Family Reunion Spring Release Party | Saturday, May 20th New release wines, BBQ & live music in the vineyard

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...

In 1980, members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department donated $2,000 from their annual BBQ to the expansion of the Community Centre. Other donations were $2000 from the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute, $10,000 from the Weyerhaeuser Mill and $3,000 from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club Other things that happened in 1980, were as follows ... A Camero went over the edge on Waterman’s Hill, going down more than 100 feet. Luckily, only minor injuries resulted. The Fire Hall budget was set at $28,630 for 1980 and $25,000 for Kaleden’s budget. Rent for a 3 bedroom home with full basement, garage and workshop went for $325 a month. Okanagan Falls IDA Pharmacy opened in March 1980 and the bakery next door opened 2 weeks later. The Women’s Institute celebrated their 50th Anniversary in April that same year. Okanagan Falls United Church celebrated their 50th Anniversary too. The church was originally moved from Fairview in 1929. The church was dismantled by using dynamite to loosen the nails. A fireman’s vehicle was stolen from his home and torched on McLean Creek Road. He did not attend the call. Mount St. Helens erupted with ash falling over half of BC. Many locals scooped up the ash for souvenirs. The mini word processor jumped into the word market. The minimum wage soared to $3.65 from $3.40. McLean Creek Road had cars lined up between Kenny McLean’s ranch and Lloyd Niddery’s ranch. Almost half a mile with an estimated 200 cars and some of the road was blocked. About 20-25 cars were towed to open the road. Older teenagers from all over BC were here for a swim meet and ended up having small parties along that stretch of road.

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The long weekend of August 1980 was very busy for the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. Five calls for fire were delt with and one medical. The one call was an out of control beach fire, then four grass fires. A car going straight into the lake on Main Street. (I think he ran out of road?) Also, reports of gun fire on Cedar Street. A break-in at the IDA drug store and nine complaints of noisy parties. A record crop of apples for 1980, being 9.5 million - 42 lb. boxes. The largest in 34 years! This translates into 1.2 billion apples, and they were all hand picked! To be continued ... Safety Tip: Now is the time to clean up any unwanted leaves, branches, rubbish, etc. Minimize the fire risk before the heat arrives.


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Help Capture Today ... For Tomorrow!

A local committee is currently working to fill a Time Capsule for Centennial Park to be buried on July 1st. The photo below is a perfect example of what they are looking to capture as a glimpse of today for the Time Capsule, which will be opened on July 1, 2067. This future date would mark Canada’s 200th Birthday, 100 years of Centennial Park, and 50 years later for the opening of this Time Capsule. The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2017. Please drop off photos, brochures, menus, small items from today, etc. to Okanagan Falls Elementary School. “Help capture today ... for tomorrow!”

Seeking current photographs, brochures, menus, small items from today, etc. to go into our Time Capsule on Canada Day. Please Note: Paper submissions cannot exceed 8.5 X 11 inches in size. Items must be very small in order to fit in.

Morrie Thomas was the manager of the Southern Interior Stockman’s’ Association from 1966 - 1988. These are some of the staff at the stockyards during that time. L-R Morrie Thomas, Pat Hedlund, Lisa Jackson, Art Bubar, Fred Lindsay (back), Mary Manning, Dave Evans, Keith Loveridge (back), John Greschner, Bernie Chapman, Steve Dunsdon (back), Arnold Stanley, Dolly Duncan, Jack Best, Kevin Thompson, Doreen Baumgartner, Bob Pearce (back), Lloyd Chapman, Wally Windser (back), Glenna Chase, Elford Cossentine (back), Allan Chapman, Wendy Huddard, Karen Whiskin, and John Francis. Photo courtesy of Doug Cox.

Drop off submissions at Okanagan Falls Elementary School (1141 Cedar St.) BEFORE June 8, 2017 Our Time Capsule will be placed in Okanagan Falls Centennial Park on July 1, 2017. It will be opened in 50 years on Canada’s 200th Birthday & the 100th Year of Centennial Park.

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Spring days seem to be getting a little longer and stronger. We aren’t out of April’s showers just yet, but it won’t be long till they are finally behind us. The April Heritage Meeting was well attended. Points of interest are that the “Grand Opening of the Museum and Bassett House” will take place on Saturday, May 6th. The Bassett House will be open and tour guides will be on hand to take folks through. Our new show cases are just what the Museum needed. All will be open for your walk through. The day starts at 10 am and will stay open till 3 pm. The Summer Barbecue was moved back to Sunday, July 23rd. More on that in next month’s Skaha Matters. The Thrift Shop is doing well and some of our volunteers who go away for winter are returning for a shift or two. The next meeting of the Heritage Society will be held on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 pm in the H&M Thrifty Boutique.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

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with Meredith King In light of the upcoming 150th Birthday of Canada, we decided it would be good to look again at some of Kaleden’s more famous landmarks.

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The Old Hotel was built in 1911 and was a really remarkable undertaking for such a small village, but the developer, Jim Ritchie, saw Kaleden as a major hub of activity for the region. He planned to make Kaleden a major service centre for the mines and small communities scattered along the forty ninth parallel and for a while that is exactly what happened. The construction of the hotel was an amazing challenge to Harry Tomlin, the general contractor from Summerland, who was in charge. The concrete for the shell of the building was mixed on site and laboriously pushed in wheelbarrows along scaffolding which encircled the building, going ever higher as the work progressed, until finally all 4 stories were completed. The hotel was a grand establishment and was a lot fancier and had far more amenities than the humble homes that surrounded it. At the point of its construction, most families still lived in tents and those who were lucky enough to have houses, had outdoor toilets and no running water or electricity. The hotel, on the other hand, had all those things and much more. It had its own power plant, using a water driven generator, running water, indoor plumbing, a huge commercial kitchen, two dining rooms and a grand rotunda entry with a huge fireplace. A destination hotel that rivalled all others available in the valley. Each luxurious room had electricity, its own bath with hot and cold running water, as well as an outdoor sleeping porch for those warm summer evenings. There were two dining rooms. A formal one with linen tablecloths, china dishes and silver cutlery serving the travelling public. A second, more utilitarian dining room met the needs of the many single men working in the community. The hotel also had a large garden planted on the slopes below Pine Street. It produced flowers and fresh vegetables for the kitchen of the hotel. The hotel was closed down during the Great War when development funds from England were shut off, but perhaps closure was inevitable with the development of better roads and faster transportation which made a stopover point in this little community a minor requirement. The hotel was purchased and dismantled by a Penticton businessman, in the mid 1940s, and he salvaged and sold all of the materials he could. He then sold the shell, for a dollar, to Jim Goodwin, who owned the store across the road. Ownership was transferred to Jim Robertson and Fred King and then finally, in 1982, to the community, where it and the land around it are designated a park. It has stood, for over 100 years as a testament to the vision and drive of James Ritchie and also as a reminder of a more gentle and elegant time in our history. It is the defining historical monument of Kaleden and I wonder what steps will have to be taken to preserve it for future generations.

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Kevin Haynes Thompson

September 19, 1961 - April 6, 2017 On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Kevin Haynes Thompson of Okanagan Falls, passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 55 years. He was predeceased by his mother Sharon Thompson. Kevin will be fondly remembered by his family including wife Cheryl; father Tony; brother Wade (Tracy); stepson Joe Needoba (Tawnya Peterson); stepdaughter Lisa Needoba (Mike Watson); five grandchildren; niece Haley Thompson; nephew Taylor Thompson; as well as many extended family and friends. Over the years, Kevin worked as a paver, hay farmer, horse caretaker, and with the BC Livestock Co-op from whom he recently received a commemorative Silver Belt Buckle engraved with his name celebrating 40 years of service. Kevin loved camping in the bush, fishing, gardening, travelling, and especially his cherished dogs and cats over the years, who often camped with them. Kevin and Cheryl enjoyed trips encompassing the coast of North America, from Alaska to the Panama Canal, as well as the Caribbean. A Celebration of Life will be held at his home in the rose garden Kevin planted, when it is blooming in June. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

To Mexico With Love 2017 with Les Clarke, Group Leader

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Email: kalgarden@shaw.ca / Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

“To Mexico With Love 2017” is now completed and was a humbling and emotional experience for all of us. On March 20th, our 30 participants made it South encountering torrential rains and wind through Northern California before arriving in Southern California. With a good night’s rest in San Diego, we arrived at our destination - at Okanagan Falls Community Church the “big” house in Zappta, just north of Vicente Guerreo, which would Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm become home base for the next eight days. Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm This year would see us move back to Padre Kino - a community where Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm we had worked in past years - to build our two homes. The community 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 of Padre Kino has been home to us for 8 house builds and many Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! friendships and family connections were renewed during our 5 days of building and visiting in the community. It was a very hot, dry and windy Okanagan Falls United Church build, but our two homes began to take shape and our families would Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers for May: May 7th - Nancy Wyse; May 14th - Judi Ritcey; with great appreciation be handed the keys to their new homes. Some mechanical issues with our bus delayed our departure home by 12 May 21st - Mark Bedford; and May 28th - Victor Ince. hours, but good spirits and a wonderful team attitude made the delay All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. go by quite fast. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 Once again, I want to express my thanks to all who have supported www.okfallsunited.ca our trip. Without your generosity, we would not be able to undertake Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service these life changing experiences. I want to say a special THANK YOU Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am to all who have supported us over the years with your donations to the 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Bottle Depot. Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 Although leadership changes seem evident, plans and fundraising are already beginning for “To Mexico With Love 2018”, which will see us St. Barbara’s Anglican Church traveling to the same area to once again build homes for families in Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th need. And, these families will become what the many families before Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. them have ... “mi familia es su familia”. ~ Les Clarke Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm Held at Kaleden Community Church

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

The Kaleden Bottle Depot Is Under New Management

The bottle collection depot in Kaleden will be changing management as of May 1, 2017. For the past 12 years, the depot has been a very significant source of funding for the annual “To Mexico With Love” humanitarian house building trip. However, with a recent change in leadership, the Mexico trip will no longer be managing the depot. Kaleden Community Church will now look after the depot with the profits being shared by the following participating non-profit groups: “To Mexico With Love”, Kaleden Museum Committee, Kaleden Community Church, and the Kaleden Community Association. The management team invites other non-profit organizations who wish to participate to contact Greg Masson at 250-497-8305 for details.

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Flowers or Fish Heads?

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Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs Flowers to the RDOS for opening the Okanagan Falls Landfill on $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) Saturdays. I have been wanting this service for over a decade, so I $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area) am very thankful! ~ From Jason of Okanagan Falls 250.493.3912 (24 hrs) Fish Heads to the group of women walking their large dogs above Peachcliff Drive and Big Horn Mountain Estates on Monday, April 1st. 101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 BC Lic# 49382 www.crediblecremation.com They allowed them to chase the sheep on Conservatory Land. Don’t they realize that these beautiful animals are protected? Many people are very angry and this incident is very serious! Pictures taken will be held as evidence should future incidents occur. with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls ~ From Ron D. of Okanagan Falls Easter is now past and we look forward with great anticipation to a warm Spring and hopefully a hot Summer. Most of us cannot wait to Book Your Regular Weekly Clean Now! get out into the garden and tidy up the flower beds, etc. Speaking of tidying up, those of you who have been thinking of making your final arrangements, now is a good time to take care of that. If you need to make a Will, or update an existing one, please attend to it as soon as Call Nancy at 250.493.2277 or 250.485.2026 possible. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is here to assist you 24 hours. We offer sensible prices for practical people with superior service to all that we serve. Cremations are completed in Penticton. For BC Business Licence #48999 further information, please call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email Dy de Vos crediblecremations@shaw.ca.

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BERNADETTE “BERNIE” DIACHUK

Bernadette Theadora (nee) Berlinguette We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bernadette “Bernie” Diachuk on March 22, 2017. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Bernie will be sadly missed. Lovingly remembered by Gordon, her husband of 52 years, mother-inlaw, Ann Diachuk, son, Glen (Charlene) Diachuk, daughters, Darlene (Ian) Williams and Michelle Paradis. Grandsons, Stephen, Ryan, Grant, Kyle and Tyler. Brother, Alex (Celine) Berlinguette, step-mother, Mary Coombes Berlinguette, George Berlinguette, Ben (Christine) Berlinguette. Half sisters, Shirley (Chris) Yuschyshyn, Ester, Connie, Linda (Roger) Girard, Debbie (Darryl) Yuschyshyn, nieces, nephews and cousins. Bernie is pre-deceased by her parents, Amelia and Bernard Berlinguette, brother, Joseph and father-in-law, Mike Diachuk. The family would like to thank the Ladies Auxiliary Branch #227 of Okanagan Falls, Terry and Bev Clark and friends for their support. Arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 250-493-3912

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications.

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Join us for our NEW Crown Premium Experience King’s Ransom, Library Wines & Small Bites Call to book your spot today!

Save the Date Mother’s Day at Noble Ridge & Stampede Breakfast Visit us online for details and bookings.

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If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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