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Skaha Matters

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May 2018

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The 1st Colour Issue! By Myleen Mallach, Publisher

Since the beginning of Skaha Matters in August 2009, this community newsletter has been printed in black and white each month. Viewing the colour version online was a visual treat. From the start, it has always been the determined goal to reach colour in print one day. Well, that one day is finally here! I trust this Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher first colour edition is one that you are Okanagan Matters Publications super delighted to read cover to cover. A HUGE Thank You to each and every one of you ... the loyal readers, the dedicated content contributors, the committed advertisers ... this is your community newsletter to use and enjoy!

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Published by Okanagan Matters Publications skahamatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 www.SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All Up To Date residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Weekly Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations eCalendar! also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit our website. Sign Up Online Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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We are excited for the coming season of “Music in the Park”. We have 5 special programs scheduled for this summer. All programs will be in the Women’s Institute Bandshell, held on a Sunday, and all music will be starting at 5 pm. So, mark your calendars now! 1. The first Music in the Park venue will be June 17, Father’s Day. The “Rob N’ Walker” Band will kick us off with their popular sound of country, old rock and toe tapping rhythm. It will be a rousing start to the Music in the Park. 2. Second will be the big Canada Day event. “The Penticton Concert Band” and the “Thursday Night Jazz Band” and “Penticton Jazz Band” will all perform on Canada Day. They were very popular last year. 3. On July 22, we have two local musicians. Cindy Ducett from Osoyoos will start the program at 5 pm and will sing for an hour and a half. Following her, will be Okanagan Falls’ own Grant Henderson, who will sing from 6:30-8 pm. 4. On August 12, it’s “Sax Among Friends”, Don Wade and his neat group. They plan a program of popular songs from Broadway musicals. Don likes to put themes to his programs and Broadway is the one he has chosen for our event. 5. Our last program, August 26, is a rather new group for us. “Lulu and the Lazy Boys”. They are from Keremeos and will wind up the programs for this summer. They do country, old rock and some popular tunes and will be a great show for finishing up the season. The Ladies Auxiliary will be providing suppers and the Lions Club will be doing Cookie sales again this year. So, bring your family and visitors to Music in the Park for a great summer evening. All shows are free to the public, with special thanks to our sponsors.

For the third year in a row, the “100 Women Who Care” (a South Okanagan group), which includes members from the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls, came together to support a local charity. The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, along with Okanagan Gleaners and Osoyoos Desert Centre, were asked to meet at Oliver Twist Winery and speak about their organizations and what they could accomplish if they were to receive the donation. I am thrilled to announce that Okanagan Falls Helping Hand has graciously received $5000 raised by this absolutely inspiring group of women. We are so excited that this money is going to greatly help our small, wonderful and deserving community! It was really amazing and informative to see a few of the other charities out there and how awesome things will be when we get out there and support one another. Thank you again to everyone involved! For more information, to volunteer with our group, or to apply for an emergency hamper, please leave a message at 250-486-2767.

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Area “D” Community Services Office By Shona Schleppe

Freshets and Floods: The RDOS Emergency Operations Centre is open • RDOS EOC: 250-490-4225 • For NEW information, Emergency Management section at www.rdos.bc.ca or http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/ Shona Schleppe eoc/active-eoc-information/ Rural Services • Prepared at www.gov.bc.ca/ Manager PreparedBC Please note the role of the RDOS is to provide information to residents, assist with evacuations and to provide sand and sandbags at strategic locations when flooding occurs. The RDOS is also working closely with the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Environment to assist citizens and respond to emergencies. The RDOS encourages homeowners to be in close communication and work together with their neighbours to protect properties. The RDOS has delivered sand and sandbags to designated public locations. A map link to sand and sand bag locations - click on markers on the map for location details: https:// goo.gl/c8uQSc Property owners can request sand and sandbags for their area. This includes existing sites where the sand or bags have been depleted or in areas where flooding is likely to occur soon. The RDOS does not deliver to private homes, but will provide a community pick up location.

property is outside one of these fire protection service areas an open burning ban is still in effect, but you can contact either your Municipality or the Ministry of Forests at 1-888-797-1717 for further information. RDOS Residential Zoning - Process Starting for Apex Mountain Resort: Development Services - Planning has started the process of proposing amendments to the Residential Zones at Apex Mountain. The report proposes amendments to the Residential Zones at Apex Mountain and is part of work being undertaken on the preparation of a single Okanagan Valley Electoral Area Zoning Bylaw. Please refer to the April 19th - RDOS Board Agenda to view the detailed report: www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_bylaws/contract_reports/CorpB d/2018/20180419AgendaPackage.pdf The report provides what will be the starting point for discussion with affected property owners. Owners will be directly contacted for feedback on the proposed amendments prior to consideration of 1st reading by the RDOS Board.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: What is the Okanagan Nation Alliance Fisheries Department doing? They are tagging up to 10,000 Sockeye smolts with PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags as they leave their rearing lakes (Skaha and Osoyoos Lakes). The study will provide valuable information on the run timing and survival of Okanagan Sockeye smolts, as they migrate down the Okanagan River to the Columbia River, and out to the Pacific Ocean. Construction of permanent flood control dams in the Canadian portion of the Okanagan Basin in the 1950’s has blocked anadramous Salmon from a significant portion of their historical range, which includes q̓ awst’ik’wt (Skaha Lake) and kłusxənitkw (Okanagan Lake). A 3-year risk assessment of Sockeye Province Authorizes Disaster Financial Assistance: reintroduction was carried out by the Canadian Okanagan Basin Remember the downpour on March 22, 2018 ... major flooding Technical Working Group (COBTWG), whose participants include and debris flows in the Okanagan Region caused property and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, Fisheries and Oceans Canada content damages. As a result of the damages sustained from (DFO), and the BC Ministry of Environment (MoE). The risk this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has assessment, completed in April 2003, concluded reintroduction of been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as home owners, Sockeye into Skaha Lake posed little risk to existing Okanagan residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable Sockeye and resident Skaha Lake Kokanee populations. A 12organizations, and local government bodies, who were unable to year reintroduction project began when eggs from 680 female obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. Disaster Okanagan Sockeye were collected, fertilized, and raised to the fry Financial Assistance has been authorized for the Regional stage at the Shuswap River Hatchery. The fry (1,205,000 in total) District of Okanagan-Similkameen, including all electoral areas, were released into q̓ awsitkw (Okanagan River) just above Skaha municipalities, and first nation communities within the geographic Lake during the spring of 2005. Each subsequent year, between boundaries. 1 and 4.5 million Sockeye fry have been released into Skaha Lake Affected residents are encouraged to submit their application as (with the exception of 2011 when fry were released in to Osoyoos soon as possible, so the damage assessment can be completed Lake). These fry spend one year in Skaha Lake before migrating promptly. The deadline for EMBC to receive this form is July to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. The peak migration out 19, 2018. Email the completed application to DFA@gov.bc.ca of Skaha Lake usually occurs in early May. or fax to 250-952-5542. Information about Disaster Financial Residents may have seen tagging platforms on Skaha Lake, Sun Assistance is available on the DFA website at http://www.gov. & Sand RV Park and at Pioneer Park in Kaleden. The tagging bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance. program will be in operation from April 16th to May 4th. The goal is Open Air Burning Ban In Effect For RDOS: to tag 5000 fish in Skaha Lake. Even with all the rain and flooding ... effective Sunday, April The project goal is to improve the Okanagan River stock. The 15, 2018, the Open Air Burning Ban is in effect, which includes project will provide details on certain life history phases. The rebackyard and multiple pile burning for those lands which are intro project is an attempt to compensate for the Columbia River contained within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas in accordance Dams and the resulting decline in Salmon population. with RDOS By-Law No. 2364, 2005. The Open Burning Ban (fires Questions can be directed to: larger than 0.5m in height and width) will extend until October Project Biologist Skyeler Folks, sfolks@syilx.org or 15, 2018 unless otherwise revised by the RDOS depending on Fisheries Biologist Nick Yaniw, nyaniw@syilx.org precipitation and dryness conditions contributing to the risk of Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! forest fires. The RDOS Bylaw applies to fire protection areas - Kaleden, Mother’s Day Special Brunch 9 am - 12 pm on May 13th ~ Reservations Only! Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Tulameen, and Willowbrook. If your Page 4 | May 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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It was not just thought up recently, but has gone through a five year legal approval process. Environment, construction, First Nations, engineering, and geotechnical have all been scrutinized and consulted. 33 First Nations along the route have worked with Kinder Morgan developing agreements that address each Band’s individual concerns and needs. A commitment from the Federal Government for $50 million for 3 years to enhance coastal response to potential spills was also part of that 5 year negotiation. This project is about safely moving a product that is in the National interest, jobs for thousands of people, and economic benefits for participating First Nations. Resource jobs are what sustain the middle class in Canada. Where resource jobs are a major part of the economy like Alberta and Saskatchewan, earnings over the last 15 years have improved by between 27% and 44%. It is important to note that it is not just the resource itself that creates good wages, but all the secondary industries in construction, transportation and services that also have family supportive wages. While around the world the relentless pressures of technology are causing middle-incomes to drop, in Canada, despite the same technological pressures, our middle class is holding its own better than almost any other advanced economy on earth. We all understand the environmental concerns around climate change and the need to shift towards non-fossil fuels where appropriate, but it will be 30 to 50 years before enough power can be generated by the new economy to replace our need for fossil fuel. Unless the entire population of BC is willing to park their vehicles today and find other means of transportation that do not use fossil fuels, we need the oil from the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Flooding On the local front, the flooding happening in almost all areas in the South Okanagan is causing great distress for many local residents. The RDOS, with the support of Emergency Management BC and other provincial ministries, is doing an excellent job of responding to concerns as quickly as is humanely possible. There are multiple sites where flooding is occurring and resources are spread over a wide area. Thanks to local volunteers from the Willowbrook Fire Department, the Oliver Fire Department, and the 50 BC Fire Service personnel that have been deployed in our area, a good supply of sand bags have been filled and distributed where needed most. There are many other volunteers from neighbouring Fire Departments that also need to be thanked for stepping up. The flood season is just, unfortunately, beginning. We may be fortunate enough to have some drier days coming up, but the rising temperatures will also start the snow melting higher up in the mountains. Disaster Funding Assistance is now available to apply for and information is available online and from the RDOS. Thank you again to all who are working hard to keep everyone safe.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Watering Restrictions

By Bob Daly, OFID Chair

OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The Annual General Meeting of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be held April 30, 2018. One Trustee position vacant and one nomination paper filed by Rick Wilson. Mr. Wilson will be elected by acclamation. Mr. Wilson previously served on OFID Board and is a welcome addition to the OFID Board of Trustees. The Report from the Chair will be read by Bob Daly, who will note major accomplishments for the past year which include: • Administrative restructuring, including the appointment of Judy Morris as OFID Manager with the responsibility and authority for the administration and operation of the Irrigation District. • The hiring of highly qualified Water Operator Travis Prystupa and Standby Operator Peter Maliepaard. • The completion of the first phase of the water main upgrade project from Mallory Crescent to 14th Ave. • The completion of the Asset Management and Investment Plan, which provides a schedule of replacement and costs of all OFID assets and will allow OFID to establish sustainable rates to adequately fund the system well into the future. • Celebrating Canada Day in Centennial Park, the home of Okanagan Falls’ Centennial commemoration. • Continued work with Interior Health to provide safe water for the public, and attention to Worksafe BC standards to provide a safe work environment for our employees. The Chair will thank Staff and Trustees for their dedication and hard work on behalf of Okanagan Falls Community over the past year. Trustees for the next year are: Ted Lynch; Randy Perrett; Marjorie Bracconier, Rick Wilson, and Bob Daly. Staff are: Manager Judy Morris; Operator Travis Prystupa; and Standby Operator Peter Maliepaard. Thank You Bob Haddow! ~ A sincere thank you to Bob Haddow from OFID and from the Okanagan Falls Community for his years of service as a Trustee for the Irrigation District. Bob served from 1984 to 1992 and from 2006 until his retirement this year. We will miss you, Bob. Flushing ~ Flushing of the water lines has been completed. In order to remove sediment from water lines, flushing is a regular procedure in maintaining the quality of water in the system. We appreciate your patience and understanding for any inconvenience this may have caused. RDOS Public Hearing ~ Three OFID Trustees attended the April 5, 2018 RDOS Public Hearing regarding adding production of cannabis as a permitted use on Industrial Zoned properties. The Trustees attended to ask the RDOS Directors to delay the vote until the Regional District could carefully study the environmental impact this permitted use could have on such land and especially water sources below it. Weyerhaeuser property is zoned Industrial and sits over the aquifer that provides drinking water to many Okanagan Falls citizens. Shortly following the Public Hearing, the Directors gave third reading to the motion, and cannabis production is now a permitted use on Industrial zoned lands. Watering Restrictions ~ Effective May 1st - September 30th. Please refer to the District website for a full description of the restrictions.

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From May 1st to September 30th, watering/sprinkling is allowed only on the ODD/EVEN address system matching the odd/even date. Watering /sprinkling is not allowed between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm daily. Automatic irrigation systems must be programmed to run during the off-peak hours of midnight to 6am on your odd/ even address matching the odd/even date. Strata complexes are to use the address of the complex, not the unit number to determine the watering day. Hand watering is allowed on a daily basis, however, not between the hours of 12 noon to 7pm. For further tips on how to conserve water, information can be found on OFID’s website.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update

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By Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hi Everyone. I thought we would provide our members and supporters with a brief summary of our Annual General Meeting held on April 11, 2018 for those who were not able to attend. Election Of Directors ~ Three Directors’ 2 year terms had expired, being Robert McLeod, Sharon Proctor and Mike Livingston. The remaining Directors were elected for a 2 year term in 2017, and thus do not stand for re-election at the 2018 AGM. Shona Schleppe led the election process. Robert, Sharon and Mike L agreed to let their names stand for re-election. Shona called for nominations from the floor. There were none. As a result, Robert, Sharon and Mike L were elected by acclamation. Elections concluded and our Directors are: Chair - Robert McLeod, Vice Chair - Mike Livingstone, Treasurer - Janice Stevens, Secretary - Leslie D’Andrea, Directors - Mike Creasey, Bill Joyner, Sharon Proctor, Liz Leochko, and Jan Wilson. (Officer roles were determined at a brief meeting following the AGM, per the requirements of the SSHS Bylaws.) Proposed Bylaw Changes ~ Bill Joyner presented the changes to the SSHS Bylaws to the membership and they were passed unanimously. Update on Fundraising ~ Sharon Proctor reported on the various fundraising activities in the past year. These resulted in approximately $5000 in raised monies. Proposal To Increase Membership Dues From $5/Year To $10/ Year ~ Robert explained why an increase in Membership dues is being proposed, due to operational costs. The proposal was agreed upon. Housing Project Update ~ Andy Orr, Consultant to the SSHS Housing Project, made a presentation to the group. He reviewed the diagrams of the site and units, reported on the progress of the project, emphasized how it is in sync with the approved Town Revitalization work previously approved for Okanagan Falls. A request has been put to the RDOS for some equity contributions, as well as for a Temporary Use Permit, to facilitate getting the construction started. Our request was granted and we received a unanimous vote in favour to proceed. It is hoped that ground-breaking will happen in June/July 2018, with occupancy hopefully starting in the Spring of 2019. We will be compiling a list for potential tenants approximately 6 months before occupancy. In the meantime, we will be working on a rental agreement in coordination with BC Housing, as well as many other details. Other Questions ~ Andy and the Board answered questions from the floor. Questions included whether or not Weyerhauser products would be used, details with regard to laundry, size of units, why there aren’t any walk-out balconies, utilities, soundproofing of units, moving-in dates, rental agreements, eligibility criteria, and average market rents for the Okanagan Falls area. It was explained to the membership that some of the requests above cannot be met, because we had to buy the property, rising costs in construction, and ever increasing interest rates. Many thanks to those who attend our meetings and many thanks for all your support throughout this exciting Affordable Housing for Seniors Project ... “We will get ‘er done!”

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Building Summary: 1 BR - 54 m² / 585 ft² 2 BR - 78 m² / 835 ft² Level 1: 8 x 1 BR Amenity Space / Lobby Area: 685 m² / 6 831 ft² Level 2: 8 x 1 BR & 1 x 2 BR Area: 685 m² / 6 831 ft² Level 3: 8 x 1 BR & 1 x 2 BR Area: 685 m² / 6 831 ft² Total Units: 24 x 1 BR & 2 x 2 BR Total: 26 units Total Area: 1 904 m² / 20 493 ft²

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Kaleden Irrigation District News

The District would like to take this time to remind their customers of the current watering restrictions as follows: Stage One: In effect until further notice A) No watering is permitted outside of the irrigation season from April 15th until October 15th. B) All properties on the south side of Lakehill Road, and south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. C) All properties on the north side of Lakehill Road, and north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday. D) Watering is permitted from 6:00 am until 10:00 am and from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm ONLY. E) Use of micro-irrigation, drip irrigation or a hose with a shutoff nozzle (hand water) to water trees, shrubs or vegetables is permitted on any day, at any time. F) Automatic underground irrigation systems may operate from midnight to 6:00 am ONLY on the permitted days. G) Agricultural properties with a district irrigation connection and flow restrictor and who have “farm status designation” through BC Assessment Authority, are exempt from the above restrictions for watering their planted crops only; natural or planted landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. H) No watering allowed on Monday. Irrigation water accounts for 80% of the overall water used in the District on an annual basis and this includes all residential irrigation and agricultural use. We encourage the installation of underground automatic systems; an application may be made to the office to ensure the proper water allotment is allocated in the design and a back flow device is installed. The use of drippers and lower gallonage sprinklers can also make a big difference in the amount of water that is used. If you are landscaping for the first time or are re-landscaping you should consider xeriscaping options, which can be aesthetically pleasing and water efficient. Your compliance with the above water conservation measures not only helps reduce the amount of water consumed, but also reduces the District’s pumping costs. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at 250-497-5407. Enjoy the summer!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD May 2018 Tip Kaleden’s FireSmart Day May 5th Reducing the risk of wildfire in Kaleden has been a focus for many community members since that fateful day last July 4th. A full day of cooperative effort is planned to target problem areas and encourage property owners to do their part as well. All community members are asked to: • Remove or trim tree branches that touch the ground on their properties • Remove dead trees and cedars, trim bushes and shrubbery • Weed whack and rake up tall dead grasses and pine needles Please Refer to: BC FireSmart Home Owners Manual available on line or pick up a copy at the demonstration site described below. From 9:00 - 2:30 ~ Bring tree and shrub products (no bigger than 3” in diameter) to the chipper that will be located on Ponderosa near the park. Grasses can be dropped off at this location as well. Do not bring boards, green grass or other yard waste. This is just for trees, shrubs and wildland fire fuel materials. Starting at 9:30 ~ If you would like to volunteer (over 16 years old please) with the (KID) Lakehill/Sumac property demonstration project, please park in the Church parking lot and walk to the site. This will be a supervised and controlled clean up with lots of equipment working and vehicles coming and going. Bring gloves, rakes, pole saws, weed eaters, etc., if you have them. There will be a tent site for check in and job assignments. Please dress appropriately ... good shoes, long pants, eye/ear protection, etc. Observing the demonstration can be done from a safe distance. Questions will be answered and FireSmart manuals will be provided. Go to the marked tent on site for information. If you have specific questions about this day or can help in some way, please call the Kaleden Fire Hall at 250-497-8231 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you. Let’s work together to make Kaleden a FireSmart Community!

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Building Community Spirit & Volunteer Spotlight This month we combine our two columns and recognize the community of Kaleden. They joined together not once, but twice to volunteer in clean up efforts around the streets and Pioneer Park. Coming together and taking pride in their community. Well done! If there is someone you would like to see honoured in either of these columns, call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

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A very successful Pitch-In Day in Kaleden on April 14th. About 24 hearty souls came out and helped pick up an entire dumpster of garbage! Thanks to everyone involved. On April 21st, the annual Pioneer Park Clean-up Day saw many eager volunteers ready to work!


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Fire Department History continues ... On March 10, 1989, a Fokker F-28 jet exploded just after take off in Dryden, Ontario splitting into 3 sections. There were 69 passengers with a 3 member crew. Twenty two passengers and crew were burnt beyond recognition with two more who died later in the hospital. Passengers were found wondering around the site in three feet of snow. Some without shoes or coats and others with half their clothes charred off their bodies. The jet crashed 150 meters from the end of the runway. Fire trucks couldn’t get to the site, firemen had to get there by foot. One of the survivors was John Biro from Keremeos. A lightning strike hit the Okanagan Falls Pro Hardware on July 14th. Most of the damage was at the rear of the business. That same night, lightning struck a transformer outside the fire hall and the electrical surge knocked out much of the communications equipment in the fire hall. The emergency calls were not affected, but the beeper system for contacting the fire department members had to be done manually. The repairs took over a week. October 21, 1989 saw the 911 system pass in a referendum for the South Okanagan area. The capital cost of the system was $394,000. Voters throughout the RDOS cast their ballots with 4,836 in favour and 427 apposed of which 27% of eligible voters voted. The 911 system went into effect April 1, 1990. On February 5, 1990, Okanagan Falls felt a small earthquake measuring 2.2 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was between Kaleden and Okanagan Falls and felt as far as Penticton and Oliver. No damage or injuries were recorded. To be continued ... Don’t forget to check out the Fire Seminar on May 5 & 6. Held at the recreation area in Oliver. There will be around 400 firemen from all over BC learning new fire fighting skills and auto extrication techniques. Also, there will be fire trucks to check out for the young and adults. Hope to see you there!

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By Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

Once again, the Okanagan Falls Visitor’s Centre will open this month and welcome visitors from all over the world. We are looking forward to seeing them all and letting them know what our beautiful town and area has to offer them. I hope you will all help us make them feel welcome. Spring has arrived and with that we hope you all take part in the activities our community offers for everyone, from sports, to leisure, to just enjoying music in the park.

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W.J. Snodgrass, a colourful Dickens-like character, was sometimes known as the “Duke of Okanagan Falls”. In the early 1890’s, he produced a detailed map projecting railroads, park reserves, a hospital, sites for city hall and hotels, beautiful streets, wharfs, an industrial area and many more things. The fact the town site was practically in the wilderness seemed to inspire Snodgrass’s vivid and fertile imagination. People then bought lots based on Snodgrass’s town site plan for $100, with $10 down and the balance due if and when they had it. When asked why people would invest in a lot in the middle of what was nearly wilderness, C.W. Holliday explained, “you may search me, probably for the same reason we bought each other drinks, just because everyone else was doing it”. And now, look how far we have come. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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An Invitation to Serve as Member of a Local Parks & Recreation Commission Applications are being sought for individuals interested in serving a 2 year term for both the Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Commissions. Commissions are comprised of Board appointed local citizens (volunteers) who, at monthly meetings, provide guidance regarding the parks and recreation service levels, improvements and programming. In order to be eligible to serve on a Commission, an individual must be a resident or ratepayer within the service area. Copies of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Parks and Recreation Commission Establishment Bylaw No. 2732, 2016, are available at www.rdos.bc.ca. Any person interested in serving on a Recreation Commission can make application by submitting their name and a brief resume by mail, fax or electronically to: Mark Woods, Community Services Manager Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Fax: 250 492-0063 Email: mwoods@rdos.bc.ca

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By Jen Charlish I’ve heard the expression, “April showers bring May flowers”, so come on May flowers! I’m sure lots of us are ready to get out in our gardens and to go play in the park. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Community Pitch-In event and the Annual Pioneer Park clean up. Your service to the community makes it a nicer place for all of us to live. Also, thanks to all the people who attended the annual Kaleden Recreation Information meeting and the Kaleden Community Association (K.C.A) Annual General Meeting. Your input is valued and helps to steer the direction these committees take, as we head into strategic planning meetings. Our regular recreation programs are in full swing. If you or a member of your family have not had the chance to participate in one of these programs, check out the Spring Program Guide at www.kal-rec.ca. Of course, there are lots of things going on in May. On Saturday, May 5th, the FireSmart Committee will hold a FireSmart Clean Up Event. This will take place just off Lakehill Road on Sumac Avenue. They will use this site as a model of what can be done to reduce the fire hazards in various areas of the community. Come and learn what you can do on your own property to reduce the fire risk. Another event organized by the New Horizon’s Seniors Committee is “Walk and Roll” week from May 6-13th. There will be instruction in Nordic Pole walking and some opportunities to try it out. Check the Kaleden Seniors Programs column in this publication for more details. On Thursday, May 31st at 10:30 am, come down to Pioneer Park to learn about and participate in Dragon Boating. The Dragon Boat Club from Penticton will be there to provide instruction for anyone interested in going paddling. This event is funded through a “Give It A Try” recreational grant and snacks and beverages will be provided. I have also heard rumors that if there is an interest in a dragon boating team in the area that the club could look at leaving a dragon boat in Kaleden. Enjoy your Spring endeavours whatever they might be and remember to make some time to enjoy our parks and facilities with your family. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks & 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 subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com. DE

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See why dragon boating is one of the fastest growing sports in BC. This is a free event with funding from BCRPA & BC 55 + Senior Games. Kaleden Beach May 31st 10:00-noon Light Lunch included Register early, as space is limited. Please RSVP: kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca or 250-497-8188

Check out the RDOS Physical Activity Trailer (PAT) Move ‘n Play Days An early years physical literacy program: the first steps towards a life long love of sport. *Free* Tuesdays 9:30-10:00 am OK Falls School Grounds

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Kaleden’s Pioneer Park Saturday, May 12th 2:00-3:30 pm (at the Fitness Party)

OK Falls’ School Field Monday, May 14th 2:30-4:30 pm

Join the Urban Pole Walking craze! Learn about the many benefits of adding walking poles to your daily strolls and demo a pair. Tuesday May 1st 4:00 pm OK Falls Lions Park Friday, May 4th Centennial Park 10:00 am

Every Wednesday at 4:00 pm in OK Falls Lions Park, beside the duck pond. With Richard Lautsch. Registration not required. All Play in the Park Events are Free! Funded by New Horizons for Senior's Program


May 14-18 is Naturopathic Medicine Week! Join Dr. Browne in her clinic Wednesday evening May 16th from 7-9 pm for an Open House and Presentation on:

“How Naturopathic Medicine Can Work In Your Life” Bring your questions and be prepared to learn a great deal about prevention and management of many difficult to treat conditions. This is a free opportunity to discover, share, and gain knowledge from an expert in natural medicine.

Where Science and Nature Meet

By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health

As a passionate and seasoned practitioner of Naturopathic Medicine and Nutritional Intravenous Therapies for 21 years, Dr. Tamara Browne’s services are uniquely positioned to assist patients to achieve optimal health in several key areas. These include: 1. Chronic Illness Treatment & Prevention: (Cancer, Diabetes, Migraines, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, MS, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Peripheral Vascular Disease, etc.) By offering a variety of intravenous therapies including Chelation, Plaquex, Glutathione, Hydrogen Peroxide, Vitamin C and Vitamin/Mineral/homeopathic infusions, chronic diseases can often be arrested and even reversed. As part of a complete wellness plan, optimal health can be restored. 2. Sports Medicine & Pain Management: Whether it’s a sports injury or a degenerated arthritic joint, various natural injection therapies, administered by a doctor with advanced training in this area, can speed healing, resolve pain, and provide the edge you are looking for. Peri-neural therapy and Prolozone are advanced techniques proven to reduce swelling and pain and restore health to worn out joints, ligaments, and overused muscles. 3. Bio-identical Hormones & Balancing Hormones Naturally: Now that Naturopathic Doctors have been granted prescribing privileges in BC, patients can be administered safe, protective natural hormones and herbal compounds to reduce menopausal symptoms, prevent complications which occur due to aging and low hormone status, and prevent age related decline. As my practice grows, new training opportunities have allowed me to bring advanced therapies to the wonderful people living in the South Okanagan/Similkameen/Boundary area. I am thrilled to be in a position to offer alternative therapies that allow a broad range of health care choices to all. A complete lab facility allows scientific testing for underlying imbalances, toxins, and health insults. These range from food allergy and arterial hardening testing to heavy metal testing, hormone analysis, and complete health screening. Wishing you the best of health!

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Immunization ~ Immunization is also known as vaccination. It’s a

process that occurs in your body when you get a vaccine and acts to boost your immunity, which is like a shield of armour that protects against infectious diseases. Infectious diseases are diseases that are easily spread from person to person or from an animal to a person, either through coughing, sneezing, physical contact, body fluids, or blood. They can also be spread through the air, food and contaminated surfaces. Our body also has natural immunity, but it is often not strong enough, especially in young children and in people who have medical conditions that weaken their body’s defense system. Getting vaccinated strengthens your shield of armour and defense system, protecting yourself from getting an infectious disease, and protects your family, friends and entire community as well. Vaccines contain a dead or weakened form of disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria or virus. When the body receives a vaccine, it responds by creating markers called antibodies against the disease-causing organism. Antibodies tag the organism so that the body’s immune system can recognize it and destroy it. Vaccines prepare your immune system against preventable diseases by taking advantage of your immune system’s memory. Once your body has created antibodies when exposed to the vaccine, your immune system remembers and is able to quickly recognize and fight back against the infectious organism the next time you are exposed to it. Without a vaccine, your body’s immune system would be taken by surprise and be much weaker and slower at fighting off the disease. Thus, you would be at a much higher risk of getting sick. In Canada, vaccines are easily accessible and often government-funded and so the main reason why people choose not to get immunized is due to misinformation. The safety of vaccines has been questioned for years, but no scientific evidence has proven them to be unsafe. It is important to recognize that Health Canada requires rigorous clinical research, which takes around 10 years on average, on the safety of any vaccine before it is approved for use in Canada. Still, many myths about vaccines exist. Talk to your Live Well pharmacist at Pharmasave Okanagan Falls about recommended vaccinations.

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner The back massage is customarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think of getting a massage. Our backs get strained and sore from all the things we do in our lives, so it usually needs the most attention when it comes to pain relief. One thing we don’t think of as often is how important and beneficial massage is for our hands. We have 27 bones in each hand that are connected by joints and ligaments. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in the hands are the most common forms of arthritis. Regular hand massage can reduce the pain and improve grip strength. We know that one of the biggest benefits of massage is that it improves circulation and this is also especially important for our busy hands. It loosens tight muscles and helps to improve finger flexibility. Massage helps to remove toxins and harmful metabolic byproducts. There are also numerous acupressure and reflexology points on our hands that are associated with our organs and many parts of our body. Our upper body massage focuses mostly on the neck, upper back, arms and hands. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing on site chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-4975974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin

Spring garden clean-up is here! And, I love gardening! I am good with weeding, weedwacking, lawn mowing, and helping with suggestions for gardening ideas. I am an organic gardener and prefer to work with natural products. If you live in Okanagan Falls, I will come to your home for a free estimate for cleaning and yard work. For more information on “Services for the Heart & Home”, please call Patricia at 778.889.9725 today.

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Valley Discovery Learning Community By Shari Saysomsack

The Valley Discovery Learning community is a blended Distributed Learning program. Students come to the learning centre at Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls each week for group learning experiences and spend the rest of their time home learning. This winter our program received a grant from the Art Start program, which gave the students the opportunity to spend time learning and creating with Jenny Long at the Little Long Studio in Penticton. Our class has been asking the question, “What is the spirit of the South Okanagan?” What do we feel and experience while living in this place? We’ve discussed the symbols, animals, plants and other qualities that make this part of BC unique. Our class also spent time with mixed media and encaustic artist, Bethany Handfield. The classes have created personal art pieces, as well as collaborative works of art with each artist. This has been a wonderful experience about learning how to express oneself through the visual arts. In the fall, the students set up a Bluebird Trail on one of the local Nature Trust properties up above Vaseux Lake. We had a planting day with Nicholas Burdock, where the students learned more about native plants and the importance of reintroducing them to fallow land. This Bluebird Trail project was funded by a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan. The students built 15 bird houses and set them up on the property. This spring everyone is curious which feathered friends will call the trail their home. The goal is to create a nesting habitat for native cavity nesting birds and take an active role in local stewardship. The students will be monitoring how many boxes are used, numbers of eggs laid and hatched. This project also provides opportunities for students to develop bird identification skills, while getting outside and having an active role in conservation efforts. The Valley Discovery Learning Community is grateful to be a part of such amazing learning opportunities here in the South Okanagan. Interested in learning more about the program and what these amazing students are up to? Visit our website at www. valleydiscovery.com.

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Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey

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 6, 2018 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.


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T h e S o u t h O ka n a g a n N a t u r a l i s t s ’ C l u b p r e s e n t s

NATURE IN FOCUS A photography contest to celebrate the natural beauty of the South Okanagan The South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club invites all residents of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (including all cities) to submit their favourite nature photos to our 2018 photography contest.

$4,000+ in total prizes are up for grabs for the winning photos in the following categories: Fauna (Wild animals)

Natural Landscapes

Waterfowl

Flora (Plants of all types)

Invasive Species

Other birds

Entries accepted until July 15th. For contest rules, photo submissions, and other information, visit the SONC website:

www.southokanagannature.com/2018- photo-contest

© Paul Graham

© Paul Graham

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Don’t Be A Lazy Troller By Larry Martin No matter what the professionals say ... if you drag a line around long enough, and there are fish in the lake, you will eventually catch one, no matter what equipment you are using or how skilled you may be. For this reason, many view trolling as an entry level to fishing with little skill required. Some describe the experience as boring, even a waist of time. It’s all true, if you are a “lazy troller”, aimlessly cruising around the lake dragging gear. If you want to catch more or larger fish on a consistent basis, like most other pursuits, you need a plan, and be willing to work toward success. When trolling by yourself on a lake, you are allowed to have two lines out. Use this to your advantage by starting one line with the rigging you last caught a fish on. The second line out is a ‘best guess’ at adapting to the conditions of the day. If you do not get a least a bite within 15 or 20 minutes, start changing the presentation of at least one line. As always, there are exceptions ... when fishing in tough weather or water conditions on a lake know to be stingy, it is okay to be stubborn. Don’t be afraid to share your experiences with area fishers. Even if you were not successful, the information is valuable and may gain you some helpful tips. Most important, have fun and share your enthusiasm with other like minded people. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Meadowlark Nature Festival

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

By Jayme Friedt, Festival Coordinator

Tickets are now available for the 21st annual Meadowlark Nature Festival taking place May 17-21, 2018. Showcasing the spectacular natural wonders of the Okanagan and Similkameen, Meadowlark Nature Festival offers over 75 tours; including hiking, cycling, canoeing, historical tours, astronomy events, art exhibitions, Aboriginal events, and photography and painting workshops, among others. Leading Meadowlark tours are experts in their fields; including biologists, botanists, Helping Hand Update herpetologists, entomologists, artists, traditional knowledge By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair keepers, and adventurists. For the third year in a row, the “100 Women Who Care” (a South “This year’s roster of events includes many old favourites, such Okanagan group), which includes members from the communities as our burrowing owl tours, our bat tours, our Voyageur canoe of Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls, came together to support event, as well as some great hikes up McIntyre Bluff, Skaha Bluffs, a local charity. The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, along with Mahoney Lake and Oliver Mountain,” says Festival Coordinator Okanagan Gleaners and Osoyoos Desert Centre, were asked to Jayme Friedt. “We’ve also added several wonderful new tours this meet at Oliver Twist Winery and speak about their organizations year such as Riparian Songbird Research Tour on the Penticton andKaleden what they could were toRoad, receive Kaleden the donation. Locatee Lands, a Testalinden Creek hike, an Introductory Birding Fire accomplish Hall - 303if they Lakehill I am thrilled to announce that Okanagan Falls Helping Hand has Workshop and a hike to the Dusty Mac Mine to name only a few.” 8 AMreceived Sharp!! No raised Earlyby Birds - Ends inspiring at Noon graciously $5000 this absolutely group The Festival’s 2018 Featured Artist is Skyler Punnett. Skyler’s of women. We are so excited that this money is going to greatly piece entitled, Meadowlark, will be used on the Festival’s Proceeds towards rescue equipment. Donations gratefully help our small, wonderful and deserving community! promotional materials, including t-shirts, posters and advertising. accepted. Only items in working condition please. Articles It was really amazing and informative to see a few of the other Limited edition signed prints of Meadowlark are available for may be left at the Kaleden Fire Hall by the two shipping charities out there and how awesome things will be when we get purchase and a special framed print will be auctioned at the containers in the back, or for pick-up in the Kaleden and White out there and support one another. Thank you again to everyone Festival’s Fundraising Gala Dinner. Lake Area on Wednesday, May 9th between 6-9pm. Phone involved! “Skyler is a true visionary and his work is like no other,” exclaims 250-497-8231 and leave a message or email kaledenfire@ Forshaw.ca. more information, to volunteer our group, or to apply for Friedt. “We are very lucky to have him take part not only as artist, You may also call any fiwith refighter. an emergency hamper, please leave a message at 250-486-2767. but in addition to that, Skyler’s involvement as co-organizer of Thank you for your continued support! PechaKucha has also led to us having a PechaKucha Night as part of the Festival. PechaKucha organizers have invited several Meadowlark tour leaders to make presentations about their events at the festival and talk about why the subject matter they cover in their Meadowlark tours are important to this region. It’s going to be a little mini-festival in one night!!” Each year, the Festival presents a Keynote Speaker. Coming to talk this year is Harvey Locke, a globally renowned conservationist Opening May 1st With an Updated Menu! and founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. “Harvey’s stories and photographs will take us on an incredible TheWomen IdealWho Location For donated $5000 to the Okanagan 250.497.6600 “100 Care” recently Falls Helping Hand. journey from the Okanagan through Yellowstone to Yukon. His Your 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden passion to promote and preserve interconnected spaces for (Photo by Next VanessaSpecial Broadbent /Event Oliver Chronicle) wildlife is fascinating and inspiring”, says Friedt. “It will be a real treat to hear him speak about his adventures and see his nature photographs from around the globe!” Emergency Hampers can be Purchase your tickets online at www.meadowlarkfestival.ca using made available from any major credit card via PayPal. For a complete look at the 2018 Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Festival, go to meadowlarkfestival.ca and click on ‘2018 Festival at throughout the year with a Glance’ or download the complete 2018 Festival Program Guide. proper qualifications.

Annual Yard Sale Saturday, May 12th

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OK Falls Branch:

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Adult Programs: • Highways versus Habitat ~ When man battles nature, what will be the outcome? Please join local photographer George Lea, and discover and enjoy different species of birds The Kaleden Library is presenting a “ZENTANGLE” class on photographed in Mexico and southern California. Tuesday, Thursday, May 31st from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Zentangle is easy May 8th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. to learn, relaxing, and a fun way to create images by drawing structured patterns. This program is for teens and adults. Please • Community Market Meeting ~ This is an informal meeting register at the Kaleden library, as space is limited. Jeannie for those who want to sell their art, craft, farm and small Randle will guide you to make your own personal bookmark or business items at an outdoor market. Meet the three women picture. All supplies are included in this FREE program and small who have been planning this project and with your help, we’ll refreshments will be served after class. finalize plans to move forward. Wednesday, May 9th from 10:30 - 11:30 am. For the month of May, we have three Storytime programs left , Book Club Meeting ~ Wednesday, May 16th from 1:00 which run at 10 am on May 1st, 8th, and 15th. These programs • 2:00 pm. are for ages 2-5 years old with their parents or caregivers. Children will listen to stories, sing songs, make new friends and create a • Tile Creations - Back by popular demand! Please join local simple craft. artist, Janice Goodman, to create one of a kind tile creation using simple ingredients. You will be amazed by your crafting Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. Mother’s Day abilities! You must preregister in advance, as class space is a celebration of honouring the mother of the family, as well as is limited. Wednesday, May 23rd from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in Card Making with Dianne ~ Join us and learn how to make society. I would like to wish all these ladies a wonderful Happy • a beautiful handmade card with Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Mother’s Day! Dianne Gough. Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. There will be a Mother’s Day Card Making Class for kids on Thursday, May 10th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. The children will make Children’s Programs: two cards, listen to a story and have a small snack. All supplies • Story Time - Frogs on the Pond ~ Join us for stories, crafts are included and this is a FREE program for ages 5-12 years old. and more! Tuesday, May 22nd from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Please register for this program in advance, as space is limited. • LEGO Club ~ Let’s build something awesome! For ages 5-12 years old. This is our last club meeting until the fall. Come and let’s have a great windup! Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please pre-register for all programs by calling us at 250-497-5886 or email us at OkanaganFalls@orl.bc.ca.

Kaleden Branch:

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

Ask how you can help seniors in your community. 250-487-7455

Congratulations to Anna Mohoruk! She was the winner of the “Guess How Many” contest. She won the jar of jelly beans and the yellow stuffed rabbit. The correct answer was 141 jelly beans! Thanks to all who entered this year’s Easter contest.

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The South Okanagan Community Literacy Society Update By Brianne Niznikowski, Chair

S.O.C.L.S. is hosting its AGM on Tuesday, May 22nd at 1:30 pm at Open Door Group (WorkBC) at #201 - 291 Fairview Road in Oliver. S.O.C.L.S is a local non-profit society working to promote literacy for all ages to all members of the communities of Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos. We have created a community structure of partners that meets regularly to promote literacy and support one another’s organizations. Our members include The South Okanagan Community Literacy Program (Okanagan College), Okanagan Regional Library, Open Door Group (WorkBC), Books For Babies, Oliver Public Health, South Okanagan Immigrant Services, YouLearn (SD #53), StrongStart (SD #53), Desert Sun Counselling, Osoyoos Indian Band, and Literacy Now SOS. If you are interested in attending our AGM and/or getting involved to help promote literacy, contact Brianne at 250-492-4305 ext. 3331.


School Trustee Report for SD67

By Ginny Manning Effective August 1, 2018, Sandra Richardson, Vice Principal at Princess Margaret Secondary, will be transferring to Penticton Secondary to fill a Vice Principal position. Sandra succeeds Andrea DeVito who was appointed as Principal of Uplands Elementary on January 1, 2018. The Board is please to announce that Pam Spooner has been appointed as the new District Principal for Aboriginal Education, effective August 1, 2018. Pam comes to the district from SD57 (Prince George) where she is currently Principal at Nusdeh Yoh Elementary, an Aboriginal Choice School in Prince George. Ms. Spooner has a Masters of Education in Numeracy, a Masters in First Nation Studies and Bachelor of Science - Mathematics. Policy 211 Distribution of Materials to Students had some housekeeping changes to bring it up to current language. It is available on the district website for feedback until May 18, 2018. The Board has approved the SOGI 1 2 3 (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) Parent Brochure. The brochure, created in collaboration with the ARC Foundation, BCCPAC and the Ministry of Education, addresses questions about SOGI 1 2 3 and SOGIinclusive education in schools. Printed copies are available at schools and a digital copy is available on the district website. SLMS Principal Terry Grady reported on the Skaha Lake Middle School Hockey Skills Academy, which is in its first year at SLMS. There are 45 grade 6, 7 and 8 students registered this year with an increase in registration for next year. The program is a fully licenced hockey skills academy that focuses on skills development and has no team competition. The coaches look to develop student’s personal potential and positive attitude, it isn’t just about hockey it’s about the whole person, being good citizens. Attendance at school and homework must be maintained. The cost of the program is $1000 for 2018/19. Students also receive the added benefit of coaching from local NHL players who volunteer from time to time and augment the training provided by the regular coaches. Several new locally developed courses have been authorized to offer next year: Princess Margaret Secondary ~ Grade 10, 11, 12 Elite Volleyball Course will be offered for serious, committed students interested in sport skill development in a school credit course. It will develop athletes in the areas of: skill, systems, strategies, fitness, injury management, nutrition and personal planning. Connect Ed ~ Careers/Digital Communications is designed to help students learn how communication networks work through several different media sites. Students will develop an understanding of their digital footprint, internet safety, protocols, ethics and legalities in digital communication. Summerland Secondary ~ Metal Art and Jewelry 10 will allow students to develop skills and understandings related to the role, production, artistic, and cultural qualities of metal art and jewelry. The course will foster creative thinking, design, planning, problem solving and overcoming challenges. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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5 Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal

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Kaleden School’s “Ready, Set, Learn” event was a great success helping our preschoolers get ready for school. Kaleden students supported the Kaleden Clean-Up Day by helping pick up materials on roadsides beside the school. Kaleden Elementary continues to practice Taking Care of Themselves, Others and This Place with their “Word of the Week” program. Our students were excited to watch the Axis Theater Group perform the play “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch”. Kaleden Elementary continues to recognize our amazing students during weekly assemblies with our “Student of the Week” presentations.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Darcia Harcott, KPAC Chair

The time has finally come! Yeah, yeah, spring has sprung, but Lobsterfest tickets are on sale! If you haven’t heard, the Kaleden Elementary PAC is hosting its annual Lobsterfest fundraiser on May 26th at Linden Gardens. The night will be filled with lobster, wine, music, dancing, games and an impressive Silent Auction. Get your tickets by contacting Leanne at mcclartyl@hotmail.com before they sell out! It’s going to be a magical night in the gardens. You may have read the media reports about an incident in the school zone on the morning of April 5th, when a car sped through the school zone around the school bus with its lights on and stop sign engaged, unloading children. It was a very frightening incident and too close for comfort. The current stop is located so that the elementary-aged children must cross the road on Linden Avenue, once off the bus. The parents of the school have made a request in writing to the district board office to change this. We also held a meeting with the local Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure representative, making changes that could be implemented imminently. As we work through the proper channels, please, please, please ensure that we are all aware of our driving within the school zone boundaries, that we are following the rules of the road and that even outside of the school zone, we are watching for children walking on the narrow roadway to and from school. Young kids don’t always have a good comprehension of the space around them! A petition to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as local government, to get a sidewalk built on Linden Avenue continues. It is available to sign electronically on Change.org or contact 250-462-0765 to sign the paper copy today!


School District No. 53 Board Report

April Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee

Kindergarten Registration Update ~ We are still encouraging parents of kindergarten age students, who plan to attend our schools in the fall, to register them as soon as possible in their local schools. As of April 12th, confirmed kindergarten registrations are as follows: CPS - 24 (projected 25); OKF - 10 (projected 10); OES - 44 (projected 50); SES - 30 (projected 40); and TEN - 28 (projected 29).

By Principal Karen Sinclair

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4. Live Differently is another project that took place in February at both SOSS and OSS that was sponsored by Healthy Promoting 5. Schools. Grade 8-12 students at both schools participated in a 60 minute presentation that encouraged students to consider compassion as a compelling alternative to what society sometimes presents as being “successful”. The Presenters shared their various mental health journeys, including domestic violence, death of a relative, and an eating disorder that lead to suicidality. The presenters then shared the success they experienced when they turned to acts of compassion in order to better appreciate and value themselves. The presentation included some guest performances from teachers, some comical one-minute spoofs and an Indy-folk rock band.

The Easter Bunny visits Okanagan Falls Elementary! Gymnastics and building pyramids is a blast! New Okanagan Falls T-shirts. Thank you to sponsors, Value Contracting and PAC! Okanagan World of Reptiles teaches us about some favourite species ... and let’s us touch them! Jerseys for Humbolt ... Okanagan Falls honours the victims of the Humbolt Broncos Hockey Club.

Student Achievement ~ Skills Canada Trades and Technology Competition: 33 students (17 juniors and 16 seniors) from our secondary schools competed in the regional Skills Canada Competition in Kelowna on March 9th. Students who earn Gold are invited to compete in the Provincial Skills Canada Competition in Abbotsford on April 18th. Congratulations to all of you for your hard work and your success! • Carson Zitlau (OSS) Gold for Gravity Car • Ali Lantz (SOSS) Gold for Photography • Kai Czbany (OSS) Silver for Gravity Car • Lukas Dogget (OSS) Bronze for Gravity Car • Tarik Chang (OSS) Bronze for Gravity Car • Josh Bilodeau (SESS) Silver for Automotive • Tim Boonstra (SOSS) Bronze for Automotive • Dylan Leask (SESS) Bronze for Mechanical CAD • Isaac Piper (OSS) Bronze for Structural CAD • Alex Bruner (OSS) Silver for Cabinet Making • Cole Rezka (OSS) Gold for Cabinet Making OPERATIONS 2017/18 Enrolment ~ As of March 16th, district wide enrollment was 2,399.3125 FTE, which is an increase of 62.94 FTE from September 29, 2017 enrolment of 2,336.38FTE. There was a combined 30.56 FTE decrease in elementary and secondary schools and a 93.75 FTE increase in YouLearn, 17 FTE of which was at the OCC. February 2018 YTD Financial Statement ~ Total revenue for the 9 months ended March 31, 2018 was $18.12 million. Total expense for the same period was $18.17 million, resulting in a deficit of $54,414. Annual Five-Year Capital Plan Submission for 2018/19 ~ The Ministry of Education responded favourably to the district’s capital plan submission by allocating $2.27M for various capital projects across the district. Rural Education Enhancement Fund 2018/19 ~ The Ministry of Education will allocate to the district $437,075 in the 2018/19 school year (2017/18: $410,426). For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878 or shancher@sd53.bc.ca. Page 20 | May 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

PAC would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to the Pearce Family and Value Contracting for the purchase of new school shirts that have filled our kids with ‘Falcon’ pride. May is the month for the Annual General Meeting of PAC where the board for next year is voted in. The AGM will be the usual date and time of 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 1st in the School Library.

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. Our spaces are currently full for this school year and a wait list is available. For more information, or to register for the 2018/2019 school year, please send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.


Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 16

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Registration opened (and closed) on April 1st for the 7th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. Technical difficulties made for a few headaches this year, but we still filled all 225 spots before the Easter Dinner dishes were done. Please let the organizers know if you need to withdraw from the race, so that we can accommodate children on the growing wait-list. The event is once again offered at no charge, due to generous sponsors and amazing volunteers. We would like to thank our title sponsor Pharmasave Okanagan Falls, as well as return sponsors Interior Savings, Patio Burger, Easy Lock Storage, Skaha Matters, the RDOS, OK Falls Parks & Recreation, and Meyers Family Vineyards. If you are interested in supporting this amazing event, please contact organizers at carrieferg@hotmail.com. Our event is scheduled for the third weekend in June. Registration and Bike Drop-Off is in Kenyon Park on Friday, June 15th and the race starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 16th. The race will take place in and around Kenyon Park and Christie Memorial Park, and as always will be closed to traffic. We are in need of volunteers on both June 15th and June 16th. If your are interested, please register online at www.okfallsjrtri.com. “It’s not about the time you get, it’s about the time you have.”

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Top Ten Things To Do Before Listing Your Property For Sale By Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West Listing your home for sale might seem relatively simple, and while it can be done with a few clicks of the mouse, successful property sales require a little research and elbow grease first. Before listing your property for sale, whether it’s a house, condominium, or a plot of land, you’ll want to make sure it’s properly presented and valued. Even minor imperfections, such as peeling paint or unsightly landscaping, can turn off prospective buyers. Below are top ten things to do before listing your property for sale. 1.

Before you put your house on the market, even if you think it is in pristine condition, contact a real-estate agent to walk through it. The agent may have suggestions for repairs or small improvements that could help you sell your house.

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Maintain your lawn, garden, and shrubs. Keep the lawn watered and plant some flowers.

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If you have a beautiful perennial garden or an herb garden that keep coming back each spring, shoot up a roll of film and put the pictures in an album for prospective buyers to look at. In the winter, people may have a hard time visualizing what the yard and garden will look like during the growing season..

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Touch up the exterior paint, if it’s starting to flake or peel.

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Have the chimney for both the furnace and the fireplace checked and cleaned.

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Evaluate what your house looks like, as you step in through the door. Does it look crowded or cluttered? Does it look like nobody lives there? Can people see past the “you” in the room and see the room itself?

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Clean every room in the house thoroughly and get rid of the clutter and excess furniture. Have the carpets professionally cleaned. Put things in a storage locker, if you have a lot of stuff ... before listing your property. You’ll make the rooms look bigger and brighter.

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Make small fixes - touch up interior paint, or install new panels on the electrical switches. Fix drippy faucets and update the knobs and handles on the kitchen cabinets. If a room really needs it, give it a new coat of paint in a neutral colour. Have broken or cracked windows repaired or replaced. Wash the windows inside and out.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

By Meredith King This is the last in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

The Whitman Family

Mr. and Mrs. Whitman arrived early in Kaleden’s first decade and purchased ten acres extending from the present firehall location over the hill to Pineview Drive. Although they lived in Kaleden for over 20 years, very little is known about their background. Parker had spent many years employed by logging firms as a timber cruiser, estimating the amounts and quality of timber being offered, on both sides of the 49th parallel. He had been previously married and had a daughter living in Los Angeles. No one can remember how or why they ended up in Kaleden, nor why he had decided to switch careers and become an orchardist, but that is exactly what they did. They built their home on the brow of the hill overlooking Skaha Lake and surrounded themselves with young fruit trees. To the Whitmans, the outstanding feature of their home was surely the magnificent view up Skaha Lake, with Penticton and Naramata on the horizon. However, to the children of the district, there were two other aspects that set the house apart; it had two stained glass windows, one on either side of the fireplace, and it had, on the living room floor in front of the fireplace, the most enormous Grizzly Bear rug. It was, in actual fact, a relatively small grizzly, but with the mouth open and teeth bared it looked ferocious enough to stir the imagination of any young lad. While the bearskin rug was impressive enough, the story that went with it was even more exciting. It seemed that Parker Whitman, just prior to his marriage, had a small area to cruise near Salmon Arm and since the terrain was fairly flat, the weather fine and the job of short duration, he decided to take his future wife along and make a picnic of it. Unfortunately, they encountered the grizzly, possibly with cubs nearby, and it charged them. On first sight of the animal, they had taken precautions and climbed up a small rock outcropping hoping the bear would take that as a sign of retreat and ignore them. No such luck. The bear was bound and determined to scale the rock to reach them. Parker had only a small .22 high powered rifle with him - a center fire version of the normal .22 caliber - but certainly not something to go grizzly hunting with. As the story goes, each time the bear attacked, Parker fired from close range and the impact sent it reeling back down the rock outcrop. Now, no doubt, the story lost nothing in its retelling, but as it was told to many a young boy in Kaleden, the bear finally succumbed as the very last of the bullets were expended. Makes one wonder if the soon to be Mrs. Whitman insisted on one of Parker’s wedding vows was to be the undertaking of a new career and that is how they ended up in Kaleden as orchardists. Fewer grizzlies, that is for sure. Whatever the reasons, the Whitmans arrived and were very active in the community for many years. Mrs. Whitman’s health began to deteriorate in the 1920s and she was mostly confined to her home until she passed away in the late 20s. Shortly thereafter, Parker began to spend the winter months in Los Angeles with his daughter. While on one of these visits to California, he met a widow, Mrs. Noble, and they were married. For a number of years, they spent a half year up here and operated the orchard, but about 1937 they sold their property to Bill King and moved to the sunny south permanently. This author will be forever thankful to the Whitmans for their contributions to Kaleden, because their home became my first home, with the stained glass windows, but no grizzly bear rug. Page 24 | May 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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Attention Dancers: Join The Excitement By Brian Udal

Learn to dance Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. There is a boom of new dancers already learning in the South Okanagan. We are currently drawing students from Peachland, Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls to burn up the dance floor. Brian Udal and Natalie Dunser of Brian’s Dance Class are new to the Okanagan and excited to offer professional dance lessons to the surrounding community. The latest season of dance lessons started in Penticton on April 12 and Summerland on April 13. Beginner and Intermediate lessons are being offered. Brian Udal is a Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) Certified instructor who began teaching in 2004 in White Rock/South Surrey. He has taught thousands of students how to be comfortable on the dance floor. With only 8 weeks of lessons, you can strut your stuff at parties, cruises, weddings or just have fun twirling around the kitchen. Brian’s Dance Class offers Wedding Lessons for the new couple that have a goal to look their best in only 5 private lessons. You will learn an amalgamation of patterns for a choreographed routine that will provide you with the confidence to set the stage with memories that continue to give back long after the honeymoon. Private lessons are also available for the beginner or advanced who wish to refine their dance skills. Need a place to dance? There are monthly dance parties at the Anglican Church Hall in Summerland. Our Grand Opening Party was a huge success and well attended. The next dance party is on Saturday, June 2. Dancers from around the Okanagan will have a target dance to express their dance skills, meet fellow dancers and get healthy exercise for their bodies, minds and hearts. To register, call Brian on the phone with your Credit Card number at 778.516.7272 or email Brian for detailed information at brians. dance.class@gmail.com . Be the first to sign up and join the Ballroom movement right here right now ... Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

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Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

Kaleden’s Fun Facts and Food series celebrated traditional Chinese food at the “Chinese Hot Pot” cooking class with Mark Cheung in March. Each table shared a clay pot filled with tender chicken, vegetables and seaweed tofu.

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The Kaleden Seniors Committee shouts out a HUGE THANKS to all of the chefs who shared their love of Indian, Japanese, Vegan, Chinese, Russian and European foods and the presenters who imparted valuable knowledge about gardening, recycling, technology, fire prevention, birding, nature, and health issues within our community. Keep your Skaha Matters handy by your computer and phone to register for new, exciting events coming soon! Feel free to email us with your comments and ideas to SkahaMatters.com | May 2018 | Page 25 kaledenseniors@gmail.com.


Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

Aha! I knew we would finally start to see some warmer weather. Good to feel the warm sun on your face again, but unfortunate for the flood threats around the valley. All we can do is hardly enough to help all the people in jeopardy of another deluge this spring. The Lions School Breakfasts continue following the Spring Break and reports have everything going well. We are serving and kids are eating ... every Thursday at Okanagan Falls Elementary. “Mens sana in corpore sano”, the moto goes. The Lions Easter Egg Hunt was a lot of fun again this year with a good turnout despite the cool weather. However, Mother Nature came through with sunshine just as we started and stayed until we finished. It was breezy, but tolerable.

“Play in the Park” Series For Older Adults By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator

The Play in the Park series for Older adults begins this sunny month of May. We welcome Aja Jackson to her new role as the coordinator for the project. Some of you may know Aja from the Fun Facts and Food series in Kaleden and her work with the AlleyCATS Alliance. Aja is looking forward to getting things rolling, connecting with the community, and hearing your awesome ideas for play in the park activities. With generous funding from New Horizons for Seniors, all activities are open to all ages, no fee’s required! We kick off May with two offerings: Urban (nordic) Pole Demos ~ Learn about the many benefits of adding poles to your walks. In comparison to regular walking, urban poling provides a 25% increase in cardiovascular activity and burns up to 45% more calories. By activating your arms, core and back muscles, more blood needs to be pumped throughout the body and more often. You feel like you are getting a workout by simply walking around your neighbourhood or on a trail, enjoying the scenery and socializing with friends. See ad for demo dates. Tai Chi ~ Always a favourite, and this season, we’re hosting the sessions in Lions Gardens by the pond every Wednesday in May at 4:00 pm. Plans are underway for an official program launch party to be held in early June. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, please reach out to Aja and say ‘hi’ and chat about any ideas you have for events and themed activities. Phone 250-497-8188 or email to ajaplayinthepark@gmail.com. See you in the parks!

Next up is annual “Walk for Guide Dogs” on Sunday, May 27th, being the last Sunday of the month. So, all you canines out there be sure to get your owners to bring you to Okanagan Falls Lions Park. The walk starts at 10 am. This event raises funds to provide service dogs to people who require aid due to loss of sight, hearing, diabetes, seizure and autism assistance guides. Giving Canadians a “New Leash on Life” is what this event is all about. Look for sponsor leaflets available around town and from Lions members prior to the event. Let’s get together and help train a Guide Dog! Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is May 16, 17 & 18 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you see us around town, come over and say hello. If you have a Monday evening free, drop into our meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!” Page 26 | May 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Elaine Chernoff

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

Starting May 1st, a volunteer will be at the Centre on Tuesdays, By Bev van Uden Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm to showcase improvements to our building, answer questions, but more Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to Terry & Ray! importantly, find out what changes need to be made to attract new members. Bring your neighbour and have a coffee on us. On Monday, May 7th at 1:00pm, Myrna Tischer from “Better at Home” will provide details about various types of seniors housing from Retirement Housing to Residential Care, and everything in between. Bring your questions about costs, subsidies and services. Carpet Bowling and Shuffleboard players are taking a break until the fall. If you’re more interested in outdoor activities, contact the Recreation Department about their “Play in the Park” for Older Adults program (250-497-8188). A new “Silent Auction” is displayed in the main hallway at the Centre. The deadline for bids is 9:00am on Saturday, June 2nd, which is in conjunction with the Pancake Breakfast. Remember, all ages and non-members are welcome to the Monthly Breakfasts and Pot Luck Dinners. Please drop in during scheduled activities to pick up the monthly May Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: calendar of events, borrow a book from our new library, or bid on an item in the Silent Auction. Friday, May 4th ~ Cinco de Mayo Dinner & Dance - 7pm with Taco Bowl Salad for $7 and entertainment by Lulu & the Lazy Boys. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, May 5th from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, May 7th at 1 pm (Guest Speaker) Drop In Bingo (19+) ~ Saturday, May 19th at 1 pm (3rd Sat) Pot Luck Dinner ~ Saturday, May 26th at 5:30 pm Exercises ~ Tue & Thu at 9 am (Sun cancelled) Tuesday Bingo ~ May 1st, 8th & 15th at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music and Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays at 9 am Bridge / Cribbage ~ 1 pm / 7 pm on Thursdays Falls Music Group ~ Fridays at 3 pm (soft rock, blues & jazz)

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barbara Few

Thursday, May 10th ~ SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING at 7pm. The executive of Branch #227 is calling for a Special General Meeting to discuss the changing of Branch #227’s liquor license from the a liquor primary club to a liquor primary. Members only and all members must show their 2018 membership card receipt to attend the meeting. Friday, May 18th ~ Burgers & Fries for $7. This is immediately following the Meat & 50/50 Draws every 3rd Friday. Buzz is back in the house to entertainment us! Sunday, May 20th ~ Our Famous Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. We have pancakes French toast, hash browns, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults - $6, Children (3-10) $3, and Children under 5 are Free! Tuesday, May 22nd ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out what’s going on at the branch. Music Trivia Every Wednesday at 7pm ~ Join in the fun! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm on Friday & NEW TIME of 4pm on Saturday. Come on out, you could be lucky. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30pm start. All the sports are starting to wind down. However, we always have someone playing pool. Come see what our Legion is all about. Everyone is welcome to become a member. We love to see new faces at the Legion. For more info, please call at 250-497-8338.

May starts off with Bingo on Saturday, May 5th starting at 1pm. This is open to everyone, so come and try your luck. This month Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. the LA are catering meals during the Legion’s Meat Draws on May “Where you are always welcome to join us!” 11th and 25th, so come and enjoy a supper cooked by someone else! Our General Meeting is on Wednesday, May 2nd 1pm. Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic - Okanagan Falls Now is the time for spring cleaning! Time to get rid of those appliances you never use. Clean out your bookcase of all those Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. 250.497.7808 books you haven’t read for years. Feed up with your old ornaments Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12 Medicines Surgery Vaccinations from Aunty Min that are collecting dust, then you can give them to the LA for their Garage Sale on Saturday, May 12th. And, have a lovely clean tidy home. You might even find more items to lose! Looking ahead, we are holding a Strawberry Tea & Bazaar on Tue-Fri ~ 8-4 / Sat ~ 8-12 Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber Open: Closed: Sun/Mon & Holidays June 3rd from 11am - 3pm. If you are interested in having a table okbarbershop@shaw.ca - 778-515-6585 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls for your handicrafts, etc., please give Denise Ashton a call at 250SkahaMatters.com | May 2018 | Page 27 485-4949. This is always a popular event, so book early.


Sweet Memories of Lily Edmonds

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium

November 14, 1918 - March 22, 2018

On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Mrs. Lily Edmonds (nee Bell) passed away peacefully at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver at the age of 99 years. Lily was predeceased by her parents Eugene and Katherine Bell; brothers Frank and Johnny; sisters Mary, Rosy, Annie and Joyce; and her husband Ray and daughter Marlene. Lily’s memory will be cherished by her daughter Jean and sonsin-law Dennis Tomlin and Brian (Marlene) Tulak. She will lovingly be remembered by her sisters Emily and Susan; brother Louie and brother-inlaw Bill. Her grandchildren Allen (Kim), Teresa (Robin), Denean, Jason (Rhonda), her great grandchildren, Missy, Tony, Jenny, Angie,Holly, Ben, Annie, Drake, Tukker, Dayton, and Dalton, her great, great grandchildren, Makayla, Alliyah, Everly, and Aria. She also has many adoring nieces and nephews and their families. Lily was born in Holden, AB on November 14, 1918 to Eugene and Katherine Bell. She was the third oldest of ten children. Her family moved to Okanagan Falls in April 1935. In her early years, Lily worked as a housekeeper, in the cannery and as a waitress in mining camps. During WWII, she moved to Vancouver and became a riveter at the Burrard Shipyards. Marlene was born in 1945. Ray Edmonds came into her life after WWII. She was working at the Commodore Café in Penticton and they began dating. They were married on May 24, 1946. They lived in Penticton, Summerland and then moved to Okanagan Falls and built a home in the “Bell” block. Jeannie was born in 1947. They lived in the Cariboo for several years; Ray drove a logging truck and Lily tried chicken farming. Okanagan Falls always drew them back; they bought “the house on the hill” and the girls grew up there. Lily worked in the Kaleden packing house, cleaned cabins at the Dolly Varden Auto Courts, enjoyed making jewelry for the Rock Shop, but loved working in her garden most of all. She had a green thumb and a real passion for plants, and was quite a botanist. In the 60’s, Lily completed several courses in art, and started her oil painting career. She taught oil painting for several years in the Senior Centre. Lily also did cross stitch, petti-point, embroidery, crocheting, and any kind of craft that was available to her. Lily and Ray were members of the Oliver Twirler Square Dance Club, Legion 227 in Okanagan Falls, the International Meditation Society, Eckankar, Okanagan Falls Citizens on Patrol and Okanagan Falls Senior Centre. She took great pleasure volunteering at the Heritage Thrift Store, Okanagan Falls Senior Centre and Heritage Rose Garden. Lily moved to Heritage House in Oliver in 2013, being a year after Ray passed away. After complications with her health, she moved to Sunnybank in 2016, where she resided until her death. Lily’s Celebration of Life will be at 12:00 pm on Sunday, May 20th in the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. The graveside service in Okanagan Falls will be at 11:00 am with the reception to follow. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Sunnybank Centre for making her always feel so special, also thanks to John Nunes and Daryn Pottinger and staff at Nunes-Pottinger. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com. Page 28 | May 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson

Ahh Spring! You have been so missed! Although, those who are in trouble with high water levels would not agree, the warmer the weather, the better! There was a nice group of volunteers who turned out for the yard and garden clean-up on April 14th. There must be 15 garden waste bags waiting to be sent away. 7 people worked 3 hours each and a great amount of weeding, trimming and cleaning got done. Invitation letters will be going out to the Senior Resident Homes from Summerland to Osoyoos to encourage them to come to Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society for a visit. They will set up dates and often bring a lunch, which they enjoy under the covered patio. Then, they trip off to Tickleberry’ for ice cream. The spring and summer clothing in the H&M Thrifty Boutique really brightens up the place. The shop has a number of new volunteer workers, who look after the needs of the customers, are cheerful and pleasant, and are doing an excellent job in our little Boutique. New wall paper will be going up soon, so the Bassett House will be all ready when we have our Grand Opening for this year on the May 19th, leading into the Victoria Day long weekend. Once the papering is complete, some changes will be made in the house just to give it some variety. A study group has been selected to work with the Society on the Historical Monument Project. It too will be taking off this coming month. Seems that there is always lots to do. Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society memberships are still $15 a year. Anyone who is interested in the Museum is welcome to come to the membership meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 pm in the H&M Thrifty Boutique.


Penticton Quilters Guild ~ Quilt Show By Diane Schlamp, Advertising & Promotions

The Penticton Quilters Guild has been meeting in Penticton for over 30 years, quietly working behind the scenes teaching and sharing with our members and the community. Our guild has been actively involved in our community and continue stitching with love for our Community Quilts program. Not only sending out quilts, but big hugs are wrapped in each one. Quilts have travelled to Fort McMurray, Rock Creek, Calgary, Chase, Williams Lake to comfort the flood and fire victims. We also make quilts, placemats and health bags for SOWINS, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, St Vincent St Paul, and Baby’s First. We’re here for any community needs during a disaster. This year we are hosting our 11th Annual Quilt Show, called “Quilted ExpressionZ”, which brings in quilting fans from all over the Okanagan. In 2013, we hosted the Canadian Quilting Associations Quilt Show, which brought people from Newfoundland to the Yukon to Penticton for a one week show. What an amazing creative walk you will experience on May 5 & 6 viewing modern, traditional, art quilts. Buy a raffle ticket and win a beautiful handmade quilt to take home from your experience at our show. There will be a boutique filled with lovely gifts to purchase, 12 vendors, demos to pick up some hints, and special showings by The Fabricators, an Okanagan Art Group and the Fibre Art Network (FAN), a Western Canada group, featuring a new traveling show of art quilts. All are talented artists in their own right. Head to the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre on May 5th from 9:30 - 6:00 or May 6th from 9:30 - 4:00 for our show. Raffle draws will be held at 2:00 on May 6th. Why not check out about becoming a member of the Penticton Quilters Guild. Visit www. pentictonquilters.com or “Penticton Quilters Guild” on Facebook.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Stories of Forgiveness - May 6th ~ Following the worship service, we would like to invite the whole church into a circle for “Stories of Forgiveness”. We will go around the circle and share a story where we have seen or experienced forgiveness. You are welcome to just ‘observe’, though we are hoping for many contributions. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for May: 6th - Rev. David Sparks; 13th - Rev. Mark Bedford; May 20th - Victor Ince; and 27th - Judy Ritcey. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

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• Okey Dokey Music Bingo Music Trivia, Name That Tune & Family Feud • Okey Dokey Karaoke • Okey Dokey DJ Systems & Event Coordination Weddings, Private Parties and Special Events We have loads of experience and make sure all our events are loads of fun for everyone! See You Soon ... Okey Dokey? enrol59@gmail.com 250-689-0500 or 1-800-880-7365

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find these and more opportunities to connect at www.volunteercentre.info

Peach City Beach Cruise, June 22, 23 & 24, is seeking help with gate monitoring, button sales and computer registration data entry. St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Volunteers receive a show t-shirt and event food vouchers for Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday longer hours. 250-487-2303 / info@PeachCityBeachCruise.com Coffee and social time after the Church Service. South Okanagan Similkameen Brain injury Society is looking 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 for Social Buddies: 2 clients would benefit from one to one social interaction (coffee, walks, and chats). Also, volunteers could help with: Creative Art on Wednesday Afternoons; Bowling on Friday mornings (a possibility) and Tuesday morning farmers market in HUB Wednesdays from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. Summerland. Contact chuston@sosbis.com. Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation & crafts. South Okanagan Women in Need Society’s June 3 Walk to End Abuse needs your help. Register at https://www.volunteersignup. West Bench 5th Annual org/4QTTY. An Employment Program Photocopier is also wanted for 2 hrs flexible shifts, 1-2 times/month, packaging booklets. 250Community Yard Sale Event 493-4366 or reception@sowins.com. By Denis Chaykowski, West Bench Resident South Okanagan Similkameen Mental Wellness Society has West Bench neighbourhoods are busy getting ready for our 5th several volunteer opportunities, including Board of Directors Annual Father’s Day Weekend Yard Sale Event being held on (AGM is Tuesday June 5th at 6:30 pm at the Shatford Centre), Saturday, June 16th. events, fundraising, office support, housekeeping and training to With more homes involved this year, from the West Bench, co-facilitate programs. Detailed job descriptions available at #118Husula Highlands, and Sage Mesa subdivisions, we’re expecting 246 Martin Street, Penticton. 250-493-7338 (seriously) hundreds of locals and visitors to descend upon our quite neighbourhoods at 8 am. This promises to be an even bigger event ever this year. New bargain hunters and ‘early birds’ buzzing about are from our Okanagan Valley area, as well Kamloops, Chase, Vernon, Kelowna, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, etc. Always a fabulous Father’s Day Yard Sale Event for sellers and buyers alike, ‘because’ of the many great deals. All West Bench residents are welcome to participate on Saturday, June 16th, being Father’s Day weekend. For more information, call Denis at 250.460.2221 or visit www.cmeliveproductions.com. Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project DE

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Flowers to the Lions Easter Egg Hunt. What a great tradition! Over $1000 worth of treats donated by local organizations. Kids running outdoors ... So happy! ~ From Matt of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Value Contracting - Sales, Service, Installations & Repairs for the timely, involved work that was done on the Lower Twin Lake pump through the ice. Due to flooding downstream, we are unable to use the pump at this time, but thanks to Mike & Bob Pearce and group it is ready to be used as soon as possible to deal with the pending Twin Lake flood. ~ From Coral of Twin Lakes Flowers to Bob Haddow for his many years of service with the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. Bob served from 1984 to 1992 and again from 2006 until his retirement this year. Many thanks, Bob!” ~ From the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District & the Community of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the person(s) who have dumped truckloads of garbage at the top of Dogwood Road! ~ From the KVFD

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd. The first to offer families in the South Okanagan seamless door to door personal service at a very reasonable price. 24 hours, 365 days, all year long. If and when a death occurs, make sure you are an informed consumer. Call around and ask the tough questions. Have your note pad and pen handy. Is the person ready to give you prices over the phone? Are you speaking to someone that you feel you can place your trust in? Fish Heads to the person that is taking vacuums, computer a) Are there after hour costs? If so, how much? monitors and tv’s and leaving them at the Eagle Homes parking lot b) Is there a charge for the cremation casket? If so, how much? and FortisBC substation. ~ From Judy of Okanagan Falls c) Is there an extra cost if a home removal is called for? If so, Fish Heads to all the people who consider the Old Kaleden Road how much? their personal dumping ground. Countless times we and the Once you have all the information from each facility, do the neighbours have hauled other people’s garbage to the dump, as calculations. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. can save you many of us walk or ride that road and we don’t appreciate the eyesore. This weeks “deposit” was someone’s old dishwasher. hundreds of dollars, because we specialize in Direct Cremation Where is the sign that says, “Dump Here?” On April 18th, the only. One phone call. One door. One price. Most of our clients RDOS would have picked up that item in front of your property ... will find their own venue for a Celebration of their loved one’s life, for free! ~ From Lois of Kaleden if they so choose. The options are numerous and can be very unique. Call Lesley at 250-493-3912 if you have questions at any time, either at need or pre-need. Always best to have your Wine Shop arrangements made ahead of time. Best wishes for a safe and Open Daily healthy Summer to all. May 3rd We extend our sincere condolences to those families who lost loved ones during this last month, and our thanks to those who placed their trust in us.

Need Extra Money? Help wanted in Okanagan Falls. Guest House requires a young adult to work doing housekeeping. Will train. Part time. Carla 250.497.8981

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We would like to take this time to thank everyone. Every person who knew Wayne Rundle, who brightened his and our lives even for the briefest moments. For every well wish and every kind thought and generous gesture. The outpour of love and support in one of our darkest times has been a blessing. We know that Wayne would want to express his thanks to everyone as well, for surrounding our family with so much love and support when he could not. He was always proud to be a part of this community. Thank you for being a part of Wayne’s life, and for helping to make the celebration of his life as exceptional as he was. Special thanks to: Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre and all its members; the Okanagan Falls United Church; Pastor Wade Harvey; H&M Thrifty Shop; Okanagan Falls Fire Department; Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Staff; the whole community of Peach Cliff Estates for their generous support; and Carol and Ralph for opening their home to our family. With love to you all, Joan Rundle and Family SkahaMatters.com | May 2018 | Page 31


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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95 Great on a chilly day (in season) ................................... $5.75 Baked with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............ $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ................................ $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Tsatziki ...................................................... $8.95 SMALL - Carrots and celery with dip .......................... $4.95 LARGE - Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes ........... $8.95 tomatoes, mushrooms, and green peppers with dip

Munchie Basket

Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

Burgers

All burgers come on a fresh Kaiser roll with lettuce, pickle, tomato, onion (fresh or sautéed) & your choice of fries, perogies or salad. Ask for Gluten Free!

Inn Burger Our own freshly grilled 7 oz. patty ............................. $9.95 Farmer Burger Add a hash brown .......................................................... $10.95 Ham & Cheese Burger ............................................................................................ $11.95 Hawaiian Burger Ham and Pineapple ....................................................... $11.95 Greek Burger Feta Cheese and Cucumber ...................................... $11.95 Buffalo Burger Real Alberta Buffalo!! ..................................................... $11.95 Surf & Turf Burger Beef and Calamari .......................................................... $11.95 Medieval Burger Our Best Burger .............................................................. $11.95 Chicken Burger A boneless, skinless 6 oz. breast of chicken ........... $10.95 Crispy Chicken Burger ............................................................................................ $10.95 Veggie Burger A Soy and Rice patty, dressed to please! ................. $10.95 BC Salmon Burger Wild BC Salmon! .............................................................. $11.95 Ye Olde Fish Burger English Style beer battered cod ................................. $11.95 Add mozza, cheddar, 2 bacon strips or sautéed mushrooms: $1.39 each. Add Swiss $1.50. Add Feta $1.95.

Salads Garden Salad

Please ask server for your favourite dressing. With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

1 Piece: ..................................... $10.95 2 Pieces: ................................... $13.95

Pizza

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.95 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

12” 2 toppings: $12.95 | 14” 2 toppings: $19.95 | add topping $.95 ea

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95

Ye Olde Breakfast

Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

1 lb: $9.95 | 2 lbs: $19.95 3 lbs: $28.95 | 4 lbs: $38.95

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

All Day Breakfast 2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns.

Extras & Odds: Gravy $1.39 / Garlic Toast $1.95 / Add Chicken Breast $3.95 / Additional Sour Cream, Green Onions or Dip $.39 / Make it spicy & HOT $.95 / Fry your perogies $1.95 / Baked potato with sour cream or butter $4.95 / Substitute Onion Rings for French Fries on a meal $1.95 / Make your salad a Caesar $1.39 / Add a lobster tail to meal $12.95 or without a meal $14.95 / Add 5 prawns to meal $4.50 / Side of 3 perogies $5.25 / Add Mozza or Cheddar $1.39, Swiss $1.50, Feta $1.95 / Sauteed Shrooms & Onions $1.39

Entrées

Steak & Seafood

All entrées include your choice of our home fries, perogies or garden salad with your choice of dressing. Grilled Cheese A Classic Sandwich ............................................................ $9.95

Add sautéed mushrooms and onions or upgrade to Caesar for only $1.39!

Grilled Ham & Cheese Add ham to the classic sandwich ............................. $10.95 The BLT Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

Lean roast beef piled high and ................................. $11.95 smothered in our own gravy

Ukrainian Perogies

With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $11.95 garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

Our own roast beef, served au jus with .................. $11.95 horseradish on the side

Reuben Sandwich

Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95 cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

Served with garlic toast ................................................ $11.95

Our spicy medieval ground beef patty, .................... $12.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $14.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $17.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

2 Lobster Tails

TWO lobster tails, garlic toast and ......................... $29.95 baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Non-alcoholic Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Milk, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Scweppes Ginger Ale or Tonic Water, Mott’s Clamato Juice, Lipton Iced Tea or Cranberry Juice, Soda Water, Sun-Rype Orange Juice, herbal tea, bottled water and sparkling water.

We also host group gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas parties, etc. Let us help you make that next special moment memorable! 9 Scenic Kms South From Okanagan Falls

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

250-498-8840

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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Hot Roast Beef

Medieval Steak

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Skaha Matters May 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 4

Skaha Matters May 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 4

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