Skaha Matters May 2019

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Skaha Matters

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Director of Fundraising and Public Relations This is Sharon and spring is busting out all over and so are we! As I was driving down Waterman’s Hill the other day into Okanagan Falls, I looked and saw this amazing new building and thought, “Wow this is really happening!” As you can see, we are moving along on schedule and looking forward to moving in October 2019. Some of our duties in the following months will be to work with our Property Manager and BC Housing to find tenants to fill our units. We are looking forward to celebrating our “Grand Opening” and our next job will be to raise funds for a “Garden Patio”. Stay tuned and many thanks for your ongoing support!

Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

By April Howe, Information Centre Manager

Wow, just like that spring is here! The ice is off the lake, the fruit trees are in bloom, dogs are swimming in the water at the dog park, and I even saw kids putting their toes in the lake. They show pictures of cherry blossoms on the news from Vancouver and Japan, but they just don’t compare to the Okanagan fruit trees in bloom. It is so beautiful going down Highway 97 from Okanagan Falls to Osoyoos they should make a movie! We are still looking for volunteers for this coming tourist season. If you are interested in knowing more or would like to sign up and join our team, please call me at 778-515-6588 between 9am - 8pm Monday through Friday. The Visitor Information Centre will open for the season on Monday, May 13th.

Getting Closer! The seniors housing project is on schedule to open this fall.

Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen This has been a spring that has been painfully slow, but the blossoms are starting to pop which is always a good sign. And, of course, it will be summer and extremely hot before we can blink. For all of us in the South Okanagan, we can celebrate the opening of the David Kempe Tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital that everyone living in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen has financially contributed to. It was taxes collected by the RDOS for many years that enabled the first shovel in the ground on this project and paid for 40% of the cost to build. On another health related issue, I am relieved to see an agreement with Interior Health and our local doctors to keep a 24 hour Emergency Service available at the South Okanagan General Hospital. Also, a big thank you to the local communities of Oliver and Osoyoos who are looking at supporting the costs of housing for doctors who are here for shorter periods of time. All of these things that support our Health Care system make our communities better places to live. With an aging demographic, the demands on our medical system will continue to grow. But, through projects like this and improvements in medical technology, we are well positioned for the challenges. Some areas of concern are not so easy to correct and the need for more people, of all ages, to enter the Health Care field continues to be a challenge. School District 53, in partnership with Okanagan College and Interior Health, are training Care Aides right out of high school and also offering the program to others in the community. We need to continue to support these hands on programs being offered to students while in their senior years at school. Many of you will have noticed the amount of culvert installations happening throughout the region. This is in response to flood issues from last spring and more preventative work happens as we move ahead. I realize not everyone’s issue has been dealt with yet, but there is a backlog of paperwork being worked through. Please keep my office informed about concerns you have in your neighbourhood with flooding and we will add our voices to yours to government.

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Thank You Okanagan Falls! Dr. Jamie Robertson and his wife Jill would like to express their extreme gratitude for all the thoughtful cards and gifts they have received on his recent retirement. We are excited and happy to be moving on to this next chapter of our lives, but Jamie will fondly remember his 40 years of doctoring to the townsfolk of Okanagan Falls. Thank You Everyone! ~ Jill & Jamie Whether you are a fan of LNG or not, the BC Liberal Government, while in power, included in legislation the mandatory public disclosure of contract agreements with proponents. The NDP Government attempted to remove that disclosure from the legislation and in an extremely rare vote of the MLA’s in the House we were able to defeat the motion. We have always believed that LNG was good for the Province and always believed the public had a right to know what deals Government was making on behalf of the people of BC regarding this incredible resource. For those of you who have pets and are fans of the work the SPCA does, they will be celebrating 125 years of service in BC in 2020. They are the oldest Not-For-Profit organization in British Columbia and rely almost entirely on personal donations. They also do compassionate boarding for pets of women leaving abusive relationships and are expanding that service where possible. I am a long time monthly supporter of the SPCA and grateful for the work they do. The election in Alberta is now history and we hold our breathe waiting to see if Premier Kennedy will follow through with his promises to strangle our gas supply. We have all experienced the ups and downs of gas prices at the pumps and we are certainly more fortunate than the commuters in the Lower Mainland, but it could get much worse. Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, over 80% of the gasoline and diesel used in British Columbia. We are many, many years away from electrifying our means of transportation and driving prices up on fuels will not make it happen any faster. Everything we eat, wear and touch every day has used a form of fuel transportation to reach us. The more expensive to transport the more the costs to all consumers will rise. I sincerely hope solutions will be found by those at the top of the food chain, the Federal and Provincial Governments. And finally, there are more children outside playing as the weather improves, so please be extra alert around playgrounds and schools.


So far so good (at least as at the time of writing - April 21, 2019). Last year at this time, we were all dealing with record flooding in the region for the 2nd year in a row. This past winter, we had less snowpack than the last 2 winters. This spring, we have had less rain than at this date last year. Drought is expected for the coming weeks. I Ron Obirek am hoping for rain in July to help keep Director of the fire risk down this year. The RDOS RDOS Area ‘D’ Emergency Operations Centre may be the most ready it has ever been. Let’s hope we don’t need them as much as we have the last 2 years. The Community Services Office is under renovation. First step is to clean and paint. Then, we will get some staff back in the office during the transition while we sort out what services Area ‘I’ and other rural Electoral Areas may want to participate in. Director Monteith and I are working together to accomplish the public engagement and feedback process as quick as possible, so that we can make some decisions regarding fine tuning the scope of services that we will be providing from the office in the future. Then, we shall refocus the job responsibilities and duties and set budget for 2020. This process will take many months, but we will be working to accomplish it as soon as possible. I ask for the community’s patience, as we work through this transition process. My goal is to have services provided from our local office that support our community. It will be a base of operations for our community policing efforts, projects like the Aster, promotion and encouragement of affordable housing, town centre development, improvements to our parks and recreation programs and support generally regarding services required by our local residents. The Tourism Office is expecting to open May 13, 2019. Special thanks to April and all the volunteers who provide services out of that office. There is a need for more volunteers, especially for weekend hours. I ask that anybody who is interested to contact me directly or contact April. We have a wonderful volunteer group, who have been providing an excellent service for many years. For anyone who enjoys promoting the area and joining in with a good group of people, please don’t hesitate to step forward. The Tourism Office is adjacent to the Community Services Office and the staff we will have in that office will be providing supplemental support to the volunteers as well. I would like to invite any and every local business or group that would like to be promoted in the Tourism Office to please contact me. This is an excellent opportunity for us to promote economic activity in our area and work together with ideas on how to make our community better. Thank you to the RDOS regarding bylaw enforcement respecting the untidy premises located adjacent to the OK Barber Shop. We understand these enforcement proceedings take time and appreciate that action is happening. Progress is being made regarding the Heritage Hills Park Project. On an exciting note, the sod put down last fall is doing well and some of the grass seed planted last fall has now sprouted. There is much work left to be done. I understand the Community Association is working with the RDOS on finalizing a Memorandum of Agreement with regard to the use of $210,183 in grant money successfully raised by the Heritage Hills Lakeshore Highlands Community Association for the purpose of capital project development in the park. The Community Association was also successful last fall obtaining $215,000 of gas tax grant money committed towards

the project for a total of approximately $425,000 (this means our property taxes will be freed up in the amount of approximately $425,000 from this purpose over the coming years and therefore available for other capital park projects in Area ‘D’ - not the least of which are the upgrades necessary in the Waterfront Park system and Keogan Park in Okanagan Falls). RDOS is working with ECORA on revised engineering plans and drawings necessary for the next stage of the Heritage Hills Park development. It promises to be an exciting year for long overdue park development in the area. Plans are also underway for the upgrade to the boat launch and adjacent dock. RDOS staff advise that this project will hopefully be finished in this calendar year. Some improvements and changes have already occurred on the Waterfront Park. The volleyball courts have been moved opening up more beach play area for young children and families. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is working on a Master Parks Plan with a view to setting short and long-term goals and priorities. New ideas for Pickleball courts, replacement picnic shelter, Keogan Park and improvements to the Waterfront Park system are all getting attention. The group from Upper Carmi has been working hard to preserve the Upper Carmi Intensive Recreation Use Area and protect it from clear-cut logging. They appeared before the RDOS Board on April 4, 2019 and provided an excellent presentation. They received unanimous RDOS Board vote on a motion of support from the Board towards the efforts to create a Community Forest. This option appears to be a balanced solution to the concerns raised. I noticed that Community Futures supports this option also and I understand that the City of Penticton has also provided support. I further understand the group is now having conversations with the Penticton Indian Band and are working hard with the local MLA Dan Ashton. Congratulations to all involved for your hard work. Well done. I am hopeful a positive resolution to the concerns raised will be accomplished. Our Morning Coffee Meeting at the Legion on April 8 was again well attended with good information and concerns shared by many. Two concerns brought forward were regarding potholes on Cedar and worries about trees leaning in the wind on Hawthorne. I forwarded these concerns to the appropriate Provincial departments. I was very pleased to see prompt response on the potholes. I understand the trees are being looked into in recent days and I await an update from the Province. I will be contacting the volunteers who have signed up regarding community policing and the Aster project in the coming weeks. At our next community coffee with the Director (meeting scheduled for May 13), I welcome everybody interested with respect to the Aster project and community policing. I will be speaking to both of these matters at that meeting. We are looking for volunteers, as well as questions and suggestions. I will continue to support the efforts initiated by the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association regarding issues of special concern in the Vaseux Lake area. I have spoken with the Okanagan Basin Water Board and they confirm that they share the concerns raised and are also working towards resolution to the outstanding issues, which include milfoil, siltation, and water quality. Our next Morning Coffee Meeting with the community will be Monday, May 13, 2019 at 9 am at the Legion. All are welcome. There is lots of parking. Entrance is at the rear (south entrance). I will be available to meet with anyone who would like to speak regarding any concern comment or question. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. I can be reached at robirek@rdos. or 250-328-9800. Yours truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Spring has arrived and this brings concerns of flooding or drought and concerns around climate change. 2019 our annual snowpack was below average, yet our groundwater levels appear average to normal. Recent local prediction is that we are in for a long hot summer, which could be a blessing or a curse. Thankfully, we are Subrina Monteith protected by trained volunteers of the Director of Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, RDOS Area ‘I’ who are hosting their annual Garage Sale on Saturday, May 11th from 8am until noon! Kaleden Community Association (KCA) has launched a website, which can be located at Visit the website to enter into a draw! Lots of local info and events can be found on the website, which is maintained by each local committee. The FireSmart Committee in Kaleden presented our “Kaleden Community Fire Risk Assessment” to local residents. We all learned a lot and have a challenge to get involved in cleaning up our own street. Sunday, May 5th is our Community FireSmart Day. See the Kaleden community website for more details. As the process unfolds, it has been determined that the office in Okanagan Falls that has been funded as the Area ‘D’ / Area ’I’ “Economic Development” service, has indeed been operating fully legally. I’m looking at a few options moving forward, including a contract for service, specifically for a grant writer. In the end, my goal is to reduce or maintain the tax requisition amount, so there will not be an increase in taxes - only benefit to residents. Stay tuned for a Town Hall Meeting in the near future or call/email me to talk anytime. The Pioneer Park Project is set to be completed by the end of April or early May. RDOS expects to replace our boat launch in 2020, so watch for that upgrade in the near future. The Pioneer Park Annual Clean Up event is taking place on Saturday, May 4th starting at 9 am. Sickle Point, which is now called Skaha Point, has an active application for a 5 lot subdivision again. The proposed development has been the source of years of tension and regret with our community not purchasing it many years ago. If you wish to write an email to me with your concerns about the proposed development, I will forward them onto the provincial approving officer who will be making the decision on the application on Skaha (Sickle) Point in the near future. Crime is starting to be a concern again in Kaleden. Please lock up valuables and use motion lights or cameras to protect your property. If all home owners did this, there would be no interest in our community. Crime Prevention Tips: • Pick a time every night to do a “walk around and to lock up”! • Never leave your home or vehicle unlocked during the day or night. • Report all criminal activity to RCMP and on our “Kaleden Watch” Facebook group. In case you missed the updated bylaw, effective IMMEDIATELY it is illegal to discharge or sell fireworks in Area ‘I’ (Kaleden, Twin Lakes, St Andrews and Apex), Area ‘D’ (Okanagan Falls) and Area ‘F’ (Naramata). Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | |

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Do you live in Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls)? Are You A Resident Of: Upper Carmi  Heritage Hills  Lakeshore Highlands  Vintage Views Skaha Estates  Vaseux Lake  Okanagan Falls Your feedback regarding the Area “D” Economic Development/Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls is requested. The 2018 boundary change that divided Area “D” into two electoral areas (“I” and “D”) provides an opportunity to review the existing service and Area “D” participation in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Community Service Office in Okanagan Falls (Figure 1). The office currently serves Areas “D” and “I”; however, Area “I” may elect to leave the service in 2020. Currently, the office provides access to RDOS services; community information; support for community projects and initiatives; and, also provides space for the Visitor Centre in Okanagan Falls. Figure 1 History of the Office The Community Service Office was established in 2015 and originated from the Economic Development Service created in 2008. The Economic Development Service was established after the Okanagan Falls Weyerhaeuser site closed. The initial intent of the service was to find a use for the site and to retain existing and attract new businesses and industry to the area.

Area “D” Director, Ron Obirek, would like to enhance the function of the Community Service Office. Central to this plan is to reinvigorate all initiatives currently administered through the office and enhance the economic development component which would include: moving the Town Centre Revitalization and Waterfront Plans forward; renovating the tourist Visitors Centre; increasing policing in Area “D”; strengthening partnerships with local business associations; and, attract new business and industry to Area “D”. Participation in the Community Services Office is funded through property taxes on land and

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improvements. The Area “D” contribution for the office’s budget in 2019 is $98,474. A typical Area “D” residence assessed at $462,537 will pay approximately $36.07 annually to fund the service (Figure 2). Area “I” may elect to withdraw its current funding from the service in 2020. No increase in Area “D” taxes to fund the service above current costs has been proposed at this time. Figure 2 2019 Economic Development Service Costs Area “D” Contribution Tax requisition: Cost to typical residence:

$98,474 $36.07

Area “I” Contribution Tax requisition: Cost to typical residence:

$58,146 $33.87

Total cost of service:


Do you have feedback or suggestions regarding the Community Services Office? Are there additional community services you want offered? (Propose one!) This is your opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions about establishing a service. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has contracted a public engagement consultant to engage with residents in Area “D” to determine what services residents want delivered through the Community Service Office in Okanagan Falls. Please contact, Greg Rose, by email or by phone to provide feedback and suggestions at or phone 250-486-1670. Or, contact Area “D” Director, Ron Obirek by email: For updates, please visit

Do you live in Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex)? Are You A Resident Of: Apex  St. Andrews  Twin Lakes  Farleigh Lake  Marron Valley  Kaleden Your feedback regarding the proposal for Area “I” to discontinue participation in the Economic Development/Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls and consider a different service is requested. The 2018 boundary change that divided Area “D” into two electoral areas (“I” and “D”) provides an opportunity to review the existing service and Area “I” participation in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) Community Service Office in Okanagan Falls (Figure 1). The office currently serves both Areas “I” and “D” and is jointly funded at this time. The office provides residents with access to RDOS services; community information; support for community projects and initiatives; and, provides office space for the Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre. Figure 1 History of the Office The Community Service Office was established in 2015 and originated from the Economic Development Service created in 2008. The Economic Development Service was established after the Okanagan Falls Weyerhaeuser site closed. The initial intent of the service was to find a use for the site and to retain existing and attract new businesses and industry to the area.

Director Subrina Monteith has proposed that Area “I” leave the shared Community Service Office in 2020 and establish a new service in Area “I”. Several services are being explored. Potential options include establishing a: Kaleden-based community office; culture service to coordinate a heritage or museum project; contribution service where Area “I” would share costs associated with Area “D” to develop funding sources through grant submissions; and, contribution service to fund a portion of the Visitors Centre in Okanagan Falls.

Participation in the Community Services Office is funded through property taxes on land and improvements. The Area “I” contribution for the office budget in 2019 is $58,146. A typical Area “I” residence assessed at $434,282 will pay approximately $33.87 annually to fund the service (Figure 2). No increase in Area “I” taxes to fund the service above current costs has been proposed at this time. Figure 2 2019 Economic Development Service Costs Area “I” Contribution Tax requisition: Cost to typical residence:

$58,146 $33.87

Area “D” Contribution Tax requisition: Cost to typical residence:

$98,474 $36.07

Total cost of service:


Do you have feedback or suggestions regarding the Community Services Office? Are there additional community services you want offered? (Propose one!) This is your opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions about establishing a service. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has contracted a public engagement consultant to engage with residents in Area “I” to determine which services are preferred. Your feedback is essential in this process. Please contact, Greg Rose, by email or phone to provide feedback and suggestions at or phone 250-486-1670. Or, contact Area “I” Director, Subrina Monteith by email: For updates, please visit the RDOS Website at: | May 2019 | Page 7

Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Water Conservation Measures for 2019 STAGE ONE: (now in effect, and until further notice) A) Irrigation season is April 15th to October 15th. No watering outside of these dates. B) All properties to the south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday. C) All properties to the north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday. D) Water only from 6:00 - 10:00 AM and from 7:00 - 11:00 PM on your assigned watering days. E) Hand watering, or use of micro-irrigation or drip irrigation systems, can done at any day and time. F) Run automatic underground system only from midnight to 6:00 AM and only on your watering days. G) No watering on Monday for anyone! H) 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 crops only; natural or landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. STAGE TWO: (when deemed necessary by Trustees and in addition to Stage One) A) All properties to the south of Lakehill Road water only on Tuesday and Saturday. B) All properties to the north of Lakehill Road water only on Wednesday and Sunday. D) Automatic underground irrigation systems are included in the above restrictions. E) No watering on Monday, Thursday, or Friday. F) No use of water to fill swimming pools, hot tubs, and ponds, and wash vehicles or boats. C) Agricultural properties as defined in Stage One (H) above, remain exempt from the above restrictions for watering crops only; natural or landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures STAGE THREE: (when deemed necessary by Trustees) A) NO outside watering permitted. B) Depending on severity of drought, exemption for agricultural properties may be subject to review. Need clarification or have a question? Email, phone or drop into the KID Office! NOTE: Domestic water bills will be mailed shortly; if your address has changed, please notify the office ASAP (address change notification is your responsibility). And, mail your payment to KID’s new address, which is 119 Ponderosa Avenue, Kaleden BC, V0H 1K0. Thanks!

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FireSmart Assessment Follow Up By Linda Dahl Over 100 people were on hand for the delivery of the Kaleden Wildland Fire Assessment delivered on April 4th. The following are a few of the many important tips suggested to help keep our community safe. 1. Reduce property fuels as best you can. Remove all dead cedars and trees. 2. Rake debris from under trees. 3. Remember, it can happen here! Help yourself and your neighbours by following the FireSmart Guide. 4. Encourage shoulder mowing along all roadways. 5. Stop dumping yard waste into gullies and over the edges of slopes. 6. Remove any combustible ground cover, such as bark mulch within five feet of your home. To view the report, go to webpage. Follow the FireSmart link to find the Assessment.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Watering Restrictions

By Bob Daly OFID Annual General Meeting ~ The AGM of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District was held April 23, 2019. Election for two trustee positions was held and Randy Perrett and Bob Daly were acclaimed to three-year terms. The Report from the Chair was read by Bob Daly who noted major achievements for the past year which include: •

A focus on system upgrades including electronics, instrumentation and other infrastructure resulting in greater reliability within the system. Maintaining good working relationships with Interior Health, WorkSafe BC and Water Suppliers Association of BC, helping to provide safe drinking water to the public and a safe working environment for employees. Establishing a schedule of sustainable water rates and charges to meet OFID’s financial needs now and long into the future.

May 1st to September 30th

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The Chair offered a special thanks to Operator Travis Prystupa and Standby Operator Peter Maliepaard for their tireless efforts in protecting Wells #3 and #6 during the flooding of Shuttleworth Creek last May.

We remind you of watering restrictions:

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.

Introducing Nicolas Poirier (Nic) from Future Contracting Ltd. Nic is new to the area and is looking forward to offering his services for ALL your construction needs. He is an experienced red seal carpenter with over thirty years in the construction field. He can build anything from a “dog House” to the White House”.

Bob Daly also offered his appreciation to Staff and Trustees for their hard work on behalf of the OFID public during his past five years as OFID Chair. He will be stepping down as Chair and resume his role as Trustee. Trustees and Staff for the next year ~ Trustees are: Ted Lynch; Randy Perrett; Marjorie Bracconier; Bob Daly; and Chair Rick Wilson. Staff are: Manager Judy Morris; Operator Travis Prystupa; and Standby Operator Peter Maliepaard. Okanagan Falls Cemetery News ~ OFID Staff are doing the spring cleanup at Okanagan Falls Cemetery and all artificial flowers and ornaments have been removed. You may claim them by contacting the Office at 250-497-6122. Artificial flowers and ornaments are only permitted during the winter months, so as not to interfere with the grounds keeping during spring, summer and fall. Watering Restrictions ~ Watering restrictions begin May 1st. For instructions, look for the ad near this article in Skaha Matters or check OFID’s website.

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B e S a f e — B e I n f o r m e d — B e I n v o l v e d I n Yo u r C o m m u n i t y S I G N U P TO R E C E I V E I M P O R TA N T R D O S N OT I F I C AT I O N S To ensure the residents and property owners of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are safe, informed and involved in their communities, the RDOS has implemented a mass communication service called CivicReady. This system allows the RDOS to communicate out emergency and routine messages through email, text and/or phone call.

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Routine Notifications:

EOC Updates

Community Events

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Truth Not Politics

Lower Nipit (Twin Lake) Land Improvement District (LNID)

Submitted by the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society With no regard for three scientific papers stating that the water resource at Twin Lake is already overtaxed and cannot sustain further draws, the many serious written concerns of hydrogeologists about flawed methodolgy used in the study paid for by the developer, about the many emails from educated, concerned citizens, that the Twin Lake area and White Lake are home to red-listed and endangered species, White Lake is a designated Important Birding Area, the study data proving current excessive road mortality of Protected Species in our area, or respect for this being Red Listed First Nations lands, the RDOS Board passed 2nd Reading on a development planning on 232 residential units and tourism facilities.

Letters Patent 1965 160 Twin Lake Road, Kaleden V0H 1K0

53rd Annual General Meeting Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:45 am ~ Registration, Coffee & Posters 1:00 pm ~ Annual General Meeting Kaleden Community Hall - 320 Lakehill Road

A vote will be held - next steps following 2 years of flood threatening both water quality and quantity. Come to support this unique, sensitive Twin Lake.

Several requests to present to the new Board, as there are 17 new members, were refused by RDOS staff. An unverified report of 30 phone calls supporting the development, may have come from those with related economic interests.

A petition submitted recently had 215 signatures from citizens who understand the issues at Twin Lake, expressing concern about losing their only water source. Western Water, in reviewing the 2016 Golder study, have never Castanet news stated, “The project passed a first reading in 2018, fully addressed the concerns raised by Dobson and the Provincial but has been in the works in various forms for over two decades.” hydrogeologists: In 2011, the Provincial Approving Officer refused this development • The hydrogeological model has never been calibrated by pumping or any “in public interest” as set out in the Land Titles Act. infield tests. We agree with Director Monteith that, “... it’s time we all trust • The study uses a variance (8000L/unit/per day to 2200L/unit/per day, which the professionals.” The professionals we trust are those without include fire and water treatment) to reduce water consumption based on bias, who produced the 2010 Summit Report administered by areas that don’t represent the rural Okanagan (both in lot size and climate). the RDOS showing that the Twin Lakes aquifer has limited water Golder has not only used this variance in its calculations of water use inside availability during dry years and is overtaxed with current use, the • the aforementioned development, but has also used this value in areas 2011 Golder Peer Review, and the hydrogeologists who raised outside the development. The areas outside of the development will not serious concerns about methodology in the 2016 Golder report have the xeriscaping and other water conservation proposed inside the paid for by the developer. current development. In the 2016 report, Golder used an increase in recharge from Golder uses a steady state model and not a transient model, as required bedrock, negated all irrigation licences and used a “Steady State” • by the province. model which is not suitable for the Twin Lake Area as stated by BC Provincial hydrogeologists and as Dobson, a hydrogeology and • Both of the premises in which Golder uses in their water usage calculations geotechnical engineer, stated in his review. are wrong. The large agricultural license of approximately 300,000 m^3 has not been considered in their water usage calculation and a blanket The Twin Lake aquifer supplies water directly to Upper and value of 2,200 L/unit/day of residents in the community has been used. Lower Twin Lakes, Turtle Pond (home to Red-listed endangered Western Painted Turtle), the golf course, and Trout Lake to Marron Why are the unbiased earlier hydrogeology reports which stated Valley. Turtle Pond dried up in 2009 and protected wildlife could that the aquifer is overtaxed with current use, being ignored by not survive. White Lake is affected by our water levels, as is RDOS staff who have said that they are only considering the latest Willowbrook and the Meyers Flat Wetland Conservation Park. review (Golder 2016) paid for by the developer? In 2009, several residents at Twin Lake lost water in their well and 1. Why are all the residents, including new residents who would buy in a new lake intake, due to the severe decline in water levels. development, being put at risk of loss of water? 2.

Why was the previous approval for 36 units and why is the current rezoning application being pushed through prior to proof of water availability?


The Golder 2016 report paid for by the developer was eviscerated by experts and a response from Golder ought to be sought. Has this been done? If so, where is the response?

Annual General Meeting


How do 232 homes and more structures help ‘Land Stewardship and Preservation’ as the developer suggests?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm


What monitoring is proposed?


If the water and sewer infrastructure is eventually to be extended to all residences, how much more will existing residents be paying?


We would like to see the original draft of Golder 2016, prior to all the revisions the developer required before releasing it.


Is the RDOS proposing to ignore the letter from the Ecosystems section of the Ministry of Forests recommending an assessment?

Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society

177 Twin Lake Road Come support your unique, upland, sensitive Twin Lake Area. All living in the Twin Lake Area are invited to attend.

Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi Congratulations again to the winners of the Art Raffle in March. Bill Wilson and Huxley Eichler won the 1912 historical prints of Kaleden. Connie Deneskiuk won the Old Hotel Encaustic Art presented by Kaleden artist Jane Bland. Connie said she was going to hang it up in the home for family and friends to enjoy. KCA Art Raffle winner, Connie Denesiuk (on right), won the “Old Hotel” encaustic art by Jane Bland (on left) during the March 15th draw. Thanks again to everyone who purchased tickets to support community projects in our community.

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

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New Website ~ The Kaleden Community Association is happy Proceeds towards rescue equipment. Donations gratefully to announce there is a new Kaleden Community Website. Check accepted. Only items in working condition please. Articles it out at and enter the contest! may be left at the Kaleden Fire Hall by the two shipping Everything you need or want to know about Kaleden is on this containers in the back, or for pick-up in the Kaleden and White website, with subject headers such as the Calender, KCA, KID, Lake Area on Wednesday, May 8th between 6-9pm. Phone Church, FireSmart, HUB, Library, Museum, Kal-Rec, Seniors 250-497-8231 and leave a message or email kaledenfire@ Committee, KVFD, Businesses, and Twin Lakes. Thank you KCA You may also call any firefighter. for starting this website and hosting it. To celebrate our community website launch, we thought it would be fun to offer a contest. Open for entries until Noon on Tuesday, Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department May 28th, when we will draw from the correct entries submitted. Fire Department History Continues ... Process is as follows: An individual on Cedar Street in May of 1997 at • Go to the website 7:45 pm was burning items in a barrel and left it • Go to the “Contest Alert” section for the contest details unattended for a few minutes. Upon his return, Good Luck Everyone! the side of his 8’ x 12’ garden shed was ablaze and ended up Grant Funding ~ Do you have an idea to bring neighbours gutting the whole shed. In addition to this, one wall on his second together, to connect Kaleden residents, or to enhance opportunities shed was scorched. The barrel was 2 feet from the shed. That year for all residents to participate? KCA is making Grants available to Okanagan Falls firemen attended 9 MVA’s with 3 of them going support your ideas. For more information on the Grant criteria, or straight down Main Street into the lake. All the MVA occupants had any questions or concerns, please contact the Kaleden Community minor injuries. One vehicle caught fire on Waterman’s Hill. Association by email to In Helena, Arkansas, 3 firefighters were killed and a dozen injured battling an explosion and fire at a chemical plant that released toxic fumes. The fire was fueled by pesticides at BPS Inc., being a chemical packaging plant. The flames were 150’ high, the HUB The HUB is in need of a volunteer driver for the Twin Lakes area. If you are available to drive occasionally and are fumes burnt their noses and took their breath away. It smelled interested, please call the HUB at 250-460-3387. like ammonia. The chemicals used in the plant were considered poisonous. The fire forced the evacuation of a nearby hospital and the industrial area. It took most of the day to extinguish the fire. In Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department October, 1997, 4 firemen were rushed to the Penticton Hospital with burning eyes, throat and nausea. They were called to a grass May 2019 Safety Tip fire north of Munson Mountain, but instead found a pile of refuse All Open Burning Is Now with bags of fungicide in it. This fungicide when burned, becomes Closed For The Season! sulphur dioxide. These firemen were lucky, as they were treated To be continued ... Continue, however, to keep your properties clear of wildfire fuel by and then released. Special Dates: May 5th is International Firefi ghters Day. Wishing trimming, limbing, raking, and removing dead cedars, trees and all mothers and grandmothers a Great Mother’s Day on May 12th. shrubs. DE



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The KVFD fully supports and is participating in the 2nd Annual FireSmart chipping event taking place on Sunday, May 5th. A chipper will be at the top of Dogwood Avenue from 9-4 for Kaleden and area residents to bring their debris. (See ad in this issue.)

Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more information, please call 250-497-5700 or email Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish

Walk ‘n’ Roll

By Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator for Area D and I

Active Living in the Okanagan is made easier with the arrival of Spring, and the awesome paths, amazing vista’s and enviable weather. No matter if you walk, run, roll or ride, we can all get outside and enjoy sunshine and exercise. Looking For Walking Company? ~ Kaleden residents might be interested in joining the Friday Morning Walking Club that meet up at the 1912 Hotel at 9:00 am. The group has poles to lend, if you want to add a little more exercise to your walk. The Tuesday/ Thursday Strength Class in Okanagan Falls will soon be adding a walk to their program, too. We’re also offering to set up a little The Recreation Commission through the RDOS has applied for database of sorts to help connect people who are looking for group a License of Occupation for the piece of property just north of walking clubs - we just need to know who you are, best time of Pioneer Park joining the Park and the Kaleden Irrigation District day and we can make an effort to pair a few people up. Just email property. We were hoping to have this process completed by the and introduce yourself and we can get started Park Clean up day, but it has taken a little longer than expected. planning some group walks. Please watch for the opportunity to go down to the park and take How To Connect With Us ~ The recreation staff have relocated part in a “riparian” planting experience that will be coming soon. to office space in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School at 1141 Thank you to all the people who came out and helped with the Cedar St - NW Entrance. We try to keep regular daytime office annual Pitch-In Day held on April 13th, and a special ‘Thank You’ hours, but the out and about nature of our work sometimes has us, to the organizers of this event. Also, ‘Thank You’ to the Kaleden well, out and about. Please call ahead if you are making a special Seniors Committee for organizing another wonderful Heritage trip to see us, and we can be sure to be here to meet with you. A Social. What a great event for all ages, high-lighting our history second option is to drop by the Community Service Office (by the and visiting with our neighbours. The Seniors Committee also IGA) 8:30-4:00 pm on Thursdays to visit with our Recreation Clerk announced their upcoming events in June. Mark your calendars Nancy Wigley and say hi to “Faith”, her gentle and locally famous for June 12th for the Linden Garden Tour with Ken Hayter and canine greeter. June 27th for the Party in the Park. See you “out and about” or call us at 250-497-8188 or email to Of course, the Spring Recreation programs have begun and On-line Registration is at planning has started for some special events. On the first day of summer, June 21st, P.A.T. (the Physical Activity Trailer) will be down at Pioneer Park. We are also planning for another fun-filled Canada Day event. CHANGE THE DATE!!! The Annual Pioneer Park clean up date was changed! We were concerned that the construction would not be completed for the original date we chose, so the date has been moved to Saturday, May 4th. There will be some additional jobs to help complete the first phase of this project, such as extra bark mulch to be put up to the edge of the new parking lot. We are also hoping to have a tree planting in the middle of the parking lot island. Come on down to the park at 8 am, help out, and then enjoy a BBQ lunch.

On the business side, the Commission is working with RDOS personnel on the strategic planning process for future projects. In this process, we are looking at possible projects for the next 5 years and then trying to prioritize them. These include projects for Pioneer Park, the Kaleden Hall, the Kaleden Hotel and the Twin Lakes area. The next regular meeting of the Kaleden Recreation Commission is Wednesday, May 8th at 7pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. If you have something you are curious about or have any concerns, please contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda and come to one of our meetings. Members of the public are always welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ We have a website at 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.

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From L-R is Susan, Janet, Kathy and Brenda from Tuesday/Thursday Fitness.

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Welcome back to outdoor play in the park. Our Play Box will be back in Kaleden again this season, but this year the padlock is OFF! The concept is simple: donate, borrow, play with and return equipment. We expect this happy box of fun will evolve, grow and change. Coming soon ...

To Choose From! Check out our schedule at Looking forward to outdoor classes in Kaleden at the Historic 1912 Hotel. (After the May Long Weekend) ‘Never doubt that the vibes we create on our mats resonate positivity in our communities.’


Play in the Park - The Joy of Unstructured Play We’ll have a slate of PLAY activities to choose from; creativity (art), physical activity and free play with friends. AT KENYON PARK in OKANAGAN FALLS Mondays May 27 & June 3 4:00-5:30 pm AT PIONEER PARK IN KALEDEN Tuesdays May 28 & June 4 4:00-5:30 pm $20 per child for both dates OR No fee with parent participation. Please Pre-register

MOVE AND PLAY EVENTS Save the Date: FRIDAY, JUNE 21st - the Official FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! RDOS PLAY is back for year 2 with our much loved Physical Activity Trailer. Focusing on physical literacy, safe play and reduction of sedentary behavior, PAT aims to increase access to recreation. PAT is packed full of great equipment, such as slack lines, disc golf, hula hoops, bocce, badminton, and much more that will make recreation and play as easy as 1-2-3!


A Holistic Approach To Cancer Prevention And Treatment By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health How can Naturopathic and Functional Medical doctors help patients prevent and treat cancer? Evidence is clear on the following; with optimal nutrition, sleep, proper exercise, avoidance of toxins, and stress management, much chronic illness, including cancer can be avoided. Also, once cancer has been diagnosed, natural therapies can reduce and often eliminated the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, improve the outcomes of these therapies, and improve the way the body, brain, and immune system function to better the odds of a full recovery. In a President’s Cancer Panel report prepared in 2008-2009 (www. “Reducing Environmental Risk: What We Can Do Now?”), it was concluded that 95% of cancer is primarily caused by 4 factors: air pollution, water pollution, chemicals in the diet, and ionizing radiation from procedures such as X-Rays and CT Scans. This is astounding information considering that it is not well disseminated throughout our communities and very little effort is put towards education about cancer prevention. Screening helps, and we have done a fairly good job in that respect, but lowering toxic load and educating about toxins is rarely discussed. I can only surmise the reasons for this have something to do with lack of profitability for preventive measures. So as individuals, it is up to us to become self educated and do as much as we can with our own personal lifestyles to prevent chronic illness, including cancer. Research going back to the 1950’s shows that cancer mortality and morbidity can be lowered significantly with detoxification treatments such as Chelation Therapy. EDTA chelation is an intravenous therapy that is a proven method of removing toxic metals from the body such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. For instance, a Swiss study that ran from 1959-1976 with 239 patients had an outcome of 1/59 (1.7%) patients who practiced chelation regularly died form cancer (at least 10 treatments), and 30/172 (17.4%) who did not practice chelation died from cancer. That’s a 90% reduction in cancer mortality with EDTA! Incidentally, as a side benefit death

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from atherosclerosis was also reduced. Today we understand the mechanisms at work here much more thoroughly and are able to test individuals for toxic metal accumulation before and after treatments. We also now know that EDTA chelation lowers blood glucose levels as well as bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, often resolves joint pain, and improves energy, mood, and sleep. An Oncologist, Dr. Victor Marcial-Vega, MD has presented his Cancer therapy findings from research done in his clinic. For example, he had 61 stage 4 cancer patients follow exclusively a holistic detoxification program which included both intravenous chelation and intravenous vitamin C along with ozone hyperthermia, and meditation. After 3 weeks of doing these treatments 5 days per week he recorded a response rate of 72% (both tumor and symptom response). After the initial 3 weeks patients continued to do the therapy for 5 days per month. After 18 months, out of 33 patients 2 experienced a full resolution, 6 a complete response, and another 6 a partial response. (MarcialVega, Victor. Retrospective Review of a Detoxification Program in the Management of Cancer. Radiation Therapy Oncology Group presentation. Tampa, Florida. April 2002.) These and other studies and clinical research have shown that detoxification protocols, including intravenous therapies, can be a valuable adjunct to conventional therapies. It is always recommended that patient’s follow prevention to the best of their knowledge, and follow the advice of an Oncologist once cancer has been detected. Regular cancer screening is a valuable tool in detecting cancer early which allows for a better prognosis. In addition to EDTA Chelation, Intravenous Vitamin C has been extensively studied and proven to be safe and effective for significantly lowering the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, boosting the immune system and tissue integrity throughout the body, and providing anti-cancer effects through the

production of pro-oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide in tumors. Other therapies work by various metabolic mechanisms such as improving mitochondrial function and energy output. This helps our healthy cells to work better and the cancer cells to do poorly since they can effectively be starved of fuel. Alpha lipoic-acid infusions are an example of a metabolic therapy that has helped turn around very difficult to treat cancers such as liver, pancreatic, and brain tumors. Along with diet and lifestyle measures, these more advanced therapies allow many cancers to be prevented and/or managed without having to suffer horrific side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, nor the terrible anxiety that can occur over the sense that you are powerless against the disease. Holistic care focuses on repair, regeneration, and health optimization as much as it does on eliminating cancer from the body. A healthy mind and body are powerful tools in any disease, and should not be overlooked in your overall cancer care. I have provided only a handful of studies that support environmental medicine as a viable and effective addition to current Oncological treatments for cancer. Many more are available upon request. I strongly urge individuals to learn and practice as much as they can about prevention and if a diagnosis of chronic disease occurs, seek the help of a well-educated Naturopathic Doctor for advice about holistic, effective therapies specific to you and your disease. You can contact Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681 or find out more at

Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner

Fibromyalgia is a very difficult disorder to understand and live with. A straightforward and uncomplicated way to explain Fibromyalgia is that it’s a rheumatic disorder that causes muscle tenderness, pain and fatigue. I’m sure anyone who suffers with Fibromyaliga would say that’s putting it mildly! According to WebMD, Fibromyalgiarelated pain is described as pain that causes you to ache all over. You may have painful “tender points,” places on your body that hurt no matter what medication you take. Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled even though you haven’t exercised. Sometimes, your muscles will twitch. Other times they will burn or ache with deep stabbing pain. Some patients with Fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in their neck, shoulders, back, and hips. This kind of pain makes it difficult to sleep or exercise. Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, it can feel like having a migraine all over your body. There can also be an increased sensitivity to pain, extreme tiredness, muscle stiffness, difficulty References: Blumer W. and Cranton E. Chelation Therapy with EDTA. Journal of Advancement in sleeping, problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”), headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Medicine. Volume 2. Numbers1/2. Spring/Summer 1989 Carr AC and Cook J (2018) Intravenous Vitamin C for Cancer Therapy - Identifying There is no cure for this painful syndrome, but there are many the Current Gaps in Our Knowledge. Front. Physiol. 9:1182. doi: 10.3389/ treatments to help make the condition easier to live with. These fphys.2018.01182 can include pain medication, antidepressants, counselling, Berkson, Burton M., M.D., Ph.D. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (Thioctic Acid):My Experience With exercise and relaxation techniques. Exercise is very beneficial, as This Outstanding Therapeutic Agent. The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 13, recent scientific studies have shown that, for most patients, range 1st Quarter,1998 of motion, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning exercises are safe and necessary. Even daily walks, stretching, swimming, yoga, Phoenix Therapeutic Massage Now Offering or any low-impact exercise can all help keep you fit and may help reduce your pain. Massage can also significantly help. It increases Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy! relaxation, improving sleep, thereby allowing the body the time for You are invited to a FREE Intro Talk about the restorative process to occur. Increased circulation will increase the flow of nutrients and eliminate waste products in the muscles. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy! Both exercise and massage can increase the levels of natural Tuesday, May 14 ~ 5-6 pm at Okanagan Falls Library endorphins, which help to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression Friday, May 17 ~ 12-1 pm at Penticton Library and increase production of the body’s natural painkillers. Regular massage and exercise will compound the therapeutic benefits and If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Morrison at 250-328-9765. the healthier you will feel. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at By Sarah Morrison, Massage Therapist numerous sites in Penticton every week. We are available to meet You are invited to join in a FREE Intro Talk about Biodynamic your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair Craniosacral Therapy. massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call DeeHave you ever wondered what Craniosacral Therapy is? Come anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your learn more about how this gentle touch therapy can enhance appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose healing throughout the whole body. Learn how to take your own from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any health into your own hands with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. combination. We provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb Tuesday, May 14 ~ 5-6 pm at Okanagan Falls Library onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and Friday, May 17 ~ 12-1 pm at Penticton Library see how effective massage can be to your well-being. Be sure If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Morrison of to check out our website at Phoenix Therapeutic Massage at 250-328-9765 or by email to and visit our Facebook page.

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Meadowlark Nature Festival By Jayme Friedt, Festival Coordinator Kids love learning about nature! So, last year Meadowlark Festival introduced a $5 children’s ticket that brought many families out to learn about the amazing natural wonders in our own backyards! Here are several of many family friendly tours you can take in over the course of the Festival weekend of May 16-20. Tour 16 ~ Head out to Princeton on Friday for some outdoor education! Join the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists for a walk along the Kettle Valley Railbed. The walk leads you to the spectacular Vermilion Bluffs and Hoodoos and there are plenty of bird life to see along the way, including Harlequin ducks on the Tulameen River and Lazuli Buntings. Tour 32 ~ Get up early on Saturday and join conservation ecologist, photographer and author, Michael Bezener, for a rare opportunity to bird at dawn at the ECOmmunity Place Locatee Lands in Penticton. This special area encompasses a complex mosaic of riparian, wetland and grassland habitats found nowhere else in the Penticton area. Learn about the Syilx cultural and conservation significance of species known to inhabit the site including many colourful rare and Endangered birds, such as Yellow-breasted Chat, Calliope Hummingbird, Lazuli Bunting, Western Tanager and Yellow Warbler. Tour 40 ~ Take a walk around the botanically rich White Lake area with botanist Dr. Terry McIntosh. Terry’s sense of humour mixed with his knowledge of the regional plants and habitats always makes this event special. You’ll trek along the east part of the property through open forest and by massive rock outcrops up to a series of flats and small dry lakes. Then, take a short, steep hike up to a cool, rich plateau and back down the other side to White Lake itself stopping to discuss many of the plants that highlight the area.

Tour 44 ~ If history is your thing, rail history author John Shaske will take you to explore around the Horseshoe Tunnel on the KVR followed by a campfire roast lunch in a rustic pine forest setting overlooking Okanagan Lake. If you’re marvelled by mosses, curious about cabooses and those backwards-numbered signs, don’t miss this special outing. John’s expertise and flora knowledge will offer a chance of solving your wildest questions from plants to rails. Tour 57 ~ Head to Kelowna for a spectacular hike in the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park with James Chester, RDCO Parks staff. Following the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire in which the entire park was burned, flora is now rebounding and you’ll readily see the extraordinary ability of nature to heal itself and learn how wildlife exploits this new growth. Much of the tour will be in an area restricted to those holding an access permit. Views of Okanagan Lake are spectacular! All these tours offer $5 children’s tickets, so grab the kids and get outside for a big adventure!! For more information, check out the Festival at a Glance on our website at

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Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some Well, over the weekend someone was busy and has started a fairy creative inspiration from others. Wednesday afternoons garden at the Kaleden Library. Please feel free to contribute to this May 1st and 15th from 1-3 pm. community project. Fairy Gardens are a magical place for children • Book Club Meeting ~ Wednesday, May 15th from 1-2 pm. and adults to enjoy, so use your imagination! The Kaleden Library • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy ~ Have you ever garden welcome figurines of fairies, gnomes, bridges, and/or wondered what Craniosacral Therapy is? Come learn more stones, sea glass and cute little houses that provide imagination about how this gentle touch therapy can enhance healing and create stories. throughout the whole body. Learn how to take your own Preschool Storytime continues on May 7th and 14th - a Teddy health into your own hands. Tuesday, May 14th from 5-6 pm. Bear Tea Party will be on May 14th, so the children can bring • South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author their Teddy Bears or favorite stuffy to this program. This program is Faye Arcand, leading this writing group at the Okanagan for children ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun listening to stories, Falls Library. A safe place to share while building a writing singing songs, making a small craft and meeting new friends. community, having fun, learning, and growing in your craft. As Mother’s Day is approaching, Miss Glenda and Miss Lynn are Tuesday, May 21st from 6-8 pm. welcoming children ages 5-11 to register for the “Mother’s Day • Alzheimer Society of BC presents “Understanding Card Making Program”. Each child can make two cards - one for Communication” ~ Please join Mary Beth Rutherford, Mom and maybe another for Grandma or a favorite Aunt? Please support and education coordinator. Caregivers will gain register for this program, as space is limited. an understanding of how communication is affected by Alzheimers disease and other dementias. Wednesday, May In Photo ~ The Easter 29th from 10:30-12:00 Noon. “Guess How Many” contest was won by Zane, PLEASE PRE-REGISTER FOR THE ABOVE PROGRAMS. Natalie and Jessica Ter Wolbeek - a family guess Children’s Programs: Spring Story Time ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! won 114 chocolate eggs • Tuesday, May 21st from 9-10 am. and the stuffed rabbit! Thanks to all who entered • S.T.E.A.M. Program was held at the Okanagan Falls Library the contest. for students from Grades 1-5 who enjoyed code & go mice, electronic snap circuits, keva planks, and LEGO. For more information, please call the Kaleden Friends of the Library (F.O.L.) is having their first annual Library at 250-497-8066 or Book and Bake Sale on Saturday May 25th from 10-2 at the email Okanagan Falls United Church on the corner of Willow Street and 11th Avenue. We are accepting your books, DVDs, CDs, in good condition for this sale at the library. Please come out and support your local library! Come and get some great books and HUB We would like to welcome you & provide you with a package delicious sweet treats at great prices! of community information. Please call 250-460-3387. In photo ~ Congratulations to Brynn and Sydney Adamson who completed “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”. Deb and Chad Wetter For more information on any Award Winning Master Stylist of our programs or to preSkilled in all forms of Hair Services register for the adult programs 439 Panorama Crescent listed above, please contact Just off Eastside Road in Skaha Estates the library at 250-497-5886 or Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm






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School District No. 53 Board Report

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

By Janice Stevens, School Trustee

By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

I hope everyone enjoyed their Spring break and are feeling refreshed and ready to finish up the last few months of the school year.

Tired of feeling like no one is listening to you or they roll their eyes at your helpful suggestions (that they will realize later in life really were helpful)? Come to PAC, where we want to hear what you have to say and need helpful people!

The Board of Education of School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) invites community members to attend a budget meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the School Board Annex (dark green building), 6161 Okanagan Street, Oliver. The school district’s draft 2019/20 annual budget will be presented, after which we invite your input, comments and questions. We appreciate your valuable input and hope you will attend.

The year end Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 pm in the School Library. This is your chance to vote for who you think would be great on the council or volunteer to be on the council yourself.

We need a PAC in order to receive the grant money from BC Gaming grants that help pay for many school extras. We also want Following are some highlights of items discussed at the March 13, to set some plans in motion for next year that we would appreciate feedback and volunteers for. What are those plans? Thank you 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting. for asking. Volunteers are needed for: District staff reported to the Board that 43 high school students • Fun Family Summer Movie Night on Sunday, August 11th represented School District No. 53 at the Skills Canada and • October Family Fun-draiser Event - Date TBA Technology Competition. Of note, there were four students who earned Gold and are invited to compete in the Provincial Skills • Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23rd Canada Competition at the Tradex in Abbotsford on April 15, 2019. A Big THANK YOU to Blue Mountain Vineyards and the Okanagan The students who captured Gold are Maddy Bayliss and Kulshan Falls Ladies Auxiliary for their generous donations towards the Aujla from OSS in Gravity Cars and Sam Anderson from SOSS in new iPads and accessories for our school. Plus, another thank you Auto Service Tech and Jordan Bayda in Photography. The Board to all that supported our school through attending last October’s congratulates all students who medalled, as well as those who Dinner (by KJ Coffee Bar) and Dance that followed. You all helped attended. The Board would also like to thank the teachers who us reach our goal! helped prepare our students for the competition. Well done all! On February 25, 2019, the Board signed its first LEA (Local Education Agreement) with the Upper Similkameen Indian Band. An LEA is an agreement between a First Nation and a provincial school board. It outlines the terms for the purchase of educational services by the First Nation for status Indigenous students ordinarily resident on-reserve, but attending schools off-reserve. The LEA also serves as a key mechanism to influence how school districts provide education services for First Nation students. We are also in the process of reviewing and updating our LEA with the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB). We are proud to have an agreement with all bands. School District No. 53 is pleased to have received a grant from the Ministry of Education in the amount of $35,000 to support mental health and well-being promotion in our district. The intention of the funding is for promotion and prevention, including system leadership and school capacity building. Initiatives we plan to include in our grant submission that address early action include Social and Emotional Learning, Trauma Informed School District Response Training, Creating Communities of Wellness and a Trauma Informed School and Community Learning Session on April 30th. The Board spent considerable discussion in crafting its response to the Ministry regarding feedback on the independent panel’s recommendations for the Funding Review Model. The work on updating the funding model is continuing throughout the province with smaller working groups through the spring and summer. Finally, the Ministry has approved capital funding to the district in the amount of $910,760 for the 2019/2020 school year. The funding will be utilized for roof upgrades at various schools and purchase of two buses to replace aging buses in the yellow fleet. There is a significant amount of district information on our website. I would encourage everyone to take some time and discover what’s available at For more information, feel free to contact me. Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or Page 18 | May 2019 |

Volunteer Spotlight New Spring Murals! These two young ladies volunteered to paint the new spring murals for Christie Memorial Park in Okanagan Falls. What a fantastic job by the two ‘Abbeys’! Keep up the great work girls.

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April Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Mrs. Stayberg’s class visits Okanagan College to learn new math skills. Thank you Grade 7 student Ronin Van Geest for building a skateboard/scooter ramp for us! Awesome job! Intermediate students learning “Parkour”. Thank you Michael Kleyn of Ethos Parkour! Discover Sagebrush Ranch Grade 1-5 students enjoy STEAM activities at the OKF Library. By Lois Wager The Easter Bunny visits OKF for our 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt! Thank you to our local Legion for your donation to this We would like to invite you to explore our Sagebrush Ranch. If you love spending time outdoors you’ll love all that Sagebrush Ranch fun event! has to offer. Sagebrush Ranch is where families and friends come together and enjoy memorable activities and events. At Sagebrush Ranch we offer a fun and safe horse experience that will suit the entire family. With everything from homemade foods to fun outdoor events, it’s a great place to visit at all seasons, since things are constantly changing here. Come by and enjoy a meet and greet with the horses and ponies and let us take the kids on a tiny trail ride on our property, while you enjoy our complimentary lemonade by our garden or pond. We offer horse and pony rides in an outdoor arena, or tiny trails for the more adventurous. There is a covered picnic area and fire pit to enjoy special events and birthday celebrations. Sagebrush Ranch is surrounded by beautiful views, gardens and a koi pond complete with a bridge, a beautiful outdoor venue for any special occasion, including a rustic wedding. We are family owned and operated, my daughter and I set up the parties and events, pony the riders, lessons, horse care, crafts and more. We have a Facebook page that highlights our business, personal background, photos of the facility, horses, ponies, etc. We also have a webpage currently under construction, so it still is in the tweak and correct stage. We’ll let you know once it’s live. Last October, we set up an afternoon Halloween Event. It was so much fun for us, as well as the families that stopped by, even without rides that day. The event was to showcase our facility and what we offer. We had smores, cake, face painting, hot chocolate, treat bags for the kids, pumpkins to take home and a country photo area set up, as well as old time outdoor games. Feed Wilbur, Rope Winston, Halloween Tic Tac Boo, etc. Not sure who had more fun that day, so we will be setting that up every Halloween. We are offering camps for children this summer. Our Pony Half Day Camps starts with July 2-5 (this is the only week it runs Tuesday - Friday). Every week following runs from Monday - Thursday from 9 am - 1 pm. Children will be taught basic horsemanship, the responsibilities that go with owning a horse, beginner riding, and educational pony fun. Class size is limited to 4 children per week. We also offer a 30 minute pony experience for those not able to commit to a camp. This option gives children an opportunity to be hands on with a pony and then also have a ride. For more information or to sign up for Pony Camps, please call 778-388-9205 or email to Visit PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONSULTANT our website at - again a work ALEXANDER B. BROWN, TRB #L167031 in progress, so please visit our website often for the latest news. We are located at 726 Sheep Creek Road in Kaleden. We look forward to seeing you at Sagebrush Ranch any day between 10-7.

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The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students 5 “Great Things” include ... (V0H postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this 1. Kaleden students had the opportunity to plant seeds trays for academic year (2019) and pursuing further education. the various Food Bank Gardens in our neighborhoods. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary this year and help our 2. Students at Kaleden Elementary cleaned up the school students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. grounds and some of our neighbouring roadside to help Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a celebrate Earth Day. letter or email providing the following information: 3. Jenny Mitchell, District Physical Education Resource Teacher, • Plans for further education (university, college, technical came to Kaleden Elementary to demonstrate body awareness school) and type of education being pursued. and fitness skills to all our students. • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the 4. Our Grade 2/3 students walked down to Linden Gardens this school. month with their Senior Buddies to pot garden plants. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including 5. Kaleden Elementary continues to practice “The Successful Twin Lakes/White Lake Road) and did you attend Kaleden Learner Traits” to strengthen reliance and learning. Elementary School. • Any Kaleden community involvement. • Hobbies, interests and volunteer/work experience. • Include your mailing address, house number, phone number and cell number, and email address. • If you are successful in being awarded a bursary, you have two years to claim it from the date awarded. • Upon being awarded a bursary, a thank you letter must be sent to the sponsor of your bursary. The bursary funds will not be released until the thank you letter is received by the sponsor. Applications must be received by July 6, 2019 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Email to darlenebailey1@shaw. ca or phone 250-497-8140 for further information. By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal

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Hello everyone! KPAC would like to welcome you to May! The month of Mothers, along with a civic holiday that we have honestly lost most of the meaning for. I imagine most conversations go like this: “It’s the May long weekend son!” “But, what are we celebrating Dad?” “I don’t know and I don’t care! Stop asking questions and get in the boat!” “But, the water is still like 14 degrees ... “ “Son, I’ve rented this stupid thing for half the cost of our monthly mortgage payment, so we are water skiing and that is FINAL!” Anyway, it is a dead Queen’s Birthday apparently. Cheers! Okay! So, our monthly PAC meeting is Tuesday, May 7th right at 7pm. Among other topics, the purchase of a therapy spin bike will be discussed. The Kaleden Fun Run takes place at Pioneer Park on Friday, May 24th with KPAC hosting the best concession this side of Skaha Lake. And, the premier dining event of the year, Lobsterfest, is on Saturday, May 25th. IF there are any tickets left, rush into the school ASAP to grab them. Okay, that is all I have for May! Cheers everyone!

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee The following is a brief report for April 2019: 1.

Secretary Treasurer Kevin Lorenz presented the 2019-2020 Projected Annual Budget to the Board on April 16, 2019. The overall projected annual budget is $71,744,240 for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. Secretary Treasurer Lorenz will make a presentation to the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) at 6:30pm on April 24, 2019 at IMC-School Board Office. In addition, the budget will be presented to the Board and general public on April 29, 2019 at 6:30pm at the School Board Meeting.


At the March 11, 2019 School Board Meeting, the Board approved the 5 year capital plan as presented by Secretary Treasurer Kevin Lorenz for a mechanical upgrade to Summerland Secondary School and the acquisition of five new buses.


SD67 School Board is hosting the Fall BC School Trustees Association Thompson Okanagan Branch meeting in Summerland on October 4 and 5, 2019.


Principal Craig Dunbar from Giant’s Head Elementary School provided an overview of the outdoor learning area that is being developed at Giant’s Head School. Several community partners and the Giant Head PAC have been raising funds for the project. It includes a unique outdoor learning spaces that can be utilized by both the school and Summerland community.


The SD67 Aboriginal Education Program Team and KVR hosted their annual Louis Riel Day event. The event was a huge success with Metis Elders, jiggers and others providing an evening full of Metis cultural activities and food.


Kaleden Elementary School is planning their annual Lobster Fest fundraiser for May 25, 2019. Tickets are available at the Kaleden School office. This is an exciting fundraiser hosted by the Kaleden PAC. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Randy Cranston attended the Kaleden PAC on April 8, 2019 to discuss the Kaleden Heritage and Pioneer Park Mural Project. This is an educational art project focused on the history of Kaleden. An artist has been contracted to work with grade 4/5 students from Kaleden Elementary School to design panels that will likely be painted by families in the community. Mr. Cranston has obtained a grant to support the project.

For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin The lovely month of May has arrived. I couldn’t wait for my seeds to sprout, so I bought colourful annuals to put in my raised beds and pots. It looks great! Wild flowers and peas are sprouting though. Last year’s kale is coming out of hibernation and the raspberry bushes are awakening. Do you need a hand with the early maintenance of your yard? Give me a call for either yard work or house cleaning. Free quotes available in the Okanagan Falls area.

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Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon ~ June 15 By Taylor Bentley, Race Director

Registration opened on April 1st for the 8th Annual Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon. We 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 Our event is scheduled for the third weekend in June. Registration and Bike Drop-Off is in Kenyon Park on Friday, June 14th and the race starts at 8:00 am on Saturday, June 15th. 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 14th and June 15th. If your are interested, please register online at “It’s not about the time you get, it’s about the time you have.” | May 2019 | Page 21

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By Brian Moen, Royal LePage Realtor First Steps ~ So, you’ve decided you want to own a home. It’s a popular dream. For most people, with the right planning, it can become reality. But, there is a lot to know before you begin moving. We’ll take you through the planning process step-by-step to determine exactly the kind of home that’s perfect for you. We’ll ask you some questions and there are worksheets that you can print out and use with your REALTOR®. Overall, your REALTOR® will work with you to position your home on the market so that your sales experience will take place as expeditiously as possible. What Does Your Future Lifestyle Hold? ~ How many bedrooms will you one day require? Your preschoolers will be teens some day. Are you planning to stay in your home that long? Perhaps your teens are ready to move out on their own. What will you do with all the extra space? When you’re thinking about accommodating your family’s needs, think of things like parking. How many cars will require space? You’ll also want to consider proximity to, and the reputation of, schools in the area. How is your work situation? ~ These days people tend to change jobs frequently, and sometimes the best way to get a promotion is to move to another company. If you might be transferred, will you be able to sell quickly? Keeping work in mind, how long do you want to spend commuting? Do you drive or rely on public transportation? As you can see, you will want to give some thought to how long you intend to stay in your home. It may be difficult to answer before you’ve even found your home, but if it’s your first home give some thought to the resale value when it is time to upgrade. On the other hand, if you’re planning to stay in your home for a long time, consider your future needs and purchase a home that will accommodate them. Do You Live a Maintenance-Averse Lifestyle? ~ When you’re looking at homes, consider the advantages of brick over a wood frame house when it comes to painting. Take a look at the garden. If you don’t enjoy cutting grass, then an expansive lawn may not fit into your lifestyle. You can also evaluate the possibility of future maintenance and repairs based on the age of the house. If you don’t like the idea of major renovations, a newer home may be your best option. Is Your Lifestyle More Geared to a Fixer-Upper Fantasy? ~ Many first time buyers have them. It goes something like this: You find a big home in a great neighbourhood that’s well below what you’d expect to pay for that house in that neighbourhood. You see a couple of coats of paint, new broadloom, a few repairs and voilà, a dream home without the nightmare price. Before you jump headlong into this ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ consider how you’ll do all of the work. Will it be weeknights after a long day at the office, or will you hire someone? Are you ready to live in a dusty mess as you renovate? Do a realistic assessment of the job at hand and be sure to have the house inspected. The last thing you want is a bargain home that turns into a money pit. You’re far better to find a house that costs a little more each month, but doesn’t need much work than to buy a fixer-upper that eats up hundreds of dollars each month. For example, lets say you could buy a really nice house with minimal work required for $10,000 more than a fixer upper. At today’s mortgage rates, assuming you could stay within your monthly budget, that really nice home would cost you only about $65 per month more than the fixer-upper. If you buy the fixer-upper, you’ll be spending a lot more than $65 each month to whip it into shape, as well as the strain your family will go through living in an unfinished home. Page 22 | May 2019 |


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Recycling And Life Cycling Analysis By Kristy Dyer

I hate peanut butter jars. You can’t put them in recycling dirty. They have paper labels, so they can’t go into the dishwasher. Prepping a peanut butter jar for recycling takes hot water, soap, and elbow grease (and my kids know I loath peanut butter). At some point in the process I usually mutter, “Is this really worth it?” Sometimes I hear it isn’t worth recycling, because it costs more than making it from scratch. Or, “glass is made of sand. We have no shortage of sand on the planet, so there’s no point in recycling glass”. Are we wasting time, energy water and money recycling glass? Some recycling is worth money. However, the value fluctuates, but aluminium cans, certain paper products and HDPE are in demand (although at 40 cents per pound, no one is going to break into your garage to get your HDPE). This cash value is easy to find. But when you start comparing recycled materials to newmade materials, you are comparing apples to oranges. Take just transportation. Did you have to dig it out of a mine? Did you have to ship it from a far away country? Are recycled bottles collected on the same continent as the factory? If you start considering questions like this, suddenly recycling may be much more valuable than we thought. In order to make an apples to apples comparison of a new-extracted material to a recycled material, you have to follow the stuff from digging it up, all the way to discard. This is known as a “life cycle analysis”. Why don’t we evaluate everything by life cycle analysis? First, it takes a lot more work. Some things can be measured directly (think of the electricity bill for the glass-making plant), while others have to be estimated or modeled. Environmental engineers and scientists think of life cycle analysis as constructing a framework, then they work to make the framework more accurate. It is always less precise than measuring. Second, you have to share the assumptions you made. I’m amused by electric vs. paper hand drying war. Electric dryers win, if you assume people use 2+ towels to dry their hands. Recycled paper towels win, if you assume that electricity comes from a carbon source. So, what is the answer for glass? In a life cycle analysis, recycled glass generates half the carbon virgin-source glass does. With this useful information to back me, from now on glass peanut butter jars will be prepped for recycling - by the people who eat peanut butter. I’ll accept responsibility for the jar that held martini olives. Thanks to Jeffrey Morris of Sound Resource Management.

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The Image Of A Black Hole By Tom Landecker

A few weeks ago a group of astronomers announced that they had made an image of a black hole. The Event Horizon Telescope that was used for this feat consists of a worldwide network of individual radio telescopes (called “dishes” for their appearance). They work together, effectively creating a telescope the diameter of the Earth. Although they work together, the individual telescopes are not actually connected by wires. Each has its own very precise clock, and records data on computer hard drives. The drives are later brought together to make the image. This technique is called Long Baseline Interferometry. It was pioneered in Canada. After five years of tests and trials, the Canadian group succeeded. In April 1967, the big telescope at our observatory and another similar dish at Algonquin Park in Ontario made simultaneous observations of the quasar 3C273. The signals were recorded on very big magnetic tape drives, surplus equipment from CBC television. In the 50 years since that Canadian first, the technique has been used worldwide and refined to the point where it yields the most detailed images of astronomical objects ever made. To achieve last month’s triumph, the Event Horizon Telescope formed a beam on the sky that would give it the ability to see a one-dollar coin at a distance of 170,000 kilometres, or half way to the Moon. The target of these observations was a very large black hole at the centre of a galaxy, M87. A black hole forms when there is so much matter concentrated in such a small space that the intensity of the gravitational pull becomes so strong that even light cannot get away. Big black holes form at the very centres of large galaxies, devouring whole stars. The amount of material in the M87 black hole is 6 billion times the mass of the Sun! The image of the black hole isn’t very exciting ... it’s black. But, the details are very exciting. What the telescope actually sees is material pulled into the black hole by the intense gravity. That material becomes very hot and emits radio waves in copious amounts. The details around the black hole become visible, or at least detectable by the radio telescope, and those details can be compared with the predictions of theory. That’s the ultimate test of any theory, to compare it to measurements. That test was another home run for Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, the theory that describes how space and time behave when gravity is very strong. Einstein does it again! Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more info, 250-497-2300.

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100 Men Who Care Take Flight In May Thirty-three charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region have received almost $73,000 in donations from the 100 Men Who Care organization to date. The next meeting of the group will be: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019 TOPFLIGHT Helicopter Training Centre 3130 Airport Road, Penticton Airport Doors Open at 5:00 pm & Event is 5:30-6:30 pm The concept of 100 Men Who Care is quite simple. Members meet four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at the meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. If you want to make a difference in our communities and are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to attend as a guest to see what it is all about and take the opportunity to hear from three charities you might not be aware of. More information at or email

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The Kaleden Community Association has created a community website to showcase all things related to Kaleden. This is a great new resource tool to use. Please thank KCA for hosting this new website. For more info, email If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Join with 850 others by registering as a volunteer to receive updates on where help is needed. Register at www. The 2019 Volunteer Opportunities Booklet is now available. View on-line at under ‘browse opportunities’. Or, pick up your copy from the Volunteer Centre bulletin board at 102-696 Main Street in Penticton. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Gathering. Everyone is welcome on May 29 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP via email by May 24 to info@ or call 1-888-576-5661.

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson Life, it tends to catch up with each and every one of us in various ways. Spring seems to be well in hand, with new life, a little more sunshine, and the odd rain shower. Now, it’s time to clean up the yard, get the garden beds ready, maybe even plan a short summer get-away. So, while everyone seems to be getting their ‘spring’ on, several of our members have been laid-up with various ailments over the past winter months. While some are well into recovery, others still have a long road ahead of them. If you know of a member who is ill, or has been hurt, please contact Velva Popowich, so that she can send out a card on behalf of the Seniors Centre. And also, keep them in your thoughts and prayers, maybe drop by for a visit, or a phone call. Sometimes with the busyness of our lives, we forget that others might be in need of just a little bit of cheering up. Many thanks go to Ron Crawford for all the hard work he put in to helping many folks in Okanagan Falls get their income taxes done this year. Sunday, April 14th was the last Music Jam for the season. Even with less folks out, it was still a great success. Goodbye to all of our Snowbirds. See y’all in October! All activities and programs are still ongoing for May. But, as the weather warms up, folks find other things to do and places to go. Drop by the Centre or check the Weekly e-Calendar for updates/ changes and times. Have you renewed your 2019 membership? Membership is just $15/year. For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Monthly Special Events:

Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, May 4 from 8-10am General Meeting ~ Monday, May 6 at 1pm Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, May 18 at 1pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, May 25 at 5:30pm

Weekly Activities:

Canasta ~ Mondays - May 6, 13 & 20 at 10am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30am (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) Bingo ~ Tuesdays - May 7, 14 & 21 at 1pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7pm

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Barb Few

May Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Wednesdays May 1st & 15th ~ Music Trivia from 7-10:30pm. Food available. Come and enjoy the fun! Sunday, May 12th ~ Calling all Mothers! We are hosting a concert at 7pm to celebrate all Mothers and everyone else who had a Mother. Food and also a flower for all Mother’s is $15. Look for more information on posters and in papers. Sunday, May 19th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. We have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Sunday, May 19th ~ Bike Rally stopping at our Legion from 123pm. We expect about 100 bikes, so come and check them out. Tuesday, May 21st ~ Meeting at 7 pm. We will be having our Elections, so please produce your membership cards. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... You could be one of the lucky ones! Everyone welcome. Sunday Fun Day! Bingo and Horse Racing starts at 1:30 pm every Sunday. You can join in Snooker starting about 12:30 pm. All are welcome to join in the fun. Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool ~ Both darts and shuffleboard are in the play down now. Call Denise for more information on Darts & Shuffleboard at 250-485-4949. NEW Canteen Hours - Open 2 pm to close Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Open 12pm to close on Sunday. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way in Okanagan Falls. 250-497-8338 Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”


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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barb Few

Greet spring with a win at our BINGO held on Saturday, May 4th starting at 12 Noon. On Wednesday, May 8th at 1pm its our General Meeting, which is open not only to our members but anyone who would like to know more about us and the great things we do. Are you spring cleaning? Wondering what to do with the items you don’t need anymore? Well, we have an answer for you! On Saturday, May 25th, we are have our GRAND YARD SALE! You can drop off your unwanted goods any time before hand at the Legion. You might find some treasures for your home or go home with delicious goodies from our Bake Sale Table. This event starts with our PANCAKE BREAKFAST from 8-11am and you can be tempted until 1pm in finding the items just right for you.

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

Ah ha! Double digit temperatures finally, golf courses are open, and summer planning is on the way. The Okanagan Valley really has it all and that’s why most of us who live here, do so. Our last meeting on April 8th had the new RDOS Director Ron Obirek, along with RDOS consultant Greg Rose, both in attendance. A lot of good ideas for the area were discussed and the guests were well met by all. Don’t forget that Ron Obirek has an informal get-together at the Legion in Okanagan Falls every second Monday of the month at 9am. Drop in and join the conversation and have a coffee. Next up for the Lions is the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, May 26th at Lions Park at 10am. Come on down with your canine best friend and join in the Walk to raise funds for those who would benefit from a guide dog. 100% of the funds raised at the Walk go directly towards helping Lions Foundation of Canada provide Dog Guides at no cost to Canadians with a physical or medical disability. The Lions Foundation has matched almost 3,000 Dog Guides with Canadians who benefit from the valuable assistance they provide. Come on out and support a great cause. We will be at Centennial Park all summer for “Music in the Park” events. As usual, we will be selling cookies to fundraise for our school breakfast program. See you in the park this summer! That’s about it for now, we will be finished the Easter Egg Hunt by the time you get this, but we’ve added some photos below anyway. The kids always have a great time. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is May 13 & 14 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 or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. 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 “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

Supporting Our Local Community ... Grow Okanagan Falls! By Angi Lobos-Taylor

When I moved with my husband to this charming little town in 2015, one of the perks beside the views, was having stores with the basic necessities - and a bit more - within walking distance. For us, we were looking many years ahead, into our older years: a pharmacy, a post office, a liquor store and a supermarket! But, the same is true for everyone in the community on a frequent basis, when you need something for the meal being prepared now, or something else for another activity you’re in the middle of. Since moving, we have seen several local businesses fail, because it is very hard to keep the doors open without sales. It takes lots of courage, tons of work, and community support for a business to be successful in a small town. So, maybe all of us could ask the questions: What would happen if our supermarket closes? Where would those people without a car, or on somewhat limited income shop? Where would we go first thing Saturday morning when we realize we forgot the milk? Or, when we’re older and it’s snowing? Wouldn’t it be nice to keep those stores close by? I see with some concern that so many people shop elsewhere and openly acknowledge that they ‘of course’ go to Penticton or Kelowna to buy cartons of toilet paper or what have you from big box stores. I understand that buying in bulk in the big stores is cheaper. But, maybe we can compare prices and the items that are on average not too much more expensive, we buy them locally as our contribution to the local merchants. Or, when we just buy a few items, does it make sense to expend money in gas to save just a few dollars? Of course, the local stores in Okanagan Falls are more expensive than in Penticton, but what would this little town look like without those stores? Who would buy your property without a gas station or grocery in town? I made my pledge to purchase at least 50% of my groceries in Okanagan Falls. My dentist office? Okanagan Falls! A lot of the my basic car repair work? Okanagan Falls! OK. Now, excuse me ... I have to go and get some wine ... Yes, you got it! Okanagan Falls! So, come on people ... LET’S GROW OKANAGAN FALLS!

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Part of a dynamic duo, Kiwi and I are twin sisters and must be a package deal! Our former relationship fell apart when we ended up with no permanent home. We are "mature" adults, but still enjoy playing a good game of cat and mouse, if you get my drift. Oops, showing my age with my cliche's! We are currently residing at a great little “Bed and Breakfast” in Kelowna, known as Pet Smart. Drop in and visit us. We love to chat it up!

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson

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100 Women Who Care South Okanagan

Over 120 women gathered for the first 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan event of 2019 this past April. The group, which started out with only 67 members in its first year (2014), has grown to over 257 members with well over 100 women who attend the quarterly events per year. In June of this year, the 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan will celebrate its 5th Anniversary of gathering local women four times a year to learn about local organizations and the work they do and to give back to their community. Since 2014, the group has given over $85,000 to 40 local charities. “What’s unique is the range of women who attend the events and the variety in the locations we gather, each event is unlike any other, even though the premise stays the same; gather together and give local,” says 100 Women member. There are 3 more events to take place in 2019: June 19th, September 19th, and November 28th. For more information or to join us, please visit or email

This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.

School Daze

I passed the Grade 9 qualification exams and now, in the fall of 1929, my high school years stretched before me. The biggest hurdle was in moving from a tiny school in which, for most of my elementary schooling, I had never had more than one classmate and sometimes none in my grade, to Penticton Junior High School, where I would have 30 in my class. The second difficulty was that although Kaleden still worked under the system where the first eight grades were elementary and the next three were high school, the Penticton schools had changed to a six years of elementary, three years of junior high and two years of high school. This meant, when I went into grade nine, the courses were altogether different and I had missed two years of French, one year of Latin, one of Science and two of manual training (wood and metal working). In addition, some of the math, history and geography courses were different. To make matters worse, I was late starting since, as recounted in last month’s column, I had to write the government exams in the late summer. Adding to the general upheaval, since there were no school buses available, I had to find my own way to school in Penticton. The solution to this was to find boarding accommodations in town. That year, 1929/30, at 14 years old, I boarded with a family by the name of Patterson, who lived in a huge duplex on Martin Street, within a stones throw of the school. The Patterson’s had one son, Gordon, several years younger than I. On the other side of the duplex lived a piano and voice teacher by the name of Monica Craig Fisher who, when not teaching either subject, belted out opera at the top of her lungs. On our side of the wall, another boarder, Wally Meikle, a teacher and member of a well known Kelowna family, was also a gifted piano player - so our days were filled with music. My recreational life seemed to center around roller skating, either at the rink, which I can only vaguely place as somewhere Westminster and Winnipeg, or in roller hockey on the streets. The remainder of the year seems to have slipped away over the years. Surrounded by strangers, behind in my classes, and missing home it made for a rather confusing and lonely first year in Penticton. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. DE



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During the April 2019 event, OneSky Community Resources Pregnancy Care Program received $3,800, while Critteraid and Ride2Survive received $500 each.




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H&M Thrifty Boutique

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit


Here it is, May already. Almost half the year is gone. The Thrifty Boutique is running steady with new donations, and many new friends dropping by to visit, browse and shop. There are a couple of shifts open, so if you have either 2 or 3 hours a week to spare, stop by and have a chat with Noreen Fowler, or phone her on Friday at the shop at 250-486-6371. Thank you to the whole community for all your support. There will be a clean-up day in the yard and gardens scheduled on Saturday, May 4th. Maintenance Man, Andrew Feniuk, has done a fantastic job keeping up with jobs that need doing. Museum Manager, Sue Walker, sent invitation letters out to the Senior Residents Homes in the area inviting seniors to have a day tour through our Bassett House and Museum and Kenny McLean Room. Often when they visit, after seeing the museum, they like to cross the bridge to Tickleberry’s. Our Grand Opening this year will be May Long Weekend. A Grand Opening Tea will be served from 1-3 pm on Saturday, May 18th. If weather permits, tables will be set up in the gardens and refreshments will be served outside. Condolences go to the family of Kathleen (Thomas) Doyle. She was a founding member of the Heritage and Museum Society, born in 1918 and passed away in 2019. We send thoughts and prayers. The next meeting of the Heritage Society will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 1 pm. We will continue our afternoon meeting in the Community Room at the school.

Wednesdays from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation & crafts. Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

Spring was sprung on March 29th at Linden Gardens! Ken Hayter shared his prowess of pruning a spring garden. Chef Harold Blower filled our bellies with an “oh so creamy” mushroom soup and Margaret Hayter introduced everyone to the furry goat family at Linden Gardens.

Top Centre - Ken Hayter talks with the group in the Linden Gardens about pruning on March 29th. Above Left - Margaret Hayter and her very cute goat. Above Right - Chef Harold serving up a delicious mushroom soup to all that came. DE













On April 28th, the third Heritage Social was held at the Kaleden Community Hall. Thanks to all of the owners for bringing their gorgeous antique vehicles to ‘show off’. The second in a series of movies about the history of Kaleden entitled “The Building Years: Part 1” was released. It is great to have a snapshot of what Kaleden looked like in the early 1900’s. Groups of participants had fun completing the historical quiz and naming the amazing historical artifacts from the museum. The “Cherry Delight” was delicious and the Kaleden Seniors Committee thanks the Girl Guides for serving the goodies and the tea. The Heritage Tea is a great opportunity for residents of Kaleden and beyond to reconnect and to learn more about and celebrate the history of the community the live in. Watch for pictures of the Heritage Social in next month’s Skaha Matters. Two fun filled events are planned for June. Ken Hayter of Linden Gardens will provide a “Tour of the Gardens” in bloom on Wednesday, June 12th. Linden Gardens is offering a reduced single visit price for garden entrance of $5. Order your lunch before the tour, enjoy the gardens and your delicious lunch will be ready when the tour is over. Start time is 11 am. Hope to see all you avid gardeners soon! On Thursday, June 27th invite your friends, neighbours and family to the annual “Party in the Park”. Beef dip, bun and condiments will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Start time is 4:30 pm, with Pickleball for beginners, Bocce and Croquet. Line dancing will happen after supper. Bring your cowboy boots, your own plate, cutlery and a cup and your choice of a salad or dessert. Enjoy a fun filled “Party in the Park”, playing, eating and socializing under the trees in Pioneer Park. For more information on upcoming events, please send an email to

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Swing, Latin, Country, Ballroom By Brian Udal

Learn to dance with Certified DVIDA Master Instructor Brian Udal. There are monthly Dance Parties in Summerland, which include a dance lesson. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please email Monthly Dance Parties with lesson held in Summerland: May 25 - Foxtrot // June 22 - Cha Cha Know someone getting married? Gift Certificates available. Private lessons offered. Register early for your place on the dance floor by calling Brian at 778.516.7272. (Snap a picture for your convenience.) Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing!

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - 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 Special Speakers: May 5 - John Rankin; May 12 - John Manlove; May 19 - John Manlove; and May 26 - Pastor Wade Harvey. Junior Youth Group ~ Friday, May 24th from 7-8:30 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls Wednesday Market Starting June 19th in Centennial Park WANTED: Farmers, Crafters, Artists & Small Businesses

Phone/Text for Details ~ 250-462-7579

Okanagan Falls Market In The Park Returns June 19th By Catherine Botting

When I think of summer in the Okanagan, I think of Farmer’s Markets. The Okanagan Falls Market in the Park has a character of its own ... what could be better than meandering around our Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am May Speakers: May 5 - Mark Bedford; May 12 - Sarah Tupholme; beautiful Centennial Park, exploring the talents of our local artists, crafters, potters and farmers? Our community has so much to May 19 - Kerry Brewer; and May 26 - Nancy Wyse. Great Sentimental Value Big Reward - Wednesday, May 1 at offer, so much talent and energy, plus it’s great to see everyone 7:30 pm. Come watch this One Act Play, then enjoy refreshments relaxing in the park. The kids can run and play. And, as a bonus, dogs are welcome too. Come and listen to some music, while we and dessert following the performance. Tickets $12 each. explore the weeks’ offerings. We also hope to have a food vendor All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. every week this summer too! 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / We are always looking for vendors to join us. You can come for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service one Wednesday or join us for all of them. But remember, in order Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am for our market to be success, we need vendors and customers on 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique a regular basis. Show some community spirit, come and support Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 this great family-friendly Wednesday evening outing! There will be a meeting of all interested vendors for the market, so St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday please join us at the Okanagan Falls Library on Monday, May 6th at 10am. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, please Coffee and social time after the Church Service. contact Vivian Botting at 250-462-7579. We are looking forward to 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368 a great season ahead starting on Wednesday, June 19th.

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IG Wealth Management’s “Walk for Alzheimer’s” at Rotary Centennial Pavilion, Skaha Lake Park in Penticton. Registration at 1pm and Walk starts at 2pm. 780-515-3619 for more info. Desert Valley Hospice Society’s “Hike for Hospice Palliative Care” at Lions Park in Oliver at 1pm. 250-495-1590 for more info.

Lost Your Keys? A set of keys with a FOB was turned in at H&M Thrifty Boutique in Okanagan Falls. Head to the shop to identify if these are your keys. H&M Thrifty Boutique is open 10-3 Tuesday - Saturday. Phone the shop at 250-486-6371.

WANTED: Single / Double Garage or similar sized space with power in central Okanagan Falls for storage use only. Call / Text Matt at 403.607.1080. Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

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Flowers to Randy Cranston for all his grant writing and his dedication to recreation for Seniors in Kaleden. ~ From the RDOS Play Recreation Team Flowers to and a great big “Thank You” to all those Kaleden volunteers who helped clean the streets of litter on Pitch-In Day on April 13th. The community is looking great! ~ From Linda D. of Kaleden Flowers to the lady that brought back my rat terrier and informed us our back gate was open Thursday, April 18th. Thank you! ~ From Kelly S. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Ron Obirek. I value all that you do and all that you are. I really enjoy the times we run into each other and you keep me informed of what you are working on. We are very fortunate to have you in our Area ‘D’ corner, as I know how hard you work for us. I am envious of your mind and all that you remember! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to our neighbours in Okanagan Falls who let their cats roam freely. Cats who roam are much more likely to be killed by cars or by predators such as coyotes. Roaming cats also kill songbirds and quail, especially the babies. As well, outdoor cats use other people’s gardens as litter boxes. I eat the vegetables and herbs out of my back yard, and I don’t appreciate having to clean your cat sewage out of my garden! You don’t let your dogs run around, so why is this okay for your cats? Please, think of your cats’ lives, think of the birds, think of your neighbours - and keep your cats indoors. ~ From Brian G. of Okanagan Falls

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March 31,1961 - April 5, 2019 Graham was born in Minehead, Somerset, England and emigrated to Canada with his family on November 6, 1968. The family settled in Penticton, BC and moved to Okanagan Falls in 2001. Graham lost his fight with cancer on April 5, 2019. He died peacefully, surrounded by family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sandy, daughter Suzyn, granddaughters Kamryn and Mykenzie, his mother Diane, his brother Trevor (Kathy), sisters Carole (Ken) and Penny (Craig) and nieces and nephews. Graham always had time to help a friend or stranger and always stood up for what was right. We will miss his huge smile, his compassion to treat others as he wished to be treated, and his optimistic outlook on life in general. We all loved him so much. He will be forever in our hearts. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 am in the Okanagan Falls Community Church, with inurnment in the Okanagan Falls Cemetery, followed by a celebration of Graham’s life at the Okanagan Falls Legion at noon. Special thanks to Dr. Cobbin, Dr. Robertson and the palliative care nurses. Graham’s final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services. Fish Heads to the selfish person(s) that left their broken down stove behind the community church. If you got it there, why didn’t you do the responsible thing and spend the $5 to take it to the landfill?! You made your problem someone else’s and that is very irresponsible! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the man who steals all of the firewood from people’s private property, taking advantage of somebody else’s hard work. ~ From Amanda P. of Okanagan Falls Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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