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Stay Tuned ... More To Come! By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher This issue is packed full of information on local businesses, various local non-profit groups, community issues and much more. I was amazed at the amount of content that was submitted, but sadly, I was unable to fit it all in. So, stay tuned for some exciting new information next month, such as a full feature on Pitch-in 2021 which took place in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls in late April. Community Spirit and Volunteerism is definitely alive and well! Wishing a very “Happy Mother’s Day” to all our moms out there! Up To Date Weekly eCalendar! Sign Up Online

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point of the benefit - to encourage sick workers to isolate at home. Finally, the CRSB was designed just for the COVID pandemic. When the pandemic ends, the CRSB will end and Canada will no longer have any form of universal paid sick leave. The NDP has been calling for paid sick leave since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to pressure the Liberal government South Okanagan - West Kootenay to fix the glaring flaws in the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit. This is one of the many weak points in our country’s social safety net #202 - 301 Main Street that has been exposed by the pandemic. The federal government Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca Penticton, BC V2A 5B7 must work with the provinces to ensure that all Canadian workers 250.770.4480 will have access to meaningful paid sick leave as we build a better Canada after the pandemic ends. From The Hill Paid sick leave is essential at all times, pandemic or no pandemic, By Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay since it acts as a firewall to workplace-spread illnesses. A national As a country and as individuals, we have done a lot to try to stop paid sick leave program would keep Canadians healthier and the spread of COVID-19. However, there is one obvious step for Canadian businesses more productive and profitable. which we have made only timid efforts - paid sick leave. Going to work sick was once a badge of honour. Taking one for the team. Monthly MLA Report Not letting your side down. It was never a good idea, but in the midst of a pandemic it’s particularly dangerous. It isn’t good for By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen the worker’s health, it’s not good for their co-workers health, and Online vaccine registration is open at gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. it’s not good for the bottom line of the companies they work for. Once registered, you will be contacted to make a booking when that But many workers have little choice about whether to stay home time arrives. We’re on track to provide everyone the opportunity to or not. Almost 60% of Canada’s workers don’t have any paid sick get their first shot by the end of June! leave, and that percentage rises to 70% for low-income jobs. And Sickle Point is certainly top of mind for many of us, including low-income workers - many of whom are essential workers on the myself. Given its high ecological and cultural value, I’m eager to front lines at grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail outlets, see it protected for future generations. At the same time, Kaleden can’t afford to miss even one day’s pay. So, they go to work and residents should not shoulder the purchase price alone. That’s why hope for the best. I’ve been working with various ministries trying to identify ways After the pandemic hit, people immediately pointed out this to help the local champions reach their goal of protecting Sickle problem. The NDP pressured the federal government to bring in Point. Unfortunately, to-date no great options are evident. We will paid sick leave for Canadian workers in order to help restrict the continue to work diligently to find a successful path forward, and I spread of the virus. After many months, the government reluctantly know the clock is ticking. introduced the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB). The This government cares more - and has invested more - in mental CRSB is far from perfect. The remuneration is less than minimum health and addictions than I’ve seen from any government before. wage. You could only apply for one-week blocks of time, so if you I want to recognize the important role that Pathways has played in stayed home one day with symptoms then felt better the next, you the community for over four decades, and sincerely thank them for would have to stay away for the whole week to qualify. When you their essential work. In a decade when there was little more than do claim it, you must stay home and wait to find out if you’ll be a loosely-connected patchwork approach that relied on private reimbursed. And, only people with COVID are eligible - if you felt and non-profit service providers for treatment and counselling, sick and stayed home for the week but got a negative test result, they played an essential role. But mental health and addictions you weren’t paid. Needless to say, even with the CRSB on offer, issues are health issues, and they must be treated as part of a many workers feel that it makes more sense to keep going to work, larger system that can provide responsive, versatile support as so that they can pay rent and buy food. And, that negates the main individuals progress on their journey to wellness. IHA has made these changes with good intention to increase the availability and accessibility of care. I will continue to work to help Pathways move forward in a productive way and continue to support our communities. I know these changes may be difficult to process, but I am comforted by the constant intention to make life better for us all by increasing services for mental health and addictions support where and when it’s needed. Finally, I’m excited to announce that our nearly-neighbour MLA Join us for our for Nelson-Creston, Brittny Anderson, was appointed as Special Advisor on Youth to the Premier to provide a platform for young people to engage directly with the provincial government and help bridge generational social and economic inequities in British Columbia. So if there are issues that youth in the riding would like to raise, please reach out to us - my office would be thrilled to organize a virtual roundtable to share ideas and discuss paths email for info and reservations forward ... especially with some help from local youth champions!

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Introducing Little Falls Foods By Dahlia Millington After over a year and a half without one, Okanagan Falls is about to get a new grocery store. But, this one comes with a twist. When it opens, Little Falls Foods will be a grocery warehouse and delivery service operating from the old post office in the centre of Okanagan Falls. We’ve had a few questions about the store and how it’ll work. So, I wanted to take a few moments to tell you more:

OPENING SOON! Okanagan Falls’ Own Independent Grocery Store Grocery, Produce, Dairy, Baked Goods, Frozen Foods, Hardware

Who Is Little Falls Foods? Save Time Derek and I are new to grocery retail, but we’re not new to ● Order ahead for pick-up or delivery business. We have big passion and enthusiasm for supporting our community and also for food. (Examples of this include setting up Save Money cooking classes in our home back on Vancouver Island, and Derek ● Lower overhead costs being a little league baseball umpire in both BC and Alberta.) means lower prices for groceries. We feel really honoured that we will play a role in feeding the community and have been working hard to bring the store from a dream into reality. Order Online, Walk-In or Phone Pick-up or Delivery (free within 7km) We’ve assembled a team of people who are excited by the efficiency of our warehouse model. This crew also has a genuine info@LittleFallsFoods.ca 5129 10th Avenue respect for food and for taking care of people. While it is certain to take us a little while to work out all of the kinks in the system, I When Will Little Falls Foods Open? believe that you’ll be impressed with the level of customer service Sometime in May is our goal. We are responding to the adjustments you’ll receive at Little Falls Foods. that come with the start of any new business as quickly as What Can You Expect When Shopping at Little Falls Foods? possible. We want to open as soon as possible, and we want to • A Range of Products: from gluten free to Kraft dinner; organic do an excellent job. We really look forward to welcoming everyone and non-organic; local and imported; grocery basics like milk, to the new store. bread, butter, and pet food, as well as basic hardware items Dahlia & Derek Millington • Fair Prices LittleFallsFoods.ca • Free Delivery within a 7 km radius 5129 10th Avenue, Okanagan Falls • Flexibility: responsiveness to requests and special orders 250-497-5077 (as of opening) • Great Customer Service • Respect for Food and People Why A Warehouse/Delivery Model? The ‘super-market’ made sense when it was first set up in the 1930s. Back then, costs for land, electricity, and fuel were relatively low. Also, people weren’t as familiar with the range of consumer products being introduced by food manufacturers at that time. So, having every customer drive to the store to walk the aisles made good sense for both retailers and consumers. Nowadays, land, electricity, and fuel are all expensive. People are familiar with the typical products in a grocery store. We all value our free time more and prefer to spend less time running errands. And warehouses and supply chains have now become much more efficient. These days, an online store can be really ‘smart’ and can save you time. It can suggest products for you, or show you new or sale items. Also, it can remember your shopping lists and contact details so that your shopping can be done within a minute of signing on. How Will It Work? When you need groceries: 1. Go to the online store (even on your phone) and select the items you’d like. 2. Pay online or come into the store to pay. 3. Have your groceries delivered or come pick them up. If you aren’t comfortable shopping online, you can call your order in, or walk in. Our cashiers will be happy to help you place your order. There will be a few items available in the reception area of the store. It will be a learning experience for us all. We are very keen to save everyone time and money in the process of bringing great food to your tables.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ I am writing this on April 22, 2021. Spring has sprung!

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Covid-19 remains the number one concern in our community and in our country. Looking around the world, we see positives in places like California Call Dave Anderson for: where the vaccine rollout has been excellent and the number of positive cases have diminished significantly in Estimates & References Ron Obirek just a few short months. We also see Director of 250-490-5380 or alarming increases in infection rates RDOS Area ‘D’ around the world, especially related to anderson6465@gmail.com new variants. I encourage everyone to be mindful of the medical advice and recommendations for our collective safety. BCCDC website (or Google “BC Immunization Plan”) has information and Professional Dr. Bonnie Henry continues to provide updates and information. As Quality more vaccines are available, there will be media releases regarding Workmanship Service when and where and how the vaccine can be obtained. I encourage all to do their best to follow the recommendations. As others have senior RDOS staff and the RDOS Chair and RDOS Vice Chair. said, “there is light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss Ministry involvement, tunnel”. We still need to continue careful vigilant safe practices. as well as RDOS responsibilities in the terms for conducting the On March 24, 2021, the RDOS received a reply to the request study. I will provide an update next month. I understand the plan for funding regarding an Incorporation Study for Electoral Area ‘D’ is to have advertising for the committee selection concluded by from the provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The letter confirms May 7 and the committee selection process to begin on May 10. a commitment of $80,000 for this work, which will be a 1st phase Therefore, it is very important for everyone who is interested to of the restructure study process. The ministry identifies this study please provide their “expression of interest” to Christy Malden on process as a “major endeavour”. The letter indicates that it is or before May 7.

On April 13, 2021, I met with RCMP Superintendent Brian Hunter and our liaison RCMP Constable, Sgt. Bayliss. We discussed policing concerns generally for Area ‘D’. The relatively high crime rate in Penticton continues to be a significant factor in police resources being deployed in Penticton and a general shortage At the April 15, 2021 RDOS Board Meeting, the Board approved of police resources in Penticton and surrounding areas. This is the recommended terms of reference provided by the Ministry a matter of concern generally and speaks to a need for more of Municipal Affairs. The terms of reference include, among resources for policing throughout our region. Specifically with other things, confirmation that a Study Committee will be formed regard to Area ‘D’, we spoke about options for community policing, that will have 7 to 12 members selected through an advertised citizens on patrol, and other programs that we can participate in “Call For Members” followed by interview selection with RDOS to work together with the police to provide our community better policing services and outcomes. When safe to do so under representatives and supported by Ministry staff. Covid-19 protocols, we will have a public meeting which will be well I ask all who are interested to please send in their response to the advertised in advance for all who wish to participate. Thank you to “expression of interest” to the attention of Christy Malden at the the RCMP for their commitment to meeting with us and hearing our RDOS office. The committee will include myself as Electoral Area concerns and working together with our community. We all know Director and my Alternate Director in an ex-officio (non-voting) the police are working hard on our behalf, even when we don’t capacity. The committee will participate in the process of hiring a see them. On the other hand, I did communicate our community’s consultant and setting out the process for the public engagement. desire for more visible patrols and community relationship with the This is an important opportunity for all of us to ask questions and police through reinstatement of “Citizens on Patrol” and community get answers, so that we can all be better informed on options watch programs with RCMP training and support. I am satisfied and choices for our future governance. It is most important to that the RCMP are supportive of these efforts and I look forward to me that the process is fair; and that the information is accurate, a public meeting for better community discussion and input. I will complete and well communicated. I encourage everyone to keep provide an update in future Skaha Matters articles. an open mind and participate as fully as you are comfortable. Talk As always, I encourage everyone to support local businesses. All to neighbours and others and share information. Ask questions. local businesses need support in this strange time of Covid. Thank The better the questions, the better the information, and the better you to the businesses that have opened and are opening in our our public engagement process. I believe the better the quality of community and are staying open in these difficult times. the information we have, then the better our ability to make good decisions. This process will likely lead to a phase 2 study, followed Coffee meetings with me, the Director, are suspended until it is by a referendum vote on choices and options yet to be determined. safe to reconvene. Until we can meet again in person, and as This is only the beginning of a process that Ministry advises will always, I welcome phone calls or emails. preferable to have “public engagement that: 1. identifies the most pressing service and governance issues; 2. explores community interests in incorporation; and 3. proposes a boundary for incorporation that optimizes the service delivery, representation, tax equity, and community vision.”

not be completed prior to the election in October 2022.

Yours truly,

I shall provide further updates in future Skaha Matters articles. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ I will soon be attending a meeting with senior Ministry staff and Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair On Thursday, April 15th, the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District held our Annual General Meeting by way of Zoom. This is the “Report from the Chair” that I delivered at that time, and will be my submission to Skaha Matters for my May report. As an aside at the conclusion of the meeting, I was re-elected as Chair for the coming year. So, you will continue to receive OFID news and updates from me in this space for the next little while. Mission Statement: The mission of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is to provide a reliable and safe supply of drinking water to our community, and to develop, maintain and improve our district services now and into the future. The planning and work done by staff and trustees this past year has been directed to continue bringing equipment, practices and procedures to a high standard and toward improving all aspects of our operations. Traditionally, the Report from the Chair would be a twelve month re-cap of the significant events, challenges and accomplishments that we dealt with between AGM’s, usually April to April. This past year has been anything but traditional, so my report will try to bring all of us up to date as to where we are now. Our last AGM was held last fall, so this report will focus on what we have accomplished in the past six months, and what we are looking to in our future. Change doesn’t come easy, especially when you lose folks that you’ve come to rely on and work with for a while. Bob Daly who was a long time member of our board, a trusted trustee, and past Chair decided to move on. He is still involved in the Okanagan Falls community with his work with the Community Association and I still continue to work and partner with him as we both try to make Okanagan Falls a better place. Shona Schleppe who retired from RDOS last year joined us last fall in what turned out to be a short time. However, in the short time we were together, Shona brought a lot to the table. She made us think, and made us better. I’d like to thank both Bob and Shona for their time with us and their contributions to the District. Good luck to you both. In order to fill the vacancies created by the departure of Bob and Shona, the board put it out to the community for those willing to serve. Two candidates came forward, being Catherine Giesbrict and Fred Van Elsas. As these were the only two nominations that were filed by deadline, both Catherine and Fred are elected by acclimation. Welcome aboard to the both of you. The fall seminars and meetings that are usually held with our friends in other irrigation districts were put on hold this past year. A spring session is being held soon with a Zoom format. We embarked in a major project and commitment with our engineers to create a Master Plan for the district. A plan that would identify where the Irrigation District should focus, plan and spend funds over the next several years to keep our system up and running, and to provide enough potable water for future developments. As a result, in conjunction with our engineers, and following recommendations of Interior Health, we are proceeding with project number one of the Master Plan. This will upgrade the lower zone main lines, increase the chlorine contact time, and blend water from the lower wells. It sounds complicated and scientific. In plain language, water in the lower district will meet and beat Interior Health standards. We want to be on the front lines of any new projects or developments that will energize Okanagan Falls. We continue to work closely with developers and the other groups in our community to make expansion happen. The coming year will prove a challenge. As Okanagan Falls is not incorporated, we are not entitled to any Government grants.

Our community has to fund any of our improvements and repairs through our taxes and tolls. That’s all. We are trying to be creative in obtaining funds and grants that will keep us be progressive without over burdening our ratepayers. In the face of Covid-19, our operators have continued to give us their best, and at the same time taking necessary precautions to keep everybody safe. The board continues to work closely with Interior Health and have scheduled a meeting with them in the next few weeks. This has been a busy year. And looking ahead, we have more in our plans. At the end of the day, as topsy turvy this last year has been, we have remained productive and proactive, and we’d like to get close to what was our old normal. But not just back, but better. I would personally would like to thank all of the trustees, who were with us for the better part of the year; Bob Daly, Ted Lynch, Marjorie Bracconier, and Shona Schleppe. Our operators Sig Held and Liam McCallum, Travis Campbell, and our standby operator and good guy in the field, Peter Mallepaard. And, I’d especially like to thank Kim Kirkham in our office for all the support she continues to give me. All of our staff are professional, hard working, who make the district run smooth, and who make the jobs of the trustees and the chair, a whole lot easier. Thanks to you all. Water We Thinking ~ A reminder that our new watering restrictions come into effect May 1st. Even numbered addresses water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Odd numbers water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No watering on Monday. Stratas use the street address to determine the watering day, not a unit number. Lets give it a try. We can always review this next year.

Office Hours: Tue/Wed/Thu from 9:30-4:30 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls P: 250.497.8541 E: ofid@telus.net www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... By Rini Van Uden On August 13, 2007 at 12:48, a 2 vehicle MVA occurred by the rock bluffs on Eastside Road. Jaws of life were used on the Sun Runner to remove the driver’s door to extricate the patient. Both driver’s received minor injuries. In 2007, most of Europe dealt with serious draught and fires. Greece experienced the worst with more than 300 forest fires. The total burnt amounts to 268,834 hectares. More than 60 people died, including 6 seasonal fire-fighters. The charred remains of a mother holding her child in her arms; people burned alive in cars as they tried to flee; panic-stricken villagers trapped in flameencircled homes; and thousands evacuated to beaches. These were among the scenes being witnessed in Greece as some of the worst wildfires in living memory ravaged the country. Officials said they feared arsonists were behind the wildfires. “This is unprecedented. At least 21 of the fires that we are fighting erupted after 9 pm Friday, which points to the crime of arson,” said Yannis Stamoulis, a spokesman for the fire fighting service. A total of 10 Canadairs, 3 Pilatus planes and 12 helicopters were deployed to Greece. To be continued ... Happy Mother’s Day!!! Safety Tip: Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are more than 10 years old. SkahaMatters.com | May 2021 | Page 7


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years, the debt for the capital cost will drop for all users -add another 50 users and this initial capital cost drops to about $920 annually for each property owner. The operations and maintenance costs will be a separate cost that will be The Regional District is currently undertaking a Parks & Recreation collected through utility bills for those connected to the new Master Plan review and feedback can be given online at www. system. rdosregionalconnections.ca. This is the guiding document for Those within the service area will also be responsible for the cost decision making and projects moving forward and it is a great to decommission their individual septic systems and for the cost opportunity for RDOS area residents to be involved in shaping our to connect to the new line. Additionally, should the project proceed, residents will not have to pay the entire capital costs community parks and recreation service moving forward. Twin Lakes residents will be reviewing a document on LNID up front; they will have the option to submit either a one-time conversion to RDOS soon and the LNID board will be discussing payment of about $27,000 or a yearly payment over 30 years at a this at upcoming meetings. This is of high interest to lake front ~ 2.99% interest rate. Some key points to remember. The service area of a service is Also in Twin Lakes, any residents of this community area interested established by the RDOS to determine who is going to pay into a in being a part of the subcommittee to work on planning a public service. The properties within the service area are the only ones access point, please email me as a meeting is in the plans for late with voting rights with the structure set out by the Province, not the RDOS. Why is all of Kaleden not in the service area? The reason May. is that the RDOS is not able to charge people who are not able to Sewer Referendum June 5th receive this service in this initial phase of the project. It is unknown Over the last few months, I’ve been keen to shed light on the when additional areas may be added to the initial service area. importance of community-focused projects and taking advantage How is the service area chosen? Engineers study the area and of grant opportunities that allow us to hone in on our community’s use a formula to determine how many connections can be added spirit and vision. This continues as we focus on the Kaleden Sewer with the current grant and property owner portion to determine the Extension Project. The June 5th Referendum is fast approaching, maximum size of a service area. Eventually, the cost of adding a and it is important that residents in the new Service Area are well lift station or long stretches of sewer mains outweighs the financial informed on all aspects of the project before voting this June. We benefits to the project, which is where the boundaries are drawn. have been talking about sewer for many years, and I believe it is Kaleden is a community that has strong roots in being rural with a time to make a decision. desire for some “community like services”. Sewer is a community home owners at Twin Lakes.

So, with that in mind, what is one of the things that every resident in the service area is thinking about? Cost. This is understandable given it is a significant investment into the future of our community. The highest estimated project cost is about $10.6M - with about 66% being covered through grants. This is a significant opportunity, and one that might not be available later if the referendum does not pass. Concerns around development will be addressed through the Local Area Plan, which would occur after a successful referendum to focus on the properties within the service area.

To try and lower the cost further, the RDOS has found more grant funding. The project is eligible for the OBWB (Okanagan Basin Water Board) Sewage Facilities Assistance grant, which could provide just shy of another $1 million to reduce costs further over the debt payback period. So, what are the estimated annual costs? If the project proceeds with all the available funding being used, each resident in the initial service area will pay approximately $1225 per year on property taxes to have sewer on their property.

service that is not intended to change a community, but add benefits to those in the service area. Some economic benefits could be building on the septic field location, expanding an existing home, upgrading a home or adding a secondary suite. Change can be good, if monitored and that is the intent with the LAP (local area plan), to make community based decisions on densification for the future. Will sewer create more homes, possibly, but I see it as an opportunity if done correctly, which is what I have supported. The largest lift station would be located in Pioneer Park near the boat launch. There are benefits to having it located there, including the potential of a joint use with adding a year around washroom. The building is about half the size as the current washroom facility in Pioneer Park. If you have more questions about the project, another Virtual Town Hall will be held on Monday, May 17th at 6 pm. The RDOS will also be hosting weekly “Office Hours” from 1-3 pm each Monday until May 10th. Visit www.kaledensewer.ca for more information. As always, if you want to talk more, I am here to chat.

Better yet, as more people come into the system in future Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Page 8 | May 2021 | SkahaMatters.com


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee My Bad ... In April’s column, I neglected to mention that KID’s 2021 Water Conservation Measures (in effect as of April 15) are the same as in 2020. Using the same traffic-light color coding as last year, we are now in Stage One (green):

Water Conservation Measures for 2021 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 (with individual drip emitters using no more than 0.5 gal/ hr or 2 L/hr), can be done at any day and time. F) Run automatic underground system only from 11 pm - to 6 am and only on your watering days. G) No watering on Monday for anyone! H) Agricultural properties - natural or landscaped areas must follow the above conservation measures. If you have a district irrigation connection and flow restrictor and have “farm status designation” through BC Assessment Authority, you are exempt from the above restrictions for watering crops only. I) New lawns (seeded lawns or installed turf) can be watered any day at any time using any method for the first 49 days (7 weeks) after planting, but ratepayers must complete an application form available from KID before planting. Stage One conservation measures, if in force, will apply after 49 days. 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. G) 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. H) Additional watering of new lawns [as outlined above in Stage One (I)] suspended. 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. KID’s AGM ... is scheduled for May 31 at 7 pm, and will be a virtual meeting per current COVID guidelines. See notice above to right.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MONDAY, May 31, 2021 AT 7:30 pm VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM Due to Provincial Health regulations the District must hold its Annual General Meeting via video conferencing. All ratepayers of the Kaleden Irrigation District are invited to attend via Zoom. If you plan to attend, you MUST pre-register with us online at kaledenirrigation.org or via email to k.i.d@shaw.ca. You may also contact our office and provide email contact information. All registrants will be issued a link to participate and an agenda package for the meeting. AGENDA: • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held October 26, 2020 • Trustees Report & Operations Report • Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2020 • Remuneration of Trustees for 2021 • Introduction of Candidates for Trustee • Setting of Election Date (if required) • New Business Nomination papers for a Trustee position are available online at kaledenirrigation.org or at the District office, located at 119 Ponderosa Avenue in Kaleden. Please call ahead Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings. Nomination papers and PREREGISTRATION to attend must be received at the District office by Noon on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Cheryl E. Halla, Administrator Phone 250-497-5407 or email k.i.d@shaw.ca

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department By Jean Dube

A Few Simple Steps To Protect Your Family, Property And Home Wildfires can quickly spread from the forest to a community. Help keep your family, property and home safe by preparing in advance. Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home: • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials within a minimum of 1.5 metres of the home. • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down. • PRUNE tree limbs, so the lowest branches are 2 metres above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of trees. • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least 10 metres away from the home and other outbuildings. • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire. • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. Replace missing shingles or tiles. By following these simple recommendations, you can dramatically increase the resistance of your home and property to damage caused by wildfire. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please take advantage of the Kaleden FireSmart Chipping/Bin Event on Saturday, May 15th from 10am - 3pm. Turn at 200 Dogwood Avenue off of Lakehill Road. SkahaMatters.com | May 2021 | Page 9


REGIONAL DISTRICT OF OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN

REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Mail-in ballot packages can be requested by filling out the Application for Mail-In NOTICE OF ASSENT VOTING Ballot Package form available at www.rdosregionalconnections.ca or in-person at the RDOS office (101 Martin Street, Penticton) or KALEDEN EXTENSION OF THE OKANAGAN FALLS by contacting Legislative Services at info@rdos.bc.ca or 250-492SEWER SERVICE ASSENT VOTING OPPORTUNITY 0237 (toll free 1-877-610-3737). PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors within the proposed Information Required: Kaleden Extension of the Okanagan Falls Sewer Service Area 1. Full name; in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen as defined on the 2. Residential address; map below, that assent voting will be held on the following question: 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors); “Are you in favour of the Regional District of Okanagan4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: Similkameen adopting Kaleden Extension of the Okanagan • Pick up at Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office; Falls Sewer Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2889, 2020 • Regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential to create a service for the infrastructure required for the address; OR collection and conveyance of sewer effluent in a portion of • Regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate the Kaleden area of the Regional District; address provided when requesting the mail ballot package. -AND5. Two pieces of identification that together prove who you are Kaleden Extension of the Okanagan Falls Sewer Service and where you live. Combined BC Driver’s License/Services Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2890, 2020 to authorize Card is considered one piece of identification. the long-term borrowing of up to $4,040,000 (four million, Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or forty thousand dollars) for the construction of the Kaleden about April 26, 2021. To be counted, your mail ballot must extension of the Okanagan Falls sewer system?” be received by the Chief Election Officer at 101 Martin St., Penticton no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 4, 2021, or at the VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS Kaleden Community Hall, 320 Lakehill Road, Kaleden between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on June 5, 2021. GENERAL VOTING: SATURDAY, June 5, 2021 Your mail ballot package will contain instructions on how to complete 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and return your mail ballot. Mail Ballots can also be returned: Kaleden Community Hall • In person at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, 320 Lakehill Road, Kaleden, BC 101 Martin Street, Penticton during regular business hours ADVANCE VOTING: WEDNESDAY, May 26, 2021 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) until June 4, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Between 8:00 am and 8 pm on June 5, 2021 (Assent Voting Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Day) at the voting place, Kaleden Community Hall, 320 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC Lakehill Road, Kaleden. ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of qualified electors will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older on assent voting day • Canadian citizen • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration • Resident of OR registered owner of real property in the proposed Kaleden Extension of the Okanagan Falls Sewer Service Area for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration, and • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law. Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, provide proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner, provide written consent from a majority of the property owners to one owner voting. Forms are available at www.rdosregionalconnections.ca or in-person at the RDOS office. MAIL BALLOT VOTING

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SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED BYLAWS To establish a service for the infrastructure required for the collection and conveyance of sewer effluent in a portion of the community of Kaleden, and to borrow funds for the construction of the Kaleden Extension of the Okanagan Falls sewer system. TAKE NOTICE that the above is a synopsis of the proposed bylaws and that this synopsis is not intended to be and is not to be understood as an interpretation of the bylaws. The full bylaws may be inspected at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen office, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, during regular office hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday or online at www.rdos.bc.ca. For further information on the bylaws or the voting process, please contact: Christy Malden, Chief Election Officer at 250-4904146 or cmalden@rdos.bc.ca; or Gillian Cramm, Deputy Chief Election Officer at 250-490-4145 or gcramm@rdos.bc.ca; or toll free at 1-877-610-3737 Christy Malden, Chief Election Officer

Eighty People Control Development In Kaleden. Are You One Of The Chosen? By Colleen Pennington

A chosen few get to decide what the future holds for development in Kaleden, who will decide the character of Kaleden, who will decide if developers can densify for profit while others drown in debt. Voting safely in person during COVID-19: The RDOS Who will decide? Not the community of Kaleden. Not taxpayers. encourages all eligible voters to consider submitting mail- A select few, chosen by the RDOS sewer service area. RDOS in ballots in order to minimize in-person attendance at the staff and consultants, at the recent Town Hall, could not explain polling stations. Due to additional COVID-19 safety measures, why certain houses were included in the service and voting area. Some people next to a force main get to vote (and pay). Other delays and longer wait times are anticipated. neighbours next to the force main don’t get to vote. Why are some voting and others not? Non taxpayers get to vote. EACH renter in the service area can cast a vote. They can impose their desires on Kaleden homeowners even though they pay none of the costs, nor live the longterm consequences. 2346 Sun Valley Way Not even a vote for each property owner either. If you own two Come and see us for all your Perennials, Trees, Okanagan Falls Shrubs, Fruit Trees and Ornamental Grasses. 250-497-5641 properties in the service area, you’ll get to pay twice but you get only one vote. All at the Best Prices in the Okanagan! stonesthrownursery@shaw.ca OPEN 10 - 4 ~ Friday - Sunday www.stonesthrownursery.com If you pay taxes, but you don’t live here, you get even less say. You’ll need to get two forms signed and you get to pick a single person to vote on your future home, if you can get your vote here on time. So if you have renters, they get more votes than you will as an owner. As the RDOS has dictated, just the people associated with 129 Kaleden FireSmart Chipping/Bin Event properties, 1 resort and 17 vacant lots get to choose. Doing the math ... how many are residents, how many adults and how many May 15th 10:00-3:00 pm will vote at best (in BC, municipal elections get only 55% turnout), (Turn at 200 Dogwood, go to the top) that means 164 people will likely vote. Simply stated, 83 people will decide. 50% plus 1 Trim all tree branches at least 7 feet Whether or not you support sewer, the RDOS has chosen the above the ground. Remove dead wrong way to move this forward. Its wrong to let 83 people decide. willows.

This change to Kaleden will be significant. If passed, it will

allow development and density. Homes can be built on smaller Bring to the chipper. lots. More homes can be on the lakeside. And, if desired, 400 townhomes can be built at Ponderosa Point. Kaleden, as a community, should decide what we want. All of us should decide. Not a select few. Not unequally. Not staff in the Cut down dead cedars and dead Penticton office. Not less than 90 people. trees.

I am calling on everyone in the sewer area to vote ‘No’. Do it Bring to the chipper. because we deserve better. Vote ‘No’ because the sewer process is wrong. Vote ‘No’ to let our community choose our future. Vote ‘No’ to stop the RDOS from loading homeowners with crippling taxes, while enabling developers to prosper. Is this a democracy or a world chosen by a few? While the RDOS cloaks the sewer decision in environmental Rake up long grasses, pine good and freedom from the terror of septic failure, it is really needles and tumbleweeds.

about development and enabling those with money and political influence to subdivide. Bring to the bin. For direct contact with the author, email colleenpenni@gmail.com.

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Area ‘D’ Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator With this fabulous weather now upon us, one can hardly wait to start making plans for enjoying the best of what Okanagan Falls and Area ‘D’ has to offer. The Visitor Info Centre is in the midst of planning for its official opening on the Victoria Day May long weekend. Volunteers from last year have stepped forward once again and we thank you and appreciate you for this. We are still in need of a few more volunteers this year, as we expect this season to be busier than ever due to an anticipated increase in domestic tourism resulting from Covid-19 restrictions. If you are interested in joining our team, please call 778-515-5520 now, as we are developing schedules, ordering up new logo shirts and hats and needing some help with setting up the centre. Our new 2021 Okanagan Falls Visitor & Relocation Guide will be available on-line and in hard copy at the Visitor Info Centre, the Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office, local businesses, and community service organizations by the end of May. New to the Visitor Info Centre this year is our “gofishbc” program funded by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Michael Livingstone has volunteered to keep the rods and tackle in good order for us. This program allows locals and visitors alike to come into the Visitor’s Centre, take out a rod and tackle box, and ‘go fish’ in our lakes and rivers. There is no cost involved, just a guarantee that fun will be had by all ages who want to experience freshwater fishing in the sunny Okanagan. Anglers under 16 years of age do not need a licence.

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Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Booth Re-opens May Long Weekend #2 - 5350 9th Avenue - Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls 778-515-5520 and do not have to be repaid. Students may apply for all nine categories if they wish. The bursaries are open to graduating and returning students and the deadline is June 6th, 2021. To learn more about the bursaries, go to www.cfso.net/grants/apply-for-abursary.

Our grant applications have paid off in spades so far this year. The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) has just announced the successful funding recipients of the Rural Business and Community Recovery (RBCR) Program; and the Don’t forget to enter the Visit South Okanagan Photo Contest - South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce (SOCC) will receive The Okanagan You Remember “#myVSOKmemories”. Share your funding to hire up to two part-time Business Recovery Advisors favourite South Okanagan memories and you could win 1 of 4 for a one-year period. This grant focuses on business recovery, prize packages all generously donated by local businesses and business transition, and community economic development valued at over $4000! Contest closes May 7th. For details on how growth needs. The Chamber will oversee the selected advisors to enter, go to www.visitsouthokanagan.com/myvsokmemories- and will work closely with the communities of Okanagan Falls photo-contest. RDOS Area ‘D’, Oliver, Osoyoos, and the Osoyoos Indian Band In conversation with Community Foundations’ Sarah Trudeau that agreed to collaborate with them on this funding opportunity. this week, CFSOS is reaching out to our communities in the Support services will include working with individual businesses South Okanagan Similkameen to create awareness of this year’s that have experienced hardships during Covid-19, as well as bursaries for students. There is over $40,000 spread over nine community economic development organizations to assist them in different bursaries to apply for, which are based on financial need their planned activities. The advisors are to start working with our businesses and communities by mid May.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. It can become quite severe and can be caused by work, stress, or repetitive movement. Spring is here and it’s time to work in the yard and garden, this can cause muscles in the neck, shoulders and back to get very sore as they may not have had much use in quite some time. Many people carry stress in their neck and shoulders. When this happens, the muscles stay very tight and can cause constant, and sometimes severe, pain. An article on healthgrades.com by Elizabeth Beasley explains how stress contributes to chronic neck and shoulder pain. The stress response is a blend of physical and emotional components that prime your body to run or fight when faced with danger. When the brain is triggered, the body releases cortisol, adrenaline and other hormones that prepare your body for action. Physical changes include a higher heart rate, increased blood pressure, rapid breathing and tensed muscles. When this happens repeatedly, it can cause aches, pains and irritated nerves. This reaction to stress happens to us in small spurts all day, every day and it works well to protect us from harm. Problems start happening when you experience chronic stress. This could be chronic physical stress from standing or doing repetitive motions at your job. Or, it could be chronic emotional stress like dealing with a difficult personal relationship or financial troubles. So, how does this normal response to life’s daily challenges make its way to your neck and shoulders? Stress isn’t always the cause of neck and shoulder pain, but it can certainly make even the smallest existing pain much worse. Here’s how it affects your neck and shoulders. • Enlarges the blood vessels in your large muscle groups to allow faster oxygen delivery • Causes you to clench and tighten muscles in the neck, jaw and shoulders • Increases tension in the trapezius muscles that run across the top of the back • Restricts neck and shoulder movement • Heightens your perception of pain and makes existing pain feel worse When you experience mental or physical stress again and again, your body is constantly prepared for battle, but is never allowed to release that tension. Eventually, this irritates your muscles and nerves, causing pain that can be difficult to manage, because it’s difficult to pinpoint or remove your stress triggers. One of the best and drug-free options to relieve this constant pain is massage. It not only works on the tight muscles, it also helps you to relax and promotes overall wellbeing. Massage increases blood circulation and reduces inflammation. Biochemistry research proves that the positive effects of massage therapy include decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. Stretching is also helpful to keep the muscles moving and flexible and this can easily be done many times throughout the day. Enjoy spring and remember that Creative Wellness Solutions provides a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President We’ve started! ... on the process of informing residents and business persons on the issue of incorporating the community of Okanagan Falls. And, there’s an important distinction to keep in mind here: this is a process about informing; objectively, what are the pros and cons, what are the costs and benefits, the advantages and disadvantages. How all those factors play in a decision, one way or the other, will be up to individual residents and organizations. Funding for a “Boundary Configuration” study was approved by BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs for RDOS this past March. In this first step of the process, the study will “... propose a boundary for incorporation” taking into consideration such factors as service delivery, representation, tax equity and community vision, as well as interests. The study will also identify issues regarding service and governance. The Boundary Configuration study will be overseen by a committee, an objective and fact-finding group selected by RDOS representatives supported by Municipal Affairs staff. A ‘call’ for committee members is being distributed through Skaha Matters and other venues. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply! With luck and good management, the committee will be in place in May. An “Incorporation” study is a subsequent step in the process. That study provides detailed technical and financial information on the impact of municipal incorporation within the proposed boundary. The Okanagan Falls Community Association strongly believes these two studies are essential steps in a larger process that will inform community members on incorporation. Carried through to its conclusion, another step in the process is a referendum in which residents - informed by the previous steps - would cast their vote. If voters support incorporation, later steps would be to obtain Cabinet approval, establish a municipal administration, and elect an inaugural council. Quite a process, and we may not go all the way, but we’ve started! On another front, we again thank the staff at the RDOS Okanagan Falls Economic Development Office. This time they positioned Okanagan Falls together with Oliver, Osoyoos and Osoyoos Indian Band, to benefit from the services of a Recovery Advisor working with the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce. Closing thoughts ... Did anyone else read that Okanagan Falls was recognized as one of the top searched Airbnb destinations in Canada? Of course, you already knew Okanagan Falls was one of the best places in Canada, eh? If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join the OFCA, please email okanaganfallscommunity@gmail.com. SkahaMatters.com | May 2021 | Page 13


Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi As I write this, I am sitting on my deck enjoying the beautiful view of Skaha Lake, and getting my Vitamin D from the sun, and hearing the birds sing. I often remind myself how lucky we are to live in this wonderful community! The name Kaleden combines the Greek “Kalos” meaning “beautiful” and “Eden” after the Garden of Eden. Every person young or old can contribute to making our community a fun and fabulous place to live and to call home. There are many worthwhile projects in our community that rely on volunteers. Whether you have a few hours, or would like to contribute on a regular basis, we would love to hear from you and see you! Let’s help make a difference in the lives of others in our community. We also accept donations of cash, if you prefer. Kaleden Community Association would like to remind people that their support is appreciated to help preserve Sickle Point. To make a pledge, please contact chair@kaledencommunity.com or for more information, go to our website KaledenCommunity.com The Kaleden Community Association is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. Anyone can make donations to KCA for projects in the community and receive a tax receipt. KCA has also established a Kaleden Community Fund with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. This fund allows people to donate toward larger projects or to designate funds from their estates. For more information, please email chair@kaledencommunity.com. In case you have forgotten who is part of your Kaleden Community Association, here is the list! The Kaleden Community Association 2020/21 Board of Directors are; Eryn Wiedner, Gail Jeffery, Glenda Livolsi, Jaynie Molloy, Karen Smith, Neal Dockendorf, Pinky Reidman, Randy Cranston, Rita Masson, and Subrina Monteith.

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Call for Committee Members Electoral Area “D” Service and Boundary Configuration Study Scope: On March 24, 2021, the Minister of Municipal Affairs confirmed support in the amount of $80,000 to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to undertake an analysis in Electoral Area “D” communities on services and opinions on incorporation, as well as discussions on potential boundary configuration options in the Electoral Area. The RDOS Board of Directors adopted a Terms of Reference for the study at their April 15, 2021 meeting, and directed staff to commence the process. The first step in the process is the recruitment of a committee to work with staff and a local government consultant to guide the study. The committee is an objective fact-finding body. Individual members of the committee should ensure any expression of their personal opinions do not detract from the ability of the study committee to function as a neutral and credible conduit for information to the community. This Electoral Area “D” Service and Boundary Configuration Committee is an advisory ad hoc committee of the RDOS. The committee, working with staff and a local government consultant, will ensure that the study and engagement with the community is neutral and balanced. At the end of this study process, the committee will provide recommendation to the RDOS Board of Directors based on study findings, which may inform a potential request to proceed with an incorporation study after the next general election. Membership: The committee will be comprised of seven to twelve members who: •

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Term: The committee is expected to hold its inaugural meeting in late May, 2021 and report its final recommendations to the Corporate Services Committee of the RDOS by April 30, 2022. The committee shall be considered dissolved after its final report to the Corporate Services Committee unless the Board of Directors resolves otherwise. The complete terms of reference are available on our webiste at www.rdosregionalconnections.ca/area-d-boundary-study Submission: Submission Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2021 Please email an Expression of Interest outlining relevant skills and qualifications to Christy Malden (cmalden@rdos. bc.ca) and Crystal Ozaraci (cozaraci@rdos.bc.ca) or drop-off/mail to the RDOS office, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

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With the changing public health orders, we have - Vaseux Lake - Sun Valley revised our program offerings to focus on exclusively - Upper Carmi - Vintage Views outdoor programming. We offer a number of exercise and wellness - Heritage Hills - Lakeshore Highlands programs under the warm sky. New this season is a seated yoga and strengthening class for the older adult, as well as a beginner - Skaha Estates - Okanagan Falls yoga program for those just starting out. Get your ‘groove on’ with - McLean Creek Estates - Valley View / Big Horn a low intensity dance and stretch class and be sure to check out *If you are uncertain as to whether your residence is the Free demo class on May 7th. located within Area “D”, please contact the Regional Kids have a number of choices too, each in their school cohort. District office to confirm. Explore nature, fly a kite, try pickleball. ‘Play your way’ self-directed Do not currently serve as an elected representative at any programs are also available. level of government or related organization, or be an employee As the weather warms, keep an eye out for all ages Lake Swim of the RDOS. Lessons with WaterWaves, coming to both Kaleden and Okanagan Are able to commit to attending meetings up to twice monthly, Falls. More information to follow soon. within the term of the committee. Please have a peak at the Spring Program Guide at rec.rdos.bc.ca or, as always, we welcome your call. Have varied interests, skills and backgrounds. Are willing and able to sign and adhere to the RDOS Conflict May the sun bring you new energy. May the breeze bring you strength. May the rain wash away your worries. ~ Apache Blessing of Interest and Code of Ethics policies,


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The Readers: Conversations about Books ~ Adults | Registration Required. Are you looking to connect with other readers, learn Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm about new books, or share your opinions? The Readers is a Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful ladies who are program to connect with others and discuss books and reading ‘Mother Figures’! This wonderful group may include step- with fellow book lovers. With help for discussion flow, each week mothers, mothers-in-law, guardians, foster parents, aunties, and starts with a question or theme and the conversation goes from family friends. May is a wonderful time to remind us to thank these there. We are open to all kinds of readers - as any type of reading is lovely “Mother Figures“, who took the time to care for us and help reading! The program is over the phone - no computer knowledge us through life’s challenges. Happy Mother’s Day! is required. Please register online, or call 778-658-6394 or email Did you know as a member of the Okanagan Regional Library access@orl.bc.ca to receive the conference line phone number you have access to our whole catalogue of over 1,500,000 books, and access code. Weekly on Tuesdays from 2-3 pm. Presented by ORL Access Service. magazines, CDs, DVDs and so much more?

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Get to know Libby: eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines ~ Teens & Adults | Registration Required. Explore the library’s largest digital resource for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. Libby is an app for your smart devices that lets you bring the library with you on the go. We will navigate signing in with your library card, browsing for a title, downloading, and other features. All ages and experience levels welcome. Saturday, May 22 from 3-4 pm. Presented by Westside Learning Lab.

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Okanagan Falls Library Book Club meets May 13th at 1 pm via Zoom ~ This month’s discussion is “A Gentleman from Moscow” by Amor Towles. If you are interested in joining our book club, please call or email the branch for information.

Virtual Mobile Meetup - Android ~ Adults | Registration Required. A series of three sessions to help participants learn how to Our SPRING PROGRAM GUIDE is out! From April to June 30 navigate Android Phones and Tablets. Topics include: Navigating 2021, you can join these online programs no matter where you your device; Device settings; Introduction to apps. Tuesday, May live! Register online to get the Zoom link information for all ORL 11 from 2-3 pm. Tuesday, May 18 from 2-3 pm. Tuesday, May 25 programs. Please include your email. Find the link at Orl.evanced. from 2-3 pm. Presented by Downtown Kelowna Library Watch a info/signup/Calendar or stop by the library and pick up a SPRING Maker: Assemble a Prusa Printer LIV. PROGRAM GUIDE! Some of the programs offered include: Story Time Adventure Kits ~ This month’s theme is ‘Dragons’. storytimes, a puppet show, coding and engineering clubs, library Come to the library and get your kit while supplies last! Thank you adventures at home, teen dares and challenges, and book clubs. to our Friends of the Library for their contribution to this project!

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Next Step In Okanagan Falls By Pat Buckland Family literacy is hard to define, but it encompasses all the ways parents, children and extended family members develop and use literacy skills to accomplish day-to-day tasks and activities at home and in their community. It also has to do with adults being literacy role models for their children, according to ABC Canada which supports the development of a fully literate Canadian population. Family literacy programs are community-based initiatives that aim to break the inter-generational cycle of low literacy skills and support families in literacy activities and in accessing literacy resources. One such program is “Next Step” in Okanagan Falls. Parents aren’t always aware of the strong influence they have on their children’s attitudes towards literacy and learning. This influence is particularly important from birth to age six. In fact, there is considerable research showing that substantial literacy learning takes place as a result of family interaction and activities before the child enters formal school years. Next Step will support Okanagan Falls parents by providing them with Next Step books to read with their children ages 6, 12 and 18 months. Page 16 | May 2021 | SkahaMatters.com

Wishing you all a flowery May and a Happy Mother’s Day to all those special ladies out in our community! Submitted by Lynn Warfield, Community Librarian The Okanagan Falls Lions Club, who supports child and youth development, has funded the cost of the Next Step books. The Okanagan Falls library will distribute the books. Next Step is organized by the South Okanagan Community Literacy Society (SOCLS), which believes that working toward the development of a well-rounded, educated and confident new member of the community cannot help but benefit everyone. This is a true partnership of community groups to support early literacy! If you’re interested in more information about Next Step, please contact Samantha James at 250-497-5414.


OK Mini School Update By Chantelle Bruwer

The OK Mini School is hiring! If you or someone you know is a certified ECE and interested in the head teaching position at the 1. preschool, email okminischool@shaw.ca for more information. Thank you to everyone who placed orders for the OK Mini School’s 2. Growing Smiles plant fundraiser. It was a huge success! You will 3. be contacted early in May to arrange pick up or delivery.

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April Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Taking our learning outside in the sunshine. Checking out a cave while hiking on Peach Cliff Mountain. Showing our spirit on Green Shirt/Jersey Day in honour of Logan Boulet.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee A small update this month, as the April School Board of Education meeting was April 28th. Not in time for this issue. I will provide a more fulsome update next month. The finish line is now in sight for both the school year and the grips of the Covid-19 Pandemic. However, we continue to see daily cases rise and a few more school exposures. District staff reported that students and school staff have seamlessly moved into the new regulations such as mandatory mask wearing for those students in grades 4-12. Okanagan Falls Elementary Principal Karen Sinclair reported at the recent PAC meeting that our school community was already compiling with a robust mask policy, so this was a seamless transition for our small school. With the change in weather, we will see more transitions to our outdoor learning spaces, and we are looking forward to the completion of our “outdoor classroom’. Trustees in the province attended the BCSTA (British Columbia School Trustees Association) AGM on April 18,19, and 20th. The AGM was virtual, and we all attended via Zoom. Trustees around the province continue to advocate and engage with the Ministry of Education. Improving student achievement is the key work of locally elected Boards of Education. It is budget time at the District. I would encourage all community members to take part in our process. Currently up on our website at www.sd53.bc.ca, you can access the budget overview and most importantly the survey. Have a say in your school and community. We will be holding our Annual Budget Meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7 pm via Zoom. Please email general@sd53.bc.ca for a link, if you are interested in attending this virtual meeting. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmas, and those taking on the role of ‘mom’! Reminder ~ The last Backyard Beans Coffee order before summer is June 1st, so order up lots to make it to September! Next PAC meeting will be Thursday, May 6th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Email us at okfpac@gmail.com, if you wish to partake in the meeting and need the link. SkahaMatters.com | May 2021 | Page 17


School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee In April 2021, the Board participated in the following meetings: The Budget Advisory Committee met on April 7, 2021 to review the proposed 2021-2022 budget recommendations put forth by Secretary Treasurer Nicole Bittante. The Committee reviewed the projected student enrolment, costs projections for existing services, any proposed cost changes, projected revenues for international student fees, rental fees, grants, etc. Some of the cost pressures identified include: negotiated wage and salary increases for teachers and CUPE; Principal/Vice Principal salary increases; benefits/pension plan increases; utility costs; software licenses; etc. The Preliminary Budget position for 2021-2022 has an anticipated budget shortfall of approximately $651,066. Secretary Treasurer Bittante provided preliminary balancing options to consider. On April 12, 2021, the Board met to develop guiding principles for the Long Range Facility Review Process. Judy Shoemaker (consultant) discussed the impacts of declining enrolment and trends. We discussed grade reconfiguration, building maintenance and replacement. The Long Range Facilities time line and a request for Board approval of the guiding principles will occur at the April 26, 2021 Board of Education Meeting. On April 13, 2021 at the Business Committee of the Whole, the Board discussed the Operating and Capital budgets. There is a projected surplus of $1,042,823 anticipated for the 2020-2021 Operating budget. Also, we reviewed the Board Evaluation process planned for the Fall 2021. Anne Cooper will do an inservice in August 2021 with the Board to develop the Board Evaluation process. Superintendent Manuel provided an update regarding the Strategic Planning Refresh Process. Mike McKay is scheduled to do an in-service with the Board in May and August 2021. Also, Superintendent Manuel provided an update on Long Range Facility Plan process as discussed at the April 12 meeting. On April 14, 2021, the Education Committee of the Whole met. Some of the highlights from the meeting include a short video from Giants Head school showcasing events and activities throughout the school year. Also, District Career Coordinator, Trevor Knowlton, presented on Career Development opportunities and programs that occurred this year. It was interesting to learn about the Gateway Programs, Try-A-Trade, Women in Trades Boot-camp and other exceptional trades learning opportunities offered by SD67. Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, provided a brief synopsis of our current early literacy program, professional learning initiatives and the use of data to drive literacy instruction. On April 15, 2021, the Budget Advisory Committee met again. Matt William from the Information Technology Department presented on the projected technology requirements and cost pressures that will affect the budget over the next 4 years. Also, Director of Facilities, Doug Gorcak, presented on the operation and facilities department’s projected costs and staffing needs over the next several years. Cost pressures have increased due to Covid-19. On April 21, 2021 there is a Public Budget Presentation to provide an opportunity for public input on the 2021-2022 preliminary budget. If you are interested, please go to the SD67 website to join the meeting via Microsoft Teams. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live steamed and can be accessed at www.sd67.bc.ca.

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The Latest Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School By Principal Diane Haddow March and April have been busy months at Kaleden Elementary! • The whole school took part in a “Luck of the Irish Bingo Bash” right before Spring Break! We ended the day with an ice cream treat for everyone! • The Kindergarten students enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt at Linden Gardens! Thanks to our parents for helping to organize this great event. • Students were also recently notified of their winning entries in the Remembrance Day Poster Contest! Congratulations to the following students: Color Poster Jr Category ~ Natalie ter Wolbeek, Alaula Thompson and Callie McNolty; Black and White Jr Category ~ Denver Lysohirka, Kelsyn Lucas; and Color Poster Primary Category ~ Brooklyn Hayter, Russell Oakford and Alissa Besseling • All students have the opportunity over the next few months to learn the Okanagan language. Okanagan elder, Ms. Rose Caldwell, will be working with our students to introduce them to the Okanagan language. Welcome to Kaleden, Ms. Caldwell!


Kaleden Bursary By Darlene Bailey

The Kaleden Bursary Committee is offering several bursaries to Kaleden and area students (V0H 1K0 postal code) who are graduating from Grade 12 this academic year (2021) and pursuing further education. If anyone would like to sponsor a bursary or donate to the Kaleden Bursary Fund, and help our students, please contact myself, Darlene Bailey. Application for these bursaries can be made by submitting a letter or email and providing the following information: • Plans for further education (university, college, technical school) and type of education being pursued. • Where you graduated from high school and the name of the school. • How long you have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road) and did you attend Kaleden 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 5, 2021 and should be submitted to: Kaleden Bursary Committee, c/o Darlene Bailey, Box 239, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0. Or, email to kaledenbursary@ shaw.ca. For further information, please call 250-497-8140. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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Hello Everyone. Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming. The grass is growing. The promises that “these are just allergies and totally not COVID” are ringing in the air. I love this time of year. KPAC would like to remind everyone that despite the nicer weather, the lake is still like SUPER cold. Sure it may be 25˚C outside, but that water is still being fed by snow melt run off. That is literally ice cold. I mean swim if you want, but just know ... really, really cold. While Pizza Fridays have been a big hit, we are now expanding our lunch program’s offerings with Booster Juice, White Spot and KJ’s Coffee in Okanagan Falls! Sign up online at Munch-a-Lunch! We also have an exciting Family Photo fundraiser. Bring your kids, dogs, cats, family alligator, whatever you’ve got in your household, and get an amazing family portrait. Stay close to Facebook and the Newsletter for details. We are also ramping up to offer an exciting 50/50 fundraiser. Time to line your pockets with cold, hard cash! What have we been doing with all of these fundraising dollars? Because of your generous support, we have been able to update sports equipment, improve our library, provide exciting educational presentations and much, much more! Thank you so much. We really do feel the love. Thank you, thank you. Our next Zoomie KPAC meeting should be May 11th at 6 pm. Be there and be in a square! Cheers everyone!

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By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Oh, the sweet smell of spring! Hasn’t it been particularly delicious this year?! The Kaleden Seniors Committee put on their elf hats and delivered some sunny cheer in April, while gathering restrictions continue. We hope the spring surprises brought smiles and a little bit of sunshine into your lives. Even though we can’t gather in person, we are thinking about you. We’ve been really pleased to see how many people are taking advantage of the engraver we keep stored at the library. A reminder that bikes are a really great item to engrave with your driver’s license number. Apparently, bikes are in short supply since the pandemic - engraving them makes them a lot easier to return if lost or stolen. Talk to Glenda at the library to borrow the engraver. If you enjoy walking and are looking for someone to walk with, we are here to help. Simply email kaledenseniors@gmail.com to let us know and we’ll connect with you other walkers in Kaleden. We wish everyone a beautiful May! Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King The next series of articles will include the histories of some of the founding families who arrived in the decades starting in the 1920s. These are recorded from the memories of the descendants of these families. They are written up by me and I take responsibility for any errors. The run-on sentences are also all mine, though the tendency is undoubtedly inherited.

The Busch Family - Part 3 Freidel and Ingebord had three children in the 60s, Claudia, Annette and Heidi. In the late 60s after a visit from her parents, Ingebord took the three girls and returned to Austria. Freidel fought for the girls and in the early 70s managed to bring Claudia and Heidi back to live with him in Kaleden, where they remained. He was not reunited with Annette until years later.

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about two years and that night he decided that this was to be his last. He got up to leave, but decided that since he was already there he would stay for the rest of the dance. Wendy, on the other hand, was recently divorced, had two children, didn’t really want to be there, but had been persuaded to come by her best friend who thought she needed to get out. Wendy walked into the hall and decided she was never going to come again. She was right. She never did go back, because she met Keith and that was that. They were married in 1981 and Keith, at 50, went from confirmed bachelor to married man with 2 children, Christina 9 and Darren 7. They lived in her home in Penticton until he was able to build a new home on Tamarack Street in Kaleden, which was finished in the fall of 1981. The second event involved the youngest Busch, Hannes. Barry, the owner of the ministry home in which Hannes lived, had to move to Vernon for work and asked him to come too. Hannes, after much thought, decided he wanted to go and in the mid 80s moved to Vernon. Then in 1988, George passed away and Vera moved back to Germany. George had lived to the ripe old age of 90 years. Hannes lived in Vernon until he passed away in 2006. Maria has remained in Kamloops after her husband John passed away in 2011. Freidel died in 2014, at age 84, after a short stint in a home in Penticton. Keith and Wendy still live in the house on Tamarack they built in 1981.

The story of the Busch family is a little different from that of most of early pioneers who came to Kaleden. Most came deliberately as a result of word of mouth, advertising or news from friends who had moved here. Most were families or single men who came from across Canada looking for work and a better life. The Busch’s came directly from Germany and the trip to Canada was to be a mere stop along the way to a new life in South America. Fate seems to have played a strong hand in waylaying their plans and leading them to Kaleden, where they became an integral part of the fabric of this community. They are one of the few families who Keith and Freidel continued to farm the orchards with their came, stayed and are still here after almost a century. father and life was relatively routine until the 80s, when the next Keith may be the oldest person who was born in Kaleden and is upheavals occurred. still residing here. If you happen to see him this month, wish him a The first was when Keith met Wendy McGregor and fell in love. Happy Birthday. He will turn 90 on May 30th! They met in Penticton, in 1979, at a singles dance and fate Join us each month for more ramblings on the intricacies of definitely played a hand. Keith had been going to the dances for Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. Page 20 | May 2021 | SkahaMatters.com Marie and John also produced three children in the 60s, Michael in 64, Joyce in 65 and Lisa in 67. They had been living in Vancouver during this time, but in 1967 they moved to Trail, then Grand Forks and Salmon Arm before settling down for good in Kamloops. Each move was an improvement in the job opportunities for John, where he went from steel fabricator, to machinist, millwright, draftsman and finally, in Kamloops, to a project manager. After the children arrived, Maria became a homemaker, but worked as a nurse on and off over the years to keep in touch with the career that she loved.


New Study Shows That Naturopathic Medicine Helps Prevent Heart Disease By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health The Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published a randomized clinical trial, which found that the addition of Naturopathic care to the usual care of patients with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease significantly reduced the patients’ risk of developing heart attacks and strokes. So, what does this really mean? Well, we know that Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of both women and men worldwide. We also know that for the vast majority of people this disease is caused by lifestyle factors, not heredity. And, now we know that Naturopathic Medicine is an important addition to a healthy, preventive, holistic care approach to the treatment of CVD. What makes Naturopathic Medicine different? It comes down to the principles of Naturopathic Medicine that every Naturopathic Physician adheres to. These are: Respect and utilize the Healing Power of Nature, First do no harm, Identify and treat the Cause, Doctor as Teacher, Treat the Whole Person, and the Practice of Prevention. This makes ND’s unique care givers and a valuable addition to anyone’s healthcare team. We work with all other healthcare professionals to ensure your health is optimized and your risk of disease minimized, while providing you with the tools to care for your body on your own. ND’s study the science, spend time with patients, and offer lifestyle and nutrition advice that is hard to find in any other place. Statistically, we know that every 7 minutes a Canadian dies from a heart attack or stroke. Also, we know that diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease and is on the rise. It is predicted to affect 35% more people in 2025 than it currently affects. Further, 97% of diabetes is lifestyle related, not genetic. In Canada, $20.9 billion is spent annually to manage heart disease and stroke. Smoking is another major risk factor for heart disease and kills one in ten people worldwide annually. Sadly, 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease. These risk factors include: smoking, excess alcohol intake, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, high blood pressure, damaged cholesterol, and insulin resistance or diabetes. So, to continue with the good news ... Finally, Naturopathic Medicine is receiving the recognition it deserves! The lifestyle factors promoted by Naturopathic or holistic doctors for centuries are now entering mainstream medicine. Here are some Naturopathic tips for preventing and managing this devastating and deadly disease: • Don’t smoke! • Keep alcohol to a minimum. 1-2 small glasses a day maximum, preferably red wine. • Avoid sugar, excess wheat and refined grains, packaged and fast food, and processed vegetable oils. Low carb diets are proving to be optimal for good health. • Stay well hydrated by drinking about 2 liters of water daily and intermittent fast by consuming all food within and 8-10 hour window daily. • Eat mainly local, organic, fresh food. Raw veggies and dark berries are protective. • Virgin olive oil and coconut oil are protective as is quality omega 3 fish oil. • Free run eggs are protective. • Dark chocolate is protective (YES!) • Increase use of garlic, onions, and fresh herbs and lower table salt intake. Replace with sea salt to taste.

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Exercise aerobically and with some resistance training, at least 30 minutes, most days of the week. • Learn about intravenous Chelation and other nutritional intravenous therapies. These are effective treatments for preventing CVD progression by a number of mechanisms (they are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, improve energy production, are strengthening to blood vessels, and detoxifying, to mention a few). • Take targeted nutritional supplements on the advice of your Naturopathic Doctor. We are so fortunate to live in the world with its abundance of fresh organic food, sunshine, and clean air. Support your local growers through Farmer’s markets and produce stands. You will be supporting your own health in the process. Visit www. drtamarabrowne.ca for more information. References: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_disease.htm https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/heartdisease-canada.html https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/disease-prevention/cardiovascular-disease/ preventing-cvd/ https://blog.virtahealth.com/low-carb-research-comprehensive-list/ Hu T, Bazzano LA. The low-carbohydrate diet and cardiovascular risk factors: evidence from epidemiologic studies. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2014;24(4):337–343. doi:10.1016/j. numecd.2013.12.008 Lamas GA, Goertz C, Boineau R, et al. Effect of disodium EDTA chelation regimen on cardiovascular events in patients with previous myocardial infarction: the TACT randomized trial. JAMA. 2013;309(12):1241–1250. Schaar, P. , Pahlplatz, R. and Blaurock-Busch, E. (2014) The Effects of MagnesiumEDTA Chelation Therapy on Arterial Stiffness. Health, 6, 2848-2853. doi: 10.4236/ health.2014.621323. Seely D, Szczurko O, Cooley K, et al. Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial [published correction appears in CMAJ. 2016 Sep 6;188(12 ):901]. CMAJ. 2013;185(9):E409–E416. doi:10.1503/cmaj.120567


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The present school is on the same lot as the very early school. That was the lot designated for the ‘school’ by Mr. Snodgrass on By Marla Wilson his town plan, and the school is still there. Isn’t it nice to have warm days again? The garden is going in this I could not find out when the present school was built, but it must month and already my rhubarb is ready to pick. have been in the late 1970’s. In 1979, the Women’s Institute At the Museum and Thrifty Boutique, there will be a big day on proposed an addition to the west side of the Gym. The addiction Saturday, May 22, 2021, which is the Saturday of Victoria Day would contain two washrooms, a kitchen, a meeting room and a Weekend. The event will start at 12 Noon and close at 3 pm and foyer. They donated $2,000 toward the new building. The addition take place in the garden under the big hawthorn tree between was completed and the official opening of the centre was May 23, the Shop and the Bassett House. There is still a number of the 1981. This additional space is still used today and is a wonderful beautiful artists prints to look at. Also, Sue our Museum Manager, community resource for many groups, recreation programs, as is opening the Museum. The work has started on the Bassett well as the school. House, and from the looks of the old lumber in the porch, it’s about I’ll keep looking for the information about the building of the school. time! The Executive wants to have a Country Crafts Sale as well. It’s gotta be out there somewhere. There are lots of ‘crafty’ folks in the volunteer staff and society who want to show off their talents. Do to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no bake table, but lots of other hand-made items. All money made on craft sales will go to the Heritage Society. The open hours for the H&M Thrifty Boutique remain Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm and now on Saturdays from 12 Noon to 3 pm. Did ’ja Know? I wrote a bit about the school a few months back when I wrote the story from Harvey Walker. He talked about the school in the 1930’s. In the book, ”Story of Okanagan Falls” by Christie and MacNaughton, they start the story of the school at the beginning. This is included below in italics. Okanagan Falls School and Teachers from 1896 to 1922 “Okanagan Falls opened the first school on August 10, 1896, but because the Falls had no Post Office, it was recorded in Victoria as a Penticton school until 1898. There were nine boys and twelve girls enrolled. Awards on the Provincial Roll of Honour List 1896-7 include: Punctuality and Regularly, William McLean; Proficiency, William J. Gillespie; Deportment, Pearl Prather. Miss A. Ketchison was the first teacher. She held a 2nd class Grade A Certificate and received a salary of $50 a month. She was succeeded by Miss Margaret Fraser, Mr. George Bowyer and Miss Anna Carass. The first school board members were W.J. Snodgrass, J.T. Prather and Dougold Gillespie. Old copies of “Register of Pupils” for the school are an interesting bit of history in themselves. The register from August 13 to December 31, 1900, shows T.A. McGarrigle the teacher of 25 pupils recruited from the following families; Bassett, Brent, Beaucage, Chapman, Gillespie, McLellan, McLean, Prather, Shuttleworth, and Winnett. In the spring of 1901, the school ran only the two months of March and April with Joel Carrington as teacher. The next term shows the Beaucage and Chapman names missing from the register as their families moved elsewhere. The register of 1910 records that the King (Edward VII) died on Friday May 6 at 11:15 am and shows a holiday for his funeral on Friday, May 20; and the first “Third of June” holiday to celebrate the birthday of the new King, George V. Previous King’s birthday holidays had been on November 9; with Queen Victoria’s “24th of May” being kept a holiday throughout all these years. The Falls continued as a one-room school until 1932 when increased enrolment necessitated two rooms and two teachers. Mr. Snodgrass’ old store was put to use as the primary room until 1933 when the second room was added to the school building.” H&M Thrifty Boutique

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair May is here and we are still waiting on the outcome of our proposal to build a 33-unit family-oriented apartment. The government through BC Housing is wading through well over 100 applications to build in affordable housing in BC. Considering that Okanagan Falls has a major shortage of rental accommodation, we are sure that BC Housing will make the correct decision based on all the information they have. We are currently ‘shovel ready’ and can start the process once an approval is made. We are still trying to plan when we can hold our Annual General Meeting. It will depend on availability of a place to hold a meeting that meets the current Public Health Orders or whether a zoom meeting is more appropriate. Hopefully, we can make that decision soon. Keep you posted in the next Skaha Matters.


Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Here we are 13 months into this pandemic and the cases just keep rising. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone shut everything non-essential down for a while or at the very least stopped arguing about their “rights” to do whatever they want regardless of the safety of others? This isn’t a conspiracy folks, it isn’t fake news and if it was, do you really think that the medical community would be putting themselves in the position that they are? Get real! We all want to return to our lives as closely as we were before, but hey, sometimes we can’t have everything that we want. We don’t see a lot of infection within our local communities, is it only luck? Are we being good and following guidelines? Hopefully so. As Lions, we have pledged ourselves to community activity and we are doing this across the world in these troubled times, but we are observing protocols set by our health departments as everyone should be doing. Like dieting, I’m certain we all cheat a little, but stay safe within your “bubble” and we’ll get through this, we have conquered this in the past and we can do it again if everybody just works at it. This may sound preachy, but we all need to perhaps look at things from a different perspective at times. Stay safe, stay healthy and get your vaccination when it is available. Okanagan Falls Lions are meeting once a month on Zoom and continuing our School Breakfast Program within set guidelines. The Annual Walk for Guide Dogs is undecided at this time, perhaps a modified version can take place. Those interested in this activity, please keep an eye out for updates. Our Lions Club has assumed sponsorship for “Music in the Park” and truly hopes to carry on as soon as possible. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic will be held on June 9 the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. We usually meet monthly in person, with hopes to resume that soon. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden Hello Branch 227 Members ~ It has been a trying year and we at the branch are working hard to keep the doors open. Right now, we are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to closing. We will not be having a Pancake Breakfast in May ~ Things are always changing from day to day, so please follow our Facebook page for any changes and updates. Wheelchair Ramp ~ Hopefully, by the time this issue is out, the wheelchair ramp will be finished. On Saturday, May 22, we will be hosting an Outdoor Market from 8 am - 12 Noon ~ To book your table and any inquiries, please call or text 250-487-8381 or 250-809-7342. The Thrift Store will be open the same time. All Covid protocols will be followed. A BIG Thank You to ALL the branch volunteers! From the Tuesday morning staff to bartenders to kitchen staff to the president to yard workers ... Without this team, we would not be open. Please Take The Time To Call A Friend ~ Everyone loves to hear a friendly voice. Recycling Donations ~ If anyone has cans or bottles you would like to donate, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. Any updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart!

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Marla Wilson We are still here, and we are being good. We’ve gotten our shots for Covid and are just waiting till Dr. Henry allows us to meet again. Everyone is anxious to return to our more normal routine. We thank everyone in the community for following the rules and wish everyone to stay in good health. Too many times we’ve heard, “this too will pass”, and it will. SkahaMatters.com | May 2021 | Page 23


RCMP Community Report Protecting Your Bike Bike theft continues to be a big problem in the area. Bikes are becoming more and more expensive with it not uncommon to find bikes costing upwards of $8,000 or more. This is especially true with the popular e-bikes, which often start around $2000. Getting around on a bicycle is not only healthy, but also a good way to get out and about and enjoy the outdoors. It is also a well known mode of transportation for our local opportunist, often known as criminals. It allows them to get around faster and further than on foot, thus able to expand their area of operation. It allows them to move about quietly and quickly, the ultimate get away vehicle. Thus, they are always on the prowl for a newer or better set of wheels and don’t hesitate to take bikes that are not or poorly secured. There is also a market out there for stolen bicycles that the thieves sell for a fraction of their new price, after all it did not cost them anything. Thieves also strip down and sell the parts, many which are quite pricey such as disc brakes, frames, wheels and gears. Bike owners need to be more vigilant with their bikes. They need to record their serial numbers and not simply expect that the bike shop or store will have that information when they need it in the event of a theft. The program “529 Garage” helps you to complete a record and registration of your bike, including pictures and serial number and even a secondary registration number on a tamper proof decal. It is simple to do and free, except for the decal which is optional. You can find out more at project529.com/garage and some bike shops have the decals or include it with the purchase of a new bike. We also have a limited supply of decals available at the Penticton Detachment. Remember, “Log It, Lock It or Loose It!” Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Your advisor should always be making a concerted effort to explain things simply and transparently. If they aren’t, it might be a good Getting a qualified financial advisor to take a second look at your sign that it’s time for a second opinion. investments is something everyone should do on a semi-regular Get a second opinion on your finances - For more investment basis, every five years or so. You’ve worked hard to build your nest advice, visit valleyfirst.com/invest. egg - it makes sense to gather as much information as possible on Stacey Agecoutay is a Wealth Planning Specialist at Valley First, a taking care of it. division of First West Credit Union. Connect with Stacey by email to SAgecoutay@valleyfirst.com. Here’s what to expect from a second opinion.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Consider Joining a Non Profit Board ~ Expand your networks and support community initiatives by joining a Board of Directors. Many community organizations have their Annual General Meetings coming up and are in need of Board Members. SOS Volunteer Centre has prepared a “Guide for Volunteers Considering Board Roles”, which can be downloaded at www.volunteercentre.info. You can also register as a community leader to receive updates and training info. Find these and many more volunteer opportunities at www. volunteercentre.info under ‘Browse Opportunities’. Penticton and District Arts Council Volunteer Opportunities: • Board Treasurer ~ We are seeking a community minded volunteer with an accounting background. Experience with not-for-profits and QuickBooks is an asset • Arts Matter Program ~ Assisting with art classes and creative events that take place in the PDCAC Galleries and Community Room at the Leir House Cultural Centre and offsite venues. Includes: art classes, music events, exhibitions, and more. • Flyers Delivery • Festivals & Art Walk ~ We love putting on fun events, partnering at community events, and can always use an extra set of hands. Events take place at various times per year. To volunteer for any of the above positions, please connect with Jess at programs@pentictonartscouncil.com Mental Wellness Centre Needs Volunteers: • For Partnership Presentations on experience with mental illness ~ Partnership Presentations participant is a family member, person in recovery or professional who will help with a story telling program. The program is about individual experiences with mental illness and educates the public. Attend workshops and share the experiences that you have. • For Director and Treasurer ~ Looking for an individual with a good accounting background, who is a good team player, and has an interest in supporting an organization that provides mental health services in our community. This position would require approximately 10-15 hours a month. Please contact bcsspenticton@shaw.ca. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 26 for a Zoom Volunteer Gathering from 11 am to 12 Noon. Everyone welcome! Register by email to info@volunteercentre.info. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Guest speakers from the Penticton Scottish Festival and Penticton Visitor Centre present.

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Register on the SOSVC website, www.volunteercentre.info, as a ‘Volunteer’ to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a ‘Leader’ in to receive board training and opportunities. ‘Like us’ on SOSVC Facebook. Before volunteering read the “The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during Covid-19”. For more information or to speak with a staff member email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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To learn more about CivicReady, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca Sign up or update your notification preferences by visiting https://rdos.ca.regroup.com/signup of BC. On their “march”, many species have not yet expanded their range much further than the Okanagan. These ‘leading By Bob Lincoln edge’ residents establish the Okanagan as one of the most If you live here, it is your fault. Millions of years ago, as continental endangered ecosystems in all of Canada. Finding that gateway, America drifts westward, colliding with tectonic plates of the seasonally migratory wildlife, particularly birds, become temporary Pacific, mountains are thrust skyward. But a slip in that process Okanagan residents. Today, with inevitable global climate change temporarily relaxes the collision pressure and a split in Earth’s range-extension stepping stones of the Okanagan continue to crust opens, now can be called the Okanagan Valley crustal fault. constitute the keystone gateway to ecosystem adaptation here and throughout much of our province. It is your fault. Human development is strangulating that keystone portal to the Cast your mind back to a very much more recent time - just 13 province’s interior. Just one example of very many environmental thousand years ago. Crossing Beringia, the continent’s first human losses, extensive wetlands of the Okanagan River through arrivals are settling in margins of a province-wide glacier - the Penticton have been severed by river channelization. Crucial to Fraser Glaciation - the most recent. Almost all of BC, including both resident and migratory wildlife, some estimate 95% of the the Okanagan, is covered in a melting sheet of thick ice, a couple Okanagan’s wetlands have been lost to rampant development. kilometers deep in places. That tremendous weight of ice slowly pushing across the land, has ground nutrient rich volcanic rock Since de-glaciation, Sickle Point has been an enduring gift. It is a into ‘rock flour’ and softened the contours of the landscape you significant component of BC’s gateway to ecosystem adaptation. can see from the Okanagan, into pillow shaped mountains. The ice It is an important habitat for Okanagan residents, both plants and is not melting as today’s glaciers, from the lowest elevations first. animals (including fish). It is also an important stopping place for Instead, because that ice sheet is so extensive, it is melting from seasonal migrants north and south. Most recently (in geologic the top down. Thickest ice in deep valleys is the last to melt. Melt timescale), it is important to people. Adjacent to the KVR trail, a water from ice-free highlands washes sediments downslope to popular walking-biking trail that contributes to substantial nature accumulate in lakes on each side of the valley impounded against appreciation and enriched tourism. Bird-watching is the fastest that central ice residual on the valley floor. In the Okanagan Valley, growing outdoor activity in North America. Halfway between depressions left by the last resting places of ice, are now lakes. Penticton and Okanagan Falls, Sickle Point is a ‘Skaha Jewel’. Free of glacial ice, the sediment accumulations are the valley-side We hope our children, and generations into the distant future, hanging “benches” upon which we grow food, install infrastructure will continue to appreciate the Sickle Point gift of nature. And yet, such are roads, and build residences in which many of us live. Sickle Point, the last remaining riparian-wetland habitat on Skaha Such glacial deposits are crucial gifts to each of us. (Look along Lake, is under immanent threat of being lost to development. the KVR trail to see depositional layers of these lake-bottom Thankfully, Sickle Point has come up for distress sale. This unique purchase opportunity will soon close. sediments called varves.) Ongoing events subsequently modified glacial sediments in many As a community, my wife and I hope our community can collectively fortuitous ways. Water and wind are major players. For example, put aside short-term concerns, and rise to the challenge of securing sedimentary deltas accumulating at the mouths of Penticton Sickle Point. Make a pledge to contribute your part in rising to that Creek, Ellis Creek, and Shingle Creek, ultimately unite to span the challenge. Our resolve and action must not be “glacially slow”. If valley, thus dividing ancient Glacial Lake Penticton, into two lakes, we ungratefully squander the gift of Sickle Point, remember, it is Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. The Okanagan River thence your fault. meanders through extensive wetlands between the two lakes. The foundations of Penticton are just one of the many gifts of the last ice age.

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What Has The Save Sickle Point Committee Done To Date? By Evelyn Kansy, Fundraising Coordinator for Save Sickle Point Here is a point form list of what the Save Sickle Point Committee has done to date: Lobbying ~ All levels of government have been lobbied for support and financial assistance through letters, telephone calls, and meetings.

Alliances ~ Southern Interior Land Trust, RDOS, Kaleden Community Association.

Education ~ A dedicated effort to raise general public awareness about the endangered ecosystem of Sickle Point.

Fund Raising ~ Pledges, crowd funding by Wayblaze, corporate sponsorship letters, and individual e-mails.

Grants ~ Applications for grant money have been submitted to government agencies, the Habitat Stewardship Program, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Rotary, the Habitat Conservation Program, the BC Conservation Fund, and the South Okanagan Conservation Fund.

First Nations ~ Meetings have been held with Chief Greg Gabriel and Members of the Penticton Indian Band. The PIB is very supportive of our initiative to Save Sickle Point.

Social Media ~ Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts have been established.

Crowd Funding ~ A website has been developed with the Canadian Wayblaze group.

Sickle Point Video ~ The Tempest Theatre and Film Society have produced a great video.

Public Events ~ Biking, hiking and birding events will be held along the KVR to help bring awareness and raise funds once Covid-19 protocols allow.

100 Letters by Easter Campaign ~ To date, 130 individual letters of support have been written. These will be copied and mailed to the Premier and several provincial ministers.

Petitions ~ Several written petitions have been circulated. Over 2500 signatures have been collected in support of the Save Sickle Point campaign.

Media ~ Widespread news coverage has been generated in local newspapers, letters to the editor, and electronic media.

Ways You Can Help: •

Get posters from a committee member and put up.

Sign the on-line petition at change.org/savesicklepoint

Pledge at Wayblaze.com/sicklepoint. Did you know that a pledge is a promise; it doesn’t become a donation until the project reaches its goal.

Share the petition and Wayblaze.com/sicklepoint

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Symphony in C By Tom Landecker C is the symbol for carbon, the sixth element in the periodic table. Carbon is everywhere, especially in you and me. Sixty percent of our body is water, and carbon is half of the rest. Why? Because carbon atoms are very good at linking together to make the big complicated molecules that make life possible. The early atmosphere of the Earth was rich in carbon dioxide. The first living things on Earth built their bodies from the carbon dioxide in the air. They used the carbon to grow, and got rid of the leftover oxygen, gradually making the atmosphere that we breathe today. All plants do that job, collecting carbon dioxide from the air, using sunlight to break it apart, using the carbon to grow, and sending the oxygen back into the atmosphere. Trees are important allies in our battle against global warming. The coal and oil that we extract from the Earth are mostly carbon, because they are the fossil relics of plants that grew on the Earth’s surface millions of years ago. When we burn fossil fuels, we put a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. It acts like the glass in a greenhouse, preventing heat from escaping into space: the Earth warms. Human activity has caused, and is causing, climate change. Atomic physicists refer to the normal carbon atom as “Carbon 12”, because this atom weighs in at 12 times that of the hydrogen atom. There is another form of carbon, Carbon 14, slightly heavier but chemically identical. Carbon 14 is made in the top layers of the Earth’s atmosphere when cosmic rays (highly energetic particles that bombard the Earth from outer space) smash into nitrogen atoms. Carbon 14 quickly combines with oxygen to become carbon dioxide, and is then taken up by all living things, plants and animals. Carbon 14 is radioactive, which means that the atom slowly disintegrates. It does it at a precisely known rate: exactly half of it is gone in 5,730 years. It is a very good clock that allows old things to be dated, up to about 60,000 years. Carbon dating has been used to date the migration of early humans out of Africa, measuring the age of charcoal from ancient campfires, and of human remains from ancient burials. Carbon dating has been used to study the uptake of carbon by plankton in the oceans. Carbon sings many tunes. Truly a symphony in C. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300. DE

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Spring Arrivals Include A Guest GTLASS Nature News Correspondent By Dianne Bersea for The Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society A mysterious message has started me on a new journey of nature exploration and essay writing. “Someone would like to get in touch with you ...”, introduced me to Jennifer Strong, a busy environmental activist and integrative medicine clinician in need of extra hands. Jennifer is definitely on a mission with her commitment to good health and the Greater Twin Lakes Area Stewardship Society (GTLASS). My task - to help maintain the GTLASS tradition of providing informative nature news of the remarkable Greater Twin Lakes area. Jennifer gave me a running start with this question, “Tell us about migratory birds?” Meadowlarks immediately came to mind. All my birder friends have been thrilled to see their first Meadowlark of the season. But where do they winter? As grassland birds, they head south and some may even dip into Mexico. Ground nesters, spring arriving Meadowlarks are looking for breeding territory, a 3 hectare patch of our Western Meadowlark ~ Photo by Jodi Forster grassy field habitat. Easier to hear than see; look for Meadowlarks melodically calling from the only high points in grassland country, fence posts, sagebrush and power lines.

H&L Farm Update By Lily Yang I recently heard a joke. “2021, we are still in this pandemic ... the only difference is that we have toilet paper now.” Of course that’s not true. With the availability of vaccines, we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Looking back at 2020, we had a very successful year on the farm. We deeply appreciate all the support from our lovely community. I want to thank everyone who came back to the Penticton Farmers Market for veggies week after week, even though the waiting time could be over half an hour due to social distancing. I want to thank our loyal customers who signed up for the CSA Weekly Veggie Box program. Some even requested to renew the program after our normal growing season was over, because they wanted to support local farmers as long as possible. I want to thank all the people who generously expressed their appreciation for fresh local veggies and our hard work on the farm. You made us believe what we are doing is important and meaningful. All your kindness is the reason we still cannot give up farming, even with my husband and me both working a full time job. So, here we are in 2021 spring busy getting ready for another exciting growing season. Below are some exciting announcements for the coming month. Online Store Is Available On Our Website ~ Order your veggie plants and farm produces at www.handlfarm.com and pick up your order from our farm every Wednesday 4-6 pm. You can email us at handl.greenhouses@gmail.com or leave us a message on our website or Facebook (www.facebook.com/phytofun) to pre-order. CSA Weekly Veggie Box Will Be Available On May 5 ~ Sign up for our CSA program on our website at www.handlfarm.com. Sign up for the full season share (20 weeks) to receive a veggie box for free. Subscribers will also have access to our monthly farm newsletter.

Of course, it’s the return of the swallows that really gets hearts Dumpling Truck On The Farm ~ We are trying very hard to get lifted. Six species of swallows pass through this area, but my the food truck ready for the summer. Stay tuned for more updates favourite is the Violet-green, an iridescent-backed, violet-tailed, on our facebook or Instagram dumpling_truck_at_h_and_farm. white-breasted speed flyer, and often the earliest spring arrival perhaps from as far south as Central America! Listen for the snap Master of its bill, as it snatches insects from the air. For another thrilling sight, keep an eye open near shallow lakes for a large shorebird on migratory stopover, the striking long-legged, narrow-beaked, orange, white and black American Avocet. They unexpectedly appeared on shallow areas of Okanagan Lake and the Okanagan River oxbows last spring. News of Avocets in the Twin Lake or White Lake area would be a real score! More detective work needed to spot the elegant Northern Pintails. They’ll drop in on open water, wetlands and short grass areas when they arrive from wintering grounds in California, Mexico or Central America. The male is a beautifully marked Male Northern Pintail ~ Photo by Jodi Forster duck with a slender neck, upward pointed thin tail, chocolate head and white stripe down its neck. The female, as is common in the bird world, is less distinct. And don’t overlook these spring showstoppers, the Western and Mountain Bluebirds! Their return offers a delightful sight as they flash blue among the last of the berries, as they set up housekeeping in area nest boxes. E: tlstewardship@gmail.com W: sustainabletwinlakesbc.ca/gtlass Dianne is Nature Wise columnist for Penticton Western News.

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