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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 9 : Issue 11

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “100 Months of Skaha Matters”

Congratulations Myleen for eight years and 4 months of publishing the “best community news” in the whole wide world! Skaha Matters has grown over the years to become the most attractive, most informative, and most widely read newsletter in all of British Columbia! I sincerely believe that most of us living in Tom Siddon the South Skaha communities keep our Director of monthly copy of Skaha Matters ready to RDOS Area ‘D’ read every morning over coffee and always have it on hand to stay well informed about what’s going on in our little corner of the world. Again Myleen, our sincere congratulations and thanks to you, your husband Jay, and your children Zoe and Denzer, for all the time you have devoted to keeping us “in the know” these past eight years. For my part, having already read the very detailed column written this month by our Community Services Manager Shona Schleppe, there really isn’t much extra that I could add for November. In fact, the truth is that my wife Pat and I will be enjoying some time off during November. This will include a trip to the University of Toronto, where I will be honoured to receive a ceremonial “hanging” in the Engineering Hall of Distinction, compliments of my old Skule friends in the U of T Alumni Association.

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Kenny is Okanagan Falls very own rodeo champion inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Order of Canada. His world records are still unbeaten!

As a fundraiser for the ongoing maintenance of the Kenny McLean Memorial Project in Centennial Park, we are offering Limited Edition 18” bronze statuettes for sale $2500.00

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In my absence, my duties and work as your RDOS representative will be covered by my worthy colleague Tom Styffe, who has served so ably as the Alternate Director for Electoral Area ‘D’ these past many years. Should you need to contact Tom, Shona or myself, just call our Community Services office at 778-515-5520 or please email Shona at sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca. Please don’t forget the annual Remembrance Day services on November 11th in Okanagan Falls starting at the Community Centre at 10 am. There will be the usual ceremonial march to the Legion Branch #227 led by the Colour Party just before 11 am, followed by the traditional Remembrance Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying at the Cenotaph. Alternate Director Tom Styffe will be attending as my representative and will lay a wreath on behalf of the RDOS Board and staff. Interested residents concerned about fire safety should consider attending the forthcoming public meeting on Tuesday, November 28th at the Kaleden Community Hall, to discuss the recent disastrous fire that struck in the South end of Kaleden on July 4th. This could have been a far more serious tragedy, but for the swift response of our local Volunteer Fire Department(s) and the airborne water bombers from the Penticton wildfire base. It promises to be an important evening discussion of what happened, of what could have happened, and what we must all do to avoid far more serious wildfire events in the future. Several wildfire experts, including Kaleden Fire Chief Dennis Gaudry, will be in attendance. For further information, call 778 515-5520. Finally, I hope to see many of you at the “Christmas Festiv-All” event at the Bandshell in Centennial Park on Sunday, December 10th in Okanagan Falls. The fun takes place between 4-6 pm. There should be lots of kids, because Santa Claus is coming to town! Congratulations once again Myleen! We are already looking forward to your next 100 issues. Skaha really Matters!

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Goodbye Fire Season! Effective at noon on Sunday, October 15, 2017, the current Open Burning ban, which includes backyard and multiple pile burning, was rescinded for the RDOS Fire Protection Areas. A public information meeting was held for Sun Valley and Willowbrook water Shona Schleppe users regarding the recent Regional Rural Services consolidation, which included information Manager and updates of the current Water Regulatory Bylaws, current water conservation strategies, and a new Cross Connection Control Bylaw. For more information, please visit www.rdos.bc.ca. A Dog Control Bylaw has been approved to recognize current legislation, strengthen restrictions to protect the public, and to recognize current practice as indicated by other local government bylaws. The purpose of the new bylaw is to amalgamate three current Animal Control Regulation Bylaws into one, restrict it to dog control, remove reference to cats and to wild and domestic sheep, and update it to current legislation and practices related to dog control. For more information on the new bylaw, please call 250-490-4130. The Board resolved to proceed with an application to the Province for a boundary change for Electoral Area “D”; dividing the area into two parts consistent with Official Community Plan Service Areas D1 and D2. A public consultation process was conducted, as changes to the boundaries of an electoral area could reasonably be expected to have impacts with respect to governance and service delivery, as well as overall cost to citizens. This consultation process is now complete and reports can be viewed on the Area “D” Division webpage. All materials will be forwarded to the Ministry and is expected to proceed through Cabinet to obtain an Order in Council early in 2018, to come into effect for the 2018 General Local Elections. Welcome to Amanda Murai, the new Regional Recreation Coordinator. Amanda is a long time resident of Summerland with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from UBC-O. She is working out of the Area “D” Office on the development of a Regional Recreation Approach. This project is supported by BC Healthy Communities and the Province of British Columbia’s Physical Activity Strategy. Amanda is launching a Regional Recreation website that will provide more information about exciting new initiatives! These include a Physical Activity Mobile Unit, Regional Walking Strategy, Community Physical Activity Assessments, an Older Adult Initiative, an Indigenous Engagement Strategy, and Child & Youth Engagement Strategies. Drop by the office and share your “active” ideas with Amanda! Download the BC Wildlife Federation Conservation App to your SmartPhone. This mobile app and website was created at UBC-O. Users take georeferenced, time stamped photos or videos to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of our natural resources. Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency. There are millions of British Columbians’ recreating and working in the backcountry who are passionate about conserving and protecting our natural resources. This app should increase the ears and eyes of enforcement agencies and create significant efficiencies within these agencies by giving them up-to-date reports.

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The Okanagan Falls Visitor Information Centre has now closed for the season and we want to thank the many volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to making sure that visitors to our little piece of paradise enjoy their stay to the fullest. The Visitor’s Centre is always looking to increase their volunteer database. If you love Okanagan Falls, are interested in donating a small amount of time, please drop by the office and fill out a (one page) Volunteer Application Form. A Cowboy Christmas? Do you need a very special gift for a very special person? Beautiful, detailed bronze statuettes of Kenny McLean on the famous horse Warpaint are for sale in the Community Services Office. The proceeds of the sales go toward the ongoing maintenance of the life-size statue of Kenny in Centennial Park. Please note, the limited “print” of Kenny on Warpaint are now sold out! Call the office at 778-515-5520 for details. After 50 years in the ‘hot seat’, Okanagan Falls Fire Chief Bob Haddow is stepping down and we want to thank him for his dedication to safety in our area. Well done Bob!! A big thanks to the South Okanagan Community Foundation who supported the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Homeowner’s Association to host a great community event on October 21st to “officially” open the new Regional District Park adjacent to the Vintage Views subdivision located on the bluffs east of Skaha Lake. I invite you to take a drive down Eastside to visit this new park. This park features outstanding views of Skaha Lake, a nature area and pond. This park supports a stronger, healthier community! From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Please remember to donate and wear your poppy before and on Remembrance Day. The date marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting World War I, on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 will be hosting the solemn commemorative ceremony at the Okanagan Falls School, followed by a parade to the cenotaph for the laying of the wreaths. • Kaleden Elementary School is looking for dedicated people to volunteer with the children’s literacy program called OneTo-One Reading. Call Laura Weber at 250-809-1534 for more information. • Congrats to See Ya Later Ranch - the red barn at the top of Green Lake Road was built in 1932 for Captain Hugh Fraser and received RDOS Board approval for inclusion on the Community Heritage Register. Please remember to check our website at www.okfalls.ca to keep informed of new regional information and dates for meetings and events. Our community is a better place when you participate. Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca


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Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Now that we have been back in the Legislature for several weeks, I would like to give you an update on two of the important bills that are now under debate. Bill 2: “Budget Measures Implementation Act”. BC has benefitted from a competitive tax environment with low corporate and business taxes, as well as low personal income taxes. That advantage has attracted investment and grown BC’s economy to become one of the strongest in the country. This bill eliminates that competitive advantage by raising personal, corporate and carbon taxes that will be passed along to consumers, taxpayers and industry. The Carbon Tax will no longer be “revenue neutral”, and added to the price of gas at the pump and to home heating bills. There are many other changes in Bill 2 that will have an impact on all of us, so I urge you to go online and become better informed. Bill 3: “Election Amendment Act”. I support the intent of this bill that will limit union and corporate donations and reform campaign finance laws. This bill was first introduced by the Liberal Government last spring and has now been reintroduced by the NDP, but with some significant changes and the addition of Section 20. Section 20 includes taxpayer funded political party financing, something myself and several of my colleagues have stated publicly that we do not support. The taxpayers of BC will be out of pocket $14 million for this alone, plus the reimbursement of 50% of campaign expenses on top of that which is an additional $11 million dollars. The Riding of BoundarySimilkameen will not be accepting this money. I have always been proud of the financial support of the individuals and small businesses that have covered the costs of my election campaigns. These two bills that I have noted must be of concern to all the people of BC, as everyone will be directly financially impacted. We are also in the process of estimates. This allows us to question the spending being proposed in each Ministry and we will debate and question the budgets. I will be questioning the new Minister of State for Childcare on her budget and how she plans to fulfill the promises made to create $10-A-Day-Daycare for the parents of BC. As you can imagine, there is never a dull day in the Legislature! Locally, this is a critically important time for everyone involved in agriculture and our Wine Industry, as harvests are completed. And while the work never stops, we do take time to celebrate with many community events and Wine Events throughout our region. All of these celebrations need an extraordinary group of volunteers, literally in the thousands, from Princeton to Christina Lake, Osoyoos to Kaleden, and every place in between. In closing, I would like to mention two volunteers who, from its humble beginnings 21 years ago, have volunteered for the Festival of the Grape in Oliver. Marie and George Boychuk have been volunteering at FOG every single year since its start in 1996. A festival that began with a handful of local wineries and 400 visitors and has grown to over 50 participating wineries and more than 4000 visitors. It is the single largest Wine Festival in the Okanagan and only happens with the support of volunteers like the Boychuk’s. A big thank you to all of you who volunteer your time to help showcase our award-winning wines, and help celebrate what our agricultural industries have to offer.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Grant Application - Metering Okanagan Falls Parks and Agricultural Properties ~ Okanagan Falls Irrigation District will be applying to the Okanagan Basin Water Board for a grant to meter the parks and agricultural properties served by OFID through OBWB’s “Water Conservation and Quality Improvement” grant Program. The aim of the project is to have the ability to collect data to determine the amount of water used specifically by each user group in OFID system. Presently, the Irrigation District meters industrial and commercial properties and the spray park in Kenyon Park. Parks and agricultural properties are not presently metered. OFID measures total consumption of water as pumped at each well. When the measured commercial and industrial consumption is deducted from the total, the result is the combined consumption of agricultural, park and residential use. By metering agricultural and parks lands, OFID will be able to accurately determine the consumption by residential users as a group. This grant will give the District an opportunity to closely monitor water use in order to measure the impact of water conservation programs the District will be conducting. As Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is an improvement district, and not part of a municipal or regional government, it does not qualify for provincial funding to afford the installation of meters on each residential property (which would be ideal.) However, to be able to measure water consumption by residents as a group will be a big improvement over what OFID is now capable of doing. Estimates are being prepared, and the total project is expected to be in the $25,000 to $30,000 range. The grant is based on matching funding, and OFID’s share will be for half the estimated amount. If approved, the installation of meters will be completed by April 30, 2018. This project will not affect the present water rate system of taxes and tolls. Communication/Alerts ~ For information and news about OFID, visit OFID’s website. While there, you can sign up for Alerts where you will be notified by text or email with immediate information regarding water emergencies (eg. breaks, flushing, the need to shut down water service, boil water advisories, etc.) OFID highly recommends this service, particularly for businesses. OFID Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of OFID Administrator Judy Morris to the position of Manager of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District. With this position, Judy assumes the responsibility and authority for the overall operation of OFID including planning, coordination and management of projects, and business affairs of the Irrigation District.

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Fire Chief Okanagan Falls Fire Department The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is seeking a dynamic leader to fill the position of Fire Chief to lead the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department. The department is comprised of a Chief, Deputy Chief, and approximately 23 volunteer firefighters dedicated to protecting the community of Okanagan Falls and surrounding area. For more information on this opportunity, please visit: www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/employment-opportunities. The closing date for this competition is Sunday, November 12th.

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How To Sell Your Home In The Fall Or Winter By Sergej Sinicin We all can agree and I am not going to sugar coat it - buying and selling spikes in the spring and summer. However, recently I had a few of my clients ask me what they should do, as they need to try to sell in the fall and winter months. Here’s a few recommendations I gave them to help their home feel welcoming and bright to potential buyers during our cloudy season. What’s important to remember is that in the winter months sellers and buyers are more likely to be very motivated to sell/buy the property for whatever personal reason they may have. Therefore, better deals for the buyers and less tire-kickers for the sellers to go through their homes. Curb Appeal - Make it WELCOMING! Leaves will drop and snow will fall and if you don’t keep up with your yard maintenance during showings, your very nice and well maintained home could look sloppy and poorly maintained. Raking, sweeping and some leaf blowing to keep sidewalks clean is a must. Clean up your flower beds of dead flowers and do some tree trimming in the fall. Just because HALLOWEEN is around the corner, it doesn’t mean you should leave them ol’ spider webs around the windows, in the carport and the front entrance. Take a broom and GET RID of them! If it starts to snow, get to know your way around a shovel. No one wants to step out of the vehicle and slip on your unkept side walk. Guarantee they won’t like what they see laying on their back in your snow covered driveway. If it’s snowy, keep the deck shovelled and salted, so buyers can walk outside to experience the space. If the climate allows, keep outdoor furniture on your patio, so they can get a better feel for the outdoor living space. Location, Location, Location ... LIGHTS, LIGHTS, LIGHTS Of course, let as much natural light into that space as possible. Open shutters, draw the curtains back and lift the blinds up. Consider improving and upgrading your fixtures or the bare minimum, new light bulbs. From experience, the daylight bulbs (5,000-6,500K) will look best in bathrooms. For bedrooms and living space, go more with soft white bulbs (2,700K). Switching to the LED bulbs will be pricier, but could be an enticing feature to some buyers. That is of course if you are planning on leaving the LED bulbs in the fixtures ... I know some guys that had LED’s when showing the house and then replaced them with regular bulbs after the sale. I suggest you don’t do that.

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Make sure your motion activated outdoor lights are fully functioning for night showings. Some rope lighting in the gazebo or pergola could help to accent the great outdoor living space. Basic Maintenance: Small Things Will Make the BIG DIFFERENCE Dripping faucet, running toilets, damaged weather seal in the doorways or windows, beaten up and loose baseboards, gouges in drywall, door handles that fall off when you grab it, etc. All of these small things are way too easy to neglect, but if neglected could potentially turn away qualified buyers from purchasing your home. No surprise that the biggest ROI in most case is a $25-40 investment. A gallon of paint could do magic to any room or space. Fresh paint, especially in the lighter tones to create more light in the darker months, will do wonders. It will brighten, refresh and clean up any space, while showing buyers that you have taken time to present the space. Use satin or eggshell finishes. Cleanliness is next to Godliness ~ Again, spider webs, dust on the fan blades should all be addressed. Glass shower doors - get rid of water stains. Hand prints on stainless steel appliances - gone! Clean up under a kitchen sink - a must! More likely the buyer will want to check the plumbing under the kitchen sink, you don’t want anything jumping out at them when they open that cupboard. Shampoo your carpet, shine up your floor with a nice citrus scent cleaner, which will provide that fresh smell to the visitors. Stage it ... PROPERLY ~ I have been in homes where a 60” TV is right in front of the only window to that living room - are you crazy!! Get rid of it! I know it might be the only space you can place that unit, but light into that living room for showings is more important than your next episode of Game of Thrones. Remove all of the personal items like photos, religious items like statues and ornaments. This will allow the new owners to envision themselves with their personal stuff in your home to entertain their family and friends in a welcoming space. If you have a fireplace, make sure it is in working order (you will score

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lots of brownie points with the buyers if you have acquired a recent inspection of your fireplace and have a receipt). You could have your fireplace going while they are viewing your home. Let them imagine themselves in a cozy ambiance alongside a fireplace on a chilly evening? Less is MORE, When it Comes to Decorations ~ No one wants to be walking in to preview a home and feel like they are in the Haunted House or they are visiting the Cranks. Keep seasonal décor to a minimum and be tasteful about it. Resist the urge to add more scent into the air - it come across like you are trying to cover up other odours in your home. Smell of freshly baked cookies will do the trick every time. Clean Between Showings EVERY TIME ~ Vacuum carpets or dry mop the floors every day, especially if you have pets. Ask kids to help clean up and keep their toys out of sight. I know it could be time consuming, but it will pay off. Give people the least amount of reasons to lowball you with their offer and cleaning your space will help you to achieve that. Don’t Tell me, SHOW ME! ~ It would be great if you have recent photos from the past couple of spring/summer months, so that the buyers have an opportunity to see the yard during other months of the year, especially when the yard and garden are in full bloom with manicured lawns. Also, highlight the deck with an inviting furniture arrangement, so the buyer can envision the home year-round. You could also ask me to provide a digital 3-D tour that shows the home in the daylight. Most of the time people work during the day and tour properties in the evening when it’s dark. With less natural light that comes thought the windows, the interior tends to look smaller. Plus, it is really hard to see and visualize the outside living space.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs

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Special Events For the Middle Years (K-5) Shadow Puppets November 17th Kaleden Hall Shadow puppets are figures that are placed between a light and a screen, and moving them creates the illusion of moving images. Children will make their own puppets and experiment with this enchanting art form. Paint Party November 24th OK Falls A creative evening for Junior Picassos to explore a variety of styles. 6:00-7:30 pm $10 per child $5 for siblings. Pre– registration ensures your program runs.

Kaleden Gets Fit!!! Results based fitness training with Jackie Call 306-741-4875 WOW - 4 classes per week at the Hall

Paint Night Women’s Fight Back Clinic OK Falls November 18/19 Scenario based training with Kurt Goessman

Join Randy Young at the Kaleden Hall. November 24 from 6-8pm. Let your creative side unfold and create a beautiful foothills sunset. Cost is $25 adults/$15 teens.

Please call ASAP for Details OK Falls Active Kids Every Thursday right after school (2:30-3:30) Runs until November 23rd $10


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Update with Jen Charlish I hope everyone has enjoyed the beautiful October weather, although I have to admit, I have walked around with a few extra rocks in my pockets during the last few days of windy weather. The first Movie Night of the season will occur at the Kaleden Community Hall on Friday, November 3rd. Watch the local community sign boards for the title and specific time. Space is still available if you would like to volunteer to help out with this event. I want to extend our thanks in advance to Hugh and Len for once again agreeing to construct and look after our skating rink in Pioneer Park. It is the reason I hope for really cold weather over the winter. This project provides yet another volunteer opportunity. If you can assist in filling sandbags and setting them in the appropriate places, a work party is being organized to do this before the weather gets too cold. Let anyone on the Recreation Commission know you’re interested and we can get someone to contact you with dates and times. I know you have marked you calendars, but I want to remind you of the public Fire Safety Information meeting on Tuesday, November 28th. Watch the community board for the exact time and come out and learn how to help keep our community safe. Twin Lakes residents will be happy to know that their neighbour, Jennifer Strong, is their representative on the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission. Jennifer would be delighted to know what Twin Lakes residents would like to see in parks and recreation services, and to help make it happen! Please get in touch with her with your comments, ideas and suggestions by email to jgstrong@shaw.ca. Another up coming event is the Kaleden Community Church Craft and Bake Sale. It will be occurring on Thursday, November 23rd from 4-7pm at the Church this year. We look forward to seeing you there. Of course there are always lots of recreation opportunities in the community. Come out and get involved and enjoy your November! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com.

Has the FortisBC Two-Tiered Rate System negatively affected your pocket book?

The two-tiered rate structure, embedded in the Fortis 2014-2018 Multi-Year Rate Order, increases the cost of electricity after the first 1,600 kilowatts used in a billing period. Unfortunately, for the people who live in rural areas where there are no alternatives to electricity and who live in sub-standard housing that requires more energy to heat, this increase has made it difficult for many residents to pay their utility bills and meet their basic needs. If your household has been impacted by the Fortis BC Two-Tiered Rate System, the RDOS would like to hear from you. The Regional District proposes to register as an Intervener to the Fortis BC 2017 Rate Design Application to the BC Utilities Commission later this year and are looking to gather supporting documentation on the impacts to citizens to add as supporting evidence in our application. Please send in your testimonial to Christie Lang by email (clang@rdos.bc.ca) or deliver to 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9. Testimonials should be a brief, honest depiction of the effects on your household (no more than a half page) and should include your name, location and contact information, for the purpose of any follow-up questions we may have. Your personal contact information will be kept confidential.

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

New Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Park

Parks are places for families to gather; they facilitate caring, cohesive, inclusive and safe communities. They support healthy active living for people of all ages and abilities. The Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands and Vintage Views hosted a Park Dedication Celebration on Saturday, October 21st (with generous funding from the South Okanagan-Similkameen Community Foundation). The park is approximately two hectares (5 acres) of park land. The development of this L-R: Susan & Doug Lychak of park will help to rehabilitate numerous Heritage Hills with Kim English utility corridors and a wetland pond of SOS Community Foundation area, which has been neglected over the at Park Dedication Celebration. years. The area has outstanding views of the valley and Skaha Lake and is bordered by orchards and steep rock bluffs. It will certainly become a hub for residents to take a stroll, observe and conserve nature. A conceptual park plan and a public engagement completed last year inspired the community to fundraise and apply for grants to further develop this park and add play and infrastructure elements in the future. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Congratulations to Skaha Matters on their 100th issue! When most people think of getting a massage, they usually think about lying on a massage table, wearing nothing but a towel, and having their full body worked on by a professional massage therapist. You either love it or don’t even want to try it. Personally, I’m not the massage table type. Yet as a massage practitioner, I know the many physical and mental benefits of massage, and they are many. For those who love their full-body massage, they may not be able to make time for it as often as they may need and may find they get tense and stressed between appointments. Chair massage focuses on the neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, and arms and hands and is performed sitting on a specially designed chair. Chair massage is easy and convenient, as there is no need to remove clothing or climb onto a massage table and it is also less expensive. Chair massage is an excellent alternative to fit in-between your full-body massage appointments or a perfect, easy way to still get the benefits of massage without the massage table routine. Massage has so many incredible benefits, it relaxes muscles, reduces stress, and improves sleep, circulation, and flexibility, to name a few. A chair massage is less invasive, if that is your personal preference, and typically lasts 15-30 minutes, which makes it easier to fit into your schedule. No matter what you feel like when you sit down in the chair, you’ll feel better by the time you get up. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD Safety Tip

Fire Hall History Continued ... In October 1985, the “Get Out Alive” program started. It has been a great success with our local school ever since. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department donates a bike each year to Okanagan Falls Elementary School for this event. The winner of the bike is also the Fire Chief for the day and the two runner ups are Deputy Chiefs. All 3 students get a ride in the fire truck to the school. 1985 in Viseu, Portugal. An eastbound express train collided with a local westbound train. Killing over 160 and injuring 100’s. More than 300 firefighters, 100 ambulances, airforce helicopters and paramilitary police converged on the site. Some cars burned for more than 3 hours. Firemen are among the most respected people in Canada in terms of their ability to get the job done. A gallup poll published in 1985. Their efficiency was at 82%, police came in second at 66%, telephone operators at 52%, bank clerks at 49%, letter carriers at 43%, and Postal clerks were at the bottom with 24%. Firemen and police were pelted with rocks by about 150 youths and young adults in the Summerland City Park on November 1,1985. It began when the youths gathered and lit an industrial garbage container on fire. The Fire Department came down to extinguish the fire and were met with pelted rocks. Two firemen were hurt and the fire truck was damaged with dents. William and Margaret Anderson donated a parcel of land as a site for the Willowbrook Firehall on December 2, 1985. The firehall was constructed in 1986. Ron Hughes was the 1st Fire Chief, while Gorden Darnbrough was the 1st Deputy Chief. Here are some fire fighting equipment costs: One and a half inch by 50 foot hose cost $112.60 in 1985. Now, it’s $352. A one and a half inch nozzle cost $445, and now $825. One Scott air pack had a cost of $1726.99, and now $4500.00. To be continued ... It’s official, Bob Haddow has retired. Please welcome Rob Oliver as Acting Fire Chief. The final decision will be made on November 12th. Congratulations Rob. Our Annual Open House was a great success with donations totalling $877 going to Loon Lake Fire Department, which was burnt down this year from the forest fires. Thanks to the Royal Canadian Legion #227 for their donation Acting Fire Chief - Rob Oliver of $500. Thank you all for your donations and support. Five applications were given out that day. Hope to see you soon at training.

It’s BURNING PERMIT season. You must apply to the RDOS for a burning permit and then have the KVFD Fire Chief come and inspect your proposed burning area. Open burning is only allowed on good venting days according to the ‘Open Burning By-Law’ (RDOS web site) and applies to those properties in the KVFD area only. KVFD requests that permit holders wait until conditions are not so dry and to contact the Fire Chief for further information on those days by calling 250-974-8231. Please try and attend the FIRE SMART PRESENTATION on November 28th at the Kaleden Community Hall. 7:00 The Topic is about our Oak Street Fire that occurred this summer with all the agencies that were involved to keep the community safe providing information .

Kaleden Community Forum on Wildfire Management

“Reducing The Risk Of Wildfires In Kaleden” November 28th 7-9 pm Kaleden Community Hall This forum is intended for residents within and directly next to the Kaleden Fire Protection District. Come and hear presentations from the RDOS, BC Wildfire Services and the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department. Representatives will review this Summer’s Oak Street Wildfire, discuss Fire Hazard, and talk about the critical role of the Wildfire Response. Residents will be asked to consider creating a Fire Smart Community Plan. The objective being to reduce the potential impact on properties and the community from wildfires. Copies of the Fire Smart Home Owner manual will be available for those in attendance. This forum has been initiated by the Kaleden Community Association with support from the RDOS, KVFD and BC Wildfire Service. See you there!

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Preschool Storytime is held on Tuesdays at 10:00 am at the Kaleden Library. We welcome parents and caregivers with their little ones for stories, singing songs, making a craft, and meeting new friends. November 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Ruell Smith will be teaching us the Art of Origami. This class is for children (ages 5 and up) and adults. If you would like to learn how to make paper crafts for your family and friends, you will enjoy this presentation. Origami paper is provided. Please register in advance for this program, as space is limited. November 23rd from 6:30-7:30 pm ~ Karen Dematos will be At the 1912 Venue in Kaleden or teaching us how to make festive Christmas cards for our family or at the location of your choice. and friends. All supplies are included and a light refreshment will be served. Please register in advance for this adult program, as space is limited. 250.486.8939 November 30th from 2:30-3:30 pm ~ After School LEGO! For ages 5-12 years old. Children can build, create and explore with LEGO. A small snack is served after we discuss our masterpieces! Please call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us at Kaleden@orl.bc.ca for more information or to register for these November programs. with Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal The Kaleden Library is looking for volunteers to teach crocheting and/or knitting to a Thursday evening group in January or February. October’s 5 “Great Things” include ... If you are interested, please call Glenda at the Kaleden Library. 1. Fire Fighters from the Kaleden Fire Hall spoke to our students about Fire Prevention Week. OK Falls Branch: 101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 2. Our Kaleden Elementary Running Club did an outstanding job at Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm the Trout Creek Run and the Naramata Run. Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm 3. A delicious Turkey Lunch was served to our school children, staff Adult Programs: and community members thanks to the hard work of our parents • Crafting Circle! Bring your projects to work on or get some and community. creative inspiration from others. Join us Wednesday afternoons 4. Mrs. Defehr’s Grade 4 & 5 class studied the effects of the Kaleden November 1st, 15th & 29th from 1-3 pm. Wildfire. • Health & Happiness Workshop ~ Join us to learn more about our 5. Our Kindergarten students are learning to look after our school. mind and emotions and explore some simple yet powerful ways to manage them. Experience a very relaxing guided meditation. You will leave recharged and refreshed! Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 – 11:00 am. • Herbs for Health & Holidays ~ Explore local and easy to find herbs and learn how they can help keep your vitality up during the winter months. We will discuss simple and delightful herbal crafts you can make for your own home or to give as holiday gifts. You’ll leave with a handout, some recipes, and a small herbal craft. Tuesday, November 7th from 6:30-7:30 pm. • Christmas Card Making ~ Join Dianne Gough for instruction on making a Christmas Card. Dianne will be having 2 classes on Tuesday, November 28th from 1-2 pm & 6:30-7:30 pm. Please register in advance, as space is limited. All supplies provided. ** Please register for any of these programs above in advance by calling 250-497-5886 or emailing us at okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca ** • Book Club Meeting ~ Tuesday, November 28th from 10:3011:30 am. This month we feature “The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell” by Nadia Hashimi. Children’s Programs: • Story Time - Let’s Have a Hoot! ~ Join us for stories, crafts, and more! Tuesday, November 21st from 9:30-10:30 am. • LEGO Club ~ Let’s build something awesome! For ages 5-12. Tuesday, November 21st from 6:30-7:30 pm. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca

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School Trustee Report for SD67

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

Bo Boxall and Jacquie Hicks were the Middle/Secondary Summer School and Elementary Summer School principals, respectively. Students are identified by their teachers as needing remedial support. English, Math, Pre-Calculus, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies were offered at the Middle/Secondary level. Math and Reading were offered to the Intermediate students and Reading groups to the Primary. In June 2016, the district received $65,925, which is available over two years to increase the District readiness to implement mandatory coding for students by the end of Grade 9, starting in September 2018. The District has seven teachers participating in train-thetrainer sessions with Lighthouse Labs. The Applied Design Skills and Technology curriculum encourages storytelling, designing, problemsolving and thinking outside the box. Many Grades 6-8 students had at least one coding experience last year, Grade 9-10 students level of exposure would have depended on their elective areas. Students in Grades K-5 are not obligated to learn ‘coding’; however, it is important to use the ADST curriculum to begin to prepare students for the more complex coding and design in Grades 6-8. It is exciting to see the Grade 5 Leadership Conference evolve into a district-wide event. It took place October 25th at the Penticton Trade Convention Centre. Teacher Ashley Aoki organized the event, which featured keynote speakers, a self esteem workshop and a lot more. The conference focused on and supports the student wellness goal identified in the district strategic plan. The district is also moving forward with another goal identified on the Strategic Plan. An external technology review from which a comprehensive plan for students and staff will be developed with the IT team. The review is being conducted by IBM, who were chosen after interviewing prospective companies. Teachers, support staff, students and the operations side of the district will have an opportunity to complete an education audit survey. The final report is expected by mid-January. There has been an increase in drug paraphernalia and homeless persons around school sites in Penticton. The RCMP have been notified and they are making themselves more visible. The district has been in touch with the medical health officer and their harm reduction team is connecting with their clients to discuss hanging around school sites and safe needle disposal. Interior Health has sent safety resources to schools for primary teachers. Custodial staff and principals have been provided with Sharps containers and puncture proof gloves. The number of needles has noticeably increased from around 2-10 last year to over 100 so far this year. For information, pictures in recent newspaper articles show a pile of drug paraphernalia on the ground, it was not left there but was removed from a garbage can for safe disposal. There is also a lot more garbage and feces cleanup required in doorways and secluded areas of some schools. To try to mitigate the problems, the district has turned off the electricity in outside sockets and turned off outside guest Wi-Fi. Letters have been sent to the City of Penticton and the Municipality of Summerland asking how we can help or work with them to keep students and staff safe and inquiring about their harm reduction plans. The letters were cc’d to Interior Health and the RCMP. Forwww.LivingInTheOkanagan.com more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Happy 100th issue! Thank you for always keeping a little room for our PAC updates. Here is to 100 more! November is here folks. Daylight is thankfully getting shorter. Thankfully, you say? Who would want less daylight? Come here and learn fellow parents. When the days are shorter, you just change the time zone on the tablet they are playing Minecraft on. Suddenly, 5pm becomes 8pm and BOOM! Bedtime Little Timmy. They try to protest, but you point outside into the darkness and shrug. If the great almighty Apple says it is bedtime, and the blazing orb isn’t there to contradict, you win. You can all thank me by showering me with monetary gifts. So, with all your free time in the evening, you can now contemplate slowing down in the school zone. This continues to be an issue people. When we turn our clocks back, it will mean poor light when kiddos are being dropped off. They also will have reduced visibility with the extra layers piled on. Again, please, please watch your speed. It just isn’t worth casing trauma to a family and yourself. Not too much on the Calendar this month. A huge thank you for all who turned up for our Turkey Lunch. We love events that invite the community to participate with the school. Our next PACity-Wackity meeting will be Monday, November 6th at 6pm. Darcia is handing out High-Fives at the door, so come get them while they are hot! Getting the word out early, but our Bake Sale will be December 14th. If you can donate a tray of goodies, contact me to sample, and then contact the school for drop off details. Lastly, PAC would like to recognize all our women and men who have served, survived or given their lives for this wonderful country. This place is amazing and it was, and is, their selfless service that keeps it this way. On the 11th, please take time to Remember. Lest We Forget. Thank you.

with Ginny Manning

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“Books For Babies” Early Literacy

Family literacy programs are community-based initiatives that aim to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy skills and support families in literacy activities and in accessing literacy resources. One such program is “Books for Babies” in Okanagan Falls. Books for Babies is organized by the South Okanagan Community Literacy Society and supports Okanagan Falls parents by providing them with books to read with their children. The Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 has helped with funding the cost of the first books. When families attend the Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre, their new born baby will receive a book bag filled with information and two books to start. Children at 6 months, 12 months and 18 months of age will receive a voucher for their next age-appropriate book. The parent then exchanges that voucher for the book at the Okanagan Falls Library. Books for Babies is a true partnership of community groups coming together to support early literacy. For further information Front L-R: Mom Laura and Baby Sydney, Mom Ang and about the South Okanagan Baby Maeva. Middle seated L-R: Ruell Smith - SOCLS Community Literacy Society Member; Mom Chantelle, Son Jendré, Twins Margaux or Books for Babies, see & Guillaume; Mary Findlater - Legion Branch #227 Sam at StrongStart or call Member. Back L-R: Samantha James - StrongStart 250-497-5414 extension 1. Facilitator, and Lynn Warfield - Librarian.


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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee

OKANAGAN FALLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS PAC (Parent Advisory Council): • President - Chelsea Fairweather • Vice President - Lindsay Hainstock • Secretaries - Stephanie Webb • Treasurer - Sholeh Pickell • Members at Large - Alisha Hardy Thank you to all our volunteer parents for taking part in PAC. This is a very important role supporting our students and schools and giving them a voice in their children’s education. In addition, it ensures that the BC public education system remains focused on the needs of children. PAC meetings at Okanagan Falls Elementary occur on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the school library. DISTRICT NEWS Supreme Court of Canada Decision ~ District staff has been working with the Union and school principals regarding the restored language and the Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Education and the BC Teachers’ Federation. Restored language is in place for class size and composition. Despite best efforts, we will have classes that are not in compliance, due to student enrolment changes. As a monthly remedy, teachers in classes that are not in compliance will be eligible for additional time for preparation, non-enrolling teacher support time, enrolling teaching time, or other as agreed on between the Union and the superintendent. Classes are reviewed at month end in terms of compliance. School Learning Plans ~ School teams presented their plans for the 2017-18 school year and beyond to address student achievement and success. All schools are using an inquiry framework to guide their work. Schools scanned what was going on with their learners to determine priorities to address. A common theme for focus was improving academic achievement through Social and Emotional Learning (school connectedness, sense of belonging, self-regulation) and improving student engagement. Grade 1 Book Give-A-Way: Once again, we are thankful that the Canadian Children’s Book Centre is giving away to each Grade 1 student in our schools a beautiful Canadian children’s book. This year, to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial, we are sending home a special edition of Good Morning, Canada written and illustrated by Andrea Lynn Beck and published by Scholastic Canada. These books are made possible through sponsorship of the TD Bank Group. Each book is a gift to our Grade 1 students and is meant to be taken home by them to read with a parent or guardian.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update Congratulations to Skaha Matters on its 100th issueversery! The Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC is definitely grateful for the space we have been given over the years for reaching out to the community.

Amazing Fall Colours

Reminder from PAC to dress kids appropriately for the changing weather ... and then feel free to come check the lost and found at school regularly for all those same pieces of clothing that were essential before getting warmed up playing soccer at recess. For those eager to start thinking of Christmas, our school has the fundraiser for you! Beautiful, locally produced poinsettias and wreaths are being sold by little falcons until November 21st for pick up December 1st. For more information or to order directly, you can visit www.okanaganfallselementary.growingsmilesfundraising.com

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Middle Years Development Indicator Assessment: We are preparing for the 2017-18 assessment in our schools. This is a self-report questionnaire completed by children in Grades 4 and 7. It asks them about how they think and feel about their experiences both inside and outside of school. The questions relate to the 5 areas of development that are strongly linked to well-being, health, and academic achievement. For this assessment, we look at populations, not individuals. It measures developmental change or trends in groups of children. The data from the MDI is used to inform school direction and progress with goals; also for funding opportunities, determining allocation of existing resources, setting priorities in school, district and community planning, and for advocating for children’s health and wellbeing. OPERATIONS 2017/18 Enrolment ~ As of September 29th, schools reported enrollment of 2,236.375 FTE, which is an increase of 19.875 FTE from 2016/17. Student Transportation Fund ~ Additional student transportation funds for 2017/18 of $209,099 will be used for a number of initiatives that increases efficiency, enhances safety, improves service to benefit First Nation students and supports affordability for parents with school based activities. Recruitment and Retention Workforce Sustainability Fund ~ The fund is an initiative of BCPSEA available to rural districts. The district applied for and was granted an amount of $35,000 in June 2017. To date, the district has expended $17,000 to defray moving expenses of newly hired teachers and vice-principals. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

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A big thank you to the vendors and all that showed up for the Buy and Sell Swap meet at the school in October. Every little bit helps our kids access healthy activities to enhance their school experience. Next PAC meeting will be Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30pm in the school library. We now have a hired babysitter to mind the kids during each PAC meeting (but parents have to stay in the meeting).


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Monthly Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School with Principal Karen Sinclair

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May Cooper ~ UkeNPlay Learn to play a universal instrument. It’s easy, fun and fast. Uken’ do it! All levels and groups welcome.

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People who play the uke are generally happier people. Whether you want to be that musician playing around the camp fire, on stage, or both, you can reach the next level of your musicianship with UkeNplay.

UkeNPlay & Why You Should Our Cross Country Running Team participated in a District Meet in Cawston and we had some excellent results. (Photo above on left.) Our Soccer Teams participated in a District Playday, and both the boys and girls placed 4th overall. (Girls soccer team above on right.) We started our own Glee Club on October 24th with Mrs. Gittel. Be sure to watch for performances at upcoming assemblies and community events in Okanagan Falls. Our Remembrance Day Assembly will held on Thursday, November 9th at 10:30 am with special student performances in the school gym. The parents and grandparents are welcome to attend. THANKS to all who supported the PAC Sponsored Book Fair. We reached our goal of selling over $1500, so we will enjoy lots of new books for our classrooms and library!

with May Cooper

I’ve been playing music for many years. I’m a part of a family band that plays a wide variety of instruments and genres, and have a background in education. I started playing the ukulele when I was ten, and am certified with an international, well-known pedagogy to teach it. It is a wonderfully diverse instrument that is easy to learn and can bring a lot of joy, cognitive challenge, develop important life skills, as well as vocal abilities. I bring support, good spirit, patience and that gives a boost in the right direction for children, youth and adults. I tailor every class or private lesson to the individuals, combining different methods of teaching, as well training people on vital musical skills. I teach all levels, whether you want to be that musician around the camp fire or on stage. Music is a huge part of our livelihood, combining both passion and compassion to create something of our own, as well as connect with others around us. Who doesn’t look friendlier with a uke strapped over their shoulder? You can communicate with anyone using your music, even if you do not speak their tongue. The ukulele is enjoyable, rewarding and challenging, can enlarge your circle of friends, and your knowledge, and help you develop important social and emotional skills. Top Fifteen Reasons Why Ukulele: 1. It’s inexpensive and proven way to explore the world of music. 2. It’s portable - the ukulele can go everywhere with you. 3. It has a happy, pleasant, mellow sound that fits into any social situation. This means you literally have every opportunity to practice and explore the instrument. 4. It’s a solo instrument - you can learn to play melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once on a single instrument! In other words, the ukulele is a self-sufficient We have a new Okanagan Falls “Code of Conduct” - We are FALCONS musical tool. and we SOAR ... so we are: Safe, Optimistic, Achievers, Respectful. One-to-One Reading Program - Thanks to our current volunteers! 5. It’s an ensemble instrument. It mingles very well with practically any other instrument, and is great in a band. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with this important program. If you can spare a couple of hours each week, give us a call 6. You automatically join an ‘underground’ society. If you get a group of ukulele players ... you can be the cool club! at 250-497-5414. You really can make a difference in a child’s life by 7. It’s multicultural - you can play songs from all over the world, any kind of music: helping them develop a love for reading. rock n’ roll, jazz, pop, soul, Hawaiian, Spanish, metal ... even experimental! The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. They are located in the Okanagan 8. It’s a great way to learn music theory - the ukulele takes abstract concepts like harmony, voice-leading, and intervals and makes them tangible and “hands-on”. Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 9. It’s an ideal tool for ear training - I teach students to figure out songs, even when 8:30-11:30 am during the school year. For more information and when they don’t have printed music, or a background in notes. to join special guests, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1. 10. You can sing and play at the same time - learning to sing and strum simultaneously is a surprisingly challenging skill that you will cherish long after you leave the class. 11. It’s fun! The ukulele has a well-deserved reputation for making music fun. Students report that, years later, they’re still playing ukulele and enjoying music. 12. When you travel, the uke becomes a pocket universal translator to communicate. 13. It’s a great starter instrument for kids and music novices. The ukulele is probably the least intimidating musical instrument out there. Learn a few chords and you’ll be strumming simple songs in no time! 14. It will charm anyone. 15. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument significantly improves cognitive abilities and increases IQ. Families from Okanagan Falls StrongStart and OK Mini School enjoyed their annual Too many reasons, it’s hard to cap! For more information, please visit www.ukenplay.ca or call me at 250.497.7162. trip to the pumpkin patch at Matheson Creek Farm in Okanagan Falls.


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November 2017

Inspiring a Wave of Local Good

On Thursday, October 19th, 500 Interior Savings employees rolled up their sleeves to lend a hand in their community and the Credit Union offered up cash for others to get in on this act of local good. This mass volunteering effort marked the 4th annual Interior Savings’ Day of Difference. It’s a day where the Credit Union celebrates all those who are making a positive impact in their members’ lives and in our community. The Credit Union opened its doors at 9:30 with treats and gifts for members and then closed up shop a little early, so all 500 staff members could head out into the community to give back to those organizations who do so much to make our community strong. Across the Interior of BC, Interior Savings staff were baking, cleaning, painting, donating blood, or doing whatever it took to help ease the burden on local community organizations. Here in Okanagan Falls, the Credit Union team worked shoulder to shoulder with the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre organization. According to Helen Shemilt, Branch Manager, “the Okanagan Falls team (albeit small) were very eager to assist the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre with their xeriscaping work on their grounds for this year’s Day of Difference. We appreciate everything our Seniors do in our Community. Also, congratulations to Myleen on her 100th issue Wow! Where has the time gone.”

Reflecting on the day, Interior Savings CEO, Kathy Conway added, “As a co-operative, we know the power that comes from a community working together. Our Day of Difference is not only an opportunity to lend a hand to those helping to make our communities strong, but also to celebrate what it means to be local.” The Credit Union also re-launched their $10,000 Local Give, as a way for the community to get involved in the day. According to Conway, “We’re hoping to inspire a wave of local good. The first 100 people to tell us what good they could do with $100 will get the cash to make it happen. We can’t wait to see the difference individuals will make.” To participate in the local give, community members were invited to register online at localgive.eventbrite.ca. The Credit Union expected the full $10,000 would be claimed before end of day on October 19th.

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Insurance Agencies Group For All Your Insurance Needs 5350 9th Avenue Okanagan Falls

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RCMP Community Report Looks like, Sounds like, and Walks like a Duck!

Then, most likely it is a duck. And, if it is wearing a T-shirt that says I am a Duck, then you can be certain that it is a duck. This applies to Scam and Frauds as well. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. If you did not enter the contest in the first place, how can you be a winner? If you are not expecting a refund from Revenue Canada or ICBC, why would you now be getting one? What legitimate business would ask you to go out and purchase gift cards and provide them the numbers for payment? Why would your granddaughter be calling in the middle night for you to send her bail money or money for a lawyer or car repairs, and please don’t tell mum and dad! These are just some of the clues and questions that you need to be aware of, if you don’t want to become a victim of scams and frauds. While the scams may be different in nature, they are all designed along the same lines, which is to get you to part with your money or these days your identity or both. Technology has allowed the scammers even more access to you and your money via emails, social media, and smart phones. And they are good at it, but not so good that you can’t educate yourself and take steps to protect yourself, so that you don’t become one of their victims. Trust your instincts, suspicions and common sense. We all have the looks like, sounds like and stuff in us, but sometimes we over ride it, because we are trusting, caring, confused and sometimes a little greedy. After all, who does not like getting a good deal, but is it a good deal? Never feel pressured into doing anything without taking time to think about it. Just like the scammers, you can use technology to your advantage by doing research online and contacting legitimate sources and agencies that can assist in answering your questions and identifying suspicious activities. Places such as the Better Business Bureau or the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre can assist you. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca This “looks like and sounds like” also applies to suspicious people and activities. If you find yourself seeing someone or something and (to quote Spiderman) your “spidey sense starts to tingle”, chances are you are right and should at least take note of as much details as you can, such as physical and clothing descriptions and vehicle descriptions. Then if something does occur, you would have information that could be very valuable to the police. Naturally, if your “senses are really tingling” then call the police in the first instance to prevent a possible incident. And when you call, don’t minimize what you saw, tell the call taker exactly what you saw and why you feel the police should be advised. Give them the details and let them decide the course of action to take. Certainly don’t start off your call with, “It is probably nothing, or maybe I am over re-acting”. Make no excuses for your call, just report what you saw, with as much detail as possible and let the police take it from there. At least you will have done your part in identifying the “ducks” and keeping you and your community safe. Remember, what I said in a previous article that if it is not an emergency you can call 250-492-4300 after hours and wait through the messages and you will be answered by a call taker in our Kelowna Communication Centre ... the same place where 911 calls are answered, only with a little less priority. As always, you can contact me at 250-490-2374 or stop in for a visit at our Community Police office at 185 Lakeshore, Penticton next to the “Big Peach”, which right now looks like a Big


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Fall wines under $25 2015 McLean Creek Rd Gewürztraminer 4 out of 5 stars, Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson

2016 Fleet Rd Riesling Bronze at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2017

2016 Okanagan Valley Chardonnay Bronze at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2017

2016 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir Newly released!

Ask about our Fall wine club or sign up online at MFVwines.com to start receiving all the benefits! - 3 shipments of 4 bottles per year - 10% discount on wines in our tasting room or online - Priority access to limited availability wines, library wines & new releases & more!

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DAILY FEATURES Bacon & Eggs ~ $5 Burger & Fries ~ $6 5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls

Cheddar Burger & Fries ~ $7

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Wednesday ~ Cabbage Roll Dinner

November Hours:

Cabbage Rolls, Perogies, Farmers Sausage, Sour Cream & Hot Mustard + Dessert

Mon & Tue - 8 am - 3 pm Wed/Thu/Fri ~ 8 am - 7 pm Sat ~ 8 am - 3 pm

Thursday ~ Roast Beef Dinner Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding + Dessert

Eat In or Take Out

Bacon Cheddar Burger or Mushroom Cheddar Burger, Coleslaw & Fries

Baking by advanced order only!

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Friday ~ 2 for $20 Burger Dinner

Half portions always available. Or, add a plate to share for just $2.50!


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Explore Southern France

with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel I just returned from a wonderful European vacation that included England, France and Barcelona, Spain. In this article, I would like to share with you the time I spent in the South of France, in the rural and quaint village of Gasparet. I was trying to find an area where my clients could have a dream vacation, where they could combine relaxation, the culture and diversity of Southern France, the great scenery, where high mountain ridges are topped off by spectacular castles, dating back to religious disputes in the Middle Ages, and of course enjoy wines of the area. I found this lovely villa in the Corbières, a wine growing area tucked away in a triangle between Narbonne, Perpignan and Carcassonne. The Corbières region is one of the wildest, most unspoilt parts of Southern France. This property is a five bedroom, six bathroom villa that is set in the picturesque village of Gasparet, set among the vineyards. The beauty of this villa is that it comes with it’s own chauffeur, who will pick you up at the airport, take you shopping and to a winery before he takes you to the villa, or if you prefer, for a fee, he will do your grocery shopping and make sure that you have wine available for your arrival, so that when you get to the villa you can relax and take a dip in the pool. The villa is in the rural hamlet of Gasparets, approximately 10 kilometers from Narbonne, and is named Villa Les Vignes. From Narbonne, the Mediterranean is only a 10 minute drive away, but banish clichéd images of the South of France: the landscape here is dominated by dramatic wetlands, as a series of lakes run parallel to sandy beaches. Start driving inland and the landscape quickly changes to the bare, arid foothills of the Pyrenées, called Les Causses. This area has long been favoured by painters and is one of the pristine areas of France, where many Parisians spend their vacation time. But, the big reason to visit the Corbières today is for the wine and food. Village bistros specialize in hearty cuisine, from the traditional cassoulet to seafood such as squid and cod. I had the best mussels that I have ever tasted at a palapa type restaurant called La Guincuette! Make sure that you ask your chauffeur to take you there one evening. There has been a winemaking revolution in the Corbières, with a dynamic new generation of young wine makers who are now working smaller vineyards - often organic - and creating high-quality wines that, for the moment, offer outstandingly good value. My favourite wines, costing under 7 Euros per bottle, came from The Château de Luc, which is a ruined castle in the town of Luc. The Fabre Family started growing grapes in the area in 1605. Louis Fabre in 1991 was amongst the first growers to start practicing organic farming. This winery has a tasting room and is approximately a 10 minute drive from Villa Les Vignes. The Château de Luc was built in the 12th century on a previous Celtic site. This villa is a perfect “girls get-away”, a multi- generational, or a long stay vacation. Your personal chauffeur/guide will also take you on four days of touring in a seven day period. After your week at the villa, he will then take you back to the airport or train station to continue on with your vacation. Your visit to the villa can be any length that you want. Please call me for pricing. You will be surprised at how affordable it is! Lastly, congratulations to Bev Van Uden who won the Reliable Travel prize at the Seniors Fall Flea Market on October 14th. And, a big thank you to Diane Chatfield for working the Reliable Travel booth. Remember, any of the Reliable Travel team is here to help you plan your vacation. We are always happy to come to your home, if you want that service.

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

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Services For The Heart & Home with Patty Irwin

I am a certified Swedish Massage and Indian Head Massage practitioner. I have been working in the healing field for over 15 years. I am also a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor with extensive training in energy work. I enjoy bringing an awareness of breath work into my sessions, so my clients can feel relaxed and grounded. There are many therapeutic benefits to relaxation massage, including support to reduce tension in our body, promote circulation, decrease sympathetic nervous system firing thereby giving ourselves greater mobility and a sense of deeper relaxation. Swedish Relaxation Massage also includes massage to the back, neck, shoulders, legs, arms, feet and head. The Indian Head Massage is a flowing sequence of non-invasive, dynamic movements that are focused on the upper back, neck, shoulders and head. The method can be done seated. I offer packages which can include both massage and energy work, or just massage. I also offer cleaning services, along with lawn and yard maintenance. Call and ask about the different packages available for both cleaning and massages ... “Services for the heart and home”.

Patty Irwin ~ Services for the Heart & Home Professional Housecleaner 25 + years Community Support Worker & Massage Technician

For more info, call Patty at 778.889.9725

Central Ridge Veterinary Clinic

- Okanagan Falls

250.497.7808

Dr. Sylvia Tingson D.V.M. Open Mon - Fri 9-5 & Sat 9-12

Medicines

Surgery

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I am looking for love, the kind of love that lasts no matter what. I had a rough upbringing and bear the physical scars of an unfortunate accident. I, however, refuse to let it affect my outlook on life, which is full of hope and my spirit has remained undamaged. I am ready to offer affection and loyalty to the right partner. Are you my soul mate? I am currently living at West Kelowna Bosley’s, so come and visit! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

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Allendale Lake

St. Andrews Tournament Success

with Larry Martin

Area at boat launch.

Well below dam height.

Private dock out of water.

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with Fred Burke, St. Andrews Director of Golf

It was a bit of a shocker to see the low water level at Allendale Lake. The area beside the boat launch, now totally void of water, was a favoured spot to cast from shore. The boat launch at the recreation site was never intended for trailered boats, but for sure now you would have to carry your car topper to the water over the mud at. This may be a little painful for early Spring fishing. At 1500 metres elevation, the lake will have ice on soon. Just be mindful not to park on the area which used to be the boat launch, as it may seem solid when first frozen, but you could break through the frozen surface. In the Spring, I try to fish the lakes just at ice off and in the Fall, just before ice on. Trout are aggressively feeding at these times and seem willing to take most presentations. If you are prepared for the rapidly changeable weather at these higher elevations, you could be rewarded with your largest fish of the year. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

On September 30th, St. Andrews By-The-Lake held its inaugural Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament. Over 60 golfers participated. It was a beautiful fall day, the golf course was immaculate and played as a true, fair test of golf. The golfers not only played for some crystal, but were blown away when they were treated to a prize table that was second to none. (Photos below courtesy of Sun Valley Images 2017.)

The overall low gross winner was Jim Zalo from 108 Mile Golf Club and Kevin Smith from Penticton was the low net winner. The tournament had tremendous sponsorship support, with four $5000 hole-in-one prizes. Our sponsors included Parkers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Murray Buick GMC Penticton, RONA, Home Hardware, Brian Moen of Royal LePage, Bridgestone Golf, Antigua Sports Wear, Callaway Golf, and Mike Hall and his wines. To all the volunteers, pro shop, grounds and kitchen crew, a big thank you from Tournament Director, Fred Burke.

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

Free Consultations BPS Masters ® Certified Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures Personalized Teeth Arrangement Hospital / Institution Visits

with Meredith King

This is the 12th in the series of biographies of the 20 pioneering families chosen by a committee in conjunction with the dedication of the Old Hotel Site as a Heritage Park in 1982.

Flexible Hours Upon Request

The Robertson Family

Mark S. Hill R.D 570 Martin St, Penticton

250-492-5754 Kaleden Seniors’ Housing Society with Meredith King

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the Kaleden Seniors’ Housing Society held their first public meeting as a registered society. The meeting was attended by about 30 interested parties and 25 people paid their $5.00 annual membership fee to join the society. In addition, the current board was introduced, results of the housing needs survey were reviewed, the property purchase initiative updated, membership discussed and questions answered. The main topic of conversation was the initiative to purchase the property beside and behind the firehall. This particular piece of property perfectly fits the criteria that the society had set as an ideal. It is close to what few amenities Kaleden offers: the hall, library, post office, bus stop, elementary school, emergency services and store(?), which means that seniors could walk to most activities happening in Kaleden. It is large enough to allow for expansion in the future if needed and for shared facilities with a community group. It has good rental potential, both with the house and vineyard, to help with income during development and after. It is basically flat and easily developed and is adjacent to a major transportation artery into Kaleden. The owner has offered the society the first opportunity to purchase this property, along with a substantial donation and an interest free loan, if we could raise $350,000 in cash. The society has been canvassing residents of Kaleden to procure loans, at 2% interest, to raise the $350,000. It looks like this. Purchase price $750,000 Donation $100,000 Interest free loan (5 years) $300,000 Payout to Owner on completion

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

$350,000

To date, we have commitments of $230,000 from 19 parties, but obviously need an additional $120,000 to complete on this outstanding offer. The board believes this is the best opportunity we will have to realize a successful outcome to our dream of a Seniors’ Housing project. If you are interested in investing, would like information on the project or would like to join our society, please call Meredith King at 250-497-6995.

Foot Care By Janel

Nursing Care for your Feet ~ Serving the South Okanagan

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

George Robertson came to Canada from Scotland in 1909, to Kaleden in 1910 and spent the remainder of his life living and working in this small community. In 1910, he found employment as a teamster for Harry Corbitt and that experience paved the way for his lifelong career. There was no shortage of work here in the early years with the number of absentee orchard owners and George put his hand to almost everything. In 1914, when Harry Corbitt left to go overseas, George took care of the Corbitt orchards and moved into Harry’s home. In 1915, George married Kathleen King and they settled down on that property until Harry returned in 1919. The early settlers would remember George as a teamster as, for half a century, he did custom work for the fruit growers of the district. He disked and harrowed orchards, plowed furrows, hauled sprayers, yarded out fruit with horse and stone boat and delivered it to the packing house with team and wagon. Later, he would enter the trucking business and continue to serve the fruit industry. But it was the war years, 1914-1918, that he was of such dramatic importance to this fledgling community. There were several hundred acres of young orchards just coming into production when the war broke out and took away many of the men who worked on them. Thousands of trees to care for, an extensive irrigation system to maintain and new packing and shipping facilities to set up. George was one of a handful of men who worked sixteen hours a day to keep the orchards alive and pick and process the crop. Aided by the women, girls and boys, who worked alongside the men, all the privately owned plantings were brought through this time of crisis. George and Kathleen raised three sons who all played a major part in the life of the community. George Jr. was the third child born here and spent his entire life in Kaleden, working as a fruit grower, packing house employee, employed in trucking, as well as a carpenter on many local construction jobs including volunteering many hours building the community hall. Son #2, Jim, besides being a partner in the trucking business, used his inventive genius for the benefit of the community, building equipment for the packing house, which was superior and less expensive than the commercial counterparts available, fabricating just about anything he or anyone else could imagine for the Kaleden Irrigation District and for individuals in the community. In addition, he did engineering work on projects such as water systems in Prince George, pump installations for Gibraltar Mines, and preparation of spawning beds for the Fisheries Ministry in the Kootenays. John, the third son, became an architect and with his wife, Dorothy, also an architect, have been prominent in design work in the valley. They also lived in Kaleden all their lives, and gave generously to our village, including providing designs for the construction of the community hall. Kathleen was active in the IODE, and many community organizations, including the Women’s Auxiliary to the community hall and both George and Kathleen were avid Badminton players. For over half a century they provided an example of unselfish community contribution. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.


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Kaleden Seniors Programs

with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator Kaleden Seniors Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Apricot Heritage Social on October 1st. A HUGE thanks to Margaret Pederson, who baked 130 scones and cooked up the delectable apricot preserves. We had plenty of seconds to go around! Thanks to Jaynie Molloy as well as Keith and Wendy Busch for donating the locally grown juicy Kaleden apricots, to Subrina Monteith, Girl Guide leader and the girl guides for their superb job serving and cleaning up, to members of the museum committee who set up museum displays, to Cathi King for sharing her quilted wall hanging of the history of Kaleden, and to Meredith King and Judith King for creating the wonderful movie, “The Settlers: The Early Years”, highlighting the founding of Kaleden. The serving team was terrific! We shared our afternoon with over 100 participants and hope to see you again next year!

Our next “Fun, Facts and Food” series takes place on Friday, December 1st with a Christmas twist! Ken and Margaret Hayter have donated the greenery and Linden Gardens venue for our 2nd Annual Wreath Making Potluck Appetizer event from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome. Entrance fee - Bring an appie to share, along with your wreath items, pruners and decorations. Some supplies will be available. The Penticton Garden Club will present a short demonstration on the ins and outs of wreath creating. Wine will be available, by the glass for $4.00 from Kraze Legz and Oak Knoll Wineries. So, bring your toonies! Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be by donation. Don’t forget your appie to share. The poker and card/board games continue until December 7th at the Kaleden Community Hall on Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm with a $3.00 drop in fee. New 2018 dates to be announced soon. In January, our “Fun Food and Facts” series continues. We are thrilled to feature Sheanne Moskaluk who was featured with her husband RCMP Don Moskaluk in the “Eating You Alive” documentary (www. eatingyoualive.com). Sheanne will share her health tips and delicious vegan recipes in this hands on cooking “Vegan Delights” class from 9:30-11:30am. Space is limited. Registration for this class opens on January 5th. A $20.00 donation is suggested for cooking class participants to cover costs of food. Lunch, by donation, will be served at 12 noon followed by an interactive presentation about the do’s and don’ts of recycling by Cameron Baugh from the RDOS. Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends, family and neighbours. For more information on any of our programs and to book a cooking spot for our “Vegan Delights” cooking class, please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com. WeRelax look...forward to seeing Rejuvenate ... Healyou this December and in 2018!

Warmly Welcoming Current & New Clients! 250.497.8806

Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden

If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, please call 250-460-3387.

“A Nice Family Gathering”

Many Hats Theatre Company is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for “A Nice Family Gathering”, being the 5th show in our 10th Anniversary Season! This is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner! A Nice Family Gathering, by Phil Olson, produced by Ben Amos and co-directed by Eric Hanston and Ed Schneider, staring Jaymie Eberle, Andrew Knudsen, Rob McCaffery, Anita Reimer, Eleanor Walker, James Wood, and Diana Zumpano-Gin, opens November 9th and runs until December 2nd. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Tickets are $25/adult and $22/student or senior. Purchase tickets at The Nest & Nectar in The Cannery or call 250-493-7275. www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

“A Nice Family Gathering” Nov 9 - Dec 2, 2017 (24 hrs) 250-497-5541 (Cell) 250-490-5856 navid@royallepage.ca www.navidchaudry.ca

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Bev van Uden

with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson

With a sad heart, Branch #227 has recently lost three members.

Renovations at the Centre are really coming along. New cupboards are just about ready, along with a new, fresh coat of paint in the kitchen. The TV is installed and the exercise classes are loving it. The Fall Flea Market was a success; however, we still have the piano for sale. Interested parties could call Loraine at 250-488-5575. At the General Meeting on Monday, November 6th, election of the new executive for 2018 will take place. Please attend and vote if you can. On November 1st, members may purchase tickets for the Annual Christmas Dinner to be held on Saturday, December 9th. Tickets for non-members go on sale on December 1st. There is a limited On Left - Myrt was a past President. In Middle - Joyce loved coming number available, so get your tickets early. out on Friday & Saturday nights. On Right - Dan was a ray of sunshine. Lastly, we'll host a Flu Clinic on Monday, November 20th at 10 am. We will all miss them. Gone, but never forgotten.

November Events at the Okanagan Falls Legion: Saturday, November 4th ~ Dinner & Dance following Meat Draw. Come for our regular Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw and then stay for dinner and live musical entertainment. Saturday, November 11th ~ Remembrance Day - Staring at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School at 10am, followed by marching to the Cenotaph at the Legion Branch #227 for 11am. Luncheon and music to follow. Everyone is welcome. Sunday, November 19th ~ Pancake Breakfast is every 3rd Sunday of the month from 8-11am. Adults $6, Children $3 (ages 6-10), and Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, November 21st ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out the latest and get involved. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. All money raised goes to charity. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Sports are back at the Legion: Come down to the Legion, as all the sign up sheets are on the second floor. •

Wednesday Darts ~ Starts at 7pm - Sign in at 6:30pm

Dart Shoot ~ 1st Sunday of each month - Sign in at 10:30am, Towline at 11am. Get your darts sharpened!

Shuffle Board ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm

Pool ~ Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Stan is your man for all your pool information. Call 778-531-8228.

For more information on darts and shuffleboard, please call Denise at 250-485-4949. For other information, call the Legion at 250-497-8338. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. It’s a lot of fun! You get to meet friendly people at Branch #227. If interested, inquire at the Legion Bar. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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SENIORS ~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am on Saturday, November 4th General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, November 6th Music Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, November 12th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday - November 18th Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm on Saturday, November 25th Canasta ~ 10am 1st 3 Mondays each month Shuffleboard ~ 1pm last 3 Mondays each month Exercise Class ~ 9am Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm on Wednesdays Scrabble / Bridge / Cribbage ~ 10am / 1pm / 7pm on Thursdays King Cribbage ~ 10:30am - 12 noon Fridays

Make your home more energy efficient ... for free! Income eligible homeowners and renters can get no-cost upgrades that reduce energy bills. Are you eligible for the FortisBC Energy Conservation Assistance program? Visit fortisbc.com/myecap or call 1-866-436-7847.

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Barb Few After a very successful Fowl Supper on October 29th, the LA #227 will be busy during November starting with Wednesday, November 1st when it is our General Meeting. This meeting is very important, since we will be voting in a new Executive, so please make sure all members attend beginning at 1 pm. On Saturday, November 4th, we will be holding our monthly drop-in bingo, which is open to everyone. OK, so I am going to mention that word again, “Christmas” ... the Ladies Auxiliary are having their popular CHRISTMAS BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE on Sunday, November 19th following the Branch Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast is from 8-11 am, with the Bazaar running from 10 am until 2 pm. If you would like to have a table, please contact Denise Ashton at 250-485-4949. This is a well known event with a lot of people preparing for Christmas gifts and goodies.


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Voxx Socks Are Here!

It’s time to get serious about your wellness. If you want and need with Bob Wilson, President the most comfortable, seamless, non-binding sock for everyday wear, Okay! What happened to our great fall weather? One day we’re this is the choice for you. Stasis Wellness Socks with Voxx HPT is the playing in the sunshine, the next we’re tying everything down so it greatest wellness socks ever made. Available in knee-high, mini-crew doesn’t end up in Alberta. Mother Nature getting even I guess. and no-shows, you can have the right STASIS socks for any activity. Lions in Okanagan Falls are continuing with the School Breakfast Voxx socks have been designed with the end user in mind. Every Voxx Program, with two teams of volunteers alternating weekly at Okanagan STASIS sock is embedded with Voxx HPT technology. In addition to Falls Elementary School to supply hot breakfasts to students. A thank providing benefits that make these the best socks in the world, we you to Tickleberry’s for their donation of pancake mix. All help with have made sure to use the best materials in producing the best quality and support for our community projects is much appreciated. and feel for all of our products. We want the experience of first using Halloween is rapidly approaching, believed to be a darker side of “All a Voxx product to make you know that you’re using a quality product. Saints Day”, All Hallowed Eve is the night before. With a connection Outstanding results have already been experienced in patients to Samhain, the Celtic Festival of Harvest, it was a time when the with fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, bunions, ancients thought the spirits of the departed were able to pass through Parkinsons, ADHD, balance problems, and foot pain. the barrier into the world of the living. So, watch out for those “spirits” Imagine what the best wellness socks in the world could possibly do on the streets! for you? Deliver more energy? Yes! Improve balance and stability? November brings Remembrance Day on the 11th and our Legion will Yes! Help with pain relief? Yes! Be safe and recommended for be holding the usual observance at the Cenotaph on Veteran’s Way. diabetes sufferers? Yes! Be non-binding socks that don’t fall to your Our way of life and our freedoms are owed to the people who actively ankles? Yes! Have extra padding on the bottom for ultra-comfort? fought and died to preserve them. Let’s all take some time to say Yes! The future of wellness is spelled S-T-A-S-I-S. Get yours now! “Thank You”. Call Jaysone at 250-488-8154 for more information on Voxx socks. He Lions Clubs International have always championed the need for has testimonials available that share the outstanding results others vision care and service dogs, now we are also targeting diabetes as have experienced with wearing Voxx socks on a regular basis. a worldwide cause. As a single club, we can only do so much toward our goals, but if all clubs work together, we can accomplish a lot. And, that’s what Lions do ... we work together as a team. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are October 30 - 31 and November 29 - December 1 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a JAYSONE TYLOR volunteer, please thank them. jaysone@shaw.ca Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/ 250.488.8154 voxxlife.com/HealingBalance sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Our membership has increased since last year and we welcome the new Lions to our club. If you would like to join us in our community efforts, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. with Marla Wilson

VOXX SOCKS Are Here!

Health & Wellness Socks

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

Here we are in November already! Where does the time go??? First of all, Happy 100th issue of the Skaha Matters. Our Myleen has really done a great job with the publication. We have learned to depend on the wonderful collection of community news we have in the mailbox Lorne Davis every month. Thanks Myleen! It is truly appreciated. Security Professional The Heritage Society is movin’ right along. The Thrifty Boutique is now lorne@winevalleysecurity.com Do you travel and need house check sitting? Are you planning a all dressed up for Halloween, so you gotta’ watch out for the spooks while shopping. The staff have decorated with the usual orange and Special Event, needing support in your Beer Garden? Do you black colours, and some pretty unique costuming is up for display. require Mobile Patrol Security? How about using us to provide The staff really works at keeping the shop fresh and interesting. Commercial/Residential/Construction Security? When all this comes down, we will soon be going into Christmas. The membership will be discussing a Christmas Party for this year. We’ll let you know when that will happen. Keep an eye on the eCalendar. with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations The Museum and Bassett House will be getting some extra attention Hi Everyone, this is Sharon Proctor reporting to you that we are this winter. There are a few things that have got to be done. Never still in meetings sorting out the details for our project, i.e. number hard to find a little job somewhere. Enjoy the rest of Fall! of suites that will be built, construction costs, rising interest rates, patios, laundry rooms, pet friendly, guests, highway access, etc. In Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry the meantime, I am getting excited about our SSHS Christmas Party on Friday, December 22nd at the OK Falls Pub at 5pm. If you wish to support the Society (raffles, 50/50,10 minute poker games, wine Helping the tasting, etc.) give me a call, text or email and I will make sure that you Do-It-Yourself are signed up to have some fun. It’s also “Okey Dokey Karaoke” with Homeowner Lorney that night too, so get a group together and let’s all enjoy the “SSHS Jingle Bell Sling and Sing”. In order to support our cause, why jaymallach@gmail.com not consider renewing your membership, or if you are not a member, No Job Too Small joining our society? The cost a whopping $5. Hope to see you there. Licensed & Insured 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca For more information, call 778-931-0349 or email shapro@shaw.ca.

Making you feel safe

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South Skaha Housing Society Update

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Spotlight on Volunteers Meet Annick Lim of Kaleden

Join our volunteer team 

Group Outings / Special Events

Cooking

Office Support

Friendly Visiting

Driving to Appointments

Shopping Assistance

Yard Work / Snow Shoveling

Simple Home Repairs

Build Community ~ Meet New People

Give a Helping Hand ~ Make a Difference

Cooking up Connections:

Brings seniors together to enjoy a meal, meet new people, learn about healthy foods and socialize. Volunteers help with cooking tasks, set-up, clean-up, socializing and assisting in various duties as needed.

Out and About:

Offers opportunities for seniors to build friendships while participating as a group in social and recreational activities in the community. Volunteers accompany the group for safety purposes; may assist with walkers.

Better at Home:

Helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks to maintain living independently in their own homes. Services include friendly visiting, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, light yardwork, snow shoveling and simple home repairs. Volunteers choose the services they wish to provide. Service area spans from Summerland to OK Falls.

A partnership between Penticton & District Community Resources Society and South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society providing services to support independence and enhance wellness for older adults. Various volunteer opportunities are available on a casual or ongoing basis. For more information or volunteer application call 250-487-7455 info@seniorswellnesssociety.com

I started volunteering for both the Kidney Foundation - BC Branch and BC Transplant in 2008. One might ask, why both? Well, for me the answer is easy! I was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1977 at the age of 18 months and have had a kidney transplant from my dad since February 1999. Because of his gift, I’ve been able to get married, live my life and develop a passion to Annick Lim & her husband help others living with kidney disease. There are currently more than 3,500 people in BC waiting for life saving organs (76% of those are waiting for kidneys) and 50% of those waiting will die before getting their life saving organs. Now, think about that for a minute, this includes children! What if YOU could make a difference? What if YOU could save a life? If you choose to register to be an organ donor, one donor can benefit more than 75 people and save up to 8 lives. More than 90% of British Columbians support organ and tissue donation, but only 20% have registered. So, register today at www.transplant.bc.ca and while you’re there, register your entire family, because after all, there are children on the waiting list too. And, most importantly, tell your family your wishes! If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

Volunteer In Your Community!

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


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100 Men Who Care-Penticton: Donations Impact all of South Okanagan

On October 11th, members of 100 Men Who Care-Penticton gathered once again to learn about three hard-working charitable organizations in the South Okanagan/Similkameen and then make a significant donation to the charities. The meeting was hosted by Cascades Casino’s MATCH Eatery and Public House and in one hour the 100 Men raised and donated $7,100 to three charities serving Osoyoos, Penticton and the South Okanagan overall. The goal of 100 Men is simple: get 100 or more men together who want to make a difference, not just in Penticton, but in the communities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. The concept is even simpler: four times a year invite three charitable organizations to make a presentation to the group about the work they do and the communities they support. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80% goes to the charity with the most votes and 10% goes to each of the remaining two charities. Apart from the financial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention, but have a positive impact on communities. The October meeting heard from representatives of the Osoyoos Desert Society, the Penticton Rotary Club, and the South OkanaganSimilkameen Medical Foundation. After hearing each organization’s proposal, the members voted to give the Penticton Rotary Club’s “Starfish Pack” Student Weekend Meal program $5,680, the Osoyoos Desert Society $710 to continue it’s work in preserving and promoting the unique environment of our region, and the South OkanaganSimilkameen Medical Foundation $710 to continue their work on expanding quality patient care for the region. Anyone who is interested can register as a member on the 100 Men Who Care website at www.100menpenticton.com. Or, if you want to connect directly with one of the coordinators, please email info@100menpenticton.com. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can go to www.cfso. net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”.

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Helping Hand Update

with Laurie Kingsfield, Helping Hand Chair We held our first organizational meeting on October 10th to start getting ready for the Christmas Hamper campaign for this year. Our annual food and donation drive will officially start on November 12th with the distribution of our large pink bins throughout the community. All of your support in years past is greatly appreciated and we look forward to your sharing in our goal of making Christmas more joyful and less stressful for those in our community who unfortunately find things a bit short at Christmas. We participated in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive this year. Bags were mailed out to area residents and dropped off at the IGA. Over 600lb of food was collected. Thanks to everyone who participated. The food collection bins will be in the local stores beginning November 12th, and registration forms like the one included below will also be available at Okanagan Falls Pharmasave and Okanagan Falls IGA. Available at the Okanagan Falls IGA are pre-packaged bags of food available for purchase in denominations of $10 and $20. Once purchased, these food items are donated to us. This is an easy way to support our Christmas Hampers with no need to double check those expiry dates! Also, our yearly food drive “Fill the Van for Helping Hand” will be at the Okanagan Falls IGA parking lot from 10am - 3pm on Saturday, December 2nd. The van will also be at the “Christmas Festiv-All” from 4-6pm on December 10th, if you miss us on the 2nd. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to “Okanagan Falls Helping Hand” at P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more. We are looking for volunteers from the community to help with the preparations required for our program to be successful. If you would be interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact us at 250-486-2767.

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand Christmas Hamper Registration Form For Residents of Okanagan Falls Area Only

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Deadline Date for Registration: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Are you able to pick up a hamper December 15th? Please circle either: Yes or No Send Registration Form To: Okanagan Falls Helping Hand P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 Or place registration form in the drop box at the Okanagan Falls IGA.


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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am “Parenting Circle” ~ Thursdays November 2nd & 16th from 7-9pm. Annual Community Christmas Dinner ~ Sunday, December 3rd 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for November: 5th - Judi Ritcey; 12th - Rev. David Sparks; 19th - Rev. Mark Bedford; and 26th - Victor Ince. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. “Sing For Your Life” ~ Mondays November 13th & 27th at 10am. Fellowship room. Participatory fun with music! “A New Sunrise” ~ One Act Comedy on Wednesday, November 22nd at 7pm. $10/person includes refreshments. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704

The Well

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please Wednesdays from 1-4 pm call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514 Kaleden Community Church All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

CHRISTMAS CRAFT & BAKE SALE Thursday, November 23, 4-7 pm Kaleden Community Church

There will Christmas crafts for kids to make, baked goods & crafts for purchase, goodies to eat & fun for all! Please drop in. _________________________________________________________

KCC CHRISTMAS DINNER Sunday, December 3 - Kaleden Hall

Tickets: Adults $15.00, Children (6 - 12) $8.00, under 6 free. Get your tickets from any member of Kaleden Church

New “Parenting Circle” In Kaleden

What is The Circle Way process? The Circle Way gathers people into a circular shape with participants at the rim and the purpose in the centre. Each person has a voice and everyone can see and hear one another. Social agreements and practices help facilitate respectful conversation. Circle supports a leader in every chair. For more information, please visit www.thecircleway.net. About the Facilitator ~ Along with hosting in The Circle Way, David Jenkins is the interim pastor at Kaleden Community Church and provider of Clinical Pastoral Care. David and his wife, Megan, are on their own parenting journey and in these sessions, David will draw on wisdom gleaned from family therapist John Gottman and Family System’s writer Edwin Friedman, as well as the experience that comes from regularly failing miserably as a parent. Your Invitation ~ This program will be held at the Kaleden Community Church on Thursday, November 2nd and 16th from 7-9pm. Please bring one small object to place in the centre that represents your family (e.g. photo, toy, stuffed animal, etc.) Space is limited, so please email David at KaledenChurch@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium 250-498-0167

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Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments E: Daniel@dklmobilelaw.ca P: 250-770-2951 C: 778-931-0461 W: dklmobilelaw.ca

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Volunteering With A Team Benefits Your Health

Volunteering offers more benefits when you volunteer with a group. You’ll have a great sense of achievement working together to achieve a goal. The type of bonding that occurs in volunteering as a team helps you grow on a personal level, gaining self-esteem and selfworth. Volunteer teams can be family members, a group of friends or employees. Here are some projects for volunteers working together: • The Dragon Fly Pond Society’s Uniquely Fashionable Fashion Show - November 16th at the Lakeside Hotel from 7-9 pm. Contact Michelle at 250- 490-3305 or Dragonfly@vip.net. • The Shatford Centre/OSA has openings in the kitchen, building maintenance crew & garden helpers. louisejpunnett@gmail.com • The Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Memories on May 6th, 2018. Mary Beth at 250-493-8182 or mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org • The Penticton Art Gallery is looking for reception volunteers. Contact Jacinta at reception@pentictonartgallery.com. • Okanagan College Literacy Program OK Falls is seeking an Adult Literacy Tutor. BNiznikowski@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-492-4305 Join our “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work. The Volunteer Centre is hosting team training on November 14th with expert trainer Charlene Dishaw. To learn more and register, visit www. volunteercentre.info. You can also call 1-888-576-5661 for more info.


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Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs Flowers to Skaha Matters and Myleen for your 100th issue! What $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) would we do without this wonderful source of information, which has $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area) become a standby in most households and discussed frequently. 250.493.3912 (24 hrs) ~ From Music in the Park 101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 Flowers to all the compassionate and wonderful neighbours, friends BC Lic# 49382 www.crediblecremation.com and people I have never even met in this community who have reached out and helped me with my ordeal after my accident. And, I send some very special bouquets to Montana, Maureen, Marion, Diane and Eric. Thank you a million thank yous. It is with your help with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls and encouragement I continue my most determined road to recovery. It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to I love you all. ~ From Brenda MacLean of Twin Lakes two of our Okanagan Falls Residents: Flowers to 3 Winds Hair Design for 15 years of great customer service Myrtle D. (Forrest) Niles in Okanagan Falls. ~ From Donna D. of Okanagan Falls June 2, 1941 - September 29, 2017 Flowers to Gerrie Jackson for her part in Heather Jackson’s success at the Senior Games. Gerrie has always financially and emotionally Myrt passed away peacefully at Penticton supported Heather to make all her endeavors possible. For every Regional Hospital after a short battle with successful athlete, there is a supportive team in the background and Cancer. Myrt is survived by her husband this needs to be recognized. ~ From Linda F. of Okanagan Falls John; Step Children - Rodney (Brenda) and Meloney; Step Grandchildren - Amy, Frankie Flowers to Jim Charlie of Okanagan Falls for collecting and disposing and Sam; Cousins - Gloria, Doreen and of the bike parts left so unceremoniously at the back door of the Marlene; also many relatives and friends. Okanagan Falls Senior Centre. And, Fish Heads to the person who Myrt loved all her family and friends. dumped off the several stripped down bicycles, which were probably stolen. Also, Fish Heads to the RCMP for their response to this There will be no service, as per her request. Myrt wants to be dilemma. ~ From Shirley O. of the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre remembered as she was in life. Gone, but not forgotten. Flowers to the advertisers, content contributors, and you the reader, Daniel Tymchuk who all make this newsletter possible. ~ From Skaha Matters April 25, 1937 - October 2, 2017 Fish Heads to dog owners who disobey the “Dogs on Leash” signs Born in Seba Beach, Alberta posted on the KVR. ~ From Karin P. of Okanagan Falls With heavy hearts we mourn the sudden loss of Dan. A wonderful loving husband to Susan, father to Lori, Christine and Howard, grandfather and great grandfather. We will cherish the memories of laughter and love knowing that we all held a special place in his heart, as he holds in ours. We ask that family and friends celebrate his memory by sharing a laugh knowing that his favorite moments always started REMEMBERING with, “I have a joke for you ... “ Those who fought to keep our Following Dan’s wishes there will be no service. Many thanks to true north strong and free. Penticton Hospital, Dr. “Andrew” for the wonderful care. Family and To you, we raise our glass. friends have been a blessing.

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6th Annual Choral Extravaganza Featuring 6 Accomplished Okanagan Choirs

2pm Sunday, Nov 19th - Penticton United Church, 696 Main St. Tickets $15. Call the office at 250.492.2684 between 9am - 1pm.

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Basket of Fries Onion Rings Soup of the Day French Onion Soup Chicken Fingers Snake Bits Dry Garlic Ribs Calamari Rings Veggie Platter Veggie Platter

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Reservations Recommended Ph. 250-498-8840

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

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

Munchie Basket

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

Burgers

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

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

Salads Garden Salad

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

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

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

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

Pizza

Caesar Salad

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

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

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

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

Ye Olde Breakfast

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

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

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

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

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

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

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

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

Entrées

Steak & Seafood

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

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

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

Hot Roast Beef

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

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

New York Steak

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

Steak & Prawns

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

Steak & Lobster

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

2 Lobster Tails

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

garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

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

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

Bowl of Chili

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

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

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

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Ukrainian Perogies With sautéed onions, bacon bits and ....................... $11.95

Medieval Steak

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Skaha Matters November2017  

Volume 9 : Issue 11

Skaha Matters November2017  

Volume 9 : Issue 11

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