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Skaha Matters

Volume 10 : Issue 11

“Bringing Community Matters To You”

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November 2018

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Managing For Wildlife On The Farm

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) presents “Managing for Wildlife on the Farm”, a workshop open to all farmers and agricultural workers 9am - noon on Wednesday, November 14. Workshop participants will learn how to safely and effectively interact with birds, bears, bats, rattlesnakes and amphibians on their properties, observe real-life projects that protect species-at-risk and learn how to access funding for their own conservation projects. “The Okanagan is among the most biologically diverse regions of Canada”, says OSCA ECOstudies coordinator, Tanya Brouwers. “That diversity and many of our unique and special species are also the most threatened. For those working the land on a daily basis in farming and agriculture, there are some very simple but effective things they can do to help protect those species.” The workshop takes place at the Nature Trust of BC’s Okanagan Falls Biodiversity Ranch at 3831 McLean Creek Road. Admission is free; however, space is limited, so participants must pre-register by contacting Tanya at 250-490-6279 or ecostudies@osca.org.

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Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature has begun the fall sitting, so I am back in Victoria until the end of November. As Opposition, it is our job to use question period to take the NDP government to task on it’s policies and political decisions, especially in the areas of taxes and jobs. The policy of allowing only specific unions to work on government projects and to force all workers who need those jobs to become union members is totally against everything the Liberal Party has always stood for, so we will continue to hold the government’s “feet to the fire” on that one. The Speculation Tax, which targets second homes of all people including British Columbians, only applies to certain areas of the Province at this time, but could be expanded at any time at the whim of the Finance Minister. Many people bought a second home as an investment for their retirement and that value is now being diminished every year with this tax. People who have a second home are not “speculators”. These homes are meant for retirement or as a legacy/inheritance for their families. These are just two of the issues we will continue to pursue. Municipal Elections are now over for another four years. I commend those who put their names on a ballot and put a very public face to their desire to make their communities better places to live and work. Congratulations to those who were elected to positions in local governments - the people who voted for you have, by their vote, put their faith in your ability to serve your communities. Too often today public figures are the subject of anonymous social media criticism or letter writing from what are often called ‘armchair politicians’. Do not be influenced or discouraged by those negative comments. The majority have made their decision and your job is to represent them to the best of your ability. The next ballot you will need to focus on is the Proportional Representation Referendum mail-in ballot. It has the potential to change the democratic process we now use for Provincial Elections. Our current democracy operates under a majority rule system - decisions are based on the needs of the majority. Other forms of voting open the door for minority and “fringe” groups to dictate to the majority. There have been numerous articles written on this subject in the last few months, written by people who have done extensive research, so I will quote a few of them for you. Bob Plecas in the Vancouver Sun - Quote: “The assertion the options presented in BC’s referendum are used around the world is incorrect. Unless ‘around the world’ means ‘four countries, specifically Germany, Lesotho, New Zealand and Bolivia’. Those are the only national elections that use any of the forms of proportional representation British Columbians will be asked to vote on.” He goes on to say, “Most rely exclusively on party lists. You elect parties, not people. And there are at least four ways of selecting names from a party list, but the point is they are party lists, not locally elected MLA’s like we have now.” End of quote. On the ballot you are looking at there are two systems never tried or used anywhere in the world. Another article by George Salamis might be considered a bit extreme, but he does make clear some of the possibilities that P.R.

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opens the door to. Quote: “P.R. effectively amounts to ‘tyranny of the minority’ where special interest groups and single issue parties gain power, hold increasing sway in the halls of government and thwart the will of the people. It essentially gives policy-makers a free pass to push moderate voices aside and ignore the “bigger picture” to the detriment of the greater good. Our first past the post system may not be perfect, but it is simple, stable and its working.” End of quote. As your MLA, I cannot tell you how to fill out the ballot, but I urge you to read everything you can about the different voting systems and if you do not fully understand what is being suggested then do not vote to change our current democratic system. Mark your ballot to keep ‘first past the post’. As we all take a moment on November 11th to remember past sacrifices made defending our democracy, remember also the men and women of our current armed forces who, today, are still defending our democratic way of life and offering support to those under duress in many locations around the world. As we move into the time of year that weather can be unpredictable, please insure you have good winter tires and allow extra time to get to appointments. Be safe, and enjoy the fall harvest.

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale Friday, November 9th ~ 4 - 8 pm Craft Making for Children (4 - 6 pm) We are hoping for a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus around 5pm! Kaleden Community Church

Valley Discovery Learning Community The Valley Discovery Learning community is a blended Distributed Learning program. Students come to the learning centre at Kenyon Park in Okanagan Falls each week for group learning experiences and spend the rest of their time home learning. Below the students are busy building forts, climbing trees and discovering a tree that was chopped down by a local beaver. The Valley Discovery Learning Community is grateful to be a part of such amazing learning opportunities here in the South Okanagan. Interested in learning more about the program and what these amazing students are up to? Visit www.valleydiscovery.com.


Area “D” Community Services Office By Shona Schleppe This past month has been historic ... sod turning for the Senior’s Affordable Housing Project, followed by legalization of cannabis, voting for Electoral Area “I” Director, and finally identification of a Short-rayed Alkali Aster (SRAA) site. Did you know that the RDOS has many, many bylaws ... many of which Shona Schleppe have had many amendments ... Rural Services Manager The Regional District Board may only make decisions by bylaw or resolution. Bylaws are laws that formalize rules made by a council or board. Local governments (RDOS) may use bylaws for various purposes, especially to establish a service, regulate, prohibit or impose requirements. Bylaws are laws passed by Regional District Boards to exercise their statutory authority. There are legislatively required steps before a local government bylaw takes legal effect. These steps are outlined by the Local Government Act and include three readings, adoption, and in some cases, provincial or other approval. There may also be additional requirements established in the local government’s procedure bylaw or in legislation that must be met before a bylaw is adopted by a board, depending on the nature of the bylaw. Bylaws may be used for a variety of different purposes, including establishing services, meeting procedures, financial borrowing, land use, building regulations, regulating services, prohibiting an activity, or requiring certain actions. Bylaw enforcement generally refers to actions directed at ensuring compliance with local government bylaws. Here are a few bylaws that were proposed for amendment, for reading, public consultation or adoption at the October 18th RDOS Board Meeting: Details of each Bylaw can be found at: http://www.rdosmaps. bc.ca/min_bylaws/contract_reports/CorpBd/2018/20181018Agen daPackage.pdf Forward for First Reading, then proceed with public consultation - Building Bylaw #2805, 2018 As discussed at the RDOS Planning and Development Committee on October 4, 2018, the proposed bylaw applies to the design, construction or occupancy of new buildings or structures, and the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation or occupancy or change of use or occupancy of existing buildings and structures. The bylaw was created to provide a more modern and consistent approach across the province of implementing the Building Act across local governments. The development has taken into consideration input from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, BC Building & Safety Standards Branch for conformity with the Building Act. Building Bylaw #2805/18 reflects the 2018 MIA core sample bylaw for regional districts. In comparing the draft Bylaw to the previous Building Bylaw #2333, no sections have been removed, but there has been expansion and clarification to many of the sections which were discussed at the Planning and Development Committee on October, 4, 2018. A summary of key changes proposed for Building Bylaw #2805. Refer to page 201. To be re-read a third time, as amended, and adopted Campground Regulations Bylaw # 2779, 2018 It is being proposed to replace the Regional District’s Campsite Bylaw No. 713, 1982, with a new Campground Regulations Page 4 | November 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

Bylaw No. 2779 in order to ensure consistency with a proposed new Campground Commercial (CT2) Zone to be applied to the Okanagan Electoral Area zoning bylaws. On July 19, 1982, the Regional District Board adopted a Campsite and Mobile Home Park Bylaw (No. 713) for the purposes of regulating the development of these uses within Electoral Areas ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’ and ‘H’. At it’s meeting of July 19, 2018, the Planning and Development (P&D) Committee of the Board considered an administrative report related to the proposed replacement of Bylaw No. 713 with Bylaw No. 2779, 2018. Refer to page 417. For Information - Fees and Charges Bylaw 2787, 2018 Through the Local Government Act, the Regional District has the authority to impose fees and charges for services that are provided. Prior to 2010, the Regional District fees and charges were located within a number of different bylaws; however, in that same year an all-encompassing Fees and Charges Bylaw was brought in for ease of reference and review on an annual basis. Although, the bylaw can be amended throughout the year, administration brings the bylaw forward for review and amendment in conjunction with the budget process. Refer to page 523. Read a first and second time and proceed to public hearing – Bylaw 2603.16, 2018 and Bylaw 2455.39, 2018 The proposed amendments to the Electoral Area “D” Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw are related the on-going implementation of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan (2017). Specifically, Amendment Bylaw No. 2455.39, 2018, proposes to replace the current Okanagan Falls Town Centre (C4) Zone with a new “Okanagan Falls Town Centre (OFTC)” Zone on those parcels of land generally situated north of Highway 97 in Okanagan Falls between the Okanagan River Channel to the west, Skaha Lake to the north and Main Street to the east. See page 310.

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Area “D” Projects and News ~ The Area “D” Community Service Office has been providing service to citizens for the past three years. We thought it would be insightful to share some of the most common concerns/questions.

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Read the statements below. Can you correctly answer if this Service is provided by the Regional District, Province or Other? How did you score? There are large pot holes on Cedar Street near the school? RDOS / PROVINCE / OTHER Answer: Province - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) - Contractor is Argo Road Maintenance at 250-493-6969. The spring flooding caused debris and trees to block Shuttleworth Creek? RDOS / PROVINCE / OTHER Answer: Province - Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (FLNRO) at 250-490-8200. There is an aggressive dog running loose in Kenyon Park? RDOS / PROVINCE / OTHER Answer: Regional District - Bylaw Enforcement at 250-490-4113. We live in Okanagan Falls and the water coming out of our taps is cloudy? RDOS / PROVINCE / OTHER Answer: Other - Irrigation District - Please note there are 10 water service providers in Area “D”. In this example, it is Okanagan Falls Irrigation District at 250-497-8541. What services does a Regional District provide? Living in a rural area, it is important to understand RDOS services vs. Provincial services vs. Other services. Regional Districts can provide a broad range of services, with the exception of a few provincially mandated services, the services are determined by the regional board with the support of the residents. The Board only provides services that their residents agree should be provided, so the menu of services varies by Regional District and can be different within each rural area or community. For example, in Okanagan Falls, most residents receive up to 13 RDOS services. Can you list them? Please note, unlike a Municipality (city) which has flexibility to allocate general revenues to its services, each service provided by the Regional District has it’s own budget. One service cannot subsidize another, costs are recovered by billing those who benefit from the service. The expense of providing the service must be recovered by revenue generated for that same service; one service cannot subsidize another. There are around 150 Budgets in the RDOS. On another more exciting note, the 2018 Local Government Elections were historic, being the first time that citizens elected an Area “I” Director. Congratulations to Subrina Monteith the new Area “I” Director and to Ron Obirek the Area “D” Director. Looking forward to good things to come for both Areas! Director Siddon, we will miss your commitment to community, perseverance, integrity and passion!

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The approach is twofold. First, we are pursuing an amendment to the Stewardship Agreement in order to relocate the Aster off the beach. Second, we need to find more locations of the same varietal It is an honour to represent all the of Aster. There are presently approximately 7 locations known. If we can confirm more than 10 locations in Canada, then we will be residents of Area ‘D’. I’d like to thank everyone who voted! successful in an application for reassessment to COSEWIC to get The turnout was up by more than 50% the Aster properly classified as “not at risk” (meaning we will get our beach back!). over the last election.

Keep Jobs In Okanagan Falls: Keep the RDOS Community Services Office in Okanagan Falls. I think it is a bad idea to close the office and I have already advised the RDOS that I am strongly opposed to closing the office and Ron Oberik What Happens Now: Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ I will be sworn in as Director of Area ‘D’ moving the jobs to Penticton. I am not convinced there will be any cost-savings (as the cost of office space in Penticton will likely be as of November 15th on November 15, 2018. Until then, Tom higher than Okanagan Falls). Okanagan Falls does not need to Siddon continues as the Director and we are working to ensure a lose more jobs. smooth transition. I would like to thank Director Siddon for all his As the RDOS is already short of office space in Penticton, I have many years of service. recommended that they put more RDOS office space and jobs into I Listened: Okanagan Falls. This would be an excellent way to save money I met and spoke with many residents and businesses in Area ‘D’. for the RDOS and a positive long term step towards implementing People across Area ‘D’ have a lot in common. the New Town Centre plans for revitalizing Okanagan Falls. I They are very concerned about the floods and wildfires we’ve have recommended relocating all the RDOS governance building experienced over the last two years and they are worried about and offices to Okanagan Falls. I believe our governance building what might happen next year. should be in the Regional District and I think Okanagan Falls is a A big issue is water quality and sewage treatment and the rising better suited location, more central and accessible for the greater region, in addition to being less costly. cost to deal with these concerns. Thank you to Rodney Penway and Bill Schwarz for providing the voters a choice.

People who live near the new proposed medical marijuana manufacturing facility were especially concerned regarding worries over the potential of offensive odour. Safety of roads and required road repair was a concern I heard in many areas and the desire for the RDOS staff and the Director to work with the province to facilitate a better service. (We pay taxes and we deserve this service to be reasonably provided). Everyone wants good value for their tax dollars and expects the RDOS and the Director to keep a careful eye on costs. Little things matter. Improving little things can make a big difference. Something as minor as potholes not being repaired is frustrating, especially on the roads adjacent to the school. One man (speaking for many) raised concerns about children on bicycles being injured because of the danger presented by the poor road condition.

Upper Carmi: I am concerned about the proposed clear-cut logging above the Upper Carmi area, as it will negatively impact the much enjoyed recreation use of cross-country skiers, mountain bikers and hikers. Vaseux Lake: I will continue to meet with the Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association and support them in their ongoing concerns regarding; millfoil, siltation, water quality, wetland project, and the impact of the waste water treatment plant.

Let’s Talk ~ I will be at KJ Coffee bar in Okanagan Falls at 9:30 am the second Monday of every month starting in December. Call me at 250-328-9800 to share your ideas, if you have any questions, or if you’d like me to attend your group’s meeting. People care! Working together we can make a difference and The Aster on Christie Memorial Beach: make the improvements needed. We are just getting started. I believe everyone who lives here knows how lucky we are Again, let me state I am very honoured to have been chosen to to live in such a beautiful area. However, the Aster located on represent Area ‘D’. I look forward to working with the entire Area Christie Memorial Beach looks awful - like the local government ‘D’ community and the RDOS board and staff. and community don’t care. Our goal is to reclaim the beach for its traditional high-value recreation purpose. The Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission is 9-3 on Saturday, November 24th supportive of efforts to relocate the Aster off the beach. I have Held in the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre already begun work on this issue. There are many people who have already volunteered to help. The Low Impact Zone has resulted in the unsightly “Aster Patch” that leaves our beach unusable as a Thankful And Excited For New Area ‘I’ beach. In my view, a mistake has been made. By Subrina Monteith I have been successful in having biologists with Environment Canada, as well as the provincial Department of Forests, attend Thank you to all the residents of Area ‘I’ for electing my to be your the site and confirm Aster is growing nearby and outside the “Low representative. I’m excited and honoured to begin representing Impact Zone”. I have also asked what steps are being taken to residents of Kaleden, St. Andrews, Twin Lakes and Apex on find other suitable locations elsewhere in the valley. The province November 15, 2018. has confirmed it will conduct surveys on select areas ranging from I would like to thank Director Tom Siddon for all he has done for Osoyoos Lake to Kalamalka Lake and including Okanagan Lake Area ‘D’ over his terms as Director at RDOS. Your efforts and and Wood Lake. Volunteers have already begun surveying nearby accomplishments for our South Skaha communities has been lakes and what potential suitable Aster habitats exist in the region. greatly appreciated. It is encouraging to note that some of these sightings may indeed Should you have questions, concerns, or wish to share your be the same varietal and many of the locations could be well suited thoughts on community issues, I’m always available to chat. Please contact me at samonteith@shaw.ca or call 250-460-0723. to the Short Rayed Alkali Aster.

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New Homes for Independent Seniors Under Construction in Okanagan Falls

Construction Now Underway!

By Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

The South Skaha Housing Society hosted an official sod turning ceremony on Friday, October 5, 2018 to mark the construction of 26-units of affordable rental homes for independent seniors in Okanagan Falls. Many Thanks to all of you that attended and helped to make it a very special day! Located at 5081 - 8th avenue, the three-storey apartment building will contain 24 one-bedroom units and two 2-bedroom units. The Rendered drawing of view looking South new units will allow more seniors to stay in their community, thanks to a partnership between the Government of British Columbia, All photos below by Andy Morrissey of Morrissey Photography. To South Skaha Housing Society, and the Regional District of purchase any photos, contact Andy at MorrisseyPhotos@shaw.ca. Okanagan Similkameen. The affordable rental housing project will be centrally located near many local amenities, as well as physician, dentist and naturopath offices, grocery stores, a post office and a pharmacy. The housing project will provide modern, well designed living spaces for independent seniors near the beautiful parks and waterfront. “Seniors in Okanagan Falls and throughout the province need homes they can afford so they can stay in their communities, close to friends and family,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are working hard with our partners to Okanagan Falls gets behind the ‘shovels’. build more housing like this so that more British Columbians will have a place to call their own.” “Today’s event is very exciting for the Society and the community,” said Robert McLeod, Chair of South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS). “ The sod turning ceremony and the work being completed on the site is evidence of our progress. We are now focusing energies on preparing the tenancy agreement and initiating the housing application process. A special thanks to BC Housing, the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, Greyback Construction Ltd., Atcorr Development Consulting and the community. We look forward to welcoming residents by early summer of 2019.” Quick Facts: Special Speakers - Robert McLeod, Ann Howard, Tom Siddon & Linda Larson. • The Government of BC is providing a $5.9 million grant and $1.3 million in interim construction financing for the project. • The RDOS has provided support, tax exemptions and waived the development cost charges. A capital grant was also provided to be applied towards the development and building permit fees. • Rents are projected to range from $677-$900 per month. The Application Process will commence 6 months before construction is complete, i.e. February/March, 2018. • Construction for this project is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2019. • South Skaha Housing Society will operate the building. Learn More: The Government of British Columbia is making the EM - Leslie D’Andrea, SSHS Director Robert McLeod, SSHS President biggest investment in housing affordability in BC history - more than $7 billion over 10 years - and has released a 30-point housing plan: bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf

Thank you to KJ Coffee Bar for the fabulous cake to help celebrate this historical day.


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I receive several calls a day from people wondering what they can do to keep their neighbourhood safe. It is usually in response to some criminal activity in their area, such as break-ins or thefts from vehicles. Some are interested in starting Block Watches or Citizens on Patrol or anything that could help reduce the crime, and more importantly, the fear or perception of crime in their neighborhood. One of the best ways to prevent crime and keep your neighbourhood safe is to get to know your neighbours and to look out for one another. Share emails and have discussions on concerns and suspicious activities. Better yet, meet occasionally at someone’s home to discuss concerns and share ideas on how to deal with concerns and ways to keep safe and keep your stuff. Keep a lookout for suspicious activities, people and vehicles and record time, date, descriptions and plate numbers in a log or notebook. In the event something does happen, this information could be very valuable to police. You can no longer put your “head in the sand” and hope that the police and everyone else is going to take care of you and your stuff. You need to get involved and work with your neighbours to keep your neighbourhood safe. You have a responsibility to secure your valuables and property not just so you can keep your stuff, but so those around you can also keep their stuff. For example, if you have a habit of not locking your vehicle and removing valuables, sooner or later one of our many criminal opportunists is going to visit your neighbourhood and help themselves to your vehicle’s contents. Like bears looking for food, when they find an easy target, they come back for more. And while there, they look for what else is available in the neighbourhood. And, they will keep coming back until such time as they find it is no longer worthwhile or the risk is greater than the reward. Just like the bears, you want to keep these criminal opportunists out of your neighbourhood in the first place by securing your stuff the best you can. Nothing is impossible to steal, but the harder you make it to steal, the less likely they will as they’ll move on to an easier target. And finally, mark your property, record serial numbers, and take photos, so that when we recover it we can return your stuff and have a chance of charging those found in possession of it. Police cannot charge if they cannot prove who owns the property recovered and that it is in fact stolen. BC Driver’s licence number inscribed on you property is one way to help you keep your stuff and get your stuff back! For more information on how you can keep safe and ‘keep your stuff’, drop by the Community Policing Station at 185 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton or call 250-490-2374.

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“Market In The Park” Moves Indoors By Elaine Chernoff

A FALL MARKET is coming to the Senior Centre in Okanagan Falls on Saturday, November 3rd from 11am - 3pm. Many new vendors from Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Oliver, Kaleden and Osoyoos will be selling a variety of fall products. This includes home baking and preserves, bird houses, alpaca wool and knits, fleece blankets, skin care, rustic signs, gnomes, fall decorations, art, handmade and vintage jewelry, farm house collectables and indoor plants. Lots of gifts for pets, homes and gardens! Small Businesses are also available for computer support and repairs, plus travel and insurance advice. Monica will be offering chair massage. Joan will be making lunch, plus coffee and snacks. Homemade sweets donated by Fall Market Vendors are for sale at the lunch counter. Come and see what a CSA Farm Box looks like and sign up for Home Delivery by Local Motive. The Senior Centre will host an information table and sell memberships for 2019. Items worth over $500 have been donated by local businesses: Center for Dentistry, Old Grey Pottery, See Ya Later Ranch, Valley First Credit Union, 3 Winds Hair Salon, KJ Coffee Bar, Bullies Pizza, Okanagan Falls IGA and Falls Market. Come out and support our “Market in the Park” vendors on Saturday, November 3rd and see all the unique home made and Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police hand crafted items. This Fall Market is a fundraiser to help us get Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca started for next spring in Centennial Park. For details, please phone Elaine at 250-497-8608. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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The “Market in the Park” was held spring and summer in Centennial Park on Wednesdays.


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With the go ahead for the new fire hall and truck, Weyerhaeuser donated $50,000 towards the building and purchase of the new truck. Ben Henzler, unit manager of Weyerhaeuser said when presenting the cheque, “We wanted to recognize and support the valuable services the volunteer fire department provides to the community. As well, some of our employees volunteer with the fire department, so this donation has special significance for them.” The firemen, through raffles, garage sales, BBQ’s, etc. donated $17,000 towards a compressor for the breathing apparatus. Barb and Bob Bazley donated a cooking stove, while a dishwasher was donated on behalf of Shuttleworth Place residents by the Okanagan Falls Housing and Recreation Society. Numerous other donations were made, which all was very much appreciated and still in use today. With the completion of the new fire hall, an Open House was held on April 9,1994. The new 1994 Volvo FE Hub pumper was on display. The 7,000 square foot building was built on the same location as the old fire hall. Included in the new hall is the meeting room, full kitchen, sleeping quarters, tower, training area, several offices and 3 bays, with enough space to hold 6 vehicles. At this time, in the Okanagan Falls area, you could purchase a one year old, 3 bedroom, 1700 sq.ft. home on a 25 acre lot for only a mere $189,000. To be continued ... Thank you for your donations ~ The members of the Okanagan Falls Fire department would like to thank Margo Reeves, Diane Schlamp and the Okanagan falls Community Church, along with April and Steve Howe for their generous donations. These donations will go towards the purchase of a battery powered chainsaw. Thank you very much. Safety Tip ~ Winter is coming. Check your furnace and have it cleaned. Be sure to check and clean your fireplace and chimney too. Also, it is time to check your batteries in the smoke detector. Be safe rather than sorry. October 7-13 was “Fire Prevention Week” ~ The Okanagan Falls Fire Department held their annual “Get Out Alive” day at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School on October 15th. Students through all grades were instructed and reminded of fire safety practices, and what to do if they hear a fire alarm. Students that completed and submitted their home safety plans were randomly selected to be the “Fire Chief for a Day”, with two deputies also randomly selected. These lucky students were brought to school in the fire truck the next morning, and the Chief also won a new bike! Congratulation to “Fire Chief for a Day” winner, Kaylee McLeod, and her two deputies, Nate Michiel and Cedric Lipsett!

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Bob Daly, OFID Chair Worksafe BC and Employee Health and Safety ~ One of the most important responsibilities of an employer, such as Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, is employee health and safety. Worksafe BC is an agency that enforces the Workers Compensation Act and whose mandate is the prevention of occupational injury through education, consultation and enforcement. One of the most dangerous aspect of our operators’ job is working in the numerous confined spaces in our system including pump houses, valve chambers and reservoirs, and OFID has been working on a program to safely work in these spaces. An inspection by Worksafe BC in May 2018 set the following requirements to update the confined space program: an inventory of all confined spaces; a hazard assessment of each; development of safe entry procedures; conduction of practice entry drills, and establishment of an Occupational Health and Safety Program. After much work by Operators Travis Prystupa and Peter Maliepaard, and Manager Judy Morris, OFID Board is pleased to announce that OFID is in complete compliance with Worksafe BC requirements. Communication ~ For alerts regarding water emergencies (eg. breaks, flushing, need to shut down water service, boil water notices, etc.), go to OFID’s website and sign up to be notified by text or email, or contact the office. OFID highly recommends this service, especially for businesses.

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Randy Cranston There was a great turnout at the Meet the Community/Meet the Candidate event on October 3rd. It was great to see so many people stopping at community organization tables and talking with the candidates. Thanks to the community organizations who shared their information with the community. Thanks to all those who have purchased tickets to the GET JAZZED event on November 15th. We are excited by the overwhelming response to purchasing tickets early for this event, which is now SOLD OUT. If you have purchased tickets and for some reason can’t attend, please contact the kaledencommunity@gmail.com email address, as there are people on a wait list. The GET JAZZED event is a fundraising dinner and dance with the Thursday Night Jazz Band. The band plays a wide range of music for listening and dancing. This is going to be a great community event with funds raised going towards community projects. Watch for information to be distributed soon about ordering a Kaleden t-shirt. Design choices have been made, t-shirt brand has been chosen and order forms developed. Another great way to celebrate our community! Applications are still being accepted for the KCA Small Community Grant Program. If you have an idea that will engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation, please contact KCA (kaledencommunity@gmail.com) for the ONE page application and grant criteria. DE

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Continuing our monthly water consumption story, we again pumped over 13 million gallons (50 million liters) less this October than in 2017. While some of that reduction is due to leak repairs, plus almost twice the precipitation in 2018, thanks go to ratepayers for their continued conservation efforts. With irrigation season now ended, we should be able to determine the impact of leak repairs. The 2018 water bills included an increase in the IHA Compliance Levy to $59.50. This was necessary to address commitments contained in our Compliance Plan and required by the Interior Health Authority. KID must provide two forms of water treatment (currently we only chlorinate). KID’s treatment options are filtration or ultraviolet disinfection. As filtration will cost millions more than UV, we expanded water quality monitoring to pursue exclusion from filtration. Test results look good so far, despite the severe flooding this year. An upgraded treatment plant must be built by 2025 to meet IHA’s Operating Permit requirements. To achieve this, the Levy will rise annually, stepping from $134.50 in 2019 up to $194.50 in 2025. Funds raised should cover half the estimated cost, with the rest borrowed (Improvement Districts such as KID are currently ineligible for government grants). Once plans and costs are finalized, ratepayers will be asked to approve the project. A ratepayer recently asked why the Royal Bank won’t allow customers to add KID to its payee lists. Despite KID being a nonprofit taxation authority - for which the fee is waived at other banks - RBC wants KID to pay $500 for this service. One alternative is to pay by e-transfer; contact Cheryl at the KID Office if unsure how to do this. Other questions? Check out the KID website, email or phone! Please Note KID’s New Mailing Address: 119 Ponderosa Avenue, Kaleden BC, V0H 1K0

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Community spirit at it’s best. The community drum circle held in Kaleden on September 28th was enjoyed by everyone, even a deer nearby seemed to enjoy the collective beat while it grazed. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. Page 10 | November 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

Fall View of Skaha Lake from Kaleden. Photo by Malibu Dreams Photography.


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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish I hope everyone has enjoyed all the beautiful, sunny October days. Yes, there were a few gloomy ones, but overall what a beautiful month! First, a huge Thank You to the people who organized and coordinated the “Meet Our Community” event. It was a great opportunity to meet and listen to the RDOS Area “I” candidates and the candidates for the School District 67 Trustee position. Also, a huge thank you to all the community groups that brought information and presentations to share with the community. We are so lucky to have such a variety of clubs and activities taking place right here in Kaleden. Now, it’s time to mark your calendars. On Friday, November 9th from 4-8 pm, there will be a “Christmas Craft and Bake Sale” to be held at the Kaleden Community Church. There will also be craft making for children from 4-6 pm during this event. On Thursday, November 15th, the Kaleden Community Association is hosting “Get Jazzed” starting at 6 pm. This evening includes dinner and dancing to the Thursday Night Jazz Band. (Watch in this issue of Skaha Matters for more information and how to get on the wait list for tickets.) Then on Friday, November 30th, the Kaleden Seniors Committee is hosting Wreath Making from 5-7 pm at Linden Gardens. You are asked to bring an appetizer and anything you might want to add to your wreath. Greenery and some other materials will be provided. Again for more information, see this issue of Skaha Matters. Also, just a reminder that Cards and Games has started up again on Thursdays from 1-3 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. On the business side, the tender process for the proposed Pioneer Park improvements closed on Thursday, October the 18th, so the Kal-Rec board should see the results at our next meeting. The Kal-Rec board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. If you are curious or have any concerns, please come to one of our meetings or contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda. We are also looking for interested community members to join us as board members. If you are interested, talk to a KalRec board member, come visit us for a meeting or contact Nancy at the office number below for information on how to apply. Well, November always brings a change in the weather and a move to more indoor activities. It is also a great time to try a new recreational activity. You can check available programs at the website below. 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.

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Preventing Colds and Flu Naturally: What the Science Says By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health

This is the time of year we all begin to think about how to protect ourselves from those dreaded cold and flu viruses. Certain vitamins, herbs, and minerals have immune stimulating and antiviral effects making them extremely useful for cold and flu prevention and treatment. Population studies show that most people are deficient in particular vital nutrients required to stave off viral respiratory illnesses, such as colds, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and even pneumonia. These deficiencies are generally more severe in the winter months due to a lowered exposure to sunlight, as well as other factors which may include lower mood and activity levels and perhaps less consumption of fresh foods. Some simple things everyone can accomplish to keep their immune system strong this time of year are as follows: Supplement daily with: • Vitamin D3: Vitamin D deficiency may be the greatest cause of seasonal colds and flu. During the colder seasons and at higher latitudes our bodies produce much less Vitamin D, because of lowered skin exposure to direct sunlight. A large study involving 19,000 Americans showed that those individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds and flu. The risk was even greater in those with chronic respiratory disorders such as Asthma or COPD. It is now known that adults can safely consume 5000 IU daily from September through May. (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Feb 23;169(4):384-90. Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral Vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous Vitamin C is an even more effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous Vitamin C has cured viral infections, which can be debilitating and even life threatening such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flu. Orally, consider taking 2000 mg daily as a minimum for prevention and increase this to 3 times daily at the onset of any symptoms. Citrus or berry bioflavonoid compounds have added benefit towards immune stimulation and symptom prevention. • Zinc: Taking supplemental Zinc at the first signs of a cold or flu can cut down the time of the illness significantly, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. Take 75 mg daily in a lozenge form once symptoms have started, or 30 mg daily preventively. (Cochrane database review of 15 randomized control trials with 1360 participants: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001364/ ARI_zinc-for-the-common-cold) • Vitamin A: This vitamin also shows promise as an anti-viral agent. It inactivates viruses, stimulates the immune system, and protects the mucus membranes of the respiratory track from viral invasion. 10,000 IU daily is safe and effective. Single treatments with much higher doses (100,000-200,000 IU) have shown benefit in treating upper respiratory viral illnesses and childhood viral illnesses such as Chicken Pox and Measles.

Selenium: This mineral is deficient in processed foods and has become increasingly deficient in soils that grow our food. Selenium plays a role in immune function and improves liver function. Taking 200 mg daily seems prudent. • Probiotics (& avoiding excessive use of antibiotics): Ensuring a healthy population of intestinal bacteria is one of the best ways to keep the immune system strong and functional. We now know that about 80% of our immune function stems from these healthy bacteria. Overall less inflammation and infection are observed in people with healthy bowel flora. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy balance of microbes and it is therefore recommended that with any course of antibiotics, probiotics be administered concurrently and for several weeks afterwards. On top of the vitamins and minerals mentioned, the following herbs also help to prevent and treat colds and flu: Garlic, Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry syrup, and Oregano Oil. These can be taken as directed on the labels. Furthermore, a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum works wonders when used at the onset of a cold or flu. It can stop the development of these illnesses if taken near the beginning. It comes in little sugar granules which dissolve easily under the tongue (great for children). And finally, the food we eat contributes greatly to immunity. The most significant dietary contributor to seasonal viral infections is sugar. By reducing sugar (and grain carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body), the immune system is much more likely to remain robust and highly functioning. Studies clearly show that refined sugar lowers levels of immune cells in the blood stream. And of course, as always, ramp up your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, healthy oils, and lean protein. For more information, contact Dr. Tamara Browne at the Natural Family Health Clinic at 250 497-6681. www.drtamarabrowne.com


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What’s Happening at the Library in October? Adult Programs: The Power of Your Mind ~ Tuesday, November 6 from 6:30-8 pm. Join Elaine Hopkins, DHP, counseling hypnotherapist, and discover the incredible power of your mind! You will learn: • The law of attraction • How the mind works • How to access the subconscious mind for positive change • How visualization works • How to improve your health and increase your energy • How to develop your intuition Craft Circle ~ Wednesday, November 7 & 21 from 1-3 pm Book Club ~ Wednesday, November 21 from 1-3 pm. Our current book club book for discussion is “They left us Everything”. Friends of the Library Meeting ~ November 21 from 2-3 pm. Okanagan Falls Library is pleased to announce the formation of a F.O.L. group. We are planning to have a book sale in the spring and are accepting your books, CD’s, and DVD’s in good condition. No encyclopedias or Readers Digest Condensed books please. Children’s Programs: Bear Story Time ~ Join us for stories, songs, crafts and more! Preschool age to 8 years. Tuesday, November 20 from 9-10 am LEGO Club ~ Tuesday, November 27 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Join the fun at LEGO Club! Let your imagination take you away and build something awesome! Ages 5-12 years.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Hi Folks. Lovely fall weather we’ve had so far, eh? Just a quick reminder to stock up on Pepto, because our kids are going to engorge themselves on Halloween candy. There are two schools of thought on this. One is to let them go full ham and just get the ride over horrible and fast. Or, you can slow burn it over the course of months keeping sugar levels hopefully hovering just under ‘I broke the lamp doing scooter stunts in the living room’ levels. Either way, let’s support each other with lots of Thoughts and Prayers #TsandPs. Dates! We all like dates! Here are some for yeah. November 5th is our PAC meeting at 7pm in the Library. Be there or be square (or round, we take all shapes and sizes). We have a book fair going November 6th through 8th, which lines up with early dismissal days. Go get yer read on folks! And, those of you handy with a wooden spoon, we are starting an early call to consider donating for the Bake Sale on December 13th. Any samples can be dropped off at the school, but marked “For Brad: Official Baked Goods Tester”. I’m sure they will make it to me. Thanks everyone! Have a great November!


Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal October’s 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. Our Grade 4 & 5 Running Club did a great job at the Trout Creek Pumpkin Run. 2. The Annual PAC sponsored Turkey Lunch fed 200 students and community members! 3. Two students were Honorary Fire Chief for the day during Fire Prevention Week. 4. The Arche Brazil performed traditional dance and music for our students. 5. Proud Kindergarten students grew sunflowers and pumpkins from seeds over the summer.

“Kaleden Cares” Christmas Hampers are provided by the HUB, Kaleden Community Church, Kaleden Elementary School and generous community members, to families and individuals in our neighbourhood. If you, or someone you know, needs a Christmas Hamper please call KCC at 250-497-5995 before December 15, 2018.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Ginny Manning The International Student Program has 114 registered students from various countries. (37 Japan, 18 Mexico, 23 Germany, 12 China, 12 Korea, 8 Spain, 2 Vietnam, 1 Taiwan and 1 from Venezuela). This represents a 9% increase from last September. Last year, the program contributed $320,000 to the operating budget. There are also 150 students registered in the Okanagan Hockey Academy (47 in our district, 68 out of district, 19 out of province and 16 international). There are two policies up on the website for comment. Policy 322 Work Experience Programs which talks about Career Programs including Work Experience programs has mainly housekeeping changes and updating language to align with the renewed curriculum. Learning Resources is a new policy which has been created as districts will now be responsible for authorizing local learning resources because the Ministry of Education no longer does. There is a resource consortium housed at the Vancouver School Board. The staff will work with educators to approve resources. Both policies will be up on the District website until November 16, 2018. Richard Morgan, Custodian at Penticton Secondary, is one of twenty-seven outstanding professionals from throughout the province named as a finalist in the inaugural Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education. Richard is an outstanding person who is incredibly supportive of students in and out of school. A welldeserved nomination. Summer School ran in early July for Elementary, Middle and Senior students. Elementary students were offered help with Math and Reading and the Middle and Senior students were offered English, Reading/Writing, Science and Social Studies. Elementary Summer School principal Jacquie Hicks reported that 113 students were referred, 81 intermediate and 21 primary. 7 teachers were hired and the average class size was 16. Elementary students are referred by their teachers for remedial help. Bo Boxall, Middle/Secondary Summer School principal, reported that 50 students attended this year, 15 students from Middle school and 35 from Secondary registered. 4 teachers were hired and the average class size was 12. The students are referred by their teachers and must be in the 40-49% range in their regular classes for Grade 9/10 to be eligible. KMPG completed the yearly required financial audit for SD67 and said it is a financially well-run district, the financial statements present fairly and they don’t have any concerns. The Gaming Grant has been increased by 20% to $20 to $24 per student. The grant is calculated on the previous year’s enrollment.


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Celebrating our very own “Super Hero Ms. Rose” - 30 years working at OKF Elementary! OKF staff and students participate in “Orange Shirt Day” to recognize the children who attended residential schools - All Children Matter! CONGRATULATIONS to our Cross Country Run Club Students in Grades 1-7 participated in the District Cross Country Run, with 13 of our participants finishing in the Top 10 for their age category! THANK YOU to Ms. Keyes & Ms. Souch for organizing our team! CONGRATULATIONS to our Boys and Girls Soccer Teams at the District Tournaments! THANK YOU to volunteer Coach Leochko! THANK YOU to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 227 for your $1500 donation towards our Early Intervention Program that supports One-to-One Literacy and Numeracy development in our early learners. THANK YOU to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department for their “Get Out Alive” Presentations - Chief for the Day (and winner of new bike, helmet, & lock) was Kaylee McLeod and Deputy Chiefs for the Day were Cedric Lipsett and Nate Michiel. THANK YOU to our OKF PAC for hosting our annual Book Fair & 1st ever HALLOWEEN BASH!

School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee

I have officially been elected by acclimation to School Trustee for School District #53 for Area No.1 Okanagan Falls. I would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all those community members who have been so supportive of my decision to put my name forward for Trustee. Special thanks to outgoing Trustee Sam Hancheroff, those are big shoes to fill! The swearing in ceremony is on Tuesday, November 6th and my first office day will be Wednesday, November 7th. I am very excited to get started. What a learning experience this will be. I was fortunate enough to attend the education meeting on October 10th where all the schools in the district had a chance to present their “Education Plan” for the upcoming year. I was so impressed with all the school teams, particularly; • The amount of time and effort that each team has been putting into identifying the challenges and strengths of their student body and school culture. • The innovative and creative methods that they are willing to try to meet these challenges and make the learning environment unique and appropriate for all students. • The general enthusiasm and respect for all schools and staff in the district. Everyone was so upbeat and positive. I look forward to being a strong advocate for all children and families in Okanagan Falls. Please feel free to contact myself anytime at 250-307-4245.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

This month PAC wants to send our most sincere thank you to two particularly amazing volunteers that go above and beyond to help feed and fundraise for our school, especially the recent (and very fun) Halloween dinner and dance ...

A HUGE Thank You to Joannie & Karl of KJ Coffee Bar!

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They were already loved by us, due to the countless hours they spend running a delicious and nutritious affordable hot lunch program for our school (and donate proceeds from the same special at the café back to the school, so all kids can participate). However, in October they shocked PAC again with their generous donation of all the food and preparations for the Halloween Dinner and Dance Fundraiser ... that’s right, they not only volunteered to prepare and cook all the food, but they also paid to supply the food! Plus, they do all this with a smile and fantastic coffee and tea. We also have a list of people to thank for all their generous donations to the Silent Auction at the Dinner, which I will share in the December issue (donations were still coming in before the deadline for this month). It is good people like this that make my heart swell with pride to call Okanagan Falls my home and be a part of such a great little community. Our next PAC Meeting will be on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30pm in the school library. Childcare is available during meetings. Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” or email any comments/questions to okfallspac@gmail.com.


Highway To Healing Society Support By Tracy MacFadden, Director

Highway to Healing began as a project of the Rotary Club of Oliver. The Club saw a need in their community of Oliver; living in a small town in the interior of the province required families with seriously ill or injured children to travel for medical care. Those travels could be expensive, and financial strain on families during their time of crisis was causing even more stress. Although many groups, organizations and governmental programs provide much support for these families, including financial and residency support, there are still many costs families have to incur themselves. These costs can include fuel, meals, overnight stays before early morning appointments and many smaller expenses, such as parking, that add up over the period of an extended medical treatment. The group realized the need existed to formalize and thus formed a society under the Societies Act in 2014 and is a registered not for profit. With a volunteer working board, our mission is to compassionately assist families in our community who have a child, 19 or under, requiring medical care that is not locally available. Highway to Healing’s purpose is to supplement community assistance and be prepared to provide support when travel for medical treatment is required. The society is also a comprehensive source of information about other organizations who are ready and willing to assist. Our goal is to provide immediate and direct financial support to families; within 24 hours of a request we e-transfer funds. We do not require vast amounts of paperwork, and seek always to relieve the burden, not add to it. Ongoing support is provided as families complete treatment, yet must continue to travel for check ups and follow up appointments. Assistance can be one time, or ongoing over a period of time. Fundraising includes soliciting donations from local service clubs and groups, corporate donations, an annual “Ride to Provide” event and now an Annual “Fun Golf Tournament”. In 2017, the budget for the Society increased enough to be able to extend our service area beyond Oliver, to include families from Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls. Since inception, we have provided over $35,000 in support to more than 20 families. For more information, please contact any board member through highwaytohealing.org. Board members include: Gail Bariskill, Tanya Martin, Tracy MacFadden, Cathy Thompson, Alesha Grimard, Riley Martin, Tony Munday, Russell Work and Ernie Dumais. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin

November is a great time to get a head start on the Holiday plans. Do you have family coming to visit this Christmas? Do you need a good overall household cleaning before they arrive, especially if they are planning to stay with you? Likely, you’ll be exhausted when leave, so I would be happy to come and help clean up your home afterwards. Give me a call at 778-889-9725, if you would like help with your pre and post Holiday cleaning. Enjoy the month!

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

Children’s Showcase is pleased to present “Twas The Night Before Christmas” by DuffleBag Theatre on Sunday, November 25 at 2 pm at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. From Toronto, Ontario, the “Nearly World-Famous” DuffleBag Theatre are known for their hilarious retellings of classic stories. And, just when you’re enthralled by the story, there’s a twist! Before your very eyes, audience members are pulled on stage to join in the action for a unique interactive theatre experience. Twas The Night Before Christmas ... Everyone can’t wait for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, even with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads! But somewhere along the line, the jolly old elf seems to have mislaid his sack of presents. What’s worse is that Old Man Winter is determined to stop him. Will Christmas have to be cancelled? Not if Mrs. Claus and the reindeer can help! DuffleBag expands the beloved Clement Clarke Moore poem in fun new directions just in time for the holidays! Single tickets are $12 or season tickets are still available for $30 for the remaining three shows. Tickets available at Tumbleweed Gallery, Penticton Arts Council, Prague Café, Penticton Art Gallery, Oliver Veterinary Hospital, The Beanery Café in Summerland or online at Eventbrite. For more information, call 250-492-7997 or go to childrensshowcase.ca.

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Did You Know? By Michiko Nelson, Director of Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society

You Can Help Save Penticton’s Carmi Trails From Logging

Pease help us save the multi-purpose and well used trail network The public consultation by Parks Canada on the South Okanagan in the Upper Carmi Area from logging. Please show your support Similkameen National Park Reserve will start in November 2018. and sign the online petition before November 15, 2018. There has been a great amount of discussions on the creation of the National Park, but there seems to be some inaccurate use of statistics and figures that have caused confusion amongst interested residents and non-residents. Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society has gathered seven basic facts surrounding the creation of National Park Reserve, so that we can discuss and agree or disagree on the creation of a National Park based on accurate information. 1.

In a 2015 survey by McAllister Opinion Research, 75% of the respondents indicated that the present provincial park status of the Mount Kobau region was insufficient to protect the species and habitat presently in the area.

The Online Petition states: “DO NOT LOG this ‘Intensive Recreation’ classified area, just 10 minutes from Penticton. Logging will destroy mountain biking, In a 2015 survey by McAllister Opinion Research, 23% of hiking, ATV, horseback riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and those surveyed had not heard of the national park proposal skiing trails. Wildlife habitat, too. Families, couples, friends, and proposed for the South Okanagan Similkameen Area. clubs meet and play here, enjoying healthy, outdoor activities. Like The South Okanagan Similkameen Area has one of the the lakes, it’s one of Penticton’s lifestyle treasures. highest concentration of both endangered and threatened The 4 meter wide trails (most of Pine, Squirrel, and Fir Loops) species in Canada. Endangered or threatened species in the will become 12 to 20 meter wide industrial roads. And, for what? South Okanagan Similkameen include the following; Badger, Just 200 truckloads of timber. Even the Ministry of Forests says, Tiger Salamander, Common Nighthawk, and Pallid Bat, as “It won’t be the same.” BC Timber Sales (Ministry of Forests) is listed by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource ignoring its own special harvesting limitations and considerations Operations. for land with this ‘Intensive Recreation Area’ classification. Existing cattle leases would be honoured and there will be no Their plan: 1. Widen the trails for roads. 2. Clearcut block K7H0 expropriation of land involved in the National Park, according (40 hectares). 3. Log patches of block K713 (37 of 117 hectares). to the Parks Canada Project Manager for the Okanagan PLEASE SIGN to demand that the Ministry of Forests NOT LOG Similkameen, Sarah Boyle. the Carmi recreation trails area.” With the creation of a National Park in the South Okanagan If you have any questions or would like to receive updates, please Similkameen, motorized off road vehicles would not be email carmirecreationtrails@gmail.com. To receive a link to this allowed within the park boundaries. online petition, please email carmirecreationtrails@gmail.com

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Nature in Focus at Penticton Museum

An exhibition entitled Nature in Focus opened October 5th and runs to January 2019 at the Penticton Museum and Archives. 7. The creation of a National Park is a lengthy affair and at The show is a photographic exploration of the South Okanagan present the consultation with public will begin in November Similkameen and features 100 images from the winners and 2018. According to Minister McKenna, this step will focus honourable mentions from the recent photo contest sponsored by only on soft boundaries of the park concept. the South Okanagan Naturalists Club. The contest received just About Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society (OSPS) ~ The under 600 entries in six categories; Waterfowl, Other Birds, Flora, OSPS works to acquire and preserve parklands for the health, Fauna, Landscapes and Invasive Species. All photographs had to recreation, education and natural enjoyment of the public, to be taken within the geographical boundaries of the RDOS. seek preservation of habitat for wildlife, and to protect natural biotic areas for scientific study. Formed in 1966, the OSPS has Climate Change And Wildfires In BC: successfully established Cathedral Lakes Park, Conkle Lake Park and Okanagan Mountain Park. In addition, the OSPS has helped Constantly Shifting “New Normal” to preserve historical trails such as Hudson’s Bay Fur Brigade First Things First presents Robert Grey, wild fire consultant who Trail, the Kettle Valley Railroad and more. The OSPS supports advises governments and property owners on preparing for and and works with other naturalists and conservationists, and all avoiding wildfires. Climate change is exerting an ever-increasing levels of government in its endeavors. The OSPS is registered as influence over how wildfires behave in BC. As the climate warms, a charitable organization in Canada. the incidence and intensity of environmental factors that affect fire For more information, questions or concerns, contact Ian Graham, size and severity changes. Periods of drought get longer, more Director, at 250-494-8996 or email ibgraham494@shaw.ca. fuel is available to burn, fires are more intense, stronger wind events increase fire size and atmospheric warming results in more lightning fires. Mr. Grey discusses how to mitigate wildfire HUB behaviour and build social, ecological and economic resilience to Wednesdays from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. fire. The event runs on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 pm at the Ladies welcome for coffee, quilting, conversation & crafts. Shatford Centre, located at 760 Main Street in Penticton. There is a $10 suggested donation. Page 20 | November 2018 | SkahaMatters.com DE

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Riding The Bull Market By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities.

Large Okanagan Rainbows By Larry Martin

A bit of smoke didn’t spoil the day for these guests of Rodney’s Reel Outdoors shown to the left. A healthy Kokanee population not only benefits a great family fishery, but provides food for Okanagan Rainbows. Cooler fall and winter temperatures brings both species closer to the surface. Kokanee of decent size can still be caught, although the larger fish hopefully are on the spawning beds for this season. Rainbows will be feeding aggressively over winter and for those willing to brave the weather, one may be rewarded by the largest fish of the year. No question, I would like to be the one to catch a winter rainbow on Okanagan or Skaha. If we get the predicted mild winter, this could be the year. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Congratulations On Your “Hole In One”! On September 12, 2018, Glen Rushton of Penticton, who was golfing with the Senior Men’s League at St. Andrews By The Lake, aced the #7 Hole. Glen is the tender age of 92. Way to go Glen! Top Left - Jim Wall of the Senior Men’s League presented Glen with a trophy. Top Right - Sandra Chipchura from St. Andrews By The Lake presented Glen with an achievement pin.

To be considered a qualified ride, a bull rider must stay mounted for a minimum of eight seconds - the moment when a bull starts to tire and its bucking weakens. There’s no such qualification for a bull market, but by coincidence, our current bull is into its ninth year. Every day it seems the Dow Jones and TSX hit new highs. While RBC investment strategists believe the markets still have room to ride, some investors may be wondering if the bull is starting to tire and if it’s the right time to invest in equities. What’s an investor to do? Let It All Ride ~ Timing the end of a bull market, while tempting, is famously difficult. Legendary mutual fund manager Peter Lynch claims, “Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections, or trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost on corrections themselves.” No one wants to invest at the wrong time, but over the long-term, the markets tend to ride on. Consider investing $100,000 on October 9, 2007 at exactly the “wrong time” - the peak of the S&P 500 Index, right before the crash. That day, the S&P 500 closed at 1,565.15 points. By the time the Great Recession had bottomed in 2009, the S&P 500 had more than halved. But 10 years later, the S&P 500 closed at a towering 2,544.73 points. That’s over 6.2% in annualized returns over 10 years - $100,000 became $162,586. Not bad for investing the day before one of the biggest market crashes in history. Let It Ride A Little At A Time ~ Timing the markets may be nearly impossible, but with dollar-cost averaging, you don’t even need to try. To dollar-cost average is to invest a fixed amount in a specific asset at regular intervals - for example, investing $10,000 each month in company XYZ for 12 months, instead of $120,000 at once. Your fixed investment buys more shares when prices decline, and fewer when prices rise. Essentially, you smooth out price swings over a period of time to give you an average purchase price. You may not get the thrill of getting in at a market low, but you also escape the pain of investing at a market high. Let It Ride Into The Ground ~ “One dollar invested in stocks in 1802 would have grown to $8.8 million in 2003, in bonds to $16,064, in Treasury Bills to $4,575, and in gold to $19.75.” Jeremy J. Siegel, Wharton Professor of Finance, leaves it to our imagination as to what becomes of a dollar invested in nothing but cash and subjected to 200 years of nibbling inflation (if it even lasts that long). We can avoid investing in equities till the cows come home, though research tells us time and again that for investors with a longer investment horizon, equities can be a bull worth riding. Ultimately, your personal goals and comfort level with risk help us determine the best strategy for investing in equities. To learn more, please contact us today. This article is supplied Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. SkahaMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 21


Airline Baggage And Other Fees

“On A First Name Basis”

For the final production in our eleventh season, we’ve picked a classic Norm Foster play that not only has a great message, As you may have noticed, the fees for checking luggage on airlines but also contains the brilliant dialogue and hilarious twists that has definitely increased. Some airlines are now also charging Canada’s most produced playwright is known for! for your carry on luggage. You need to be very aware of these additional fees when booking your airline tickets. For example, on On A First Name Basis tells the story of David Kilbride (Eric some airlines if you advise and book your carry on luggage on line, Hanston) a successful but cantankerous, novelist who is surprised it will cost you $35. However, if you do it at the ticket counter, the to discover that he knows nothing about his housekeeper of 28 cost increases to $70. And if you are really unfortunate, you get to years, Lucy Hopperstaad (Jane Pilkey) who, on the other hand, the gate and then it is determined that it is too large for a carry on, knows absolutely everything about him! Over some good Single Malt, David makes it his mission to learn all he can about Lucy now the cost has to be increased to $100. in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are Usually, the ticket that you purchase will determine what luggage surprising, funny, and extremely moving, playwright Foster unfolds you are allowed. If you are planning on taking a checked bag, you a heartwarming and hilarious story as only he can! may be better purchasing a ticket that initially will cost you a bit more, but there will be no luggage fees. So, actually the ticket is Ed Schneider directs and Shannon French produces. Judy Byers and Susan Gibbs stage manage and create and decorate the set. less expensive in the end. Costumes are by Angela Moyls. Seat assignment is another way that the airlines will get more of your dollars. If you want to make sure that you are sitting with On A First Name Basis opens November 8th and runs until your mate, it is a good idea to pre-book and pay for your seating December 1st. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday in advance. But, again, paying a little more for your original ticket at 8 pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2 pm. All performances are on may give you the option of booking your seat at no additional cost. the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be two gala opening nights. Reliable Travel staff is always available to help you purchase your First on Thursday, November 8th and then on Friday, November airline tickets, and will ensure that you are getting the best bang for 9th, with a reception following both performances. Tickets are $25 your buck. We also will help you book tickets using your “points”. for adults and $22 for students or seniors (GST included). As usual, tickets can be purchased from our good friends next door at The Nest and Nectar or reserved during their business hours by BC Business Licence #48999 phoning 250-493-7275. The Nest and Nectar is open for dinner during performance nights and is closed on Mondays. Plus, they Locally Owned and Operated have a dynamite Sunday Brunch which is very popular, so it’s We can come to you! also recommended to book a reservation to avoid disappointment. For more information, please visit www.ManyHatsTheatre.com. Vi Creasey Dy de Vos Diane Chatfield 250-497-8785 Please note that the Cannery Trade Centre is a very busy place! 250-567-0865 250-488-6818 Toll Free: 1-866-497-8785 Often parking is a premium. Please plan to arrive early and observe vicreasey@shaw.ca | ddevos@tpi.ca | dchatfield@tpi.ca the ‘no parking’ signage. Failure to do so may result in your vehicle being towed! Also, as a consideration for those with sensitivities, please refrain from wearing fragrances to the theatre. C-Me Live Productions presents ... By Vi Creasey

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“On A First Name Basis”

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The YARD KATZ With Special Guest Performances by Fresh BC Talent Laura Close & Chloe Shea - Award Winning Performers Tickets: $68 each (plus Service Fees) Tickets available at The Groove Yard 239 Main St. Penticton or 250.493.6501 Midnight Champagne / Catering by “CRAVE Creative Kitchen” Door Prizes / Party Snacks / ECO Taxi - 250.492.9999 Net Proceeds to Support Fresh BC Talent - SEASON 7 Performers Workshops Celebrate New Years Eve w/Penticton’s #1 Party Band & Special Guests

New Years Eve Party Celebration Dec 31st at Orchard House - 157 Orchard Ave, Penticton

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Fresh BC Talent Quest SEASON 6 Coffee House Series At Tugs Tap House, Penticton

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Show times at 1:30 pm. Solo, Duos and/or Trio groups invited. For ages 9-18 yrs. Sign up by email to cmelive@yahoo.com. Join the great “Fresh BC Talent” New Years Eve fundraising event being organized by C-Me Live Productions held at Orchard House, featuring “The Yard Katz” and Special Fresh BC Talent Guest performers “Laura Close and Chloe Shea” on Monday, December 31. Tickets available at The Groove Yard in Penticton or call 250.493.6501. Net profits are designated to supporting our 2019 SEASON 7 Performers Music Workshops at The Sandman Inn. Ages 9-18 yrs & all skill levels are invited. For further details, visit www.cmeliveproductions.com. Thanks to Skaha Matters - A Proud Sponsor of Fresh BC Talent Quest since 2013


Attention: Snowbirds

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Article from Snowbirdsadvisor.ca Canadian snowbirds have been investing in U.S. real estate and vacation properties for decades, and while buying a foreign vacation home can be a great option for many, it’s a major commitment and a decision that should never be taken lightly. If you’re thinking about buying real estate in the U.S. (or any other foreign country), ask yourself the following questions first to make sure purchasing a foreign vacation home is right for you and you’re considering the right type of property to meet your needs. 1. Financial Resources ~ Do you have the financial resources to comfortably afford a second home? Keep in mind that if you need to sell your U.S. real estate in a hurry for financial reasons, you may be forced to sell when the market is down or the exchange rate is less favourable than when you purchased the property, which could result in a significant loss. 2. Intended Use ~ Will this be a cozy retreat, a place to entertain friends and family or a hub for golf outings? The answers to these questions and others will shape your preferences on location, size, floor plan, related amenities and much more. 3. Location ~ Most people interested in buying a foreign vacation property already have some ideas about where they want to purchase a home. However, the smartest buyers will make at least one extended trip to their preferred destination to become familiar with the local market and their preferred neighbourhoods before making a decision. 4. Property Type ~ Some buyers insist upon a newly-built home or unit, especially if it offers the latest amenities and technology. However, new homes also typically come with higher price tags and possibly higher taxes. Buyers also need to decide between standalone properties or units within a multifamily complex. Each offers a distinct set of trade-offs, especially for long-distance owners (or landlords). For any purchase abroad, and especially for resale properties, make sure you get a thorough professional inspection to avoid hidden problems, as well as an appraisal. 5. Rental Potential ~ Do you plan on renting your vacation home when you’re not using it? If so, make sure local laws permit owners to accept rentals and be aware that many communities don’t allow you to rent for periods of less than 6 months or a year. You should also look for a property that is conveniently located in a desirable area where you’ll have access to a large pool of renters and be able to command decent rental rates. 6. Legal Factors ~ In some countries, “foreigners” are not allowed to own property. While this doesn’t apply in the U.S. and Canadians are free to buy and own property south of the border, you’ll still want to make sure you are familiar with federal, state and municipal laws and regulations related to foreign ownership, property restrictions, fees and taxes, as these can differ from what you may be used to in Canada. 7. Purchasing Costs ~ Regardless of where the home is located, numerous expenses must be added to the purchase price. These include: Professional Fees such as real estate agents, attorneys, inspectors, appraisers and financial/tax professionals; Closing Costs, which can include sales/transfer taxes and title/notary services; and additionally, if the purchase is financed, mortgage origination expenses will be added to the closing costs. 8. Continuing Expenses ~ If you’re considering buying U.S. real estate, be aware that you’ll need to cover a number of ongoing expenses, including: Mortgage Payments ~ If your property is financed, monthly mortgage payments will likely be your largest expense; Utilities ~ Utility costs can vary greatly depending on location on property type ; Community Fees ~ Many communities may have monthly fees to manage the community’s infrastructure,

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maintenance costs and related services; Taxes ~ In addition to local property taxes, you’ll also be subject to tax back home on any rental income you earn; Insurance ~ Homeowner’s insurance is always a must, and some areas and communities require mandatory minimum coverage levels; Security ~ Gated communities may provide better property protection, but if the property is truly local, who will look after it when the owner is away? A security system monitored by a professional firm may be one viable solution; Maintenance ~ How will seasonal yard, pool and exterior maintenance be managed? What about repairs? Property management firms may be able to assist with this, as well as general housekeeping services if the home will be used for rental guests; and Travel ~ Don’t forget that using a property also includes the cost of round-trip travel. 9. Costs to Sell (or Inherit) ~ Before buying U.S. or other foreign real estate, buyers should have a solid understanding of their exit options and related expenses. Questions to ask include: • Is the property libel for taxes on capital gains and how is the capital gain calculated? Those rates can vary greatly depending on whether the owner (or the owner’s heirs) are considered legal residents or foreigners. • When the property is sold, can the proceeds be freely moved out of the country without taxation? • What are the tax implications of repatriating and investment back to Canada? • If a property moves into an estate, how will ownership and taxation be treated among the heirs? Can inheritance/transfer taxes be avoided by including heirs on the deed? 10. Other Factors - Currency Fluctuations ~ Cross-border property transactions always involve an element of currency risk that can significantly affect mortgage costs, ongoing expenses, rental income and the value of your property if you sell it. • Transportation ~ Are there convenient, affordable transportation options to reach your destination (air, car, etc.)? Are there safe and reliable local transportation options? These factors will affect how easily and economically you can access and use your property and play a major role in attracting visitors (including rental customers) into the area. • Financing ~ Keep in mind that the qualification requirements and terms for getting a mortgage for a foreign vacation home are very different from getting a mortgage for your primary residence in Canada. • Government ~ For properties outside the United States, consider the following: Does the area welcome and encourage foreign investment? Are social services available to foreigners? Do property owners gain special visa or residency status? Is the overall political climate stable? The Bottom Line ~ When you begin the process of exploring a U.S. real estate purchase, make sure you carefully consider all of the items above and discuss them with a qualified real estate professional who can help you make a smart, informed decision preferably one that specializes in foreign real estate transactions. SkahaMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 23


The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President

I hope everyone had a good October. Only two months left in 2018. November Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: I don’t know about everyone else, but this year seemed to rush on Thursday, November 1st ~ Veterans Dinner at 5 pm with live by without stopping to smell the roses. Must have had something entertainment by Grant Henderson. For more information, please to do with the disasters of the spring and summer ... no time to sit call the Legion at 250-497-8338. back and enjoy life as it should be here in the Okanagan. Friday, November 2nd ~ Candlelight Service at 1:30 pm at the Okanagan Falls Lions are continuing as usual with our School Okanagan Falls Cemetery on Maple Street. Everyone welcome. Breakfast Program and our Lady Lions are still busy baking Sunday, November 11th ~ Remembrance Day Service starting cookies, which you can find on the Legion Bar. We share a at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School at 10:15am, then fundraiser with “Toonies for Troops” at our local Legion Branch, marching to the Cenotaph at the Okanagan Falls Legion for the which is a fund used to help returning military personnel. Laying of Wreaths. The community is invited to join us for lunch, Speaking of the Royal Canadian Legion, this year they are holding followed by live entertainment by Wendy Rodocker. a Candlelight Service on Friday, November 2nd at the Okanagan Sunday, November 18th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 Falls Cemetery to honour the veterans who are buried here. am. We have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, Everyone is welcome to come out and join them, along with the sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under children from the Elementary School who are going to participate. 3 eat FREE! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. November the 11th will once again be honoured by a special service Tuesday, November 20th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday at the Elementary School, followed by a Cenotaph Ceremony at the Legion and a luncheon prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. Let’s of the month at 7 pm. Find out what’s going on at the Legion Wednesday Nights ~ Music Trivia. Join in the Music Trivia fun on all get out and support their efforts to keep the memories alive. That’s about all for this month, but keep your eyes peeled ... Old Wednesdays starting at 7 pm. Food will be available. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 St. Nick is just about ready to ride once again with his levitating pm on Friday & 4 pm on Saturday. Come on out ... You could be ungulates. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are Lucky! Everyone welcome. October 31 - November 2, as well as November 26-27 at the Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30 pm start. Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool have started ~ Call Denise for more needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a information at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for the information on the donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888Pool League at 778-531-8228. 236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. NEW YOUTH DARTS ~ Fridays at 7pm at the Okanagan Falls The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Monday Legion. For youth & teens ages 11-18. Call Dee at 250-497-5975. each month at 7pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. If you would like We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan volunteering. It’s a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome to become a Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/okfalls/ member. 2019 Memberships are now due. For more information, and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. please call 250-497-8338. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!” Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” By Bev van Uden

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barb Few

Calling All Bingo Players! You are invited to join our LA Bingo on Saturday, November 3rd at 1:00 pm to have some fun! Our General Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 7th at 1:00 pm. Come and help make decisions and speak up for who you want on your 2019 board. Wondering what you are going to do for Christmas? Well, let our Arts and Craft Sale solve all that for you on Sunday, November The Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 donated $5000 from their Meat Draw 18th starting at 9:00 am. We will also have the tasty breakfast at funds towards equipment for the new Penticton Hospital Tower. From left to the Legion that morning. Plus, there will also be a Bake Table to right are Ed & Mary Findlater, Carey Bornn receiving the donation cheque from tempt your taste buds. There is still time to book a table, so please Lorraine Harrison, and Bob Wilson on far right. phone Denise at 250-485-4949. Page 24 | November 2018 | SkahaMatters.com We have a lot of fun at our LA, so come and see what it is all about.


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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson It’s that time again. The frost is almost on the pumpkin. One morning last week, our bird bath was covered with ice. If the little birds knew how to play hockey, they could have got at it. However, the days are still pleasant and warm. This month we go back on Standard Time, you know, “Fall Back”. About the time we are all set in, they’ll change it again, because it will be spring. That’s the way it goes! Our little Thrifty Boutique is a hive of activity. There are many shoppers who come to select what they like from among the many fall frocks on the racks. A very clever staff match up tops and bottoms, so you can envision how they go together. A large selection of jewelry has been added. Unfortunately, we are still getting garbage dumped when the shop is closed. These are not Okanagan Falls people. We respect property and don’t abuse it. The apartment is completed. Many thanks to all the workers and volunteers who put in time on the apartment. It was all worth while ... The new tenet has just moved in. Our “conservation project” has been evaluated by a preservation engineer. He submitted a booklet of his ideas and plans for the project. The committee is working with him to see the project completed. More to come as it unfolds. Do you remember that low dip that was in our parking lot? You have to stop in and see the patch they put on the hole. It is beautiful! No more walking through a puddle of cold water at night. People from UBC came to our Museum to put some of our photo collection on disc. Thanks to Sue Walker and Donna May Thompson for working with the UBC people. Our meetings for winter will take place in the afternoon, at the Community Room at the school. More information will be advertised when time and day are set. Congratulations to Kathleen Doyle who celebrated her 100th Birthday on October 23rd. Kathleen is a life member of the Heritage Society. We celebrate with her.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Velva Popowich and Loraine Thompson

First off, there will be NO Flu Clinic held here at the Centre this fall. Interior Health says there will be extra vaccine available at the Pharmasave Okanagan Falls and Dr. Robertson’s office, as well as other locations holding mass flu-clinics. For more information, please call the Public Health Flu info-line at 250-493-7109. The Fall Flea Market was held on Saturday, October 13th. Many thanks to our volunteers and members, as well as the community for helping make this a great success. Your contributions are greatly appreciated. Be sure to get your bids in for the current Silent Auction. Bidding closes at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 3rd. There are some interesting items up for bid. Also, following the breakfast, the “Market in the Park” will move indoors with a “Fall Market” here in the hall from 11am - 3pm. Home baking and preserves, arts and crafts, vintage kitchen, small businesses and much more. Coffee and lunch will be available. Our next General Meeting will be held on Monday, November 5th, which will also include the election of the new executive for the coming year. Coffee and cake to follow. On November 1st, members may purchase tickets for the Annual Christmas Dinner on Saturday, December 8th. Tickets are $18 each. Tickets for non-members go on sale on December 1st. There is a limited number available, so get your tickets early. Memberships for 2019 will be available November 1st as well. Cost is $15 per person, covering January 1 - December 31, 2019. Note that the November Music Jam will be on Saturday, November 10th, due to Remembrance Day being on Sunday this year. All of our activities are back in full swing and new participants are always welcome. Why not come and see what we have to offer. You could make some new friends or perhaps renew old acquaintances. The annual Christmas Craft Fair that everyone has come to know and love is scheduled for Saturday November 24th from 9am 3pm. A Potluck Dinner will follow at 5:30pm. For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Mark Your Calendar! General Meeting & Elections ~ Monday, November 5 at 1pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, November 3 from 8-10am Silent Auction ends at 9:30am - Get your bids in now! Fall Market ~ Saturday, November 3 from 11am - 3pm (Presented by “Market in the Park”) Music Jam ~ Saturday, November 10 at 1pm (lunch at 11:30) (Music Jams regularly run 2nd Sunday from October to April) Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, November 17 at 1pm Christmas Craft Fair ~ Saturday, November 24 from 9am - 3pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, November 24 at 5:30pm Canasta ~ November 5, 12, 19 at 10am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9am Tuesday Bingo ~ November 6, 13 & 20 at 1pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7pm Falls Music Group ~ Fridays from 2-4pm SkahaMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 25


Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator Living the dream in a village in Thailand with Masmaman Curry! The Kaleden Seniors Committee thanks Naang for leading the class in creating a spice flavoured coconut veggie curry all from scratch. The participants used their wrists and muscles on the Thai mortal pestles from Thailand to work the spices and onion mixture into a flavour packed paste from the tropics!

A special thank you also goes to Jennifer Strong for sharing her insight on Oriental Healing Foods following the luncheon. In November the fun continues! Join Ken and Margaret Hayter as they open their doors at Linden Gardens on Friday, November 30th from 5-7pm to welcome everyone to the Wreath Making Appie Potluck. Bring your wreath frames, tools and decorations AND your favourite appie to share! Some supplies will be on hand. Also, wine from Kraze Legz and Oak Know Wineries will be available for just $4 a glass. In the new year of 2019, be on the lookout for more cooking and fun food and facts events ... Stay tuned to Skaha Matters! Questions? Suggestions? Please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com.

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There is a lot of history at Twin Lakes originating from the early ranchers. First of these was Charles de Blois Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit Green, then came the Sutherlands, who By Meredith King later began the Twin Lake Dude Ranch in 1945-1975. Then, Mr. Stewart was This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer at the Middle Ranch, followed by Mr. Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second Wassman until 1971, who had begun child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life the first 9 holes of the Twin Lake Golf in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, Course before meeting his untimely his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on death. sentences included. Charles de Blois Green passed away Life in a Pioneer Community in 1929, but his family remained at the Skaha Lake brought pleasures other than swimming - such as Twin Lake Ranch (the Upper Ranch) boats or rafts, usually homemade. Twin brothers, Roy and Elmer until I believe about 1956. Charles’ Pyle, who lived in Kaleden for a year or so, found a twelve foot row boat that had drifted away from its moorings and which they claimed sons built the large red barn at the head of Horn Lake in about under the Laws of Salvage of Vessels Cast Adrift upon Navigable 1948, which still remains today. (Shown below) Waters under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada. No Charles did survey most of the Orofino Mountain mining claims. oars had accompanied this windfall, but they were resourceful and He lived in the winter with his family at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and in the spring through the fall at his Twin Lake Ranch. managed to construct a pair that served the purpose. For several days they were the envy of all, as they cruised up and The first water license in the Twin Lakes Area was in 1903 to Mr. down the lake. However, like most twins, while the epitome of unity Noad. And, then in 1904 to Charles de Blois Green. and solidarity when confronted by outside opposition, there was In one of the Museums, I have read more about Charles life, even the occasional areas of dissension between themselves and about travels by train in the area and over to the Kootenays and down to a week after their naval acquisition they obviously had a severe Washington State. The Penticton Museum has lots of information disagreement. Each boy, seeking to parlay his good fortune into on the many bird species that he discovered. I am curious to know even greater gains, decided to woo the maiden of his choice by if Green Mountain Road was named after Charles de Blois Green. offering to take the young lady for a cruise on the placid waters So, why did the Greens arrive and settle at the south end of the of Skaha. Neither boy had bothered to clear with his twin the shallow Horn Lake and not Lower Twin Lake? This could be a reservation of the vessel for a particular time frame and as a result question for a follow up article. a bitter argument ensued. It seemed like this disagreement might easily have been resolved by an independent mediator, but with no mediation process it soon settled into an irresolvable deadlock. Finally, they borrowed a saw and cut the boat in two amidships, with Roy, who seemed the most astute, getting the title to the front end which did have a pointy part (to use the technical jargon) to cleave through the waves. Elmer, hosed again, fell heir to a portion which was almost square and totally unsuited to navigation, other than round and round in endless circles. However, neither section was suited to meet the requirements which had caused the dispute in the first place, since no girl in her right mind would consent to sit in the pointy part, which seemed far more likely to submerge beneath the waves than to cut cleanly through them. Nor was any fair maiden likely to look forward to an afternoon going in endless circles in the aft section. So after a few days spent in individual navigation the two parts were reunited, but alas, the proud vessel never did return to its former pristine condition. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please Above - The red barn at the head of Horn Lake built by the Green Family around contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. 1948. Below Left - Grandoro Mine. Below Right - One of several miner’s cabins. R

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Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair

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 held our first organizational meeting on September 11th to start getting ready for the We are always looking for more great volunteers to help with Christmas Hamper campaign for this year. the preparations required for our program. If you would like to Our annual food and donation drive will officially start middle of volunteer or have any questions, please call us at 250-486-2767. November 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 Don’t Despair making Christmas more joyful and less stressful for those in our We’ll Repair! 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 400 lb of food was collected. Thanks to everyone who participated. The food collection bins will be in the local stores mid November and registration forms like the one included below will also be available at Pharmasave and IGA in Okanagan Falls. Prepackaged bags of food are available once again at Okanagan Falls IGA 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 10 am - 3 pm on Saturday, December 8th. The van will also be at the “Christmas Festiv-All” from 4-6 pm on Sunday, December 9th, if you miss us the day before. Helping Hand is planning a Special event for between Christmas and New Years at the Penticton Community Centre for our Christmas Hamper recipients. Please check the applicable box on the registration and we will verify when the time comes.

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Volunteer Spotlight South Skaha Housing Society Special thanks to the hard working efforts of the South Skaha Housing Society Executive. You have all played a crucial role in the exciting historical ground breaking on October 5, 2018 of the Affordable Housing for Seniors project in Okanagan Falls. This much needed project began with the incorporation of the South Skaha Housing Society back in 2005. With the support of the AgeFriendly Assessment led by Okanagan Falls Recreation Manager Janet Black a few years ago, it gave this project the momentum to obtain grant funding from BC Housing. And, here we are in 2018 seeing it come to fruition. The project is expected to be complete by Fall 2019. Stay tuned for rental applications to be available in February or March of 2019. Keep up the great work!

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Name: _______________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Street Address: ________________________ _____________________________________ # ofAdults: ____ # of Children (if applicable): ____ Boys Ages: ________ Girls Ages: ________ Boys Sizes: ________ Girls Sizes: ________

Deadline Date for Registration: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Are you able to pick up a hamper on December 14th? Please circle either: Yes or No Would you like to take part in a Special Family Event at the Penticton Community Centre after Christmas? Please circle either: Yes or No If yes, would you need transportation? Yes or No

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South Skaha Housing Society Executive Members ‘breaking ground’ during the “Sod Turning Ceremony” held on October 5, 2018. From left to right - Jan Wilson, Sharon Proctor, Mike Livingstone, Leslie D’Andrea, Mike Creasey, Liz Leochko, Janice Stevens, and Robert McLeod. (Photo by Andy Morrissey of Morrissey Photography. To purchase photos, contact Andy at MorrisseyPhotos@shaw.ca.)

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Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Christmas Craft & Bake Sale ~ November 9th from 4-8pm Kaleden Christmas Dinner ~ December 2nd at 6pm 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

Sponsored by Kaleden Community Church We hope you can join us in celebrating the Christmas season:

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am November Speakers: 4th - Rev. Mark Bedford; 11th - Rev. David Macmillan; 18th - Victor Ince; and 25th - Judi Ritcey. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Sunday, December 2 Kaleden Community Hall

Dinner at 6:00 (doors open 5:30) Tickets: Adults $15, Children (5-12) $8, Immediate Family $45 After Nov 23rd – Adults $20 Contact kaledenchurch@gmail.com for tickets

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

Winter Hours: Tue - Fri ~ 8 - 7 Mon & Sat ~ 8 - 3

5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls (Across from Pharmasave)

Eat In or Take Out 250.497.7822

Order Your Chrismtas Baking Now!

No tickets available at the door. KALEDEN CARES: Each year members of the community donate cash and nonperishable food items to Kaleden Cares to help families at Christmas time. Donations of cash or food items will be gratefully accepted at the dinner. Tax receipts can be provided on request for cash/cheque donations (Cheques made out to Kaleden Community Church memo: Kaleden Cares) Thank you and Merry Christmas.

$5 BREAKFAST EVERYDAY! Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast $5

LUNCH SPECIALS Donairs $6 & Gyros $6 Chipolte BBQ Meatball Hero Sandwich $7 Beef Cheesteak Hero Sandwich $7 Italian Tomato Meatball Soup $5 Includes Garlic Toast!

DINNER SPECIALS

Each week a new selection of Italian Food! Plus, extra dinner features.

Tuesday ~ Chicken with Portebella Mushroom Alfredo Linguine, Sping Salad & Garlic Toast ~ $11.95 Wednesday ~ Baked Tortellini with Meat Sauce, Caesar Salad & Galic Toast ~ $11.95 Thursday ~ Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Potatoes, Veggies, Salad to Start & Dessert ~ $13.95 Friday ~ BBQ Ribs & Spaghetti, Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast ~ $11.95

Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner ... Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Half portions always available. Or, add a plate to share for just $2.50!


Flowers or Fish Heads?

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Flowers to Kathleen Doyle who celebrated her 100th Birthday on October 23rd. Kathleen is a life member of the Heritage Society. Happy 100th Birthday Kathleen! ~ From the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society Flowers to the family of the kids who damaged the tennis numbers for the apology and generous donation to cover the costs. Very much appreciated. ~ From Yvonne for the Kaleden Tennis Club

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By Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Tom Siddon for your years of service to Area “D”. Your fairness and dedication was noticed. Your acknowledgment and I trust everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving. Time to share appreciation of the three fire departments you looked over was with family members and time to remember those loved ones who appreciated. ~ From Retired Kaleden Fire Chief Darlene Bailey have passed on. Time to be thankful for all the blessings that we have. Time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and to appreciate Flowers to everyone who made the effort to get out and vote on the wonders of nature. Time perhaps to plan ahead for the October 20th. It truly does make a difference!” inevitable. Make a Will, or update an existing one. Make your final ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls arrangements, so that your family does not have to make difficult Flowers to KJ Coffee Bar for donating all the food for our Halloween decisions when the time comes, as it surely will. Lesley is always Dinner and Dance Fundraiser. ~ From Okanagan Falls PAC available to answer any questions you may have with regards to Fish Heads to people who insist on leaving their garbage in the pre-arrangements. parking lot of the H&M Thrifty Boutique in Okanagan Falls. We do For Direct Cremation Services, at-need or pre-need, not, nor never have ever, sold housewares, hardware, tools, toys, call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or crediblecremations@shaw.ca etc. We simply have no room for all that stuff. WE are a boutique. Does that not tell you something? Please! No more garbage!!! The Campaign Trail ~ From the Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Society Win or lose, the ground covered on the campaign trail was a good Fish Heads to the new colour version of Skaha Matters. Some of path to be on. Meeting the community, making new friends and our visually impared readers need a black and white version for seeing old ones, I would like to thank those who supported and use on their assisted devices. Please call me at 250-490-6951 to encouraged me, shared their opinions, and made comments and get a non-colour copy. ~ From Myleen Mallach of Skaha Matters suggestions. An awareness of Area ‘I’ - its beauty and natural views, was one of the highlights of the journey. Whether it is me or someone else, I am hopeful the Water, Land, Air and Quality Lifestyle of Area ‘I’ will always be respected and protected throughout our community. ~ Thank You, Gary Vollet

Thanks Area ‘D’ For Your Support!

I would like to thank all of the residents of Area ‘D’, including Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Heritage Hills, Upper Carmi and Vaseux Lake for your support and confidence in me for the position of Director of the RDOS. I congratulate Ron Obirek on his election and a well run campaign. I’m hoping for the best for our wonderful community in the coming years; and Ron, you might like to start by having a few words with that overly officious dog control officer who’s been tormenting some of our good residents. Thank you again for your support. ~ Respectfully, Rodney Penway

Join us for Special Holiday Events Holiday Cheer ~ November 17-18 from 11-4. New Release Big Reds ... 2015

Kings Ransom, 2014 The Crown, Port Style paired with small bites, plus live music.

Get Your Sparkle On ~ December 9 from 2-4. Join Katherine McEachnie, Master of Champagne, as she leads you through a flight of The One sharing how traditional sparkling is made and how it compares to other international brands. Enjoy perfectly paired bites and special gift packages. The Three King’s ~ December 16 from 2-4. Join Wine Maker Benoit Gautier with the vintage of the decade! Kings Ransom wines with perfectly paired bites. Visit us online for information and tickets. Limited seating. Open by Appointment. #BeNoble

T: 250.497.7945

E: info@nobleridge.com W: nobleridge.com 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd, OK Falls FB: Noble_Ridge Tw: @Noble_Ridge

Thanks For Your 16 Years Of Support

By Ginny Manning For the past 16 years, it has been an absolute privilege to serve School District 67 students, staff and parents, in particular those at Kaleden, Naramata and West Bench Schools and communities, as the Rural Trustee. I would like to thank all those who have supported and advised me and trusted that students were at the heart of every decision made over the course of this time. The district is rich with dedicated, talented senior staff, administrators, teachers and support staff, to those who I have worked along side - thank you for your insight and the great discussions. A special thanks to my family for their patience and wholehearted support throughout this journey. All the best to the new Board of Education.


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Skaha Matters November 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 11

Skaha Matters November 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 11

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