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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 11

“Bringing Community Matters To You”

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November 2019

Remembrance Day November 11th As Remembrance Day approaches, it is a sweet reminder of Betty Purdy’s presence at Twin Lakes. Betty’s little yellow book box is well used by neighbours and tourists who pass by. We maintain our little library lovingly, making sure that it contains only well-written literature and art books appropriate for the young and old. You are invited to stop by, take a book, leave a book ... and think of Betty Purdy during Remembrance Day. Her service will not be forgotten. If you would like to know more about the life of Betty Purdy and the role she played during WW2, you can purchase the book “Get In Line, Winstanely!” by emailing jpnoseworthy@shaw.ca. ~ Elizabeth Morantz & Carolyn Jager

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Wow! So hard to believe that we are now open and have tenants with more to come! Thank you to everyone that celebrated our Grand Opening on October 3rd. It was great to see our Partners; BC Housing, represented by the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, Selina Robinson; MLA, Linda Larson; RDOS Area ‘D’ Director, Ron Obirek; Greyback Construction, Matt Kenyon from Okanagan Falls; Andy Orr of Atcorr Development; and Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, who opened our ceremonies with our own SSHS Emcee, Leslie D’Andrea. Many community partners were on hand to support us as always and show their support. The Nobel Prize Our Chair Robert McLeod, and other Board Directors, Leslie By Tom Landecker D’Andrea, Janice Stevens, Mike Livingstone, Jan Wilson, Mike The Nobel Prize for Physics for 2019 was shared by three Creasey, Bill Joyner, Des Anderson and myself have worked astronomers, James Peebles for work in cosmology, the study of hard facing many challenges to bring this much needed project to the Universe, and Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for discovery of fruition. Tom Siddon, Past RDOS Area ‘D’ Director, gave a heart a planet orbiting a star that resembles the Sun. These three were warming speech and we remember his support and efforts to get recognized “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution our project off the ground, as well as Shona Schleppe and our of the Universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos”. own Parks and Recreation Coordinator Janet Black, who brought What did James Peebles do to win this prize? In a 55-year the project back for us to get the ball rolling again. Many kudos to career working on cosmology, he figuratively, and literally, wrote Tom Styffe and Liz Leochko, who assisted our Board in our project the textbook that defines our modern view of the Universe and building earlier in the project planning. And of course, “Flowers” its history. The puzzle of the Universe can be summed up in the to Myleen from Skaha Matters for her ongoing support and her question “where did the lumps come from?” At the Big Bang, the patience with me when I’m waiting for news to report an update to Universe was perfectly smooth. We see a relic of the Big Bang the community. Many thanks to community members, who have in radiation from the Universe at the age of half a million years; worked on housing projects for Okanagan Falls in the past and it’s smooth within one part in fifty thousand. Today, the matter who are still supporting us. in the Universe is concentrated into galaxies, stars and planets Stay tuned for news on our fundraising project for a Garden Patio with nearly empty space between them. James Peebles worked at the new South Skaha Place, along with other housing projects to understand how we got from smooth to lumpy. The answer in the near future. We Got ‘Er Done! Yeh!! involves “dark matter”, material that we cannot see, material that we detect only by its gravitational pull. That gravitational force has For more information regarding South Skaha Place Rental Applications, contact Locke Property Management located at 528 pulled matter together into galaxies. Main Street in Penticton or email info@lockeprop.com. Application There has been a steady progression of Nobel prizes to forms are also available for pick up at the Okanagan Falls Library. astronomers over the last 45 years. Why? Because astronomy provides the ultimate proving ground for the theories that are the very basis of physics. It’s hard to test Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in a laboratory here on Earth, but easy to do on astronomical scales. The Universe is the biggest laboratory we have, where we can watch the laws of physics at work on the grandest scale. That comes right back home, because the theories of physics are the basis of our understanding of the world around us, and the basis of our technology. There’s nothing new in this. In 1687, Isaac Newton published a book that revolutionized science, and revolutionized mathematics, all driven by the challenge of explaining the motions of the planets across the sky. His book “The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” has been the foundation for progress in science and technology ever since 1687; that’s a long run of success for a book, truly a bestseller. And, the discovery of planets around a distant star? That is certainly a discovery that has changed our view of our place in the Cosmos. Today, we know of nearly 4000 planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way, and the number is rising month by month. But, that’s a story for another day. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. The Observatory is located at All photos by Andy Morrissey. Contact MorriseyPhotos@shaw.ca 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more info, call 250-497-2300.


Linda Larson, MLA ~ Boundary-Similkameen

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

Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Yet another Election now over. Signs down by now (we hope) and a temporary reprieve from the election machine of emails, phone calls, etc. While many of us no longer appreciate the election process, there are many new Canadians who, with great pride, cast their vote in a country where they are not afraid to vote and do so with enthusiasm. It is unfortunate that the turnout to vote in Canada continues to be disappointing. It seems many Canadians just can’t seem to get themselves to the polls to vote or have become complacent about the process. I was raised in a family where everyone one was encouraged to vote - if you didn’t vote, then you didn’t get to complain afterwards. I hope all of you appreciate the freedoms of our Democracy. For those of you still anxiously waiting to see the end to turning our clocks backwards and forwards twice a year, we will have to endure one more rotation. I have been informed by the Premier that our Legislation to remain permanently on Daylight Savings Time (DST) will be passed by the end of November. However, it will not come into effect until the spring, when we will shift into DST once more. Our clocks will “fall back” one more time on November 3rd at 2 am.

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Congratulations to Fire Chief Walt, Area Director Vicky Gee, the Kettle River Lions Club and all the wonderful volunteers who made this improved service a reality.

Finally, please take a moment on November 11th to remember all Through the great work of our local Volunteer Fire Departments, those in the past and currently who are dedicated to protecting our we have also been reminded in recent weeks about basic fire Canadian freedoms and attend a Remembrance Day Service in protection for us as individuals. In Oliver, Fire Chief Bob Graham your Community. SkahaMatters.com | November 2019 | Page 3


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

November 11th is Remembrance Day. I remind everyone to watch for and, if possible, join in the Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11th at the Okanagan Falls School and the walk to the Legion.

Ron Obirek

Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

A local community member and veteran of our Armed Forces called me in recent weeks and gave me permission to share the following story. This is a true story that occurred in our community in late August.

The man and his wife, both retired, were getting ready to go out together to do some shopping. The man’s heart failed and he fell to the floor of their bedroom dead. The wife screamed to the neighbours for help as she called 911. The neighbours ran over. With direction from the 911 operator they began CPR. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched by 911. The Fire Department arrived first and rushed into the home and took over administering CPR and AED. Many AED shocks were delivered. CPR continued. The Ambulance arrived and the man was delivered to the Hospital Emergency Department approximately 40 minutes after the heart failure. A heartbeat was achieved en route to the Hospital. At the Hospital, care givers readied the man for flight to Vancouver Hospital where the man received additional care and treatment. The man’s life was saved, due to the excellent service provided by everyone; the 911 operator, the neighbours, the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Firefighters,the Ambulance attendants, the Hospital Staff in Penticton and in Vancouver. A veteran of our armed forces, years ago the man was a soldier who found himself in harms way in the support of others in far off places. He knows that the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Firefighters are not looking for the accolades they deserve. Each of our Volunteer Firefighters is answering a calling that sits within them privately and personally and is there for their own reasons alone. And, the man knows that each and every one of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Firefighters perform this same service to our community every day and stand on call 365 days a year 24 hours a day. The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Firefighters answer over 200 call outs per year, with more than 100 of those call outs per year being for medical emergencies alone. The man asked me to commend the personal commitment to all that our Volunteer Firefighters care for and their passion and bravery that carries them into harms way in the performance of their calling to those in crisis. I join this man and his family and friends in extending sincere and heartfelt thanks for the actions, care and professionalism provided by our Volunteer Firefighters and all our emergency response personnel. You saved the life of a man, who is a husband and father and a friend to his neighbours. We are very grateful for your service. Thank you.

I attended the UBCM conference in Vancouver during the week of September 23-27. I met with the Deputy Minister and Executive Director of the Ministry of Tourism and requested support for promoting our community and tourism related needs. I reviewed our need for infrastructure money towards a Visitor Information Centre strategically located with proper highway signage and excellent public washrooms and sani dump. We are strategically located in the Heart of Wine Country and we are the Gateway to the South Okanagan. I also met with the Minister of Tourism at a workshop put on by 5 mayors of communities under 5000 population. I met with the Minister of Forests and expressed concerns on behalf of our community regarding milfoil in both Skaha Lake and Vaseux Lake and requested provincial cooperation to restore the much-needed milfoil mitigation program. I also shared with the Minister of Forests our concerns regarding the Aster on the beach and requested assistance from the Minister in having the Stewardship Agreement of April 11, 2017 amended, so that we can return our beach to its highest and best use as a recreation beach for all ages and ability levels. Special thanks to our Member of Parliament Richard Cannings, who was in attendance at our Open House for the South Skaha Plaza and took time out of his busy schedule to meet with community members regarding finding a better solution for the Aster on Christie Memorial Beach. I also met with senior staff of the Ministry of Municipalities and shared concerns regarding our governance and the need for review. And, I met with the Minister of Municipalities, who is also the Minister of Housing at the UBCM, and invited her to join me on a tour of our area, as I knew she was scheduled to be in our area on October 3, 2019 for the Open House of our new South Skaha Plaza seniors affordable housing building. Special thanks to the South Skaha Housing Society for the excellent work they have done and for the wonderful event held on October 3rd, regarding the Open House of South Skaha Plaza. The project came in on time and on budget. Congratulations to all concerned for a job well done. After the event held on October 3rd, the Minister of Housing and Municipalities, the Honourable Selena Robinson, joined me for a tour of our area. I reviewed with the Minister our concerns regarding housing and governance. She and her staff thanked me for showing them our community and I am satisfied and grateful knowing they left with a much more complete understanding of who we are and the nature of our unique needs and concerns (e.g., the Aster, the Town Centre Revitalization Plan, the IGA, the industrial area and the success of Structurlam and UEE, the proposed medical marijuana manufacturing facility, the success of our local wineries, governance challenges, and the beauty and potential of our area generally). I reviewed our needs for more affordable housing generally, and specifically addressed our housing needs in relationship to jobs that will be coming to Okanagan Falls and in relationship to our new Town Centre Plan. The second Monday in November is Remembrance Day and therefore not properly suited to our morning coffee meeting. The November coffee with the Director meeting is therefore rescheduled to 7 pm Tuesday, November 19th at the Legion. As always, phone calls or emails are always welcome.

The man offered some reflections: 1) Don’t sweat the small stuff; 2) Appreciate that life is a gift; 3) Always have a pillow ready after Yours Truly, receiving chest compressions, because it really hurts when you cough; 4) Always find and be kind to your neighbours. We all Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ need each other; 5) Support your volunteer community services. Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Wherever, whenever and however. The relationship is symbiotic. And, 6) Pull to the side of the road when you hear a siren. Someone is most definitely counting on many. SPEAKS (24 hrs) 250-497-5541 (Cell) 250-490-5856 I want to say thank you to this man and his family for sharing their navid@royallepage.ca www.navidchaudry.ca PUNJABI/URDU story with us all.


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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ I can’t believe it’s November already. Feels like not long ago we were looking for signs of spring and now fall is upon us. I will be attending the Remembrance Day service in Okanagan Falls to lay a wreath on behalf of Area ‘I’ residents. Hope to see you all the service in Okanagan Falls. Subrina Monteith I wanted to take this opportunity Director of to reflect on my first year term in RDOS Area ‘I’ office as your RDOS Director for the communities within Area ‘I’. It’s been a steep learning curve over the past year, with many exciting paths. I have had the pleasure to meet many outstanding residents of Area ‘I’. I wish to share just a few of the highlights first year of service: • Hosted financial meetings in Kaleden and Apex prior to 2019 tax requisition. • Worked closely with Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department on various topics. • Assisted the Kaleden Community Church with property tax reduction on their parking lot. • Worked with the Kaleden Community Association (KCA) on a hall lease with RDOS for operations. • Worked on bringing the sewer project forward to the predesign phase, which is currently in progress. • Built strong relationships with service providers for our communities.

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Started a Kaleden Community Partners group to increase communication within the community groups.

Built a community website as a KCA director for the Kaleden Community Association.

Attended Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) and Union British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conferences to learn and share with other rural and municipal politicians.

Supported Apex residents in establishing a community association similar to KCA, called Apex Community Association (ACA).

Attending Kaleden Irrigation District and Apex Property Owners Association monthly meetings.

Created an Area ‘I’ Advisory Planning Commission (APC) with representation from each community area.

Supported the Lakes Community in forming as a sub committee under KCA.

If you have any questions or want your road to be serviced, please contact the contractor. Road conditions should be reported to AIM roads at 1-866-222-4204. Congratulations to MP Richard Canning on being re-elected to represent our communities. I know you will continue to represent the area. I want to acknowledge the other candidates who weren’t elected and thank them for their keen interest to represent our area. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca SkahaMatters.com | November 2019 | Page 5


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

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By Rick Wilson, Chair

O’L Mother Hubbard, aka Penny Elliott, is a locally owned and By the time this goes to press, we will be almost through our fall operated business new to Okanagan Falls and surrounding area! flushing period when the lines are being cleaned. It is a slow Seeing a need in Okanagan Falls after the closing of our grocery methodical process which eventually we will win. Thank you for store, the planets aligned and presented this opportunity to be of your patience. If you experience dirty water, and many have, service to those in need. Penny brings 40+ years in the hospitality\ please let us know, in writing, so we can concentrate on these restaurant business. Being the brains and areas. We are consulting with our engineers to map our water the brawn as a former restaurant owner, system quality and review any areas which experience more than she brings the knowledge and know-how normal dirty water during flushing periods. of grocery prices. Penny will come to the I have been reviewing some old documents I found in the file comfort of your home and shop on her cabinets, which shows all the Trustees that have served your computer, save you money, and deliver to District since 1971. Terms ranged from a few months to 18 years your cupboards. If you prefer, give her a and that is dedication. Congratulations to all the Trustees that list and she will shop and deliver promptly. have served the District. Office hours are now Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and will be posted on our website.

Penny provides weekly, bi-weekly or monthly shops. If you don’t drive, can’t get around well, or perhaps you’re just too darn busy, O’L Mother Hubbard is always happy to fill your cupboard!

Speaking of our website, we encourage all ratepayers to join the Alert Service to get notifications of the things happening in your Find Penny on Facebook at “OlMotherHubbardGroceryAssistant”. District. Please sign up online or contact Kim in the office, she For more information, please call Penny at 250-408-4990 or email will be happy to assist you. We will be making more of an effort to olmhubbard@gmail.com. keep the website up to date, so the information is current and more detailed. Please log in at www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca. Our new computer and software is now installed and the new accounting system is up and running. There is a huge amount of data to enter, but when complete we will have current budget reports to better enable us to monitor our finances during the year. Kim and Leesa are doing a great job of getting the system filled with information. Remembrance Day is almost upon us again. Please take a moment on November 11th to remember the brave men and women who serve our great country.

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“Building Community Spirit” The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.

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Volunteer Spotlight Calling Any and All Volunteers to Help! Can you spare a few hours to volunteer with the Okanagan Falls “Sparkle of Christmas” special event? We could use your help with any of the following: � decorating and set up crew � tear down crew � craft and activity stations � cookie and treat donations This event is all in support of Okanagan Falls Helping Hands. The event will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 2:30-4:30 pm. Preparations and planning is happening right now. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Janet at 250-497-8188 or email jblack@rdos.bc.ca. Many hands make light work.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

Volunteer In Your Community!

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

Members of the South Skaha Housing Society during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 3rd. From left to right: Jan Wilson, Mike Creasey, Janice Stevens, Robert McLeod, Leslie D’Andrea, Mike Livingstone and Sharon Davis. Photo courtesy of Andy Morrissey.

The South Skaha Housing Society has truly worked on ‘building’ community spirit with the recently opened South Skaha Place. Residents have already moved in and more applications are being processed. Thanks again to this dedicated group of volunteers making this Seniors Affordable Housing Project in Okanagan Falls a reality and thus making it possible for many of our residents to stay living here in Okanagan Falls. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca.


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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee The Water Savings Continue ... Finalizing the total water consumption records for the May-September irrigation season, KID pumped over 120 million liters less water in 2019 compared to 2018. This drop was due to the combination of weather, leak repairs, and your conservation efforts. Lower water consumption results in lower power bills, reduced wear and tear on KID’s water system, and downstream environmental benefits - the sockeye salmon migrating up the Okanagan River to spawn would say thank you if they could! The Fight for Funding Equality Also Continues ... KID Chair Mike Gane wrote the BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Selina Robinson, requesting that the Province reconsider its policy of excluding Irrigation and Improvement Districts from access to grant funding. As expected, the response just reiterated the position that more efficient and effective governance would result from amalgamation of Irrigation Districts (IDs) into Regional Districts. As addressed in a previous column, experiences elsewhere in BC would demonstrate otherwise. The other argument proffered in their letter was that including IDs in funding programs would result in greater competition for already over-subscribed capital infrastructure grant programs, and that IDs would somehow have an unfair advantage over municipalities. But One Battle Won ... At the 2019 Conference of Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the following resolution was endorsed (and note that it had been sponsored by the Nanaimo Regional District!):

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Whereas many improvement districts are wrestling with increased costs for replacing and improving water infrastructure, and in finding adequate sources of funding; And whereas the residents of improvement districts contribute tax monies to the provincial and federal governments: Therefore be it resolved that UBCM work with the Province and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to change the Improvement District Governance Policy to allow citizens residing in improvement districts equal access to provincial and federal infrastructure grant monies. KID has since been advised that Minister Robinson has indicated that the current policy will remain unchanged unless EVERY ID has written in supporting the change. A tall order, but both KID and the Okanagan Falls ID have penned letters. If you’d like to give both yourself and KID or OFID a nice Christmas gift, please send a letter in support to: Selina Robinson Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing PO Box 9056, STN PROV GOVT Victoria, BC V8W 9E2 (FYI - When I worked for the Province, a personal letter was considered equal to 500 voters - so add your augmented voice to the chorus, and help win this case!) Who You Gonna Call ... ? Some have asked how to contact KID in the event of an emergency happening outside of our regular office hours. KID does have 24/7 response; the numbers for staff on standby can be obtained either on our website, or by phoning the KID Office number (see contact info below).

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Kaleden Community Association Update

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By Glenda Livolsi

www.KaledenCommunity.com

The Kaleden Community Association is having their annual GET JAZZED Dinner & Dance on Thursday, November 14th at the Kaleden Community Hall.

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Kaleden Community Association

If you’re thinking of attending the GET JAZZED Dinner and Dance on November 14th, you’d better hurry as there are only a handful of tickets left! The price is $40 per person. Tickets are available at the Kaleden Library or by email at kaledencommunity@gmail. com. Dinner will be catered by Chef Karl from KJ Coffee Bar. Beer from Highway 97 Brewing Company and wine from Kraze Legz Vineyard and Winery and Oak Knoll will be served! After the delicious dinner, the Penticton Thursday Night Jazz Band will start playing and let the dancing begin! While you sip on your welcoming glass of wine or beer, you can also purchase raffle tickets for the gift baskets! Please check our Kaleden Community Facebook page and also various community email lists for local interesting information on our communities. A Kaleden Community Survey will be posted soon regarding the KALEDEN COMMUNITY FUND. The Kaleden Community Fund was recently established by the leadership of the Kaleden Community Association (KCA) to inspire current and alumni residents to “Give Where You Live”. The Fund will work towards building a robust, permanent unrestricted endowment to benefit the communities of Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Marron Valley, and St. Andrews-by-the-Lake. The Kaleden Fund is an affiliated fund of the Community Foundation South Okanagan/Similkameen (CFSOS). For over twenty-five years, CFSOS continues to help strengthen communities throughout the RDOS by providing grants and creating systems for communities to help themselves.

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Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area. Grant is open to all ages. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation. Grant funding is limited to a maximum of $150 once per calendar year. Grant application may be submitted at any time to kaledencommunity@ gmail.com or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0 Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.

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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish We had an early fall and with so much to occupy our time and our thoughts, suddenly it’s November!

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Local recreation programs for all ages continue. I have talked to a Call for an appointment today! few children who are just loving their Awesome Kids program and are excited about all the things they are doing in their Art classes. Jaynie Molloy BSc. Hon. CH. 250.497.8806 110 Linden Avenue, Kaleden There are a few new programs in the planning stages for the winter months and the ActivAge and Choose to Move programs for Community Thanksgiving Seniors coming to our area this winter. Sound intriguing? Watch for information coming in the Winter Session Recreation Guide. Appreciation Event Of course, there are also many and varied drop in programs for all By Sergej Sinicin ages. Check out the website, www.kalrec.ca , for the details of all the programs available in this area. We all have become accustomed to give thanks for whatever we There are also many other events happening this month in our are grateful for when we gather together every October with our community. The second annual Get Jazzed dinner and concert families and friends around the dinner table for Thanksgiving. takes place on November 14th. This is a popular event that This year was not an exception. I was most grateful for all of the sells out quickly. Tickets are available at the Kaleden Library. wonderful people I have in my life, especially my family here in The annual Church Craft and Bake Sale also takes place later Canada and still back home in Latvia. However, I wanted to give this month on November 21st with lots of different local vendors a special thanks this year to my wonderful community, where my displaying and selling their crafts and baking. It is always a well wife and I am happy to be a part of, especially since the South attended event with lots of variety and very unique items. This is a Okanagan has been a critical part of my successful career as a good way to get your Christmas shopping started. Then, speaking real estate agent. of Christmas, the Kaleden Seniors Committee will host the annual So, we sent out the invitations, gathered some treats and set up Wreath Making Appie Potluck event at Linden Gardens. This a nothing short of spectacular display for all families to come out event is on November 29th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. You are asked and take free photos. Thank you to everyone who took time to to bring an appetizer to share and your wreath making supplies. come down to Pioneer Park say ‘hello’ and enjoy the afternoon. Beverages will be available and wine will be sold at $5 a glass. The photos turned out incredible for every family that took them. Greenery to make your wreath will be provided with thanks to our Enjoy them and thank you. See you again at this event in 2020. host, Ken Hayter. Remember, this is an event for all ages, so bring your whole family and start a new holiday tradition. Down in Pioneer Park the opportunity for companies to submit a budget to complete the reconstruction and improvement of the boat launch has closed. Now, the hard work of selecting one of the bids will be completed by the RDOS staff and then construction will begin. You will see lots of people, including environmental officials, and equipment in the boat launch area as they work on this project. On the business side, our “Hotel Committee” made a submission to the RDOS Directors trying to secure funding for the stabilization and improvement of the 1912 Hotel. This land was set aside as a Regional Park a number of years ago. We are hoping that funding can be acquired, so that the historic building can be stabilized and improved. It is a destination site along the KVR Trail and it would be a shame to see it deteriorate and disappear from our community. MEA

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George Richard (Rick) Fleming June 21, 1948 - October 17, 2019

The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department History Column will continue next month. Dates To Remember: •

November 4th at 1 pm ~ Vets Candle Light Ceremony at the Cemetery on Maple Street in Okanagan Falls.

November 11th is Remembrance Day ~ Service starts at 10:15 am at Okanagan Falls Elementary School, then walk to Cenotaph at the Legion for Presentation 11 am. Luncheon and entertainment to follow.

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Why A Carbon Tax? By Kristy Dyer

No one likes the word “tax”, and governments at the provincial and federal level find it much easier to pass legislation that looks like a give-away or reward (such as the electric vehicle rebate program) or targets activities no one likes (like burning tires). But, recently a statement was released by a think-tank from McGill University. This think-tank has made the strongest (and George Richard (Rick) Fleming passed away October 18, 2019, most succinct) statement of support for the carbon tax: “This is due to complications caused by Cancer. Born June 21, 1948 in the smartest way to get serious results”. The think-tank, called Coquitlam, BC to George and Jean Fleming. He attended Southern Ecofiscal, isn’t related to the Green Party and isn’t made up of Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver. Rick lived in Okanagan biologists, weather experts, or people who love animals. It’s made Falls where he met and married Ineke Hazeu in 1973. Their is up of economists - people who worry about job losses and the six children and step children mushroomed into 15 grandchildren, prime lending rate. Ecofiscal’s twelve commissioners include; 5 great grandchildren, and one on the way. They all called him Richard Lipsey and Nancy Olewiler (Department of Economics “opa”, meaning grandpa in the Dutch language. Every July long and School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University), as well as weekend the whole family had a camping trip to the Riverhaven professors from McGill University, University of Ottawa, University RV Park by Hedley, BC. His children and grandchildren was all of Calgary, and Queens University. A similar appeal was made in that Rick bragged about. Every Wednesday’s training he would the New York Times, signed by more than 3000 US economists. mention of an incident that one of them had, whether it was good There are other suggestions for addressing climate change. These or bad. He loved and cherished them, as they were all his greatest fall under the headings of; credits/subsidies, command/penalty or treasures. tradable pollution permits. Why is a carbon tax better than other Rick Fleming served 47 years on the Okanagan Falls Fire options? Here are the reasons: department, with a starting date of January 15, 1972. His father Climate change is the result of “market failure”. At each and every George was the Fire Chief in the 60’s and was one of the reasons turn, our choices result in more and more pollution. At the grocery he joined the fire department. During that time, Rick was a driver store, you can choose between a local apple and a mango from and Paramedic for 30 years for the Penticton Ambulance Service. Ecuador, at similar prices. People prefer Ford F-Series pickups Rick took courses and had knowledge on a variety of platforms. over electric cars or Smart Cars (and the effect is still there after Firefighter Level 1, Fire Services Instructor Level 1, of course First you exclude people who actually have a farm, or require a pickup Responder, Incident Command, Fire & Safety Training, and ended for work). A carbon tax puts the burden from that long trip from being the Safety Officer for the last 15 years. In October 2004, Ecuador back where is belongs, on the mango at the grocery store. Rick and Ineke started going south for the winters to a little place Command-penalty carbon control, where legislature determines called Earp, California. When they returned, he would start talking how much carbon each industry should emit and fines companies right away about when they would be going back. for exceeding it, should really be called “whack-a-mole”. Ineke, as you grieve, know that we are remembering you and Companies, pressured by short term gains, come up with creative honouring the memory of your husband. ways to move carbon emission from illegal places to legal places. A Celebration of Life will be held in Legislation is a slow moving process and cannot possibly keep up the spring. Any donations to the BC with nimble capitalist companies. Cancer Society would be greatly In any democracy, lobbying is going to introduce holes in appreciated. Thank You. government efforts to fight global warming. While you can write Your friends and firefighters of the holes into a carbon tax (farmers are often exempt), it is harder to Okanagan Falls Fire Department hide them. When a carbon tax is passed, economists (or anyone “SALUTE YOU”!!! You will always who does math) can say, “This legislation is weakened by 23% be remembered. due to exemptions for the concrete industry”.


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property is still a good and inexpensive deterrent to thieves. Light timers give your home that lived in look, even when you are away. Most of all get to know your neighbours and share phone numbers Keeping Yourself & Your Stuff Safe and email addresses, so you can share suspicious activities and I have had a lot of requests from strata’s, neighbourhoods and concerns within your neighbourhood. Consider meeting once communities about setting up “Block Watch” or something to a month or so at someone’s home over a glass of wine or such reduce crime and/or the fear of crime where they reside. It is great to discuss concerns. I am available if needed to attend at one of that community members are getting involved and coming together your meetings to participate in these discussions and or answer to see what they can do to prevent crime in their neighbourhoods. questions related to crime prevention and such. And of course, Block Watch or Neighbourhood Watch were very popular programs there are numerous alarm systems for monitoring your home and in the 80’s and 90’s and are often what starts off most of my recent stuff. Many alarm systems can be monitored and controlled by your requests. How do we start a Block Watch or Neighborhood Watch? smart phone when you are away from your home and many can be In the 80’s, 90’s and even today, it begins with some concerned installed by the homeowner. Only by working together can we keep citizens organizing a meeting to discuss the formation of such. You our communities, ourselves, our loved ones and our stuff safe! select a Block Captain and a Co-Captain who have the responsibility Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police of running the meetings, and organizing fellow block participants. Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca The police usually attend and help with the training of the Captains and participants of what to look out for, what to report, and what steps each can take to protect themselves and their property. All sounds good and looks good on paper, but the problem is that most people these days don’t have the time for all the organization and often the administration involved in these formal Block Watch / Neighbourhood watch programs. Furthermore, if you are going to be a participant in Block Watch, you need to be home to watch. And, if you are home to watch, you are not normally going to be a victim of a crime. It has been found that where there is Block Watch and where you need Block Watch in a community are mirror image. Where we need Block Watch is where everyone in the neighbourhood is away at work or school and thus prime for a visit by thieves. The problem here is if no one is home ... who is going to do the watching? So what can you do? The principles of Block Watch are still very applicable today. Keep a watch for and record and report suspicious activities or people. Mark your property for identification with your BC driver’s licence number and keep a record of serial numbers and photos of your property. Make sure you have good locks and use them to secure your home and property. Good lighting in and around your

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Weight Loss, Low-Carbohydrate Diet, And Thyroid Function

By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health When it comes to losing excess body weight, counting calories fails to address the key issues involved, and most often, does not work long-term. The “low-calorie/exercise-more” plan rarely succeeds and can lead to yo-yo dieting with large swings in weight in the long run. Counting calories alone neglects the most significant aspects of our relationship with food and is a short-term fix only. This is in large part because low-calorie foods are often deficient in important nutrients and high in harmful chemicals. In addition to this, the body will adapt to a low-calorie diet and hold onto weight with stronger fervor, in an attempt to store fuel for the future. Since the “Food Pyramid” was first implemented in the seventies, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes rates have increased dramatically. These guidelines were, and still are, based on high-carbohydrate eating. They are largely industry funded, are mainly designed for profit, and fail to put individual health needs first. The food pyramid, in essence, puts profit over health. Many naturally healthy foods are vilified and replaced with empty calorie, manufactured replacements. Eating natural whole foods that are low in carbohydrate and higher in healthy fats lowers hunger and produces a metabolic state of balance. The body learns to burn its own energy stores and weight loss easily occurs. Individuals naturally eat less often as hunger dissipates. A well formulated low carbohydrate diet meets the criteria for maintaining optimal weight and health. It emulates the historic diet of humankind prior to the advent of a more agriculturally-based, and particularly, manufacture-based diet. Science has caught up with this approach and we now know the main causes of obesity are: 1. Insulin Resistance ~ Elevated blood glucose leads to elevated blood insulin, which eventually causes a reduction in insulin receptor sensitivity. This causes less glucose to enter the cell to be burned for energy, ever rising blood glucose levels, and excess storage of glucose as fat. This then increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, gout, elevated cholesterol, kidney stones, atherosclerosis, neurological and auto-immune disorders, cancer, and inflammation 2. Sedentary Lifestyle ~ Living an active lifestyle helps. A sedentary lifestyle does not. 3. Microbiome Imbalances ~ The bacteria in our gut are critical to our health and weight. It has been found that altering the balance of these microbes affects our hormone system that in turn affects our energy balance and weight. An unhealthy microbiome can stem from a plethora of modern-day insults to the body, and restoring the health of this vital ecosystem is important to create optimal health. 4. Hormone Imbalances ~ The hormonal milieu in the body and brain affects both weight and health. Considering that cholesterol is used to manufacture all of our hormones, and excess sugar/carbohydrate causes hormonal dysregulation leading to adrenal and thyroid issues, it makes sense that a low carbohydrate/high healthy fat diet would play a major role in weight loss, hormone health, and mental/emotional health. All of this proves to be true scientifically. The stress of constantly needing to balance blood glucose when sugar is over-consumed is very hard on our stress glands (the

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adrenals). It is also hard on the thyroid gland leading to a lowering of active thyroid hormone production and symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, depression, fatigue, dry skin and many more symptoms caused by a sluggish metabolism. Both adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones are critical to metabolic health (metabolism is defined as the way we burn fuel for energy production in the mitochondria of our cells). It turns out that a well-formulated low-carbohydrate diet that is higher in healthy fats, lower in carbs, and moderate in protein, is the best diet for the entire hormone system, including the adrenal and thyroid glands. Not to mention, this way of eating also lowers insulin, inflammation, blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, uric acid which can lead to gout and kidney stones, and balances estrogen and testosterone in both men and women. By eating less frequently, and restricting your food intake to an 8-10 hour window everyday with a long overnight fast, the ketogenic diet works more effectively to improve all health parameters. This becomes much easier when ketones from fat are being used as your primary fuel source, as opposed to glucose from carbohydrates. *We also now know that Gastric Bypass surgery generally does not work long-term for weight management. If you are struggling to lose weight, you may want to consider having a full hormonal work-up and seeking guidance about how to change your eating habits in a sustainable, healthy manner. Weight loss is about optimizing health and is not beneficial if done in an unhealthy manner. You will not feel deprived on a healthy, whole foods, nutritious low carb/high fat diet, and in the long run you will reduce your risk of disease and look and feel much healthier. The whole person approach is required to ensure optimal health of the body and brain is achieved. Naturopathic Doctors are uniquely trained to guide each person individually towards optimal health and weight. Call Dr. Tamara Browne, ND at 250-497-6681 or visit www. drtamarabrowne.ca for more information. Call the office if you are interested in a once monthly Healthy-Weight group, based on the latest science and practical application of adopting healthy eating patterns. This is a safe, affordable small group format designed to teach individuals to take control of their weight and health.

Learn To Dance Swing, Latin, Country And Ballroom By Brian Udal

Fall classes are underway now, but there are still dance parties to attend or private lessons or preparing for the winter classes. 2019 Dance Parties with a lesson: • November 23 ~ Country 2 Step (Yahoo) • December 14 ~ Slow Waltz (Christmas dance) Winter 2020 group social classes commence January 9th in Penticton and January 10th in Summerland. Classes are 8 weeks long. Bring a partner please. Fast track to success: Private lessons are always available to learn or refine your dancing skills. Getting Married? See our website or call me on the phone for more information or to register with your Credit Card. There are no registration or payment capabilities online. Thank you. Change your life for the better with new skills, exercise, meet new people, have fun. Let me introduce you to dancing in the Okanagan. GET READY, GET SET, GET DANCING!

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Soft-tissue injuries are injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments and are usually caused by either an acute injury or prolonged use. These include sprains, strains, bruises, as well as tendinitis and bursitis. To minimize and treat the pain, swelling and redness, the first two or three days should start with: Resting the injured area to avoid pain and further damage; Icing at 20 minute intervals a few times a day to reduce the swelling; Compression to control swelling and bleeding and to help support the injury as the new scar tissue is laid down; and Elevation, which will also help to reduce swelling (RICE). After these first few days of rest and reducing the inflammation, the body will start the healing process and will work on repairing the injury. Research has found that in most cases this is the time to work on strengthening and stretching the injured area to restore function and improve movement. Injuries left untreated will take longer to heal and are more likely to recur. You will also have more joint stiffness, muscle weakness and abnormal scar tissue formation. Massage therapy, in combination with other conservative treatments, is one of the first lines of defence when healing from soft tissue injuries. Chiropractic adjustments may be needed to bring back alignment. Massage will also help to relax the muscles, significantly increase circulation, as well as provide relaxation and reduce stress. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are conveniently set up every week at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre Wednesday mornings and at numerous retirement residences in Penticton. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing on-site chair massage inhome, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com, where you can read any past articles you may have missed.

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Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, November 6th Preschool Storytime continues on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 and Wednesday, November 20th both from 1-3 pm. - 10:45 am. This 45 minute program features songs, fingerplays, • Guest Speaker ~ Jennifer Strong of the Greater Twin action rhymes, making a small craft and meeting new friends! Lake Stewardship Society on “The Nature Trust of BC” on Storytime is for ages 2-5 years old. No registration required, but Saturday, November 16th from 11 am - 12 Noon. is appreciated. • Book Club ~ Join local book reading enthusiasts in this fun Afternoon LEGO! For children ages 5-11 years old. Children can book club on Wednesday, November 20th from 1-2 pm build and explore using LEGO blocks. A cookie snack is provided, • Tile Creations ~ Join local artist Janice Goodman for a fun while we discuss our masterpieces. Please register for this craft using ceramic tiles and sharpies. You will be amazed at program, as space is limited. Thursday, November 28th from how creative you are! Seating is limited. Please register for 2:30-3:30 pm. this program. Tuesday, November 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please call the Kaleden Library for more information for these two Do you have something you would like to share with others at FREE programs at 250-497-8066 or email at kaleden@orl.bc.ca our library? Please call us for details and a date for our winter Borrowing a BOOK CLUB KIT: The Okanagan Regional Library program line up. has over 106 Book Club Kits available to borrow. A Book Club Kit Children’s Programs: consists of 6 to 8 copies of a book stored in a tote box. Anyone with • Storytime ~ Join us for Stories, Songs, Crafts, and more! an Okanagan Regional Library card can check out a Book Club Preschool to 8 years old. Tuesday, November 19th from Kit for their book club. Book Club Kits are borrowed for 42 days; 9-10 am. Drop in Welcome. sorry no renewals. Please note that recently published books and • Kids Afterschool Building Club ~ Let your creativity run free bestsellers are popular with many customers and may be difficult with LEGO and Keva Planks! We’ll give you a theme and to obtain for a book club. Our librarians Glenda and Lynn are you make your creation. This self-led program will take place happy to help you select titles or order book kits for your book club. Wednesday, November 13th and 27th from 2:45-3:45 pm. Unplug and Play Saturdays! Bring your family and your friends! All ages welcome. Join us for LEGO, Keva Planks, Board Games, HUB Puzzles, Cards, Adult/Children Colouring. This is a self-led program. Drop in on Saturdays between 10 am - 2 pm. Every Wednesday from 1-4 pm For more information on any of our programs, please contact the Held at Kaleden Community Church library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca

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Audiobook Reviews By Kilmeny MacMichael

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“Gale Force” ~ Written by Owen Laukkanen and narrated by Karissa Vacker. Audiobook runs 10 hours 37 minutes. Also Take Out! available in e-book and book format. This is a thriller about a gal, her deep-sea tugboat and her crew. Thank you for #3 - 5350 9th Avenue We are taken on a dramatic ride to salvage a Japanese cargo your support! Okanagan Falls ship abandoned by its crew. A storm threatens to wreck it onto the (In the “OK Corrall” near IGA) Aleutian Islands. There is a stowaway with a briefcase of stolen mob money on board, as determined to keep it as the mob is to get it back. Throw in a minor romantic subplot between the captain and Youth Dart League one of her team, competition with another, more corporate tugboat By Dee Jalava, Youth Leader crew, plus a climatic scene taking place not far from Tofino. While the plot does stretch credibility, the story kept my attention, and I Our 2019-2020 Dart Season is upon us. We are a non-profit group recommend this book to anyone looking for a modern pulpy salty supported by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 227, Okanagan sea-tossed adventure tale. Falls. We are dedicated to promoting and teaching the game of “In Plain Sight - A Kate Burkholder Short Mystery” ~ Written darts, encouraging sportsmanship, team spirit, and providing an by Linda Castillo and narrated by Kathleen McInerney. Audiobook atmosphere of supervised, competitive fun. We welcome youth of all skill levels, between the ages of 10 and 18. plays for 1 hour 51 minutes. A quite short mystery story, the police chief of a small town investigates what appears to be a hit-and-run with a teenaged Amish boy its victim. Does the fact that this teenager is dating the daughter of the town’s richest, non-Amish family have anything to do with the case? Simple, but entertaining. “The Saint of Wolves and Butchers” ~ Written by Alex Grecian and narrated by January LaVoy. Audiobook runs 11 hours 7 minutes. E-book, large print book and book formats all available Set in the relatively recent past and contemporary times, in this story, a Nazi who enjoys experimental surgery has taken refuge in rural Kansas, where he builds up a “church” community. A Nazi hunter and his dog are on the elderly Nazi’s track, drawing a black, female highway patrol officer into the chase, and eventually getting the local good ol’ boy sheriff on side as well. Some of the elements of this story are a bit far fetched, but it’s hard to tell a boring story when you get insane Nazis involved. An entertaining if not overly believable story, one is left with the distinct impression there will be more from Alex Grecian and his big-bad-guy hunters in the future. The narrator of this audiobook, January LaVoy, is quite good at doing different voices.

League is held Friday evenings from October to April upstairs at the Legion in Okanagan Falls. We not only work on teaching the game and honing skills, but also assisting and preparing your children should they wish to play at a Provincial Level and perhaps move on to a National level. There are also various competitions throughout the season, and all the while they will be learning important life lessons; winning and losing gracefully, team etiquette, pride and respect for themselves and others, to name only a few. Although not required, parents are welcome to attend, lending your support alongside our coaches and group leaders. For more information, please contact Dee Jalava, Youth Leader at 250-497-5975.

“How to Hold a Grudge: From Resentment to Contentment, The Power of Grudges to Transform Your Life” ~ Written and narrated by Sophie Hannah. Audiobook runs 8 hours 50 minutes. Book also available. Using plenty of example grudges and self-evaluation-quizzes, Sophie Hannah light-heartedly introduces listeners to “the grudge fold path.” This funny book examines the importance of holding ‘good’ grudges and learning to dismiss ‘bad’ grudges, and makes the argument that those who don’t occasionally hold grudges may be suffering from low self-respect. This book is not a serious self-help psychological study, rather it succeeds as a fun, largely anecdotal affirmation for those who have enjoyed a grudge or two.

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Thank You From Sparkle Interiors By Lorna Harlow, Owner of Sparkle Interiors

I would like to personally thank the local community for the overwhelming support that we have received since opening my business in Okanagan Falls. My commitment to everyone is to provide quality products at a reasonable price, and most importantly, quality service that you deserve. We are the local supplier of cabinets, laminate and quartz countertops, along with many hardware and accessory options. We also help with designing your kitchen and bathroom, as well as giving colour consultations by appointment. Just let me know what you need and I will do my best to make it happen. If you’ve been thinking it’s time to renovate your kitchen and/or bathroom, or you’re about to start building your dream home, be sure to contact Lorna Harlow either by calling 250-462-0435 or send an email to lornaharlow@gmail.com. If you haven’t already, please stop by and check us out! Sparkle Interiors Kitchens & Bath is located at #5-5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls, next to the Post Office.

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Sparkle Interiors KITCHENS & BATH Serving Osoyoos to Summerland

Kitchen & Bath Design, Cabinet Supplier, Laminate & Quartz Countertops, Colour Consultations, and Accessory Options.

Lorna Harlow

Certified Interior Decorator & Design Coordinator

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250-462-0435 #5 - 5350 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9-5 Consultations by Appointment

Classy Paws Grooming Grooming by Gail ~ 20 Years Experience

DOG & CAT GROOMING NAIL TRIMMING

Like my page on Facebook! “Classy Paws Pet Grooming”

Call 250.809.5590 Booking Christmas Appointments Now! #10 - 1133 Main St. OK Falls

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OK Falls Fitness Welcomes Everyone

OK Falls Fitness would like to thank their members for supporting the new privately owned and operated Fitness Centre. OK Falls Fitness, located at 936 Main Street in Okanagan Falls, invites everyone in the community to come and check out this new facility open from 6:30 am to 10:00 pm every day. Raymond Gauthier is the owner and has 40 years of experience working in gyms in Manitoba. He is proud to share that OK Falls Fitness caters to those recovering from injuries, as rehabilitation works best when incorporating strength building exercises. Raymond recently had a hip and knee replacement, while many other members are recovering from other surgeries and ailments. Weight training is definitely helping to speed up the recovery process. OK Falls Fitness doesn’t discriminate. No one should ever feel intimidated or uncomfortable. Everyone is welcome at OK Falls Fitness. In fact, Raymond is offering guided training or one on one if required, so that you can meet your full potential and personal goals. Current rates to join OK Falls Fitness are: Drop-in $5; 1 month $35; 3 months $97.50; Seniors 65+ $30/month; Student $25/ month; Couples $25/month each; and Stamps of 10 for $40. During November, you can take advantage of a 3 month special for $90. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or text Raymond at 250-328-5799. SS NE n St T I i S F Ma

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CatMatch Meet Chevy Chevy's my name ... belly rubs are my game! I am just out of the hospital and fully recovered from a bit of illness. I think it was because our family's living conditions were not the best, but I love helping to clean up now that I understand how much healthier that is. In fact, I may have a bit of voyeurism in me now, as I love when the mistress of the house rubs my belly with the broom. Is that kinky or just good clean fun? If you don't mind participating in a good belly rub, come see me and my brothers, Tank and Ford, at this lovely Bed and Breakfast in Penticton known as Bosley's. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls

250.497.6733

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

Medicines

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Vaccinations


Okanagan Falls Community Christmas Dinner By Flex Industries

With Christmas quickly approaching, we once again look forward to hosting our Community Christmas Dinner gathering. Community support is a joint effort and when you keep the shopping at home, you become part of the bigger picture. Community Christmas is our way of giving back, and saying thanks for your continued support. The Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 25th. The place and time will be given upon registration. Please note: If you are housebound, we would encourage you to call the registration number below, so that we may bring just a bit of Christmas to you. Early registrations are appreciated to allow for food and gift planning, and seating is reserved for those who might otherwise be spending Christmas alone. Registrations are through Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co, located at 5119 Hwy 97 in Okanagan Falls, from 10 am -1 pm on Wednesdays and 10 am - 3 pm on Saturdays or call 778-515-5558 during these times please. We look forward to hearing from you.

Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair We held our first organizational meeting on October 1st to start preparing for our 34th annual Christmas Hamper campaign. All of your support in the past years is greatly appreciated and we look forward to you sharing in our goal to make Christmas more joyful and less stressful for those in our community who unfortunately find things a bit difficult during the season. Our annual food and donation drive will officially start middle of November with the distribution of our pink bins throughout the community and the Pajama and Gift Trees at the Interior Savings Credit Union. Registration forms, like the one to the right, can be picked up and/or dropped off at Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, 3 Winds Hair Design and Royal LePage Locations West Realty. Please Note: the Registration date is FIRM this year, due to necessary changes in our program. Please get your form in as soon as possible to make sure you receive your hamper. Because of the IGA closure, we will be holding our annual “Fill The Van For the Helping Hand” at this year’s “A Christmas Sparkle” to be held on Saturday, December 8th from 2:30- 4:30 at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We will be accepting any current dated non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations. We are also going to bring some $10 and $20 food bags for purchase, it’s a great way to support Helping Hand with no need to double check those expiry dates! Helping Hand will be holding a Special Event for our hamper recipients to be held in the New Year. Please check the box on the registration form, if you would like to attend. We will let you know when and where this event will be as we get closer to the date. Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a registered charitable organization. Donations can be sent to Okanagan Falls Helping Hand” at P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $20 or more. We are always looking for more great volunteers to help with the preparations required for our program. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please call us at 250-486-2767.

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

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

FIRM Deadline Date for Registration: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Are you able to pick up a hamper on December 20th? Please circle either: Yes or No Would you like to take part in the Special Family Event in the New Year? Please circle either: Yes or No

Mail Registration Form To:

Okanagan Falls Helping Hand P.O. Box 640, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0 Or drop off at Okanagan Falls Pharmasave, 3 Winds Hair Design or Royal LePage Locations West Realty.


The Nature’s Trust ... Protecting BC’s Wildlife, Fish And Plants! * Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society In 1971, The Nature Trust of British Columbia (NTBC) began protecting the natural riches of the province by building a treasury of wild natural areas to conserve iconic and important species at risk. Four decades later, The NTBC is a leading non-profit land conservation organization. NTBC acquires and cares for more than 480 conservation properties covering 175,000 acres (71,000 hectares) across BC. Treasured places like the Salmon River with its abundance of fish, birds and elk on Vancouver Island, Boundary Bay on the flight path of hundreds of thousands of migrating birds in the Lower Mainland, the White Lake Basin which is home to many species at risk in the Okanagan, and the magnificent 10,000 acre Hoodoos property in the Kootenays are protected for future generations. BC is endowed with the highest number of species of any province or territory in Canada. Yet, 43% of these species are on the watch lists, because of low or dwindling populations. Saving their habitat is the first step in protecting our wildlife, fish and plants.

Please join us for a Special Presentation on

The Nature Trust of BC and the work we are doing in the Okanagan, as well as across the province.

Saturday, November 16th at 11 am at the Okanagan Falls Library Everyone Welcome! Please join us for ...

The Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society’s AGM Sunday, November 17th at 1 pm 176 Twin Lake Road Refreshments will be served and laughter will abound!

The idea for the organization came from a meeting of four people; Jack Davis (the first federal Minister of Environment), Len Marchand (MP for Kamloops), Dr. Alastair McLean (research scientist) and Ralph Shaw (school principal and outdoorsman). They met in Kamloops and discussed the merits of setting aside natural wild places where people could get to know nature. One key factor in selecting sites was that they should be based on solid scientific information and need. There was also a sense of urgency in getting the projects underway, because BC was experiencing a period of rapid growth and industrial development. That is how The National Second Century Fund of British Columbia, later to be called The Nature Trust of British Columbia, was born. Approximately 6% of the land base in British Columbia is privately owned. However, there is a disproportionate number of species and ecosystems at risk in the low elevation areas, like valley bottoms and coastal lowlands where most of the private land is located. This is where NTBC plays a significant role in acquiring and managing private land for conservation. The most effective way this is done is through partnerships with other conservation organizations and various levels of government to try and put together land assemblages to secure functioning ecosystems and ecological processes. * Article compiled from www.naturetrust.bc.ca

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello all you beautiful people. We are now in November. The month of Halloween candy hangovers and fuzzy upper lips. I’m thinking of flipping the switch on Movember and just working on a really sweet soul patch. I’m sure my wife will think it is as cool as I do. A couple of dates for the calendar. Next KPAC meeting is slated for Monday, November 4th at 7pm. I’ve been told if we beat the attendance record from the last meeting, Karen will serenade the group with an operatic rendition of Old Town Road. I am tearing up already! The kids will be let loose early on November 5, 6 and 7. We will also be having our Book Fair those days. The classic battle of a chapter book with substance, or a $30 Minecraft colouring book. Good luck parents! Hot lunch kicks off this month on the 15th, so at least one day a week I can neglect my parental lunch making dutines without getting another phone call. And next month, KPAC is ramping up for the yule tide season and could use some help with the Bake Sale at the Christmas Concert (December 12th) and a new Christmas Boutique. Check out our Facebook page for more details! That is it. That is all. Cheers from KPAC.

Blood Donor Clinics November 27, 28 & 29

1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St Call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca It’s in you to give!


School Trustee Report For SD67

Great Things Are Happening At Kaleden Elementary School!

By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee Doug Gorcak, SD67 Director of Facilities, presented to the Board potential changes to the bus schedule/transportation that may be implemented in the 2020-2021 school year. SD67 is currently undergoing a “Transportation/Bussing Review”. In November, a survey will go out to the public for input. After the survey, recommendations will be presented to the Board in DecemberJanuary for review. In February, the recommendations will be made public and public informational sessions will be held. In March 2020, feedback from the public informational sessions will be reviewed by the Board with the intent of developing a policy. The policy will go out to the public for input in the spring (April) for 30 days and then back to the Board for final approval in May with the intent of implementing in September 2020. The Board received a letter from a Summerland resident regarding concerns about Radon Gas in SD67 Schools. Doug Gorcak placed a digital radon gas detection device in Giants Head School to monitor air quality. The data collected revealed the school ventilation system is successfully circulating the air in the school to minimize radon gas emissions to a very low safe level. Mr. Gorcak will continue to monitor all schools across the District throughout the winter months to ensure the schools’ air quality is safe and radon gas is low. At the September 30, 2019 School Board Meeting, the following school initiatives provided reports to the Board: • Penticton Secondary School Grade 10 Leadership class presented on the launching of their “Be Kind Initiative”. The students have created T-Shirts for distribution to students at PSS with the “Be Kind” slogan. The hope is to create an opportunity for students to think about ways everyone can exhibit kindness to others to increase empathy and good citizenship. The Leadership class will extend their efforts to share the initiative with other schools across the district. They are looking for sponsorship for their T-shirt campaign. • Jacquie Hicks, Principal of Elementary Summer School and Michelle Glibbery, Principal of Middle/Secondary Summer school reported on the 2019 summer school initiative. There were 133 students who participated in the elementary summer school with students receiving support with reading and math. 67 students participated in the middle/secondary summer school program hosted at KVR. Courses included reading/ writing, science, social studies and math. • KPMG LLP presented the Auditor’s report regarding the 20182019 financial statements. The Board approved the financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. • The Board reviewed and approved the 2020-2021 Five Year Capital Plan submitted to the Ministry of Education. • In June 2019, the Board approved the Board Policy Handbook in principle to be forwarded to partner groups and the public for feedback. To date, the Board has not received any feedback. The board has decided to provide an extension of one month for partner groups to respond. You can view the draft Board Policy Handbook on the SD67 website in the Board of Education Policies Under Review section. Any comments or input can be sent to Kevin Lorenz, Secretary Treasurer. The School Board hosted the Okanagan Regional BC School Trustee Meeting in Summerland on October 4-5, 2019. We shared information about projects we are pursuing across the district. The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for October 28, 2019 at the School Board Office. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have any questions regarding the above.

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 Naramata Run.

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Sharing a book during Buddy Reading Time with our Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.

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Our Student of the Week Program has started up again, where it recognizes individual students achieving their weekly goals.

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The Annual PAC sponsored Turkey Lunch fed 200 students and community members!

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Two students were Honorary Fire Chiefs for the day during Fire Prevention Week.

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee Happy Harvest! Fall is in full swing and hopefully everyone is enjoying those last few warm days. It is wonderful to be back at the school board table. We are off to a busy start. Following are some highlights of items discussed at the September 25, 2019 School District No. 53 Board of Education meeting. Our career programs have had a busy start up with students enrolled in work experience, Youth Work in Trades, and Youth Train in Trades. Our Youth Train in Trades numbers for the first semester are where we expect them, as many of our students enroll in semester two at colleges around the province. School District No. 53 hosted the Post-Secondary Institution (PSI) Day in our district on September 24. Representatives from 14 post-secondary institutions visited Osoyoos where SESS students also attended. They visited SOSS for a mini-career fair along with information sessions for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12. The Board passed the Audited Financial Statements for the past year. Mr. Jones, Deputy Auditor General, and his team advised that his audit found that the financial statements fairly represented the financial position of the Board. The Board passed an amended Capital Plan Bylaw in order to obtain a new wheelchair accessible bus. The Board was also informed of the large amount of summer work projects throughout the district that were completed. Finally, the additional transportation fund is continuing in the 2019-20 year. The district will receive $209,000 to enhance transportation. The Ministry of Education sets the purpose for the funding which includes reducing or eliminating rider fees, enhancing safety and services to students, reducing rider times, and increasing efficiency of our transportation service. An issue that has been front and center for all school boards in the province is the incidence of vaping among our youth and students. To the right above, is a letter from our board chair Mr. Rob Zandee on behalf of School District No. 53 urging the province to take immediate action.

Thank You “Day of Difference” By Karen Sinclair, Okanagan Falls School Principal

Employees from the Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union came in to the Okanagan Falls Elementary School on Thursday, October 17 to do some volunteer work as part of their annual “Day of Difference”. Interior Savings’ Day of Difference coincides with For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, International Credit Union Day, an annual event commemorating SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca. the credit union movement’s impact and achievements globally, nationally, and in local communities - all made possible by the support of its’ members. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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These credit union staff members worked in the school library, decorated bulletin boards, and helped out with our after school program. Thank you for your time and positive energy shared with our school community. We really appreciated it!

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Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union staff members (pictured above) volunteered their time during their 6th annual “Day of Difference” at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School on Thursday, October 17th. Thank you for all your help!


Okanagan Falls PAC Update

October Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President As a PAC, we care that parents can still function after a long sleepless night with a sick kid or after the eternal suck of energy required in the morning for a kid to get on their shoes. As well, we feel all community members deserve that lovely moment of calm, warm liquid black gold to be marvelous. So, on the days you cannot make it to KJ Coffee Bar, we have your solution ... Backyard Beans Coffee is now available through our School PAC. You can enjoy great coffee AND support our school! Backyard beans are roasters from Summerland of premium organic farmer friendly shade grown coffee. Order forms will be going home with kids and monthly orders will be due on the 15th of each month starting in November (so yes, you can still make sure you have your supply for over the Holidays in December). Coffee drinking community members can pick up/drop-off order forms at our school as well!

By Principal Karen Sinclair October has been a very busy month at OK Falls Elementary: 1.

Our Cross-country Run Club attending the District Meet. Way to go Falcons!

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Thank you to Okanagan Falls Fire Department for hosting our “Get Out Alive” program. Congratulations to Fire Chief Emily, and Assistant Chiefs - Raelyn and Peyton.

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Intermediate students learning curling skills at Oliver Curling Club ... You Rock!

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Going “Batty” ... Ms. Keyes got involved too!

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Buddy classes take a trip to the Pumpkin Patch.

A special “Thank You” to our OKF PAC for hosting the Book Fair week! Let’s get reading!

We would like to invite community members to join us for the Candlelight Ceremony happening at the Okanagan Fall Cemetery Dancing Goat: Deep, dark and rich with mocha tones (A on Monday, November 4th at 1 pm. South American and Caribbean blend)

Choices will be (all available as drip or as beans at $16/1lb bag): • •

Cuban Missile: Dark earthy Cuban blended with bright, lively Burundi. Long finishing richness.

Smooth Operator: Medium/Dark blend of 2 central Americans and an African. Well rounded with a smooth finish.

Good Old Days: A dark roast that will bring you back to the good old days.

Shipwreck: Spicy then sweet. Big body, medium roast.

Wake Up Bomb: A complex morning medley to ignite your day. Dark and delicious.

Organic Peruvian Swiss Water Decaf: You’ll never know it’s decaf!

Laughing Coyote (Espresso Blend): A delicious roast of a smooth Sumatran and full-bodied Mexican. Light in acidity.

Want to look like you made something special for that special someone? Christmas Craft Fair on November 23rd at Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym. You never know what you will find! Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” for regular updates or find that missing sweater your kid left at school or reach us at okfallspac@gmail.com. Next PAC meeting is Thursday, November 7th in the School Library. Free child minding will be available.

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin Looking for a way to get your groceries? I am also feeling the loss of the IGA store. I drive to both Oliver and Penticton on a regular basis, so if you would like items picked up or your groceries brought to your home, give me a call and we’ll work together to get your needs met. I have my support worker diploma and am certified to be a caregiver, if you feel you need extra help with home support. House cleaning and lawn and yard maintenance are other services I offer. Call me at 778-889-9725 and I would be happy to help you.

Services for the Heart & Home House Cleaning, Yard Work, Community Support Worker & Massage Technician

For more info, call Patricia at 778.889.9725

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Starting 5pm Friday, November 22, ending 5pm Sunday, December 1 2019.

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Bid on your holiday gifts and SUPPORT VOLUNTEERISM with dozens of items to choose from! Bid on a trip anywhere WestJet flies

$500 toward train tickets

Rootbound 2 hours of Live music!

One year membership

Lunch with Penticton City Mayor Vassilaki Orchard House Band Jam Ruby Blues Winery South Okanagan Events Centre Kaleden Lakeview Suite

Afternoon wine tasting for two

Two wines ( Pinot Gris and Merlot), Restaurant gift certificate Private wine tasting for two

Moraine Winery Pet Package Spa Package 2020 Pentastic Jazz and Music Festival La Frenz Winery

Two night stay

Penticton Community Centre Okanagan Mountain Maid Valley First Credit Union Mocojo Winery Wouda’s Bakery


“Sip and Dip” Scarf Making Event

Top 10

Saturday, November 9 & Saturday, December 7

Annual “Holiday Cheer” Open House Saturday, November 16 & Sunday, November 17

“Get Your Sparkle On” Saturday, November 30

Tasting Room Open Daily 11 - 4 More info at nobleridge.com

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts requires volunteers for weekday (Monday - Friday) evenings 6 pm - 8 pm to assist students during class transitions and letting people in and out of the building. E: director@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca.

City of Penticton is seeking 20 Volunteers to help out at the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 7th down Main Street! Volunteer duties will include manning road closure barricades along the parade route to ensure the community’s safety. The parade will start at 4:30 pm and volunteers are needed for 3:30 pm to help close the proper intersections and man the barricades. Find more info on these and other volunteer opportunities at To help out, please contact: Shawna Guitard, Event Planner, City www.volunteercentre.info. of Penticton. T: 250-609-2445, E: Shawna.guitard@penticton.ca. The Brain Injury Society is seeking Expressions of Interest in serving on the Board of Directors Documents are available at Habitat for Humanity-Penticton ReStore is a thrift retail where all the SOSBIS office or at www.facebook.com/SOSBIS/ Deadline donations can go directly to the affordable home ownership build to return the completed Expression of Interest document is project. Flexible shifts, No training necessary. Fun. Meaningful Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm. Other volunteer work. Learn new skills and/or mentor others. Seniors, youth, opportunities are also available. #2 - 996 Main Street, Penticton, physically challenged persons, and special needs persons are welcome. Contact E: lorraine.richmond@hfhokanagan.ca, P: 778P: 250-490-0613, E: info@sosbis.com. 755-4346, W: www.hfhokanagan.ca. Summerland Festival of Lights, Nov 29th. The Summerland Festival of Lights is looking for volunteers in many areas; Family Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Volunteer Gathering” where Fun Zone Activities Helper, Festival Ambassador Marshall, Green volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking Team, Shutterbug, Site Set-Up & Tear-Down. This is a great event on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next for you to meet people, expand your skills and get in the holiday Team Gathering is Wednesday, November 27 from 11:30 am spirit. Volunteers receive a woolen toque with logo, in a particular - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by job specific colour to be worn on November 29 and yours to keep. Friday, November 22 to info@volunteercentre.info. The Penticton & District Community Arts Council requires a Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by couple of volunteers to assist with office duties such as; answering Browsing Opportunities at www.volunteercentre.info. Please phones, greeting the public, receiving payments / issuing receipts register as a volunteer to receive updates. For more information and letting the public know about what’s happening at the Leir or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or House. Mondays and Tuesdays: 10 am - 2 pm & 2 pm - 6 pm (4 call 1-888-576-5661. SkahaMatters.com | November 2019 | Page 23 hours each shift). E: programs@pentictonartscouncil.com Mark your calendars for November 22 to December 1, 2019. The Volunteer Centre is hosting a Holiday Season On-Line Auction where you can bid on dozens of gift items and support Volunteerism. Info@volunteercentre.info


Why Should You Take An Alaskan Cruise? By Vi Creasey, Reliable Travel Why should you take an Alaskan Cruise? An Alaskan cruise would be a wonderful Christmas present for someone special in your life! Alaska is a place of stunning beauty and should be on every traveler’s bucket list! Unspoiled. Pure. Majestic. These are just a few of the words to describe the scenery in Alaska. Alaska is remote and even the cities have an ‘untouched by time’, feel about them. The things that make Alaska such a special destination also make it a challenging place to see. An Alaskan Cruise is a great way to visit “The Last Frontier”. Alaska is a big state and attempting to see several destinations in a short amount of time is difficult, unless you take a cruise. On a cruise, you can count on visiting 3-4 ports in a week. Much of Alaska is remote, even if it is served by highways and airports, it is still a trek to get from one spot to the next. For example, Juneau is a popular stop on an Alaskan Cruise, but you can’t drive there without taking a ferry. Lastly, how many opportunities do you get to float through a glacier? As your ship gently floats toward the glaciers, you will see soaring mountains on either side and chunks of ice floating in still, blue-green waters. It is a bit of an otherworldly experience. It’s worth getting a balcony suite, so that you can enjoy this special experience from your cabin. Just the sailing out of the beautiful city of Vancouver, going under the Lions Gate Bridge, is a spectacular memory that is not soon forgotten. Reliable Travel is doing a group cruise on May 21, 2020. Please call one of us to get more details and to book this wonderful experience.

Wine Shop open by appointment Holiday Cheer Open House November 16 & 17 Visit us at 4287 McLean Creek Road, Okanagan Falls wineshop@MFVwines.com | T 250.497.8553 www.MFVwines.com

“crafting single vineyard wines of excellence”

Give the gift of a 1 year wine club membership!


“The Drawer Boy” By Many Hats Theatre Co. Many Hats Theatre Company is thrilled to announce “The Drawer Boy” by Michael Healey as the final production in their twelfth season! Our 60th production! “The Drawer Boy” is a Dora Mavor Moore, Governor General, and Chalmers Award winning play inspired by actual events. It is a true Canadian classic and has been produced across North America and internationally, and been translated into German, French, Japanese and Hindi. The Drawer Boy was first produced in 1999 and revisits the origins of alternative Canadian theatre - specifically the collective creation titled “The Farm Show” in 1972 by Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. In the 1970s, a group of young actors from Theatre Passe Muraille, including Miles Potter, headed into the rural heartland of southern Ontario, and after interviewing local farmers and their families, created a landmark Canadian theatrical event, “The Farm Show”. Almost two and a half decades later, playwright Michael Healey met Miles Potter and many of the farmers and members of the local community whose stories had served as inspiration for “The Farm Show”. The experience inspired the playwright to write his tribute to the power of art, “The Drawer Boy”. “The Drawer Boy” examines the placid lives of Angus (Vance Potter) and Morgan (Eric Hanston) when their orderly existence is rattled to its very foundations by the arrival of Miles (Andrew Knudsen) whose probing questions lead to truths that no one expected. “The Drawer Boy” is directed by Ed Schneider and produced by Shannon French. Susan Gibbs designed the set and is stage manager. “The Drawer Boy” opens Thursday, November 7th and runs until Saturday, November 30th on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors/students. There will be an Opening Night Reception on November 7th, featuring the wines of Play Estate, as well as a Second Night Reception on November 8, featuring the craft brews of Cannery Brewing. For tickets, simply visit our website at www.manyhatstheatre.com and click on the ‘tickets’ link to purchase your tickets. Any questions or concerns, email ManyHatsTheatre@shaw.ca or call 250-462-6428. The Nest and Nectar will be open for dinner (and brunch on Sunday) before each show. Reservations are recommended, so give them a call at 250-493-7275. Check out their menu and hours of service at www.nestandnectar.ca. For more information, please visit our website at www.ManyHatsTheatre.com.

“The Drawer Boy”

November 7-30, 2019

Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton www.ManyHatsTheatre.com

By Appointment Only

Strehl’s

Building & Beautification Carpentry Finishing Painting Concrete General Repairs Renovations

Serving Osoyoos To Summerland

Andrew Strehl 25 Years Experience! Email: andrewstrehl@hotmail.com Phone: 250-462-1339 Located in Okanagan Falls


Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit

100 Men Who Care Take Money To The Bank

By Meredith King

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

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Two others who worked for us were Blackie Calloway and Mickey Hamill. Blackie was a great worker, but his powers of exaggeration were limitless and one was not quite sure of the authenticity of any statement he made. But, he had a heart of gold and tried his best to look after Mickey, who had lost a good job in the East because of alcoholism. The two worked for us for years, Mickey finally leaving after he had gone on a week long drinking spree in the middle of apple harvest. He felt he had let us down and he simply vanished leaving some of his prized possessions behind along with a letter expressing his regrets and listing the people for whom the material goods were intended. It was a sad day, as we felt the long years of trying to rehabilitate Mickey had ended in failure, and to boot, we had lost a good friend and a lovable character. The item left to me was an old Ross army rifle that Mick had bought and used on one hunting trip with Norm Ashe, Ken Harker (my brother-in-law-law from Cawston) and myself up Mount Kobau above the Richter pass. Several years later, the Vancouver Province ran an amateur photo contest and one of the prize winners in the human interest category was of an unshaven vagrant, gazing longingly at the goodies displayed in the show window of a bakery. Whether it was posed or a real life shot grabbed on the street, it was truly a prize winner for its emotional impact and we were certain the central figure was Mickey - a sad postscript to a chapter in the history of our employee contacts.

100 Men Who Care met at Slackwater Brewing on Martin Street in Penticton on Wednesday, September 25th and three charities, Princeton Search & Rescue, Vermillion Forks Field Naturalists and the Summerland Food Bank presented to the 100 Men and explained how they would use a donation to improve their communities. The group raised $7,100 in one hour and after hearing from the charities, the group donated $5,680 to the Summerland Food Bank. The other two charities also received $710 each. Members of 100 Men meet four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at the meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. To date, thirty-nine charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region have received $87,100 in donations from the 100 Men Who Care organization. The next meeting of 100 Men will be in late November. For the location, date and more information, visit 100menpenticton.com or you can email info@100menpenticton.com.

Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

Little Black Dress Event

Left to Right: Mary Masiel of the Vermillion Forks Field Naturalists; John Bubb of the Summerland Food Bank; and Paul Fyfe from Princeton Search & Rescue receive their donations from 100 Men Who Care.

The annual “Little Black Dress” event is coming up Thursday, November 28th at the Penticton Lakeside Resort starting at 5 pm. Don’t miss this evening out. During this event, 100 Women don their little black dresses, heels and styling looks to do good in our community. We drink a little wine, celebrate with each other and shout over the hum of conversation. Then we learn about 3 charities that can use our help. Collectively the members make our donations count, as we choose a cause for over $5000 that evening. Want to make things better and have a great time doing it, there is no better time. Guests are encouraged to come and see how we work. Better yet ... just take the leap and join as a member. RSVP at admin@cfso.net. Find out more details about 100 Women Who Care on our Facebook page at 100WomenSouthOK or at www.100womensouthokanagan.com. Page 26 | November 2019 | SkahaMatters.com

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator October turned into a fabulous fall in Kaleden. We woke up to clear blue skies, crisp air and those awesome fall colours most days. Many Thanksgiving activities took place in our community and in our homes. There is much to be grateful for in our little corner of the world. Thanks to everyone who came to the last Lunch & Learn of 2019! Weren’t those empanadas delicious?! Muchas Gracias to Karla Avendano for sharing her country’s culture and cuisine with all of us. Cam from the RDOS informed us about the new recycling regulations coming into effect in the New Year. If you missed the presentation, more information can be found on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/public-works/solid-waste/ curbside-garbage-recycling/, including a “What goes where?” tool. In conjunction with the Kaleden Community Church, KSC offered a “Try-It” Chair Yoga session in October. Check the community Facebook page and the community calendar at www. kaledencommunity.com to find out if there is a 4 week series in November. Wreath Making Appie Potluck at Linden Gardens will be on Friday, November 29th. Doors open at 5:30pm (no early birds, please). Everyone is welcome at this popular annual event. Please see the ad to the right for all of the details. Weekly gatherings reminder: •

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

November Special Events: Monday, November 4th ~ Candle Light Service at 1 pm at the Cemetery on Maple Street in Okanagan Falls. School children will be in attendance. Monday, November 11th ~ Remembrance Day - Service at the School at 10:15 am, then walk to the Cenotaph for 11 am, followed by laying of the wreathes and lunch to follow. Entertainment by Wendy Rodocker and Summerland Pipe Band about 1:30 pm. Sunday, November 17th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am and LA Craft & Bake Sale from 9 am - 2 pm. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Everyone welcome!

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

By Marla Wilson Tuesday, November 19th ~ General Meeting at 7 pm. Election for the new executive will take place during this meeting. Wow! Here it is November already! This year has sprouted wings Wednesday, November 20th ~ Music Trivia at 7 pm. Food and flown by. We have had a busy year for the society, and it just served at 5:30pm. Burger & fries for $8 and wings for $8. Come keeps getting better. out and have a great time. The Museum is closed for touring and a few repairs are being done to make it ready for next year.

Weekly Activities:

The Thrifty Boutique is packed with winter clothing. New stock is Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays ~ Pool at 1 pm. Call Stan for coming in every day. If you stop by and don’t see anything you pool league information at 778-531-8228. need today, stop in tomorrow as there will be new frocks on the Mondays ~ Cribbage at 6:30 pm. Call Denise for information at racks. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

The Heritage Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Shuffleboard at 1 pm. Call Denise for 14th at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. Members, staff and partners, please pick up dinner tickets by the 6th of December so information at 250-485-4949. the cooks will know how many to prepare for. Get your Christmas Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ Pool at 3 pm. Call Stan for pool league Dinner tickets at the Thrift Shop. There will be door prizes, information at 778-531-8228. decorations and games included. Arrive at 5:00 pm and dinner Wednesdays ~ Darts at 7 pm. Call Denise for information at will be at 6:00 pm. There will be more reminders in December’s issue of Skaha Matters. 250-485-4949. 250-485-4949.

Fridays ~ Youth Darts from 6:30 - 8 pm. Call Dee for information Shona Schleppe will be working on the Keogan Chimney Committee. This is a really important project. New members are at 250-497-5975. welcome to join. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come out ... you could Marla Wilson will not be standing for secretary next year. It is time for new ideas and energy to take over. She will be available for be a winner! Everyone welcome! consulting if needed. Donna May Thompson will also be stepping Sunday is Fun Day ~ Check out the fun and games with Bingo down as Vice President. She has been with the Society since day and Horse Racing starting at 1:30 pm. Pool starts at 12 Noon. one! She has done an amazing job for the Society. A thousand (Call Stan for pool league information at 778-531-8288.) Hotdogs thank yous to her! and smokes are available. The next meeting for the Society will be Tuesday, November 19 at 1:00 pm in the Community Room at the School. See you all there! Other Items: Canteen Hours - Open Monday to Saturday from 1 pm until close and open Sunday from 12 Noon until close.

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Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Everyone is welcome!

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Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

By Bob Wilson, Past President

By Loraine Thompson

Okay, who stopped the summer?! This was another one of mother nature’s little “surprises”. We are generally so blessed with temperate weather here that we forget these changes. To the rest of the country, we offer our sympathy. The prairies aren’t having and haven’t had a great time weather wise this year. Hopefully, next year will be better.

The Fall Flea Market, held on September 28th, was a great success. Many thanks to our members and volunteers, as well as the Community for helping make this possible. A special thank you to our local businesses whom generously donated to our in-house raffle; 3 Winds Hair Design, G&R Auto, Pharmasave, Wild Goose Vineyard, Stag’s Hollow Winery, Stan the “Dishcloth Man” and a The Okanagan Falls Lions Club thanks the Okanagan Falls hand-craft by Vivyan Dorsett (donated by a member). Volunteer Fire Department and the Heritage Society for their The current Silent Auction bidding closes at 9:30 am at the generous financial support towards our Community School Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 2nd. Breakfast Program. Thank you! Our next General Meeting held on Monday, November 4th will Welcome to the two new members who attended our last meeting. also see the election of new executive for the coming year. Coffee and cake to follow. We are continuing our community projects as usual this fall with the school breakfasts, coats for kids, community Christmas activities On Friday, November 1st, members may purchase tickets for the and our cookies are still available at the Legion Bar for Lions and Annual Christmas Dinner ($18), which will be held on Friday, December 6th. Tickets for non-members go on sale on December troops support. 1st. There is a limited number available, so get your tickets early. Thank you Okanagan Falls for your continual support over the Memberships for 2020 will be available November 1st as well. years. Halloween has come and gone. Hopefully, all had a good Cost is $20 per person, which covers January 1 - December 31. In time and a safe time. keeping with the rising cost of generally everything, the Board felt Have a great November and don’t forget the 11th at the Legion in it best to raise the yearly membership to $20. Drop-in activity fees remembrance of our veteran’s sacrifices for our way of life. will also be raised by $1, effective now. This will affect Canasta, Our monthly meetings are still in the Community Room at the Exercise, Pool, Carpet Bowling, Scrabble, Bridge and Cribbage. Okanagan Falls Elementary School held on the 2nd and 4th Why not come and see what we have to offer? At the very TUESDAY of the month. This change is due to accessibility for least, you could make some new friends or perhaps renew old our older members (stairs become a difficulty as we age and the acquaintances. 3rd floor of the Legion is a steep climb). For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out. November 27, 28 & 29 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre We look forward to meeting you. from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both Monthly Special Events: donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/ Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, November 2 from 8-10 am or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. Silent Auction ~ Ends at 9:30 am - Get your bids in now! When you see a volunteer, please thank them. General Meeting & Elections ~ Monday, November 4 at 1 pm If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439Music Jam ~ Sunday, November 10 at 1 pm 2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. Light lunch available at 11:30 am. Runs from October to April. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, November 16 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, November 23 at 5:30 pm

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

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Our next Ladies Auxiliary Bingo is Saturday, November 2nd starting at 12 Noon. We will also provide a dinner that evening following the Meat Draw. Another LA Dinner is planned for Saturday, November 16th and again following the Meat Draw. The LA are providing Soup & Sandwiches for the monthly Dart Shoot, which is held on the 1st Sunday of each month. There will be a Basket Draw on Monday, November 11th, so be sure to enter to win.

Weekly Activities: Canasta ~ Mondays - November 4, 11, 18 at 10 am Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program Tuesday Bingo ~ November 5, 12 & 19 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm

On Sunday, November 17th, we will host our Annual Ladies Auxiliary Bake & Craft Sale. There are still a few tables left. To book a table, please contact Denise at 250-485-4949. We continue with our Meat Draws on Fridays and Saturdays along with the Branch. Our next LA General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6th at 1pm, which will include elections. The next LA Zone Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 24th at Branch 227. Hope to see you there.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Christmas Market ~ Thursday, November 21 from 4-7 pm Ole Fashion Christmas Dinner ~ Sunday, December 1 at 6 pm 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 Speaker for November ~ John Rankin Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

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Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers: November 3 - Sherri Fowler; November 10 - Sarah Tupholme; November 17 - David Sparks (Communion); and November 24 - Nancy Wyse. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

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 / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1847

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

Sunday, December 1 Kaleden Community Hall Dinner at 6:00 (door open 5:30)

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Flowers to KJ Coffee Bar for the coffee donation to the Firefighters on October 9, 2019. Your kind gesture was much appreciated! ~ From the Okanagan Falls Fire Department Flowers and a huge THANK YOU to Jaynie Molloy for mowing the lawn over the summer, and the fall clean up at the Kaleden Library. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to our new Okanagan Falls Dentist, Dr Forum Sheth. Absolutely great professional, polite and skillful. Hopefully, we will keep her busy and happy enough to stay with us. ~ From Angi L.T. of Okanagan Falls

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KALEDEN CARES: Each year members of the community donate cash and nonperishable food items to Kaldeen Cares to help families at Christmas time. Please give generously by bringing cash or food items to the dinner. There will be donation boxes available. 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.

Flowers to everyone who voted! It is our right to have a political opinion, but now let’s join as Canadians and work together to make our great country even better. ~ From Roy M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Penticton Vees, who are proud to continue supporting local charities through the “Community Heroes Foundation” in 2019/20! The Vees provided a $1,000 grant for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch on their season opener on September 29th, entertaining fans and winning by shutout 3-0 against the West Kelowna Warriors. Live life. Pass it on. With compassion, collaboration and innovation, we will save lives and offer hope through organ donation, transplant and research. Register your wishes for organ donation today at www.transplant.bc.ca. Thank you for your continued support and creating awareness of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch ~ From Volunteer Annick L. of Kaleden

Pictured Left to Right - Noreen Conway (live kidney donor), Peter Verge, Shelley Hunt (live kidney donor), Teresa Atkinson (kidney transplant recipient), Annick Lim (kidney transplant recipient), Edmund Lim, Kellie Wesley (live kidney donor), Susan Folstad, Dorothy Mansfield (kidney transplant recipient), Al Mansfield.


If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls

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Credible Cremation Services is available 24 hours to assist families with final arrangements whenever the need arises. Lesley has always made the effort to provide personal, seamless service to all at a very reasonable price. Make sure you are prepared for the inevitable, as it will surely come one day and the kindest thing one can do in preparation for that time, is not to leave final arrangements to our children or other family members to handle, particularly at a time of great sadness and grief. Have all of your vital information well documented, make a Will and choose an executor/executrix to carry out your wishes. Please feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email crediblecremations@ shaw.ca if you have any questions or if you would like a prearrangement package sent via mail or email.

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It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to two Okanagan Falls Residents.

MARVIN VICTOR KOLBE October 6, 1947 - September 24, 2019 Marvin was born in Osage, SK. He moved to BC as a young boy with his family. He spent most of his life in Northern BC as a welder before settling in Okanagan Falls to enjoy retirement. Marvin is lovingly remembered by his wife of more than 50 years, Corryn; his daughter Melissa (Darren), his sons Kris (Renee) and Steve (Christine); his grandsons Braden and Dustin; his stepgranddaughter Randi; his brothers Weldon and Les (Sue); sistersin-law Andrea (Donny) and Sheila (Stacy); brother-in-law Rob (Dianne); nieces Leanne, Kelly, Kylie, Jodi and Bobbi. Marvin in pre-deceased by his father Albert, mother Albina, brother Ivan, father-in-law Bob, and mother-in-law May. No service will be held at Marvin’s request.

GEORGE RICHARD (RICK) FLEMING June 21, 1948 - October 17, 2019 It is with overwhelming sadness that we announce that Rick Fleming peacefully passed away in his sleep at Moog and Friends Hospice House on October 17, 2019. Rick is survived by wife of 46 years Ineke (Hazeu), children Tracy (Rick), Dianna (Dave), Chris (Kim), Bryan (Kelsey), Bonnie, Shauna (Peter), and his 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, as well as his sister Susan (Charlie) and his brother John (Jenny). He was loved by a big family and numerous friends, too many to list. With 30 years as a Paramedic in Penticton and 47 years as a member of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, Rick lived to give back to his community. At Rick’s request, a Celebration of Life will commence in the spring, as even during his last days in Moog he was ever concerned about his family driving from far and wide on winter roads. In lieu of flowers or memorial tributes, we request donations to be made to the BC Cancer Society. Final arrangements entrusted to Credible Cremation Services 250-493-3912

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Pop Up Play House November 27th (Early Dismissal) 12:00-2:30 pm Okanagan Falls $10 For Kindergarten to Grade 2

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A.K.A. (Awesome Kids Athletics - Kaleden) OK Falls - October 25th Pro-D Day With a ‘ninja/parkour’ theme and other play Can you: balance on a log, climb a tree, leap over adventures this session. K-5 puddles? Tumble into aGrades leaf pile? 2:30 - 4:15 Drop off at Tuesdays School gym between 8:30pm and 9:00 a.m. Pick up 2:3019th pm -For Kindergarten—Grade November December 10th $30 4 Pre-register by Oct 23rd. Children are met at Kaleden School, with Thisatisthe a rain or shine adventure. Hall. pick up Kaleden Community

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