Volume 13 : Issue 11 November 2021 Your FREE Monthly Community News!
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Remembrance Day ~ November 11th
“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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Join the 15 wineries of the Okanagan Falls l Skaha Lake Winery Association for their annual Holiday Cheer November 20 and 21 from 11 am - 4 pm. “Guests can expect there to be unique experiences at each winery and for Covid protocols to be in effect. Most wineries will require reservations,” says Shawna Thompson, coordinator for the association. “Many wineries take this opportunity to showcase their wines by pairing them with different foods,” continues Thompson. It is recommended that guests check with the wineries they want to visit as each winery has their own reservation systems. Many of Up To Date Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and the wineries are already closed for the season, but love to welcome businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the guests to this annual event. Participating wineries include: Black eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Market Wine Co.; Blasted Church Vineyards; Bonamici Cellars; Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. Crescent Hill Winery; Echo Bay Vineyards; Liquidity Wines; Meyer Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of Family Vineyards; Nighthawk Vineyards; Noble Ridge Winery; the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this Pentage Winery; Play Estate Winery; See Ya Later Winery; Skaha publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the Vineyards; Stag’s Hollow Winery; and Wild Goose Winery and right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as Vineyards. Go to www.theheartofwinecountry.ca for more details, possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their as well as follow the association on both Instagram and Facebook final approval must be received to be published. © 2021 Okanagan Matters Publications. @theheartofwinecountry. For nominations in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please Okanagan River Restoration Initiative call 250-497-8188 or email to email@example.com. By Lee McFadyen, ORRI Public Relations The Okanagan River Restoration Initiative is about to begin another ﬁsh habitat enhancement project in the Okanagan River, below Okanagan Falls. The need to restore ﬁsh habitat in sq̓awsitkw (Okanagan River) Salmon spawning habitat is currently extremely limited in the sq̓ awsitkw (Okanagan River), mainly due to river channelization in the 1950s. The vertical drop structures (VDS 14-17) were constructed during channelization to stabilize the river bed’s increased slope. These alterations destroyed ﬁsh habitat. Rearing and spawning habitat is currently marginalized in this section of the river and ﬁsh migration delays occur at each VDS. Okanagan River Restoration Initiative ~ ORRI is a collaborative approach for restoring sections of the channelized river to more natural conditions, regaining some of the lost river habitat quality and quantity. ORRI’s long term purpose is to: create self-sustaining, complex, and diverse ﬁsh and wildlife habitat; improve the water quality; and enhance human relations with the river ecosystem. Riﬄe and Habitat Construction ~ Backwatering VDS 17 with a nature-like riffle improving ﬁsh passage, improving spawning habitat and increasing habitat diversity. Adding habitat diversity riffles within the conﬁned channel. Outcomes: enhancing quality of rearing habitat for native salmonids, improving ﬁsh migration, and enhancing spawning habitat; enhancing habitat for endangered Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussels; reduction of exotic species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil; enhancing riparian habitat for native wildlife species, including species-at-risk; and, maintaining channel ﬂood capacity and bed stability. Who is involved in ORRI? Penticton Indian Band; Osoyoos Indian Band; Okanagan Nation Alliance; Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen; BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations; Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada; several funding agencies - Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee, Canada Nature Fund for SpeciesAt-Risk, Okanagan Basin Water Board, and South Okanagan Conservation Fund; and, partnering with many other collaborators to improve the health of this vital river.
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Be Bear Aware! By Valerie Blow, OS Stewardship Oﬃcer Bears! They are so endearing and ﬁll our social media with hilarious antics. But despite this, they are still 400 pounds of wild animal with sharp claws, large teeth, and unpredictable behaviours. This is why human-habituated bears get put down each year; without a fear of humans, they are a risk to people, kids, and pets. It is sad to hear about euthanization and we all wish bears could be relocated instead, but relocation isn’t a good solution. The idea creates a wonderful picture of the habituated bear living happily ever after, but this is rarely what happens. Usually, the bear eventually returns to be an issue in the same town or ﬁnds a new town and is a problem there. This is because bears can travel huge distances and will always remember that humans = food. Relocating bears isn’t always kind, either. A bear in a new area doesn’t know where food or water is, or where it is safe to hibernate. If it cannot ﬁnd all these things, it could die.
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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen
I write from Victoria this month, as our fall session of the legislature is in full swing. As such, my great local team shoulders more of the weight of our oﬃce’s representative role working with local people and businesses, while my legislative work in Victoria signiﬁcantly picks up pace for me. October and November ﬁnd me, for the ﬁrst time, pretty much full-time in Victoria, primarily focused on legislation. This autumn, we have some important bills on the table for discussion, which makes me happy. Signiﬁcantly, we are now beginning the process of legislative modernization of our forest practices. We also just completed debate on two Acts that will move us closer to an inclusive, universal child care system. That legislation is an important step towards giving families access to quality, affordable and inclusive child care. The Societies Act was also amended, to help make life a little easier for those many societies that do so much for our communities. Especially relevant locally, Bill 17 expanded Skaha Bluffs Park by 65 ha, generously contributed by a private land donation. Our colleague to the east, MLA Brittny Anderson, was appointed as the Premier’s special advisor for youth, which is an exciting move. Part of her role is to provide better opportunities for youth to connect to our government policy process, a goal that I certainly applaud and share. Applications are open for the BC Young Leaders Council, so any young people that are passionate about what’s happening in our province should please reach out to me! Mental health is important to all of us. There is certainly much work yet to be done, but I’m excited to share that our budget Black Bear - Photo courtesy of US National Park Service includes $132 million dedicated to strengthen the full continuum If habituated bears cannot be relocated, then we must stop of substance-use treatment and recovery services, including habituating them in the ﬁrst place! If a bear wanders into human withdrawal management, transition and assessment, treatment areas and ﬁnds nothing to eat, it will leave. To ensure you aren’t and aftercare services. Mental health matters. contributing to bear habituation, start making your yard bearOn a local note, I’m happy to share that both Oliver and Osoyoos UNfriendly with these tips: Curling Societies received gaming grants this year to help support • Keep garbage indoors until the morning of collection. This their clubs. may be early, but it’s only once a week! Finally, given that last year we had almost zero prevalence of • Pick all fruit and nut trees and harvest all vegetables. the ‘regular’ seasonal ﬂu, there is an elevated concern that our • Store livestock feed indoors or in a secure building or shed. 2021/22 ﬂu season may be signiﬁcant. To help ensure that British • Remove bird feeders between late spring and late fall. Or, Columbians are safe, the BC government has made all ﬂu shots make sure feeders are 10+ feet off the ground, not hung from free this year. Please get vaccinated, to help keep yourself, and sometimes even more importantly, the loved ones around you, safe. a house or deck, and are 10+ feet from a tree trunk. • Clean your grill each time it gets used. Grease and meat Your Community Office: smells are strong attractants. (post) PO Box 1592, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0 • If you see a bear, make lots of loud noise to remind the bear (ph) 250-498-5122 (web) RolyRussellMLA.ca that humans are scary. (em) Roly.Russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca • Help each other! Assist your friends in making their yards ‘Bear Smart’ to help keep everyone (including wildlife) safe. Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is a local nonproﬁt that partners directly with local landowners and communities to support and assist them in caring for important wildlife habitats in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-770-1467.
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area "I"
A friendly reminder to contact AIM with road maintenance concerns that you ﬁnd in your travels. Reporting concerns to AIM will result in repairs or maintenance being planned, but failure to report means no actions are taken. AIM can be reached at 1-866222-4204. Subrina Monteith Voyent Alert! is replacing CivicReady Director of mass notiﬁcation system in December RDOS Area "I" 2021. The RDOS will be transitioning to the Canadian-based company Voyent Alert! for routine and emergency notiﬁcations. The new notiﬁcation system uses geotargeted technology to pinpoint exact properties, rather than notifying the entire Electoral Area. To ensure a smooth transition, please sign in to your CivicReady account and conﬁrm the primary address of the property you are receiving alerts for. Visit https:// rdos.ca.regroup.com/login to ensure your account is up to date. As we begin work on the 2022 property taxes, I have worked hard with staff the last three years to maintain taxation at as close to current level as possible. I will continue to work on this, but I do expect an increase for 2022 at a reasonable rate based on proposed projects and services. I would like to extend a 'Thank You' to RDOS Chair Kozakevich as she retires as chair to spend more time with family. At the upcoming meeting on November 4th, RDOS Directors will elect a new Regional Chair and Vice Chair. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area "I" Direct: 250.460.0723 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
Sickle Point Update By Randy Cranston & Doreen Olson, Save Sickle Point Committee Members If you have walked or biked by Sickle Point recently you may have wondered what is happening on the property. The owner hasn’t decided yet to which land trust Sickle Point will be donated to, but he is committed to protecting this wetland gem. He has given the Penticton Indian Band permission to begin a restoration process. Using photographic maps of what Sickle Point looked like before it was cleared for potential development, the ﬁrst step in a rehabilitation process was to remove invasive species such as Siberian Elm, Russian Olive, Knapweed, Purple Loosestrife, Burdock, and others. Over 1200 pounds of non-native plants were removed. This will eliminate seeds that would germinate next year. A seed bank already exists so this will be an annual job for years to come. If you look closely, across the cleared section of Sickle Point, you can see remaining piles of brush that are to be removed. The next step was to begin some replanting of native riparian shrubs and plants. Look towards the sandy section near the water and you will see several shrub species have been planted to begin reclamation of that area. The Save Sickle Point Committee appreciates the initiative undertaken by members of the Penticton Indian Band to begin the process of returning Sickle Point to a more natural state. Already this summer, birds were seen on Sickle Point that are not common to this site. The pictured western swallowtail caterpillar will hopefully become one of many butterﬂies at the site next spring.
KALEDEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
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Home Safety & Preparedness
Continuing on with October’s “Fire Prevention Week”, in addition to the importance of smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms, having FIRE EXTINGUISHERS and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. More than half of home ﬁres start in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and chimneys. Portable Fire Extinguisher’s should be placed on each ﬂoor of the home. They should be visible and placed close to an exit, so that the user can escape if the ﬁre cannot be controlled. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to use a ﬁre extinguisher in case of emergency, with the exception of small children. For proper extinguisher use, follow this helpful acronym, P A S S. PULL the pin. AIM the nozzle at the base of ﬁre. SQUEEZE the trigger. SWEEP nozzle from side to side. While ﬁre extinguishers are effective and easy to use, no family should rely exclusively on them. Each home should have a FIRE ESCAPE PLAN! Practice your escape plan with your family. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) recommends the use of multipurpose ﬁre extinguishers at home. These are rated for Class A, B and C ﬁres. These classes cover ﬁres with ordinary combustibles, wood, cloth, paper, combustible and ﬂammable liquid and electrical equipment. Every ﬁre starts with one small spark. Let’s all be prepared in the event an emergency happens. Page 4 | November 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Please Be Prepared for a Scheduled System Shutdown ... On November 2, KID is draining the main distribution system to upgrade it. Residents in our upper zones, including Highway 97; Lakehill Road above Oak Avenue; and Pineview, Linden and Sumac Avenues (see map on website for all areas aﬀected) should anticipate no water from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and ﬁll containers in advance for essential needs. Residents in our lower zones should have water throughout the day; however, Interior Health recommends that ALL Kaleden residents store enough water to avoid turning on taps during the shutdown. Also due to this shutdown, a system-wide WATER QUALITY ADVISORY is in eﬀect November 2-8, or until the Interior Health Authority is satisﬁed with bacterial testing results. Water Quality Advisories are issued to protect vulnerable groups such as newborns, infants, breastfeeding mothers, children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses or immune deﬁciencies. Pets may also be vulnerable. For these groups, it is recommended to use water that has been boiled rapidly for no less than one minute and allowed to cool, or to ﬁnd an alternative safe source for brushing teeth, drinking, making baby formula, beverages, food and ice and washing fruits and vegetables. The KID website or the KID Oﬃce can provide more information (see contact details below). The Tale of Two Bills (Retold) ... Despite including an explanatory note with the June Toll Bill, KID received many calls from confused and concerned ratepayers when they got their Tax Bills in September. To recap, KID now issues separate domestic water tax and toll bills. Why? Taxes are paid by all to cover the costs of constructing and maintaining the waterworks; tolls cover the costs of delivering the water for speciﬁc uses. While bill-splitting was originally implemented to assist with the cashﬂow situation just for agricultural users, many domestic users also prefer this split in payments. Are You “Stumped”? Looking to get rid of stumps with roots attached? KID might be interested! Like other waterfront owners in Kaleden, KID received a Shoreline Property Report for our Pumphouse property from the Love Your Lake Program. A number of environmentally-friendly actions were suggested, one of which is “habitat complexing” the shoreline with LWD (large woody debris). KID is interested in doing this, if the right materials can be found; please contact KID if you think you have it! Thanks ... to MP Richard Cannings and MLA Roly Russell for their support of KID’s stance on provincial restrictions placed on access by irrigation districts to government funding programs. Roly’s comments on the issue in last month’s Skaha Matters were greatly appreciated; we encourage you to contact him individually to reinforce the need to resolve this inequity.
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Kaleden FireSmart By Linda Dahl It may be a curse or a blessing, but we live in an area where we can continue to work on our properties well into November! The Kaleden FireSmart board has purchased four BIG yard waste bags to add to our lending library (i.e. various tools, rakes, saws etc. are available for loan too). Many residents have taken advantage of these bags already and the reviews are that they are amazing. To borrow a bag (1 week lending period), please call the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department at 250-497-8231 or email Kaleden ﬁre@shaw.ca.
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area “D” I am writing this on October 20, 2021. Remembrance Day will soon be here. It is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Capt. Robert Somerville of our Okanagan Falls Fire Department on September 30, 2021. Capt. Robert Somerville provided our community with over 25 Ron Obirek years of dedicated service. He will Director of be sorely missed by many. On behalf RDOS Area “D” of our community, I want to extend appreciation to Capt. Robert Somerville and to all the members of our Okanagan Falls Fire Department for their high quality of excellent service year after year in our community. They are often ﬁrst on the scene for local medical emergency calls and motor vehicle accidents. They literally saved lives. They respond to wildﬁre in all the interface areas of our community and work together with BC Wildﬁre and the RCMP and Search and Rescue volunteers helping to keep us all safe and protecting our homes from wildﬁre. They are well trained and remember on November 11 all those that provide service to our country in our Armed Forces; I can’t help but remember with appreciation those who are also providing us service at the present time including our ﬁreﬁghters, police, and the countless volunteers who work in conjunction with our emergency operations centre. I also wish to extend a special thank you to a local business called Central Interior Traﬃc Control Ltd. who provide the traﬃc control services locally helping to keep the workers on our road safe. I remind everyone to slow down and obey the traﬃc control signs. I think they do an excellent job generally and I appreciate the importance of the service they provide. I understand they have a job openings presently. This could be a great opportunity for someone looking for work. A great job working outside where you can easily socially distance and help provide a necessary safety service for all those using the roads. Anyone interested can contact Leanna at 250-488-0860. Bullies Pizza has recently sold. I will miss George and wish him well on his new endeavors. Welcome to the new owners, Dwayne and Linda and their children Georgia and Willow. This is a local family business that has excellent pizza. They have introduced pizza by the slice and some new pizza recipes. I encourage everyone to stop by and try out some of the new ﬂavours. Very tasty. The governance committee process continues. I encourage everyone who is interested to please join the committee meetings which are all public. Please bring any and all questions to the attention of the committee. Staff and consultants who have experience are on hand to help provide answers. They will do their best to make sure the public has the best information possible going forward. Sometimes rumours occur in the community and information may be inaccurate. If you have concerns or questions, please contact the RDOS website and the governance committee speciﬁcally for accurate information. The committee meets at 6pm on the 2nd Wednesday each month via Zoom. The process promises to deliver much interesting and important information. Covid-19 continues to be of concern. I encourage everyone to follow BC CDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice and recommendations. Until Covid rules permit, I am suspending my coffee meeting with the Direction until further notice. In the meantime, I welcome phone calls at 250-328-9800 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area “D” Direct: 250.328.9800 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair
Trustees Spreading Out ~ If you are reading this on October 29th, the ﬁve OK Falls Irrigation District Trustees have spread out. Today, there is a conference in Salmon Arm. It’s important that we send a trustee or one of our operators to be there in person. It gives us a chance to meet and pick the brains with others that we deal with on a regular basis, such as our engineers, Interior Health and our suppliers, without costing us anything more than sharing a lunch. Some of the Trustees will view the conference by way of Zoom. This will save the rate payers the cost of travel and accommodation. I will be attending a meeting with the developers, the Community Association chaired by Matt Taylor, members of the RDOS, and other invited guests. At the end of the day, the Irrigation Trustees are working hard to work with others. To attend as many meetings as possible to ensure that we stay on the right track. And as always, to be as ﬁscally responsible to you as we can. OFID & RDOS ~ Over the past few months, the Trustees and our RDOS Director Ron Obirek have continued to meet. We are all on the same page in that we are trying to encourage growth and development in Okanagan Falls, but with limited resources. We are trying to ﬁnd ways to work together with developers to keep things moving. Once again, baby steps and lots of balls in the air. Park Upgrades ~ You might remember that we had a checker board in the middle of Centennial Park. Over time, it was neglected and seldom used. We decided to dismantle the board. We have scattered the tiles around the band shell to make it user friendly for those a little bit less mobile and re-sodded the game board patch. Winter Projects ~ Now that fall is upon us and winter is around the corner, don’t expect to see as much of our crew as you do during the summer. The fall and winter is the time for the boys to do more indoor activity. To paint, to take tool inventory, to work on budgets and anything else that works best with the weather and the season. It is a given that if there is an outdoor issue in our system, we will be there for you. You just might not see us in the community as often as you would in July or August. Water Are We Thinking ~ Individually, we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean. ~ Ryonosuke Sartoro
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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update
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By Matt Taylor, President Did you know Okanagan Falls was quite a bustling hub, not all that long ago? In the 1980’s and 1990’s, the community had 3 grocery stores! There were 5 restaurants! Another 3 fast food services, plus 2 coffee shops AND Tickleberry’s! There were 2 drug stores and 3 gas stations - that all sold gas - and there were 7 active hotels/ motels in the core area and even a small department store! One employer provided over 225 good paying jobs, with a similar number in secondary and support services, and 250 children were enrolled at the Elementary School! This is something to ponder when we hear talk about investment, development and growth in Okanagan Falls. Clearly we’ve got a way to go, just to catch up with where we were. To contribute your 2-bits to what the community might look like 5 years from now, attend the “Growing Okanagan Falls” Open House hosted jointly by Okanagan Falls Community Association and RDOS on Thursday, December 9th from 7-9 pm in the Elementary School Gym. Please call 778-515-5520 Tuesday to Thursday to pre-register, so that we can manage appropriately under Covid conditions. This will be a chance to look at some of the possible developments - growth opportunities - on the drawing board, and some of the challenges to be dealt with. We’re always going to be connected to Penticton and Oliver, but we can contribute to whether that’s as a bedroom community or a viable little hub with light industry of our own. Come out and contribute your ideas. And if you really want to contribute, the Okanagan Falls Community Fund is now up and running, administered by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen that supports similar funds for Princeton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Kaleden and Summerland! Funds like these, dedicated to supporting their respective communities, provide ‘the ﬁrst dollar on the table’ ensuring eligibility for major grant agencies that fund 50% and sometimes 75%, but do need to see that the community has some skin in the game. Check out the ‘Community Funds’ tab on their website at www.cfso.net.
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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Colin Pickell To recognize the recent passing of Captain Robert Somerville of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, we have lowered our ﬂag to halfmast for ﬁve days following the recent Celebration of Life. Please see the full obituary in this issue of Skaha Matters. The Okanagan Falls Fire Department held their annual “Get Out Alive” day at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School in October. Students were instructed and reminded of ﬁre safety practices, and what to do if they hear a ﬁre alarm. Students that completed and submitted their home safety plans were randomly selected to be the “Fire Chief for a Day”, with two deputies also selected. These lucky students were brought to school in the ﬁre truck the next morning, and the Chief also won a new bike! Congratulations!
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT INCORPORATION PROCESS PHASE 1
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RD initiates incorporation study to understand incorporation impacts on proposed municipal boundary
To reach the RDOS, please call 250.492.0237. Regional Heritage Strategic Plan
RD & Province establish study terms of reference, study committee is created, and committee selects consultant
Study analyzes and compares impacts of two options, and illustrates the differences between them
An Incorporation Study is only initiated if:
Ensure residents understand the options and impacts
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a) the RDOS recommends the Study as an outcome of the Area “D” Services & Boundary Configuration Study, and b) The Ministry approves.
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Heritage Hills / Lakeshore Highlands FireSmart Chipping Day Saturday, October 30, 2021 By Peter Edwards Here’s another opportunity to work with your neighbours to clear up trees, branches, bushes, and undergrowth that could fuel wildﬁres in and around your property. A chipping truck and crew will be at locations in the community on Saturday, October 30 to help get rid of natural, combustible material. There will be a map on the community notice boards identifying chipper locations for those who don’t receive ﬂyers in their mail boxes. The main drop off point will be at the Vintage Blvd entrance to the family park. Visit www.ﬁresmartbc.ca for more information on how to prepare your property ahead of next year’s wildﬁre season. Let’s become a FireSmart community.
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Getting High Speed Internet for Area “D” By Colleen Pennington We need your help with a quick 9 question survey. The survey will identify how we are using the internet and concerns about the current service’s speed and reliability. Both the provincial and federal governments identiﬁed high speed and broadband as essential for prosperity and day to day activities. To qualify for grants for expanded broadband, the community needs to identify how access to high speed internet would address concerns and let Area “D” achieve its goals. We are using a survey for Area “D” residents to collect the information we need to apply. As a second step, we will also be calling the area businesses and organizations to gather information on their needs. Some beneﬁts of reliable high speed broadband for Okanagan Falls and Area “D” include more access to health care, in home after care services for health, online learning, remote working, remote schooling and training and even emergency response. Thank you in advance for the assistance. Please visit the survey at https://forms.oﬃce. com/r/DbkGnKPRwW or use this QR code with your smart phone to link the survey directly. Contact Colleen for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 8 | November 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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RCMP Community Report Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Last month, I gave a brief introduction on what CPTED was and the four principles of CPTED. This month, I am going to focus on the ﬁrst principle of CPTED - Territoriality. Territoriality is the deﬁning of your property from what is viewed as public property. Historically, a single family home on its own piece of land and somewhat isolated from its neighbours has been considered the family territory. Even as homes got closer together, one was still able to identify the family territory by their lands being buffered from neighbours and the public street by intervening grounds. At times, symbolic shrubs or fences reenforced a boundary. Unfortunately, as the population has grown and the need for housing increased, the trend was to smaller single family lots and increased development of row houses, apartment buildings and various high structures. Architects, planners, and designers involved in developing structures have not paid a great deal of attention to crime control or the need for an individual or family to identify with its home in a manner that might affect crime. For this reason, many living in multi-housing units or housing developments consider the space outside their door to be distinctly public. As a result, they regulate responsibility for all activities outside their immediate conﬁnes of their apartment or homes to public authorities. Through research, it has been found mechanisms such as site design, street design, symbolic barriers, internal design, facilities and amenities encourage residents to identify more with the ground around their immediate home site and to assume responsibility for its protection. This applies to commercial spaces as well. For example, if site design is such that grounds around a residence can be directly identiﬁed with a particular building, the residents of that particular building are more apt to take an interest in its use, upkeep and protecting it. Street design can help to reduce traﬃc in the area and make it easier to recognize residents and identify strangers. Symbolic barriers such as signage, gateways, light standards, low walls landscaping and fences help to identify boundaries of private and public space. Internal design incorporating common areas causes residents to take more of an interest in its maintenance and use. Facilities and amenities such as play grounds, mailboxes, and laundry will give an area a high intensity of use and support the idea of territoriality. Residential property and commercial spaces are more easily protected and maintained if their boundaries are clearly deﬁned. Next month, I will discuss the CPTED principle - Natural Surveillance. Stay tuned!
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Good News For Canadian Snowbirds! By Vi Creasey
Good News, especially for Canadian Snowbirds! The United States is ﬁnally loosening its travel restrictions on land-border crossings with both Canada and Mexico beginning on November 8th. Fully vaccinated travelers will once again be welcome to cross at the borders starting in November, marking a long-awaited reopening for both Canada and Mexico travelers who had been unable to travel into the U.S. since early in the pandemic last year, a little more than 18 months ago. And, in a double dose of good news, nearly four million Canadians who received doses of two different COVID-19 vaccines will qualify as fully vaccinated. All inbound travelers must have proof of vaccination at the border and oﬃcers from Customs and Border Protection will question those crossing the border about their status before allowing them to cross. No negative COVID-19 test will be required to cross the land border. The US won’t ask its visitors to submit to a COVID-19 test prior to departure, unlike Canada, which requires travellers to show proof of a recent negative test - a costly condition of entry that runs about $200 a pop. However, public health oﬃcials in Canada made it clear Friday, October 15, that test requirements are not going away any time soon. Also, from experience, make sure that you have your detailed Vaccination passport. At the Toronto airport last month, my Vaccine Passport on my phone was not acceptable! Please call Reliable Travel, or go to our website at www. reliabletravel.ca, to get all the latest rules for any country you wish to travel to. Unvaccinated people will not be allowed into the United States, so if you are planning a southbound trip, please get vaccinated! Also, if you are planning to travel, please check your passport. The Canadian Government is expecting a surge in passport applications, so expect wait times to be lengthy. Lastly, please do not leave Canada without suﬃcient “Out of Country Emergency Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Medical Insurance”. At Reliable Travel, we will be happy to give Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca you a quote to cover all your travel insurance needs.
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The following is a general supplement program designed to help aging adults prevent chronic degenerative illnesses and live longer, stronger lives. Although all health advice needs to be individualized, these guidelines provide examples of the most highly recommended nutrients made to individuals, based on science, patient history, and lab testing. After an assessment of your unique needs, one or more of these nutrients may be recommended by a qualiﬁed Naturopathic Physician. People often wonder if diet alone can provide the required nutrients to maintain good health. I believe it can, and a well formulated nutrient dense diet does cover all of our nutrient needs; however, it is almost impossible to achieve this in today’s environment of ultra-processed foods and chemical toxins ﬂooding the market. Add to this poor generalized dietary advice as well as a plethora of misinformation guiding dietary choices, and it is clear that fortifying with additional protective nutrients is often necessary for optimizing health. The idea is to protect the brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and internal organs as we age. Also, we want to keep bones strong while maintaining soft, healthy arteries. As we age, bones tend to become softer and arteries harder due to hormones shifting downward. 1. Protect bones, arteries, brain, and vital organs with 3 nutrients which are largely deﬁcient in North Americans: Vitamins D3 and K2, plus Omega-3 ﬁsh oil. Supplementing Vitamin D3 at a minimum daily intake of 2000IU from September to June aids in keeping the bones, brain, and immune system strong. This is the “sunshine” vitamin and since we live in a Northern latitude, we simply cannot consistently make enough to keep us healthy and strong. Vitamin K2 at 120 mcg MK-7 form, moves calcium from soft to hard tissue and aids in preventing both osteoporosis and hardening of the arteries and joints. K2 is a vitamin that has become deﬁcient in the modernization of farming and food manufacturing practices. Omega-3 ﬁsh oil (in the form of DHA and EPA combined dose of 2000-4000mg daily), protects the brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system, vital organs, skin, and bones from deterioration. Omega-3’s are modern man’s number one deﬁciency. All 3 nutrients also have cancer preventive properties. 2. Protect the endothelium (inner lining of blood vessels) with high potency trans-resveratrol: This is the colourful molecule that makes grapes purple and red wine red. At a high dose (not achievable with red wine consumption), this powerful nutrient improves cardiovascular function, is anti-inﬂammatory and anti-oxidant, improves energy production and metabolism, decreases high blood pressure, improves cholesterol, and in animal studies extends life. 3. Sub-lingual methylated B12: Vitamin B12 in its active (methyl) form improves energy and nerve function, stimulate blood cell production, detoxiﬁes chemicals and toxic metals, and aids in the prevention of cardiovascular and brain disease. It is often deﬁcient with aging due to absorption problems. It is best administered as an under the tongue liquid or lozenge at 1000mcg per day if needed, since stomach absorption may be impaired. Vegetarians may also be deﬁcient. Page 10 | November 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner It is very common for people to experience low back pain. It can be caused by a variety of things like being on your feet all day or sitting at a desk for long periods of time. The good news is massage therapy is proven to help alleviate low back pain. Here are 4 reasons why massage can help treat chronic and acute low back pain. Massage Increases Blood Flow ~ Each of the various kinds of massage therapy helps improve blood ﬂow, which speeds up muscle recovery and reduces soreness. Massage Decreases Muscle Tension ~ Oftentimes, low back pain is partly from overly tight muscles in the back, hips and even upper legs. Research shows massage reduces muscle tension and enhances muscle relaxation. Relaxed muscles encourage good sleep and reduce insomnia, allowing the body the time it needs to heal injured muscles. Massage Increases Endorphin Levels ~ This may be the biggest way that massage therapy alleviates low back pain. Massage therapy has been shown to generate endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals the body produces during exercise. They make you feel good and help to manage chronic pain. Heat Application during massage assists in each of the above areas. Hot towels, stones and heat packs are frequent and recommended additions to any massage, especially in order to reduce low back pain. Low back pain can negatively inﬂuence every area of your life. But, it doesn’t have to. Regular massage appointments can signiﬁcantly reduce your pain. [White Gardenia Holistic Studio website] Creative Wellness Solutions provides a convenient massage with innumerable beneﬁts on a comfortable massage chair. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment or to discuss The Grease Cream; which is an amazing, all-natural, cannabis infused pain management alternative that actually works. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com, where you can ﬁnd more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.
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Did you know that your local Kaleden Library opened its doors on Saturday, July 11, 1992 above the Community Hall. The library was previously located at the Kaleden Elementary School.The community was welcomed by Louise Gardiner, the Community Librarian at that time, and her assistant Darlene Bailey. As I read through the history of the Kaleden Library, I was surprised at the costs. An old newspaper clipping stated that Ron Masson, chairman of the Kaleden Hall board, said “the total cost of putting a second ﬂoor on the Community Hall and furnishing the new space will be about $90,000.” The Okanagan Regional Library board contributed $20,000, a BC grant of $30,000, and the remaining $40,000 was raised by the community through fundraising events such as raffles and a dinner theatre, and a lot of dedicated volunteers in our community. Aren’t we so fortunate to have our little library in Kaleden. Membership is FREE to all residents living permanently or owning property in the Library’s service area. To apply for a free library card, please bring personal identiﬁcation and proof of address. Masks must be worn while visiting our library as per Public Health orders. Happy November! Submitted by Glenda Livolsi, Kaleden Community Librarian
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The annual Okanagan Historical Society Book Sale prior to Christmas will be held at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre on Saturday, November 13th from 9:30-5:30 and Sunday, November 14th from 11:00-5:00. The Penticton Branch display tables, located outside the entrance of Save-On, will include an interesting selection of historic photographs. Besides the current “85th OHS Report”, a selection of back issues of the “OHS Report” and miscellaneous books on local history will be available for sale. The cover for the latest edition is a May 10, 1916 watercolour of the road to Summerland by Archibald “Archie” Murchie. An excellent and affordable gift for that someone special on your Christmas list! Your purchase supports the Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society, allowing it to promote and support local history and heritage causes in our area.
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By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair We are starting to prepare for our Annual Christmas Hamper Campaign. All of your help in the past years is greatly appreciated and we hope that together we will have the opportunity to help all of those in need in our community once again this Christmas. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding a food drive for the second year in a row. The regular toy and pajama trees will be set up at Tickleberry’s this year. For every person in need, please ﬁll out the required registration form provided on this page and either drop it off to Okanagan Falls Pharmasave or 3 Winds Hair Design. Alternatively, you can mail it to the address on the form. After your registration form is dropped off or mailed, please wait for a member of Helping Hand to contact you. The member will verify your information and set up a scheduled time to deliver your Christmas Hamper. Please note that the FIRM drop oﬀ or mail in date for all Christmas Hamper registrations is Friday, December 3, 2021. The 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. You can also make cash donations through Little Falls Foods online ordering system. Cash donations will allow us to purchase exactly what families are in need of, which makes a huge difference this time of year. We are always looking for volunteers to join us. If you would like to volunteer, please join our next meeting at 12:30 pm on Sunday, November 14th in the Okanagan Falls Community Church. For any other questions, please call us at 778-559-2412. and leave a message. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
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Restart Funding: The District will receive $148,089 of restart funding. $73,157 as a health and safety allocation. This fund is By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee to be used for the purchase of masks, PPEs, Merv-13 air ﬁlters, Following are some highlights from the Board of Education meeting hand sanitizers, and cleaning supplies. $74,932 is an allocation for mental health and is to be used in conjunction with a $55,000 held on September 29, 2021. mental health/early intervention grant. These funds are outside the While we are still under Provincial Health Orders for masking, staff operating block and will be treated as special purpose funds. reported that all schools have reported a positive and smooth start to this new school year. While many of our safety protocols are still Additional Transportation Fund: Additional transportation fund in in place, staff and students are excited to see the return of school the amount of $209,000 is continuing in the 2021-22 year. These sports and extra-curricular activities and the removal of learning funds are to be used to reduce or eliminate rider fees, enhance cohorts to offer more ﬂexibility in activities. Just over 99% of our safety and services to students, reduce rider times, and increase eﬃciency of the District’s transportation service. students have returned to in-person instruction.
Technology Upgrades: Upgrades were made in July/August as part of the IBM Information Technology Road Map. End-of-life switches Health Care Assistant: Superintendent Young informed the Board have been replaced and 60 new access points have been installed that the Healthcare Assistant program in partnership with NVIT in schools to enhance internet connectivity. Fire wall hardening has begun and there are 3 very keen and eager students from the has also been completed. District enrolled. Summer Work: Operations staff were busy again this summer Career Education Program Highlights
Professional Cook: The District is very fortunate to have the Professional Cook program running again this year in partnership with Camosun College. Normally this program is offered every other year, so this is a great achievement and will be starting in February 2022.
making sure that schools were clean and welcoming for students and staff. Summer projects included washroom upgrades at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School and Similkameen Elementary Secondary School, phase two of a geothermal upgrade at Osoyoos Secondary School and a mechanical upgrade/hydronic Gateway to Trades: The program will be hosted this year at reconﬁguration at Southern Okanagan Secondary School. Osoyoos Secondary in partnership with Okanagan College. This Enrollment across the district has seen a very slight increase program will begin in February with a class of 16 students. As in overall. Preliminary numbers for Okanagan Falls Elementary are previous years, student will discover and experience a variety of showing a slight increase up a few students again this year (95 opportunities in the trades. students). This is a favorable trend.
At press time, School Districts around the province are meeting and discussing the recent development announced by the province directing School Boards to make the decision to mandate mandatory vaccinations for school district staff. Most districts are feeling the decision should be made by the Provincial Health Oﬃce, Auto Collision Repair: (NEW) Level 1 program in partnership with as they have been leading the Ministry of Education throughout Vancouver Community College. This program would work in a the province during Covid-19. We are awaiting more details and similar fashion to the Professional Cook program in that students opinions from all working group partners on this issue. would be completing the technical training on-line and would be For more information, feel free to contact Janice Stevens, School attending in-person classes 2 days per month. Once the details Trustee for SD53, at 250-307-4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. are ﬁnalized, we will be discussing the programs in more detail. Early Childhood Educator: (NEW) We have submitted an application to the Ministry of Education for a grant to offer an ECE program in our area. The District is working with partners on creating a 1 year ECE program in partnership with SD67 and Selkirk College.
September 30, 2021 was the ﬁrst National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Schools were closed this day. Over the past eight years, September 30 has become a day when many wear orange shirts in solidarity and engage in a day of truth conversation, learning, awareness, and action. We know truth telling and reconciliation does not happen in a day. It is a journey that requires ongoing commitment and action for which the District is dedicated to. Assistant Superintendent Toneatto discussed and presented the annual Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) report that will be submitted to the Ministry. A copy of the report is also on the District website. Outdoor Learning Spaces: We are so fortunate to be able to support every school with a shade sail or log structure to support outdoor learning. Outdoor learning leads to increased engagement and relevance for students and has shown to contribute to personal health and wellbeing. OPERATIONS 2020/21 Financial Year End: The audit team presented the audit report and Mr. Stuart Newton, Assistant Auditor General, advised that the ﬁnancial statements fairly represented the ﬁnancial position of the Board. The accumulated operating surplus at June 30, 2021 is $2,653,709; an increase of $881,383 from June 30, 2020. Page 14 | November 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Kandis Lipsett, PAC President Wow! November is here, spooky creatures are gone, and the OKFES PAC has lots on the go. Ongoing fundraisers are Backyard Beans, 50/50 with the draw in December, and a Craft Fair on November 20, if pandemic measures allow. Stay tuned for more to come with the next PAC meeting occurring on November 4 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
October Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair Where does the time go?! Lots of learning and exciting events at our school this past month!
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THANK YOU OKF Fire Department for sponsoring the “Get Out Alive” Fire Safety program.
Fire Chief for the Day - Charlie Stevenson, Deputy 1 - Jeandre Bruwer, and Deputy 2 - Cedric Lipsett.
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School Trustee Report For SD67
to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including a how to improve school completion rates for indigenous students; By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee and 6) District Parent Advisory (DPAC) is looking for parents and Sept 19, 2021 - Business Committee of the Whole ~ Secretary guardians of students in SD67 to attend monthly DPAC meetings. Treasurer Bittante reported on the following: SD67 received Assistant Secretary Treasurer, Helene Drury presented the audited $142,366 targeted toward health and safety for school start up. ﬁnancial statements for the Board’s approval. There is an operating The funds were used to purchase Merv 13 ﬁlters for all 22 school surplus at June 30, 2021 of $1.93 million. The Auditors Report sites. By September 30, all schools will have the ﬁlters installed. is posted on the SD67 website. Please contact the Secretary Remaining funds were used to purchase personal protection Treasurer oﬃce, if you have any question about the 2020-2021 equipment for schools; and a brief update on the current capital Financial Statements for the year ending June 30, 2021. project for SD67 revealed the Summerland Gym Construction Assistant Superintendent Jason Corday reported on the recent project has utilized $156,844 with $8,720,000 remaining for the retirements of teachers and support staff to include the following: construction of the new gym. 1) Charlene Smears - EA at Westbench School; 2) Mike Burns Sept 20, 2021 Education Committee of the Whole ~ - Warehouse Person; and 3) Leland Hause - Special Education Superintendent Manuel provided an update on Health, Safety and Teacher at Wiltse, SLMS and PMSS. Wellness Supports for the start up of the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@SD67.bc.ca, if you have All K-12 staff and grades K-12 students must wear mask indoors any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live and on buses. Learning cohorts and the 2 meter distancing steamed and can be accessed at www.sd67.bc.ca. between students in the classroom is no longer being implemented; however, schools must continue to implement their strategies to prevent over crowding and congestion in hallways, etc. October Highlights From The Ministry of Education has provided a one-time funding to address learning impacts and mental health/well being for both students and staff for the 2021-2022 school year. This includes additional counseling time, indigenous Ed Recovery Teacher, 1. Learning Impact Support Teacher time, Early Learning Helping Teacher time. 2. Framework for Enhanced Student Learning Report ~ Director of Instruction, Al Beckingham, provided an update on the Framework for Enhanced Student Learning. The Ministry of 3. Education’s Enhancing Student Learning Report Order came into effect Sept 1, 2020. This is a Provincial approach to continuous improvement for public education. The framework focuses on improvement of student outcomes with three main components: 1) 4. Policy guiding Boards to have multi-year strategic plans focused on improving student outcomes; 2) A Ministerial order requiring Boards to publicly report progress on their strategic goals related to student outcomes; and 3) A coordinated number of supports for school districts to help with planning, reporting and actions related to improving student outcomes. The Board reviewed the document and formally adopted the report at the Sept 27, 2021 Board of Education Meeting. Sept 27, 2021 Board of Education Meeting ~ Trout Creek Elementary showed a short video titled “Fresh Start at Trout Creek Elementary”. It highlighted interviews with kindergarten students learning to be socially responsible by nurturing qualities of kindness and sense of belonging. David Bond from KPMG presented the Auditors Report regarding the 2020/2021 ﬁnancial statements. The Board approved the ﬁnancial statements for 2020-2021 ﬁscal year. Superintendent Manuel provided his monthly Superintendent Report. Some of the highlights include the following: 1) Enrolment is anticipated to be over the projected enrolment of 5527 FTE for 2021-2022. Final enrolment is conﬁrmed on Sept 30, 2021; 2) Assistant Superintendent Jason Corday led an orientation to welcome and support new teachers to the district; 3) Superintendent Manuel met with Okanagan Hockey School Group to review the startup of the year and supports that are in place for students in the program. This year there are over 150 OHG students attending SLMS and PSS; 4) Immunization clinics held at the 3 secondary schools in September were successful; 5) School Improvement Day-Enhancing Indigenous Student Achievement Focus was a huge success. It focused on implementing the Calls Page 16 | November 2021 | SkahaMatters.com
Kaleden Elementary School By Principal Diane Haddow
The Grade 3/4 class is going batty! Check out the fabulous artwork by students in Mrs. Morezewich’s class. The Kindergarten students spent an afternoon at the local ﬁre hall to learn about ﬁre safety. They all had a nice walk to the ﬁre hall together! It is pumpkin patch time once again! Ms. Lemieux and Ms. Lind took their students to the Blossom Fruit Stand in Summerland. Everyone got to choose a pumpkin! Qu’est-ce qu’on apprend cette semaine? What are we learning in French this week? Why colors and numbers, of course! The students in Grade 4/5 class created their own ‘Color By Number’ art project this week.
Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello Everyone. I hope your fall is going well. Over at our house, November is about the time where we have the ﬁnal draft of the complex ﬂow chart organizing when and where the children have to be. I think Thursday really came together when we realized the oldest can mush a dogsled from curling to dance, while the younger one has really upped his hitch-hiking skills to get to hockey. We are all pretty settled into the schedule now. A massive, nay HUGE, thank you to Fairview Liquor in Penticton. If you say you are supporting Kaleden Elementary School they donate 5% of your purchase. No extra cost to you, just a generous donation from them! So, please support those who support us! Thank you Fairview Liquor! If you have any ideas for fundraising, please let us know. We are always looking for new and creative ways for makin’ moola! KPAC executive now has some new faces! Tamara, now drunk with power, has volunteered to be the new chair and I will be joining her as co-chair. Taylor will continue on as vice chair, Aimee will be our secretary, and Lauralee continues to manage our books as our treasurer. Big thanks to all for stepping up! We also want to throw a huge thank you for all those who held positions last year. Your service was greatly appreciated. Only one date for November. Our KPAC meeting will be in the school library on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. Thank you everyone! Take care and please take some time on November 11th to pause, reﬂect and remember. Cheers!
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George Traicheﬀ: Elegance & the West Wall ~ George Traicheff presents a contrasting exhibition of his work in acrylic, egg tempera, pastel, original lithographs, etc. One half of the show will focus on Elegance, with many ﬁgurative works, while the other half (hanging on the West Wall) will highlight the ruggedness of the West, scenery, wildlife, ranch life, etc.
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By Kim Palmer, Executive Director Our needle felting classes have sold out consistently, so by popular demand, the Okanagan School of the Arts is bringing Nikki Marshall back to Penticton! Nikki Marshall of Okanagan Dye Works has been working with the ﬁbre arts for about 10 years now and loves every aspect of it. In her spare time between felting, dying, and hanging out with her wonderful, supportive husband and daughter, Nikki teaches classes throughout the Okanagan and has a yarn dyeing business. In Nikki’s class on November 20, participants will needle felt three adorable woodland creatures: a fox, a raccoon, and an owl. Participants will use Maori Wool to form and sculpt these little ones. The class is open to anyone over the age of 10. All materials are included. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up today at www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com/courses.
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Sandy and they were married May, 29, 1965. They immediately returned to L.A. where Marvin was soon drafted into the US Army. He could have come back to Canada, but he consented to be drafted and in 1966 was sent overseas to Vietnam. He completed a two year term, returning to the US in 1968. Shortly after, he and Sandy returned to Penticton. This was a time of new beginnings for them and they began a family. Ted was born in 1969, Scott in 1971 and Christina in 1975. Marvin established H&M Excavating, which he would develop into one of the best known and most respected excavating companies in the South Okanagan. It is still a going concern and Marvin is still at its helm. Valerie, after graduating from Pen High in 1965 took a secretarial course in Kelowna and upon completion, moved to Terrace to be closer to older sister Sylvia. She accepted a job at the local TV Station CFTK. In 1972, she moved on to Vancouver accepting a position at CBC. There she met and in 1974 married Ken Doty and moved again, this time to Kamloops. In September 1976, their ﬁrst child, Darren, was born. They then moved to Surrey where Ken developed his own business and where, in 1980, Matthew, their second child was born. Upon retirement, Ken and Val have settled in Abbotsford, the only Hayter child to escape the allure of the Okanagan. Meanwhile back on the ranch, in 1964, shortly after his father’s passing, Ken at 11 years old, decided to run the orchard. One of the ﬁrst things he did was to teach himself how to drive the tractor. That was the best part. The motivation died somewhat during his high school years and was replaced by a new found passion. In his grade twelve year at Pen Hi, he was bedazzled by a Winter Hours: Thurs – Sun, 11 am – 4 pm young lady named Margaret Olson, whom admittedly was equally Reservations recommended | 250.497.7945 besotted. It was love at ﬁrst sight and the minute Ken noticed this Check website for Holiday events | nobleridge.com grade 11 student walking down the hall he decided she was for him. Margaret had grown up on a farm in Didsbury and moved to Penticton in 1968 where her Dad owned and operated a Texaco Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit gas station. When Ken graduated from high school, in 1971, he spent the summer with his best friend, John Scott, hitchhiking By Meredith King across Canada. They made it to Halifax before they ran out of The next series of articles will include the histories of some of the money and had to come home. Ken found gainful employment in founding families who arrived in the decades starting in the 1920s. Penticton, boarded with his Mum and continued his relationship These are recorded from the memories of the descendants of with Margaret. The following summer Ken found a job in Burns these families. They are written up by me and I take responsibility Lake at the EuroCan pulp and paper mill. He and Margaret were for any errors. The run-on sentences are also all mine, though the married in September and moved back to Burns Lake until the tendency is undoubtedly inherited. summer of 1973 when they decided to come home to Kaleden. Unsure of what their long term plans would be they boarded with The Hayter Family - Part 3 Mum while Ken worked with Marvin at H&M Contracting building While Sylvia was married and settled, Marvin had other ideas. He houses in Penticton and Margaret worked at the gas station with decided to travel and see the world. In the early 1960s, Marvin her Dad. During that time, they also worked together helping out on got wanderlust and he and his buddies, Archie Ure and Len Hill the orchard. In 1973, they began construction on their ﬁrst home headed down to the States and then later on, to Australia, where a 480 square foot cabin beside Mum and overlooking Skaha Lake. they found enough work to keep them entertained and exploring. They ﬁnished the home in 1974 just as they discovered they were But, life events cut short that expedition. pregnant with their son Myron who was born in November of that On May 13, 1963, at only 53 years old, Cecil passed away suddenly year. Providential wouldn’t you say. from complications related to his old war injury. What a devastating Join us each month for more ramblings on the intricacies of blow! He left eight children fatherless, six at home, ages 3 to 16, Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please son Marvin in Australia, and daughter Sylvia in Terrace. Marvin contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. ﬂew back to Canada just in time for his father’s funeral and stayed at home to help his mom on the farm. He returned to school that fall to ﬁnish his grade twelve, but worked throughout the year on HUB the orchard. A little later, Evelyn was able to sell the 20 acres on If you live in the Kaleden Area and Pineview Drive to Paul Leir to help supplement the income for her need a ride, please call 250-460-3387. young family. DE
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Mercury By Tom Landecker Mercury is the planet closest to the Sun. Next in the Solar System is Venus, and then Earth. Since Venus and Mercury are closer to the Sun than we are, we always see them near the Sun. Early November offers us the opportunity to see both (but these are cloudy times in the Okanagan - we’ll have to be lucky). Venus is easy to see, and will be visible in the evening in early November. Look west, in the direction where the Sun has set. Venus will be the ﬁrst night-time object to become visible, and will Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Lunch and Learn be obvious above the western horizon. As the month goes by, it on October 22nd. (See photo above.) Special thanks to the will be lower and lower, and spotting it will be more of a challenge. Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen for By the middle of February, Venus will have moved to the other the informative presentation on Estate Planning and to Karl and Jo side of the Sun, and will be visible in the eastern sky at dawn, just at KJ Coffee Bar for the delicious lunch! before the Sun comes up. Ever the shapechanger, Venus will be Don’t forget about our Wreath Making Event on Friday, December the Evening Star in November, and the Morning Star in February. 3rd. More information will be in the December issue of Skaha Mercury is not as easy to see, because it is closer to the Sun. At the beginning of November, Mercury will be in the dawn sky, just Matters and on Facebook, so be sure to save the date. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with us. We ahead of the Sun, but quite low over the Eastern horizon. If you want to see it, don’t delay! Mercury orbits the Sun once in 88 days, would love to hear from you! so it changes its place on the sky very quickly. The spacecraft BepiColombo, a joint project of the European and Japanese space agencies, passed 200 km above the surface of Mercury on October 1st, and sent back stunning, detailed pictures of the surface, pock-marked with craters. BepiColombo will later spawn two packages of instruments, one European and one Japanese, which will separately orbit the planet and relay their data to Earth. This space experiment is named to honour the Italian planetary scientist Giuseppe (Bepi) Colombo who invented the idea of using planetary gravity to control the path of an interplanetary probe. The idea is to ﬂy close to a planet, where the planet’s gravity pulls the spacecraft to higher speeds, and ﬂings it out the other side, like a stone from a catapult. Bepi ﬂew by the Earth in April 2020, ﬂew close to Venus in August 2021, and has just ﬂown by Mercury. Each ﬂip around a planet pulled Bepi in a new direction. There will be ﬁve more fast encounters with Mercury between now and the year 2025, and the two smaller probes that will orbit Mercury will be detached from the main craft in late 2025 and early 2026. Will there be signs of life on Mercury? Probably not. There is no atmosphere, daytime temperatures soar to 450 degrees, as hot as a pizza oven, and night time temperatures sink to minus 180 degrees. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/facilities/drao.html • www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/ • https://chime-experiment.ca The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300. SkahaMatters.com | November 2021 | Page 19
OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson
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Winter seems to be sweeping in early. All the plants that can’t stand frost are in their winter attire. Maybe its because it was so terribly hot in July that the fall temperatures seem colder. Whatever! This too will pass. Sue Walker, Tara and Grant Henderson have been busy selecting heritage photos for a 2022 Okanagan Falls Heritage Calendar. They will be ready for that special Christmas Gift for family and friends. The selling of the calendars will be a fundraiser for a new ‘Kenny McLean Trophy Room’ sign. They are priced at $20 each. Many thanks to the calendar crew for a job well done! The Thrifty Boutique is running like clockwork. We are still in masks and hand washing and are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lots of books, puzzles, and jewelry, as well as all the clothing and shoes. Many thanks to the community for all your support. Did’ja Know? Brief History of Kettle Valley Railway I came across this brief history of the Kettle Valley Rail Road and found it pretty interesting. It was printed in the Summerland Review on September 14, 1995. “With the discovery of gold at Wild Horse Creek in the Kootenays and at Rock Creek in the early 1860’s, Americans poured across the border into British Columbia’s southern interior. Disturbed by the possibility of the annexation of British Columbia by the United States and its impact on the ﬂedging nation of Canada, daring Canadian leaders invited British Columbia to join Canada and offered to build a railway spanning the continent. British Columbia joined confederation in 1871. On a cold November morning in 1885, C.P.R. President William Van Horne supervised as steel banged upon steel, Canada fulﬁlled its promise to British Columbia by completing the Canadian Paciﬁc Railway at Craigellachie, BC. The Dominion of Canada then undertook construction of a Coast to Kootenay rail line, and in June of 1910 construction of the Kettle Valley Railway began. The ﬁrst passenger train pulled into Penticton Station on May 30, 1915. The rail trips of yesteryear must have been exciting, struggling over mountains, winding high along the walls of mountain passes, and spanning the river canyons on trestle bridges. In Summerland, the trestle bridge spanning Trout Creek is the highest bridge on the KVR line, with nearly 960 feet from rails to water. The Kettle Valley Railway transported passengers, minerals and lumber, playing an important role in the economic development of BC. As competition from newly constructed highways increased, the KVR lost passengers and markets. In the winter of 1959, the portion of the line through the Coquihalla Pass washed out, Canadian Paciﬁc, who then owned the KVR, decided to abandon that part of the railway. In 1978, the tracks east of Penticton and south of Okanagan Falls were removed. In 1990, the remainder of the KVR was abandoned. The Kettle Valley Heritage Society subsequently approached the CPR to save a small portion of that railway. Today, all that remains for preservation is a 16 kilometer section in Summerland. Because it was saved, you can relive the days of a bygone era, when a locomotive felt the pressure of steam, when you could thrill to the chugging sounds and whistles that transformed a train ride into an adventure.” H&M Thrifty Boutique
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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society The Senior Centre is open with an almost full calendar. We are hoping to see more of our old and new members coming out for activities soon. We follow all Covid safety procedures as laid out by Dr. Henry and everyone’s vaccination status is checked at the door. Masks are also required in the building. Our Bingos are up and running; however, we need a new volunteer to run the Drop-in Bingo once a month. If we don’t get a new volunteer for this time slot, sadly there will be no drop-in bingos. We are planning a modiﬁed Christmas Dinner this year. More information can be found from any board member in the coming weeks. Our General Meeting with Elections will be held on Monday, November 1 at 1:00 pm. Music & Coffee is back on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 - 10:30 am. Come and enjoy! Activities in November 2021 General Meeting & Elections ~ Monday, November 1 at 1 pm Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am Tuesday Bingo ~ Tuesdays - November 2, 9 & 16 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 5 pm Music & Coﬀee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, November 6 from 8-10 am Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, November 20 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner & Trivia ~ Saturday, November 27 at 5:30 pm Our Flea Market went very well last month. We wish to thank everyone for their donations and all the volunteers for helping. We also wish to thank these local business’s for their donations: Esso Gas Station; 3 Winds Hair Design; KJ Coffee Bar; The Spoke (food truck); Tickleberry’s; G&R Auto; Pharmasave; Junk in the Trunk; and Little Falls Foods.
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Okanagan Falls Lions Update
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227
By Bob Wilson, Past President To all those who survived both Thanksgivings, north and south, well done! Halloween has come and gone for another year, and still, here we are, wearing masks on a daily basis. Passports are now required within our own borders to shop and enter restaurants, we are seeing our doctors by phone (if we have one!), not to mention fuel and other costs rapidly rising. Oh well, hopefully this also will pass. To paraphrase an old classmate of mine in Vancouver ... “I am prepared to accept the defence of the right to choose, if those exercising that right accept the consequence, but I cannot accept the unsubstantiated claims that this is all a hoax and that those afflicted and dying are not real.” Now, as we head for Remembrance Day on the 11th of this month, remember that the freedoms that were hard won by our veterans are not to be taken for granted. Take two minutes and remember them. It’s not too much to ask for what they gave. Okanagan Lions Club met on October 12th and a decision was made to limit our meetings to once per month until further notice on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. School Breakfast Program continues twice a week at Okanagan Falls Elementary School. All reports indicate a successful activity. The clubs’ usual activities in the community are on hold for a while until we are able to be out and about a little more. Eyeglass boxes are out in the communities and our program is still ongoing. 80,000 plus pairs have been collected and sent to collection centres from the Okanagan area alone, making a great difference in world vision programs. We are looking forward to a new year and hoping we can reinstate our community Easter Egg Hunt and Walk for Guide Dogs. ‘Til next month, take care and keep safe. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held on November 23 & 24 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday, face to face if all goes well. If you would like to join us, call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.
By Beverly van Uden Hello Branch #227 Members & Guests ~ EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT OUR LEGION!
A reminder that
Membership renewal is now due. Poppy Campaign started October 29 ~ Remember to get your poppy and order your wreath. Branch #227 Election Notiﬁcation ~ Due to Covid-19 regulations, we are unable to hold an in person meeting. Therefore, the voting will be held November 15, 2021 between 1-7 pm. You will need a current membership card. Therefore, there will be no nominations from the ﬂoor or proxy allowed. The nomination committee will be posting the nominees at the Legion branch, as well as on Facebook. If you are interested in running for a position on the executive, you need to be a member for a full year. If you are interested in running for a position of president or vice president, you need to have held a position on the executive. Will stand Doug, Bruce, Bev, Sam, Carol, Penny, and Rini. Please check Facebook or the branch for any changes. Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, November 11 ~ Due to Covid-19, we will just have a service at the Cenotaph at 11 am. The wreaths will be previously placed before the service. The branch will not be open that day. We are still hoping to have our ﬂyby from Oliver. Lest we forget. Pancake Breakfast on November 21 from 8-11 am ~ Pancakes, French toast, bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice for just $7 per person and kids under three are free. Meat Draws & 50/50 Draws ~ Every Friday at 5 pm and Saturday at 4 pm. Check or call for what will be served for dinner. Volunteers Always Needed! Recycling Donations ~ If anybody has cans, bottles or water bottles, please call or text Bev at 250-809-5537. Any updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Things can change at any time, depending on Covid-19 rules. You can also check the sign outside the Legion for updates as well. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart!
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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair Well, our Annual General Meeting is over for this year. The existing Board members were re-elected by a unanimous endorsement. Hopefully, we will be able to have our next AGM on April 21, 2022. We have had 3 people move into different housing arrangements, most of them moving into family homes. Unfortunately, we lost one of our tenants due to a pre-existing illness. Our condolences to the family. All vacancies were ﬁlled from our waiting list. Other than that, it is very quiet as we prepare for winter. SkahaMatters.com | November 2021 | Page 21
LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)
Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Held at the church for the foreseeable future. Please check our website for the latest Covid-19 protocols. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: email@example.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church Website: kaledenchurch.ca - for up to date event information
Okanagan Falls Community Church
Sunday Service at 11 am ~ November Pastor Jon Manlove. Ladies Coffee Tuesdays at 9:30 am. For Children’s Church, Bible Studies & Prayer Meeting information, please call number below. FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Oﬃce: 250-497-5131
Okanagan Falls United Church
Sunday Service at 9 am ~ Speakers: November 7 - Rev. Heather Burton; November 14 - Rev. David Sparks; November 21 - Judi Ritcey; and November 28 - Rev. Paul James. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Please visit www.okfallsunited.ca or call us for more information. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 or 250-497-2560
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil - 250-498-3934
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service at 9 am with 4th Sunday each month at 1 pm. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi - 250-899-0163
Okanagan Falls School Breakfasts
The Okanagan Falls Lions Club has been serving breakfast to the students of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School for well over 20 years. Normally, a pancake breakfast was served, with thanks to Tickleberry’s who supplied the pancake mix. However, when Covid-19 arrived, the Lions were not able to serve pancakes inside the school anymore. Fortunately, they were able to start serving a pre-packaged hot breakfast bun on Thursdays back in November 2020. Since January 2021, the Lions serve a hot breakfast bun every Tuesday and Thursday morning every week the school is open. The breakfast bun consists of a scrambled egg, a slice of ham and cheese in a hamburger bun. About 50 buns are served per morning, including some special ordered, i.e. dairy free, gluten free, etc. The bun is served at the north entry to the school gym, while following all Covid-19 public health requirements. The budget is at least $5,500 per school year for the breakfasts, which have always been free to students through various donations received by the Lions Club. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the fundraising events have been cancelled due to Covid-19, i.e. “Cookies for Breakfast” at Music in the Park. The Lions Club is currently applying for grants through the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to help keep the program running. A huge thank you to the organizations and people who have supported this program over the years and continue to do so now. Thank you to the Lions Club for your volunteering dedication!
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Robert Charles Somerville April 14, 1950 - September 30, 2021 On Thursday, September 30, 2021, Mr. Robert Charles Somerville of Okanagan Falls passed away at Moog & Friends Hospice House at the age of 71 years after a long battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his mother Audrye Somerville; father Donald Somerville; and brothers-in-law Jack Minor, Mark Evans and Greg Norton. Rob will be fondly remembered by his loving family including wife Teresa; sons Alan (Sharla), Jordan (Trina) and Darren (Mary-Ellen); grandchildren Brendon, Riley, Landon, Mabel, Nick, Evelynn, Aiden, Ben, Hunter and Xavier; siblings Chris Norton, Patrick Somerville, Pamela Minor, Elizabeth Richens and Dee Petersen. Rob was well known as the owner/operator of Oliver Printing for many years. Since he loved his communities, he did not stray too far away other than a quiet honeymoon trip to Salt Spring Island, a 25th Anniversary trip to Alaska and the occasional weekend camping trip. He was raised Anglican and he taught Sunday School when his sons attended. While he was living in Oliver, Rob was an active member of the Kinsmen Club. Once he moved to Okanagan Falls, he found yet another way to serve his community with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. Rob was awarded a Medal for Exemplary Service from the Governor General of Canada for his service to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. He was also awarded a medal from British Columbia Fire Service for Long Service: 1995 - 2020. Rob was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. A memorial service for Rob was held at the Oliver Community Centre. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, numbers were limited and vaccinations were required to attend. Thank you to those who were able to join the service in person. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations are gratefully accepted for the BC Cancer Foundation: https://bccancerfoundation.com/ways-to-give/ give-in-memory-honour-or-celebration/ or Muscular Dystrophy Canada: https://muscle.ca/gifts-and-giving/legacy-estate-giving/ Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.
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By Lesley Luff of Okanagan Falls/Osoyoos Flowers to our local businesses who graciously donated prizes Well folks! Summer is over, and although the weather is somewhat for our raffle at the Fall Flea Market at the Senior’s Centre. These cooler, what a blessing it is to see the beautiful blue sky again. businesses are: Esso; Tickleberry’s; Pharmasave; G&R Auto; 3 Hopefully, this weather will continue for a while yet. Fall is the time Winds Hair Design; KJ Coffee Bar; The Spoke; Junk in the Trunk; to get everything in order, be it in preparation for the colder weather, and Little Falls Foods. Thank you everyone! You helped make the a rainy day, or for the future. This is a basic human response to Flea Market a success! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls unforeseen events. Therefore, it makes good sense to plan your Fish Heads to irresponsible dog owners! We have no issue with ﬁnal arrangements now, while you are still in control of your affairs. people walking their dogs past our house in Kaleden or the people Peace of mind is invaluable! who bring their dogs to walk on the KVR trail. The issue is when For the answers to all of your questions, you get to the north end of Alder Avenue and it turns onto the KVR call Lesley, Senior/Licensed Funeral Director, at 250-493-3912 trail and there is dog crap everywhere! Where is the respect for or email Lesley@crediblecremation.ca. other people and dog owners who use the KVR in a respectful manner? ~ From Blair D. of Kaleden We are sad to bid farewell to another Okanagan Falls resident ...
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She loved spending time in her garden and her home. Browsing garage sales, Bingo at the Seniors Centre and Scrabble, where she could still beat us all, until about a year ago.
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Mom was a very independent, industrious woman and a proud member of Royal Canadian Legion Br 26. She was a ﬂag bearer and enjoyed the trips to all surrounding area branches.
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Irene was born in Kolcse, Hungary and emigrated to Calgary, AB at the age of ﬁve. She married and raised her family there until 1967 when the family moved to Kelowna, BC. In 1998, she built a new home in Okanagan Falls, where she remained until her passing.
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November 23, 1922 - September 29, 2021 It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of our mother, Irene Rich, on September 29, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband, Lamar Rich, in July 1988. Surviving are her three children: Shirley Sarsons (Ronald) of Okanagan Falls; Dixie Topham (Paul) of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico; and Randall Rich (Elaine) of West Kelowna. Also, three grandsons, three great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren.
Fish Heads to the people that have been vandalizing Kaleden Elementary School. ~ From Lindsay S. of Kaleden
Fish Heads to doggy poos. I just don’t understand why ... some dog owners will go through the trouble of bending over to retrieve their little (or large) darling’s business. Scoop it up and slip it into a little plastic bag designed for this express purpose, tie it up with a half hitch, and go leave it out on the KVR trail, maybe on a sign post or a rock at the trail head. Somewhere in plain sight like a mask in the parking lot. Don’t know what to make of this behavior, just wondering what sort of folks these are? ~ From Ken K. of Kaleden
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