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Volume 8 : Issue 10

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Falling Leaves and Apple Pie!”

Tom Siddon

Director of RDOS Area ‘D’

After a lovely, but too short a summer, the sights and smells of autumn are suddenly upon us once again. As golden leaves begin to fall and evening chills set in, those familiar aromas of ripening fruits, wood smoke and fresh-baked apple pies are unmistakable. So as we celebrate the abundance of this year’s harvest let us give thanks for the gifts of Creation, and for all the human hands, working together, that help to provide our daily sustenance.

In Memory of Fred King ~ As we celebrate the abundance of harvest time, I’d like to say a few words in tribute to my very dear friend, Fred John King of Kaleden, who passed away on August 30th at the age of 93. Fred and his wife Audrey were close friends to Pat and me for almost 40 years; ever since he and Audrey arrived in Richmond to volunteer their assistance on my first Federal election campaign in 1978. They are the reason why we settled in Kaleden a decade later, and decided to build our future here. Throughout his entire life, Fred was a giant of a man. His generosity, his cheery nature, his dedication to good works and his strong Christian faith left an indelible mark on everyone who knew him. Fred was a lifelong orchardist, the postmaster in Kaleden, a veteran of WWII, and served as the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Similkameen from 1979-1988. As the local MP, Fred brought many important benefits to tree fruit producers and the grape and wine industries, he achieved a major expansion of the Penticton Trade and Convention center, upgrades to our harbours and research centres, and a new campus for Okanagan College in Penticton. Fred assisted so many residents of our area in many diverse ways. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Farewell, good friend! What is a Windfall? ~ At harvest time, Fred would often arrive at our door with pails of apricots, apples and other fruits. One year he invited us to pick up a lot of “windfall apples” from his orchard. Pat turned these into more than a dozen apple pies, which we served at our church harvest dinner a few days later. From that day forward, I’ve come to appreciate the true meaning of the term “windfall”. Kenyon Family Gift ~ Speaking of windfalls, I also want to pay tribute this month to another good friend, Mr. Al Kenyon. Al is the co-founder of Greyback Construction and Structurlam Building Products. He served two terms as Mayor of Penticton. He and wife Nella maintain a strong connection with his father’s former lakefront property in Okanagan Falls, now known as “Kenyon Park”. Al recently presented a generous and substantial donation to the Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation Commission to cover the entire cost of repairing and upgrading the well-used meeting facility known as “Kenyon House”. This small building, located near the beach in Kenyon Park was once the family cottage where many Kenyon children played over the years. So as Thanksgiving approaches, we say “thank you” to Al and the Kenyon family for this most generous gift to the community.

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One of the major benefits of these annual meetings is our opportunity to meet face-to-face with selected Provincial Ministers and their staff to urge their support for important local projects in our communities. This year, I will be meeting with Deputy Premier and Housing Minister Rich Coleman to advocate for an early decision on the proposed 35 unit Senior’s Housing Project adjacent to Legion Branch #227 in Okanagan Falls; with Highways Minister Todd Stone to press for a decision on Pat Burton’s 1151 signature petition for a signalized crosswalk at Cedar Street and 9th Ave; and with Community Services Minister Peter Fassbender concerning the recently completed study of Area ‘D’ Governance Options, and possible follow-up by his Ministry. Town Center Revitalization ~ In recent weeks, I have had preliminary discussions with Mr. Terry Feeny, the new owner of the former Flea Market property located between 8th and 9th Avenues in the heart of Okanagan Falls. Mr. Feeny has already expressed his desire to build low income rental apartments at this strategic site, but also seems willing to discuss a mix of uses that might bring new vitality and longterm economic benefits to the entire community. Many residents have expressed to me their appreciation of Mr. Feeny’s swift clean-up of the former “flea market” property, but have also stated their apprehension that we not lose sight of a comprehensive new vision for future development in the town centre, bounded by Highway 97 on the South and our lakefront parks to the North. The preferred community option (Plan B) arose out of 2 ½ years of public consultation with residents, business owners and transportation planners, a key feature of which is to include some form of “town plaza” or “place magnet” with an open pedestrian walkway to our lakefront parks, along the former Willow Street corridor. With leadership from consultant Lance Berelowitz and our RDOS planning team, we are now moving into the final Implementation phase of our project to create a “Town Centre Master Plan”. This will incorporate street design concepts, a traffic management plan, infrastructure needs and possible zoning changes that may become necessary to implement the final design. OCP Amendments Moving Ahead ~ Following almost two years of preparation, the updated Official Community Plan for Area D-1 is now ready for adoption. The proposed bylaw amendments received first reading approval by the RDOS Board on September 15th. The entire package is now headed for a Public Hearing scheduled for November 16th in Kaleden. Park Planning Goes Public ~ Conceptual designs for Future Park improvements in Kaleden, Okanagan Falls and Heritage Hills were presented to interested residents by our consultants, LA West, at separate meetings held on September 17th and 18th. After reviewing the opinion surveys gathered at those meetings, LA West will present their final design proposals to our Parks and Recreation Commissions later this year. KVR Trail Upgrades Nearing Completion ~ By the time you read this, the final upgrading and resurfacing of the KVR Trail should have been completed through Kaleden, North from Alder Avenue to the Banbury Campground. This is great news for all you bikers and hikers! A Final Thank You ~ To Barb Aschenbrenner and her volunteer team at the Visitor’s Information Centre, and to Barb, Marla and Myrt (with Stan passing the hat) for an excellent program of “Music in the Park” this past summer. Well done everyone! Happy Thanksgiving to All!!

UBCM Convention in Victoria ~ As I write this column, I’m preparing for the 106th Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, held this year in Victoria. A highlight of these meetings is our opportunity to debate some 150 resolutions and attend workshops on Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca a wide range of issues important to local governments and taxpayers Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 throughout BC. Some of these resolutions include contentious issues such as the regulation of store front outlets for medicinal marijuana, the zoning implications of short-term vacation rentals, more effective Open 10-5 Fri & Sat until Oct 15th enforcement of local bylaws, and the possibility of recall for unpopular or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment elected officials. www.SkahaWaterGardens.com


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Linda Larson, MLA

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Once again, it is time to thank the many volunteers who make our communities a better place for us all. In the last few weeks, I have seen volunteers at every event in every community contributing to the success of the moment. In Keremeos, the creation of an Age-Friendly Outdoor Exercise Park depended on many community groups and volunteers like the Advisory Group, who dedicated their time to finding the best location and equipment to provide a healthy exercise space. We also are grateful to have our youth representing us through local Ambassador Programs supported by a hard working group of volunteers and the youth themselves who also volunteer their time. The Festival of the Grape will celebrate 20 years in Oliver this October, and volunteers like George and Marie Boychuk will celebrate 20 years of participation. These are the kinds of people who our communities depend on every year to help showcase the best they have to visitors from all over the world. We also attract volunteers from all over, who come every year to help The Gleaners prepare fruits and vegetables used to feed impoverished people worldwide. All of the produce is donated by local farmers. Through a special request, they now have official signage on the highway. The Gleaners are lucky to get a lot of summer visitors who help, but they can always use more helping hands in the fall. The Muffin Program at SOSS will begin again in late September, but without one of the muffin bakers who has volunteered for the program since its beginning in 2001. Irene Covey has moved to Summerland and I have suggested to her that she continues to bake muffins and drive them to Oliver! She has been a tremendous volunteer in Oliver over the years and will be missed by many. And then, there are volunteers like Mike Carter, a cancer survivor, who put his time and money into a “Karaoke for Cancer” event at the Oliver Community Centre. Everyone knows someone who has been touched by Cancer, either family or friends. Thank you Mike for organizing this unique event. September is a busy month with our children back in school and the increased level of activities that it brings. It is great to see the students back at Osoyoos Secondary School. Raising awareness at all levels of how important, economically, schools are to their communities

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was an emotionally charged process. Provincial government, local government, and the community came together for a remarkable rural solution that enabled other BC communities to also be heard. In my current role as Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Education, I am looking at best practises and innovation that already exists in many rural areas that can be shared with others as we look ahead to the sustainability of our rural education system. It is interesting to note that students in BC are first in the English speaking world in Reading, Sciences and Math. Our teachers deserve our thanks for the high standard of education they continue to deliver to their students. The annual UBCM convention takes place late September in Victoria. While some municipalities are reluctant to send too many delegates due to the cost, it is money well spent. The local government representatives who are successful in getting many of their larger projects approved (highways, water and sewer, etc.) know that they need to speak to the ministries directly about their projects, and who to continue the conversations with after the initial UBCM meetings. Relationships are established with all level of government and nothing is better than face to face contact. Mayors and Councillors and Regional District representatives bring a passion for their projects to these meetings that cannot be conveyed through emails and letters alone. September is Disability Employment Month and we have a goal in BC to be the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. We are working to reduce barriers and create accessible workplaces. I encourage all businesses to build inclusive and diverse workforces. It is the most rewarding thing you can do ... good for your business and the community. Enjoy the fall season as we celebrate with great wine and food at the many Okanagan Wine Festivals events. Congratulations to all the Lieutenant Governor Wine Award winners in this riding: Hester Creek, Intersection, Kismet, Gold Hill and Bordertown. It is wonderful to know that Mt. Baldy has a new owner, and once again and another tourist and local attraction will be back on its feet (skis) for everyone to enjoy this coming winter. And finally, I would like to wish a Happy 100th Birthday to John Pollard of Oliver. The WW2 Vet and POW celebrated this milestone with family and friends at the Oliver Legion. Happy Harvest!

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Area “D” Community Services Office with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager

Apex Season Ski Passes are on sale (early rate until October 2nd), apples and pears are bountiful, the swans have been seen on Vaseux Lake ... these are the sure signs that the Fall Season is here! Park Planning started in early August. The public had a chance to view and provide feedback on the initial Concept Drawings Shona Schleppe for all three parks in Area “D” on September Rural Services 17th and 18th. LA West has provided an Manager online version of the Concept Drawings, which can be viewed through the Area “D” website. We also have the drawings in the Community Services Office! Next steps are to compile the feedback and create a refined Drawing with costing. We are still waiting for specifics on the Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Signal at Cedar Street and Hwy 97. Director Siddon and Alternate Tom Styffe attended UBCM meetings the last week of September and we hope to have provincial news on a few Area “D” projects. What a terrific turnout of community members that morning to witness the presentation of the Petition to MLA Linda Larson on August 3rd! Pat Burton has been working with MOTI on the details of this “safe crossing”, see her article for an update. Rural Dividend Fund ~ In partnership with Economic Development Regional Manager, Larry Olson, we hosted a Rural Dividend Fund presentation on September 19th, as second intake of Applications will open on October 3rd and close on October 31st. The Fund is providing $25 million a year over three years to assist rural communities with a population of 25,000 or less to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies. NEW criteria for the second intake: non-profit societies can apply, infrastructure projects and destination trail projects are also eligible. Check out the Program Guidelines at gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend or call the program coordinator at 250-356-7950. Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre ~ Opened on May 15th and closes October 15th. We have had 1,752 visitors through to the end of August. This is down slightly from previous years. According to Kelowna International Airport stats, the first seven months (including July) with the exception of April witnessed record breaking passenger volumes. As well, Penticton Tourism notes they have had a 15% increase in International visitors (mostly European and American). Please consider becoming a Visitor Centre volunteer and join a great group!

Apex Waste Transfer Station Update ~ The RDOS is planning on sending out an update flyer and questionnaire to the Apex residents this fall. The flyer will include a date for a public meeting early this winter. The purpose will be to determine the building style choice and provide a project status and financing update. As the Apex Transfer Station is deemed a utility, rezoning is not required. The RDOS is in the processes of having a RAR report for the site prepared and will take steps to comply with its recommendations. Age Friendly Transit Bench Project is progressing. We have met with MOTI and will be submitting a permit for at least five (temporary) bench locations on Route 20 and 21. The locations have been identified based on BC Transit’s Annual Report performance and priorities. Possible locations are along Eastside Road, up in Heritage Hills, as well as a few locations in Okanagan Falls. Details of the Flea Market Site are still not confirmed. The new owner has expressed interest in rentals and/or a housing project. The RDOS recently updated the Commercial Zones in D2, C4 Highway Commercial Zone was renamed to Okanagan Falls Town Centre and language updated to describe uses permitted within the Zone. Essentially, the zone is described as vibrant mixed use - allows residential units located above the first floor with commercial located on the first floor or in the rear of the building. At this time, a plan has not been submitted to RDOS for this Site. The third phase of Town Centre planning will begin this Fall. The number of homes sold through the MLS® System of the South Okanagan Real Estate Board recorded a sixth consecutive doubledigit year-over-year gain in August 2016. According to the Board’s statistics, home sales totaled 251 units in August 2016. This was up 20.1% from a year earlier. On a year-to-date basis, home sales were running 23.4% ahead of the first eight months of 2015. The dollar value of all home sales in August 2016 was $86.9 million, rising 24.2% from the same time last year. This is a record for the period, standing just a single sale ahead of 2007. From Beaches to Bluffs … • Local BC Transit Passes ~ Now available for sale in the office. • Fall Recreation ~ Check out the schedule of programs being offered in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. • Kenny McLean Christmas ~ Unique gift, limited edition, one print remaining ... Refer to the Area “D” website for details. • Rats in the Region - Please rodent proof your home and yard, remove access to food, water and shelter. For more information on rat prevention and control, visit the RDOS website or stop in the Community Services (CS) Office for an Information Brochure. Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

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Hwy 97 that goes through Okanagan Falls ~ Did you know Route 97 is North America’s longest continuous North-South highway? It begins in Weed, California where it branches off Interstate 5. It then extends across the Canadian/American Border and up to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway at Dawson Creek, BC. That’s 1067km (663 mi) in the USA and 2081km (1293 mi) in Canada for a total of 3148km (1956 mi). We have a wonderful free book here at the Visitor Centre, which is full of all kinds of things to do in the Thompson Okanagan area of Highway 97. Pop in and get one today for interesting read over the winter and maybe to plan a trip for your next season of travel. This book will also be available at the RDOS office during the winter. We are closing the Visitor Centre on October 14th and will open again in May 2017. Have a safe and wonderful winter and make sure you take in some of the events happening in the off season. I know the Senior Centre, Rec Centre and Legion have lots planned in the months ahead. Be safe and see you in the Spring!


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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Economic Development Service Establishment Bylaw BYLAW No. 2734, 2016 Notice of Alternative Approval Process NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen seek the approval of the electors with the boundaries of the Regional District for the adoption of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Economic Development Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2734, 2016. In general terms, the bylaw would authorize the establishment of a service for the promotion of economic development, including without limitation the promotion of tourism and grants for the promotion of economic development. The alternative approval process applies to qualified electors within the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Regional District may proceed with the approval of Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Economic Development Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2734, 2016 unless at least ten percent (10%) of the qualified electors (those meeting the criteria below) within the Regional District indicate their opposition by signing the Elector Response Form. The Regional District has estimated the total number of qualified electors in the Regional District to be 70,890 and that 10% of that number, or 7,089 qualified electors, must submit signed Elector Response Forms to prevent the Regional District from adopting the bylaw without the full assent of the electors by referendum. An elector response form must be in the form established by the Regional District. Elector Response Forms are available from the Regional District office, including by mail, fax, or email, on request or on the Regional District website at www.rdos.bc.ca.

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The deadline for delivering the original signed Elector Response Form to the Regional District is 4:30 pm on Monday, October 17, 2016. The only persons entitled to sign an Elector Response Form are those who meet the following criteria: Resident electors must: (a) be 18 years of age or older; (b) be a Canadian citizen; (c) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (d) be a resident of the Regional District for at least 30 days; and (e) not be disqualified by an Provincial enactment, or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election. Non-Resident property electors must: (a) not be entitled to register as a resident elector of the Regional District; (b) be 18 years of age or older; (c) be a Canadian citizen; (d) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (e) be a registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days; (f) not be disqualified by any Provincial enactment or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election; and (g) only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one parcel of real property in a jurisdiction. The bylaw is available for public inspection at the Regional District Office 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9, during regular office hours, or alternatively, on our website at www.rdos.bc.ca. For more information on the alternative approval process, please contact: Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 2A5 250-490-4146 or 1-877-610-3737 (toll free) cmalden@rdos.bc.ca

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BYLAW No. 2741, 2016 Notice of Alternative Approval Process NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen seek the approval of the electors with the boundaries of the South Okanagan Transit System Service Area of the Regional District for the adoption of the South Okanagan Transit System Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2741, 2016. In general terms, the bylaw authorizes the Board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to undertake and carry out, or cause to be undertaken and carried out, provisions of the South Okanagan Transit System Service. The alternative approval process applies to qualified electors within the proposed South Okanagan Transit System Service Area. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Regional District may proceed with the approval of South Okanagan Transit System Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2741, 2016 unless at least ten percent (10%) of the qualified electors (those meeting the criteria below) within the proposed South Okanagan Transit System Service Area indicate their opposition by signing the Elector Response Form. The Regional District has estimated the total number of qualified electors in the service area to be 15,962 and that 10% of that number, or 1,596 qualified electors, must submit signed Elector Response Forms to prevent the Regional District from adopting the bylaw without the full assent of the electors by referendum. An elector response form must be in the form established by the Regional District. Elector Response Forms are available from the Regional District office, including by mail, fax, or email, on request or on the Regional District website at www.rdos.bc.ca.

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The deadline for delivering the original signed Elector Response Form to the Regional District is 4:30 pm on Monday October 17, 2016. The only persons entitled to sign an Elector Response Form are those who meet the following criteria: Resident electors must: (a) be 18 years of age or older; (b) be a Canadian citizen; (c) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (d) be a resident of the proposed South Okanagan Transit System Service Area for at least 30 days; and (e) not be disqualified by an Provincial enactment, or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election. Non-Resident property electors must: (a) not be entitled to register as a resident elector of the proposed South Okanagan Transit System Service Area; (b) be 18 years of age or older; (c) be a Canadian citizen; (d) be a resident of British Columbia, for at least 6 months; (e) be a registered owner of real property in the jurisdiction for at least 30 days; (f) not be disqualified by any Provincial enactment or otherwise disqualified by law, from voting in an election; and (g) only register as a non-resident property elector in relation to one parcel of real property in a jurisdiction. The bylaw is available for public inspection at the Regional District Office 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9, during regular office hours, or alternatively, on our website at www.rdos.bc.ca. For more information on the alternative approval process, please contact: Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 2A5 250-490-4146 or 1-877-610-3737 (toll free) cmalden@rdos.bc.ca


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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Budget Planning ~ In an earlier edition of Skaha Matters, OFID announced a commitment to adopt a system for long-term budget planning. The system is designed to develop sustainable rates to cover maintenance, operating costs, replacement costs, reserves and debt repayment. We are pleased to announce that OFID has contracted WSP Canada Ltd. to work with us to develop an Asset Management and Investment Plan designed to: • Create an inventory of all assets, including details such as age, replacement cost, expected life and condition of each asset. • Develop a priority schedule for repair or replacement. • Develop a budget for replacement reserves. • Produce sustainable rates to adequately fund operations safely and effectively well into the future. We expect OFID Asset Management and Investment Plan to be in operation before the end of this year. Sprinkling Restrictions ~ As of September 30th, sprinkling restrictions within OFID are lifted. Irrigation District Alerts ~ Send OFID your email address or sign up for alerts on the OFID website and you will immediately receive notices of any emergencies within the Irrigation District. Music in the Park ~ The October 9th concert for “Music in the Park” has been cancelled. OFID gives a big thanks to the Committee of Myrt Niles, Marla Wilson and Barb Few for bringing such great entertainment to Okanagan Falls this year. We look forward to more wonderful music in 2017.

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Traffic Signal Petition Update

The petition signed by 1151 local residents for the installation of a pedestrian controlled traffic signal at Cedar Street and Highway 97 received a response from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, stating ... “there will be installation of overhead pedestrian signage and additional lighting, including LED lighting at the crosswalk this Fall.” This is a huge step in the right direction, but still not a pedestrian controlled traffic signal as petitioned. MOTI has been discussing the operation of Hwy 97 through Okanagan Falls with the RDOS this past year. MOTI supports the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Revitalization Planning, as submitted by RDOS, and MOTI states that ... “some improvements under this planning must be completed before any future action of pedestrian controlled flashing lights will occur.” So, the fight is not over; however, the residents are being heard and things are moving forward to reaching the community pedestrian safety concerns. Stay tuned for an update next month. If you would like more information on how you can continue to help with this process, or hear the latest updates, please contact Pat Burton by email to okfallstrafficsignals@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!

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It’s Fire Prevention Week ~ October 9-15th This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic, but essential, elements of smoke alarm safety. We are addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages: 1. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. 2. Make sure you know how old all smoke alarms are in your home. 3. To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date. Lighting Design / Renovations / Service Upgrades / Custom Controls / Home Inspection

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Free Sampler Series

No Cost or Obligation This is not intended to solicit buyers & sellers currently under contract with a brokerage.

October 6 and October 27 12:00 noon-3:00 pm

Update with Jen Charlish Summer is over and we are officially into Fall and all that goes with it. There are lots of new programs starting up for all ages. Be sure to check out the Fall Recreation flyer at www.kal-rec.ca for Kids, Youth and Teen, Adult, and New Horizons programs. Also, drop by the Library and talk to Glenda about some of the special programs she is starting soon. We also have a new office open at #1-5350 9th Avenue Okanagan Falls with lots of people available there to help you. Drop in or call 250-497-8188. Thank you to everyone who has filled out questionnaires, feedback forms and come out to the Open House to view the new Park Plan. The consulting firm will now draft a more formal plan based on your feedback. The time and feedback you have put into this project is greatly valued and will help to make a park that we can all use and be proud of. If you missed the meeting, check out the RDOS website or contact one of our RDOS staff members for more information. The New Horizons program will be hosting the Kaleden Heritage Dessert Social for older adults and seniors on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm. Come on out and test your knowledge at the heritage quiz, guess the historical artifacts, have a snack, listen to some great stories of things that used to happen in Kaleden and connect with other people in the community. There will also be a Community Halloween Dance again this year on Saturday, October 29th. If you want to get involved in the planning, volunteer, or just attend another great event, get in touch with any of the Kaleden Recreation staff and they can make sure you get in touch with the right people. Thanks to all the people in the community who have stepped up to help organize this event. Would you like to get involved in the community or in a particular project? Do you have any skills that you think would be helpful in completing one of our park projects? We are always looking for volunteers and would love to hear from you. We will also be looking for more Recreation Commission members, so watch for the applications coming soon. Finally, if you are interested in how the Recreation Commission budgets the funds to support the Kaleden Parks and Programs, please watch for the announcement of our annual Town Hall Meeting that will happen in the beginning of November. Until then, get outside and enjoy those cool mornings and warm afternoons. It’s a great season for going for a walk or just enjoying our beautiful surroundings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office by calling 250-497-8188 or email to kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

INNER BLISS BELLY DANCING by Jenny

Reiki & Ra-Sheeba Master ~ Professional Teacher/Performer ~ Egyptian

Goddess Belly Dancing Workouts in Kaleden Mondays @ 1:00 pm & Wednesdays @ 7:10 pm

More Information? 250.497.1189 or jpuls@shaw.ca or www.innerblissbellydancing.com

(Lunch by donation) Please register for lunch by phone or email October 13 and October 20 1:00 pm-3:00 pm (no lunch) @ Kaleden Community Hall

Visit: www.kal-rec.ca Phone: 250.497.8188

Email: apfadults@gmail.com

@ Kaleden New Horizons for Seniors Program

Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

Kaleden Pickleball

Tue 7-9pm & Thur 6-8 pm @ Kaleden Hall Sat 9-11 am @ Pioneer Park (Hall if rain)

250.497.8806

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

at the 1912 in Kaleden

Saturday, October 15th Bavarian Themed Buffet Dinner $30 per guest Call or Text for Reservations

250.486.8939

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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

A Big Thank You!

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Dad’s in the Kitchen! This is Jessie on the right and Peter on the left of vintageharvestfarms.com. Jessie is canning up a tomato storm of produce for sale at local markets. The Okanagan Falls Commercial Kitchen at the Community Centre is always available for small business scale production. Call 250-497-8188 to book. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

Matheson Creek Farm A perfect place to experience the freshest fruit you will ever eat.

Open Everyday 9:30-6:00 Until October 31st Apples and Apple Juice, Pears, Potatoes, Pumkins, Squash and Table Grapes.

On Eastside Road in Okanagan Falls

“We invite you to enjoy our farm and fruit stand. Relax under the arbour with a fresh fruit smoothie or a crisp apple, take in the beauty of the area and share with us our love and passion of farming.” ~ The Sloan Family Celebrating 68 years of farming in your neighbourhood!

Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Chair, Don Clark on right, receives a substantial donation cheque from Al Kenyon in middle. On left, RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon confirms support and protection of this beautiful family legacy for all to enjoy. The Kenyon Family has generations of involvement in Okanagan Falls development. One such development was the donation of a land parcel back in 1980 to the community of Okanagan Falls, known as Kenyon Park. This park falls under the management of Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation. Recently, Al Kenyon made a substantial donation to upgrade the Kenyon House facility within the park. Kenyon House is a rentable facility through Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, being a versatile little building open from April through October. It is a wonderful home base for parties in the park. Currently, there is room for a sit-down meal for about 20 people or a more ‘buffet style’ for the whole extended family. Kenyon House comes complete with barbeque, fridge, stove, tables and chairs, so it is ideal for family gatherings, meetings, or other celebrations. Families love the location, with a playground, spray park and shallow water beach. This donation will allow for much needed upgrades for this facility to better meet the needs of our community for years to come. For more information on renting Kenyon House, call 250-497-8188 or email info@okfalls.net.

Fresh BC Talent Quest Season 5 - 2017

Over 25 years experience

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CUSTOM ORTHOTICS BY PRESCRIPTION 90 min. Biomechanical assessment, including gait and pressure analysis.

CUSTOM FOOTWEAR FITTING Including Walking, Running and Hiking .

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TERRY MAKOS

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CERTIFIED PEDORTHIST CANADA

Pedorthic Association of Canada College of Pedorthics of Canada

Fresh BC Talent Quest provides 3 age group categories, professional ‘music’ workshops, performance opportunities and stage experience. The showcase features performers from ages 9-18 years involved in a fun spirited talent competition. All entertainment and skill levels are welcome to join. Performer’s have music/dance show opportunities throughout the year including local festivals, fundraisers, coffee houses, busking, community telethon, and special music events. Fresh BC Talent Quest was proud to present our Season 4 performers at the Penticton Peachfest Main Stage and Opening Ceremonies. All made possible through our Peachfest sponsorship since 2012. The 4th year of performer’s workshops are scheduled for January 2017 to be held at the Sandman Inn in Penticton. New this year, we are opening these valuable workshops to un-registered performers. For registration and workshop details, visit cmeliveproductions.com. Registration is open from October 1st - December 31st. Talent Quest starts in February 2017. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 5 - 2017 www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250.460.2221


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October Happenings For Kids In Kaleden: Shotokan Karate ~ Welcome Kurt Goessman to Kaleden. Kurt is a third degree black belt of Canada Shotokan Karate and has been teaching since 1992. Shotokan Karate focuses on creating a philosophy of tradition, confidence and excellence. Introductory class and registration session is Monday, October 17th. Program runs until Mid-December at Kaleden Hall. Ages 7-9 is from 5-6 pm. Ages 10 & up starts at 6 pm. $20/month. Jazz Dance Experience on Friday, October 21st ~ With 12 year old dance fanatic Cameron Bruner. A peer-to-peer experience. Cameron will share some of the latest dance moves. During this evening, you will learn a whole dance routine set to the latest pop hit. Snacks included. 7-9 pm $5 drop-in at Kaleden Hall. MakerSpace ~ A MakerSpace is a do-it-yourself creative space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn anything they desire. A myriad of craft and random materials will be provided for children to immerse themselves in an awesome, self-led creation extravaganza. Saturday, October 8th from 1-3 pm. Preschool Programs in Kaleden? ~ Kal-Rec invites you to a Tumble Bumble event. Thursday, October 20th from 9:30 - 10:30 am. $2 drop-in. Please rsvp to jblack@rdos.bc.ca. Can’t make it? Please let us know if there is a better time for this program.

Recreation Programs for Kaleden & Okanagan Falls Check out our websites for all programs and facility rentals!

kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497.8188 | info@okfalls.net | okfalls.net

October Happenings For Kids In Okanagan Falls: MakerSpace ~ A MakerSpace is a do-it-yourself creative space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn anything they desire. A myriad of craft and random materials will be provided for children to immerse themselves in an awesome, self-led creation extravaganza. Saturday, October 8th from 10 am - 12 noon. Please pre-register for this program. Physical Literacy 101 ~ Join us to practice basic fundamental movement skills that your preschool child should be learning and mastering ... i.e. run, throw, hop and jump. For all pre-school aged children. Every Tuesday from October 18th - November 29th from 9:30 –10:00 am. No fee. Registration is not required. IMPROV Theatre with YAM COOPER ~ Improvisation is the art of making stuff up on the spot. In a fun, supportive environment of exploration and discovery, kids will learn to shut off their inner critic and let their imagination run wild as they have a ball of a time creating everything from nothing. It’s a hoot! Mondays October 17th - November 14th. Ages 6-8 is from 5-6 pm. Ages 9-12 is from 6-7 pm.


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

Certain vitamin, herbs, and minerals have immune stimulating and anti-viral effects making them extremely useful for cold and flu prevention and treatment. Population studies show that most people are deficient in particular vital nutrients required to stave off viral respiratory illnesses, such as colds, flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, and even pneumonia. These deficiencies are generally more severe in the winter months due to a lowered exposure to sunlight, as well as other factors which may include lower mood and activity levels and perhaps less consumption of fresh foods. Some simple things everyone can accomplish to keep the immune system strong this time of year are as follows: Supplement daily with: • Vitamin D3: Vitamin D deficiency may be the greatest cause of seasonal colds and flu. During the colder seasons and at higher latitudes our bodies produce much less Vitamin D, because of lowered skin exposure to direct sunlight. A large study involving 19,000 Americans showed that those individuals with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds and flu. The risk was even greater in those with chronic respiratory disorders such as Asthma. It is now known that adults can safely consume 5000 IU daily from September through May. (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Feb 23;169(4):384-90. Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic agent. Oral Vitamin C helps protect the body from developing infections, and high-dose intravenous Vitamin C is an effective method of destroying and removing pathogenic microbes. Intravenous Vitamin C has cured viral infections which can be debilitating and even life threatening such as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flu. Orally take 1000 mg daily. Citrus or berry bioflavonoid compounds have added benefit towards immune stimulation and symptom prevention. • Zinc: Taking supplemental Zinc at the first signs of a cold or flu can cut down the time of the illness significantly, as well as reduce the severity of symptoms. Take 75 mg daily in a lozenge form once symptoms have started, or 30 mg daily preventively. (Cochrane database review of 15 randomized control trials with 1360 participants: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD001364/ ARI_zinc-for-the-common-cold) • Vitamin A: This Vitamin also shows promise as an anti-viral agent. It inactivates viruses, stimulates the immune system, and protects the mucus membranes of the respiratory track from viral invasion. 10,000 IU daily is safe and effective. Single treatments with much higher doses (100,000-200,000 IU) have shown benefit in treating upper respiratory viral illnesses and childhood viral illnesses such as Chicken Pox and Measles. • Selenium: This mineral is deficient in processed foods and has become increasingly deficient in soils that grow our food. Selenium plays a role in immune function and improves liver function. Taking 200 mg daily seems prudent. • Probiotics (and avoiding excessive use of antibiotics): Ensuring a healthy population of intestinal bacteria is one of the best ways to keep the immune system strong and functional. 80% of our immune function stems from these healthy bacteria. I often observe less inflammation and infection in people with healthy

Preventing illness-optimizing health, naturally OFFERING:

Intravenous and Injectable Therapies:  Chelation: Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and removes toxic metals from the body.  Oxidative Therapies (Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide): Safe antimicrobials and immune stimulants. Improve cellular energy.  Supportive Cancer Care: Improving outcomes and quality of life while decreasing symptoms.  Rejuvenation and Detoxification: Personalized IV’s to reduce pain, increase energy, and improve health.  Prolozone Pain Management and Joint Rejuvenation Therapy Plus, bio-identical hormone therapy to optimize health and prevent age related illness. Balancing female hormones helps menopausal symptoms.

Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician 1040 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC

250-497-6681 www.chelationokanagan.com www.facebook.com/chelationokanagan

bowel flora. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy balance of microbes and it is therefore recommended that with any course of antibiotics, probiotics be administered concurrently and for several weeks afterwards. The following herbs all help to prevent and treat colds and flu: Garlic, Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry syrup, and Oregano Oil. These can be taken as directed. Also, a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum works wonders when used at the onset of a cold or flu. It can stop the development of these illnesses if taken near the beginning. It comes in little sugar granules which dissolve easily under the tongue (great for children). And last but not least, the food we eat contributes greatly to immunity. The most significant dietary contributor to seasonal viral infections is sugar. By reducing sugar (and grain carbohydrates that convert to sugar in the body), the immune system remains robust and highly functioning. Studies clearly show that refined sugar lowers levels of immune cells in the blood stream. And of course as always, ramp up your consumption of fresh, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, healthy oils, and lean protein. Unfortunately, often prevention is left up to the Flu vaccine alone. But, to rely on this method is unwise considering the latest evidence for its relative lack of effectiveness. A review of the science states: “The preventive effect of parenteral inactivated influenza vaccine on healthy adults is small: at least 40 people would need vaccination to avoid one ILI (Influenza-like-illness) case (95% confidence interval (CI) 26 to 128) and 71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.” - See more at: http:// summaries.cochrane.org/CD001269/ARI_vaccines-to-preventinfluenza-in-healthy-adults#sthash.E9KHtt5n.dpuf For more information on this and other natural prevention tips, contact Dr. Tamara Browne at the Natural Family Health Clinic in Okanagan Falls at 250 497-6681 or visit www.drtamarabrowne.com.


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Tinnitus - Ringing in the Ears Are you struggling with the symptoms of tinnitus and looking for answers? Osteopathy could be your solution. By Scott Fisher of Wellness in Motion

Tinnitus or ‘ringing in the ears’ can affect people of any age with research showing that up to 15% of the population lives with the symptoms of tinnitus. Many factors are associated with the cause of tinnitus, for many people it is a combination of these that trigger the tinnitus. Common causes include exposure to loud noises, trauma to the head or neck, trauma to the ear canal, and post traumatic stress disorder. The trigger for tinnitus can also be as simple as an ear infection, a trip to the dentist, or having your ears cleaned. Tinnitus can also commonly be caused by hearing loss and this can be identified with a simple hearing test. For most people tinnitus may just be a mild inconvenience; however, for others the symptoms can become chronic and can directly affect a person’s quality of life. Most forms of tinnitus are subjective, as they can only be detected by the person experiencing the noise and cannot be accurately measured by anyone else. Tinnitus can have many forms including being described as the sounds of crickets, a dull roar, hissing, ringing, or cymbals clashing, all with varied ranges of pitch and volumes. Chronic tinnitus symptoms can be consistently present or can come and go with intensity throughout the day. Other symptoms of tinnitus may include: poor concentration levels, difficulty sleeping, inability to relax, increased anxiety, and elevated stress levels. A vicious cycle may occur when elevated stress levels increases the tinnitus symptoms, which then in turn causes increasing stress levels. The overall effect of tinnitus then involves deeper emotional centers of the brain, which can result in deeply ingrained patterns. Osteopathic treatments for tinnitus focus on all of the discomforts associated with tinnitus including cranial treatment for the tinnitus itself. Many people respond very well to osteopathic treatments feeling a return of balance into their lives. Committing to a series of Osteopathic treatments can play a significant role in calming the deep emotional centers affected by tinnitus, calming the para-sympathetic nervous system, and reducing the symptoms of tinnitus - all resulting in an increased quality of life! Discover the benefits of Osteopathy for the symptoms of tinnitus by booking an appointment with Scott Fisher at “Wellness In Motion” in Okanagan Falls. To find out more about Osteopathy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion”, find us at www. discoverwellnessinmotion.com.

By Appointment Only

Holistic Treatments for Health and Vitality

MANUAL OSTEOPATHY, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, PHYSIOKEY THERAPY & YOGA THERAPY Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P. Carol Fisher, RYT500 wellnessinmotion@outlook.com 101-1040 Main St, Okanagan Falls

250.488.2204

www.discoverwellnessinmotion.com

Foot Care By Janel + Much More!

Hello, my name is Janel Bailey. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and Advanced Footcare Provider. I have lived in the Penticton area for 11 years and intend on staying for many more. I attended Okanagan College and have worked as an LPN for 8.5 years. I am thrilled with the positive response from this article after just one month! My business “Footcare by Janel” is licensed, insured, and mobile valley-wide. I will take appointments for all ages. I use very safe and effective products for all skin types. I am also a Blue Cross/Veterans provider. I accept cash or cheque. I enjoy yoga, music, camping, going for walks with my dog and enjoy a clean lifestyle. I also own a prestigious level, botanically based health and wellness company, called Arbonne. I get to help others reach their own goals of personal health, clearer skin, financial and time freedom and do it all at an incredible discount, at their own pace, with whom they want and wherever they want. Through our nutrition program, I have lost over 40lbs, healed and cured my own cystic acne and I am no longer on any medications besides vitamins, also through Arbonne. There is something for everyone from the very young to the young at heart! I teach others to stop shopping from the corporate stores, start shopping at their own mall and get paid to shower, wear make up, sunscreen, apply lotion, etc. With over 400 clinically proven, pure, safe and beneficial products that actually do what they say they are going to do. Feel safe knowing that the scientists, dermatologists, pediatricians, ophthalmologists, nurses and many others have taken the guess work out of everything, so you do not need to worry about what you are using and know you are getting the best products. Please check out www.janelbailey.arbonne.com to learn more. It is my job to get you the best deal! For your own FREE FACIAL treatment, please give me a call! I would love to help anyone who wants change in their feet, skin or life. Please call 250-462-5666. Thank you for your time! Make it a beautiful day!


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Creative Wellness Solutions

Live Well HEALTH TIP Jeff Hickey, Pharmacy Manager

brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

It is never too late to quit smoking! ~ Although most of us

are aware and can appreciate the negative effects of smoking and the benefits associated with quitting, it remains one of the most difficult addictions to shake. But, GOOD NEWS, the BC Ministry of Health continues to provide free smoking cessation products to its residents. This year’s smoking cessation product has been very successful throughout the entire province. Of note, I have had many patients quit this year, both for the first time, and for the tenth (and final) time! So, if you are ready to quit smoking, or are contemplating it, or know you are not ready right now, but eventually would like to try quitting ... Come in and talk to me and we can discuss different options. The Smoking Cessation Program is running until December 31, 2016 and covers nicotine replacement therapy products (gum, patch, inhaler, lozenges, etc.) and two prescription smoking cessation drugs Zyban (bupropion) and Champix (varenicline). The nicotine replacement therapy products DO NOT require a prescription. Just come into the pharmacy and you will be given 12 weeks (84 days) of a product at NO CHARGE! As for the two prescription options, these are both efficacious options for the right patient. These require a prescription from the doctor and until December 31, 2016, they will both be Pharmacare benefits (i.e. covered by BC Medical), but not necessarily ‘free’. It is not overly often that the government is willing to give us Freebies ... Why not take advantage of it?!? So, tell your family and friends about this program. And, tell them to come down and see Jeff at Pharmasave and we can work together for the best chance of leaving that smoking addiction in the dust! ;)

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, October 26th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

Pharmasave Okanagan Falls 5217 9th Avenue, Highway 97 Phone: 250-497-8050 HOURS: Mon - Fri 9am - 5:30pm & Sat 9am - 4pm

*FREE Prescription Deliveries to Okanagan Falls & Kaleden Areas*

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Fitting in regular massage therapy has so many physical benefits like increasing circulation and flexibility, enhancing immunity, providing greater energy, but it is also very good for your mental health. October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The Mental Health Centre reports: A meta-analysis of 17 clinical studies found a significant reduction in depressive symptoms following engagement in a massage therapy program. According to the authors, all of the studies analyzed found that massage produced significant antidepressant effects. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has conducted numerous studies concerning massage and mental health. The results include findings that massage therapy effectively reduces symptoms associated with: anorexia nervosa; anxiety; depression; stress; and other mental health conditions Massage therapy is also widely used as a complementary treatment for digestive disorders, headaches, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, as well as a wide range of other conditions. Although researchers don’t know exactly why massage therapy has such marked benefits for depression, anxiety and other mental disorders, it’s believed that it reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, lowers blood pressure and heart rate and increases serotonin and oxytocin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in stabilizing your mood and promoting sleep, while oxytocin, dubbed the “love hormone”, has anti-anxiety effects and promotes feelings of relaxation, trust and psychological stability. Experts also believe that massage produces feelings of comfort and connection as a result of caring physical contact. Additionally, stress reduction goes a long way toward improving your overall physical and mental health and well-being. Stress plays a role in many health conditions, including addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension and heart disease. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre on Cedar Street weekly. We offer three 15-minute routines, you can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. We are a mobile service, so are available to meet your unique needs. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

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Okanagan Falls IS Age Friendly!

250.497.8188

with Kim English, Age Friendly Coordinator

In September, another 12 businesses took the Age Friendly Business Assessment! 'Age Friendly' is 'People Friendly' and it means that businesses are actively considering the comfort, safety, visibility and respect of all it's customers. Many businesses found that after taking the assessment a few little changes make BIG differences in customer satisfaction and safety. With over 25 businesses participating in Okanagan Falls, ensure your business is a part of this global initiative. Book your Free Age Friendly Assessment - call Area D Community Service Office at 778-515-5520 or email okanaganfallsAF@gmail.com. Did you know the term "age-friendly" was coined in a world-wide study led by the World Health Organization in 2006. Governments, societies, researchers and older people in 33 cities in 23 countries collaborated to identify the characteristics of an age-friendly city. Let's work together and ensure Okanagan Falls is recognized as Age Friendly! Look for the Age Friendly decal at the following businesses: OK Barber Shop; The Natural Family Health Clinic & Chelation Centre; Okanagan Falls Medical Centre; Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner; Falls Market; The Falls Furniture & Cabinet Co.; Okanagan Falls Visitor’s Centre; Johnson Meier Insurance; G&R Auto Repair; Liquidity Winery & Bistro; Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery; and Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars.

Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join!

Enjoy activities that interest you. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! Call Audree 250-497-5572 or Robert 778-515-0015

info@okfalls.net www.okfalls.net

Okanagan Falls IS Age Friendly!

Initiative is funded by the BC Age Friendly Program

Our Age Friendly Plan Continues ...

How do you become an Age Friendly Business? 1. Sign your business up for the Age Friendly Business Program! 2. Identify a member of your staff to act as a champion for age-friendliness at your business. 3. Ask your older customers for feedback on how you could become more age friendly. 4. Create a commitment to age friendly, by identifying three actions you will undertake to become more age friendly. 5. Contact Kim English, the Okanagan Falls Age Friendly Coordinator, for a free assessment! Email okanaganfallsAF@gmail.com today!

New Modern Fully Digital Family Dental Clinic Now Accepting New Patients For Appointment Information Please Call 250-809-7642


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Introducing Services By Patty Irwin

Hi, my name is Patty. I’ve been living in Okanagan Falls for over a year. I thoroughly enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and natural beauty of the area. I am a community-oriented person and my services are connected to supporting and helping people. I am open to tailoring what I offer to meet the individual needs of my clients. I am both available for on-call appointments or booking a set schedule. A little more about my services: I am an experienced house cleaner and can do weekly, biweekly, and detailed or seasonal cleaning. I have over 25 years of professional cleaning experience. I am also looking for clients in the support worker field. I graduated in 2015 at the top of my class and have a Diploma as a Community Services Worker, with Certificates in Mental Health, Personal Support and Education Assistant. I am able to work with all ages, including seniors. I bring a positive attitude, high integrity and a joy for connecting with people. I am also skilled at home organizing, general cleaning, laundry or detailed cleaning, while also being a companion for someone, going for walks, buying groceries, walking the dog, whatever is needed to support a person in their daily routine in the comfort of their own home. I am also good with animals and can help with the care and grooming of pets. I have worked with children and enjoy working with them doing creative activities or going on outings in nature. I am also a Massage Technician, trained in Swedish relaxation massage and Indian head massage. My rates are as follows: For house cleaning or support work, I charge $25/hour; For Indian Head Massage it is $60/ hour or $85/hour for mobile service; And, for Swedish Massage it is $90/ 1.5 hours or $115/ 1.5 hours for mobile service. Patty Irwin, “Services for the Heart & Home” ... Call 778-889-9725, so we can discuss how best I can help meet your personal needs.

Free Wireless Internet!

www.orl.bc.ca

Kaleden Branch:

101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm

The Kaleden Library is having their Annual October Contest “Guess How Much the Pumpkin Weighs?” The lucky person who guesses the weight of the pumpkin (without going over) will win! The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 27th, just in time to take home to carve for Halloween. During the month of October, stop by the Kaleden Library to view “Quilt Wall Hangings” handmade by Peggy Swerdfeger and Cheryl Woodcock. The Kaleden Library will be hosting an afternoon of “Learning How To Knit or Crochet” on Tuesday, October 11th starting at 2:30 pm. Wool and needles are supplied. Please call the Kaleden Library for more information on this program. If there are enough participants, we can run a program on Thursday evenings too. Preschool Storytime is Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 am. A special Halloween Storytime will be held on Tuesday, October 25th. Children are welcome to wear their costumes! After School Lego is Thursday, October 27th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register ahead for this program, as space is limited. Please contact the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or kaleden@orl. bc.ca for more information on these programs.

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

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

For more info, call Patty at 778.889.9725 Enjoy Our New Family Farm Venture ...

Welcome to our Information Sessions at the Library on Wednesday afternoons from 1 - 2 pm. These information sessions are free. Come and bring a friend! •

October 5 ~ Choosing the Right Vacation, with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel

October 12 ~ How to Boost Retirement Funds, with Interior Savings Credit Union, Okanagan Falls Branch

October 19 ~ Craft Circle on Quilting, with Bev Matilla

October 26 ~ Better at Home, with Myrna Tischer

If you have a topic for discussion and would like to host an information session, please contact Lynn at the Okanagan Falls Library. Join us for a special Halloween Storytime on Tuesday, October 25th from 9:30 - 10:30 am. We will read stories, sing songs, and make a craft! Come and bring a friend!

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Fresh Apples & Pears Farm Direct Pricing ... Just .50 cents per pound!

Please join us for Adult Colouring Sessions on Saturday, October 8th & 22nd from 11 am - 1 pm. Created for adults who are interested in colouring for relaxation, peace of mind, or just to express creativity and meet people who share the same interest. All supplies are provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Book Club is on Tuesday, October 18th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Lego Night is on Tuesday, October 25th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Our Grand Prize Winner for Summer Reading Club was Charlotte Foster (on left), who filled 4 reading records! Congratulations Charlotte!!

Piano and Theory Lessons in Kaleden Members of BC Registered Music Teachers

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Baking By Order: Homemade Pies, Cookies, Cinnamon Buns, etc. By advanced order only!

* Overflow parking available at gas station, along Cedar Street & behind station.

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Monday, October 10th ~ 4 - 8 pm Full Traditional Turkey Dinner: Soup or Salad to Start, Turkey, Ham, Stuffing, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetables, Cranberries, Carrot Salad, Crusty Bun, & Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Breakfast 7:30 - 11 am Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast ~ $5.00 2 Pancakes ~ $2.00

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Lunch 11 am - 4 pm Deluxe Burger & Fries ~ $6.00 Chicken Burger & Fries ~ $7.00

WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS: Monday ~ Two Can Dine for $18.99 Mushroom Chicken Bacon Alfredo with Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread + Banana Coconut Cream Cake Tuesday ~ Savoury Salisbury Steak Soup or Salad, Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Onion Gravy, Mashed Potatoes & Sweet Peas + Apple Pie Wednesday ~ BBQ Chicken & Ribs BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Homecut Fries & Vegetables + Strawberry Shortcake Thursday ~ Traditional Roast Beef Dinner Soup or Salad, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding + Dessert Friday ~ Fresh Battered Cod or Halibut & Chips (4-8 pm)

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School District No. 53 Board Report

with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee Back To School In SD53! We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all staff, teachers, support staff, administration, and maintenance crews, for ensuring a smooth and positive transition for students. Okanagan Falls Elementary School News: Parent Advisory Council (PAC) ~ President - Kristine Robbins; Vice President - Becky Thomson; Secretaries - Lindsay Hainstock and Nadine Cobb; Treasurer - Sarah Isaksen; and Members at Large Karen Pearce. Thank you to all our volunteer parents for taking part in PAC, a very important role supporting our students and schools. Also, I would like to thank Deborah Rivest, Past-President and wish her good luck in her new job. PAC meetings at Okanagan Falls Elementary occur on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm in the School Library. Volunteers Wanted ~ One to One Reading Program is seeking volunteer readers. These trained volunteers work with students who can benefit from developing strategies that build reading, confidence, fluency, and comprehension. If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor 1.5 hours per week, please contact coordinator Mrs. Sherry Reynolds at 250.473.5711. Before/After School Care ~ If you are interested in enrolling your child in before/after school care, please contact Sloane Kusmack at the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club (250.493.0512 - ext 122). Facilitator Mr. Aaron Robinson. District News ~ We’ve had a positive start to the new school year. Some schools have had to re-configure classes based on changes in enrolment, which is often typical of school start up. While enrolment is still very preliminary, as of September 20, 2016, the district has a total of 2229 students compared to 2158 as of September 30, 2015. Final enrolment numbers will be calculated by full time equivalent on

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September 30th and will be reported out soon after. Oliver schools have had the largest increase, while schools in Cawston, Keremeos, and Okanagan Falls are showing a decline compared to September 30th, 2015. Osoyoos schools are showing a slight increase overall. Provincial Curriculum ~ The BC Provincial Curriculum defines for teachers what students are expected to know and to do in their grade and area of learning. It provides learning standards for students. BC’s revised curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 9 is now in effect. The curriculum has been redesigned to fit with the modern education system that is needed for today’s world. Each area of learning features “Big Ideas” that are important for students to understand, as well as curricular learning standards. The core competencies of thinking, communication, and social responsibility are key. The curriculum redesign aims to: • Reduce the prescriptiveness of the existing curriculum, while ensuring a consistent focus on the essential elements of learning. • Allow teachers and students the flexibility to personalize the learning experience to better match each student’s individual strengths and needs. • Balance the foundational skills that students need to learn with the “big ideas” or concepts that they need to understand to succeed in their education and their lives. Teachers and administrators across the district are collaborating to support the implementation. It is an exciting time in BC & in our schools. Parenting Anxious Kids Program ~ This 3-session program, offered in Oliver, is for parents of anxious children and teens. Some anxiety is normal, but if your child’s anxiety seems to be worse then other kids, or stops them from enjoying their day to day life, we can give you some tools to help them cope! Join us for 3 Wednesdays, October 5, 12 & 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm at SOSS Library in Oliver. To register, please call 250.487.4422. For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School District No. 53, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878.

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Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

How to become a 1 to 1 Reading Volunteer Tutor

One-to-One Reading wants you to join our team of dedicated volunteers who tutor children who will benefit from extra support and enrichment in reading! The work is fun and very rewarding! We provide thorough training and ongoing support to all our volunteer tutors and hope you will consider joining our team as this is a tremendous opportunity to truly make a difference in a child’s confidence and chance of succeeding academically and in life. These are invaluable opportunities for our students to practice reading over and above their classroom instruction. Reflections include: “What a difference it makes to have these wonderful volunteers come into the room, students’ are excited to spend quality time with their tutors celebrating a love of literacy! The sessions are a real highlight in their week and emphasis the importance of relationships in learning.” (Classroom Teacher). “My highlight includes that special moment when you see a light goes on and my student is now reading, motivated to read, sounding out words on their own, and have a reassuring smile that covers their entire face!” (Volunteer Tutor). What’s Involved in One to One Reading? ~ We’ll support you in your role in a number of ways. You’ll attend a comprehensive training session, facilitated by our in-house coordinators, packed with techniques, tips and tricks that will ensure you are well prepared for your first tutoring session. You’ll have access to ongoing support from our one to one coordinators, whose job it is to help you be as effective and supported as you can be. You’ll have the opportunity to attend additional training sessions throughout the year, and opportunities to meet your peers. You will be joining our team of dedicated volunteers helping foster a love of literacy! How do I sign up? ~ We make it easy. 1) Contact our program coordinator, Mrs. Sherry Reynolds at 250-473-5711, or Ms. Ruell Smith at 250-497-5716. 2) Complete an online criminal record check application. 3) Attend a one to one training session (Thursday, October 6th from 1-4 pm with Literacy Now in Penticton at the Penticton School Board office. Pre-registration is required). What if I will be away and will miss some of my scheduled tutoring sessions? We’ll do our best to find a replacement, or the student will skip that session. We understand that some events in life need to take priority over volunteer commitments. As long as you can keep a consistent schedule most of the time, that’s perfectly fine with us! What if I have more time available and want to take on more than one shift? We’d be thrilled to assign you another shift at the same school or have you as a sub to cover tutor absences. I have no tutoring or teaching experience. Am I qualified? If you love children and love reading, you’re fully qualified to join us. We’ll make sure you have all the tools and training you need. Our tutors must be at least 18 years of age and proficient in English. Volunteers must commit to a regular, weekly shift of 2 or 3 hours from October to June. If you wish to discuss in person, contact either Sherry or Ruell. Contact us today so you can share your love of reading and open the world of books to a child!

with Samantha James This month we have our annual visit to Matheson Creek Farm on Wednesday, October 19th. So, we invite families to join us on the school bus as it leaves that morning from StrongStart at 9am. Other special dates are: Storytime with Lynn on Wednesday, October 12th at 9am; Speech & Language on Monday, October 17th at 10am; and Dancing with Miss McCall on Wednesday, October 26th at 10:30am. Please Note: We have no school on Monday, October 10th for Thanksgiving Day, as well as no school on Friday, October 21st for Professional Development. StrongStart is closed during these days. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.

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OK Mini School Our “Cookie Dough Fundraiser” is under way through October 14th. You can choose from White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Monster, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, and Sugar Cookie. If you would like to support our preschool by purchasing cookie dough, please let us know. OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. For more information, please send an email to Bonnie. OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

Hey Local Businesses, You’ve Been Challenged!!!

with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Secretary We are a little school with BIG HEART and it shows. It was exciting to have the biggest turn out of parents to an Okanagan Falls PAC meeting ever! Lots of great things happening, so here are a few note worthy October upcoming highlights: • Farm Bag Fundraiser: This is a great fundraiser for our school and a great way to keep our families healthy (wins all around)! Please spread the word and sign up to get your bag through the months of October to December. Thank you to our new community member Sholeh Pickell for organizing. Please sign up at www.localmotive.ca. • “Attitude of Gratitudeâ€? Pancake Breakfast: Join with master flipper Dave Oosterveld during the morning of Friday, October 7th. Parent volunteers are greatly welcomed. • Local Business Challenge: See the announcement in this issue for a fundraising challenge started by one of our caring community businesses. Help our little Falcons fly! In the great Skaha Matters tradition, we would like to send ... Flowers to Deborah Rivest for all her dedicated work as PAC president over the last couple years. Flowers to Kristine Robbins for stepping up to take over this year. There are more fun things in the works, so feel free to join in! The Okanagan Falls PAC meets at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the school library with free childcare ... but no you can’t drop them off to go to a movie instead (we are nice, but we are not that nice). If you have any questions or ideas for our PAC, please call Kristine at 250-497-6006 or call the school at 250-497-5414.

Local Schools & Charities Fundraise Supporting Local Organic Farmers

The Farm Bag Fundraiser is set to launch another successful year in over 7 communities in the Okanagan/ Similkameen region. Using an innovative fundraising platform, the program serves clients with a monthly seasonal hamper of Organic and Local Fruit and Vegetables, and donates 25% of the sale to each school. Last year the program served over 25 groups in the region and helped raise over $15,000 for these schools and charities. Running from October through December, the program distributes pre-ordered seasonal hampers of fruits and vegetables, providing recipes and information on the growers that supply the program. Each hamper costs $40, and contains a variety of unique vegetables and fruits, grown by local organic farmers. “People are very excited about this program,� says organic farmer and founder Thomas Tumbach, who initiated this program 6 years ago after noticing that schools were looking for better ways to fundraise. As a farmer himself, Tumbach is always looking for ways to more effectively market the produce he grows, and so he put these two needs together to create this project. “Farmers benefit from a guaranteed sale to subscription buyers, so they receive a fair price for their products, plus consumers gain access in winter months to fresh, local and organic produce from local farmers. It is a great way for local farmers to distribute their produce directly into the hands of consumers, and to know that schools and charities are getting some benefit as well. Last year, we distributed 50,000 lbs of local organic produce through the program, which is a real success in itself.� The Okanagan Falls Elementary School is one such group that is hosting the program this season. The group is looking for more participants and hopes locals will sign up before the program starts in early October. This season, the project has been sponsored by the Valley First Credit Union “Feed the Valley� Campaign, as well as Natures Fare Markets. For more information and to sign up, visit www.localmotive.ca and follow the links for the Farm Bag Fundraiser.

Robbins Drilling & Pump Ltd. would like to challenge our business community to give back to our local Okanagan Falls Elementary School.

We pledge to start this challenge by offering $1000.00 to our Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC.

Step up and help with either a monetary donation or a donation in kind to our Silent Auction at the Christmas Concert. (There will be No Basket Raffle this year.) All donations are tax-exempt with a receipt upon request for the 2016 tax year. Also, all companies that join in the challenge will be honoured in our local Skaha Matters. There will also be a special surprise from the school children for the biggest challenger. So, who will it be ‌ Who will help our Falcons Fly? This is a great way of showing your community support, plus it will directly allow our school children access to extra-curricular activities, special field trips, school events, as well as offer our children an enhanced music program. We really need your support! If you would like to participate in this Business Challenge, please contact Kristine Robbins at 250-497-6006 or email to kmrobb3@telus.net or call the school at 250-497-5414.

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Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! We would like to welcome you and provide you with a package of community information. Please call 250-460-3387.

School Trustee Report for SD67

with Ginny Manning The Elementary Summer School Program enrolled 113 students, an increase of 23 students over last year (87 primary and 26 intermediate). Students are referred by their teachers for help with reading and math skills. The Middle and Secondary Summer Program saw an increase of nine for a total of 52 students enrolled (26 in grade 6-8 and 26 in grade 9-10). Students were referred by their teachers for help with math and/or science and received credit upon completion of their coursework. Summer School runs through the first two weeks of July and students must commit to the full two weeks or they will not receive credit for their coursework. School District 67 staff participated in a curriculum implementation day on September 6th that focused on assessment and the new curriculum. The K-8 curriculum is in use this year and the 9-12 curriculum is now available to teachers to tryout. The district has completed its process for enhancing student learning, which has been posted to our website at sd67.bc.ca. The board was pleased to support the successful YMCA $500,000 grant application, to the Child Care Capital Funding Program, which will go towards the construction of childcare space adjacent to Queen’s Park Elementary. Naramata Community Playschool also received a $140,000 grant from the same program that will go towards renovating space in Naramata Elementary. The playschool currently occupies a classroom and they are looking forward to having their own permanent space in the school. The Board received the results of the annual audit at the September Board meeting. The audit was conducted by KPMG, who were awarded the contract after an RFP process last spring. They reported the audit was clean and very good controls are in place. They had no concerns with the way the district is conducting its financial processes. Our district will receive approximately $167,000 from the recently announced Transportation Fund. One of the stipulations for the use of the funding is to eliminate bussing fees. As SD67 does not charge for bussing, the funding may be used to fund or enhance other projects. Staff will bring a plan forward for consideration in the near future. In June, the board committed to creating an LGBTQ+ policy so at the September Business Committee meeting the board gave direction to staff to develop a draft policy to bring back for review. Policies #317 Harassment / Threats / Intimidation / Racial Prejudice / Violence and Policy #310 District Code of Conduct will be reviewed after the new LGBTQ+ policy has been created. We are pleased the applications for the Rural Education Enhancement Fund (REEF) were successful allowing both Trout Creek and West Bench Elementary Schools to remain open. Many thanks go to parents, community members, staff and trustees for the time and effort it took to pull the information together for the 100 page applications on an extremely short timeline. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

with Ms. Heather Rose, Kaleden School Principal

September’s 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Kaleden students and families are back at school eager and ready to begin a new school year! Teachers are working with their classes to create brain-friendly, emotionally safe places for their students to learn and thrive. Kaleden students are spending a part of each day engaging in a school-wide walk/run routine in preparation for our annual Terry Fox and School District Cross Country runs. Our new Kindergarten students are very excited to have begun their transition into full days at school. Kaleden School has welcomed over 20 new students this fall!

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

with Brad Nunes We did it everyone. We have made it through the first month. The routines are starting to set in. We are getting the school year shuffle grove on. The calendar has gone from a nice clean slate with long sweeping strokes of vacation to something that looks like Salvador Dali attacked it with finger paints. Evenings have gone from long BBQs at the beach to stuffing a hot pocket in your face as you dash from Jazz Piano to New Age Yoga Power Skating with a stop off at Brownie Beaver Guides. I may have gotten a few things mixed up ... I will have to check with my wife to clarify. Anyway, PAC would like to remind parents as they consider their child’s Halloween costume, please make sure your child can see and be seen! Whenever possible use make-up instead of masks (allows for better scoping out of candy locations) and give them a light or at least something reflective. If you want to make all the other parents jealous, try to work the light/reflector into their costume. The kids will love it and the other parents will mumble under their breath about making them look bad while sipping their Merlot. We have a few dates in the calendar for y’all. We have a PAC meeting at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, October 12th in the School Library. We switched up the time to keep everyone on their toes. We will be hosting our Annual Turkey Dinner this month, so stay tuned to the Kaleden Community Facebook page for details. Also, PAC is sponsoring a Family Movie Night again this year. The first movie will be on Friday, October 14th starting at 7 pm. I was told it was Disgruntled Fowl ... no wait ... Angry Birds! (My bad.) Lastly, we have our Annual Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza! It is on Friday, October 28th at 10:35 am. I heard a rumor that Ms. Rose was going to use power tools to carve her pumpkin this year. Let’s see what happens! Once again, a huge thank you to the community for all your help and support. Have a happy October. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Burnell (Sawmill) Lake

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Burnell (a.k.a. Sawmill) Lake near Oliver is managed as a “Trophy” fishery. Trout/Char must be released, artificial fly only, bait ban, single barbless hook and no ice fishing is allowed. The plan to retain Sawmill as a Trophy fishery is not complex, limit the number of fish in this productive lake and they will get big. Management of those who wish to use the lake and surrounding area can be a head scratcher. It is obvious that fencing is required to protect the lakeshore and accommodate the needs of each user group. Three different range users boarder the lake, thus separate water access must be provided. There are two heavily utilized recreation sites on the lake, a road around the lake, quad trail passing through the area and a horse trail riding business. But wait, there’s more ... the lake is aerated, thus dangerous thin ice, and likely a few more things I forgot. Most agree, fencing is necessary and more desirable than excluding some of the current users. When it comes to who is going to design, pay for and maintain the fencing, not as many hands are raised in agreement. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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Stay Comfortable & Save Energy Getting a heating system tune-up now, before the weather is cold, is much more convenient than waiting for a repairman during the winter in a cold home without heat. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your heating system inspected, cleaned, and tuned ... and get rebates for it. Get your natural gas furnace/boiler and fireplace serviced by October 31st, 2016 and receive $25 rebate for each for a total of $50. Or, if you have a heat pump, get it serviced by December 31st, 2017 and receive $50. For full program details, visit www.fortisbc.com/rebates, call 1-866-436-7847, or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com.

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Quiz: What Kind of Homeowner Are You? with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West If you had to put your home on the market tomorrow, how ready would it be for showing? Canadians move every 7 years on average, so whether you’re preparing to sell or happily staying put, it’s important to keep in mind what you’ll need to do when the time comes. 1) After finishing your dinner, do you ... a. Leave everything on the table and return later to clean up. b. Take dishes off the table and put away leftovers. The dishes you piled in the sink can wait until your favourite TV program is over. c. Clean the table, put leftovers in the fridge and wash the dishes. 2) Your home office has a desk that is ... a. Covered with papers and random objects. You can never seem to find important documents when you need them. b. Somewhat organized with enough free space to do work. It may look slightly messy, but you know exactly where everything is. c. Extremely clean and organized. Librarians would admire the efficiency of your filing system. 3) In your household, you have ... a. An indoor pet who seems to shed non-stop and a smoker who often smokes indoors. b. One of the above. c. None of the above. 4) How do you accessorize your home? a. With mementos, souvenirs and family photos. You like being surrounded by lots of memories. b. With eclectic artefacts & antique items. Your style is uniquely you. c. With few decorative or personal items. Less is definitely more. 5) Which best describes your home? a. You haven’t had the time to decorate or organize. In fact, you’re using the guest room for storage. b. The main areas are decorated, furnished and organized, but you haven’t had the chance to do the same in the basement or guest room yet. c. Each room is properly furnished and decorated. You are currently planning your next renovation. Mostly A’s ~ Your home may need a deep cleaning and de-cluttering to prepare it for sale. Pack unnecessary items away, making sure counters and tables are free of appliances and personal items. If pets or smokers reside in your home, have the carpets, draperies and upholstery professionally cleaned to remove the undesirable odours. Mostly B’s ~ There are a few easy steps you can take to make your home more appealing. Clean your home from top to bottom, paying special attention to kitchens and bathrooms. Organize closets and storage areas. Brighten and lighten your home with a fresh coat of neutral coloured paint and fix any minor repairs that you’ve been neglecting. Mostly C’s ~ Your home is in top shape and will only benefit from a little added flair to bring in that sale. Place fresh flowers on the mantle and set the dining room table for a formal dinner. If it’s a cool day, light a fire in the fireplace. Look at your home through the buyers’ eyes and create an atmosphere that will help them envision themselves living there. Before any work begins, I would be happy to help you see your home through the objective eyes of a prospective buyer. Making the right impression is critical. It will help you sell your home more quickly and at a better price. Please contact me and let me put my expertise to work for you.

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Central America is Calling

with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel Central America is calling! And, an increasing number of travelers are hearing the message that it’s time to pack up and take off. Seven countries make up this region: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Together they form a land bridge between North and South America, and collectively they don’t take up as much space as the state of Texas! We are looking at a unique area that delivers the variety of vacation experiences that people seek nowadays. This area offers natural wonderlands of reefs, rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, national parks, and private islands, which are habitats for hundreds of species of exotic birds, butterflies, flora and fauna. Within this region of the world, vacationers can find action packed adventures with hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving deep sea fishing, river rafting, sea kayaking and canopy touring. One can also connect with cultural encounters, while exploring magnificent Mayan monuments in ancient ceremonial city sites, colonial towns and country markets. And, to suit any vacation style, this area also offers creature comforts ranging from rustic jungle bound lodges to sky high luxurious mountain inns and seaside resorts liberally laced with spas. It’s the great outdoors that first put Central America on the travel map for great experiences in natural wonderment. And, no country has reaped greater benefits from an amazing diversity of ecosystems, protected in national parks, than Costa Rica. However, no lesser natural wonder ... think the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve, Honduras’ Pico Bonito National Park and the Sobriana National Park, which is part of the Panama Canal Zone, just outside Panama City ... await travelers in the other Central American countries, which are making serious efforts to safeguard their bountiful natural assets. The ‘call of the wild’ is also heard by active travelers looking for five star adventure. And, one of the nicest aspects of action-minded vacations is their family appeal. In many central American countries, family bookings are booming, where lodges and hotels, by the sea or in the rainforest, offer a roster of activities that embraces all generations. Recall the saying, “the best things come in small packages”, and know that the seven small countries that make up Central America add up to a big, exciting destination vacation. Call Vi or Dy to plan and book your Central America Vacation today!

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with Wendy Weisner The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is an excellent community resource for people looking to volunteer. Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s website at www.volunteercentre.info for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you’d like a more intensive introduction to volunteering, please make an appointment to explore your options in more depth. Call 1-888-576-5661 or email info@volunteercentre.info. Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities: Salvation Army ~ Salvation Army empowers people on the fringe of our society. Fighting poverty and caring for those in need. Our volunteers are the pillar of our work. We have volunteers picking fruit, others mentor in our soup kitchens, some pack food hampers and also assisting with Christmas. Volunteers in Salvation Army help others in need, give support, and make lifelong friendships. If you are interested in helping out at the Salvation Army, please contact Miriam Leslie at 250-492-6494 or email Miriam_leslie@can. salvationarmy.org Haven Hill ~ At Haven Hill volunteers are needed for engaging and socially stimulating activities (e.g. crib night). Residents with physical limitation would greatly benefit from individuals assisting seniors in having their meals. A 45 minute workshop is provided by a Registered Dietician to prepare interested individuals and make them feel comfortable in assisting. Very welcome would be anyone to visit residents and give them a feeling of companionship and support in their life. By walking with them or talking and sitting, the enrichment in their life would be vital. Please call Tony Ail, 250-492-2600 Ext. 113 or tony.ail@havenhill.ca for more information. Canadian Red Cross Society ~ The Canadian Red Cross Society offers the Health Equipment Home Loan Program. This program lends wheelchairs and bathing aids to people in recovery stage after surgery or injury. The volunteers would provide excellent customer service, as well as coordinate and bridge the information from health care professionals to recoverees. The volunteer commitment would be between 1 to 4 hour shifts per week. An Orientation will be provided for this service. During shifts, volunteers work with at least 2 other volunteers. There is a particular need for volunteers in Oliver and Osoyoos, but as well in Penticton and Summerland. Please email bcyvolunteering@redcross.ca for an application or more information.

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Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Madison & Zoe

Madison and Zoe volunteered their time this past summer as Junior Leaders with the Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation Department. Their enthusiasm and creativity was an integral part of the weekly themed and well attended “What’s on Wednesday?” program held in Kenyon Park. Thank you!

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!

Christmas Card Workshop Sponsored by the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute

Monday, October 24th

Two Sessions: 10am - 12pm & 6:30-8:30pm Held in the Okanagan Falls Community Club Room $4/card or 3 for $10. Registration deadline is October 17th. Call Instructor Dianne Gough at 250.497.8551 or email dgough1957@gmail.com. Everyone welcome! Join us to make Christmas Cards for the special people on your list!

Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute with Betty Lynch

Hello, dear reader. If you like the Autumn, then I hope you are enjoying the glorious one happening right now. Whether or not our preferences of seasons, the intrepid Women of the Institute are ready to carry out their many projects for the community. The first of which is a Christmas Card Workshop on Monday, October 24th in the Okanagan Falls Community Club Room. There are two sessions available to register for, being 10am - 12pm and 6:30-8:30pm. The cost is $4/card or 3 cards for $10. Please contact the Instructor, Dianne Gough, at 250.497.8551 or dgough1957@gmail.com. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to create special greeting cards for those very important people in your life, and have some fun doing it. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun! We are also preparing for the Seniors’ Fall Flea Market. This is always a great time to catch up with friends and neighbours. This happens on the Thanksgiving Weekend, being Saturday, October 8th at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. The next meeting of the Women’s Institute will be held on Monday, October 17th at 1pm. Our Fall/Winter meetings will revert to afternoons when the days are short and dark. There is always lots of light-hearted good humour, and nothing dark at our meetings. Our Annual General Meeting and election of officers will take place at that time. Well, AGMs and the ‘appointment of executives’ sometimes could become somewhat turbulent. But, NEVER dark, she said, hopefully! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre

with Shirley O'Connor Through the summer, activities such as exercise classes, men's pool, bridge and cribbage kept our seniors occupied ... well sort of. Now for the fall and winter months, the Senior Centre will be much busier. Pancake Breakfasts will resume on the first Saturday of each month from 8-10am and Potluck Dinners on the fourth Saturday at 5:30pm. The first Jam session of the season is on Sunday, October 9th starting at 1pm. Drop-in Bingo is back on schedule every third Saturday of each month, so join us on October 15th at 1pm. Scrabble on Thursdays at 10am is also back. There has been talk of carpet bowling, shuffle board and pickleball starting up depending on the interest shown by the members. If these activities interest you, signup sheets are displayed at the centre. Also, anyone interested in playing crib in the daytime, a sign-up sheet is also available. The Fall Flea Market will be held on Saturday, October 8th with doors opening at 9 am and closing at 1 pm. Donated items may be dropped off at the Senior Centre and for more information, please call Vi Creasey at 250-497-8785. On Saturday, November 26th the Senior Centre will be hosting a Country Craft Fair. For more information on this affair, please contact Kelsey McLeod at 250-497-6034. This event will be followed by the Potluck Dinner at 5:30 pm. At our next General Meeting on Monday, October 3rd, we have RCMP Constable Rick Dellebuur who will be giving a talk on how seniors can avoid scams and measures that can be taken to provide a safe home environment. We hope that you can join us for this informative talk. Lastly, a huge thank you to the RDOS for presenting the Senior Centre with a $2,000 grant. This will help us greatly to help cover the cost of installing new LED fluorescent lights throughout the building. MARK YOUR CALENDAR Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am Saturday, October 1st General Meeting ~ 1pm Monday, October 3rd Fall Flea Market ~ 9am - 1pm Saturday, October 8th Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, October 9th Potluck Dinner ~ 5:30pm Saturday, October 22nd Ladies Pool ~ 1pm Mondays Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm the first 3 Tuesdays of the month Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday (October 15th) Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Fridays Only Scrabble ~ 10am Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Crib ~ 7pm Thursdays

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Richard Cannings, MP, attended the South Okanagan-West Kootenay AGM in Grand Forks on Saturday, September 10. Members of the riding association took the opportunity to thank former MP Alex Atamanenko for his many years of dedicated service. Grand Chief Philip Stewart and his wife Joan, and Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West, attended the AGM and were among the many who expressed their appreciation. Left to Right: Katrine Conroy, MLA Kootenay West, Joan Stewart, Alex Atamanenko, Ann Atamanenko, Grand Chief Philip Stewart & Richard Cannings, MP.


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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Melody Walker

Friday, October 14th ~ Music Bingo with Russ following the Meat & 50-50 Draws. Enjoy a Burger & Fries Dinner. Please Join Us! Saturday, October 29th ~ Halloween Dance with Live Musical Entertainment by Shindigger. Music to enjoy and dance to! The Costume (optional) Dance will begin shortly after the Friday Night Meat & 50-50 Draws. Party food planned. Please Join Us! Sunday, October 16th ~ Pancake Breakfast every 3rd Sunday of the month 8-11am. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5 ~ Children $3 (ages 6-10) ~ Children 5 and under FREE. Please Join Us! Sunday Is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Beginning at Noon. Check out all the fun and games … Please Join Us! Monday is Member Appreciation Day ~ Every Monday. Please Join Us! Friday & Saturday Meat & 50-50 Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday Nights starting at 5pm. The Meat & 50-50 Draws support both the Legion & the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please Join Us! Sports Teams Begin In October: • Darts: Monday Pub League begins October 3rd at 7:30pm. Wednesday In-House Fun League begins October 19th. Signup sheets at the Legion. 1st Sunday each month is a Drop-In Tournament. Begins October 2nd. Register 10:30am at the Legion. • Shuffleboard (Afternoons) & Pool (Afternoons) - Details and signup sheets at the Legion. • *NEW* Cribbage! Anyone for Crib Monday Nights? Details and sign-up sheet at the Legion. 2016 Memberships - Outstanding Unpaid 2016 Memberships ~ If your Legion Membership is in arrears, please contact Trudy (or leave a message for her) with regard to same. 2017 Memberships - Early Birds Sep 1st - Nov 30th ~ Early Bird Draws at the October and November General Meetings, with three Cash Prize Draws at each meeting! Poppy Campaign ~ Begins Friday, October 28th. Contact Lorraine. Reminders & Future Matters ~ General Meeting on October 18th (always the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm). More information may be available with regard to the ‘Vacant Lots’ Project Proposals. We Need Volunteers ~ To continue holding the Meat & 50-50 Draws, we must have enough volunteers. Anyone interested in helping, please contact Deleen. It’s fun and easy to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draws or with the 50-50 Draw. Details and sign-up calendar at the Legion. We are also recruiting for additional volunteer bartenders to join our serving team. Contact Mel for more ‘tending bar’ information. Questions? Contact Mel at mellwalker@shaw.ca or 250-487-8765 Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227... “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Michael Livingstone, President

First of all, The Okanagan Falls Lions Club would like to thank all who supported our “School Breakfast Fundraiser” at the “Music in the Park” events this past summer. Also, a big thank you is due to the hard working volunteers who brought us the music in the park. Thank you Myrt, Barb, Rod, Marla, Stan, Bob, the sponsors of the music, the musicians, and anybody I missed. You all did awesome! We have started our hot breakfast program at Okanagan Falls Elementary school. Many thanks to our volunteers for this program, because without you this program would not happen. Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is October 3 & 4 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our volunteers from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club that help with the Canada Blood Services Clinics look forward to seeing you there. To book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca. If you would like to become part of the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, call 250.497.8486 or talk to a Lions Club member. Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 24th.

Left - Lion Michael Livingstone is “BBQ Master” on Canada Day in Kenyon Park. Right - The Lions Club at “Music in the Park” with their “Cookie Fundraiser” for the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Breakfast Program. Thank You OK Falls Lions!

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Audrey Steeves

A chair covered with a black cloth was placed in honour and memory of one of the Ladies Auxiliary members at the September meeting of the Okanagan Falls Legion Ladies Auxiliary. President Louise Sax welcomed back the members after the summer recess, as well as Legion President Wayne Knight. Louise expressed her thanks and appreciation to all the LA members who had worked at the various events during the summer recess, including catering for a Wedding, a Birthday, a Family Reunion, a Celebration of Life, and Music in the Park. Help was arranged for the LA Dinners following the Meat Draws, as well as a Dart Tournament on October 2nd. The LA will be selling Christmas Fruit Cakes again. The cost is $7 for the light fruit cake and $8 for the dark. Orders will be taken at the October meeting. Plans were discussed for the LA’s 21st Fowl Supper to be held on October 23rd. More info to be shared at the October meeting. With the kitchen being used constantly by both the LA and Branch #227, a joint kitchen clean up is scheduled for both members. Several LA members attended the South Okanagan Similkameen Zone meeting on September 25th held at Keremeos Branch #192. The $1000 scholarships awarded by the LA at SOSS in June went to Sally Lee and Sierra Callandar. A nominating committee, Evelyn Tufford, Sue Walker and Dorothy Guillon, were elected to bring in a tentative slate of officers and executive members at the October meeting. Winners of the meeting draws were Evelyn Tufford and Louise Sax.


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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...

Some other points of interest during the ‘70’s ... In 1971, the Okanagan Viewpoint started publication and in one of the papers it stated that there were 1,063 registered voters and 404 properties. The Kaleden Fire Hall started in May of 1972 after several attempts starting in 1966. The first Fire Chief was Erle Gardiner, Garry Sharpe signed on as Deputy Chief, and there were 9 members. Practices are held every Wednesday from 7-9 pm. They also had a Ladies Auxiliary, who helped with bingos and raffles and in turn paid for uniforms and equipment. The Kaleden Fire Department’s 1st vehicle was a 1942 Chev Fire Truck, purchased from the Penticton Fire Department. Prior to that, it was a US WW ll Military Vehicle. In 1974, the Kaleden Fire Department purchased a 1958 Dodge Panel from the Okanagan Falls Fire Department with lights and siren. Check out their history too. The start of St. Andrews-By-The-Lake was in February 1973. Recycling in 1973 on Birch Street was sponsored by Shell Canada. Lynn Acres MHP, now called Peach Cliff Estates MHP. The new school building was built in 1973-74 for a cost of $212,517 with an enrolment of 180 students. The local dump relocated to it’s present site, because of too many fires at the old one located on Maple Street. Wages for the attendants was set at $145/wk. Dusty Mac Mines started operations in 1974 and later a lot of complaints from residents came forth, because of the blasting, dust and noise. The Legion was expanded 70’ x 30’ to it’s present size at a cost of $11,237 and created 12 jobs. There were 844 telephones in the 497 exchange as of January 31, 1974. There was a little bit of excitement on August 21, 1975 when 25 acres of Peach Cliff was on fire. Water bombers assisted and they put on a show of their firefighting techniques. The new (at that time) sewage treatment plant at Shuttleworth Creek and Okanagan River site opened. Kaleden’s new restaurant, The 1912, opened in 1975. On March 30, 1975, a severe wind storm knocked out hydro and cable TV and 20,000 sq. ft. of roofing in maintenance and sawmill operations at the Northwood Mills. Also that year, the Northwood Mills came of age with the hiring of 3 females. Here are some ‘70’s prices that are amazing: New VW Bug $2300. New Ski-doo $995. Cigarettes $5.59 a carton. Gasoline was $0.78.9 a gallon. Local stockyard cattle sales: slaughter cattle $18-21.80 per animal; Heifer calves 450-700 lbs. at $22-27 per animal. Property: Real Estate lots $10,000; Brand new home - 1200 sq.ft. 2 bedroom with your own beach on Vaseux Lake - $59,000. Groceries: Potatoes - 100 lb bag $6.99; Eggs XL $0.79/dz; Nabob coffee - 1 lb $1.25; Ground beef - $0.69/lb; Chuck steak - $0.89/lb; and TV Dinners $0.89 each. A 13 piece set of drills was $0.88 and you could charge it with your Chargex Card. The cost for a burial of an adult was $202. To be continued ... We, the members of the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, thank everyone who donated food and drinks this past August during the fire on Highway 97 and Green Lake Road. THANK YOU!!!

The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Open House on September 25th. It was a good turn out and the Junior Firemen’s Challenge was fun for everyone. Above is a demonstration of the “Jaws of Life at Work”. Thank you to all who came out, as well as to those that support us throughout the year.

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Got Your Cook Book? The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department have produced their own “Steaming Hot Recipes” cook book. It is full of their favourite recipes. You can help support your local fire department by purchasing one these fabulous cook books, or perhaps get a head start on Christmas gifts. The cost is $12 each or 2 for $20. Any purchase of $20 or more is considered a tax deductable donation and receipts are available upon request. So, let’s get cooking with steaming hot recipes!

A huge community thank you once again to our volunteer fire fighters for your work on the wildfire in Okanagan Falls in August. Also, a huge thank you to Myrt Niles for making the effort to ensure that these people were publically thanked at Music in the Park. We love our community! (In photo: the OK Falls Firefighters, along with Myrt.)


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Helping Hand Update

All Hands on Deck ... Lend a Hand! Providing Christmas Hampers For Those In Need

with Vera Gilbert, Helping Hand Chair

Fall is here and its “All Hands On Deck”, as Helping Hand begins preparations for this year’s Christmas Hamper program. We will hold our first organizational meeting for the 2016 season on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 am in the lower level of the Okanagan Falls Community Church at 1356 McLean Creek Road. Helping Hand is a registered charitable society, which started in 1986 with the support of dedicated volunteers and community support. It has become an important and much needed service, providing Christmas Food Hampers, along with children’s gifts, to many needy individuals and families in Okanagan Falls. During the year, we fill a void by providing emergency food hampers. Also, we fund and supply, with the support of Matheson Creek Farms, the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Apple Program. In addition, we provide additional funding for the Lion’s School Breakfast Progam. Like all other service volunteer based organizations in the community, we find ourselves needing new volunteers. Many of our volunteers have been involved with the Helping Hand for almost 20 years. And, recently many of them have found the need to retire or move away from the area. For this much needed community service program to continue, we need new people to step forward and “Lend a Hand”! From September to January, we have a variety of volunteer roles available, such as helping collect and sort food doanations, help with fundfraising events, write newspaper articles, and of course, put together hampers. Do you have an area of expertise we can draw on? We will find a fit just for you. This is a worthwhile, rewarding way to give back to this amazing community in the Heart of the Okanagan. Get involved and fill your Heart with that ‘feel good spirit’. For more information, please call Vera at 250.497.7973 or please join us at our meeting on Tuesday, October 4th.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson

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Personal Development Workshop October 14, 15 & 16 Ashanti and Sarah are back for another weekend of connection! The workshop weekend will be held in the fellowship room of the United Church at 11th Ave & Willow St in Okanagan Falls. This workshop is not religious at all. Attendance by donation. “Offering experiential workshops continues to be the thing we love best. There is nothing like being with people who are courageous enough to risk revealing themselves to relative strangers to find out what happens next. We are richly blessed by the work we do and by the beauty and truth we get to share and witness. It is deeply satisfying to see so many of you reach beyond what you know and embrace what you find to be true.” ~ Ashanti, Workshop Facilitator

For more information, ask Heather at the Esso. Please RSVP to 250.488.6464 by October 5th to ensure we meet the quota for this workshop to take place.

Fall has arrived! Cool nights and warm days are here. The trees and shrubs are turning on their fall colours and flocks of geese are heading South for the winter. Soon the Vaseux Sheep herd will be coming down to graze along the fence at the highway, and the swans will return from the North. The Heritage Society had a great meeting to start the year. We will be changing the name of the shop to “H&M Thrifty Boutique”. A “boutique” usually sells high end clothing, and that isn’t us. But, a “thrifty boutique” is selling next-to-new clothing of good quality and fair price. That seems to fit us just right. The next meeting of the Society will be in the Thrifty Boutique at 7pm on Thursday, October 20th, being the third Thursday in October. Sue Walker is working in the museum this fall. She will be working with some of the artifacts that have been left in the office the last few years. She is visiting the Oliver Museum and Penticton Museum to get updated on procedure for Museum items and displays. Welcome aboard Sue! It has been suggested that Okanagan Falls Elementary students in Grades 5,6,7 come for a visit. It is always fun to show today’s youth the simple life of the past, with no computer, no big screen TV, no microwave, etc. It is difficult for them to imagine life without those items. The “Heritage Walk” is finished now. We didn’t get many tours, but were always there if someone requested one. We had scheduled the tours for Friday and Saturday mornings, and got rain on every weekend from May to the end of June. It was almost predictable! We’ll look at the program for next year and maybe make some changes. Mark Thompson is still keeping the lawns looking spiffy. Job well done Mark! There are still some openings in the volunteer schedule for the Thrifty Boutique. Stop by on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday and check out all the neat fall and winter frocks on display!


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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

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

The Harrison Family Frank Harrison and his wife Melina moved from Bronzegrove, England to the Sechelle Islands in 1856 to manage coffee and cocoa plantations. It was here their two children, James and Kathleen were born. Early in the century, the four Harrisons moved to Nova Scotia and then in 1907, twenty year old Jim Harrison came west and found work in Summerland. He, along with Harry Corbitt, Hatfields and others, was a member of the party that came to Kaleden in May 1909 to camp and fish. He returned later that year to work here for Jim Ritchie and at the same time the rest of the Harrison Family moved West, staying in the Penticton Hotel until their home on Ponderosa Avenue was completed. The following spring, Frank planted an orchard on the acre lot and Melina started to develop the garden which would become a showcase for Kaleden for years to come. Jim, together with Harry Corbitt, had the contract to plant trees for the Kaleden Development Company and they did this to the tune of 27,000 the first year and a full 200 acres over three years. In addition, he found time, with his father and future brother-in-law, Reg Tait, to plant 4 additional 5 acres parcels in Kaleden and also lease land from Ritchie at the Junction Ranch on which to raise sheep. In 1911, Reg Tait and Kathleen Harrison were married and moved to Summerland. With the outbreak of the war, both Jim and Reg joined up. During the war years, Kathleen was active in the fruit industry, which, with so many young men away, relied heavily on the young women to get the fruit harvested and packed. Following the war, Jim returned to Kaleden and continued to raise sheep for a time at the junction ranch then moved to Beaverdell to go into ranching. He married Violet Blackwood, a member of the pioneer Kirby family from Keremeos and they settled in the late 1920’s on an orchard in Oliver near Tuc-elNuit Lake. When Reg returned from the war he and Kathleen lived in Kaleden for a short while and moved to Oliver in 1921, when property was opened up for returning servicemen. Frank and Melina continued to live in Kaleden until 1927, active in community affairs. Frank was Justice of the Peace and served on the first Board of Trustees of the Kaleden Irrigation District. Finally, Frank’s failing eyesight made it impractical to continue to live in their home here and they sold and built a small home on Reg and Kathleen’s property in Oliver. Melina died in 1934 and Frank in 1937. Kathleen passed away in 1968 and James in 1971, but we can salute the memory of a family that fate directed from the far off Sechelles to the little community of Kaleden, where they were to play such a significant role over nearly two decades. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

Please Join The

Celebration of Life For Fred John King

Sunday, October 16th 1-4 pm at Linden Gardens Memorial Donations, if you wish, may be made in his name to: The Kaleden Museum & Archives, c/o Box 9, Kaleden, BC V0H1K0 (Tax receipts available)

Seniors and older adults are invited to the

Kaleden Heritage Dessert Social Sunday October 2nd 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm @ Kaleden Community Hall Sugar and Spice Everything nice That’s what our Desserts are made of! “To understand a Community, You must know its memories.” Visit: www.kal-rec.ca Phone: 250-497-8188

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@ Kaleden New Horizons for Seniors Program

Fred John King

June 11, 1923 - August 30, 2016 Fred John King of Kaleden passed away on August 30, 2016 at age 93. He spent his last days at Moog & Friends Hospice. His daughter, Margot was at his bedside when he died. Fred was born in Kaleden on June 11, 1923, the 5th child of Billy and Annie King. He left Kaleden during World War II to serve in the RCAF in India and Britain. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis after returning to Canada. It was in a sanatorium near Kamloops that he met and fell in love with Audrey Browne. They were married in 1948 and settled in Kaleden. Fred worked as an orchardist, postmaster and manager of the provincial crop insurance program. He admired John Diefenbaker and decided to enter politics in 1978. With the help of campaign manager Milton Cook, Fred won elections in 1979, 1980 and 1984. In Ottawa he represented the cause of BC farmers and constituents in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. He was honoured to be elected chair of NATO’s human rights commission and he worked actively on behalf of Jewish dissidents in the Soviet Union. King returned to life in Kaleden in 1988 building a new home overlooking Skaha Lake. Carey Theological College awarded Fred King an honourary doctorate in 2016. His speech, read by his granddaughter, Tara King, emphasized the value of community service. It concluded with his favourite scripture that promises that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Fred lost his beloved wife Audrey in 2013. He is survived by three children, Gordon, Margot and Cathie; eight grandchildren, MacKenzie, Riley, Trione, Joshua, Jordan, Tara, Lucas and Tasha and eleven great grandchildren. Fred’s family expresses gratitude to the nurses and staff of Moog & Friends Hospice in caring for him over the past days.


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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Special Events and Programs coming this Fall: • “Prayer Walk” - 6:30pm October 6th at Linden Gardens Gazebo. • “The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere” Join us Sundays at 6:30pm for a 6 week study on the life of Jesus. A search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives. A costly journey with an unknown destination. A Middle Eastern homeless man from twenty centuries ago and why he still stirs the soul and imagination of so many. (Sept 25th - Oct 20th.) • Fall Book Club begins in October 18th. Our next book: Wrongs to Rights - How Churches can Engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Please contact the Church to order a copy of the book. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca Facebook: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Drummer Wanted: We are seeking a drummer for our Sunday evening service. If interested, please call Ray at 250-488-4397. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Joan Cecile McCutchen

September 12, 1946 - August 30, 2016 Born in Port Hope, Ontario and residing in Okanagan Falls, Joan passed away from cancer. Predeceased by her father Ken, her mother Mae, sister Brenda and brother Duke. Survived by her daughter Lisa and son Michael, their spouses Jay and Jana, and grandchildren Alex, Logan, Ethan, Bruce, Jaden and Tatum. Joan was a free spirit whose spirit is now free. She loved to swim in the lakes, drive her smart car with the music blaring, and was an avid fan of the Penticton Vees. And while she had very little herself, she gave generously to numerous charities and volunteered her time. The family would like to thank those who also supported Joan during her illness. Many thanks to Nurse Next Door, especially Shelia. You made possible Mom’s desire to stay at home for as long as possible, so she could go for her swims. Also, thanks to the home care nurses Lisa and Ashley. Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at the Penticton Hospital and the Sunnybank Residential Care Facility where she spent her final days in wonderful care. Thank you also to her friend Paul and to Sandy and Ken for helping Joan at home. A private ceremony was held by her family on what would have been her 70th birthday. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

Okanagan Falls United Church

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones www.okfallsunited.ca

250-498-0167

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

info4@nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES

www.nunes-pottinger.com

DARYN POTTINGER

5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Wednesdays 1-4 pm Held at Kaleden Community Church

All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

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

Ron & Taraleigh Crooker

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Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to skahamatters@telus.net Your full name and location is required on any submission. (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec for making the bikes and cars easier to get to during our gym time. ~ from StrongStart Flowers to those who volunteered and donated towards the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive on September 17th. With 178 volunteers donating 523 volunteer hours, they visited about 10,000 homes and 1000 apartments to collect about 8927 lbs of food in the South Okanagan. Thank you to everyone involved. ~ from Jonathan Sevy Flowers to who ever mended the door of the book box at the beach. Thanks for keeping our books dry. ~ from StrongStart & Book Lovers! Flowers to the two wonderful ladies who helped rescue our dog from the Ponderosa 1912 building in Kaleden. Thank you for all your kindness. It was wonderful to know people like you still exist in the world today!! ~ from Claudia Lafavor of Kaleden Flowers to the park staff for keeping Kenyon Park as the best beach. Looking great. And, “flowers” to the beach banners along our beautiful beach front. ~ from Dan Temple of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the conservation body that insists in keeping a huge area of weeds along the most beautiful beach in the Okanagan! Can they be planted elsewhere? ~ from Dan Temple of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to those who think upper McLean Creek Road is a speed way. In just two weeks, two deer were killed and a third one crippled, leaving two young ones without care and protection. This road is also used for many walkers, let alone wildlife, please slow down and obey the posted speed limit. ~ from C. McGowan of Okanagan Falls

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Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior Owner & Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

(24 hrs)

101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 www.crediblecremation.com

If Basic Cremation is Your Choice

with Lesley Luff of Credible Cremation Services Ltd. (Resident of Okanagan Falls) Credible Cremation Services Ltd. was created to offer families who are faced with the death of a loved one, the choice of a simple and reasonably priced Direct Cremation without having to feel pressured into purchasing something that they do not want. When a loved one dies without having made their final wishes known, then someone else must step in and sometimes reluctantly, take charge. If that person is a family member, the emotional stress of having to make important decisions, while in a state of grief, can sometimes be almost overwhelming. Decisions made in haste can often lead to emotional over spending. Pre-planning allows you the advantage of time. Time to discuss your final wishes with your family. Time to make the choices that fit your needs and budget. Time to make or change your Will. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is fully licensed by the Province of BC, owned and operated by Lesley H. Luff, with over 25 years of dedicated service to families. Cremations are completed off-site at a local fully licensed Crematorium, which enables us to pass those savings on to you. Call Lesley at 250-493-3912 and make your appointment in your home or at our facility. $990 + taxes - Penticton & area | $1190 + taxes - Kelowna & area

with Barb Few

Turkey + Pinot = Perfection Stock up your cellar for Fall!

Thank you for another great summer season! Wine Shop Open Daily until after Thanksgiving! Winter Hours: Weekends 11-4pm or by appointment

Happy Harvest Everyone!

Wow, what a Summer season we had! The crowds and response were so heartwarming. Thanks goes to so many people, if I have left out anyone, my apologies. First of all, multiple thanks to all our sponsors RDOS, Reliable Travel, Interior Savings, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District, Royal LePage Realty, Valley Filter Ltd, and Weyerhaeuser. And, to the many organizations without whose help we could not have managed, being Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, Skaha Maters, Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 Ladies Auxiliary, Okanagan Falls Community Partners, Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute, and Okanagan Falls Lions Club. Then, there were our faithful helpers who made our life so much easier ... Thanks to Rod Few, John Niles, Stan Maber, and Bob Wilson. And, again I apologize if I have missed anyone ... There were so many of you wonderful people. Hopefully, we will see you all again next year when we have even more plans in place! Your committee, Myrt Niles, Marla Wilson and Barb Few

T: 250.497.7945

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

Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications. “Fashback” playing live on August 25th. Park Security with Rod. Stan & the donation jar!


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

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Ye Olde Welcome Inn Menu Eat In or Take Out

Appetizers

Fresh cut daily ...................................................................... $4.50 A basket full of our flavour .............................................. $4.95

Salads

Please ask server for your favourite dressing.

Garden Salad

With a meal ......................................................................... $4.85 Small ...................................................................................... $5.25 Large ...................................................................................... $6.95

Caesar Salad

With a meal .......................................................................... $5.50 Small served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $7.25 Large served with grilled Garlic Toast ......................... $8.95

Great on a chilly day .......................................................... $5.75 Bakedd with grilled garlic toast (in season) ............. $7.25 Served with dip and a basket of fries ........................ $10.95 Jalapeno stuffed chicken pieces ............................. $8.95 served with veggies and dip Served with veggies and dip ........................................ $8.95 Served with Flat Bread & Tsatziki .................................. $8.95 SMALL Carrots and celery with dip ............................ $4.95 LARGE Carrots, celery, cucumber, radishes .............. $8.95 mushrooms, and green peppers with dip Deep fried chicken wings, chicken strips, ............... $11.95 shrimp, zucchini, onion rings, and jalapeno stuffed chicken served with fries and dip

Our Dips: Ranch, Plum Sauce, Honey Garlic, Honey Mustard, Sour Cream, Teriyaki, Blue Cheese, BBQ, Hot and Inferno.

Gluten Fr & Buns ee Breads Availab le!

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar Salmon Casesar

mmmmmmmmmm Feta Cheese .............................. $10.95 Classic Caesar salad with a grilled .............................. $12.95 chicken breast and garlic toast Classic Caesar salad with wild ..................................... $12.95 BC Salmon and garlic toast

Chicken Wings and Sautéed Prawns 10 items: $9.95 | 20 items: $18.95 | 30 items: $28.95 | 40 items: $37.95

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

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

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

Fish & Chips Our Famous Ye Olde Beer Battered Cod

Also available grilled, with lemon pepper

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

All Day Breakfast Ye Olde Breakfast Steak and Eggs

2 eggs, 4 pieces of bacon, our own hash .................. $11.95 browns, toast and jam A grilled 6 oz. aged New York Steak, 2 eggs, ......... $13.95 toast and homemade hash browns. Add sautéed mushrooms and onions for only $1.39

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

Steak, Seafood and Ribs

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

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

Medieval Steak

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

The BLT

Loaded with bacon, lettuce and tomato .................... $9.95 on toasted white or brown bread

New York Steak

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak, ..... $13.95 garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Hot Roast Beef

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

Steak & Prawns

Our great aged center cut New York Steak .............. $16.95 with the addition of 5 sautéed prawns, plus garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad.

Steak & Lobster

A grilled 6 oz. aged center cut New York Steak ...... $22.95 with a 6 1/2 oz. lobster tail, garlic toast and baked potato or fries or garden salad. A full rack of pork ribs with garlic toast ............... $18.95 and baked potato or fries or garden salad. Served with your choice of BBQ, Honey Mustard, Honey Garlic, Teriyaki Sauce or Lemon Pepper

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

Baron of Beef Dip

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

Reuben Sandwich Fresh Corned Beef, sauerkraut and Swiss ............... $11.95

Rack of Ribs

cheese on grilled Winnipeg rye bread

Bowl of Chili

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

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

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

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

Ye Olde Welcome Inn Family Friendly ~ All Ages Welcome!

250-498-8840

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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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Entrées

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