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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 9 : Issue 10

October 2017 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

Take a Second Look at what the South Okanagan has to Offer!

“Autumn Gold”

As Lucy Maude Montgomery wrote in Anne of Green Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”. There’s no doubt that summer has come to an end. The days and evenings have become much cooler as the golden leaves of autumn herald the harvest of apples, and pumpkins, and endless varieties of fruit and vegetables, the aroma of home baking and new wine. And so, we celebrate the Tom Siddon abundance of the harvest, and we give Director of thanks. RDOS Area ‘D’ Here in Area ‘D’ we also give thanks, in spite of the recent fires and floods, for the many signs of progress that are now unfolding. For example, anyone who drives along Highway 3A or down Lakehill Road in Kaleden can’t help but notice the new paving that has been completed. And, a major portion of the KVR trail through Kaleden has also been upgraded and re-surfaced, with more to come next year. A New Community Park is taking shape in Heritage Hills with the grading and contouring recently completed. What a spectacular view there is from the South end of this new park! Ron Obirek and Brian Jackson of the Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands Residents Association have been working hard, as members of the Okanagan Falls Parks Commission to put together a final park layout and the funding needed to complete this long anticipated project over the next 2-3 years. Well done guys! Watch for an upcoming ‘party in the park’ to celebrate this progress, before the snow flies. The South Skaha Housing Society is also making great progress, working together with BC Housing and the design/build partner, Greyback Construction, in finalizing plans for the new 35 unit affordable housing project for seniors. This will be built between 8th and 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls on a portion of the old flea market property. I have now seen the architectural drawings for this project and it is going to be a fantastic addition to the town centre of OK Falls! Recently, the Housing Society held a well-attended social event at the St. Andrews Golf Club, complete with 9 holes of golf, a barbeque dinner, and an evening of Karaoke singing. What a fun time it was! New members are always welcome. Plans are presently underway for an official sod-turning and the start of construction, early next year. For further information, just call Sharon Proctor at 250-497-5701. The Proposed Division of Area ‘D’ into two new Electoral Areas, ‘D’ and ‘I’ is now approaching ‘D-day’. Following two public meetings held in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls on September 12th, and questionnaires completed after the meetings, over 80% of those who responded indicated their support for the proposed division of Area ‘D’ into two parts. The division line will follow the watershed boundary along Skaha Lake and the Okanagan River. A final report recommending the proposed division, and its possible costs and benefits will be presented to the RDOS Board of Directors on October 5th. Should the Board grant its approval, a letter of recommendation will be submitted to the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Assuming the Provincial government approves the proposed split by early next year, the local elections held next autumn will see one new Director being elected for East Skaha/Okanagan Falls (Area ‘D’) and a second Director for Kaleden/West Skaha/Apex (Area ‘I’). Okanagan Falls Town Centre Planning ~ As I announced last month, a final public Open House was held on September 14th to review the Draft Plan for future development of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre. Our consultant, Lance Berelowitz led the presentation with support from RDOS planning staff. While some new ideas were offered at the Open House, the main concepts of a central town plaza or “place magnet”, a N-S walking corridor along Willow Street, and the preservation of open sightlines between Highway 97 and the lakefront parks were all retained in the consultant’s “Master Plan” for future development.

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There was a good turnout for the Open House. With only one or two exceptions there appears to be strong public support from the community for this consultant-led planning process, which has been extensive and inclusive over the past three years. It now remains for the proposed Master Plan to be recommended to the RDOS Board for incorporation into the Official Community Plan. An assessment of service capacity, possible zoning changes and traffic management options will provide guidance for future property development in the heart of Okanagan Falls. After 120 years of history, the town centre has yet to reach its full potential. I make no apology for spear-heading this project, which should leave its imprint on the town centre for decades to come. Possible Delegation of Authority along MOTI Roadways ~ Arising out of a growing concern for our lack of roadside jurisdiction, especially in the smaller communities of Area ‘D’, I have given a “Notice of Motion” to the RDOS Board calling for a negotiated agreement with MOTI to delegate specified maintenance and bylaw enforcement authorities along MOTI rights-of-way within our rural communities. This suggestion arises from a recent conversation I had with Bob Daly (former Chair of the Area ‘D’ Governance Study Committee) where we discussed the issue of “squatter campers” and other problems of bylaw enforcement, and much-neglected roadside maintenance work, such as grass and weed-cutting within the rural communities of RDOS. Bob suggested we consider setting up a delegated administrative arrangement between MOTI and our Electoral Area Directors to address this often contentious void of jurisdiction. Of course, such an agreement would require a new form of Roadside Maintenance Service be established for specific designated areas, and a joint funding agreement with the Highways Ministry. I look forward to debating this idea at our October 5th Board meeting. Up and Coming ~ Don’t forget to consult the Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Recreation Program Guide for the Autumn Season (kal-rec.ca and okfallsrec.ca). There is an exciting variety of programs offered for this autumn. Also, the Kaleden New Horizons for Seniors Program is hosting an interesting series of luncheon events, starting with the Apricot Heritage Social on Sunday, October 1st from 1-3pm and an “India House” cooking presentation on October 27th. And for seniors who like to sing, the “Sing for your Life” program starts at 10am on Monday, October 2nd at the OK Falls United Church. In Kaleden, Neal Dockendorf is working with Fire Chief Dennis Gaudry to organize a public discussion about the recent wildfire in Kaleden, and setting up a local Firesmart Program. This event has now been scheduled for Tuesday, November 28th. Stay tuned! Words of Welcome ~ To our two new School Principals, Karen Sinclair who replaces Lisa McCall at Okanagan Falls Elementary, and to Nancy Lomax who replaces Heather Rose in Kaleden. Welcome to you both! Finally a Word of Congratulations to Bob Haddow ~ Bob has submitted his resignation from the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department after more than 50 year as Fire Chief. Congratulations Bob, for a job well done! So, as we celebrate Thanksgiving together with family and friends, let us remember the “Autumn Gold” that is here for us all to enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520


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Linda Larson, MLA

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

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with Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature is now sitting again. Sessions began with the Speech from the Throne, followed by the budget presentation. Being in opposition does put a different perspective on the business of government for myself and my colleagues, but it is important to remember that we did win the most seats and the popular vote in the May election, and have an obligation to represent our constituents to the best of our ability. Some of the budget was a duplication of what our government presented in the early spring. The reduction of MSP Premiums, the completion of the Penticton Regional Hospital Tower, and continuing tax relief for our Credit Unions are all still in the budget. The concern for all of us should be how the government will pay for all the new promises. Yes, there is a surplus, but most of that has now been committed in this interim budget and will be gone by February 2018, when the next budget is presented. Further expenditures rely solely on raising the personal taxes for everyone over $150,000 in income and the industries that are the job creators will bear the highest burden. The budget forecasts a drop in revenue from personal income tax, and anticipates jobs lost from cancelling projects like the Massey Tunnel replacement. There is no plan for any job creation and support for rural BC through the Rural Dividend program has been dropped. There is a huge boost, as always, to health, but the money is targeted to the opioid crisis. There is nothing in the budget for seniors or support for the caregivers that is so desperately needed. As we move forward, we will hold the government responsible for the decisions they make, just as the opposition did to us when we were in power. We are still struggling with the longest and most devastating wildfire season in BC’s history, and it is not over yet. The impact on the BC economy will manifest itself over the next year and it won’t be good. The timber lost will mean jobs lost, and the closure of mills and the shortage of timber will push the prices of lumber up for consumers at all levels. The loss of grasslands and cattle will also be reflected in the cost of beef for the consumer and the long costly road of recovery for the ranchers. Tourism operators who have lost a whole season, and in some cases, their actual places of business - again, more jobs lost. In the Boundary-Similkameen, we have had floods and fire, but we have made it through both in better shape than many of our fellow British Columbians. We will celebrate the harvest and our farmers at our Fall Fairs, as we should. We will support our wine industry and the Fall Wine Festivals with enthusiasm, and we will pray for rain.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair Welcome to ~ Okanagan Falls Irrigation District welcomes our new Standby Operator, Sig Held. Sig brings many years of experience and related skills with water systems and water treatment. Trustees and Staff are pleased to have Sig as part of our team. End of Watering Restrictions ~ September 30th marks the end of watering restrictions for the 2017 year. On behalf of Trustees and Staff, a sincere thank you for your efforts to reduce water consumption over such a long, hot and dry summer. Emergency Notification ~ For immediate notification regarding water emergencies, (eg. breaks, flushing, need to shut down water service, boil water advisories), visit OFID’s website and sign up to be notified by text or email, or contact the office to sign up. OFID strongly recommends this service, particularly for Okanagan Falls businesses.

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Information Centre Update with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager

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Well, October has arrived and the Visitor Centre will soon be closing for the season. It has been exciting to meet people from all over the world once again and to hear all their wonderful comments on our community. At this time, I want to thank everyone for making the visitors feel welcome. I hope you all have a wonderful winter and remember to take in all the events that happen around us. I want to also say thanks to the staff, you all did a wonderful job and we all learned things from each other. Now, for a little history ... An Early Home-Based Business Mr. Belvedere, a pioneer prospector and trapper, lived in a small house in Okanagan Falls. At one time, he planted several fruit trees for his own use. As he got older, he cut down all the trees and decided to make furniture. The only tools he had were a small saw, an axe and a jackknife. He was able to turn out rocking chairs and tables, which today are antiques admired by many antique collectors.

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Interior Savings “Day of Difference”

On Thursday, October 19th, Interior Savings employees are rolling up their sleeves to lend a hand in their community and the Credit Union is offering up cash for others who’d like to get in on this act of local good. This mass volunteering effort marks the fourth annual Interior Savings’ Day of Difference and will include over 500 employees in 14 communities across the Interior of BC. Interior Savings’ Day of Difference coincides with International Credit Union Day, an annual event commemorating the credit union movement’s impact and achievements globally, nationally, and in local communities - all made possible by the support of its’ members. Here in Okanagan Falls, the branch will open up at 9:30 am with treats and gifts for members. Then, at 2:00 pm will close it’s doors a little early and the team will head over to the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre to assist them with their xeriscaping project. The team will be laying landscape cloth and hauling rocks to create beautiful, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly grounds. Elaine Chernoff of the Seniors Centre has said it will be a big project with local seniors also on site lending a hand. In an added twist, Interior Savings is re-launching their “$10,000 Local Give”. Members and local residents will have the opportunity to share what good they would do with $100. The first 100 qualified applicants will receive the cash to make their good idea happen. “It could be buying coffees for strangers, donating to the local food bank, or creating a care box for someone in need - the possibilities are endless”, says Interior Savings CEO Kathy Conway. “As a cooperative, we know the power that comes from a community working together. Our Day of Difference is not only an opportunity to lend a hand to those helping to make our communities strong, but also to celebrate what it means to be local. We’re hoping to inspire a wave of local good and can’t wait to see the difference individuals will make.” Beginning on October 19th, go to www.localgive.eventbrite.ca to share what local good you could do with $100.


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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ... On March 13th, 1984, someone dropped $3,995 to buy the Motorola DynaTac 8000X, the first handheld cell phone, which would be equivalent to $9,000 in today’s dollars. It was considered a gimmick, a rich man’s toy. Measuring 13” x 1.75” x 3.5” and weighing 28 ounces. It was so heavy, that it was nicknamed “the brick”. The battery lasted half an hour. Also, the “Walkman” came on the scene for only $99.99. It had AM/FM and cassette combo. On November 21st, 1984, an explosion of liquid petroleum (gas storage centre) in Mexico City killed 324 people and seriously injured 500. Firemen buried 275 unidentified victims on a hillside. Most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition and survivors could not identify them. They decided to bury them because of the smell and disease. The explosion affected about 20 square blocks, more than 100,000 people were evacuated from the area. On December 27th, 1984, Divino Estate Winery in Oliver was entirely engulfed in flames by the time firemen arrived. For 2.5 hours, 25 firefighters fought the blaze before it was brought under control. In April 1985, Okanagan Falls Library moved to the Irrigation District building from the cramped quarters at the Fire Hall. Several firemen donated time to help paint and install a furnace. Kiwanis Club members helped with shelving and the moving of the books. The cost was estimated at $7,000. The fire hall valued at $18,500 was renovated to provide more space. To be continued ... Okanagan Falls Fire Chief, Bob Haddow, has decided to retire after 53 years in the local Fire Department. His last day will be October 15th. Brad Fossett, Fire Chief in Willowbrook has also decided to retire. Please give THANKS to two dedicated men for their years of service to the community.

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KVFD October 2017

Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 Fire departments across Canada work hard to raise public awareness about the dangers of fire and how to prevent it. The aim of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week Campaign is to provide information on keeping your family safe by having an escape plan for all household members. Make it a Household Activity! 1. Draw a floor plan of your home, showing all doors and windows. 2. Find 2 ways out of every room. 3. Make sure windows and doors are not blocked. 4. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home. 5. Push the test button to sound the smoke alarm, ensuring it works. 6. Practice your drill with everyone in your home. 7. Get outside to your meeting place.

KVFD Is Still Recruiting!

Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is still recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.


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RCMP Community Report Preventing the Preventable! We have had several community meetings this past year throughout our region. The one message that is loud and clear is that communities want the police to focus on making their communities safe. With limited resources, police require the assistance of the community if this task is going to be accomplished. One way that the community can help the police is by preventing the preventable crimes that take up valuable police resources. Crimes such as theft from motor vehicles is totally preventable by removing your valuables and securing your vehicle. Police continue to respond to reports of thefts from motor vehicles, where people have parked their vehicle on the street or in their driveway with valuables laying on the seat in locked and too often unlocked vehicles. Our opportunist thief comes along and sees this and helps themselves to your vehicle’s contents. You call the police, they make a report, make inquiries search data bases and pawn shops, and most often come up with little to nothing. The police officer is spending time and resources on something that could have been prevented or loss reduced simply by removing the valuables and locking your vehicle.

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While it can be said that if someone wants something bad enough they will get it regardless, the point is to make it as hard as possible to get it. Most of these thieves are opportunists taking advantage of easy pickings to support their lifestyle. You make it hard to impossible to take your property and they will moves onto to an easier target. This is very much like the old story of two guys in bear country and one is seen putting on a nice pair of running shoes. When the other one asks him why, he says, “if we meet a bear, I can run”. The other guy laughs and says, “you will never out run a bear”. And, he replies, “I know, I just have to out run you!” The words of a United States Police Chief speaking at a conference I was at many years ago are as relevant now as they were then. He said, “If you were to walk through Central Park with hundred dollar bills hanging out of your pockets and you were robbed. Who is really to blame?” This questions made me, and hopefully you, look at this from a interestingly different perspective. When I tell people this story, they often reply with, “it is against the law to rob someone and it is not the person’s fault, a person should be able to walk through the park without fear of being robbed, regardless of what they do or don’t do”. Perhaps in a perfect world, I would agree with this. In a perfect world, you should be able to leave your golf clubs in the back of your truck, your lap top on the seat of your car, or your bike in your front yard. However, in reality, in our current world you should not be surprised when they are gone in the morning. I think we all will agree that we currently do not live in a perfect world. As such, we have to do the best we can at protecting our property and ourselves, while we work towards the perfect world or at least a better world. Despite all the arguments as to who is to blame, the parents, the justice system, the police, the schools, governments and so on, ask yourself who is in the best position to prevent these types of thefts in the first place. I think if you are honest with yourself you will agree that YOU are the one who can prevent the preventable. You accomplish this and the police will then have more time to focus their resources on other issues important to you and your community. And, you will get to keep your stuff as a bonus! Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Music for healthy aging!

Come and enjoy a Silver Song Group

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Stimulate your memory and breathing You don’t need to be able to sing . . . it’s not about performance or entertainment No registration required. Bring a family member, caregiver or friend along too; just drop in!

NEW Silver Song Group in Okanagan Falls!

Alternate Mondays starting October 2, 2017 Time: 10-11:30am At: Okanagan Falls United Church,

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Paint Nite

6:00 – 8:00 pm Okanagan Falls Clubroom

In Okanagan Falls Join us for an evening of laughter and creativity with artist Randall Young . Learn the basics of acrylic painting and leave with your very own masterpiece.

with Jen Charlish September has disappeared quickly and as we settle into routines, I hope you consider adding a recreation activity to your schedule. We have many programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Check out the dates and times on our Fall Program schedule online at www. kal-rec.ca. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Jim La Rocque of the Fairview Liquor Store for his generous donation to the Kaleden Community Association to support the Kaleden Banner Project. Due to additional funding, the deadline for this project has been extended to October 3rd, 2017. If you didn’t have the chance to get your submission in over the summer, you still have a few days left. Submissions can be left at the School or the Library. Mark your calendar! The Public Fire Safety Information meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28th. Come out and learn how you can make your property more “fire safe” and how we can support each other in the community. Until then, you can visit Firesmart.ca or the RDOS website. We are still looking for volunteers to help out with our recreation programs. If you have a passion that you would like to share with the community, or just some time that you could volunteer to help out during a program, please contact Janet at the Parks and Recreation office. Remember, you do not have to be an adult to be a volunteer. We also have opportunities for teen and junior leaders, if there is someone in your family who might be interested. We are also hoping to run a Movie Night at the Kaleden Hall. If you have a couple of hours that you can volunteer to hang out on a Saturday evening, we could use your help. Again, please contact Janet or myself. Keep your eyes open for the up coming movie titles and dates coming soon. Enjoy the month of October and the fall weather. I hope to see you at the Apricot Heritage Social. Drop over, introduce yourself, and say Hi! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca, where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at kaledencommunity@gmail.com. Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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Community Acupuncture Wed & Fri 11-6 Sliding scale $20-40/session (pay what you can) Low income MSP direct billing with no added fees

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

Kal-rec.ca | kalrecinfo@rdos.bc.ca | 250.497-8188 | okfallsrec@rdos.bc.ca | okfalls.net

Fall Programs for Children Healthy Snack Series

Anyone Can Join The cost of a program should never hinder access to recreation services. If you are having difficulty paying for a program, please contact us to access the “Anyone Can Join” funds.

Shotokan Karate Babysitter Training Hip Hop with Jake Evans

Fall Programs for Adults Tumble Tots October 6th - 27th $15

SPIN with Kathy Orioli Starts Oct 2nd Mondays 6:00pm Pre-register please Max 6

Youth & Teen Nights OK Falls - Every 2nd Friday October 6th & 20th

FUNction Fit With Amanda Tuesdays 6:00pm

We’re Hiring! Seeking Casual or Part-time Contract Program Leaders rdos.bc.ca/news-events/employment-opportunities/

Check out our program flyer for fitness, indoor cycling, and more: okfallsrec.ca or kal-rec.ca

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

Meet Heather Jackson!

Heather always knew she was going to go in the 55+ BC Games. Her parents were very active in these games over the years, including her dad being the Zone 5 President. Heather just had to turn 55 first. In August 2016, when she was 54, she met a personal trainer named James Chicalo. Heather told him that she wanted to win a Gold Medal in swimming at the 55+ Games in 2017. Heather always loved to swim, but never swam competitively. James helped Heather eat healthier and exercise consistently. She regularly cycled, lifted weights, used her TRX, did Yoga, walked, and swam 2-3 times a week. Heather also had a swim coach in the water, as she needed to make her strokes more efficient. The result ... Heather won one Gold and two Bronze in September 2017 in Vernon at the 55+ BC Games. Congratulations Heather on reaching your goal! Heather has lost 30 pounds and feels super strong and motivated to continue this journey of good health. She plans to compete yearly at the 55+ BC Games and has recently joined the Master’s Swim Club in Penticton to continue swimming with like-minded people. If there is someone or something you would like to see honoured for healthy choices, email info@okfalls.net or call 250-497-8188.

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Mental Illness Awareness Week is upon us, October 1st - 7th, and World Mental Health Day is on Tuesday, October 10th. Why has our mental health become so important? We hear about it on television and there are numerous events going on throughout the year. We are becoming increasingly aware of the high number of people who are affected by mental illness and how important it is to remove the stigma associated with it. Mental illnesses are common and widespread. Statistics show that one in every five Canadians will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Not everyone will experience a mental illness, but most everyone will struggle or have a challenge with their mental well-being, or mental health, just like we all have challenges with our physical well-being from time to time. The Canadian Mental Health Association explains it well ... “Just as someone who feels unwell may not have a serious illness, people may have poor mental health without a mental illness. We all have days where we feel a bit down, or stressed out, or overwhelmed by something that’s happening in our lives. An important part of good mental health is the ability to look at problems or concerns realistically. Good mental health isn’t about feeling happy and confident 100% of time and ignoring any problems. It’s about living and coping well despite problems. Just as it’s possible to have poor mental health but no mental illness, it’s entirely possible to have good mental health even with a diagnosis of a mental illness. That’s because mental illnesses (like other health problems) are often episodic, meaning there are times (‘episodes’) of ill health and times of better or good health.” There are so many reasons to include massage treatments into your healthy living regime. Not only does regular massage benefit you physically, but it also aids in your mental well-being. It relieves stress and promotes relaxation of both your body and mind, which can lead to a better and deeper sleep. Massage stimulates the release of endorphins, which are compounds known to reduce pain and produce a sense of euphoria. It reduces the levels of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenalin, and norepinephrine, which in some people trigger depression. Chair massage is easy and convenient, as there is no need to remove clothing or climb onto a massage table. Creative Wellness Solutions regularly goes to local retirement residences and is now in the Okanagan Falls Community Baptist Church basement every week at 1356 McLean Creek Road. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www. CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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

Open Everyday 9:30-6:00 Until October 31st On Eastside Road in Okanagan Falls

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“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 69 years of farming in your neighbourhood!

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A solution provider is a service provider that carefully handles the needs of their client from concept to construction through support. Pharmasave wants to be your Solutions Provider. Our experienced Pharmacist, Christie, is here to listen, to give advice, and to help. She works with you and your doctor to make sure your health is the best it can be. Making sure you understand exactly what your medications are and how they work. Pharmasave is here to help you find the products that are right for you. If we don’t have it, we will do our best to get it. Your satisfaction is top on our list!

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Live Well HEALTH TIP brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

Christie Crassweller, Pharmacist

Influenza ~ Influenza, often called the "flu", is an infection of the upper airway (the nose and throat), caused by an influenza virus. A person with influenza is also at risk of other infections. These include viral or bacterial pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. The risk of complications is greater for seniors 65 years and older, very young children, and people who have lung or heart diseases, certain chronic health problems, or weakened immune systems. Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough. Although colds and other viruses may cause similar symptoms, those due to the influenza virus tend to be worse. Symptoms can begin about 1-4 days (on average two days) after a person is first exposed to the influenza virus. Fever and other symptoms can usually last 7-10 days, with the cough and weakness lasting up to two more weeks. Influenza spreads easily from person to person through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. You can reduce the risk of catching influenza or spreading it to others, by washing your hands regularly, eating well, exercising, and getting the influenza vaccine, also known as the "flu shot", which may help prevent you from getting sick with influenza or from spreading it to others. The vaccine is available at Pharmasave and it is best to get it by the end of November to build immunity before the influenza season starts. We will be having a few “flu shot” clinic days for everyone eligible for the publicly funded flu vaccine, so watch for our announcements. We will also have pneumonia vaccine available free of charge for anyone needing it as well. Come in and talk to us to see if you are eligible. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, October 25th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

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Kaleden Branch:

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

Kaleden Library is having our annual “Guess How Much the Pumpkin Weighs?” contest. Fill out a ballot to submit your guess, each time you visit the Kaleden Library. Whoever guesses the correct weight or closest wins the pumpkin! The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 26th, so they have time to decorate the pumpkin for Halloween. Good luck to everyone! Preschool Storytime is being held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 10:45 am. Everyone is welcome to wear their costume for a Halloween Storytime on Tuesday, October 31st. After School LEGO is held on Thursday, October 26th from 2:30 3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. Come have some fun building “something scary” for Halloween! A small snack is provided and a door prize will be handed out. Please register for this program, as space is limited. For more information, please call the Kaleden Library at 250-4978066 or visit our website at Kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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

Come in and check out our Fostering/Adoption display in conjunction with Foster Family Month for your reading pleasure! Community Information Sessions: •

Understanding Arthritis - Friday, October 6th from 1-3 pm. Knowledge is power! Find out what is really happening in your body when we talk about arthritis. What you learn will help you become a better self-manager with important information on how pain management, medications, exercise and complementary therapies can help make life easier. Presented by the Arthritis Society. Registration Required. okfallsrec@rdos.bc.ca

Managing Chronic Pain - Friday, October 13th from 1-3 pm. Learn how to take an active role in managing your own chronic pain! Join us as we teach you about pain management and it’s treatments, and let us help you explore different methods for coping with pain that help to put YOU in the driver’s seat. Presented by the Arthritis Society. Registration Required. okfallsrec@rdos.bc.ca

“Will Your Money Last Through Retirement?” - Wednesday, October 18th from 11:30-12:30 pm. Join us for a Lunch & Learn Presentation with Timothy Broesch, Financial Advisor. Registration required, as space is limited.

Curious about Fostering or Adoption? - Tuesday, October 24th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Please join us for information from the Ministry of Children & Family Development.

If you have a talent or topic you would like to share with the community at the library, please drop in or email us. We are happy to host an information session. Lego Club ~ Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Geared for children aged 5-12 years. Story Time “Friendly Monster Madness” ~ Tuesday, October 24th from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Preschool - 8 years of age. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Book Club ~ Tuesday, October 31st from 10:30 - 11:30 am. This month’s feature book is “The Hero’s Walk” by Anita Rau Badami. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca.


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School Trustee Report for SD67

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5th Annual

with Ginny Manning To fulfill the requirements of the Supreme Court Decision on Class Size and Composition the District hired 40 new teachers. Teachers were recruited from around BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. There is a blend of experienced teachers and recent graduates from UBC, UBCO, the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta.

At the 1912 in Kaleden

Final enrollment numbers will be available after September 30th. New for the 2017-18 year are; Princess Margaret Secondary School’s candidacy for the International Baccalaureate Program for the middle years was accepted, and ongoing curriculum changes for senior students that will see the elimination of some provincial exams and the shuffling of standardized testing from spring to fall, so teachers can use the results.

Saturday, October 14th Starts at 6pm till the beer runs dry

Gourmet Bavarian Themed Buffet ~ $30 pp

The McCreary Centre Society has invited the District to participate in the 2018 BC Adolescent Health Survey (BC AHS). The survey is the most comprehensive source for reliable, accurate, BC-based information about the physical and emotional health of our youth from grades 7-12. Provincial, Regional and District reports are produced. The information in the District report is confidential, but may be shared with organizations such as, the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan and the Penticton and District Community Resource Society. The report is a valuable resource for the development of curriculum, programs and services in schools and the community. The survey is conducted every five years. SD67 has participated in the survey from it’s inception.

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Great Things Are Happening at Kaleden Elementary School! with Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal

The School District website, www.sd67.bc.ca, has information on September’s 5 “Great Things” include ... registration, school contacts, student transfers, school boundary 1. areas, calendars and much more. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 2. 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update with Brad Nunes

October people. One month done. I don't know about you, but it took me a week to revert from my hand crafted artisanal bespoke lunches to slapping some PB and J on some bread and calling it good enough. It is hard to keep cutting carrots into cartoon characters when the children bring it all home claiming if they didn't get onto the playground 5 minutes into lunch they would be 'itstys for grounders'. I have no idea what they are talking about, so I just shrug and assumed they have joined a cult. Parking and speeding people. Please, please, please, please slow down at least for the TWO BLOCKS around the school. It isn't hard and I promise you won't be late for Yoga. We have a new green speed warning ... thing/person. We will be on the lookout for green smears on bumpers of those getting a little too close. Also, please respect the parking signs. Crowds near the front of the school makes it hard to see kids. There is always plenty of room in the upper back parking lot and remember, all the cool kids hang out in the back. A couple of reminders. Our next PAC-Attack meeting is coming at you LIVE Monday, October 2nd at 6pm in the School Library. Our school is also doing an Apple Bag Fundraiser. Check out the Facebook page for details. Support our school and a hard working local farmer! We are also looking for volunteers to help out with our annual Thanksgiving Lunch. Please contact the school, if you are able to lend a hand. Thanks again, as always, for all your community support. Here is to a great 2017/18 KES Year!

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 5 new students this fall!


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School District No. 53 Board Report with Sam Hancheroff, Vice-Chair, School Trustee Okanagan Falls Elementary School News ~ Welcome back to all our students in School District No. 53 and to our school staff! And, a particularly warm welcome to our new school staff: Mrs. Karen Sinclair (Principal); Ms. J. Brockholm (Librarian, Gr. 3/4); Ms. T. Taylor (Kindergarten/Gr. 1); Mrs. S. Gittel (Learner Support, CRT); and Ms. S. Havig (Aboriginal Support). In addition, on behalf of the School District Trustees, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all staff; teachers, support staff, administration, and maintenance crews, for ensuring a smooth and positive start up for our students. Visit Our Early Learning Programs •

StrongStart Program ~ The StrongStart Program welcomes children ages 0-5 years with their parent/caregiver Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to enjoy games, literacy, and art activities. Come and visit with the OK Falls StrongStart facilitator, Samantha James.

OK Falls Preschool ~ OK Falls Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. The preschool is located in Room 8 of the OK Falls School. The preschool teacher is Mrs. Bonnie Kandulski. For information, please call Bonnie Kandulski at 250.497.5576 or email her at bonnie.okminischool@shaw.ca.

District News ~ All schools are reporting a positive school start to the 2017-18 school year. There are many staff changes and additions this year primarily due to the Supreme Court of Canada decision on class size and composition and we welcome them to our schools and district. We have an exciting year ahead with exciting initiatives to support student learning and a redesigned curriculum for K to 9. World Teacher Day October 5th ~ The United Nations’ World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. It recognizes the role teachers play in enabling children and adults of all ages to learn and to take part in and contribute to their local community and global society. In appreciation of the vital role teachers make to the education and development, and International Day of the Child on October 11th, School District 53 and the South Okanagan Similkameen Teachers’ Union have made a joint contribution to “Little Women for Little Women” in Afghanistan. This organization, founded by Alaina Podmorrow while in elementary school in BC, supports girls in Afghanistan and their struggle to exercise their right for education. More information can be found at www.littlewomenforlittlewomen.com. BC’s Revised Curriculum ~ We are in our 2nd year of implementation of the K-9 curriculum. Teachers are specifically teaching to the core competencies of communication, thinking, and the personal and social competencies. The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesigned curriculum and assessment. Students need to develop these competencies in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning. The grades 10-12 redesigned curriculum are in draft and ready for optional use for the 2017-18 school year. Schools and classrooms are changing the way they structure learning, teach and assess learning to prepare students for a modern and changing world. We often feature what teachers are trying in their classroom at monthly Education Committee meetings of the Board of Education. These meetings are open to parents and community members. Please see this link for more information on the redesigned curriculum https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

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Student Achievement ~ District Innovation/Initiatives: We have several student initiatives this year, one of which is Career Education. It has been a busy start up to our career programs with students enrolled in work experience, Youth Work in Trades (new name for Secondary School Apprenticeship), and Youth Train in Trades (new name for ACEIT). The first big activity for this school year was the PostSecondary Institution (PSI) day at our district on Tuesday, September 26th. Representatives from 13 post-secondary institutions visited students to provide them with information regarding post-secondary opportunities for our students. The reps were in Osoyoos from 1011:15 am and hosted a Mini Career Fair for OSS students and visited by SESS students. In the afternoon, they hosted a SOSS Mini Career Fair, along with information sessions for students in grades 11 and 12. Operations • 2017/18 Enrolment ~ As of September 22nd, schools reported enrollment of 2,230 FTE, which is a decrease of 19 FTE from 2016/17 enrolment of 2,249 FTE. These numbers are preliminary, as September 30th is the date used to determine the final 2017/18 figures. • Summer Work: ~ Operations staff were busy this summer making sure that schools were clean and welcoming for students and staff. Summer projects included mechanical and electrical upgrades, painting, flooring, paving, and sprinkler system upgrades. Provincial News ~ 2017/18 Budget Update ~ On September 11th, the government of British Columbia announced it’s Budget 2017 update. The Ministry of Education received an additional $177 million in operating funding. This includes: • $137 million for classroom enhancement fund; • $17 million to fund enrolment growth; • $15 million for independent schools; • $8 million for the BC Training and Education Savings Program. 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 PAC Update

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with Lindsay Hainstock, Parent Advisory Council Vice President My heart was full seeing so many parents show up for the first OK Falls PAC meeting of the school year! Hopefully, we can maintain that enthusiasm, as there are many ways to help out our school (and many were kindergarten parents, so help for years to come!?!).

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I know when I first entered into the mysterious world of the public school system I felt like I was doing everything wrong ... actually, I was doing everything wrong according to my astute 5 year old kindergartner. How did the other moms look hot in the morning compared to the hot mess I was? Yup, referring to the spilled tea down my front from running across the school yard with a 2 and 5 year old to make the second bell. I actually thought the second bell still meant we made it on time ... thankfully, the doors weren’t locked then. I had so many questions that my 5 year old was getting tired of answering. So, I got brave and went to a PAC meeting.

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I remember the feeling of relief after the PAC meeting. I learned that you are allowed to ask teachers questions ... just not at 8:28am when you have to compete for the teacher with 25 half-pints that aren’t afraid to throw a low elbow. The Principal and the School Trustee attend many of the meetings and give updates of things coming up at the school and district. Most importantly, I learned that other parents had similar questions and similar dropped balls as me. I became more comfortable about what my kids are up to during their time at school. Our small school is great in that it offers the chance to get to know a lot of the kids and families, as well as the wonderful staff that make it up.

Welcoming New Additions to the Okanagan Falls Teaching Team! with Principal Karen Sinclair

Upcoming Things To Note: •

PAC Buy, Sell, Swap Fundraiser ~ Saturday, October 28th 9 am - 1 pm in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym. Contact Chelsea, if you would like to rent a table for $20 or donate to the PAC Table. Email chelsfair@live.ca for more information.

Next Pac Meeting ~ Tuesday, October 3rd 6:30-7:30 pm in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Library. Agenda will be emailed out pre-meeting (if you agreed to let us email you). Free childcare is available.

Finally, PAC sends a huge THANK YOU to the teachers and staff at Okanagan Falls Elementary for a great start to the school year with the fun rally cheers and school song. Falcons are FORMIDABLE New school staff from left to right: Mrs. S. Havig - Aboriginal Support with star belly buttons and yellow mustaches and we will, WE WILL Assistant; Ms. T. Taylor - K/Gr 1 Teacher; Mrs. J. Brockholm - Library SCHOOL YOU! and Gr 3-4 Teacher; and Mrs. S. Gittel - Learner Support Teacher.

Math-Magic & Power Reading For Elementary School Children

Math Tutoring: Strategies & Tools Literacy Support: Reading & Comprehension Second Language: Spanish All Ages - Families Angi Lobos-Taylor has 20+ years of Special Education Experience. Medical Doctor (Retired) with a Special Education Certification. She coaches and adapts the curriculum and learning strategies according to each learner's needs and offers one-on-one or small groups in her home, just blocks from Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Email alobostaylor@shaw.ca or call 778-515-1080.

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OK Mini School 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. Our spaces are currently full and we are starting a wait list. Be sure to look for our first fundraiser this year, “Santa’s Little Helper Christmas Catalogue”. For more information, send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

“Drill Week” ~ During September 18-22, the whole school practiced safety drills, including fire drills, lockdown drills, and earthquake drills. It is very important to know what to do in case of an emergency, so we encourage extra practice at home too. 38 students from Grades 1-7 are participating in our Running Club this fall. These students represented Okanagan Falls Elementary School in the District Cross Country Race held on September 26th in Cawston. Great Job Falcons! The whole school participated in the annual Terry Fox Run on Wednesday, September 27th. Let’s help find a cure for Cancer! Our One-to-One Reading Program is about to start! We are currently looking for volunteers in the community to help with this important program. If you can spare a couple of hours each week, give us a call at 250-497-5414. You really can make a difference in a child’s life by helping them develop a love for reading. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is open! This is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. They are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the school year. For more information and when to join special guests, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


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Brian Moen PRESIDENT’S GOLD AWARD

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Preparing Your Home Before Heading South For The Winter

with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West 1. Make Your Home Appear as Though It Is Continuously Occupied. Forward your mail, stop newspaper delivery, and ask a friend or relative to collect flyers or other items that may be left at your door. Arrange for someone to remove snow after storms. Put motionsensitive exterior lights and interior lights on timers and set them to come on at varying times to discourage prowlers. 2. Take Steps to Protect Your Home from Thieves. Confirm that your alarm systems are in working order and have been activated. Secure external doors and windows with deadbolt locks, security-type hinges and sturdy door frames that cannot be spread apart. Install slide locks or other equivalent security locks on sliding glass doors or French doors. Store valuables that you are not taking with you in a safe deposit box or other secure off-site location. Do not post your vacation or travel plans on social media sites, as potential thieves can use that information to learn that your house is vacant. 3. Protect Your Pipes to Avoid Water Damage by Turning Off Your Water Supply. If a pipe bursts or leaks while you are away, it could cause significant damage. Consider completely turning off the water supply if no one will be in the home for an extended period of time. If your home is heated by an older steam heating system, consult with your heating professional to determine if it is safe to turn off the water supply for your particular heating system. Also, if your home is protected by a fire sprinkler system, do not turn off the water to this system. Drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flush your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl, then consider pouring antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water from freezing and cracking.* Always use non-toxic antifreeze rated for plumbing systems. To help confirm that the pipes have been drained, consider having a plumber blow compressed air through the pipes. 4. Keep Your Home and Plumbing Warm if Your Water Supply Stays On. If you decide against draining your water pipes, keep the furnace running to help ensure the home stays warm and the pipes do not freeze. Set the temperature at 55°F or higher to help keep the interior of the floor and wall cavities, where the water piping is likely located above freezing temperatures. Keeping room and cabinet doors open also helps heat to circulate and warm the areas where pipes are located. Shut off the water to washing machines and dishwashers where possible, to avoid any leaks or broken hoses while you are away. Turn off the heat source and water supply to hot water heaters (if separate from your boiler). Consider shutting off and draining outdoor water faucets to prevent vandalism and freezing damage. Have a water flow sensor and low temperature sensor installed on your main water supply pipe and hooked into a constantly monitored alarm system or your smart phone. 5. Perform Routine Maintenance Before You Leave. Have your heating system inspected and serviced before winter. Have your fuel tanks filled before you leave, and ask someone to check on heat and fuel levels regularly while you are gone. Be sure to maintain electrical power, if required to keep the heating system running. If electrical service to the home is to remain on, consider having a licensed

electrical contractor inspect your main electrical panel, wiring and outlets, if necessary. This way, they can repair or replace anything that may be defective. Have your roof inspected before you leave and clean your gutters to help prevent ice from building up.* Remove dead trees or large overhanging limbs that could damage your house. Unplug all unnecessary appliances before you leave. Make sure you can retrieve messages on your home answering machine or voicemail, so it does not indicate FULL or unattended when someone calls. 6. Make Your Home Unattractive to Pests. Clean your home thoroughly to help discourage new “residents” from moving in. Clean, defrost and unplug refrigerators and freezers, wiping them dry and leaving doors propped open to prevent mildew. Also, clean the oven. Inspect your home for openings that animals could use to enter. For example, make sure your fireplace flue is closed, as bats, birds and squirrels are known to get inside this way. Check weather-stripping, insulation and exterior doors and windows to ensure no major deficiencies are present. Water and insects can enter through these openings. Chimneys should be inspected by a chimney service and, if necessary, cleaned to ensure that they are free from obstructions such as nesting birds. Install chimney guard screen-caps to help prevent any infestation. 7. Be Ready for Emergencies. Notify the police department that the property will be vacant, and provide emergency notification numbers. Install smoke detectors on at least every floor (preferably tied to a constantly monitored fire alarm system, so the fire department will automatically be notified in case of alarm), and confirm that the sensors and system are tested regularly. In higher wind-exposed or coastal areas, install storm shutters (or other mitigation measures, such as 5/8” marine plywood) to secure windows. Properly anchor personal property that will remain outdoors. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative to keep an eye on your home and be available in emergency situations. Give them access to your home, so they can regularly monitor heating, electrical and water systems. If the weather turns frigid, have them also check the roof for ice dams and inspect for leaks inside. Make sure they have your contact information and a list of local contractors they can reach if repairs or service are needed.

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It’s Fall Yard Maintenance Time with Patty Irwin

Fall is about putting the garden to sleep for Winter. We bring all that is needed, including recyclable garden paper bags. We can also take the garden waste away, if you prefer. Whatever is needed for the maintenance of your yard ... from mowing the lawn, weedwacking, weeding, trimming the hedges ... we can do that for you. We will make everything look nice, so you don’t have a messy yard come Spring. Besides yard maintenance, we offer detailed housecleaning too. We can cover both services in one visit or scheduled weekly visits. “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your yard work and house cleaning chores. Call 778-889-9725 today.

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

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October 2017

Welcome to Diane Chatfield with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel

Reliable Travel would like to welcome Diane Chatfield (DesBrisay) to our sales group. Diane has lived in the South Okanagan for the past 35 years and has spent the last 20 years working for our local School District. Diane will be in attendance at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre on October 14th, during their annual Fall Market. Please come and chat with her about your dream vacation! She will be happy to help you in any way she can. Be sure to enter our door prize draw. Also, please remember that any of the Reliable Team will be happy to come to your home to help you both plan and book your travel. Looking forward to seeing you on October 14th!

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hello everyone! This is Sharon Proctor reporting to you about our Fund Raising Kick Off Event, the “Golf Swing and Sing”. We had such great golfers (?), good singers, a yummy BBQ, fantastic prizes, and of course loads of fun! We are still collecting and counting, but our total should be over $1800 from our event on September 9th. Thanks so much to everyone for your donations, good cheer, and making it a success. Next year, we will give you more time to build more teams and challenges while expanding “Golf Swing and Sing”. A huge thank you to our sponsors: Greyback Construction, Pharmasave, Lucky Poker Stars, Wine Valley Security, Reliable Travel, Natural Family Health Clinic, KJ Coffee Bar, Falls Market, OK Barber Shop, Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner, OK Falls Hotel, Esso Station, Blasted Church Winery, Noble Ridge Winery, Jim D’Andrea, Meyer Family Vineyards, Crescent Hill Winery, IGA, Dr. Andrew Robertson, Dr. Jamie Robertson, G&R Auto, RDOS, Interior Savings, St. Andrews By-The-Lake, Skaha Matters, and Tom and Pat Siddon. We hope you will join us for our Christmas Party and our “May Day” Event. We will keep you posted. If you wish to join our ‘Mighty Little Society’, please visit www.southskahahousingsociety.ca. Building Progress Update ~ We are heavily engulfed in meetings with Greyback Construction and BC Housing with regard to the building design and the number of units, etc. It is going to be a busy fall for us, so please stay tuned!

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Golf season will soon be wrapping up at St. Andrews By-The-Lake with the onset of fall, but for many of us this is the best time of year to be golfing. Our course, which is still in fabulous shape, will remain open until the end of October. So, if you haven’t experienced the beauty of the changing of the colours at St. Andrews, set some time aside to come out and enjoy the warm and sunny weather while taking in a round or two of golf. It is truly amazing to just sit and enjoy a tasty lunch or late afternoon beverage from the deck, while overlooking Prather Lake and observing our resident blue heron and bald eagle that make their homes here.

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Bird Migration Day on Vaseux Lake

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) presented its 3rd Annual Bird Migration Day Open House at the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory on Sunday, September 24th. The event offered visitors a chance to see birds being banded, go on a guided walk with nature interpreters, and learn about birds and bird migration. In addition to the Bird Migration Day Open house, OSCA also offers the fall ECOstudies school programs to regional schools.

September is always a busy month with tournaments and League Wrap Ups. St. Andrews played host once again to the Discovery House Golf Tournament held on Saturday, September 16th. 72 golfers registered to play in this fun tournament and more than 100 people sat down to dinner in support of addiction recovery in the Penticton area. Our first ever Men’s Amateur takes place on Saturday, September 30th and promises to be one that you will want to play annually. Limited to 72 golfers with valid handicaps, the tournament also includes a free practice round, along with fun skill challenges and games on Friday the 29th. An awards dinner banquet, complete with fabulous prizes and draws, will follow the tournament on Saturday. Throughout the week until the middle of October, the restaurant will remain open for lunch between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. For those early morning golfers and lodge guests, coffee and light breakfast items can be purchased from the concession between 8:00 am and 11:00 am. Be sure to stop by and check out the fabulous offers and buys at our Pro Shop during our End of Year Blow Out Sale. All clothing is 40% off, 10% off golf balls, and all irons and bags are now only 10% over cost price. We are also offering our 2018 Season 40 Round Flex Pass at the same price as 2017 ($462.50 including taxes), plus free golf until the end of October. Those who wait until 2018 can expect an increase in price on the Flex Passes. Our Director of Golf, Fred Burke, wishes to thank all of our supporters, sponsors, staff, homeowners, and new partnerships for what has turned out to be a very busy and incredible year. One for the books you might say with the inclement weather at the start of the season, the resulting flooding, and the smoke from neighbouring fires at the height of the season. Despite all of this, St. Andrews is happy to announce that it was able to increase its membership numbers by 50% over the last two years as a result of our $11 golf special (40 Round Flex Pass). Stay in touch during the off season by visiting our website, www. standrewsbythelake.com ... your new home golf.

“Our school and public programs have been very popular in the past two years and we are thrilled that Nature Canada’s Naturehood Initiative and Environment and Climate Change Canada are continuing to support us. The programs really give the public and school children the chance to explore birds up close and watch bird banding in action,” says Janet Willson, OSCA Chair. “Many of these amazing little birds live to 12 years and migrate 4000 km to their wintering location.” The Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory is located 3 km south of Okanagan Falls. For more information, contact Jayme Friedt at 250-488-9894 or oscaecostudies@gmail.com.

Congratulation Josh Roth!

Local resident Josh Roth won the “Best Salsa” in the Salsa Competition at the annual Similkameen Sizzle special event held in Keremeos during the weekend of September 16-17, 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for his new “Skaha Salsa” brand coming to a store near you very soon.

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Penticton Creek Restoration

Okanagan Falls Lions Update

with Larry Martin

The restoration of Penticton Creek to make it a more natural looking state is both frustrating and rewarding. It has taken way too many years and the project is still just beginning. A demonstration area near the Ellis Street Bridge is intended to show what can be accomplished with public Group tour of Penticton Creek. support. A special tour was offered at the Penticton Farmers Market, where representatives from several of the groups explained the history of their involvement in a variety of projects along and in Penticton Creek. These ranged from flood control measures, New fish counting & egg take station. fish passage and spawning areas, along with replaced vegetation in the riparian area of the creek with native plants were all shown. It was encouraging to see spawning Kokanee utilizing gravel, which was just recently placed in a portion of the demonstration area. Next time you are in Penticton, take a minute to stop near the Ellis Creek Bridge and view the before and after pictures of the demonstration area. Installing fish ladders.

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For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

with Bob Wilson, President

It seems like I just wrote one of these submissions, so time must be movin’ on. We had our first fall Lions meeting at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Community Room on Monday, September 11th. We will be there for meetings at 7pm every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month until further notice. It was a well attended meeting with old members, new members and guests getting together to continue our community efforts for the 2017/2018 club year. The new club president Bob incurred the first fine (a Lions tradition) of the new season by putting the flags up reversed. This was caught immediately by the new Zone Chairman Lion Mike and Past District Governor Dave. I’ll have to watch out for those two throughout the coming meetings. Our first school breakfast was held on Thursday, September 14th with a good turnout of volunteers and hungry students. With two breakfast crews on line this year, we can feature pancakes one week and French toast the next. The school breakfast program is held at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School every Thursday morning starting at 7:30am. Cookies are still available at the Legion Bar with proceeds going towards the School Breakfast Program, as well as Toonies for Troops. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are October 4-6 and 30-31 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse.org/ sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Our membership has increased since last year and we welcome the new Lions to our club. If you would like to join us in our community efforts, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson The Canadian Flag is flying at the Senior Centre and things are getting back to normal after our long, hot summer. The seniors would like to congratulate Cam Foster, student and IGA employee, who won the Scholarship Award of $1,000 from the Senior Centre for high scholastic achievement. The award will go towards his future endeavors in education. Our Bylaws Committee has been working hard on updates and revisions to our existing bylaws. A draft was presented to our membership, for review and critique at September's General Meeting. If you haven't got your copy yet to review, please stop by the Centre and pick one up, or we can email one to you. Be sure to come to the October General Meeting, as this will be an item for review and discussion. It will also be your opportunity to voice any concerns that you may have before being voted on by our members for acceptance. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter. Our annual Fall Flea Market is Saturday, October 14th. Doors open at 9 am. Come out and enjoy our Raffles, Silent Auction, White Elephant Table, along with Books, Videos, Puzzles & CD's, a Bake Table, Arts and Crafts by our local Seniors and Vendors, plus Coffee & Lunch all day. We're needing items for our White Elephant Table and Silent Auction. Items should be clean and in good working order, and please, no clothing or electronics. Also, no more stripped down bicycles, probably stolen and dumped at our back door! With many thanks to our neighbour, Jim Charlie, the stripped bike bits were loaded onto his truck and hauled away. On a cheerier note, the Bake Table at the Flea Market needs donations of scrumptious tidbits. So, please members, get your creative skills working on cakes, cookies, breads, pies, et al and donate to the Bake Table. A very interesting item among others to be auctioned in the Silent Auction is a beautiful piano. It's been a silent resident on stage for the past year, since the loss of our Piano Man, Kevin, who is greatly missed. Now, it's time has come to say good-bye. There may still be tables available at our Flea Market, if you are interested, please call/text Loraine at 250-488-5575 for more information. A most enjoyable afternoon presented itself on Friday, September 8th, when The Kettle Valley Brakemen entertained to a huge crowd for nearly two hours at the Senior Centre. Hand clapping, foot stomping musical entertainment ensued with a very interactive crowd. We hope they make a return visit sometime in the near future. One of our most senior members, Audrey Steeves, was recognized at the last General Meeting for her service as a World War II Veteran. She served from 1939-1943 overseas and came to Canada as a War Bride. Look for the sign-up sheet for Canasta. We have a hopeful start date of Monday, October 16th at 10 am. We are in need of a new coordinator, if you're interested. The Carpet Bowling sign-up sheet is still looking for players. Also new, sign-up to try your hand at King Cribbage. It's a fun mix of cribbage and scrabble, so I'm told. Starts on Friday, October 6th at 10:30 am. Contact Ron at 778-991-9800 for more information, or just sign up. The ever popular Music Jam is back for the season. Put on your dancing shoes, grab your music maker, grab your hunny, or just come out and listen. The first Jam will be Sunday, October 8th from 1-4 pm. Come early (11:30 am) to enjoy a light lunch. Be sure to attend the Pot-Luck Dinner on Saturday, October 28th at 5:30 pm. After dinner, a play called "From Five to Five-thirty" will be performed by the Penticton Chamber Theatre Travelling One's. Admission to the play is by donation. We are fortunate to have them come to Okanagan Falls to entertain us. See you there! So, that's all for this month. Don't forget our Flea Market on Saturday, October 14th. Again, donations for our White Elephant Table and Bake Table are needed once again. Thank you for your support!

SENIORS ~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

General Meeting ~ 1pm on Monday, October 2nd Pancake Breakfast ~ 8-10am on Saturday, October 7th Music Jam Session ~ 1pm Sunday, October 8th Fall Flea Market ~ 9am - 1pm Saturday, October 14th Drop In Bingo ~ 1pm every 3rd Saturday - October 21st Pot Luck Dinner ~ 5:30pm on Saturday, October 28th Canasta ~ 10am 1st 3 Mondays - Starts October 16th Shuffleboard ~ 1pm last 3 Mondays each month Walking Group ~ 8am on Tuesdays & Thursdays Exercise Class ~ 9am Tuesdays & Thursdays Tuesday Bingo ~ 1pm 1st 3 Tuesdays each month Evening Pool ~ 6pm Tuesdays Music and Coffee ~ 9-10:30am Wednesdays & Fridays Carpet Bowling ~ 1pm on Wednesdays - Starts October 18th Scrabble ~ 10am on Thursdays Bridge ~ 1pm Thursdays Cribbage ~ 7pm Thursdays King Cribbage ~ 10:30am - 12noon Fridays

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

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans”

Ed Findlater, OSTJ, CD, M.G.C. Ed spent October 1952 in Boot Camp at St. Jean, QC. His years of service are as follows: January 1953 - May 1953 Camp Borden, ON at Trade School. May 1953 June 1956 Portage La Prairie, MB. Ed married Mary Ashman on April 15, 1954 in Portage La Prairie, MB June 1956 - November 1958 RCAF Station Centralia, ON. November 1958 - July 1962 Portage La Prairie, MB. July 1962 - July 1966 3 Wing Zweibrucken, Germany. July 1966 - August 1971 CFB Cold Lake, AB. August 1971 - December 1976 CFB Trenton, ON. AMDU December 1976 - July 1980 M.A.T. Aurora Program, Burbank, California, USA. July 1980 - May 1983 NDHQ Ottawa, ON. Retired September 23, 1983 after 33 years and 8 months of service to Okanagan Falls. MWO CD 11 OSTJ January 1983 - January 1988 LT RCAFAC Oliver, BC Training Officer.

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October Events at the Okanagan Falls Legion: Friday, October 13th ~ Dinner Dance with “Hear & Now” performing live. Plus, we will have Lasagna & Caesar Salad. $10 per person. Come early for the Meat Draw & 50/50 at 5pm. Sunday, October 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast is every 3rd Sunday of the month from 8-11am. Adults $6, Children $3 (ages 6-10), and Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, October 17th ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out the latest and get involved. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. All money raised goes to charity. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. Sports are back at the Legion: Come down to the Legion, as all the sign up sheets are on the second floor. •

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

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

Shuffle Board ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1pm

Pool ~ Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - depending on how many people are interested. Call Stan for times at 778-5318228.

For more information on darts and shuffleboard, please call Denise at 250-485-4949. For other information, call the Legion at 250-497-8338.

Mary (Ashman) Findlater ~ Mary spent October 1952 in Boot Camp We are always looking for volunteers for the Meat Draws and 50/50s. at St. Jean, QC. Her years of service are as follows: January 1953 Bartenders are also needed. If interested, inquire at the Legion Bar. - May 1953 Camp Borden, ON at Trade School. May 1953 - August 1954 Portage La Prairie, MB. Married Ed Findlater on April 15, 1954. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. January 1985 - January 1988 LT RCAFAC, Oliver, BC Administration. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 “Where you are always welcome to join us!” Ed and Mary have been an asset to Branch #227. They do numerous volunteering throughout the community. Thank you for your service, and you’re continuing service with Branch #227 and the community. Honouring Veteran’s is our duty. Everything we value in life, they put on the line. The Early Bird Campaign is on until November 30th. Renew your legion membership today! A big thank you goes out to Thunder Alley, Ed and Mary Findlater, and Music in the Park, for making a charitable contribution, so that we could finish purchasing the Memorial Bench. Also, a big thank you to Barb and Rod Few for donating a flat screen TV. Plans are for it to go on the sports floor of the Legion. Get your dancing shoes on! On Friday, October 13th, we will be having the band “HEAR & NOW“. We will be serving Lasagna and Caesar salad. This Dinner & Dance special event is $10 per person.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

with Barb Few On Wednesday, October 4th at 1pm we have our General Meeting, so everybody try to attend and learn what is happening. On Sunday, October 29th, we will be holding our famous “Fowl Supper”. Tickets will be on sale at the Legion Bar, as well as from members. They will be $12 for this delicious meal, with children (6-12 years of age) for $6, and those under 5 years of age are free! I know it seems impossible to talk about Christmas, but it is coming and we will be having a Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, November 19th following the Legion Pancake Breakfast. If you want to book a table for this popular event, please phone the organizer Denise Ashton at 250-485-4949. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar to purchase unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.

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Yard Work / Snow Shoveling

Simple Home Repairs

Build Community ~ Meet New People

Give a Helping Hand ~ Make a Difference

Cooking up Connections:

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

Out and About:

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

Better at Home:

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

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


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October 2017

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society

with Marla Wilson There was a real sharp crisp in the air this week. The temperature was +4 when I got up in the morning. The frost was really on the pumpkin! The pumpkin didn’t seem to mind, but the tomatoes sure didn’t like it. Seems like we went from super warm to really cold in a week. It will level out and fall will move on in. The Heritage Society had a very good meeting of membership and friends. We have been upgrading the building that houses the Thrifty Boutique. A new security door has been installed in the back room and a new door is being considered for the front room. The winter clothing is on display and on the racks. All summer items are stored away till next year. We have a great staff who really enjoy working in the shop and meeting new people. Each volunteer brings her own personality and experiences into the group. Sue Walker, curator for the museum, has closed down tours for this year. There were visitors from all around the world. We also hosted tours from some of the Senior Retirement Centres in the surrounding area. They enjoyed the outing, (when it wasn’t smoky), having lunch on the covered patio and looking through the Bassett House and Museum. It often brings back memories of their youth. Before going home, they sometimes have a quick stop at Tickleberry’s for ice cream. Donna May Thompson suggested we look for new wall paper for the Bassett House. She was one who worked to put up the old paper when the House was first set in the Heritage Complex. We must search for “Heritage Wallpaper” that is not vinyl coated. It will be a busy winter. We have had some garbage dumping this last week. When people leave their donations sitting on the porch in plastic bags, the contents are often ruined by animals urinating on them, vagrants ripping them open to see what they can take, and rain getting the clothing wet and unusable. Please, do not leave your donation sitting outside. The shop is open 5 days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm. Donations are what make our shop work. When they are destroyed, we can not use them. They must go to the dump. Keeping clothing out of the land fill is what we are all about. We love what we do. Please work with us.

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

Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

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

Roadhouse Family

Tom and Margaret Roadhouse hailed from Pembina County, North Dakota, where 6 of their 9 children were born. When a prairie fire wiped out their farm, they decided to move further west looking for a climate which would give Tom some relief from this attacks of asthma. In a Lethbridge hotel, a complete stranger noted his asthmatic condition and recommended the Okanagan as an ideal spot and so on January 7, 1902 they arrived in Penticton, a village of forty and with too few pupils to justify a school. Almost immediately he secured a job with L.C. Barnes driving four and six horse stage coaches on the run from Penticton to Princeton, a round trip of 4 days. Twelve passengers could be carried comfortably an there was always mail, express shipments and errands to be done. The most exciting express shipments were the gold bricks which were shipped out of the Nickle Plate Gold Mine. About twice a month, a brick valued at $60,000 was sent out on the stage, usually in a rough wooden box, sometimes disguised as a piece of equipment sent out for repair. That there was never an attempted robbery seems incredible, especially since Billy Miner was living in Aspen Grove at the time, under the name of George Edwards. In 1904 Billy Miner, pulled off the first train robbery in Canada getting away with only $7000. In 1906, Bill and several accomplices made an attempt at a consignment of gold bars from Nickle Plate being shipped out of Kamloops on the CPR. In this bungled heist, they cut loose the wrong mail car, got only $100 and were eventually captured. While this went on, Tom Roadhouse was transporting the mine’s output at a rate of over one million dollars per year, and all this without any armed guards. In 1911, Tom bought 360 acres in Marron Valley and the two oldest boys took out preemptions on adjoining land. A home was built on the flats to the left of the horseshoe curve on the present Roadhouse Hill. By 1914, Tom had built a large home at the bottom of the hill, which bears his name. From 1911 until 1920, when they moved back to Penticton, the Roadhouse family were an important part in the growth of Kaleden. All but the 3 oldest children went to school here, riding in each day on horseback. Tom quit the stage line when they moved to Kaleden, but kept teams and did a good deal of hauling. As the family grew up, they worked in the orchards and packinghouse, farmed, did construction work on the roads and dams and even found time for hunting and trapping. With nine young people in the family, the Roadhouse home became the social centre for the community and the reminiscences of all the early residents include mention of the many dances, parties, etc. that took place there. New Painting Donated To Kenny McLean Trophy Room! Many of the children married into local families and remained in the Local artist, Shannon Ford, has donated a beautiful 3D painting to Okanagan contributing to life here. Mr. and Mrs. Roadhouse Sr. the Kenny McLean Trophy Room in the Okanagan Falls Museum. celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1940, only a few Shannon Ford attended the Canada Day Celebration in Okanagan weeks prior to her death. Tom, who had been the invalid coming the Falls and was inspired to create this beatiful painting in Kenny Okanagan because of his poor health lived to be 88, passing away in McLean’s memory. Shannon is honoured to share her love of horses 1950. and rodeo through this painting. You can view more of Shannon Ford’s Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical work on display at the Lloyd Gallery in Penticton through October 9th. path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to In photo: Donna May Thompson, Irma McLean, Shannon Ford, and Verna Schriber. the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.


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Kaleden Seniors Programs with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

Kaleden Seniors Committee is pleased to kick off our “Fun, Facts and Food” Lunch series. On Friday October 27th, we feature Jas Garib from “India House”, a local business that serves nutritious homemade heat-and-eat meals to people who don’t have time to cook. Jas will unlock the mysteries and health benefits of fragrant, flavourful Indian cooking. The menu features a protein packed split pea dal, basmati rice with local fruit and vegetables, roti, side salad and a traditional Indian dessert called Gulab Jamun. Jas has shared her food, recipes and knowledge in the kitchen for over 10 years in the Penticton area. We are thrilled to have her participate in our first lunch. Learn to cook some exciting new cuisine and WOW your friends! Hands-on cooking fun is from 9:30-11:30am. Space is limited, so please email us at kaledenseniors@gmail.com by October 21st to reserve your spot in the class. Lunch is by donation and will be served at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends, family and neighbours for lunch, which will be followed by an informative presentation by the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department and the Penticton RCMP on home safety, crime prevention, house visibility, fire prevention, and an interactive demonstration on the safe usage of fire extinguishers. A reminder that our fantastic poker and card/board games have begun! The games continue until December 7th at the Kaleden Community Hall on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 pm. The fee is only a $3 drop in. If you pay for multiple weeks the fee is reduced or prorated. Our successful wreath making appie evening is coming up on Friday, December 1st from 5-7 pm at Linden Gardens. Look for further details in November’s Skaha Matters. For more information on any of our programs and to book a cooking spot at our “India House” cooking class, please email kaledenseniors@gmail.com today. We look forward to seeing you and meeting new faces at our events.

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

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Kaleden Seniors’ Housing Society Sunday, October 15th 2 - 4 pm Kaleden Community Hall Business to be transacted: • Enlist members • Update on property fundraising • Discuss results of the survey • Answer questions To become a member of the society, you must live in the Kaleden area, and be 50 years of age or older. Everyone Welcome!


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Spotlight on Volunteers

One-to-One Reading Volunteers Needed

One-to-One Reading in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls are in need of volunteers to join their team in tutoring children individually, who will benefit from extra support and enrichment in reading. The work is fun and very rewarding! The One-to-One Reading Coordinators will provide thorough training and ongoing support to all the volunteer tutors, equipping you with techniques, tips and tricks that will ensure you are well prepared for every tutoring session. You will be joining a team of dedicated volunteers helping foster a love of literacy! Your volunteer time is a tremendous opportunity to truly make a difference in a child’s confidence and chance of succeeding academically. These are invaluable opportunities for the students to practice reading over and above their classroom instruction. Some 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 emphasize 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). If you’re intersted in volunteering to read with a student, please call today. For Okanagan Falls Elementary School, please call 250-4975414. For Kaleden Elementary School, please call 250-770-7692.

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100 Men Who Care-Penticton: Working for Your Community

Last June, the members of 100 Men Who Care-Penticton came together to celebrate the First Anniversary If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, of supporting charitable organizations in the South Okanaganplease call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net. Similkameen region. In that first year, the group’s members donated Volunteer In Your Community! nearly $30,000 to 15 charities serving the people of Penticton, There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any Keremeos, Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos. Now, as the 100 Men of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! embark on their second year of work, anyone who is interested in becoming part of this innovative fundraising model is invited to come to the Fall 2017 meeting.

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

WK Mechanical Plumbing Contractor

Installations

Repairs

Drainage

Emergency Service

Wilfred Krueger ~ 778-531-4940 Serving the South Okanagan & Similkameen Valley

“Your hometown realtor ... here for you!” Serving Okanagan Falls and area for over 15 yrs!

Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

Laurie Kingsfield Cell: 250.498.1110 LKingsfield@telus.net Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

Helping the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

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Wednesday, October 11th 5:30 - 6:30 pm Cascades Casino Roof Top Patio 201-553 Vees Drive, Penticton (near the South Okanagan Event Centre)

The goal of 100 Men is simple: get 100 or more men together who want to make a difference, not just in Penticton, but in the communities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. The concept is even simpler: four times a year invite three charitable organizations to make a presentation to the group about the work they do and the communities they support. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80% goes to the charity with the most votes and 10% goes to each of the remaining two charities. Apart from the financial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention, but have a positive impact on communities. Of course, membership is not limited to 100 participants. The more who join, the more financial support the charities will receive. In these times when more members of society need assistance and when not-for-profit charities often struggle to meet their mandate, the 100 Men Who Care provides an innovative and direct opportunity to help. With a goal of at least 100 members, the organization hopes to raise $10,000 at each event. Anyone who is interested can register as a member on the 100 Men Who Care website at www.100menpenticton.com or if you want to connect directly with one of the coordinators, please email info@100menpenticton.com. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can go to www.cfso. net, click on “Programs”, then click on “100 Women”.


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Volunteer Opportunities

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BC Food Drive A Local Success

with Dan Kane, BC Thanksgiving Food Drive Local Coordinator

There is no question that helping others in need in your community brings joy to those who donate their time and resources. And, this is exactly what was felt last month in both Okanagan Falls and Kaleden. On Saturday, September 16th, the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive collected 650 pounds of food and almost $200 in cash donations for the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand, which is a volunteer organization that provides Christmas Food Hampers for those less fortunate during the Holiday Season. If you are a student or youth wishing to learn more about how The local IGA donated the food bags and the Helping Hand worked awesome volunteering is, make an appointment to visit the Volunteer with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive to mail out flyers and IGA bags Centre. We will explore your interests and help explain what skills to everyone in the area willing to receive the bags in their mailbox. you will learn through the volunteering and how will these skills further Residents then filled the bags with non-perishable food items and dropped them off to either the Okanagan Falls IGA or the Kaleden your career paths. Community Hall. Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project! Vanesa Morigneau was one of the many contributors. When asked Our “Team Volunteer” project is where volunteers can meet first and why she made the effort to contribute she explained, “when we have get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their more than we need personally, it makes me happy to share with choice. Everyone is welcome. To learn more about this project, and/ those who do not“. Vanesa’s expression of kindness and service were or to be on a team, contact the Volunteer Centre at 1-888-576-5661 or echoed by almost everyone who made the effort to donate. email info@volunteercentre.info. Everyone involved in the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Discover your ultimate volunteer position at www.volunteercentre.info Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is a non-paid volunteer that donates and search under ‘Browse Opportunities’. time, effort and compassion to serve the poor and needy. Well done Okanagan Falls and Kaleden!

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Volunteers outside the IGA on September 16th for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive: Left seated in the wheelchair - Heather Benton, BC Food Drive Volunteer; right seated - Debbie Elvins, Okanagan Falls Helping Hand; left standing - Dan Kane, BC Food Drive local coordinator; and right standing - Vanesa Morigneau, local contributor.


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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 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 Bible Study at Church ~ Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Free Family Movie Night ~ Every 3rd Friday each month at 6:30 pm 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love!

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for October: 1st - Rev. Mark Bedford; 8th - Judi Ritcey; 15th - Margot Newton; 22nd - Victor Ince; and 29th - Rev. David Sparks. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. “Sing For Your Life” opens on Monday, October 2nd 10-11:30 am. Come and share in the musical fun! 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

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

The Well

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

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in Wednesdays from 1-4 pm

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

“SMOKIES” del NORTE Saturday, October 28th Linden Gardens

351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden Doors Open @ 5:30 pm Tickets: $25.00 Inviting all Alumni and friends of the “To Mexico With Love” trips from 2006 - 2017. Join us for an evening of celebrating the work of Live Different in Mexico. Come and share your stories, reconnect with fellow participants and enjoy a taco or two at “Smokies” del Norte taco stand. Hear about the exciting plans for the work in Mexico, including the Community Trades Centre. There will be a Silent Auction, raffles and a cash bar. All funds raised will go to support the work in Mexico. To purchase your tickets or further information, please contact Les Clarke at 250-488-4820 or email newby56ca@gmail.com.

Meet the winners of the 2017 Peoples Choice Award from the Shriner’s Show & Shine Car Show in Kenyon Park this past August. Anne & Tom Doratti of Okanagan Falls with their beautiful 1940 Chevrolet Coupe, sporting a lot of new world upgrades. The “Smokies” Taco Stand (Vicente Guerrero) Peoples Choice Award is donated by Hagerty Collector Car Insurance of Canada.

Community Trades Centre (Zapata)


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Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

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Flowers to Okanagan Falls Swimming Star at the Seniors Games, Heather Jackson. Two Bronze and One Gold. Bravo Heather! ~ From Jonnie C. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Jim La Rocque of the Fairview Liquor Store for the donation towards the Kaleden Banner Project. Did you know that if you indicate to staff that you live in Kaleden when you purchase products at the store that a percentage of the sale goes to the Kaleden Elementary School PAC? Thanks for your support of the community! ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Flowers to Randy and his staff at the OK Falls Hotel for another wonderful summer of the Farmer’s Market! I always looked forward to Sundays! ~ From Heather J. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs! Along the KVR and many streets in our community, there is no reason to see dog waste nor step in it. Be a responsible dog owner and always pick up after your pet. ~ From Don W. of Okanagan Falls

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! Congratulations Bruce & Pam Percevault October 7, 1967 ~ From your loving family

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Have you noticed lately that when you call any business telephone number, you are greeted by a non-human voice which gives numerous choices and numbers to dial and a list of various departments available to the caller? What ever happened to a real person answering the telephone? Someone with whom one can ask questions of, get a quote on a product or service. What has happened to personal service? Well, you may rest assured, that if you call Lesley at 250-493-3912, I will personally answer the phone, no matter if it is after 5 pm, weekend, holiday, or whenever. I feel that personal service is priority, no matter what business one is responsible for. Call me any time, for personal service at a very reasonable price. One phone number, one door and one price. Available 24 hours a day.

Merrell Anne Cox, 81

Sunrise - July 30, 1936 in Vegreville, Alberta Sunset - September 6, 2017 in Penticton Hospital, ever so sudden with Cancer. Merrell was a social butterfly that loved to make people laugh and touched many hearts with her charming ways. Merrell was very passionate of her family, friends and the Legion in Okanagan Falls, BC. Following her wishes, there will not be a funeral service, for she wants all of her friends and family to remember her when she was with us. Her memories are close in our hearts, there to stay, loved, and remembered everyday by her son Glen Cox, family and friends.

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SIP NOBLE AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS October 1st ~ Festival of the Grape (Oliver) October 3rd & 4th ~ Harvest Work Day & Lunch (Noble Ridge) October 6th & 7th ~ Cropped Festival (Penticton)

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Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned. 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. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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

Munchie Basket

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

Burgers

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

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

Salads Garden Salad

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

Gluten & Buns Free Breads Availab le!

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

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

Pizza

Caesar Salad

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

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

Greek Salad Chicken Caesar

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

Ye Olde Breakfast

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

Steak and Eggs

Salmon Caesar

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

Chicken Wings

Sautéed Prawns

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

10 prawns: $9.95 20 prawns: $19.95

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

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

Entrées

Steak & Seafood

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

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

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

Hot Roast Beef

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

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

New York Steak

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

Steak & Prawns

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

Steak & Lobster

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

2 Lobster Tails

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

garden salad

Baron of Beef Dip

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

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

Bowl of Chili

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

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

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

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Hwy 97 Gallagher Lake

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Chef in until 10 pm Every Day Including Holidays

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

Medieval Steak

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