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Skaha Matters

Volume 10 : Issue 10

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October 2018

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What’s Your Opinion? Cast Your Vote!

FROM THE DIRECTOR

By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters

“For every thing there is a Season Do you know who you’re voting for this month? Remember, Area and a Time for every Purpose” “D” has been split into Area “D” (Skaha East) and the new Area “I” Ecclesiastes 3.1 (Skaha West). Attend a Forum or Open House to meet candidates. Well folks, it’s finally time for me to In addition to our local government elections on October 20th, move along. After almost 50 years of British Columbia is having a referendum on what voting system community service as an engineer, an we should use for provincial elections. The referendum is being educator and a politician, I’ve decided held by mail from October 22 to November 30, 2018. Make sure that our challenging world needs younger, your voter information is up to date at www.election.bc.ca/ovr more enlightened leaders to set the sails or call 1-800-661-8683, especially if you’ve never registered to into the future. And speaking for my wife vote, moved recently, or changed your name. Registered voters Pat and myself, we hope to give more will get a voting package in the mail from Elections BC. Get Tom Siddon of our remaining years to our children, informed to help make your decision by referring to the neutral Director of to our treasured grandchildren, and to information available at https://elections.bc.ca/referendum/. Do RDOS Area ‘D’ others less fortunate in our world. you know the characteristics of each voting system on the ballot? Words of Gratitude ~ There are many to whom I owe a great Get information from all sides in the debate, then be sure to vote. debt of gratitude for my long period of public service. First comes Published by Okanagan Matters Publications my wife, Pat, who managed several of my successful political skahamatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 campaigns, and has devoted herself to raising our 5 children www.SkahaMatters.com during my often lengthy absences from our family home, since I Quick Facts: 3300 copies are printed and distributed each month. All Up To Date was first elected to the Richmond City Council in 1975. residents and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, I have had numerous mentors along the way, and for their advice Weekly Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via I am truly grateful. I’m also grateful for the support I’ve received Canada Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations eCalendar! from all the staff at the RDOS and for the excellent leadership of Sign Up Online also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit our website. our Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Bill Newell. And, I’d be remiss Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of if I didn’t pay special tribute to our very capable staff in Area ‘D’ led the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this by the Community Services Manager, Shona Schleppe, and the publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as Parks and Recreation Program Leader, Janet Black. My thanks possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their to you all! final approval must be received to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.

And, I couldn’t have done what we’ve all achieved for the several communities of Area ‘D’ without the help of so many of you who have served on our Boards, Advisory Commissions and Volunteer Fire Departments. Finally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Alternate Director Tom Styffe for all his helpful advice and ready assistance during my 7 years as the Area ‘D’ Director.

The SSHS in partnership with BC Housing are pleased to announce an

OFFICIAL SOD TURNING CEREMONY Please join us on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5081—8th Avenue, Okanagan Falls, BC

Official Sod Turning Ceremony at 2:00 pm (Refreshments and cake to follow)

Senior’s Housing Underway ~ If you are able, please turn out at the sod-turning for the new, 26 unit Senior’s Housing Project in downtown Okanagan Falls, starting at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 5th. This event will be held at the eastern end of the former flea market property just north of Highway 97. I hope I will see many of you there! My compliments to the South Skaha Housing Society, to chair Robert McLeod, and to the BC Housing Corporation for getting this long-awaited project underway. In Conclusion ~ I’d like to compliment the five candidates who have filed their nomination papers to succeed me as Electoral Area Directors in the new (but smaller) Area ‘D’ and the even newer Area ‘I’ on the western side of the Okanagan/Skaha Lake watershed. While only two of you will be elected on October 20th, I commend you all for throwing your hats in the ring. And finally, Pat and I want to extend a Happy Thanksgiving and our very best wishes to you all, as friends and neighbours, for your kindness and support over the years. Fare thee well!

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

YIPPEE! See you all there!

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PS: And my special thanks to Myleen Mallach and Skaha Matters for always helping me to get the word out.


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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature will resume sitting in Victoria on October 1st. As this is a continuation of the spring session, there will be no Ceremonial Speech from the Throne. There are many issues that will be debated between now and December, but I am sure the Cannabis legalization on October 17th will be number one on everyone’s minds. There has been a lot of discussion and it was top of mind for all the Municipalities at the UBCM this September. At this time, only one store has been approved to start on October 17th and that is a Government Store in Kamloops. The licensing process is similar to starting up a liquor outlet - it is slow with many legal hurdles. Each community will have the ability to decide location and numbers and some have already passed resolutions to govern these new businesses. This is a learning curve unlike anything local or provincial governments has ever experienced before. And, this leads the conversation into policing. I attended meetings with many of my communities at UBCM and the issue of not enough police presence was of concern to all of them. The South Okanagan has experienced a rise in theft from properties and vehicles this summer. The number of people who came out in Oliver for the Crime Forum shows how many people have been impacted by crime and also how much they care for their community. The first request is always for more RCMP. The entire province is short of officers, but rural communities seem to suffer the most. There is no overnight solution that will produce fullytrained police for our communities fast enough. Recruitment is difficult, and not enough officers are being trained to fill the need. No, a community cannot hire fully-trained police officers to fill the void for two reasons: 1) there aren’t any, and 2) all police in rural BC are supplied by contract between the Province of BC and the Federal Government. If we want more police, the current contract will need to be refunded and rewritten. Currently, communities under 5000 in population pay 30% of the real costs of policing. At 5001 in population that figure becomes 70%. Some communities have opted to begin lifting taxes towards that goal knowing that in the next census there will be a major hit to local taxes - a 10% tax hike will only pay for one police officer. All of the communities and Regional Districts I represent used their time at the UBCM conference to get their local concerns in front of Ministers and Staff in a respectful way - there is nothing better than talking face to face with those that can help solve some of their local issues. Finally, as was raised again at the UBCM, switching our clocks twice a year has become a topic that just won’t go away, despite this governments attempt to ignore it. Twice I have introduced a Private Members Bill to stop the time shift. The consensus is to keep Daylight Savings time all year round. I will adjust the Bill to reflect that wish and put it back on the floor of the Legislature this fall. Happy Wine Harvest!

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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls) that an election by voting is necessary to elect an Electoral Area Director, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: Electoral Area “D” (Skaha East/Okanagan Falls) Director One (1) to be elected Surname

Usual Names

Residential Address

OBIREK PENWAY SCHWARZ

Ron Rodney Bill

264 Heritage Blvd, Okanagan Falls, BC 1024 Main St, Okanagan Falls, BC 1238 Peachcliff Dr, Okanagan Falls, BC

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of Electoral Area “D” on: Saturday, October 20, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Okanagan Falls Community Centre 1141 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls, BC ADVANCE VOTING will be available to qualified electors as follows: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm At the following locations: Area “D” Community Services Office 1-5350 9th Ave, Okanagan Falls, BC RDOS Office - 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex) that an election by voting is necessary to elect an Electoral Area Director, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: Electoral Area “I” (Skaha West/Kaleden/Apex) Director One (1) to be elected Surname

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Gary Subrina Anne

1126 Apex Mountain Rd, Penticton, BC 910 Pineview Dr, Kaleden, BC

VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of Electoral Area “I” on: Saturday, October 20, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following location: Kaleden Elementary School - 152 Linden Avenue, Kaleden, BC ADVANCE VOTING will be available to qualified electors as follows: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the following location: RDOS Office - 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC

ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older on general voting day • Canadian citizen • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration • Resident of OR registered owner of real property in this Electoral Area for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration, and • Not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law. Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity. A combined BC Driver’s Licence and Services Card is considered 1 piece of identification. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent from the majority of the property owners. MAIL BALLOT VOTING Qualified electors may vote by mail if they: • Have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or • Expect to be absent from this Electoral Area on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities; or • Reside in East Gate Manning Park of Electoral Area “H” as it is remote from voting places at which electors in that area are entitled to vote. REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: The Application to Vote by Mail form can be found on the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen website (www.rdos.bc.ca) and can be submitted in person to the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen office, by mail to 101 Martin Street, Penticton BC V2A 5J9 (phone: 250-492-0237), by fax to 250-492-0063 or by email elections@rdos.bc.ca. Information requested includes: 1. Full name, 2. Residential address, 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors), 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: • pick up at Regional District office, OR • regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address, OR • regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package, and 5. Whether you are going to be registering as a resident or nonresident property elector. Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about September 24, 2018. It is the responsibility of the voter to ensure there is sufficient time to receive and submit the Application to Vote by Mail form to the Regional District office in order to receive a voting package prior to 4:30 pm on October 19, 2018. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Christy Malden, Chief Election Officer


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To Residents and Property Owners In The New RDOS Area ‘I’ I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Director of RDOS Area “I”. My name is Gary Vollet. Having grown up on Vancouver’s North Shore, and then spending a short period of time as a Whistler resident, I took a ski trip to Apex and immediately realized the beauty and quality of life this area had to offer. Diverse terrain and a great climate make Area “I” special ... From hot sunny days, warm water and sandy beaches in Kaleden, to golfing greens at St Andrews and Twin Lakes, to the vast and natural landscape of Sn Pint’ktn and Marron Valley, to the snow covered slopes at 2187 m at Apex Mountain. We have 3300 residents living in this unique 594 sq km region, who enjoy various homes and lifestyles from working ranches, orchards and vineyards, to waterfront and ski-in properties, ranging from homes on large lots to condos and cottages as second homes for recreation and holidays. We all appreciate and love our diverse and unique Area “I”. The clean air, land and water quality and quantity, being prime features of Area “I”, need to be preserved and protected. As well, the importance of receiving true value for our tax dollars, along with maintaining long term economic stability. Living at Apex for over 25 years, I am active in the community. Currently, I am the President and Team Leader of Apex Fire Brigade Society, and attend RDOS Emergency Response and Hazard meetings and Volunteer Fire Fighter Training. I am an active member of the Apex Property Owners Association, as well a volunteer at local events. Professionally, I continue to enjoy working with young athletes and coaching for the Apex Freestyle Club. Experience in Forestry, Tourism, BC Parks, Business Management, Fitness, Competitive and Recreational Sports, Coaching, TV Productions, and Construction provide me with an insight as to which green and sustainable businesses will be a good match for our Area “I”. The Kaleden Community Association is hosting an Open House with Q&A session on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Kaleden Community Hall. I will be in attendance and look forward to meeting you. Your suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. If you truly appreciate “Area I” and the quality lifestyle it offers, show your support and VOTE on October 20th. Thank You. Gary Vollet - Candidate for Area “I” Director - 250.488.1004 or gvollet@hotmail.com

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For A Progressive Community

Candidate For SD53 School Trustee Meet Janice Stevens

October 20, 2018 VOTE:

PENWAY, RODNEY DIRECTOR - AREA “D” OKANAGAN FALLS - SKAHA EAST

A warm welcome to residents of the new Area “D” Okanagan Falls-Skaha East. Exciting times and changes are coming to our community. Let’s be prepared, so we can make the most of building a wonderful and sustainable community. I have lived in Okanagan Falls for going on 7 years and in that time we have begun to see significant development, as well as a continued plethora of vacant storefronts. We all want a more vibrant community. But what is most important currently is good governance, with a concern for rising taxation, balanced with economic growth and a vision of the future. Mistakes have been made in the past, like losing continuity of the KVR Trail system and others. Good governance means more than dog control, closing the KVR trestle to swimmers because one person got injured, and minimizing taxes. We need to continue the path enhanced by Tom Siddon of accessing government grants and further developing the community vision of where we live - making it an even more wonderful community. Development is coming, and it needs good governance and creative thinking - we need to challenge the norm of both developers and RDOS staff. We need to pursue economic development, while protecting our air and water quality, while also providing for appropriate recreational and educational opportunities for our residents of all ages. In doing do, we need to recognize we have both a “downtown” area and distinct residential communities within our jurisdiction. Each needs its own vision and that is only achieved by meaningful discussion with the residents of each specific area and an appropriate allocation of funding. We need to mobilize many networks in the community in the task of changing government policy, industrial practice and in building a sustainable ecosystem. I want to assure you I have the experience, education and dedication to make this happen. I am currently semi-retired and consulting as a former Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Consultant. I have a B.Comm. in Finance and Accounting from UBC’s, Sauder School of Business. Other education includes: Institute of Chartered Accountants ~ In-Depth Brokers & Investment Dealers Course; Business Valuation Certificate / Simon Fraser University ~ Going Public & Continuous Disclosure Diploma / Canadian Securities Institute ~ Securities Course; Partners, Directors and Officers Course / Conestoga College, Ont. Graduate Certificate ~ Videography, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary. I have a long history of public service: Rotary Club of Penticton: President Elect, Director, Coordinated Ironman aid station 10 years. Houston & District Chamber of Commerce, (Houston, BC population 3,000): President, Treasurer, we raised over $500,000 in grant funding. Houston Economic Development Committee: Founding Director, Chair. Houston Swimming Pool Society: founding Director. Okanagan International Children’s Festival – fundraising. I have direct experience in public office ~ Municipality of Houston: Alderman; Chair: Finance and Recreation committees. Chair: Policy committee, Bill Barisoff, MLA, researching/writing policy statements. Through my Chartered Accountant’s office, I audited the Municipality of Houston, the Houston Health Centre and Credit Union. I have a very thorough understanding of budgeting and the games that can be played with them. I have the education, experience, commitment and time, to represent RDOS Area “D” in the betterment of our community. This is a very important time in our history. Much is going to happen in the next 4 years. Thank-you for your consideration and support. Authorized by Rodney Penway - rpenway@vip.net

I am thrilled to put my name forward to represent Okanagan Falls Elementary and community as School Trustee. My husband and I own and operate Meyer Family Vineyards. Along with our two daughters, we have called Okanagan Falls home since 2012. Both of my children were students at Okanagan Falls Elementary School and now attend South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver. I have always been involved in both the community and the school in some capacity, such as past executive on the PAC, a captain for the Pharmasave Okanagan Falls Junior Triathlon, and current board member and treasurer of the South Skaha Housing Society. I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with many teachers and administrators at both schools. It is thrilling for me as a parent to see our future through the eyes of the youth in our community. I am passionate about being a part of the education and opportunities for this next generation.

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Ron Obirek - For Now & For The Future

field, and water quality testing. Water quality is of concern in every community in Area “D”. Water quality and sewage treatment My name is Ron Obirek and I am running for the position of are both important public health issues and are also high-cost Director for RDOS Electoral Area “D”. I have 32 years’ experience undertakings. We need assistance for infrastructure spending from as a practising lawyer. I have helped many people with legal and both the Provincial and Federal Governments to make sure these personal issues. I have experience helping real people with real issues are properly addressed for present and future residents. issues. As a resident, I serve on the executive board of our local - Road safety is a major concern, especially Highway 97 through community association, and also on the Okanagan Falls Parks OK Falls, as well as Eastside Road. Road maintenance and repair and Recreation Commission and the Area “D” Advisory Planning is also an issue that needs to be addressed. Commission. I am very familiar with many issues that are of concern to residents of Area “D”. I look forward to helping the - Bylaw enforcement and policing. Small changes could provide big community by applying my skills and experience and knowledge improvements, such as parking bylaw authority and enforcement, of important issues for the benefits of all residents of Electoral and cleaning up derelict buildings and unsightly properties. Area “D”. Area “D” is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. We need to build on our strengths. The new Pharmaceutical Grade Our most valuable asset is its people. In my experience, we are a Medical Marijuana Manufacturing Facility will bring over 200 fullcommunity of quality people who care about our community and time jobs and will increase the local tax base. The new Town Centre Plan is an excellent vision for revitalizing the town centre. are concerned about things that can and should be better. I will be promoting Okanagan Falls as the “Gateway to the South Important issues that need attention include the following: - To reclaim the beach at Christie Memorial Park, relocate the Aster Okanagan and the new National Park”. I propose relocating and and return this most valuable community asset to its long standing expanding the Tourist Information and the RDOS Community high value use and purpose; a public beach for family recreation. Services offices to a higher visibility location with better access for visitors (especially vehicles pulling trailers). We need to - To improve maintenance and cleaning of our parks. The OK Falls partner with the Provincial and Federal Governments and the waterfront beach, park, walkway, and related trail system has been local business community (wineries, local food and amenities), identified as OK Falls highest value asset. and give the through traffic a reason to stop and do business. - The new Town Centre Plan is a step in the right direction. Closing down the RDOS Community Services Office would be a It incorporates the waterfront park system and identifies the mistake. We do not need to close more offices or lose more jobs. importance of more residential housing needs for OK Falls. Zoning I would encourage the RDOS to relocate more offices to OK Falls, is being changed to encourage more housing. More housing means providing significant financial savings and attracting good jobs to more customers for local businesses, and a broadening tax base. the community, helping to revitalize the town centre. The community will benefit and new businesses will be attracted. On October 20th, I ask everyone to consider their choices carefully - Water quality and sewage treatment are important issues for when voting for the next Director for Area “D”. Refer to my website the entire area. Vaseux Lake has specific immediate concerns www.VoteRonObirek.com for more information. related to milfoil, siltation, improved sewage treatment cleansing Authorized by Tim Devlin, VoteRonObirek@gmail.com


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

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End Of Watering Restrictions ~ September 30th marks the end of watering restrictions for the 2018 year. On behalf of Staff and Trustees, a sincere thank you for your efforts to reduce water consumption over such a long, hot and dry summer. Sediment In Water Lines ~ The build up of sediment in water systems is a normal occurrence. Periodic flushing of the system through hydrants and standpipes is designed to remove such sediments before they accumulate to a large degree. The August fire on Green Lake Road required a large quantity of water drawn from hydrants in a short time by our Fire Department, resulting in an abnormal amount of sediment being pulled through parts of the system and affecting a number of homes. We are continually adjusting flushing plans in order to more effectively remove material from the system and to minimize the impact to our water users. Fall Flushing ~ Flushing will take place during October. The dates will be posted on our website. Apologies ~ On September 17th, a water main break occurred, as construction crews working on the Seniors Housing project were excavating on Main Street and 8th Avenue. While our operators alerted the households and businesses in the area, we would normally put an alert through our website as well; however, we missed the boat this time. We apologize to those affected for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department By Rini Van Uden

Fire Department History Continues ... In 1993, a severe three vehicle collision at the corner of Maple Street and 10th Avenue required the transport of a 4 year old Okanagan Falls patient to the Vancouver Children’s Hospital with critical injuries. Four other patients were transported to the Penticton Hospital. A southbound vehicle going through the stop sign was the cause of the accident. A 4,000 litre propane gas tank exploded killing four volunteer firefighters in Warwick Quebec, sending the small town of 2900 residents into mourning. At 9 am that morning, the Warwick Fire Department received a call of a burning barn, just outside Warwick. Fifteen members responded. They were hosing down the out buildings and the propane tank when it exploded. All the deceased firefighters were fathers. Two teenagers drowned trying to save their friend in the Okanagan River. A third died later in hospital. It was believed that a large group were partying along Green Lake Road when the tragedy occurred around midnight. All three teenagers attended South Okanagan Secondary School. Counsellors were on hand to give support to the students. In October 1993, a house fire claimed the lives of a mother and her two young children in Okanagan Falls. Eleven firefighters tried desperately to save the home and family members. This fire marked the second tragedy our town endured in a matter of weeks. When a loss of six human beings, so close together, it affects the community deeply. To be continued ...

The center will be closing for the season soon, so if you haven’t got your copy of the new Okanagan Falls brochure, pop in quick and get it. At this time, I would also like to take the opportunity to say thanks to all the volunteers at the center, as well as the staff in the RDOS office who filled in when we didn’t have a volunteer. October 7-13 is “Fire Prevention Week” ~ This would be an Also, thanks to all the business’s in town that made the visitors feel excellent time to teach your children about fire safety. Here are some items to consider: 1) Make an escape plan; 2) Find two welcome in our community. ways out; 3) Carefully check if the door is hot; 4) Stay low to the I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who supported Woody floor; 5) Pick a safe place to meet outside; 6) Don’t go back in the and myself over the years. We have finally sold our home and by house for anything; and 7) Call 9-1-1. the time you read this, we will be living in Penticton. We enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in all the things we have done over the www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com years and will miss everyone’s smiling faces, but I’m sure we will run into each other somewhere. Take care and have a safe winter. INGRAHAM

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Other events/initiatives planned include “GET JAZZED”, a fundraising dinner and dance with the Thursday Night Jazz Band on November 15th (see ad space sponsored by Skaha Matters in this issue). The band plays a wide range of music for listening to and dancing. Tickets are LIMITED. When ordering tickets, please indicate your meal choice: chicken, beef or vegetarian. This is going to be a great community evening with funds raised going towards community projects. KCA is also working with a local artist, Cori Creed, who is designing a KALEDEN T-SHIRT. We are hoping to have it for sale at GET JAZZED. Lastly, some of the funds raised at the bottle depot from volunteers who designate their time to KCA have been targeted for a KCA Small Community Grant Program. If you have an idea that will engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation, contact KCA (kaledencommunity@ gmail.com) and ask for the ONE page grant application and grant criteria. KCA meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend and to share their ideas for enhancing our community. The KCA Directors are; Randy Cranston, Neal Dockendorf, Gail Jeffery, Sue Kelly, Doug King, Glenda Livolski, Rita Mason, Jaynie Molloy, Subrina Monteith, and Eryn Wiedner.

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Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee Summer, sadly, is over. The good news is that, comparing August 2018 water consumption to 2017’s, we consumed almost 14 million gallons (53 million liters) less this year, similar to the amount saved in July. While some of the reduced consumption is due to repair of leaks in the water system, kudos go to our ratepayers for your water conservation efforts. More (mostly) good news. In the month that our summer student, Carson Stocker, monitored compliance with watering restrictions, no violations were noted on half of his patrols. A total of 21 Violation Notices were issued, with most residents complying with the rules after their first Notice. But, there were a few who chose to ignore the rules, so it is likely patrols will continue next year. A reminder that irrigation season ends on October 15. If you are an agricultural customer and need to irrigate past this date, you must complete and submit an Irrigation Extension Request (forms are available online at the KID website, or can be picked up at the KID Office) prior to October 15. Please make sure that your irrigation system is completely drained; if your irrigation connection freezes, you will be responsible for the cost of repairs. Parking signs have been installed on the KID property located between the KID Office and the Old Hotel Park. Despite signs warning that the emergency access road to the KID Pumphouse must not be blocked, some are still parking their vehicles on that road. While it may seem that there is lots of open space adjacent to this road, seconds can count in the response to an emergency at the Pumphouse. Take a few extra steps, and keep us all safe! Questions or suggestions? Check out the KID website, or email or phone us!

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October’s Fire Smart Tip By The Kaleden Fire Smart Committee Your home and yard is in the area classified as ZONE 1. This 10 metre area should be a fire resistant zone, free of all materials that could easily ignite from Wildfire. 1.

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Richard Cannings MP (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) is holding a town hall meeting with fellow NDP MP Nathan Cullen (Skeena-Bulkley Valley) in Penticton on Friday, September 28th. Cannings wants to discuss the Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion with constituents. A federal court ruling recently halted construction on the expansion, citing serious concerns with the environmental impact of the pipeline and tanker expansion, and a lack of meaningful consultation with affected Indigenous groups. However, the Liberal government has already signalled they mean to press ahead with the expansion, having just spent $4.5 billion to purchase the existing pipeline from Kinder Morgan. “I know that for many residents in Penticton and across BC, the prospect of the Liberal government spending over $10 billion of tax payer’s money to build a pipeline is deeply troubling. A seven fold increase in tanker traffic not only increases the risk of an oil spill, which would be devastating for our coastline, but poses a direct threat to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale”, said Cannings. “But more than just the immediate risks, the rush to ship out raw, unrefined bitumen speaks to a government that is not committed to fighting climate change. Imagine what this money could do if it was invested in clean energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives, and building retrofits”, added Cannings. “Instead of posing a direct threat to the thousands of jobs in the marine and tourism industries here in BC, we could be helping to build a low carbon economy.” The expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline is opposed by a broad range of groups, including Indigenous communities concerned with the threat to the water and resources of their traditional land, and environmentalists opposed to government subsidizing fossil fuel industries that make it impossible to meet Canada’s global carbon reduction targets. “I look forward to hearing from residents. We want to make it clear that being truly committed to fighting climate change, and reaching reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, is not achieved by spending billions on a pipeline”, stated Cannings. The Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Penticton Public Library Auditorium on Friday, September 28th from 7:00 pm.

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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish Well, September has flown by. With the return to regular schedules and activities, getting re-acquainted with old friends, and meeting new ones the month has disappeared! Fall Recreation programs are up and running and Clubs have resumed. You can view available programs at kal-rec.ca. You can also check the schedule and booking possibilities for the Kaleden Community Hall and sign up for activities as well. With thanks to a Small Neighbourhood grant, eight people met to make Zucchini Salsa and Rockin’ Hot Salsa. Many thanks to Fran and Sarah for coordinating this event. The smell was delicious and fun was had by all. On Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:30-7:00 pm a “Meet The Community” Event will be held at the Kaleden Community Hall. Local groups and clubs will be in attendance. There will also be a short presentation by the two candidates running for the RDOS Area I (that’s us) and the two candidates running for the School District 67 Trustee position, as well as a little time for questions. Come on out and meet some of the people who work on your behalf in the community and others who facilitate different programs for you to enjoy. On Saturday, October 20th, the Senior’s Committee has the first of this year’s installments in the Fun, Food and Facts series. Thai cooking and a following luncheon are planned. Come for lunch at noon and stay for a presentation by Jennifer Strong on health, nutrition and foods that can help. Watch the sandwich and bulletin boards around town and Skaha Matters for more information on registration for the cooking portion of this event. As always, people of ALL ages are welcome. Hope to see you there. On the business side, it is budget time, so the commission members are busy prioritizing projects for Pioneer Park improvements for next year and the future. Also, the RDOS has put the initial steps for the grading and drainage for the parking at Pioneer Park out to tender. Details can be viewed on the RDOS website. The Kal-Rec board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. If you are curious or have any concerns, please come to one of our meetings or contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda. October always has lots of events that come up at the spur of the moment. Come out, participate, meet some new people, and have some fun. 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 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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Drop-in Sports for Adults and Teens Pickleball In the Okanagan Falls School Gym: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm $3 At Kaleden Hall or Pioneer Park (weather pending) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00-11:00 am $4

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Therapeutic Uses Of Vitamin K2 By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Vitamin K is a family of structurally similar fat-soluble vitamins, K1 , K2 , and the synthetic form, K3 . Vitamin K1 is the best know and utilized member of this family. Found in high concentrations in green vegetables, Vitamin K1 is utilized by the body in blood clotting. Vitamin K2 is also naturally occurring, but is not produced by plants but rather by bacteria. Recently, it has been discovered that K2 is also produced in limited quantities in animals and probably by humans via conversion of other forms of Vitamin K. Thus, wild or grass-fed animals are richer in Vitamin K2 than are grain fed animals. Research indicates that Vitamin K2 is an important nutrient for contributing to prevention of the following conditions; Osteoporosis, Cardiovascular Disease (arterial plaquing), and Cancer. Osteoporosis ~ Several studies showed an improvement in bone mineral density with the use of Vitamin K2 compared to controls (no supplemental K2). Osteoporosis has many contributing factors and is most often associated with post-menopause and the decline in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that occurs in women at this time. Other contributing pathologies include Parkinson’s disease, biliary cirrhosis, osteopenia from stroke, skeletal unloading in the bedridden, and anorexia nervosa. Other deficiencies that can accelerate bone loss are Vitamin D deficiency (the sunshine vitamin), omega-3 deficiency, and various mineral deficiencies. In all causes of osteoporosis, Vitamin K2 supplementation has either increased bone mineral density or slowed the rate of decrease in bone mineral density. It has also lowered the fracture rate in supplemented individuals compared to controls. Cardiovascular Disease ~ Animal studies have demonstrated Vitamin K2, but not K1, may inhibit the calcification of arterial plaque. This “calcification” leads to hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Human studies also suggest that dietary Vitamin K2 might reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing coronary calcification. In a study of 564 post-menopausal women, Vitamin K2 intake, but

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What’s Happening at the Library in October? Adult Programs: Please register by calling 250-497-5886 or emailing okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca. • Stress Management ~ Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Join Elaine Hopkins, local hypnotherapist/ psychotherapist, as she presents Stress Management. Learn what stress does to the body, how to change your focus away from the chatterbox mind, and learn new ways to relax and eliminate stress that interferes with your life. • Craft Circle ~ Wednesday, October 3rd and 17th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Join the fun and bring your projects to work on, or get some inspiration from others! • Intro to Healing the Child Within ~ Tuesday, October 9th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Join Elaine Hopkins as she discusses an introduction to the child within. We keep our wounded inner child locked inside of us. That inner child influences your present life with temper tantrums, toxic parenting, and damaging relationships. • Tile Creations ~ Tuesday, October 16th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Join local artist Janice Goodman and create a tile coaster with simple ingredients. You will be amazed at how creative you are! Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. “Building Community Spirit” • Book Club ~ Wednesday, October 17th from 1:00 - 2:00 The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or pm. Join us for our book club meeting. We’ll be discussing even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. our featured book “Baker’s Secret”. New members welcome. Children’s Programs: • Story Time “Owl Theme” ~ Tuesday, October 17th from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Join us for stories, crafts, and more. Geared for preschool to 8 years of age. • LEGO Club ~ Tuesday, October 17th from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Join the fun at LEGO Club! Let your imagination take you away and build something awesome! Geared for 5-12 years, younger siblings welcome. The RDOS Physical Activity Trailer (PAT) made over 60 visits “Friends of the Library” at the Okanagan Falls Branch. Are you across the region this summer with each community receiving an interested in volunteering some time to help raise funds for the average of 4 visits. Plans are underway for the physical activity library? Our first meeting is Tuesday, October 17th at 2:00 pm. tour again next summer. It was great to “Play in the Park” with you! Do you have a special talent or something you would like to share If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this with your community? We are looking for you! Please contact the library with your ideas. column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm Kaleden Library is having their annual “Guess How Much The Pumpkin Weighs?” Contest. Every time you visit the Kaleden Library, you get to submit one guess. Whoever guesses closest to the weight, wins the pumpkin! The winner will be notified by October 25th, so they’ll have time to decorate their pumpkin for Halloween. Good luck to everyone! Preschool Storytime continues at the Kaleden Library on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 10:45 am. Everyone is welcome to wear their Halloween costumes (caregivers and parents too!) for a special Halloween Storytime on Tuesday, October 30th. Afternoon LEGO is being held on Thursday, October 25th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. Our theme will be “Build something scary for Halloween”. A small snack is provided and a door prize is handed out. Please register for this program, as space is limited. For more information, call the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us at kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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School Trustee Report For SD67 By Ginny Manning

At the end of each school year the Board of Education recognizes and thanks outstanding groups and/or individuals for their contributions to the school district. Tracey Van Raes was recognized for her valuable work with the Carmi PAC and the Starfish Program. This program provides backpacks filled with food for needy children to take home each weekend. Jenn Morison was recognized for her years of extensive volunteering with Uplands Elementary School. Many thanks to all those who volunteer throughout the district. Your work does not go unnoticed. Jeff Fitton, PMSS International Baccalaureate Coordinator, provided an update on the program. The IB program has not only provided many opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills and take part in hands-on and experiential learning, it has also given the staff a common goal, common language and a framework for good teaching. The staff is passionate, energized and feels empowered with their teaching, which can only benefit students and enhance their education experience. There is also some evidence that the availability of the IB Middle Years program at PMSS has lowered the transfer requests to other secondary schools in the district. In May, Superintendent Wendy Hyer and Director of Instruction Susan Thomson attended the School Community Mental Health Conference hosted by the Ministry of Education. The purpose of the conference was to build the capacity of regional school teams to support mental health through a comprehensive approach emphasizing prevention and early intervention. One child-one file for all community groups was discussed, all community services together, sharing information. Student mental health and wellness is one of the themes in the district strategic plan. The District Learning Council has met several times and has selected the type of devices that will be available to staff and students, as per the Information Technology Audit and Learning Plan that was completed earlier this year. The committee anticipates that devices and supporting learning plan will be in place in the next few months. There is $300,000 set aside in the budget for implementation of the plan. Assistant Superintendent Todd Manuel provided an overview of the District Plan for Enhancing Student Learning. The School Growth Plans reflect the use of the Spirals of Inquiry framework for school improvement. Each school develops a critical question, pertinent to their school, it must fall within one of the three District goals of Literacy, Numeracy and School Completion. The District inquiry question was ‘What is our District Plan to support student success’ which focused on inclusionary classrooms and consistent assessment practices; staff and student health and wellness; student choice, flexibility and engagement; working to incorporate and First People’s Principles of learning into the classroom practice and school culture. The data included in the plan identified some of the successes and challenges the district is facing. District overall graduation rate for students residing in the district is 88.1%, which leaves the question of why 11.9% of students are not graduating and how to support them. The graduation rate for Indigenous students is 74%, up from 54% ten years ago and the graduation rate for Special Needs students has risen from 55% to 77% in five years. The improvements are significant, but work will continue to increase student success. The District and School Plans, along with the District Plans for Enhancing Student Learning, are available at www.sd67.bc.ca, then search under District menu. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

Great Things Happening At Kaleden Elementary School! By Mrs. Lomax, Kaleden School Principal

September’s 5 “Great Things” include ... 1. Kaleden students and families are back at school eager and ready to begin a new school year! 2. Teachers are working with their classes to create brainfriendly, emotionally safe places for their students to learn and thrive. 3. Kaleden students will be 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. 4. Our new Kindergarten students are very excited to have begun their transition into full days at school. 5. Kaleden School has welcomed 4 new students this fall!

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes

Welcome to fall folks! Lovely fall leaves and crisp walks. Such a great time of the year. Halloween is creeping up on us like a sugar charged child about to pounce on their sibling. You hear a little rustling, then BAM! Ghouls and goblins are at your door begging for candy. For fun, try alternating handing out full sized candy bars and toothpaste, half the kids will love you and so will half the dentists. Either way you make friends. KPAC could sure use some help, primarily with hot lunch. If your dream has always been to be a lunch lady or lad, this is your chance! Or, you know, if you just want to help out. We ask all volunteers to complete a criminal record check and they have never been so easy. Please see the office for simple online instructions. Only takes minutes! Mark your calendar for Friday, October 12th! It is our annual Turkey Lunch. Come join our kids and share in a great community event. On Friday, October 26th, the kids will be slashing gourds during our annual Pumpkin Carvings event. Lastly, dust off yer dancin’ shoes for the Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 27th at the Kaleden Community Hall. You will see moves so good they are down right spooky! Tickets info will be posted online soon. That’s about it this month. Happy Thanksgiving and have a spooky all Hallows Eve.


September Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

Okanagan Falls PAC Update

By Principal Karen Sinclair

The school year is off to a great start, so let’s have a party!

We’ve had a great startup with our new Spirit Teams - Blue Valor, Orange Justice, Green Ectoslimers, Red Canadian Flames, Purple Pickle-Eaters, and Legendary Sour Lemons.

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Community Night Out! Rib Dinner & Dance Fundraiser with Silent Auction Come dressed in your Halloween best to dine, bid, and dance the night away with DJ Peter Verge! Tickets go on sale October 1st through students at Okanagan Falls Elementary School and KJ Coffee Bar. When Karl is cooking, you know you’re going to eat well! When: Doors open at 6 pm on Saturday, October 27th Where: Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym Watch for posters or contact us at okfallspac@gmail.com for more detailed information. The goal is to raise money to enhance the new Sphero Technology being supplied to school for teaching kids coding (computer programming). So, hopefully they can then explain it to the rest of us ... or at least how to use our phones. We will also be hosting the annual Schoolastic Book Fair at the school during the day from October 15-18th. It’s a great place to get a jump on your Christmas shopping and help out the school. There is also still time to sign up for The Farm Bag Fundraiser at www.localmotive.ca (select the FUNDRAISER sign up, then in Option 2 select OKANAGAN FALLS ELEMENTARY). You will receive 25 lbs of fresh organic produce (more than just root vegetables) for only $40 a month for 3 months (Oct - Dec) and part of the money goes back to the school! There will be a pick up day once a month here in town at KJ Coffee Bar. Healthy food, support the school and a local business ... wins all around! Our next PAC Meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30 pm in the school library. Childcare is available during meetings. Find us on Facebook in the group Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC or email any comments/questions to okfallspac@gmail.com.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas by DuffleBag Theatre Sunday, November 25 at 2 pm ~ Goofy antics and witty story Hello From Pebble To Pond twists abound in a hilarious reworking of the beloved classic poem. Everyone can’t wait for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, Hypnotherapy Services but along the way things go terribly awry! Come save the day with these talented inter-active storytellers. PLEASE NOTE: This Pebble to Pond recently relocated from the West Coast to the performance takes place at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. South Okanagan, and offers Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy services. The areas of focus are: well being with chronic conditions; Oot n Oots - Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm ~ Performing music communication styles that work; and freedom from smoking. from their debut record Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo, Oot n Oots Counselling Hypnotherapy is a combination of talk therapy and draw on diverse influences from the vast history of rock ‘n’ roll. personalized guided meditations. The therapist guides you to Hailed as a band with chops, soul, and swagger, their songs are access, explore and heal barriers created by past trauma and wildly imaginative, humorous and inspiring. conflict. Our negative experiences can be stored in our subIdeas Bobert! by CandyBones Theatre - Sunday, March 3 at conscious, playing out repetitive painful and undesirable outcomes. 2 pm ~ With a vintage silent film styling, shadow puppetry and Through psycho-therapeutic analysis, guided meditation, and stop motion animation projections, Ideas Bobert! is rich with magic skill building, you will have the opportunity to shed light on suband creativity. What happens if we deny our deepest dreams conscious patterns, live authentically, and actualize well-being for and desires? Teetering on the brink of absolute failure, love-sick yourself . Bobert discovers his heart to be more than he knew. Any questions? Call Pebble to Pond Counselling Hypnotherapy Performances take place at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton, Services at 604-848-8134 between 9 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday. except Twas the Night Before Christmas which takes place at Centre Stage in Summerland. Single tickets are $12 or season tickets are available for $30 for all four shows. Tickets available at Tumbleweed Gallery, Penticton Arts Council, Prague Café, Counselling Hypnotherapist Penticton Art Gallery, Oliver Veterinary Hospital, The Beanery Café, Summerland or online at Eventbrite. For more information, call 250-492-7997 or go to childrensshowcase.ca.

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Counting Kokanee By Larry Martin

Okanagan Lake Kokanee are being counted as they pass through a fish trap near the mouth of Penticton Creek on their way to spawning beds. The count is part of an ongoing project to measure the success of habitat enhancement work in and along the creek. The past few years the trap was also used to collect eggs for an augmentation hatchery. Kokanee was an important component of a robust recreational fishery in Okanagan Lake, which produced a long standing world record of 9 lb 6 ounces caught in 1988 by Norm Kuhn. The official world record wasn’t broken until 2009, with several fish caught in Wallowa Lake, Oregon. In the mid 1980’s, 3-5 lb Kokanee could be caught in Okanagan Lake, but that would be news today. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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RCMP Community Report Looks Like, Walks Like, Sound Like … Most Likely Is! By Rick Dellebuur With the cooler weather, people are spending more time inside and exploring what the web has to offer. While there is lots to view and learn on the internet, it has also become a hot spot for scam artists. The latest twist is for them to operate what appears to be a legitimate website, offering services such as computer repair or assistance for a fee. They may actually help you with your computer problems and basically do as advertised and don’t appear to be out to scam you in the first instance as most scams. This makes you believe that they are in fact legitimate and naturally you also become more trusting of them, after all they did what they said they would do. However, once they get your trust, they will then try to get more money from you. They will demand additional fees and even threaten to shut down your computer or threaten you physical harm if you don’t do as they ask. They will often ask for payment in gift cards or even bit coin. This is when you need to stop and think about what is happening and call the police before you get caught up in this scam further. This is the time when you will soon be parted with your money and there will be very little chance that anyone will be able to get it back for you. While there are many legitimate services on the web, you need to be very careful when it comes time to pay. Be wary of sites asking you to buy gift cards and then give them the numbers. If you use a credit card, it is suggested that you obtain a credit card with a low credit limit to use for online purchases. A credit card with a $200 limit versus one with a $10,000 limit would reduce your risk with online purchases in the event that it was compromised. Be careful with allowing remote access to your computer and/or online banking. Most of all listen to yourself when you sense that something is not right. Most every scam I have investigated over the years the victim has said something to the effect of “I knew something was not right or I had a bad feeling about it”, but they ignored this “gut feeling” and went ahead with it anyway. If it “looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck ... it’s most likely a duck” and the same hold true about scams. While these scams come in all sorts of variations, they are all the same in that they are designed to get you to part with money, information or both. Finally, despite what these scammers might tell you or threaten over the phone or online, the police won’t come to arrest you for failing to pay your taxes, utility bills or any other outstanding debt they claim you owe! Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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The Charms Of River Cruising

By Peter Ouzounov of Avalon Waterways More and more Canadians are discovering the delights of river cruising in Europe. Imagine gliding past medieval towns, sunsoaked vineyards and bustling cities in the comfort of a modern vessel. Visit several towns, even several countries, and unpack only once. That’s bliss! And now, river cruising is evolving even more. Recognizing the desire to do more than just “sightsee”, the river cruise line Avalon Waterways has introduced a whole new concept: the Active Discovery Cruise. At every port of call, travellers have three options ashore. Adventurous types will love the Active option, which may be a guided run or cycling tour, even canoeing (how Canadian is that?). Then, there’s the Discovery option, where the focus will be on cultural immersion: perhaps a painting class just for Avalon guests in Amsterdam (huge fun and a great way to get to know your fellow passengers) or the chance to meet a local farmer or vintner. And, Avalon also offers a Classic option, usually a walking tour with a local guide versed in history and geography of the destination, and local shopping recommendations! Best of all, the majority of excursions are included in the cost of the cruise and except where equipment, such as canoes or bikes need a couple of days’ organizing, you can decide on the spot which one you will take. “Our guests told us they want truly authentic experiences,” says Stéphanie Bishop, Canada’s managing director of Avalon’s parent company, the Globus family of brands. “It’s all about getting to meet locals on their own turf and learning about daily life as it’s truly lived in Europe.” The Active Discovery cruises were launched on the Danube River in 2017, sailing between Linz in Austria and Budapest, capital of Hungary. Clients from Australia, the UK, Canada and the US have

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all responded very enthusiastically and have asked for more. So in 2018, they expanded to the Rhine, sailing between Amsterdam and Frankfurt. And, new for 2019 is the Rhone, sailing between Lyon and Arles. You’ll enjoy lavish breakfast and lunch buffets (even al fresco up top on the roof deck, weather permitting), as well as four course dinners, complete with wine or beer. Every meal includes Avalon Fresh options of locally sourced food. After dinner, enjoy some local entertainment on board. Or, perhaps enjoy a nightcap with newfound friends, swapping tales of that day’s sampling of beer made by Trappist monks or perhaps your jogging tour of Vienna! Avalon’s ships average just 3 years, and accommodate a maximum of 166 passengers. Staterooms are spacious and furnished in delightful contemporary style complete with fine linens, free Wi-Fi and marble bathrooms accented with upscale, fragrant L’Occitane amenities. Now is a great time to inquire about booking a European river cruise for next year. The river cruise companies have some great time-limited offers currently in place that can save you hundreds of dollars on a vacation you many have just been dreaming about!


Benefits Of Homeownership Reaffirmed In New Study

Brian Moen

Article from Canada Mortgage Trends - September 2018 Despite deteriorating housing affordability across the country, buying a home is still the more affordable option when compared to renting. A new report from Mortgage Professionals Canada has determined that, despite the rapid rise in home price, those who are able to invest in a home would end up “significantly better off” in the long term compared to renting. The report, authored by the mortgage broker association’s chief economist Will Dunning, found that while up-front monthly costs are in fact cheaper in most locations, the “net” cost of ownership is less than the equivalent cost of renting in a majority of cases, and becomes even more cost effective over time. “The costs of owning and renting continue to rise across Canada”, Dunning noted. “However, rents continue to rise over time whereas the largest cost of homeownership - the mortgage payment - typically maintains a fixed amount over a set period of time, usually for the first five years. The result is that the cost of renting will increase more rapidly than the cost of homeownership.” Additionally, the costs of ownership include considerable amounts of repayment of the mortgage principal. “When this saving is considered, the ‘net’ or ‘effective’ cost of homeownership is correspondingly reduced,” Dunning added. On average, the monthly cost of owning exceeds the cost of renting by $541 per month. But, when principal repayment is considered, the net cost of owning falls to $449 less than renting. Interest Rate Scenarios ~ The analysis compared the cost of renting versus owning both 5 and 10 years into the future, with higher interest rates factored into the equation. In all cases, owning comes out ahead: • Scenario #1: If interest rates remain the same (using an average of 3.25%), after 10 years the average net cost of owning is $1,014 less than the monthly cost of renting. • Scenario #2: If interest rates rise to 4.25% after five years, the average net cost of owning falls to $1,295 less than the monthly cost of renting. • Scenario #3: If interest rates rise to 5.25% after five years, the average net cost of owning is still $726 less than the monthly cost of renting. “By the time the mortgage is fully repaid in 25 years (or less) the cost of owning will be vastly lower than the cost of renting”, the report adds, noting that the cost of owning, on average, would be $1,549 per month versus $4,655 for an equivalent dwelling. Canada Still A Country Of Homeowners ~ Despite rising home prices and deteriorating affordability, Canada remains a nation of aspiring homeowners. The study pointed to the continued strong resale activity as one indicator of this. Resale activity in 2017 was still the third-highest year on record, at 516,500 sales, just off the peak of 541,2220 sales in 2016. But, other polls have also found a strong desire among younger generations that dream of owning. RBC’s Homeownership Poll found a seven-percentage-point increase in the percentage of overall Canadians who planned to buy a home within the next two years (32%), and a full 50% of millennials. Similarly, a RE/MAX poll found more than half of “Generation Z” (those aged 18-24) also hope to own a home within the next few years. Perhaps the biggest question is whether those aspiring homeowners will have the means to surpass the barriers to homeownership, namely larger down payments and the government’s new stress test. “While recent changes to mortgage qualifying have made the barrier to entry higher, those who can qualify will be much better off in the long term”, Paul Taylor, President and CEO of Mortgage

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Professionals Canada said in a statement. “Given the economic advantages of homeownership, Mortgage Professionals Canada would recommend the government consider ways to enable more middle-class Canadians to achieve homeownership.” Despite its affordability benefit over renting, Dunning addresses some of the impediments of homeownership, namely the longer time frame needed to save for the down payment. Despite higher home prices and larger down payments required, first-time buyers still made an average 20% down payment. Additional Tid Bits From The Report ~ Some additional data included in Dunning’s report include: •

Average house price rose 6.2% per year from $154,563 in 1997 to $510,090 in 2017.

Average weekly wage growth was up just 2.6% per year from 1997 to 2017.

The average minimum interest rate for the stress test during the study period was 5.26%.

The average annual rates of increase for the following housing costs: Property taxes - 2.8% / Repairs - 1.9% / Home insurance - 5.4% / Utilities - 1.6% / Rents - 2.4%.

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Prepare Your Family ~ Take the time to discuss and identify key family values, whether it’s education, professional life, community, philanthropy or otherwise. These conversations can serve as powerful uniting factors for families, help clarify the reasoning behind your decisions and provide your beneficiaries with a sense of how to use the wealth they receive. Regardless of age, financial education is vital in preparing anyone to inherit wealth. Beyond family discussions, providing formal education and holding meetings to introduce your team of qualified financial, tax and legal advisors can both help boost financial literacy. The Value Of Advice ~ Aspects of wealth transfer, such as handling unique needs or complex family dynamics, maintaining privacy, minimizing taxation and ensuring that your wealth will be distributed as you intend, can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, there is a vast array of solutions and strategies to help navigate virtually any circumstance. Estate planners and tax specialists can walk you through the pros and cons of gifting versus inheriting, or how to use beneficiary designations and joint ownership. They can also help you weigh tax, insurance or trust strategies. Regardless of the challenges, there are solutions that can be customized and aligned to suit your goals. Contact us today to discuss getting your wealth transfer plan started. * Statscan, 2016, population by marital status, age and sex. This article is supplied Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. DE

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Kaleden Seniors Programs By Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator

Supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Small Grants program, residents of Kaleden got to know each other while learning how to make two different types of salsa. Participants shared a couple of days and created over 30 jars of scrumptious tomato and zucchini salsa, which they took home to their pantries and also shared with senior residents of Kaleden. Thanks to everyone who donated the lovely locally grown zucchini!

We continue our exciting “Fun Facts and Food” series on Saturday, October 20th with a HANDS ON COOKING class with Naang’s “Masmaman Thai Curry”. Naang will delight you with a “made from scratch” curry paste ready to eat and easy to freeze. The cooking class menu involves a ton of veggies in a coconut curry, a cucumber/tomato lime salad, rice and baked bananas for dessert. Naang loves her chilies ... so we will have plenty on the side for you chili lovers! Registration opens October 5th. Email: Kaledenseniors@gmail.com to register. See you at the Kaleden Community Hall October 20th from 9-11:30 am for the cooking class. The Thai Lunch will be served at Noon in the Hall for the community. Please invite your friends and neighbours for this “LUNCH BY DONATION” community event. After lunch at 12:45pm, we are pleased to present an inspirational presentation by Jennifer Strong who will share her vast knowledge of Oriental Healing Foods and Nutrition. All ages welcome! Don’t forget to mark Friday, November 30th on your calendar for The Kaleden Seniors Committee’s 3rd annual Wreath Making Appie Potluck evening at Linden Gardens. Tons of fun and food with the Hayters! Check out November’s Skaha Matters for more details on our fall and winter events. Kaledenseniors@gmail.com Let’s cook and create together this fall. See you soon!

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Welcome To “The Studio”

There is a new hairstyling business now open in Kaleden. Be sure to visit “The Studio” at 334 Lakehill Road next to the Post Office. Salon owner, Sheila, comes to Kaleden with extensive training and many years of experience in all aspects of hairstyling. Also on staff is stylist Miel, who is highly experienced with colouring and cutting. Stop by and say ‘hi’ next time your driving by. The Studio is open Monday to Saturday with flexible hours to accommodate the working public. Men, women and children are all welcome. To book your appointment, please call 250-460-1182 or simply stop by 334 Lakehill Road in Kaleden.

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Last month’s column articulated an illustration of the biblical injunction that “pride goeth before pneumonia”. This seemed pertinent particularly to springtime rites and was certainly not the only time when this was applicable. On another occasion, the twins, Donald and Duncan Winser and I had determined to go for the inaugural swim sometime in April. The water was not ice cold but certainly we considered the immersion to be one for the purpose of setting the commencement of the season and not one in which we were going to enjoy extended frolicking. We went in, did the required five strokes out and the two back (the ones back were executed with much greater enthusiasm, hence fewer were required). Just as we emerged to seek the restoration of circulation with a brisk rub down, a young maiden of about our age and quite acceptable pulchritude came running down the wharf and asked how the water was. Naturally, we answered with outright lies, outlining the pleasure we had derived from our brief time spent in the limpid waters. It turned out she was a member of a family, from the Peace River, who were visiting the Goodwins, formerly neighbours in that far northern area. The young lady, on hearing our glowing reports of the swimming conditions said, “please wait for me - I’ll go get my bathing suit on and be right back”. We gave her the quite truthful assurance that we would abstain from further aquatic activities until she could join us. I blush with shame to think of the mirth we engaged in during her absence - we could almost here the screams of agony that would be emitted on hitting the frigid waters. It would be hard to picture a more unchivalrous trio, as we gloated over the fate that lay before her. Our only fear was that she might gingerly climb down the ladder, dip one toe in and then depart in anger over our duplicity. But fear not - luck was with us - within minutes she had returned and, running at full tilt, she was off the end of the dock and entering the water in a professional dive. We stood transfixed, waiting for the inevitable tortured cries which would be heard when she surfaced, but none ensued. Instead, she came to the surface and exclaimed in obvious, if totally inexplicable candour, “wow, this is great - it never gets this warm back home. Well don’t just stand there - come on in”. And so this miserable trio of macho individuals, so recently regaling themselves with hilarious thoughts of the lady’s discomfiture, were shamed into joining her for some twenty minutes of frolicking in the icy depths. The frolicking was bad enough, but the need to pretend that it was enjoyable was too much for anyone to endure. Record one stinging defeat for male chauvinism - mark up one epic victory for women’s lib.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

October Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Tuesday, October 15th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Find out what’s going on at the Legion. Wednesday, September 26th ~ Music Trivia with Russ at 7 pm. Food will be available. Sunday, October 21st ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. We have pancakes, French toast, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat FREE! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Saturday, October 27th ~ Halloween Dinner & Dance. Join us for Spaghetti Dinner with Garlic Toast for $8. Live entertainment by Shindigger. Prizes for best costume, so dig out your scariest spookiest costume. Thursday, November 1st ~ Veterans Dinner at 5 pm with live entertainment by Grant Henderson. For more information, please call the Legion at 250-497-8338. Friday, November 2nd ~ Candlelight Service at 1:30 pm at the Okanagan Falls Cemetery on Maple Street.

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson Okanagan Falls Here we are in Fall again. Where does the time go? The cool, clear days are so very welcome after the hot smoky summer. Youth Darts

Heritage President, Heather Jackson, returned from the Seniors Games in Cranbrook. She won 2 bronze medals and beat her 2018/19 REGISTRATION personal best time in 4SEASON other events. Congratulations to her and this outstanding achievement! Youth and Teens

Ages has 11-13 (grades 6-7) and The Thrifty Boutique been putting out14-19 their fall frocks. Everything looks so fresh and colourful. The volunteers are all doing a great job at keeping the shop welcoming and interesting. Come to the OK Falls Legion (upstairs) They have had some very successful sales this last and month. Noreen, for an information session to register on at the helm, October 12th atsmoothly. 7:00 p.m. continues to keep Friday, everything running Call Dee for more information at 250-497-5975

The museum will be closed to tours and visitors the middle of this month. They have had a successful visitor season. We’ll be putting Committed to promoting the sport of Darts, encouraging sportsmanship, the museum BassettanHouse to sleep for the competitive winter. fun. team spirit and and providing atmosphere of supervised, It really was a busy summer for us. The Bassett House needed new wall paper in the bedrooms, then a good scrubbing before it was ready for guests. That took a while. Then, our tenant moved out of the apartment and an upgrading was undertaken for the suite. The crews of professionals and volunteers have done a fabulous job with the project. Andrew worked in the yard and gardens throughout the summer, removing some of the old wild cedars that were growing every-which-way. There is still lots to do in the gardens, but there is another summer coming up and that can be the project at that time. Our next meeting will be the fourth Tuesday, being October 23rd, starting at 7:00 pm in the front room of the Thrifty Boutique. Everybody is welcome toYouth attend. 2018 BC Provincial Team & Coaches

Wednesday Nights ~ Music Trivia. Great news! Music trivia has returned to Wednesdays starting at 7 pm. Food will be available. Come on out and join in the fun! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Friday & 4 pm on Saturday. Come on out ... You could be Lucky! Everyone welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30 pm start. Darts & Shuffleboard will be starting up. Call Denise for more information at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for the information on the Pool League at 778-531-8228. NEW YOUTH DARTS ~ starting soon to Okanagan Falls Legion. For youth and teens ages 11-19. Come to an information night on Friday, October 12th at 7 pm, or call Dee at 250-497-5975. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. It’s a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome to become a member. 2019 Memberships are now due. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson

Did you know that October 1st is National Seniors Day? We may not celebrate up a big storm, but it is our Monthly General Meeting at 1 pm and there will be cake. Please join us. We’ll be discussing all of our up-coming activities for the next couple months. You don’t want to miss it! Our Annual Fall Flea Market is Saturday, October 13th. Doors open at 9 am. Come out and enjoy! Flea Markets are always fun and you may find something you didn’t know you need. Coffee and lunch will be available all day. We are still in need of items for Silent Auction and White Elephant. They should be clean and in good working order. And please, no clothing or electronics. Members, don’t forget to bring in some homemade goodies for the bake table as well. Please call Dave at 250-497-7089 for more details. Our activities are getting back on track. Carpet Bowling will start Wednesday, October 10th. Dora and Collette will be in charge this year. Put on your bobby socks baby, ‘cuz Music Jam is back, starting Sunday, October 14th and running every 2nd Sunday until April. Grab your partner, grab your fiddle and bow. Come early (11:30 am) to enjoy a light lunch. We will enjoy a Potluck Dinner Theatre on Saturday, October 27th, presented by the Penticton Chamber Theatre group. Watch for posters coming soon. The Falls Music Group will again fill the Centre with their harmonies and music on Friday afternoons starting October 12th from 3-4 pm. Take a moment to stop by and check the schedule. Coffee is only minutes away. Have you considered becoming a member? Membership is only $15 per year. Anyone can join the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre, but voting privileges belong to the 50+ age bracket. Elections for Board members will be held at November’s General Meeting. For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.

Mark Your Calendar! General Meeting ~ Monday, October 1 at 1 pm Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, October 6 from 8-10 am Fall Flea Market ~ Saturday, October 13 from 9 am - 1 pm Music Jam ~ Sunday, October 14 at 1 pm (light lunch at 11:30) Music Jams run 2nd Sunday from October to April Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, October 20 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner Theatre ~ Saturday, October 27 at 5:30 pm Canasta ~ 1st 3 Mondays at 10 am Exercise ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ October 2, 9 & 16 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm - Starts October 10 Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Falls Music Group ~ Fridays at 2 pm - Starts October 12

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President “We can see clearly now, the smoke is gone” ... sorry I’m plagiarizing again, but it seemed fitting following the eye stinging, choking atmosphere we experienced only a few weeks back. Okanagan Falls Lions are beginning our fall activities, which is typically a somewhat quieter time, following an active summer with raising funds for our school breakfast program. Volunteers are always welcome to join us in cooking breakfast at the school. Following a successful 2017/18 year for Lions International under the Leadership of International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, we have a new President from Iceland. Gudrun Yngvadottir is continuing the Lions International goals of world membership and the fight against diabetes and sight loss. We have Halloween coming up at the end of the month, so watch out for children (and their parents) on the streets. Remember, those dark costumes can be difficult to see. Next up is Remembrance Day on November 11th. Be sure to come out and honour our veterans. More to come next month. We are continuing our dinner meetings at the Legion on the 4th Monday of the month, with members and guests at just $10 per plate to help support our community projects. Everyone is welcome to join us. We also meet on the 2nd Monday of the month upstairs at the Legion starting at 7pm. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is October 1-2 & October 31 - November 2 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. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barb Few

October is a lovely month with it’s fall colours and the LA are really getting into the mood with the events. On Wednesday, October 3rd we will have our GENERAL MEETING, so come and find out what is going on starting at 1 pm in the Legion. For all you bingo fans out there, we will host our monthly LA BINGO on Saturday, October 6th at 1 pm. And, following the Meat Draw on October 13th (Saturday not Friday), the LA will be cooking the supper. Talking about supper, October features our famous FOWL SUPPER, which will be held on Sunday, October 21st. This marks the 23rd Anniversary of this event! The cost for this dinner is only $13 for adults, $6 for 6-12 years, and those under 6 years are free. Tickets can be bought from the Legion Bar or at the door. Everyone is welcome to this tasty event. I hate to mention Christmas this early, but there will be a CRAFT AND BAKE SALE on Sunday, November 18th from 9 am - 2 pm. So, all you artists and clever craft people who want to book a table with Christmas in mind, please phone Denise at 250-485-4949 before all the space has been taken. SkahaMatters.com | October 2018 | Page 27


Volunteer Spotlight Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre Volunteers Thank you to Arlene, Barb, Ineke, April, Lynn, Kathy, Karen, Mike, Lorraine, Ed, and Denise for your countless hours of volunteer service. The Okanagan Falls Visitor Centre provides a valuable service. Please stop and visit, as these friendly volunteers will share a few Okanagan Falls secrets. This year the number of visitors was down slightly to previous years, but July did see a significant number of 387 visitors come through their doors.

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Another Great Car Show By Geoff Walter-Hughes

On August 25, the 6th Annual Shriners Show & Shine Car Show had 89 vehicles on display with a broad spectrum of types. We gave out five trophies; one from Hagerty Car Insurance for People’s Choice; three from the Penticton Shrine Club - two for cars and one for motorcycles; and one from RDOS Area “D” Directors Choice. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, donations-in-kind, Dan the Music Man and Announcer. The vendors who donated monies to the Shriners of Penticton. Thank you to entrants with your great vehicles you brought to put on display. ~ From Show Organizers, Grace and Geoff Walter-Hughes


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The 100 Men Who Care concept is quite simple. The members meet four times a year and each person commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at a meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and who it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find more ways to connect at www.volunteercentre. info under browse opportunities. At the June meeting, three charities received donations to support the good community work they are doing in the region. Left - Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society ECOmmunity Place ~ $700. The En’owkin Centre and ECOmmunity Place in Penticton are helping to preserve and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Penticton is looking for protect the Indigenous plants, wildlife, culture and spirituality volunteers for the 1-5 pm shift from Monday through to Saturday. found on the land. Middle - First Baptist Church International No experience necessary, training provided. Looking for friendly Youth Project ~ $5,600. Each year youth from Penticton and people who like helping others. Meaningful work. Flexible shifts. A the area travel to Mexico to assist with building projects and to place to belong. To inquire, drop by the Penticton ReStore or call gain insight into how agricultural workers live in the area. Right Rose at 778.755.4346 #212. Okanagan School of the Arts at the Shatford Centre ~ $700. South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is looking for The organization is currently developing a new strategic plan to board members to help fulfill their mandate and mission. The board develop a social enterprise that will make the organization selfseeks to diversify its membership with experienced professionals, sufficient and enhance services and programs. young adults and newcomer Canadians. Interested volunteers If you are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to please contact the centre for an application package at info@ attend as a guest to see what it is all about - and hear from three volunteercentre.info. charities you might not be aware of. For more information, visit Alzheimer Society is seeking a volunteer in Keremeos to facilitate a support group there. The Society also needs an office support worker in Penticton. For more information, call 1-888-318-1122, or email mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org.

Join the SOSVC Volunteer Team’s next gathering on Wednesday, www.100menpenticton.com or email info@100menpenticton.com. October 24th from 11:30 am - 1 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please For information regarding a similar organization for women, go to RSVP by Friday, October 19th to info@volunteercentre.info, or call www.cfso.net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”. SkahaMatters.com | October 2018 | Page 29 1-888-576-5661.


LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale Friday, November 9th ~ 4 - 8 pm Crafts for children to make from 4-6 pm. Held at the Kaleden Community Church.

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

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Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am October Speakers: 7th - Rev. Mark Bedford; 14th - Rev. David Sparks; 21st - Victor Ince; and 28th - Judi Ritcey. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

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

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

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Helping Hand Update By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair Thank you to Dan Kane from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for organizing this years BC Thanksgiving Food Drive and to all the great volunteers from the United Church who came out and weighed and gathered the food at the Okanagan Falls IGA on September 15. Thank you of course to IGA for letting the church set up in the parking lot again this year. And last, but certainly not least, thank you to all the residents in the area for all of your kind donations. Because of all of these hard workers, the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand received 441.5 lbs of food for the town residents in need. Just a note that donations can be dropped off at 3 Winds Hair Design in Okanagan Falls at anytime of year. And, we are always looking for new volunteers! Hope to see you soon! For more information, to volunteer with our group, or to apply for an emergency hamper, please leave a message at 250-486-2767.

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. Page 30 | October 2018 | SkahaMatters.com

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It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of another Flowers to Rose our crossing guard. Congratulations on your 30 Okanagan Falls neighbour. Our condolences are extended to all years of providing safety and smiles for the community’s children. families who are missing a loved one. Thousands of “Thank You’s”! Ward Meldrum Johnsen ~ From Renny van Uden of Okanagan Falls December 08, 1941 - September 05, 2018 Flowers to Structrulam Products Ltd. and Tickleberry’s, as together we were pleased to donate funds raised from ticket sales and food sales at our “Movie in the Vineyard” night in the amount of $2706 to the South Okanagan Secondary School athletic department with a goal to providing financial assistance to SOSS students who would like to participate in high school sports. ~ From Meyer Family Vineyards

Flowers to Jayne Molloy! Thank you from the Kaleden Library for taking care of the plants and flowers near the parking lot. The garden area was pretty this summer with the colourful flowers and the children loved playing on the grass. ~ From Kaleden Library Flowers to Skaha Matters! It really works get to the community. We had our Hymn Sing last month and had 5 different couples come out, because they read the advert in Skaha Matters. Thank you for putting our ad out there. We so appreciate all you have done to get information out. ~ From Diane S. of Okanagan Falls

A proud and loving Husband, Father, and Friend, Ward completed his journey from this life and passed into the next, in the presence of loved ones who were at his side through the end. His passing in Okanagan Falls was preceded by his mother and father Lehman Johnsen and Jesse Martin, twin sisters Penny and Patsy, and the mother of his children, Heather Cousins. He is survived by his wife Storm Kunert, son Tyler and Stephanie, daughter Celeste and Doug along with his grandchildren Derek, Kyle, and Shaun, stepson Chad Kunert, and many family and friends who all loved him greatly and will remember him fondly. Upon his request, there will be no service, and to simply be remembered in our hearts and minds, sharing our many stories and memories, raising a glass, and celebrating the great times in his company. In lieu of flowers, please instead consider a donation in his name to a local Meals on Wheels, or any other seniors service in your community. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 101-596 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4 250-493-3912 or crediblecremations@shaw.ca

Flowers to Conor and Fortis (AGAIN) for providing the equipment and people power to re-attach all the Kaleden Banners to the poles. Hopefully, the longer lag bolts will withstand the winds. ~ From Randy and Judy of Kaleden Flowers to all the “Market in the Park” vendors who have offered to help organize the market for next year. Look for details about our new ONE DAY Indoor Market COMING SOON. Many thanks! ~ From Viv and Elaine of Okanagan Falls

The Holiday Season will soon be here! Our new Premium Tasting Lounge is available for private events or tastings this season. Why not bring your staff or gather your friends for a Noble Ridge Tasting Experience? For information or to book an event, please contact Lauren Forzani at Lauren@nobleridge.com.

Wine Shop Hours Open Daily 10-5 until October 15 Open Daily 11-4 from October 16-31 Open by Appointment after November 1 T: 250.497.7945

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Flowers to the Kaleden Banners! We have been coming to Kaleden in the Summer (and Fall on occasion) for the past 39 years, spending our family holidays at our cottage at Ponderosa Point. On arriving in August this year, we were welcomed by the colourful artistic banners along our route to Ponderosa Point. Many thanks and congratulations to all the of artists. ~ From Judith Wyckam - Long-term Kaleden Vacationer Fish Heads to the person who stole our electric scooter. Although we recovered the scooter, you damaged the ignition so bad that no one can use it at all! Your selfish attempt to gain some money has resulted in no good for anyone. And, Fish Heads to the person who stole our Stihl weed whacker on a more recent occasion. I fail to understand how anyone can think they have some divine right to just take whatever they want. ~ From Grant H. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to the teenagers who destroyed the score numbers at the Kaleden Tennis Courts. You were seen doing this, then running up 5th. ~ From Yvonne for the Kaleden Tennis Club


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Skaha Matters October 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 10

Skaha Matters October 2018  

Volume 10 : Issue 10

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