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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 10

“Bringing Community Matters To You”

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October 2019

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Davis, Director of Fundraising & Communications OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF “SOUTH SKAHA PLACE” AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS IN OKANAGAN FALLS Please join the South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS), BC Housing and partners at our Official Grand Opening Ceremony. It will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Okanagan Falls at 5081 - 8th Avenue. This affordable housing project is centrally located near many local amenities as well as physician, dentist and naturopath offices, grocery stores, post office and a pharmacy. This housing will provide modern, well designed living spaces for independent seniors near the beautiful parks and waterfront. Important Facts: •

The South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS) was incorporated under the Society Act, on December 28, 2005.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 was a historical day for the community of Okanagan Falls, when BC Housing provided a Provisional Project Approval allowing the project to move forward.

BC Housing subsequently provided Final Project Commitment on June 20, 2018 for construction financing, including a capital grant up to $5.9 million. The funding was committed to the construction of 26 units of affordable independent seniors housing rental project.

SSHS have managed the project with guidance from Atcorr Development Consulting Inc., Greyback Construction Ltd. and support of BC Housing staff.

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The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) has provided support, tax exemptions and waived the development cost charges. A capital grant was also provided to be applied towards the development and building permit fees. Population trends since the early 2000s indicate that the proportion of adults aged 65 and older living in Okanagan Falls is increasing.

Further, the geographic distance between Okanagan Falls and nearby communities, namely Penticton and Oliver, represents an ongoing barrier to service access for seniors, as many lack reliable and suitable transportation, either independently or through social networks. Seniors will be closer to support services, able to participate in more activities in the community (volunteering) and enjoy a better quality of life by associating with more people.

This project addresses a need for the creation of affordable homes for lower income earning seniors on a fixed monthly income who, despite being able to live independently, are still vulnerable in the current rental market of diminished vacancy rates and high shelter costs.

Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents Up To Date and businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Weekly Estates, St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada eCalendar! Post on the last business day of each month. 35 locations also carry copies. For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. Sign Up Online Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be received to be published. © 2019 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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The South Skaha Housing Society in coordination with all agencies involved will survey and monitor our senior’s populace. On a regular basis, the SSHS Board will ensure that the progress and compliance of the Society’s mission, goals and objectives are being met. For more info, email southskahahousing@gmail.com or shadav4448@ gmail.com. Learn More: The Government of British Columbia is making the biggest investment in housing affordability in BC history - more than $7 billion over 10 years - and has released a 30-point housing plan. Visit http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_ Homes_For_BC.pdf


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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Wow! I think we are experiencing an unexpectedly early Fall. I always worry along with our farmers when we get rain in the middle of harvest. I’m sure it’s not a benefit to our apple crop or the hundreds of acres of grapes still hanging on the vines. I hope we return to our usual sunny and dry Fall quickly, as we are in the middle of harvest celebrations all around the Boundary Similkameen. I attended the annual Rock Creek Fair and despite the clouds and occasional rain showers thousands of people of all ages came to admire the animals, fruits and vegetables and enjoy all the great fair food and booths. The young farmers of 4H opened the Fair by singing “Oh Canada”. It is wonderful to see such a large group of our youth getting involved in farming. The closure of the IGA Grocery Store in Okanagan Falls prompted a group of concerned citizens “Let’s Grow OK Falls” to get together and share their experiences and vision for the future of this Community. Some were commercial property owners, some were members of volunteer organizations and others just local citizens who love Okanagan Falls. Many topics were discussed with a focus on the need for housing suitable for middle income earners, as well as policing and the need to just clean up properties to make the entire area more visually pleasing. Unfortunately, unincorporated areas do not have access to the monetary supports that incorporated areas do. Everyone was in agreement that there were several areas of improvement that could be pursued and I hope that people will volunteer to get involved in some committees to follow up on all the great ideas. Thank you to Matt Taylor for inviting me to listen to a great group of people talk about their hopes for the future of Okanagan Falls. “South Skaha Place” is now officially open. As with any project of this kind, it has had a long and sometimes difficult path getting to this opening. Special thanks to the Society’s Chair, Robert McLeod, and congratulations to all the citizens of Okanagan Falls who have played a roll in getting this Affordable Housing Project for Seniors from a dream to reality.

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While most of us in the South Okanagan/Boundary/Similkameen do not live in communities totally dependant on Forestry, many BC communities have relied on Forestry directly for their economic survival for generations. All of us will feel the losses as a large portion of the BC economy has relied on the income from forestry to contribute to our roads, schools and hospitals. Everyone understands a changing global economy, but losses were expected when the ‘bug kill’ wood was gone and neither large Forestry Companies or Government did the transition work necessary to retrain a workforce or help communities develop other economic opportunities. 6000 jobs lost, 25 mills curtailed or closed and 22 communities economically affected are numbers we should all be concerned about no matter where we live. The UBCM will be over by the time this goes to print and I will have attended as many meetings as possible with the communities in the Riding. There are some who would argue that “speed dating” for 15 minutes with a Minister is not worthwhile, but it’s not the length of time that is important as much as the contact to raise awareness of an issue and put a face to it. The staff at these meetings make meticulous notes, which allows for a more meaningful follow up at a later date. For many elected officials, this is their first UBCM and a unique opportunity to meet a Minister personally and talk to other municipal and regional representatives from all over BC, who share the same challenges of local government. While my Office often gets bogged down in bureaucracy, some things we have had success with particularly are getting information and support to seniors and others who may be unaware of programs and grants that can make life a bit easier. My Constituency Assistant, Patt Vermiere, has created a folder of information that she has been successfully presenting to individuals and groups throughout the Riding and assisting them with the filling out of forms and applications that are often complicated for most of us. Please call my Office at 250-498-5122 and leave a message if you would like to have Patt speak to you, a group of your neighbours, or your organization about what is available. There is also a staff change at my Office, as Colleen Misner has decided to move onto other career options. I’m sure everyone wishes her well. I will have a new part-time staff person in October, Everett Baker, so please give him a bit of time to get up to speed and he’ll be pleased to help. Please email Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca anytime. The MLA office is located at 6369 Main Street in Oliver. You can call the office at 250-498-5122 or toll-free at 1-855-498-5122.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’

Happy Thanksgiving! Fall has arrived. Our summer was wonderful (and we all appreciated the absence of record floods and fires). I am writing this on September 22, 2019 and so some things might change before publication and delivery of this Skaha Matters. I will be attending the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference Ron Obirek in Vancouver during the week of Director of September 23-27. The UBCM RDOS Area ‘D’ conference is the one time each year that local elected officials meet with the Provincial Government and have an opportunity to present our local concerns to Cabinet Ministers. I requested 5 meetings with Ministers of the BC government to review concerns arising in our area. Four of my requests were accepted. The only regrets I received were from the Minister of Health, Minister Adrian Dix. His office explained they were overwhelmed with requests and unfortunately could not meet with all who asked for a meeting. On the other hand, the RDOS Board has secured a meeting with Interior Health CAO Susan Brown and I plan on attending that meeting and sharing concerns regarding delivery of health care arising in our community. Specifically, I will speak to the needs of our community for more health infrastructure and services to be delivered within our community. I have secured a meeting with the Minister of Tourism and will express our need for infrastructure money towards a Visitor and Information Centre strategically located with proper highway signage and excellent public washrooms and Sani dump. We are strategically located in the Heart of Wine Country and we are the Gateway to the South Okanagan. At my meeting with the Minister of Housing, I plan to review our needs for more housing generally. Specifically, I will advise the Minister of housing needs in relationship to jobs that will be coming to Okanagan Falls; and, in relationship to our new Town Centre plan. At the meeting set with the Minister of Forests, I will be reviewing our concerns regarding the Aster at Christie Memorial Beach and the need for a positive resolution to this issue. I will also be reviewing our concerns with regard to Milfoil in both Vaseux Lake and Skaha Lake. I also have a meeting with the Minister of Municipalities and will review concerns specifically regarding our governance structure and prospects for improvement. I shall provide an update regarding the UBCM meetings in the November issue of Skaha Matters. RDOS staff have advertised for two positions in our local Community Service Office. I understand the response to the advertisements was excellent. Once staff are hired, they will be going through a process of orientation and training (mostly in Penticton) before full deployment in Okanagan Falls expected by January 2020. In the interim, I have asked for staff to be present in the Okanagan Falls office on a part-time basis at a minimum prior to 2020. I expect notices will be put on the door advising of progress. My most recent information regarding the medical marijuana manufacturing facility up in the industrial area is that the sale by Sunniva to CannaPharmaRX is proceeding. The suspended construction on the project may recommence as soon as December with completion of the 1st phase estimated approximately 14 to 18 months later. The many jobs that will result from both the construction and then the full-time staffing demonstrate our need for more housing and other services.

The Heritage Hills Park project is proceeding with expectation that the children’s play park equipment will be received and installation completed by the end of October. Stay tuned to the local Community Association meetings, where much more information will be provided. 2020 will be a very exciting year with respect to this community park project. Thank you to Doug Reeve of the RDOS (the Project Manager) and Doug Lychak and Dale Fehr (both residents of the local community and members of the executive Board of the local Community Association) for the excellent work done to date! The Save the Aster Save the Beach Society is very busy working on the Aster issue on Christie Memorial Beach. Thank you to MLA Linda Larson for her advice and assistance on this issue. I have met with her twice and she has indicated she shall be providing support in her capacity as MLA. The society has also requested a meeting with MP Richard Cannings and are seeking his support as well. Thank you to the RDOS staff who have assisted with the creation of an App for marking potential habitat for the Aster and marking the location of new sites if and when discovered by the volunteers who are working hard in this regard. For anyone interested in participating, the society has raised funds and are posting a reward for confirmed new locations. Once more than 10 locations are confirmed, then a reassessment application shall be made to COSEWIC under the federal Species at Risk Act for redesignation. Under the Environment Canada 2013 Strategic Recovery Report, 8 locations of Aster in BC were identified. One additional location has since been discovered. For more information, please watch for public meetings regarding the Save the Aster Save the Beach Society. I shall continue to advocate on behalf of the community with both the provincial and federal governments towards the goal of returning the Aster patch on Christie Memorial Beach to its former high value public recreation use. Anyone interested in joining the society or participating in the project is encouraged to contact the society via savetheastersavethebeach@gmail.com. The RDOS Community Services Manager has advised me that the MOTI regional manager has advised him that the crossing at Hwy 97 and 10th Street in Okanagan Falls is receiving review and that structural changes to the intersection are being considered to improve safety at that crossing. I shall monitor the situation and report further in coming months. Special thank you to Rose Mah and other community members who have brought this and other safety concerns regarding Hwy 97 forward recently (and in years gone by). This is not a new issue; it is time for some action. “Let’s Grow OK Falls” held a very interesting community meeting on September 4, 2019 that was attended by approximately 26 community members, including myself and MLA Linda Larson. A special thank you to MLA Linda Larson for attending and listening to concerns raised by the community. I expect further meetings will be organized in the future. Watch for this very fast growing and very positive community group. Our coffee meeting with the Director at the Legion on September 9, 2019 was well attended (approximately 22 attendees). Every month we see new faces and the return of others who have been to previous meetings. Many interesting questions are presented and excellent ideas are shared. In October the second Monday is Thanksgiving, and is therefore not well-suited to a morning coffee meeting. At the request of community members, we are going to have an evening meeting in October. All are welcome. Our next coffee meeting, therefore, with the Director is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at 7 pm at the Legion. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. Yours Truly, Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News

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We have a new business in Okanagan Falls! A big warm welcome Well, this has been a very busy month for the Board and our Staff to Sparkle Interiors Kitchens & Bath. They are located at #5 - 5350 9th Avenue in Okanagan Falls. This is right next to the Post Office. with all the changes in the District. We had a motor failure in Well #6 submersible pump in the Upper Zone, the third failure in 3 years. We will be working with the motor manufacturer, the system electrical design engineer and FortisBC to find a cause for these failures. The pump should be back in service by September 20th. We are working with our engineers to get Well #4 Interior Health Authority’s construction permit, so it can be put back into service. The intake screens need to be scrubbed and they are down 259 feet. Once the screen cleaning is complete, we will review whether to install a new turbine pump or install a submersible pump and motor. Our new administrator is working diligently to get our computer system up to date and get a new accounting system in place to better track the District’s expenses. This will also modernize the recording keeping system and move to a digital storage system. Our goal is to have it all up and running for the 2020 fiscal year beginning on January 1, 2020. As usual, our operators are working on improvements to the water system. Please bear in mind they cannot work on your system from the curb stop through your property, although they can give some advice if asked. A heads up, we will be flushing lines from October 15 to November 4 this fall and will post signs in the areas we are working in. We are reviewing the office hours and will post new opening times on our website and at the office in the near future. The Board has put in countless hours on your behalf during the transition and I say thank you to all. Job well done.

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Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

By April Howe, Information Centre Manager

Well readers, I believe we have seen the last of summer 2019, and what a summer it was. We were quite slow in August, perhaps due to too many people enjoying the lovely outdoors. I would like to thank all are volunteers. You did a wonderful job! Also, thank you to all the local residents who sent their guests to visit our office. It was a pleasure helping everyone. Please note that we are closing the Information Centre at the end of the September for the season. I wish everyone a safe and happy winter. See you in the spring. Stay warm and happy. Cheers! SkahaMatters.com | October 2019 | Page 5


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Fall is quickly approaching. Summer of 2019 was an amazing year with many locals enjoying the outdoors. The Pioneer Park project’s last phase of the boat launch will begin shortly with the final touches to the landscaping. Sewer design is in progress with the plan to have completed for spring of 2020. Subrina Monteith I had the pleasure of attending Director of the recent UBCM in Vancouver. RDOS Area ‘I’ Opportunities to gather with other politicians and make connections with service providers, is important for professional development and growth. I met with several ministers to advocate for change on several topics that affect Area “I”. As shared last month, I have worked with RDOS staff to create a survey on Regional Transit. The survey can be found online at https://surveysrdos.limequery.com/287982?l ang=en&fbclid=IwAR35uzoPXMAzGkb2P2ouZIVHzfditb_Hj7CN7wR9tRRh0MbWy0ItQJXpmE. The survey will be open until November 1st.

As a Director, there are funds that are accessed through applications by local organizations or community groups. My goal was to find a balance of both local groups and organizations that our area uses. I share this year’s Area ‘I’’s successful community grant in aid applications: • Kaleden Irrigation District for the “Protect our water intake signage project” • Kaleden Community Association to create a mural in Pioneer Park • “Kaleden On Patrol” equipment start up purchases • “Get Jazzed” fundraiser event hosted by the Kaleden Community Association • Kaleden FireSmart to support the Fall clean up project • Kaleden Community Church that will jointly fund an AED • Apex Fire Brigade to support the purchase of equipment and training • The Lakes Community (Twin Lakes area) for sign boards to build communication with residents • Peach City Radio • Penticton and District Arts Council to co-host an art event in Kaleden • Penticton Scottish Festival If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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Linden Links Invitational Raises Money For Kaleden FireSmart By Karen Treader On 1st September 2019, the 1st Annual Linden Links Invitational Charity “Wiffle” Ball Tournament was held. This was the brainchild of a number of Kaleden residents. The objective of this tournament was to raise money for a Kaleden project and to have fun. We succeeded on both accounts and raised $975 voted to be given to Kaleden FireSmart. The money was raised through an entry fee paid by participants and a competition to win items donated to this cause. From all of us who organized this event, we thank all of you who attended and gave generously. We would also like to thank those organizations who donated generously, being Kartplex at Area 27, St Andrew’s Golf Course, Kraze Legz Winery, Kal-Rec and Andre’s Electronics. We hope to make this an annual event, so if you are interested in attending or helping next year please let us know by email to ktreader@hotmail.com.


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee It’s A Wrap ... to our 2019 irrigation season. Reviewing the total water consumption records for May through August, KID pumped over 111 million liters less water in 2019 compared to 2018. This decline is attributed to a combination of factors - “goldilocks” weather, leak repairs, and the conservation efforts of most (sadly, not all) ratepayers. KID’s summer student did notice much better adherence to watering restrictions in August, which was encouraging. Lower water consumption results in lower power bills and reduced wear and tear on KID’s water system, not to mention downstream benefits to our environment. Irrigation Season Ends on October 15th. Do You Need to Request an Extension? All agricultural customers that require their irrigation connections to be left on past October 15th must apply for an extension. Forms are available online at www.kaledenirrigation.org/ apply-for-an-irrigation-extension or at the KID Office. Please submit completed forms by October 10th. Be aware that, if your irrigation connection freezes past October 15th, you are responsible for repair costs. Working Together to Protect Our Water Supply ... KID has posted signs at key locations in Pioneer Park and along Alder Avenue, which show the boundaries of our Intake Protection Zone (IPZ), explain its purpose and provide tips to help protect our water supply. Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith attended KID’s September Board Meeting and presented a $2,000 cheque from the RDOS Community Grant-In-Aid Program in support of this project (see photo below). Thanks to Subrina and the RDOS staff who helped turn this initiative into reality!

In Front - Area “I” Director Subrina Monteith presents $2,000 Community Grant-InAid cheque for IPZ Signage Project to KID Chair Mike Gane. In back left to right - KID Administrator Cheryl Halla, Trustee Steve Arstad, KID Manager Taylor Dean, and Trustees Kevin Larson and Dave Libby. (Photo by Trustee Bruce Shepherd)

They’re In The Mail ... Irrigation bills for properties over one acre were mailed out recently. Payment due date is October 16th (which is also the date that a second penalty will be applied to outstanding domestic taxes and tolls). Want To Avoid Lost Bills and Late Charges? All residents north of Lakehill with a former RR1 address: if you have not already done so, please provide your updated address, either by calling the office directly at 250-497-5407 or via email.

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Kaleden Community Association Update

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The Kaleden Community Association is excited to announce that we are planning a second annual GET JAZZED Dinner and Dance night on Thursday, November 14th at 6 pm. Tickets will be on sale October 1st at the Kaleden Library (during open hours) or by emailing to kaledencommunity@gmail.com. Tickets are on special for $35 each until October 15th, then the price will increase to $40. I heard that it’s going to be a Southwestern BBQ theme, with a complimentary beverage at the door to welcome everyone. This was a sold-out event last year, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets! Thank you to all who contribute by donating their bottles and cans to the Kaleden Bottle Depot. For the month of August, we had collected $846, and our total so far this year is $2497! What a thirsty community we had over the summer! Thank you to all the volunteers who help sort the bottles and cans each week. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated! For more information on Kaleden Community Events, please check our website at www.kaledencommunity.com. This is a great resource to stay informed on all that Kaleden has to offer. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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October FireSmart Tip By Linda Dahl Fall is a great time to do a big clean up of surface fuels. Gather up dry grasses, dead leaves, decaying plants and all those falling pine needles. Remove debris from gutters, and if stacking wood for the winter, make sure it is well away from the side of your house. The last yard waste pick up for 2019 is December 4th and begins again on February 26th, 2020.


Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish After a soggy September, everyone has settled back into their regular routines. Recreation programs have started for both kids and adults. Children’s programs this year include Art Invasion and the Awesome Kids Athletics (A.K.A.). Adult Fitness classes are running in the Kaleden Community Hall and the Yoga programs are being held at Kaleden Community Church. Of course the Pickleball schedule continues at it’s regular times at the Hall. Did you know that there is also drop in Floor Hockey and drop in Badminton held at the Hall? Check out www.kalrec.ca for the schedules. Seniors programs have also resumed with Cards and Games being held on Thursday afternoons at the Hall. The first Lunch and Learn Activity this year is Friday, October 25th. It will feature food from Chile prepared by the cooking class participants under the direction of Karla Avendeno and a presentation by Cam from the RDOS to explain the NEW recycling program. REMEMBER the Seniors activities can be attended by people of ALL ages. The Women’s group have also resumed their gatherings on Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 at the Church. Bring a craft, come and play board games or just come for coffee and a visit. We’d love to meet you. The final permits have been obtained for the next phase of the Pioneer Park project and it will be put out to tender soon. It will involve the reconstruction and improvement of the boat launch. Watch for the work to start soon. Also, I want to thank all the people who use the park for their patience, as the first phases of the Park improvement plan are finished up. We have allotted some money to start planting some new trees in the Park to replace the aging poplars that you may have noticed are rapidly deteriorating. On the business side, it is budget time. The Commission members are trying to set priorities for projects for next year and for large scale projects for the future. There are also maintenance costs and considerations for replacing existing equipment and infrastructure. If you are interested, you are welcome to attend our next regular meeting at the Hall on Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30 pm. The cool crisp October days are great for heading out for a walk in the Park, along the KVR or just in your neighbourhood. Get out and enjoy the Fall changes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. DE

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By Brian Udal The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. Brian’s Dance Class since 2004. Get certified dance lessons in the Okanagan ... Learn Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. Yoga In The New Garnet Family Park Accepting students for Private Dance Lessons, including Wedding Dance lessons. Monthly Dances ~ The Next Dance Lesson & Party is October 26th, featuring a Latin Merengue dance lesson, held at St. Stephens Anglican Church Hall in Summerland at 6:30 sharp. Fall Dance Classes commence: • October 3rd in Penticton - 8 weeks or prorate 6:30 - Cha Cha 1 // 7:30 - West Coast Swing 1 • October 4th in Summerland - 8 weeks or prorate 6:30 - Country 2 Step 1 // 7:30 - Disco Hustle 1 Good News! All lessons are prorated, if you are unable to attend all 8 classes. Note: If Level 1 does not challenge you, then let me know and I will take time to give you something that will. Be brave and try new dance styles. Remember that one dance style does not cover all dance music. Always be dancing. Join my email list for the latest news and updates. Please register early for best results. For further inquiries, please call 778.516.7272 to register or email brians.dance.class@gmail.com Community Spirit was alive and well in Heritage Hills. Locals for more information. enjoyed a Mindful Movement Yoga Class with instructor Marnie Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! Laser in the new Garnet Family Park. What an amazing view to enjoy, while taking in a Yoga class with friends and neighbours. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to rdosrec@rdos.bc.ca. Page 10 | October 2019 | SkahaMatters.com

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Department History Continues ... In 1998, a sewing machine was blamed for a minor fire at a home by Lombardy and Parsons Rd. The motor overheated by the bench leg being pushed in against the sewing pedal, which kept the motor running. The wall was scorched and the house had minor smoke and water damage. On August 12th, hikers found human skeletal remains on McIntyre Bluff. Police believe the male body was there for two years and think he fell resulting in major head and neck injuries. There was no missing report filed for him, but they did find his family in Quebec. On September 24th, a middle aged woman entered the Oliver Post Office building’s mailbox room with an unloaded 30.30 calibre rifle, cocked it and fired. Then she calmly walked out, got into a car and drove off. It was reported that she aimed the rifle in the direction of the wicket area, when she pulled the trigger. The suspect was arrested at her residence minutes later. Police also seized three rifles. There were no injuries. The weekend of September 26-27 saw the Canadian Firefighter Challenge with over 200 firefighters coming from all over Canada. The event was held at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton. Weighed down with 27 kilograms of protection gear including helmets, face masks and oxygen tanks to do their tasks. Starting with a 12 pound hose which had to be hoisted on their shoulder and carried up 5 flights of stairs. On the fifth floor, they had to haul a similar hose by rope from the ground, then descending to hammer a 165 pound beam a distance of 5 feet. Next, they walked a charged hose 75 feet, cracked the nozzle to spray a target. The final task is to drag a 175 pound dummy 100 feet backwards. Good firemen can do the task in under 5 minutes. Great firemen can do it in under 2 minutes. The teams with the best times would represent Canada at the World Championships. The Penticton team did not qualify, but came within 31 seconds to continue to the second round the next day. A garage fire with two vehicles was dealt with by the fire department at 1325 Cedar Street on December 1st at 6:30 pm. The flames and intense heat turned the 1991 Chev pick up truck and 1980 Grenada into charred hulks and gutted the garage. Firefighters were able to protect a small cabin and mobile home nearby. You could see the steam coming of the mobile home, because of the heat generated from the fire. Estimation of the damage was $82,000. To be continued ...

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RCMP Community Report Winter Tires ... Get A Grip! Many people ask, “Do I really need winter tires?” To help to you make up your mind, you should know that rubber tends to harden in cold weather, thus reducing friction and stopping capability of the vehicle. The new generation of winter tires maintain their elasticity and gripping power at lower temperatures (-35˚C and below), whereas all-season tires tend to stiffen and lose gripping power around 0˚C. The improved gripping power translates to shorter stopping distances and better vehicle cornering and control. That could be the difference between a safe stop and a fender bender or worse. Another frequently asked question, “Are all season tires considered to be winter tires?” The answer is NO. Winter tires will have a symbol of a mountain peak with a snow flake. Tires marked with the letters M+S, or mud and snow, often found on SUV / pickup tires, may provide safe all-weather condition, and are considered a winter tire, but are not always suitable for severe snow conditions. Consumers should research their tire options and make an informed decision that may save lives on an icy road. BC Law ... What is a winter tire? Motor Vehicle Act Section 208 1. For the purpose of this section, “winter tire” means a tire that is: a) advertised or represented by its manufacturer or a person in the business of selling tires to be a tire intended principally for winter use, and that provides, or is designed to provide, adequate traction in snow or mud; and b) in the condition respecting tread wear and other particulars the regulations prescribe.

2. The minister responsible for the administration of the Safety Tip: Inspect and clean the chimney before starting your Transportation Act may, by public notice or by placing signs, prohibit vehicles from being driven or operated on a highway that fireplace. Burn only hardwood and never pressure treated. are not equipped with chains, winter tires or sanding devices, October 31st: Halloween ~ Keep your eyes open wide for the or a combination of these the minister considers adequate and young tricker treaters. All they have on their minds is CANDY! necessary in view of prevailing road conditions. October 6-12: Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 10th When Should You Install Winter Tires and/or Carry Tire is World Mental Health Day. Chains? British Columbia’s climate ranges from freezing cold to Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more pleasantly mild in the winter. Equipping your vehicle appropriately information, please call 250-497-5700 or email okfire@shaw.ca. depends on what you are driving and where you are driving. Most Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or BC highways require passenger vehicles to use M+S or Mountain/ 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied. Snowflake tires, and commercial vehicles to carry chains between October 1st and March 31st. The roads in the Okanagan Valley By Appointment Only bottom, as well as the mountain passes, are now included in this requirement. Visit www.drivebc.ca for more information on winter tires, winter driving and the designated winter tire and chain-up route maps. There are very few sections of highways in British Columbia (select locations along southern coast) that do not require winter tires or chains during the winter. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca SkahaMatters.com | October 2019 | Page 11


“Good Thing I Live One Day At A Time” By Daniel W. Markin, Certified Barber

New “Music In The Park” Organizer By Barb Few

The OK Barber Shop is closed, due to the fire on September 2nd.

We had a wonderful summer (and no smoke) with some really First, a big thank you to everyone for their support, kind words, excellent music. It is lovely to go out on a high note, since Marla telephone calls, emails, and to Linda (3 Winds) and Ralph (On Wilson and I, Barbara Few, are hanging up our hats. After 4 years, Main), a big, big pile of guys offering their help, services, manpower we have decided that we two old birds should let someone else and anybody else that has stopped and gave their regards. It has take over and run “Music in the Park”. been greatly appreciated through this difficult time. We are thrilled to announce that Grant Henderson is the new It is what it is. I wasn’t planning to be pushed or jolted into leaving organizer of “Music in the Park”. Grant is a well known local and/or retiring this way. It was my intention to put out an ad looking musician, as well as having worked in the past with counsels and for a part-time Certified Barber for some holiday relief and part- officials so he is an ideal person for the position. We wish him well time work for myself. As you know, last September 2018 I reduced and look forward to sitting with you all in the audience enjoying the my hours to 28/week, as I was easing into retirement. After 14 music next year. years here in our community (minus the 11 months when I ran away), I was contemplating relocating to Vancouver Island in the Spring. I realized after my week off in August, Vancouver Island was calling me. I have family there and I was born there. This 4th fire has taken the wind out of my sails and do not have the good will nor energy to start up another shop. I am 63 & a 1/2 years old ... getting too close to 65, and I have had very little time off since I opened shop. Instead of me going through the process of hiring someone for the position, it will be the process of looking for a barber through this article. At this time, I am sending out a message to anyone who is in the Industry that Okanagan Falls is looking for a Certified Barber and I would be more than happy to provide Barbering Services two or three days a week and/or parttime relief and to assist in anyway I can. As I am writing this article, I have no idea what can be salvaged from the previous shop, as the claim is currently in an ongoing process. Please, if you are interested in setting up shop, I may be contacted at 250-328-3888 to discuss matters further. At this time, I would like to thank the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, Chief Rob Oliver, and all of the fire fighters for the long hours and hard work in preventing a total loss. There are always new beginnings and I am looking forward to accepting the challenges in retirement that may be in store in the future. After many, many years of providing barbering services for the community of Okanagan Falls, I wish to thank all the community, Myleen at Skaha Matters for her assistance, and most importantly to all of my clients which they know were family and to some extent brothers. It has been an awesome 14 years from September 3, 2005 when I opened my Barber Shop to, and my last unknowingly day, Saturday, August 31, 2019. If I decide to provide part-time barbering services on Vancouver Island, I will forward the information to Myleen. I would be very happy to see you there and give you a Daniel’s cut ... Not too short, not too long, just right!

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Cast Your Vote In The Federal Election Do you know who you’re voting for this month in the Federal Election? Who do you want to fill the position as the Member of Parliament for the South Okanagan - West Kootenay electoral district? What is your opinion? If you have questions and need answers, attend a forum, debate or open house, or call the local party’s office to meet and/or discuss matters with their candidate. Make sure your voter information is up to date on the Elections Canada website at www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868, especially if you’ve never registered to vote, moved recently, or changed your name. Be an informed voter. Get the information you need and then be sure you cast your vote. Election day is Monday, October 21, 2019. Advance voting takes place on Friday through Monday, October 11-14, 2019. For a polling station location near you, visit www. elections.ca and enter your address. And then, be sure you vote!


“Building Community Spirit”

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Free PRACTICE DROP-IN that week Family Fun Days starting Oct. 19 After-school Junior League on Tuesdays (3-4:30 pm) starting Oct 29 Find out more on our website: eastlinkcurlingcentre.ca Email occ@eastlink.ca Call 250-498-2244

Eryn Wiedner applied for and received a grant from the Community Foundation South Okanagan Similkameen (CFSOS) to put on a Kaleden Family Beach Party. On August 29th, Pioneer Park Beach was buzzing with activity for this 3rd annual family event. Big thanks to the CFSOS for the Neighbourhood Small Grant, which funded this community gathering. It’s really special seeing everyone lining up for face painting, creating crafts, having water fights and enjoying refreshments together at our beloved beach. It was a great wrap-up to another amazing summer at Pioneer Park! Thanks to everyone who came down to join in the fun.

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Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. Massage is By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner wonderful at helping you to relax and de-stress. The physical effects October is National Mental Illness Awareness on your body are very beneficial and the effects on your mental month and the national theme this year is wellness are immense. Come and see how effective massage can Suicide Prevention. I thought it would be a be to your well-being or to someone you love. You do not need to good time to discuss mental illness and how climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are important it is to eliminate the stigma and conveniently set up every week at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre help people know that there is help available Wednesday mornings and at numerous retirement residences and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Many in Penticton. We are available to meet your unique needs as a people have been affected by suicide, I lost a great-nephew in July mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports and many know the dance instructor from Osoyoos who we lost in events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 September. Every 40 seconds someone dies from suicide in the for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer world. Suicide is preventable and we need to feel free to speak out three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The and ask for help. cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www. In an article by Ms. Ruth CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page. Benson, Research Officer,

International Association for Suicide Prevention it states: Mental health and suicide are still heavily stigmatised, and these stigmas remain major obstacles to suicide prevention efforts. Those who are left behind or who have attempted to take their life often face considerable stigma within their communities, which can significantly hinder help seeking. As a result, stigma can become a barrier to accessing suicide prevention services. Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can make a difference. As many people who are feeling low can feel like their problems are a burden for others, or that those around them do not care, reaching out may help to boost their moods and give them hope. The key message is that suicide is preventable. We can all do our bit to help those who are struggling to cope.

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There is also a lot of information online. The Canadian Mental Health Association (cmha.ca) has tons of information like the following: Thoughts of suicide are distressing. It’s important to A Look Inside OK Falls Fitness talk about your experiences with your doctor, mental health care Welcome to our New Privately Owned and Operated Fitness team, or any other person you trust. They can help you learn skills Centre! OK Falls Fitness is located at 936 Main Street in Okanagan to cope and connect you to useful groups or resources. Some people find it helpful to schedule frequent appointments with care Falls. This new facility is open from 6:30 am to 10 pm every day. Raymond Gauthier is the owner and providers or request phone support. Other things that you can do has 40 years of experience working in include: calling a crisis telephone support line; connecting with gyms in Manitoba and would like you family, friends, or a support group. It can be helpful to talk with to join in our community for a full body others who have experienced thoughts of suicide to learn about workout. Students to Seniors can their coping strategies. stay healthier and happier. Raymond If you’re in crisis and aren’t sure what to do, you can always call is offering guided training or one on 911 or go to your local emergency room. Some people find a one if required, so that you can meet safety plan useful. A safety plan is a list of personal strategies to your full potential and personal goals. use, if you think you are at risk of hurting yourself or ending your life. You can create a plan on your own, with a loved one, or with Raymond works security at night and the gym in the day. He is your mental health care team. Your plan may include: activities a real benefit to the Okanagan Falls Community. Please support that calm you or take your mind off your local businesses and check out OK Falls Fitness today. thoughts; your own reasons for living; Current rates to join OK Falls Fitness are: Drop-in $5; 1 month key people to call if you’re worried about $35; 3 months $97; Seniors 65+ $30/month; Student $25/month; your safety; phone numbers for local Disability $20/month; Couples $25/month each; and Stamps of 10 crisis or suicide prevention help lines; a for $40. October is “Buddy Month”, where you and your buddy can list of safe places to go, if you don’t feel join for $30/month each or $25/month each for seniors. There is also a current 3 months special for $90. If you have any questions safe at home. In Penticton, there is the Mental Wellness Centre on Martin Street or concerns, please call or text Raymond at 250-328-5799. where they provide education and support programs for kids, teens, adults and families. (www.mentalwellnesscentresos.com) Interior Health Crisis Line Network ~ Crisis Line: 1-888-353-2273 (C.A.R.E.)

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Shingles: What You Need To Know About Prevention And Treatment By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Shingles is a virally caused blistery painful rash that although self-limiting and short lived, can cause ongoing pain for months to years as a result of nerve injury. This virus (Varicella-Zoster-Virus or VZV) is found in the vast majority of people tested and is the same virus that causes Chicken Pox. Generally, children develop Chicken Pox at a relatively young age, the virus then becomes dormant in the nerve roots for many decades, only to re-emerge along a nerve pathway in the form of Shingles later on in life. So, why does it suddenly re-emerge mainly in people over the age of 50? What we now know is that with aging a certain part of the immune system called the cell-mediated immunity declines. This means that white blood cells called T-Cells which were produced specifically during the initial Chicken Pox outbreak to ward off this virus, go into decline allowing a window of opportunity for the virus to re-emerge. Many factors contribute to this immune decline and Naturopathic therapies exist to increase the level of T-cells to protect against Shingles. Also, as most know, there is a Shingles vaccine. This is a relatively safe vaccine that prevents outbreaks for four years. This is a proven natural protocol to prevent and treat Shingles outbreaks: (excerpt from Dr. Hilary Andrews, ND) 1.

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12. Exercise, nature, sunshine 13. Probiotics - These are the beneficial bacteria that colonize our large intestine and have a positive effect on immune balance Prescription anti-viral therapy also helps as it appears to decrease the length of time for new vesicle formation, the number of days to attain complete crusting, and the days of acute discomfort. The earlier the medication is started (within 3 days of onset), the more effective it is. Treatment is usually with valacyclovir (1000mg 3 times daily for 7 days) or famciclovir (500mg 3 times daily for 7 days). Famciclovir given to elderly patients with zoster early in the course of infection decreases the duration of Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), if not necessarily its incidence. PHN is the main complication of Shingles and is defined as ongoing nerve pain

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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. Fill out a ballot to submit your guess each time you visit the Kaleden Library. Whoever guesses the correct weight or closest to, WINS the Pumpkin! The winner will be announced on Thursday October 24th, so you have time to decorate the pumpkin for Halloween. Good luck everyone! Preschool Storytime is being held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 10:45 am. Join us for stories, songs, make a small craft and meet new friends! This is a free program, but registration is appreciated. Everyone is welcomed to wear their Halloween costumes on Tuesday, October 29th for a Spooky Halloween Storytime. Halloween Origami is being held on Thursday, October 24th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Children ages 5 to 12 are welcomed to this FREE program. A small cookie snack is provided and a door prize will be won! After our origami projects are completed, we will read a spooky story. Many thanks to Mrs. Defehr and her Grade 4/5 class for joining us at the Kaleden Library for the Robot Invasion Program. The children enjoyed the presentation by Seva and John from the Westside Learning Lab.

John is explaining to the children how the Dobot Robot Arm works at the Kaleden Library’s Robot Invasion Presentation.

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Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 16th both from 1-3 pm. • South Okanagan Scribes ~ Please join local author Faye Arcand, leading this writing group at the Okanagan Falls Library. A safe place to share while building a writing community, having fun, learning, and growing in your craft. Tuesday, October 15th from 6-8 pm. • Tile Creations ~ Join local artist Janice Goodman for a fun craft using ceramic tiles and sharpies. You will be amazed at how creative you are! Seating is limited. Please register for this program. Tuesday, October 15th from 6:30-7:30 pm. • Author Visit ~ Meet local author C. Edgar North, who puts the Okanagan on the map with his Nighthawk series of adventures. Wednesday, October 16th from 1-2 pm. • Finding Your Life’s Purpose ~ Join Elaine A. Hopkins, DHP, Counseling, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master/Teacher for this talk. You will learn how to still the mind, become aware of your inner voice, how to become your authentic self, and become aware of guardian angels and the role of archangels. Seating is limited. Please register for this program. Wednesday, October 23rd from 6:30-8 pm. Do you have something you would like to share with others at our library? Please call us for details and a date for our winter program line up. Children’s Programs: • Storytime ~ Join us for Stories, Songs, Crafts, and more! Preschool to 8 years old. Tuesday, October 15th from 9-10 am. Drop in Welcome • Kids Afterschool Building Club ~ Let your creativity run free with LEGO and Keva Planks! We’ll give you a theme and you make your creation. This self-led program will take place Wednesday, October 9th and 23rd from 2:45-3:45 pm. Unplug and Play Saturdays have resumed this fall! Bring your family and your friends! All ages welcome. Join us for LEGO, Keva Planks, Board Games, Puzzles, Cards, Adult/Children Colouring. This is a self-led program. Drop in on Saturdays between 10 am - 2 pm. For more information on any of our programs, please contact the library at 250-497-5886 or email okanaganfalls@orl.bc.ca

For more information, please contact the Kaleden Library at 250497-8066 or email us at kaleden@orl.bc.ca.

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by Kilmeny MacMichael I generally try to ‘theme’ my audiobook reviews in some way. For October, I have reviewed three horror audiobooks, considering Halloween is coming soon. I am open to suggestions and feedback on how to better serve the community with these reviews. “The Exorcist” ~ Written by William Peter Blatty. MP3 audiobook runs 1 hour 54 minutes. Book and e-Book versions also at the library, as well as a DVD of the 1973 film. I have never seen the famous horror movie. Despite wondering if I would find the audio version of the story too much, I found that instead of being too scarily intense, it was, to me, a rather silly story. A girl is possessed by a demon and a priest is asked to conduct an exorcism. Much crude language and demonic manifestations result. Much effort went in to this audio production, with sound effects and with each character being narrated by a different actor. I understand this story has many fans, but I was neither converted nor frightened.

“Ararat” ~ Written by Christopher Golden and narrated by Robert Fass. MP3 audiobook runs 10 hours 14 minutes. Also available as Children’s Showcase ~ 36th Season Book and e-Book. A more modern tale of demonic possession is found in Ararat. Children’s Showcase is pleased to present its 36th season Adventurers race to be the first to the earthquake-revealed site featuring exhilarating circus tricks, a winter concert of seasonal of what is believed to be Noah’s Arc. Once there, they rather favourites, a powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish and a predictably discover that what was buried in Mount Ararat should percussive extravaganza. have been left alone. This story uses the occasional obscenity Presenting four live theatre performances from Canada’s top and the descriptions are also sometimes repetitive (and also family entertainers, the 2019/2020 Children’s Showcase season sometimes gross). The narrator does a good job with the work. line up includes: I found that the story started strong, but sometimes felt padded, Indigo Circus (Alberta) - Sunday, October 20th ~ This dynamic and the very ending caused me to do a bit of eye-rolling. However, duo performs an exhilarating array of circus tricks, balancing acts, it largely kept my interest and I enjoyed it more then The Exorcist. staff spinning and crystal ball juggling mixed with some very funny It is the first book in a series following one of the characters, who works for the US government investigating super-natural forces. antics. Little Tree: a winter concert (Penticton) - Sunday, December 15th ~ A wonderful winter afternoon of musical family fun! Maiya and Mia of Little Tree Music together will be joined by Tavis Weir and Stefan Bienz to bring you a joyful and interactive show of both new and familiar seasonal favourites from around the world. Axis Theatre’s production of Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand (Vancouver) ~ Sunday, February 9th ~ Indigenous storytellers spin a tale from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, about Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish. Her dish holds beautiful foods from around the world but careful, stealing from her is dangerous business! When Th’owxiya catches a hungry mouse, Kw’atel, stealing a piece of cheese she demands two child spirits be brought for her to eat or else, she will eat Kw’atel’s whole family. Desperate to save her family, Kw’atel sets forth on an intense journey gaining knowledge, understanding and forgiveness along the way. Bring the Noise! with drummer Zac Gauthier (Kelowna) ~ Sunday, March 8th ~ A young boy discovers a world of music right in his very home in this innovative, inspirational, percussive extravaganza. All performances are on Sundays at 2 pm and take place at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton. Single tickets are $12 or season tickets are available for $30 for all four shows (35% discount). Tickets are available at Tumbleweed Gallery, Penticton Arts Council office, Prague Café, Penticton Art Gallery, Oliver Veterinary Hospital, The Beanery Café in Summerland or online at Eventbrite. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, go to childrensshowcase.ca.

“The Boy Who Drew Monsters” ~ Written by Keith Donohue and narrated by Bronson Pinchot. MP3 audiobook runs 9 hours 53 minutes. Also available in standard book format. More of a psychological horror story then a story of demonic possession, this book introduces us to a boy on the autistic spectrum. He refuses to leave his house. He lives near the ocean in Maine, where his only regular contact with people is with his parents and a neighbouring boy. His mother increasingly wonders if he should be sent away for care, while his father insists that with only a little more effort, he will “get better”. The boy tells them there are monsters outside and they are trying to get in. His father and mother begin to have odd encounters. And, the boy continues to draw. While there are ghosts and monsters in this story, it’s not really about tangible monsters and ghosts. While it was quite easy to guess part of what was going on quite early, I admit there was one plot twist at the end that I didn’t expect. The repeat-award winning narrator’s authentic north-eastern-U.S. accent adds to the audio experience.

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Surveyors, Loggers, Miners, And Dude Ranchers:

Twin Lake Historical & Watershed Tour Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society In the early 1900s, Charles des Blois Green surveyed most of Orofino Mountain’s mining claims, including both gold mines. Des Blois Green was also an avid ornithologist, whose family home site and barn can be seen at the Upper Twin Lake. His family grave site is along Lower Twin Lake. The Twin Lake Dude Ranch Lodge (1945 to 1974) on Lower Twin Lake remains standing. The Sutherland’s, then Stewart’s and lastly Hadley’s, owned the Twin Lake Dude Ranch, entertaining guests from around the world and taking them on trail rides throughout the hills around Twin Lake. Although First Nations travelled to this area for centuries, calling it “Healing Valleys” as they would gather their medicinal herbs here, the early settlers, road builders, miners, loggers, ranchers and more recently, residents and visitors here for recreation, have had a far greater influence on the waterways in a relatively short period of time. The Nature’s Trust owns 800 hectares of grasslands at Twin Lake and to the south. They also own the surface water rights. There are now about 200 residences using the Twin Lake aquifer. Our aquifer also supplies water to an 18 hole golf course and a 45 lot RV Park, four small ranches north of Trout Lake, and a hobby farm. The Twin Lake Area aquifer is replenished mainly by rains and spring snow melt from Bear and Upper Horne Creek . Horn Creek flows into Upper Twin Lake, commonly called Horne Lake, and it is fed by a northward sloping watershed. The Upper Twin Lake flows into Middle Horne Creek, Turtle Pond and once the system is recharged in the spring, water flows into the Lower Twin Lake. There is no surface outlet from the Lower Twin Lake, but water discharges underground to the golf course land and onto Trout Lake with ground water discharging east of Hwy 3A down the valley to Marron Lake. Some water also discharges from the Lower Twin Lake by groundwater flow to the northeast into Park Rill. Twin Lake has a fascinating history and a complex waterway system. Walking through the area’s historical sites will bring its characters to life, and leave you viewing our area in a new way. We will also observe the waterway, walking in this upland sensitive area with 57 species at risk and 27 red and blue listed plant communities, as well as popular birding sites.

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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes Hello everyone. Welcome to month 2 of the new school year. Much like Stella, we now have our groove back. The fall activities have been slotted into place and the great juggling act that is life has quickly become the norm. Basically, I feel like a well coordinated plate spinner, except nobody applauds when I add another dish to the tower. Personally, I love fall, because that is when the teachers pull out the classic art projects. The ‘my little hand becomes a turkey’ and ‘magazine cut out cornucopia’ should just be framed on everyone’s wall. There is truly nothing better in the eye of this beholder. So, enough jibber-jabber. Onto the slate o’ events. Next KPAC meeting is October 7th at 7pm in the school library. If this is your first PAC meeting, I hear tell you get dibs on riding the mechanical bull! Come check it out (*mechanical bull may not be available at PAC meetings in your area). The Monster Mash costume dance extravaganza lands on the 31st and the Annual Pumpkin Carving Art Exposé takes place on October 24th. The dates for the Community Thanksgiving Lunch and KPAC Halloween Dance will appear, as if summoned by spooky magic spell, on the mystical and mysterious Facebook page. OOOOooooOo! Hot Lunch does not start until November, so please remember to feed your little goblins. Left over turkey is always an option! For all of these wild and crazy events to occur, it takes an army of volunteers. If you can help out with anything, please reach out to a member of the executive. They will gladly take your name. I think that about covers it. So, from all of us at KPAC, may your blessings overflow this Thanksgiving and have a Happy Halloween! Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Great Things Are 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!

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Our Kindergarten / Grade 1 class are proud of their artwork that focuses on the storybook called ‘Dot’. This story inspires children to have confidence to believe in themselves and encouraging and nurturing others.

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School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee The SD 67 School Board would like to welcome back students and staff to a new school year. We’d like to thank parents, guardians and the boarder community for being a huge supporter for student success.

School District 67 has met with the Summerland Council to explore options to construct a new gym in conjunction with a proposed community Wellness Centre that will include a gym, new pool, Dr offices and a daycare. Summerland Council is exploring the Our Grade 4/5 Running Club is up and running with students possibility of applying for Provincial Ministry grants to build the practicing Tuesday and Thursday for two inter-school cross new complex on SD67 property that is currently occupied by the country races this fall. Summerland pool adjacent to Summerland Secondary School. Our Grade 1/2 class is excited to be back at school and ready The above project is in the preliminary stages of discussion only. to begin their Math lesson. Doug Gorcak, SD67 Director of Facilities, presented to the Board Kaleden School welcomes 13 new students this fall!! potential changes to the bus schedule/transportation that may occur in the 2020-2021 school year. The board will examine several options before any decisions will be made. This includes having an online survey for parents to provide input and hosting public meetings to discuss any future transportation changes. The survey and public meetings will likely occur this Fall 2019. Matt Williams, SD67 Director of Information Technology, provided an update regarding IT changes that occurred over the summer. Schools are receiving new devices at the middle and secondary level to include new desktops with high performance capacity. 37 new software titles were installed. The latest MS Office Software was installed. Currently, teachers are being trained to access and utilize the Pro D Website to support their technology learning. School Principals had a demo session in August to see how the new IT system works and will affect their schools. Matt Williams indicated that there is an Innovate Ed Regional IT Conference planned this Fall at PSS. It will focus on workshop topics, such as My Blue Print Goals, Del Devices, a Science World workshop and many more exciting workshops. The above IT changes came from the IT review that recently occurred. Superintendent Hyer reported to the Board regarding the partnership between the Okanagan Hockey Academy and SD67. The school enrolment for 2019-2020 is at 151 students. 46 are from SD67 and 105 are from outside the district. Hyer emphasized the benefits of the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton expressing that it creates employment in hiring more teachers and improves the local economy. The School Board is hosting the Okanagan Regional BC School Trustee Meeting in Summerland on October 4 and 5, 2019. We will be sharing information about projects we are pursuing across the district. For more information, contact Kathy Pierre, School Trustee for Kaleden, by email to kpierre@summer.com.

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School District No. 53 Board Report

September Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Janice Stevens, School Trustee I, like many parents do, really enjoy the routine that comes with back to school. I particularly enjoy the enthusiasm of younger students on those first few days back. Imagine if us adults had that same level of optimism and excitement when we return after a break.

By Principal Karen Sinclair 1.

Great start up with our new Spirit Teams: Powerful Orange Salmon, Red Coyotes, Green Rattlesnakes, Purple Cougars, Mighty Blue Bears, and Yellow Wild Warrior Owls. 2. Enjoying team building activities. It has been a very positive start to the school year. Student 3. Welcome to our new Kindergartners: How did the beaver get enrollment across the district appears to be right around what was a flat tail? predicted. Preliminary numbers for Okanagan Falls Elementary 4. Lots of investigative learning. look to be down from last year. The first few weeks of September can be a time of flux regarding final numbers, as families settle in 5. Off to hockey academy. and make any desired school changes. The district is funded by Stop in anytime and see all the fantastic learning going on! If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at 250-497-5414. enrollment as of September 30th. We are pleased to report that negotiations with CUPE 523 and the district has reached a tentative agreement. Further details of the tentative agreement will not be available until after ratification by all parties. Referring of course to the ongoing bargaining between BCSTA (British Columbia School Trustees Association, whom are the bargaining agents for the government) and the BCTF. We expect some news on this in the next few weeks. CUPE members provide a wide variety of services that support students, including Educational Assistants, Grounds Workers, Indigenous Support Workers, Bus Drivers, Trades, Custodians, Maintenance, IT Services, Administrative Support, Supervision Assistants, and Youth Care Workers. These valuable individuals provide K-12 support services to all students in the district. The first board meeting is September 25th. As a result, the board report is not available at press time. I am excited to start my second year as a school trustee. Happy Fall. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Any criminals coming to our town better watch out, now that we have a trained team of wee-forensic crime fighters! We have Kandis Lipsett to thank for an amazing camp. Not only did she organize and bring all her own lab equipment and teach kids some cool science, but she also donated all her time so all profits went to PAC ... that is superhero status right there! Next big fundraiser will be the Christmas Craft Fair on November 23rd at Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym, being organized by Chelsea Fairweather. Please feel free to contact her at the PAC email, okfallspac@gmail.com, or sign up for a table through the school office. Also, the amazing HOT LUNCH PROGRAM from KJ COFFEE BAR is returning to our school this October! If you are jealous of what your kids are getting to eat, head down to the coffee bar to also enjoy the home-cooked special of the day. Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” for regular updates or find that missing sweater your kid left at school. Page 20 | October 2019 | SkahaMatters.com

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Volunteer Spotlight Thank You Kandis Lipsett!

Volunteer of the month goes to Kandis Lipsett (in red above). Kandis is a professional chemist and wine analyst operating Aegir Analytical. Kandis volunteered her time, equipment and passion for a week of Forensic Science Camp in August. 14 children became real world detectives and $700 was raised for the Okanagan Falls Parent Advisory Council (PAC)!

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Why You Need More Than Just A Will To Achieve A Lasting Legacy Provided By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities Passing on wealth to loved ones is an important goal for many people. While your Will defines who will inherit what, it’s just a start. A comprehensive wealth transfer plan can help ensure that your assets are distributed as intended, pass quickly to your loved ones, and retain more of their value by minimizing taxes and costs. Distribute your estate as you intend ~ Distributing wealth can be more complex than simply allocating the right percentage of assets to each beneficiary. For example, one child may wish to own the family home, so it may seem straightforward to pass other assets of equal value to your other child. However, the tax treatment or disposition costs of different assets can vary greatly and result in unequal distribution and potential family conflict. Understanding your beneficiaries’ plans for their inheritance and proper tax planning can be very important, especially if your entire estate isn’t liquidated. Minimize taxes and delays ~ A plan to minimize taxes and avoid delays on the transfer of assets, investments or insurance policies should be set in motion during your lifetime to help protect the legacy you’ve built. Tax planning, insurance solutions and gifting assets can all help with wealth transfer efficiency. Address complex family structures ~ The challenges for diverse family structures, such as couples with children from previous relationships, can be even greater when it comes to distributing assets. Making specific provisions for children who might otherwise be left without the inheritance you intended to give them can help avoid future family conflict and legal battles. Pass on assets discretely ~ Many people prefer to keep their wealth a family matter. A comprehensive transfer plan can help ensure certain assets bypass the public reading of your Will and probate process (which can also help reduce costs). Prepare your beneficiaries ~ The greatest risk to your legacy may be failing to prepare your beneficiaries for their inheritances. “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” is a proverb that essentially means it takes three generations for wealth to be gained and lost. As a benefactor, you have an important role in preparing your beneficiaries to receive their inheritances. Consider talking to them about the challenges you overcame to build wealth, or even how you would like them to manage their inheritance. You might consider passing on assets while you are alive to allow your heirs to benefit from hands-on guidance. Your trusted financial, tax and legal advisors may also be able to provide guidance that might be difficult for you to convey (possibly because your younger family members don’t always listen to or heed the advice of their family elders). What’s more, introducing your heirs to your advisors in advance can help when they receive their inheritances - they won’t have to scramble to find their own advisors during a difficult, emotional time.

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Counting Kokanee In Penticton Creek By Larry Martin

Things That Go Bump In The Night By Tom Landecker

As of September 20th, we have counted 3000 Kokanee returning to Penticton Creek from Okanagan Lake. That is adequate for a minimal sustaining run. 5000 would be good and more than that would be great. Since the early 2000s, The Penticton Flyfishers and many other volunteer groups, have been maintaining fish ladders, spawning beds and on occasion have managed a Kokanee hatchery utilizing a small portion of the returning Kokanee. For a more comprehensive review, take a look at https://www.penticton.ca/ assets/City~Hall/Master~Plans/2017-12-11-PCRI%20Master%20 Plan%20Final%20Report.pdf. The report gives a backgrounder into the problems and offers solutions. It is worth reading and there are pictures and explanations of the progress so far. I have to ask, is this really going to happen “this time”. We have had approved plans and funding in the past, but no work or very little was done. This is a project for all of us, something that we can actually accomplish in the foreseeable future, with your support, I think we can do it! For more info, just ask Larry Martin at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

One of the most perplexing questions in astronomy today is the mystery of the Fast Radio Bursts, very short bursts of radio energy coming from very far away. “Fast” they are, lasting only a few thousandths of a second (a few milliseconds), faster than the blink of an eye. The very first of these FRBs (we abbreviate everything) was detected in 2007. By the middle of 2018, radio telescopes around the world had picked up about 60 more, all from different directions, none associated with any object we knew of before. Once an FRB had been detected, no further signal came from that spot on the sky. There was simply nothing there, at least nothing that could be detected. And then, CHIME got to work in July 2018. CHIME is the newest telescope at our observatory, and CHIME is the theme of this story. How do we know that they come from far away? The signals that radio telescopes pick up are “noise” signals. The signal from a radio station comes in at one place on the dial, not everywhere at once. The radio signal from the Milky Way, for example, comes in right across the radio band. A pulse of noise, lasting a few milliseconds, is also spread across the dial. The space between the stars contains a few atoms, all broken apart by high-energy radiation, so there are lots of free electrons out there, and this makes high frequencies travel faster than low frequencies. That means that the high-frequency FRB blip comes through our telescope before the low-frequency blip. By timing the difference, we can estimate how far the FRB signal has travelled. I said that the FRBs never repeat, and ideas about the origin of the mysterious bursts then turned to explosions or one-time catastrophic events as the source of the energy. But in 2012, one FRB was found to repeat, and follow-up work with many telescopes traced those events to a galaxy far beyond our own Milky Way. Today, there are many ideas about the origin of FRBs. Are any of them correct?

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Spectacular October of colour and change. Are you ready for the fall season? I like taking care of the garden when it is a bit cooler. Give me a call if you could use some help around the yard, or would like your home cleaned. I can also clean cars and do detail work. Call me at 778-889-9725. Happy Thanksgiving!

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update

and abilities. Volunteers can help out as Friendly Visitors, with Bus Trips, Meal Assistance, Pet visits and Card Players. Contact Kara Nelson, Recreation Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, at 250492-2600 Ext. 113 or email kara.nelson@havenhill.ca.

By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Gathering. Tell us about your volunteer experience! Enter draw to win $100! Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Team Volunteer” gathering The Volunteer Centre is collecting feedback from volunteers. where volunteers meet first and get to Anonymous results are compiled for recommendations to improve know one another before embarking on volunteer programs. Please provide feedback on all the events volunteer work of their choice. Everyone and organizations that you are volunteering with. One survey is welcome. The next Team Gathering is per volunteer activity. Once you’ve completed a survey enter to scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th win a $100 cash prize draw, by sending your name and phone from 11:30 - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and number to info@volunteercentre.info. The draw will be made once refreshments. Please RSVP by October 50 surveys have been completed. Enter as many times, as you 25th to info@volunteercentre.info. complete surveys on your volunteer work! The survey link can be The SOS Volunteer Centre is a Registered Charity that serves found at www.volunteercentre.info. to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover Find more info on these and other volunteer opportunities at ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www. www.volunteercentre.info volunteercentre.info under ‘Browse Opportunities’. You can also Penticton Soupateria, located at 150 Orchard Street in Penticton, register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. has an immediate need of a handy person to help with easy repairs For more information or to meet with a staff member, please email and maintenance. Please contact Lori Lalonde at 778-931-0030 or info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. email lorilalonde@verico.ca. The Ooknakane Friendship Centre, located at 146 Ellis Street in Penticton, is an Aboriginal not for profit society committed to providing holistic culturally driven programs to support people of all nations. Program volunteers are needed for helping provide breakfast to the vulnerable. Seniors, youth, physically challenged persons, and special needs persons are welcome. Contact Holly Legg, Program Manager, at 250-490-3504 or email pm@ friendshipcentre.ca. Penticton Recreation Centre is seeking a volunteer child minding leader to supervise children 0-5 years old in their child minding room. Must have or be willing to take First Aid and Criminal Record Check. Interested volunteers can contact Amanda at amanda. dean@penticton.ca or 250-490-2421. South Okanagan Raptor Rehab Centre, located on Hwy 97 near Oliver, is dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned birds of prey for release back to the wild, and to educating the public to the important role raptors play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The facility receives over 150 injured and orphaned birds a year. The only facility serving the entire Okanagan Valley. It is considered one of the best Wildlife Rehab Centres of its kind in the country. Daily volunteers needed for bird/rat care, must be 19 years of age. To help out, please complete application at www.sorco.org.

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Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre, located at 128 Willow Street in Okanagan Falls, is a social club that provides recreational activities and programs for its members and the community. Monthly potluck dinners and pancake breakfasts, as well as weekly activities such as cards and other games need volunteer help. To volunteer, contact Grethe Jensen, President, at 250-4978199 or email oldys2@outlook.com. Habitat for Humanity-Penticton ReStore brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. Provides affordable Housing for local families. Penticton ReStore is a thrift retail store where all donations can go directly to the build project. Flexible shifts and no training necessary. Fun and meaningful work. Learn new skills and/or mentor others. Seniors, youth, physically challenged persons, and special needs persons are welcome. Contact lorraine.richmond@hfhkelowna.ca or call 778-755-4346. For more information, visit www.hfhokanagan.ca. Haven Hill Care Centre, located at 415 Haven Hill Road in Penticton, is the largest complex care facility located in Penticton. We need a vast amount of volunteers with different skills, strengths

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Let’s Be Lazy This Month By Kristy Dyer Celebrate mistakes we haven’t made. Let’s be lazy by rejoicing over the energy efficient steps that you didn’t take. Here are three that are, in fact, bad ideas: “Smart” powerstrips (also known as “surge protectors”) ~ I have now tested a wide range of “energy efficient” advanced powerstrips and not only have they not saved me any energy, they make a lovely sound hitting the bottom of a dumpster. A plain, ordinary single-switch powerstrip can be a valuable energy efficiency tool. You can use it to plug in a lot of electronics and know that they are off with a single switch. Energy efficient powerstrips take this one step further. For Type A strips, each outlet comes with its own switch. Type B has a “master outlet” that controls the other outlets - if the master is not drawing power, the slave outlets won’t provide power. Type C turns off power to appliances that have a sleep mode. I plug in things that need to charge, i.e. smart phones, laptops or things that need to work without fussing, like baby monitors, wireless printers, etc. Six hours later nothing has charged. Type A results in user error - I turned on a different outlet than the one I plugged into. Type B results in trying to charge something in a dead slave outlet. Type B and C can disagree with your Apple Watch how much current is “on”. The second problem is that Type C “smart” powerstrips pit your 2012 powerstrip against your 2020 smart appliance. Your powerstrip is going to outlast many phones and the phones have developed better and better mechanisms for handling charging, power, and sleep modes. Closing registers in your house ~ I love watching currents in the air and currents in water. The result looks more like art than engineering. There is both pattern (think Gulf Stream) and chaos. The HVAC system in your house is complex in the same way. It was carefully designed by people experienced in the trade. We’ve all encountered homes with a carport, garage or porch that was turned into an extra room and that room is always too hot or too cold. Closing and opening vents with the idea that you are going to save energy is a bit like taking a broom to incense smoke. The system wasn’t designed to operate with half the vents closed. Allison Bailes describes in detail a kickstarter project called E-vent, which allows you to open and close vents in your house with your smartphone. Allison does a great job explaining in detail why you don’t want to start tweaking the HVAC by opening and closing vents. Replacing windows ~ Some pieces in your house have evolved in the last forty years. Light bulbs and refrigerators come to mind. Windows are not one of the items that have improved by a factor of ten. Replacing windows can be very expensive and while modern windows are about twice as efficient as older single pane windows, they only hold a 15% advantage over adding storm windows. In fact, some builders feel that windows built before 1960 are better made and last longer, as they are made of hardwood and contain less plastic. This is not to say that you should ignore your windows, such as caulking (between the rail and pane) and insulation and sealant (between the casing and the wall) is well worth the minor cost. Infrared photos show a surprising amount of leakage around standard windows.

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Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator How nice for everyone to reconnect, as our weekly sessions resumed after the summer break! October will continue to offer many activities sponsored by the Kaleden Seniors Committee (KSC). We look forward to seeing you. October 25th is our last Lunch & Learn for 2019 (see ad space to the right). The first part of the session will be a cooking class with Kaleden resident, Karla Avendano, as we try our hand at traditional Chilean cuisine. Empanadas are on the menu and are sure to be a hit! Sign up for the cooking class at bit.ly/ChileanCooking starting on October 4th. Class is limited to 7 participants, so don’t delay. The second part of the Lunch & Learn session will be a community lunch (by donation) at noon followed by a presentation by the RDOS regarding the new recycling guidelines coming into effect in 2020. All are welcome to come enjoy the Chilean cuisine and informative presentation. No registration required. On Tuesday, October 29th at 11am there will be “Try-It” Chair Yoga with Marnie at the Kaleden Community Church. What is Chair Yoga, you ask? Chair Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints, and builds strength and balance in a nonthreatening environment. Chair Yoga can be modified for every body at any level. KSC is sponsoring this “Try-It” class and if there is enough interest, we will run a 4 week series starting on Tuesday, November 5th.

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Back by popular demand ... “Wreath Making at Linden Gardens” will be on Friday, November 29th at 5:30pm. Save the date and watch Skaha Matters next month for all of the details. Weekly gatherings reminder: •

Women’s Drop-in every Wednesday from 1-4pm at the church. All ladies welcome at this no charge gathering.

Thursday’s Cards & Games are from 1-3pm at the hall. Feel free to bring a new game to share! $4 drop in fee or sign up for the series to get a discount.

If you have any questions or ideas or need more information, you can always reach the Kaleden Seniors Committee at kaledenseniors@gmail.com.

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King Greetings Kaleden history lovers. This column is going to be a little different, because I have learned a bit of a lesson as a result of last month’s column. I received some feedback from individuals who took offence to last month’s article about Norm Ashe and Tom Flynn. The first point of contention was that, to the reader, the article suggested that Norm was a bit of a idiot for falling repeatedly for the trick that Tom played on him. The second point was that the trick played on Norm was mean spirited, not amusing and would be considered in bad taste today. To deal with the second point first, I agree that, in most circumstances, it would likely be considered in bad taste today, though I do think that there maybe some times and places where it would be considered funny. Those circumstances, I think, would be very similar to the circumstances in which the stunts occurred; between friends, working together, with a very similar sense of humour and done without malice. Tom and Norm were both Irishmen, good friends, both had a very crazy sense of humour and not a mean bone in their bodies. In addition, I would suspect that tricks played on each other were commonplace among many of the workers and this just happens to be one that my father remembered. I think that, knowing Norm, he would have brought up, reminisced about and laughed at the tricks as often as anyone else, including Tom. That said, probably you should not read that article to your young children or grandchildren - it would give them a number of really bad ideas.

I spoke to a member of his family to ensure that there were no misunderstandings and no feelings of harm or insult and to my delight her reaction to the story was the same as mine. It reminded her of all of the wonderfully crazy and funny things about her dad and brought back many fond memories of him and of her life growing up in Kaleden. This episode has taught me several lessons: • To be more careful about what I write and how I write it (or in this case, how I repeat it) • To try to read what I have written from an outside perspective • To attempt to be more precise in the language I use • To be more discerning in deciding what is appropriate to repeat. Apologies to all of you who were offended by my article. Thank you to those of you who called to let me know how you felt. It was brave and considerate of you and it gave me the opportunity to talk to you and explain things from my side. I am new to this and your feedback was important to me. Thank you to all of you who show interest in these articles. I will do better. Tune in next month for more history of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

“Business Gives Back” Returns

The Penticton Speedway Foundation is bringing back “Business Gives Back”! The Speedway Foundation has invested over $120,000 into the community the past 7 years through the generous support of racers and spectators (through 50-50, raffles and other fundraising efforts). This November, they are partnering with the To address the first point of contention is a little more complicated. South Okanagan Medical Foundation to revive this long-time I wish to state categorically that just as I believe the trick was not running event. As many locals know, Business Gives Back was an perpetrated by Tom with malice the same is true about the repetition event in our community for approximately 23 years raising funds of the story. I believe that my father would never have done or said for local charities and organizations. The group’s focus for this anything which would have injured, insulted or demeaned Norm event is to bring back the element of local: local businesses and Ashe. In addition, I certainly meant no harm or insult to Norm Ashe local people helping local charities and groups. And, they want to or his family when I repeated the story. do it in one afternoon! Norm Ashe was my uncle and a very beloved member of the close- DETAILS: November, 29th, 2019 - Barking Parrot, inside the knit King family. He was a smart, well read, caring, passionate and Penticton Lakeside Resort, beginning at 12pm with a champagne compassionate human being who loved his family, his community, mix and mingle, followed by a sit-down lunch at 1pm, live auction at and his God. In addition, he was a jack of all trades. He could 2pm, silent auction, entertainment and more. Emceed by Comedian plumb, wire, build, fix anything, grow anything, drive anything and Patrick Maliha and co-hosted by Castanet’s Chelsea Powrie. during his lifetime he managed to do all of those things. He survived TICKETS: For $80, your ticket includes a chance to win a grand farming on the prairies, riding the rails in the depression, building prize and door prizes, lunch, a drink and much more! Full tables planes in Vancouver, raising cattle in the north and orcharding and are available too, for groups up to 10. Tickets are available now! raising a family in Kaleden. He was a true farm boy who could do DONATE: Get your business involved! Please consider donating a just about anything he set his mind to. product, service, gift basket or gift card. Sponsorship opportunities But, for me, one of best parts of Norman Ashe was his crazy sense are also available. of humour and his amazing ability to have fun. He could laugh like few others I have known and spent a great deal of his life laughing By purchasing tickets to the event or donating an item, you will at himself and at the crazy things he did. He was a true Irishman be supporting LOCAL community charities and organizations: and when he got his dander up he could argue till the cows came Penticton Speedway Foundation - Providing funding to: Local home forgetting everything else around him. When I read the story Breakfast programs in School District 67 elementary; middle and I retold in last month’s article, I laughed so hard tears formed. I high schools; South Okanagan Children’s Charity; Critteraid; could picture him, I could hear him arguing and I could also hear Alleycats Alliance; SOWINS; United Way; and JumpStart and more! South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation / him retelling the story and laughing as gleefully as I did. Penticton Regional Hospital: Providing health services, crucial care medical equipment, staff education and other special patient comfort programs in our region. Purchase tickets now, limited seats available! You can purchase them at the front desk of the Penticton Lakeside Resort, or by calling or texting 250-809-9117 or emailing jasmine@castanet.net. For All Your Storage & RV Needs ... Think EASY! The 2019 Business Gives Back Team: Johnny and Jasmine Aantjes, Brian Cutler and Crystal Nohr, Neil Jamieson, Andrea Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 & Saturday 9:30-4:00 Hanover, Duane and Susan Jordan, Carey Bornn, Doug and 1964 Oliver Ranch Road, Okanagan Falls Lorraine MacMillan, Mark and Brooke Bowland, Marion Murphy, info@easylockselfstorage.com www.easylockselfstorage.com Jodie Taylor, Grant Klatik and other community volunteers.


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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

By Loraine Thompson

By Bob Wilson, Past President

The summer is becoming a thing of the past and the rain we needed for our yards and gardens in the growing season is now coming all at the same time. Anybody got We would like to recognize Darlene and Bill Ludwig for the a spare umbrella? Raincoat? Oh well, this also will pass, and we’ll outstanding job they did on the bathroom renovations. Thank you! be headed into Fall and Winter before we realize it. Dora Keet and Collette Canning will again look after Carpet The School Breakfast Program is up and running again for the Bowling on Wednesdays. It looks and sounds like they have a lot 22nd year. Thank you again to all those who come out early to help. We estimate a total 33,600 meals served during that time of fun. They’re always looking for new players. period. Put on your bobby socks baby, ‘cuz Music Jam is back starting Sunday, October 20th and every 2nd Sunday of the month until The 23rd of September saw a visitation from the Lions District April. Grab your partner, grab your fiddle and bow. Come early Governor, as part of her 2019/2020 agenda. Thank you for your commitment DG Debbie Bostock. (11:30 am) to enjoy a light lunch. By the time you read this, our Annual Fall Flea Market will be done for another year. Many thanks to coordinator Edna Moreland and everyone that pitched in to help to make the event a success.

We will enjoy a Potluck Dinner Theatre on Saturday, October 26th, Well, we finally got back to the border and the Lions Friendship presented by the Penticton Chamber Theatre Group. Watch for Arch project. On September 5th, the Penticton Lions President Margaret Ashley, Mike Livingstone, and Bob Wilson from the posters with more details to come. Okanagan Falls Lions met with two members of the Tonasket Our Centre will host Advanced Polls for the Federal Election Lions and we got the Arch starting Friday, October 11th through until Monday, October 14th. painted. We have a little The actual election day voting will be held at Okanagan Falls left to do on the base and Elementary School on Monday, October 21st. then we will be done (when Take a moment to stop by and check the schedule. Coffee is it dries again!). only minutes away. Have you considered becoming a member? The photo to the right Membership is only $15/year. Anyone can join the Okanagan shows the American Lions Falls Seniors Centre, but voting privileges belong to the 50+ age President and the Penticton bracket. Elections for Board members will be held at November’s Lions President shaking General Meeting. hands following the painting

For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, activity. The Friendship please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out. Arch at the Oroville border crossing signifies the Monthly Special Events: comradeship that Lions Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, October 5 from 8-10 am Clubs internationally share General Meeting ~ Monday, October 7 at 1 pm in our worldwide service organization. Lions Clubs Advanced Polls Federal Election ~ October 11 - 14 around the world are celebrating our 102nd year of community Music Jam ~ Sunday, October 20 at 1pm involvement. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion.” Light lunch available at 11:30am. Runs from October to April. Our regular meeting night and location will be changing as Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, October 19 at 1 pm of October 1st to the Community Room at Okanagan Falls Potluck Dinner Theatre ~ Saturday, October 26 at 5:30 pm Elementary School. Meetings will now be held on the 2nd and 4th Weekly Activities: TUESDAY of the month. This change is due to accessibility for our older members (stairs become a difficulty as we age and the 3rd Canasta ~ 1st 3 Mondays at 10 am floor of the Legion is a steep climb). Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics are For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program October 2, 3 & 4, as well as October 28 & 29 at the Penticton Tuesday Bingo ~ October 1, 8 & 15 at 1 pm Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30-5:30pm. The Canadian Blood Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or call Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1pm 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm 2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson

Congratulations to Executive Member Heather Jackson, who won 6 medals at the 55+ BC Games in September. She got 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Well done Heather! We are really proud of you. Looking back, this has been a fantastic summer. Although the number of tourist’s visits to the Museum were down compared to other years, we had an interesting collection of visitors from across US, Europe, Asia and Canada. Now, the Museum is closed and put to sleep for the winter. The Thrifty Boutique has been busy as usual. Noreen and her staff have unpacked the winter clothing and it has been very popular during these first rainy and cool days. What was left on the racks after the Big Bag Sale has gone into storage. Sales have been good. Andrew Feniuk has continued to work in the gardens and flower beds, trimming, weeding, and general clean up. He does an excellent job and the place looks very charming. A new roof was put on the Museum and so we’re good for another few years. The railing on the deck of the apartment is not high enough to pass code, so Andrew is repairing that by putting up a new railing for our apartment deck. We sure seem to keep him busy. Museum Manager Sue Walker has received a large print of our Kenny McLean riding a bronc in a rodeo. It was painted by a friend of his. Sue had it framed and will be hanging it in the Kenny McLean room with the other collection there. Thanks Sue for all you do. The October meeting for the Society will be the third Tuesday, the 15th of October at 1:00 pm in the Community Room at the school. We will be discussing our upcoming Christmas Party. Enjoy Fall, as it looks like it will be a good one! H&M Thrifty Boutique

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden

October Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Wednesday, October 2nd ~ Music Trivia at 7pm. Burger & fries for $8 and wings for $8. Tuesday, October 15th ~ General Meeting at 7 pm. Come and find out what is going on at the Legion. Wednesday, October 16th ~ Music Trivia at 7pm. Burger & fries for $8 and wings for $8. Sunday, October 20th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Everyone welcome!

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Denise Ashton Now that Summer is over, we welcome everyone back. Our monthly LA Bingo started again on Saturday, September 7th. On Saturday, October 5th we will host our next Bingo at 12 Noon, as well as an LA Dinner following the Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw in the Okanagan Falls Legion. On Sunday, October 6th, we will once again be providing Soup & Sandwiches for a monthly Dart Shoot, held the 1st Sunday of each month in the Legion. Our Annual Fowl Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th from 4:30-6:30pm. We continue with our Meat Draws on both Fridays and Saturdays along with the Branch.

Saturday, October 26th ~ Halloween Dinner & Dance with Paul James. $8/person. Starts at 6:30 pm after the meat draw. The theme is “Coven of Witches”. Be sure to dress up! Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... you could be the winner! Everyone welcome! Sunday Fun Day ~ Check out the fun and games starting at 1:30 pm. Hotdogs and smokes are available. Everyone welcome! Sports ~ Darts / Shuffleboard / Crib / Pool ~ Call Denise for more information on darts and shuffleboard at 250-485-4949. Darts starts on Wednesday, October 9th at 7pm. Shuffleboard is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm. Crib is Mondays at 6:30pm. Open Pool is Sundays at 12 Noon. Call Stan for information on the pool league at 778-531-8228.

NEW Canteen Hours - Open Monday to Saturday from 1 pm until Our next General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October close and open Sunday from 12 Noon until close. 2nd at 1pm in the Okanagan Falls Legion. Hope to see you there. Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is accepting applications for their 2020 Grant Cycle from August 23rd - October 18th. Community Grants are open to registered charities in the SOS. They support projects that cover all areas of need in any community within the RDOS. There are grant writing workshops available. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact their Manager of Grants, Sarah Trudeau, at sarahtrudeau@cfso.net or at 250-493-9311.

Time to start paying your 2020 Membership early. Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” SkahaMatters.com | October 2019 | Page 29


LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Unravel Pain & Grief ~ Sundays from 6-8 pm Oct 20 - Nov 10 Christmas Market ~ Thursday, November 21 from 4-7 pm 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am Speaker for October ~ Jon Manlove Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers: October 6 - Rev. David Sparks; October 13 - Sherri Fowler; October 20 - Victor Ince; & October 27 - Sarah Tupholme. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

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

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368

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Grandmothers for Africa’s famous PUB NIGHT is back! Barking Parrot in the Penticton Lakeside Hotel. Thursday, October 24th at 6:30pm. Tix $15 at front desk. Includes burger and beverage, as well as Silent Auction.


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Flowers to Marla Wilson, Barbara Few, and the late Myrt Niles for providing wonderful musical entertainment for four years for the enjoyment of our community. Well done, ladies! ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to all the locals that supported Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner in Okanagan Falls. After serving the community for over 11 years, it is time to move on to new adventures. Thanks again for supporting my business. It’s been a pleasure serving you. ~ From Debbie A. of Caitlin’s Homestyle Diner Flowers to the Animal Control Officer ... respect, congeniality, consideration have returned along the lake walk. Much appreciated! ~ From Tanis W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Heather Jackson for earning gold, silver, and bronze at the 55+ Senior Games in her chosen sport of swimming. We applaud you for the commitment to your sport. You are deserving of all the plaudits you receive. ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Colin Pickell and Hayden Zahwari for their 2nd Year Anniversary with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department. These two men are a couple of great additions to our team. Would you like to volunteer as a firefighter? For more information, please call 250497-5700 or email okfire@shaw.ca. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12am or 7-9pm. ~ From the Okanagan Falls Fire Department Flowers to everyone involved in the Shriners Show & Shine Car Show held on August 24th in Kenyon Park. Grace and I would like to express thanks to all. The great sponsors and donors of financial support and product of in-kind gifts. Your love of your vehicles and our show in supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children of BC & Yukon who need special help is tremendous. Thanks to the entrants of the vehicles, all the volunteers on the show day, the Okanagan Falls Fire Department, Dan our music man and announcer. Thank you to the Kenyon Park Service Crew. Have a great time for the rest of 2019 and best wishes to everyone. ~ From Grace & Geoff Walter-Hughes of the Penticton Shrine Club

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Photos on Left - Assorted cars on display in Kenyon Park. Above - Geoff WalterHughes presenting Stuart Udy with the Hagerty People’s Choice Award. Stuart is from Okanagan Falls and has a 1948 Chev Pickup with some amazing features.


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Badminton OK Falls Gym Thursdays Kaleden Hall Wednesdays

7:00-9:00 pm 7:00-8:30 pm

How do you want to PLAY? Area ‘I’ Recreation Survey … Coming Soon! Local residents are invited to provide input and help shape future recreation opportunities in Area ‘I’. Please keep an eye out for the launch of an online survey. Feedback will be used to help develop an inclusive and longer term recreation strategy. Survey will be posted to local social media and websites in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned!

Nature Ninjas! Okanagan Falls - October 25th Pro-D Day

Kenyon Park Wednesday August 14th 11:00—1:00 pm

Can you: balance on a log, climb a tree, leap over puddles? Tumble into a leaf pile? Drop off at School Gym between 8:30 - 9:00 am Pick up at 2:30 pm For Kindergarten - Grade 4 Pre-register by October 23rd This is a rain or shine adventure.

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Skaha Matters October 2019  

Community Newsletter for the South Skaha Area of the Okanagan Valley in BC.

Skaha Matters October 2019  

Community Newsletter for the South Skaha Area of the Okanagan Valley in BC.

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