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Skaha Matters

Volume 12 : Issue 10 October 2020 Your FREE Monthly Community News!

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Being Thankful

As Thanksgiving Day arrives, we are all reminded to take this special historical day to be thankful. But, should we not be thankful everyday? Does life just get that busy or do we simply just forget? Being thankful for the little things in life takes effort, both in time and in thought. Be thankful for what you have, who you are, and the fact that you can vote this Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher month in the Provincial Election. Yes, Okanagan Matters Publications being thankful about the opportunity to vote for who you want as our next MLA is a privilege and a civic responsibility. Did you know you don’t have to head to the polls in a pandemic, or anytime for that matter? You can apply for a mail in ballot by contacting Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 or online through https://elections.bc.ca/voting/how-to-vote-by-mail/. Have a Happy Thanksgiving ... and be sure to vote by October 24! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications skahamatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 SkahaMatters.com Quick Facts: Skaha Matters is published every month. All residents and Up To Date businesses in Kaleden, Heritage Hills, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Weekly St. Andrews, and Twin Lakes receive an issue via Canada Post on the eCalendar! last business day of each month. Limited locations also carry copies. Sign Up Online For full advertising details, please visit www.SkahaMatters.com. 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. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.

ATTENTION: Okanagan Falls Families & Seniors! The Okanagan Falls Helping Hand is here for you! Whether you are a regular hamper receiver at Christmas, or just finding yourself in a bit of a pinch due to COVID-19, we are here to support you with: •

Emergency Food Hampers ~ Delivered to your door.

Pick-up and Delivery of Groceries ~ Can you order online? We will pick-up and deliver to your door.

Self-isolating or in quarantine after returning home? We are here to help you get what you need without you needing to leave your home.

Do you need help or know someone who does? Call 250.486.2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Want To Help With Christmas Hampers? We are currently seeking local volunteers! Anyone who would like to volunteer with our upcoming Christmas Hamper program, please contact us by calling 250.486.2767, as we are already holding planning meetings for this December. Thank You For Your Support!

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What would you do with $500? A Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grant is your opportunity to gather, to share, or to work together with your neighbours in small groups or online. Establish a neighbourhood mutual aid pod,  hold emergency preparedness workshops. Beautification, gardening, planting, interfacing projects, or learn CPR and how to use an AED together. Hold a workshop on making, baking, yoga and more! Share stories, tools, recipes, or your favorite hobby, paint a mural, paint the curb, paint your fences?!

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Green Light Cannabis Grand Opening On October 9th By Esha Randhawa First and foremost, we at Green Light Cannabis would like to thank the community for welcoming and supporting us so cordially! The challenges of starting a business are endless, especially in an industry still in its infancy. Add a pandemic to the mix and we have ourselves a scenario where success seems bleak. Green Light Cannabis is 100% family and locally owned and operated. When we initially set out on the path to obtaining a retail cannabis license, we had to decide where we wanted to open. Okanagan Falls holds a very dear place in our hearts and it only felt right to come full circle and contribute to the community that helped build the foundation of our family. In 1971, our grandfather, Karnail Singh Sidhu, applied for a job at the Weyerhaeuser Mill and worked there for 25 years before retiring. This allowed him to provide for his family, as well as give his children (one of which is our mom) opportunities to succeed despite starting out with nothing. This opportunity at Weyerhaeuser was the foundation for success for my grandparents, their 5 children, their 14 grandchildren and so forth. Our roots run deep in Okanagan Falls and we are eternally grateful to have grown up in the area. To show their gratitude for the opportunity in a new country nearly 50 years ago, Mr. Karnail Singh and Mrs. Bachini Kaur Sidhu, and members of their immediate family, personally donated over $90,000 to the new David Kampe Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital. It only felt right to start our endeavour where our grandfather started his, and to continue his legacy. Green Light Cannabis is owned and operated by Esha, Zarina, Ajay, Bira and Ted Randhawa. Us 3 kids were born and raised in Penticton and Bira and Ted have been living in Penticton for over 50 years. This business has come to fruition and continues to grow, due to the diverse skill set and dedication we have as a family. Anything we could not do on our own, we ensured to outsource to local companies. It was important to us that we were contributing to the local economy right from the beginning.

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From The Hill

By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Parliament begins its fall session the week of September 21 and I have just returned from a week of meetings in Ottawa to discuss how that sitting will look - both in terms of how we will meet and the policies the government may bring forward in the Speech from the Throne on Wednesday. Throughout the spring and summer, the House of Commons met in a hybrid fashion, with a small number of MPs in Ottawa, but most joining over the internet from home. I’m hoping that this will continue in some way, with the addition of remote voting, so that the regular business of the House can resume. While the Conservatives have resisted remote voting, there is a simple, secure solution - a roll call vote as is normal in the House of Commons, except in this one the clerks could also count MPs visually signalling their intent from home. Allowing MPs to continue working from home is important in these COVID times. Ottawa is a hot spot for the virus at present, testing line-ups are extremely long, and already the Bloc Quebecois caucus is in full quarantine. Filling the House with all 338 MPs, coming from across the country then returning to their homes on the weekends, would be irresponsible. The Liberal minority government prorogued Parliament in August for a “reset”, saying that a new, bold Speech from the Throne was needed to properly tackle the COVID crisis, keeping people safe and secure while rebuilding a healthy economy. While the long prorogation period was more about shutting down the voice of committees investigating Liberal scandals, the NDP agrees that a bold reset is needed to fix the many policy gaps that have been exposed by the health and economic crisis we are faced with. First, we need to bolster our much-loved health care system, ensuring that it is properly funded and extended to fully cover the needs of all Canadians, including long-term seniors care, dental care and pharmacare. Second, all workers need access to funds to get them through times of unemployment. COVID showed very quickly that 60% of Canadian workers didn’t qualify for EI and the economy would have collapsed if CERB hadn’t got them through when their work vanished. We need sick leave benefits for all workers, so that they can afford to stay home if they are feeling ill; and affordable child care. Many of these gaps could be filled by a guaranteed liveable income so that no Canadians would live in poverty. And finally, we need to stimulate the economy to create jobs to replace those lost in all sectors, including manufacturing, resource extraction and the service sector. And, this stimulus package is an opportunity to seriously tackle the climate crisis. For example, incentives to retrofit residential and commercial buildings across the country could significantly reduce emissions, while creating hundreds of thousands of good jobs, and those salaries would cycle through local economies across the country. The inevitable question is “how can we afford this?” Working families across the country are struggling, but those at the very top have added billions to their wealth since the pandemic hit. A wealth tax aimed at those with more than $20 million in assets would be a good way to generate the funds necessary to get the economy working again, while at the same time start the process of narrowing the gap between the super-rich and the rest of us ... a gap that has been steadily growing over the past 30 years. But, it really comes down to “how can we afford NOT to do this?” Without new jobs, our economy could quickly collapse, and without a solution to the climate crisis, our children and grandchildren will be left with a frighteningly uncertain future.

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Save Sickle Point By Renee Martin Sickle Point is a beautiful, uninhabited waterfront area on Skaha Lake. Various owners have discussed developing and subdividing this property and it is currently listed for sale for $3.1 million. This may be our last opportunity to maintain it as a nature preserve / conservation area. It is essential that Sickle Point be preserved, because it is recognized to have the highest conservation ranking by the South Okanagan Similkameen Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (Keeping Nature in Our Future) and it is provincially red-listed for the water birch and wild rose community, which supports endangered wildlife and aquatic species such as the Yellow Breasted Chat, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Western Rattlesnake and Pallid Bat. It is also part of the migratory path for both resident and migrant wildlife, including the American White Pelican and the Sandhill Crane. The Kaleden community remains steadfastly opposed to private development of Sickle Point. An ad hoc committee supported by the Kaleden Community Association has been working hard to save Sickle Point and residents of Kaleden and other surrounding areas have demonstrated their commitment by pledging $106,550 in just 3 weeks. The purpose of this fund is to amass sufficient funds to convince a major foundation and/or government that the community is serious about saving Sickle Point. The community of Kaleden envisions Sickle Point as a nature park allowing public access from the non-motorized KVR trail to the northern half of the upland area and the beach area for day use only. Access to the riparian and wetland areas would be restricted to appropriate trails and boardwalks, as they become developed. Interpretive signage would document the habitat, wildlife, First Nations culture and heritage and fish resources of the Skaha Lake area and would be available as an educational resource for local schools. Please help us save this precious area. Your commitment to dontate through a pledge can be made to the Kaleden Community Fund, targeted for Sickle Point. Donations will receive an income tax receipt when money changes hands. For further information about this initiative and how to make a pledge, visit www.kaledencommunitycom/sicklepoint or contact chair@kaledencommunity.com. Any donation, large or small, demonstrates community involvement and support. Let’s keep this beautiful property in its natural state for future generations.

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen We are resilient in the South Okanagan/Boundary/Similkameen. Fire did, once again, threaten the homes of our friends and neighbours. The residents of Heritage Hills made a safe and orderly evacuation and put their trust in the BC Firefighters to protect and save their properties and with the loss of only one home, it was an extraordinary effort. I echo all of your thanks also to everyone under the coordination of the RDOS, who did an amazing job to keep everyone safe. This situation will happen again, as we continue to build and live in the interface areas of the region. Many communities, like Anarchist Mountain, have developed, through the FireSmart Program, communication protocols and fuel mitigation to help protect themselves from fire. I urge all of you who live against the tree line to investigate the programs available. Sickle Point in Kaleden has long been a “bone of contention” for the local property owners. It is a file that I have had on my desk for the last seven years, as it has slowly gone through several Government Agencies and potential private developers. I have and continue to, support the Point being left in its natural state and not developed. I know, having talked to Natures Trust and others, that the size of the property does not fit their criteria for acquisition. I am encouraged to hear that a group of local citizens is working to acquire the property, as it is now in receivership, and I applaud their efforts. This is a situation that has been trapped in government bureaucracy for far too long. I will continue to support any community driven solution. The Downtown Business Association of Grand Forks in partnership with Community Futures, building owners, the City of Grand Forks and the local Credit Union have put together a unique plan to revitalize their business core. Applications from interested business proponents are currently being reviewed by a committee of the stakeholders. The applicant must be in retail and offer something currently not available in the Downtown core. Successful applicants would have subsidized rent for a set time and other business related supports. This initiative has been applauded across the business community in BC and Canada. It is unique to Grand Forks, which has been hit by devastating floods since 2018, and whose remaining business owners needed someway to revitalize the heart of their City and fill the empty store fronts. A similar model could work in other small communities, so please contact the DBA for more information. alf@boardroomcafe.ca Over the last few weeks, I have been on a road trip throughout the Riding. From Tulameen, to Big White, to Christina Lake, l am

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encouraged by the positive spirit of everyone dealing with a very restrictive lifestyle due to Covid-19. Communities continue to work hard and have not let the strange new ways of doing business stop them from continuing to move forward with local initiatives and projects to make life better for their citizens. There has been unexpected benefits to having to stay closer to home or travel only in BC over the summer. Places like Princeton have had one of their busiest tourism seasons ever. Big White had more people coming to hike and bike than ever before and the Christina Lake area was respectfully busy with their regular Alberta holidayers and more British Columbians who came to unwind. And, despite a slow start to the farming season, our farm community has provided amazing produce for locals and visitors alike and have had a relatively busy summer season. Thanks to those who participate in Farmers Markets and make one stop shopping easy for us all. I have also taken advantage of the Grist Mill Pantry Share this year for the first time. Throughout the growing season they have offered processed local fruits, etc., which can be ordered and even delivered to you. Fabulous raspberry jam and asparagus pickles all sourced locally as the season has progressed. This is also a fund raising initiative to help support the ongoing maintenance of this Historic site. So, check it out for next year. As I write this, we are experiencing political unrest and ongoing health fears as Covid-19 numbers fluctuate. Our children and grandchildren are back in school and some of the great visits we have had with our families over the summer are now on the horizon for renewed restrictions. We, as Canadians, will do whatever is necessary to protect those we care about. I add my voice to those who plead to keep the US Border closed. I will line up for the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as it’s available. I also urge all of you to get a flu shot, as it will provide one more layer of protection as we move into the fall. No matter which way the political wind blows, my staff will continue to offer help if you need it. Email linda.larson.mla@leg.bc.ca or call our office at 250-498-5122.


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘D’ I am writing this on September 20, 2020. Covid-19 remains a serious issue. Public safety and prevention of spread of the virus remains a top priority. I encourage everyone to wash your hands regularly, maintain safe physical distancing, and wear a facemask when out in public. We all can participate with positive action Ron Obirek in our efforts to prevent the spread Director of of this virus. Congratulations to all RDOS Area ‘D’ in our community for the excellent compliance with the advice and recommendation of our provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Physical distancing has saved lives in British Columbia. Thank you to everyone for respecting the health and safety rules regarding this very serious health danger. The Okanagan Falls Community Association (OFCA) continues to work on its 4 targeted areas: 1. Investment and Development; 2. Communication and Engagement; 3. Governance; and 4. Community Policing, Security, and Beautification. Memberships are just $5 each. All who are interested in joining can contact: OkanaganFallsCommunity@gmail.com. The OFCA will be putting on public meetings in the future. Initiatives include recognizing our area as the “Heart of Wine Country”. Improving signage and adding colour have begun. Watch for notices and details in Skaha Matters and elsewhere. Thank you very much to the OFCA for the excellent work. The Okanagan Falls Community Development Plan has now been completed and submitted to the RDOS Planning Committee and Board and has been approved by both as a guiding document. I encourage all who are interested to consult the RDOS website and review the very excellent 39 page report titled “Okanagan Falls 2020 Economic Development and Recovery Plan”. Very special thanks to Robin Irwin, Economic Development Coordinator, RDOS; Brad Dollevoet of Kettle Valley Consulting; and Okanagan Community Association Board Members; Matt Taylor, Karen Kruger, Jim D’Andrea, Jak Meyer, Ron Crawford, Bob Daly, and Matt Kenyon - all who worked very diligently on this important Community Development Plan.

LARGE ITEM COLLECTION

October 14th ~ Area ‘D’ (Okanagan Falls, Skaha

Estates, Heritage Hills & Vaseux Lake) & Area ‘I’ (Kaleden, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews, excludes Apex) October 15th ~ Upper Carmi in Area ‘D’

The Large Item Collection for homes will be held in October. Please Note Restrictions Below: • • • •

Two (2) items per home maximum. Place out by 7 am on day of collection. ONLY furniture, large appliances and mattresses! NOT COLLECTED: Electronics, TVs, carpet, blinds, doors, demolition materials and plumbing fixtures.

Questions? Contact RDOS at 250-490-4203. Missed Collection: Waste Connections 250-490-3888 or 1-866-998-4888 meetings more difficult and challenging than ever before. In this context, I asked everyone to be safe and patient as we work together to bring these important matters before the RDOS Board and seek action towards results. The “Save The Aster Save The Beach Society” continues to work on this very important project. Recently, a very productive meeting was had with our Member of Parliament Richard Cannings and we brought him up to speed on community concerns and objectives. An initiative has begun to include the provincial and federal governments in a process to review the issue. The approach is based on everyone coming forward with an open mind and looking for solutions that comply with the law and the greater community interest. Many of you may already know that the RDOS computer system was hacked in early August and I and others have not had an RDOS functional email since that time. A cyber security firm expert in these matters is investigating and solutions are being developed. I thank you all for your patience. If you have attempted to contact me by email, you may have noticed the emails have bounced back. I understand that a solution on emails will be delivered shortly and other important computer services are getting repaired or fixed. Every day improvements and successes are being realized. Special thank you to the RDOS IT department, which has been working diligently to resolve these issues.

The plan includes an excellent summary of past studies and work done including the 2008 Okanagan Valley Industrial Land Study; the 2012 Economic Development Action Plan; 2013 Official Community Plan; the 2016 “House Business?” Business Survey; the 2017 Okanagan Falls Town Centre Plan; and the 2020 OFCA I wish to extend my appreciation and thanks to the South Skaha Community Survey. Housing Society for the excellent work they have done in the past The plan sets out goals and actions that include: An Attractive and continue to do. I understand they are working on a Phase Community for Young Families; Continued Business Support 2 project. The Phase 1 building is one of the most significant through Recovery; Understand Infrastructure Challenges, and successes on our Main Street in recent years. I look forward to the Plan for the Future; An Informed Discussion of the Prospect of continued good work and successes of the South Skaha Housing Incorporation in Okanagan Falls; Develop a Community Brand, Society. and Build Okanagan Falls As a Tourism Destination; Downtown Improvement and Beautification; and Build on Community My next “Coffee with the Director” is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 9 am at Christie Memorial Beach. I ask all who Amenities That Are Already Strong. are interested to please bring a chair and their own coffee. We will The plan addresses the need for a grocery store, improving the be practising Covid-19 safe physical distancing. I look forward to quality of community life, affordable housing, attracting business meeting all who are able to attend. As always, I welcome phone and jobs, tourism, leadership, infrastructure, and development calls at 250-328-9800 or emails (I hope soon our email is fixed and of services. This plan will form a foundation stone for budget that I can then be reached at robirek@rdos.bc.ca). and strategic planning for the next 2 years. I will be speaking Yours Truly, with community groups and leaders and I welcome all input and feedback. Covid-19 does make all public engagement and Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ Direct: 250.328.9800 | robirek@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca Page 6 | October 2020 | SkahaMatters.com


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

RDOS continues to work on restoring it’s internet capabilities following a cyber ransomware attack in August. Hopefully soon all emails will be operational, as well as mapping and website access for residents and employees. RDOS appreciates everyone’s patience, as we work through this. Subrina Monteith Director of An ad hoc committee continues to RDOS Area ‘I’ look at funding opportunities to look at joint funding options with private and public funds. Visit www. kaledencommunity.com for more information and how to donate to the conservation efforts underway. I attended a viewing of Sickle Point, along with MP Richard Cannings and MLA Linda Larson. Conversations around funding, conservation and preservation were discussed by attendees. Stay tuned on www.kaledensewer.ca for announcements soon on next steps for assent, as the project continues to move forward through the public consultation. There is a copy of the project assessment at the Kaleden Library for those wishing to read it in hard copy on site with appendices. To represent the communities within Area ‘I’, I require a strong advisory Area Planning Committee (APC). APC is an advisory committee that meets to discuss land use applications prior to the application reaching a formal decision by the RDOS board of Directors. There are a few vacancies on the committee and I wish to add a member who has experience with agriculture. To get involved in this committee that meets monthly is based on applications received by email to planning@rdos.bc.ca. The Kaleden Parks and Recreation commission also has a vacancy for a Kaleden resident, who has a young family or grandchildren in the community. We have representation from other demographics, but I feel this added voice would ensure that family views are being considered during decision making. To get involved, please email cs@rdos.bc.ca. Another call out for those Twin Lakes residents wishing to sit on a subcommittee of KalRec on Twin Lakes Access Point discussions, please let me know ASAP as a meeting will be called in October. 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 Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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RCMP Community Report Theft Of Vehicles While I have identified in the past that theft from vehicles continues to be a problem in our area, theft of vehicles also continues to be a problem. There has been a 214% increase in vehicle thefts in the Penticton area over the past month. The good news is that vehicle thefts in the Penticton area have decreased by 45% compared to 2019. However vehicle theft has increased in the South Okanagan rural area by 125% over the same period in 2019. Regardless of how you interpret the stats, theft of vehicles is still a concern and a crime that can be prevented with a few preventative measures. First of all, the most frequently or attempted stolen vehicle in the South Okanagan is the Dodge/ Ram pick-up trucks. So, if you own a Dodge/Ram pick-up, you should take extra care to secure it from theft. The best defense against vehicle theft is an immobilizer, where the vehicle cannot be started with out a transponder/fob that is usually attached to the key. Many newer vehicles now have immobilizers as standard equipment with the transponder in the key. Immobilizers prevents thieves from starting the vehicle by simply smashing the ignition and using a screwdriver. Many older pick,ups and heavy class pick,ups do not have immobilizers and this makes them easy targets for thieves. Even the “club” or wheel lock offers some protection, as thieves have to cut the steering wheel or club to remove it and often they will just move on to an easier target. But no matter what you have or use to prevent thieves from taking your vehicle, if you leave it running unattended or the keys in it, chances are you are going to loose your vehicle. It is actually an offence under the motor vehicle act to leave your vehicle running unattended, although it is seldom enforced and is open to interpretation with regards to remote starters and such. Vehicles are still being taken because keys are being left in the ignition, the console, the glovebox or under the floor mat. In the event of a break in of your home or business, it is a not a good practice to have your vehicle keys hanging on a key rack or easily accessible. This will prevent the thief from taking your vehicle and or using it for transporting their loot, aka your property. While on the topic of vehicles, don’t leave your garage door opener in your unsecure vehicle. While you can often program your garage door opener into your vehicle’s software to eliminate the garage door opener hanging on the visor, many of these vehicle onboard garage door openers operate even with the ignition off and key removed. Try yours with the ignition off and see if it still works to open your garage door. If it does, then be extra careful if you leave your vehicle outside or consider disabling it. Otherwise, it provides thieves with easy access to your home while you sleep or are away. Stay Safe and Healthy! Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca SkahaMatters.com | October 2020 | Page 7


Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Not Your Average Summer ... which started cool and wet, with some 75 million fewer liters pumped in May and June of 2020 compared to 2019. Then things got hot and dry, with 62 million more liters consumed in July and August of 2020 compared to 2019. At the time of penning this in mid-September, things have continued dry, albeit somewhat cooler due to wildfire smoke. So, it’s likely that the 2020 irrigation system will close with the same or more water delivered in 2020 compared to 2019. We’ll see next month. Compliance With Water Conservation Measures ... are monitored daily during the irrigation season. Some 75 infractions were observed up to September 15, with about a dozen repeat offenders. Notices were left at doors, and some phone calls were made to ensure resident awareness of correct watering schedules. Please keep in mind that, after three strikes (infractions) you could be out (of water), with shutoff and restoration charges applicable. A Reminder ... that irrigation season ends on October 15. Agricultural customers needing to irrigate past this date must complete and submit an Irrigation Extension Request (forms are available online at the KID website, or can be picked up at the KID Office) prior to October 15. Extensions are done on condition that, if your irrigation connection freezes, you are responsible for repair costs. The same applies to all users, so make sure your irrigation system is completely drained! First Come, First Seated ... At our AGM - Finally! KID has been given the go-ahead to hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting. Normally this would have been held in April, but then Covid-19 reared its ugly head. The AGM is now set for 7:30 pm on October 26 at the Kaleden Community Hall. Covid-19 precautions will be followed, including limited seating (see the separate Notice to the right for details). To facilitate planning for this event, anyone wanting to attend is requested to contact Cheryl at the KID Office by Noon, Wednesday, October 21. Interested in becoming a Trustee on the KID Board? Get a Nomination Form from the KID Website, and get it to the KID Office by Noon on Wednesday, October 21.

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall

Due to Provincial Health rules, we must limit this meeting to 50 persons. Social distancing measures will be in place. If you plan to attend, you MUST pre-register with us either online at kaledenirrigation.org or by contacting our office. If more than 50 persons register, participation by video conference will be available. AGENDA: • Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held Apr 25, 2019 • Trustees Report & Operations Report • Financial Statements for the year ending Dec 31, 2019 • Remuneration of Trustees for 2020 • Introduction of Candidates for Trustee • Setting of Election Date (if required) • New Business Nomination papers for a Trustee position are available online at kaledenirrigation.org or at the District Office, located at 119 Ponderosa Avenue in Kaleden. Please call ahead for Monday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Nomination papers and PRE-REGISTRATION to attend must be received at the District office by Noon, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Cheryl E. Halla, Office Administrator Phone: 250-497-5407 Email: k.i.d@shaw.ca

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Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi Well, the leaves are changing colour and the weather is much cooler, a perfect time to be walking around our community. While you’re out on your walk, stop by the Kaleden Library and check the pollinator garden of busy bees. The Kaleden Community Association is happy to announce that a second garden is being created for the Kaleden Irrigation Building. This too was supported by the KCA Grant Funding Program. Hopefully, another garden will also be planted behind the old hotel building. The KCA would like to remind residents that their support is needed to help to preserve Sickle Point. To make a pledge, please contact chair@kaledencommunity.com or for more information go to www.KaledenCommunity.com. Sickle Point must be preserved. It has received the highest conservation ranking (Class 1) from the South Okanagan Similkameen Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (Keeping Nature in Our Future). Sickle Point’s water birch and wild rose communities, which support endangered wildlife and aquatic species such as the yellow-breasted chat, Lewis’s woodpecker, Western Rattlesnake and pallid bat, are red-listed by the province. Sickle Point is also part of the migratory path for both resident and migrant wildlife, including the American White Pelican and Sandhill Crane. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via email to kaledencommunity@gmail.com.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department Wildfire Community Preparedness Day October 17, 2020 ~ 10am - 3pm Kaleden FireSmart, along with support from the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department, is hosting its ‘rescheduled’ WildFire Community Preparedness Day! Due to Covid-19, this event will now go ahead under revised conditions to keep everyone as safe as possible. Follow the directions of staff at the bottom and top of Dogwood Avenue. Please stay in your vehicle when and if requested. Someone will help with the unloading of your debris. Thank you for your dedication on keeping Kaleden and area Fire Safe. After seeing the destruction across the lake, it is even more evident on how important FireSmarting is. See the poster below for further information.

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Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.

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Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.

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South Okanagan’s Chamber Of Commerce Post AGM Update

On January 20, 2005 at 5:21 pm, a call came in for a structure fire at 5204 9th Ave. The main By Denise Blashko, South Okanagan Chamber Coordinator part of the fire was at the upstairs living quarters of the old Christmas store. It was never discovered how the fire We recently hosted our first ever virtual started with an estimated loss of $60,000. No injuries or loss of Annual General Meeting on September 16 life. 3 trucks and 14 members fought the fire. On April 25th, we and we thank everyone who was able to suffered the loss of a valuable and well loved man and former Fire join us. Our Board was declared for the Chief, Werner Kaden. He died at the age of 77. One of the fondest year and it is good to see a diverse and memories of Werner was the time before we had pagers, we would well-rounded group of individuals who write on the chalk board of the address and type of incident, so are dedicated to the success and health others who came in knew what the call was. One time he came in and well being of our South Okanagan first and wrote the incident in German and the others who followed communities. were scratching their heads trying to figure out what it meant. This Representing the Okanagan Falls and still comes up whenever we’re having a good laugh. Werner’s Denise Blashko, area business community is Helen beautiful wife, Marie, still attends our Christmas parties. Several SO Chamber Coordinator Shemilt from Interior Savings and Jim days later a car drove into the lake of off Main St. at 2:32 am. The Georgeson from Okanagan Falls Center for Dentistry. car went so far that only the roof was showing. The occupants got Oliver has George Machado from TreeHuggers Services / out of the vehicle on their own. Removals, Gail Scott, Community and Economic Development On May 1st at 1:53 pm, a Dutch Star motorhome caught on Consultant, Bob Urbanovitch from Interior Savings and Mike fire on top of Waterman’s hill. The fire started at the rear of the Johnson from Tinhorn Creek. Alberto Veintimilla from Alberto’s motorhome and spread to the Jeep they were towing. When we Decorating and Underfoot Flooring is our Past President. arrived, the motorhome was fully evolved, as well as with the Jeep. The driver of the vehicle reported that the gauge showed low air. Osoyoos Board Members include Greg Sol from Osoyoos Credit Forestry was also on scene in case the fire spread to the grass Union, Sara van der Hoeven from Watermark Beach Resort and and trees. On June 22nd, a lightning strike at 10:30 pm on edge of Davinder Sandhu from Century 21 Premier Properties. Eastside Rd. caused a grass fire that came very close to a home, Our Team has been working hard this year on several projects but with 3 trucks and 18 members we had the fire out in under and campaigns, so it was also nice to share an official update 2 hours. On July 2nd, there was a single motor vehicle accident of our progress and our strategy moving forward. A quick south of Okanagan Falls at 6:21 am. When we arrived, we found summary is that we are focusing on the 5 C’s. Which include the vehicle on it’s side which resulted in the use of the jaws to CONNECTION, COACHING, COMMUNICATION, CHAMPION, remove the driver’s door and cutters to cut the steering wheel. The AND COLLABORATION. (Our website has all the details on this!) driver was extricated and rushed to emergency. Wrapping up the evening, we hosted a virtual networking session. On July 18th in Spain, seven wildfires burned in northwest Galicia and two others in western Zamora province, but on a lesser scope than the fires in Portugal. 11 firefighters died in Guadalajara province just east of Madrid when they were trapped in a fastmoving fire, along with their vehicles, two water tanker trucks and a few all-terrain vehicles. The bodies of the 11 firefighters were located near the remote village of Santa Maria del Espino. The blaze burned more than 8,000 hectares, or 19,700 acres.

On August 10th at 2:30 pm, a report came in for a grass fire at almost the same location as the lightning strike, but was found that an individual was grinding nails off a shed which caused the fire. Air support was used to help stop the spread of the fire. One of the strikes with retardant hit our rescue truck and a couple of members. We still find the red retardant on the truck occasionally. Kaleden gave us mutual aid on the fire and Penticton covered our hall for any additional calls. There were no loss of structures, but the fire did come closed to a couple homes. To be continued ... A Special Thank You ~ We would like to thank the following for their generous monetary donations to the Okanagan Falls Fire Department: GVP Holdings; Karen and Gary Brown; Kim and Randy Dickey; and the Apple Court/Apple Road Residents.

Of course, not the same as our regular in person events, but it was still great to see everyone and hear how some of our local businesses are doing. Not surprisingly, there are some businesses and industries that have done very well and other businesses and organizations that are struggling as they work their way through the new guidelines and restrictions and see a reduced amount of events, customers and clients. Winter is going to be tough for many, so please think local and shop local whenever possible. It has always been important, but now it is even more important for all of us to be intentional about where we spend our money, our focus and our time.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair On September 15th at long last, the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District was finally able to host our Annual General Meting at the Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre. I would like to thank all of those who took time to attend. At the conclusion of the meeting at in an” In Camera” session, I was re-elected as the Chair for another term. This month’s contribution is the report from the Chair that I delivered at the AGM. Mission Statement: The mission of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is to provide a reliable and safe supply of drinking water to our community, and to develop, maintain and improve our district services now and into the future. The planning and work done by Staff and Trustees this past year has been directed to continue bringing equipment, practices and procedures to a high standard and toward improving all aspects of our operations. Traditionally, the report from the Chair would be a twelve month re-cap of the significant events, challenges and accomplishments that we dealt with between AGM’s. Usually April to April. This past year has been anything but traditional, so my report will try to bring all of us up to date as to where we are now. Change doesn’t come easy, especially when you lose folks that you’ve come to rely on and work with for a while. Last summer Judy Morris left us after over thirty years with the Irrigation District. Early this year, Rick Wilson stepped down as Chair and left the Board in May. I’d like to thank them for their time with us and their contributions to the District. Good luck to you both. Our current Administrator, Kim Kirkham, joined us in September and has kept us on the straight and narrow ever since. She had no manual to follow, no formal training, but she used her past work experience, smarts, her contacts, and work ethic to bring herself up to speed, and to land us in a better place. The fall was a time for major reorganizing and rebuilding. We installed a new computer system. We modernized our accounting, payroll, and budget systems. In early November, the Trustees attended the Water Supply Association AGM & Trade Show in Penticton. We have always found it beneficial to attend, as we can collaborate with other water districts, Interior Health, and our suppliers. January of this year was the start of many changes that we are still working our way through. I was elected as the new Chair, and made some changes to operating hours, and some upgrades to our facilities and business practices. Spring arrived and along came Covid-19, and seminars and workshops were cancelled. We were forced to close the office, and our meetings were adjusted to a Zoom format. Our AGM had to be rescheduled until things were safe, this year from spring until fall, until tonight. In the meantime, our outdoor activities have pretty much had to remain the same. Our operators have continued to give us their best, at the same time, taking necessary precautions to keep everybody safe. A major effort was put in place to upgrade our cemetery, and we have just received a copy of a preliminary report that we are in the process of acting on. We parted company with our former Chief Operator in May and were pleased to hire Liam McCalum who has just completed his probation and has been offered a permanent position with the District. We owe a great deal of thanks to Sig Held who stepped up to the plate to take on the roll as our Chief Operator, mentor and trainer to Liam.

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Our old truck has been put into semi retirement. We invested in a new truck a little while ago, so in a pinch we have two vehicles that can get us though on a two truck job. We commissioned our engineering firm CTQ to prepare a Master Water Plan for the district, so that we could properly focus and plan on what needs to be identified as top priorities and what needs to be addressed in the near future. We completed a long awaited upgrade to the quality of service that we can provide to the folks that live on Ferguson Place. We continue to work closely with Interior Health. This has been a busy year. Looking ahead, we have more in our plans to make us better. We are collaborating with the RDOS to install washrooms in Centennial Park. We have begun to work with our friends at the Kaledan Irrigation District, in terms of sharing staff, equipment and ideas. At the end of the day, as wild as this last year has been, we have been productive and proactive, but we’d like to get close to what was our old normal. But not just back, but better. I would personally would like to thank all of the Trustees; Bob Daly, Ted Lynch and Marjorie Bracconier; our operators Sig Held and Liam McCalum; our standby operator and good guy in the field Peter Mallepaard; and Kim Kirkham in our office. All are professional, hard working, and make the District run smooth, and who make the jobs of the Trustees and the Chair, a whole lot easier. Thanks to you all.

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Okanagan Falls Community Association Update By Matt Taylor, President Some things take soooo long, you start wondering what you’ll do when it IS finished. We just passed that point, with the Okanagan Falls ‘Economic Development & Recovery Strategic Plan’!

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We are pleased to announce that RDOS Board of Directors, formally accepted this Plan at their meeting last week! RDOS has indicated that the Plan will guide much of their work in the community over the coming 2-3 years. Proof positive, this Plan is providing direction. The Okanagan Falls Community Association had already approved this Plan in August, and was a full partner with RDOS in its development. The Association oversaw completion, funded half of the costs, contributed a community survey, listened for community issues through a number of avenues and contracted the subject matter expert to pull everything together under 7 main Goals. All that remains to achieve those Goals, is for the Association, the community, RDOS and others to carry out some 32 actions ... Tongue in cheek humour fully intended! So, with many thanks to all those who contributed to the Plan, we’re now on to the next chapter ... Implementing the Actions! Refreshing and/or updating the “Welcome/Come Again” signage on Highway 97 is one of the Plan actions that’s on our list to tackle first. In collaboration with the Area ‘D’ Director, we’ve included a couple of options below. Please email okanaganfallscommunity@ gmail.com with your thoughts and feedback on these samples. For example: “I like the font of one, but the layout of the other”. We can ‘mix ‘n match’ based on your feedback, and that will get us closer to the final version. We look forward to your responses.

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Membership Drive Continues ~ Many thanks to those who have emailed and called to join. Individual memberships $10, small business $100, and larger businesses $250. Information brochures will be mailed out soon. Memberships payments can be e-transfered to okanaganfallscommunity@gmail.com. If you’ve been thinking of joining and haven’t yet, please DO!

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What’s Up With Celiac Disease And Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity? By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Celiac disease is defined as an intolerance to gluten, a component of some grains, mainly wheat, barley and rye. In this condition, gluten destroys the villi (finger-like projections) which line the small-intestines, dramatically increasing the absorptive surface when healthy. When destroyed, the loss of villi reduces food digestion and nutrient absorption in people with this disorder. Celiac disease is a genetic disorder, which is clustered in some populations more than others. The predisposition for the disorder can be tested for with the genetic tests, HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8. Other tests such as antibody testing and tissue biopsy are also often used to make the final diagnosis. The prevalence for Celiac disease is about 1% in the general population, with some ethnic variability. Traditional wheat consumers tend to have the highest prevalence.

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Interestingly, this disease has been around for centuries and Unit 8B, 5350 Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls, BC was first described in writing by the Greek Physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia (modern day Turkey) in the 1st Century CE, and was named “Koilia” after the Greek word for abdomen. Later, www.drtamarabrowne.ca other doctors in the 19th and 20th Centuries described the same symptomatology and correlated it with grains in the diet, noting chelationokanagan that patients improved with the removal of grain-based foods. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the definitive test for this disorder, a small intestinal biopsy, was developed. • Grains are high in carbohydrate and tend to spike blood glucose, insulin, and weight gain. Celiac disease can lead to chronic health problems if not treated. The treatment is simply, to avoid gluten grains. If undiagnosed and • Wheat contains gliadin-derived opioid peptides, which untreated, the patient is at high risk for osteoporosis, infertility, increase appetite and have mind-altering effects. auto-immune diseases, cancer, skin rashes, malabsorption issues, • Gliadin (a component of gluten) initiates some auto-immunity. and nutritional deficiencies which contribute to a myriad of poor • Grain phytates block absorption of minerals. health conditions. Typically, the patient first notices symptoms of weight loss, fatigue, diarrhea and/or constipation, bloating, gas, • Wheat germ agglutinin can damage the intestinal tract and abdominal pain, and possibly, nausea and vomiting. If progressed, interfere with proper digestion by blocking gallbladder and other signs and symptoms can occur such as anemia, numbness pancreatic function. in hands and feet, poor balance, cognitive decline, headaches, Multiple allergens are present in wheat. depression, anxiety, joint pain, and mouth ulcers, to name a • Endocrine (hormone) disruption can occur, leading to problems few. The symptoms can overlap with other disorders and do not • such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypothyroidism, necessarily point to the cause directly, thus the need for proper infertility, etc. testing.

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) on the other hand, is not caused by a genetic mutation, but can cause intestinal irritation, increased gut permeability, and generalized inflammation due to a number of factors. The symptoms can overlap with Celiac disease, but are generally more related to a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome which can also lead to systemic symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and rashes. It is important to differentiate between the two disorders, since Celiac disease predisposes patients to a high risk of developing chronic illnesses if untreated, and therefore, is a more urgent diagnosis. In the case of NCGS, the risks are less certain, although any inflammatory condition of the body is a contributing factor in chronic disease and therefore, should also be treated with a trial of a gluten-free diet in order to optimize health and quality of life. Beyond the gluten issues, grains are a health hazard for many people for various other reasons. These issues include:

There is a notion amongst many nutrition researchers that humans are just not equipped to digest grains well and would not naturally forage for grass seed as a source of food. All grains are seeds from grasses and are only rendered digestible with grinding and milling. For many of us, even this may not be enough to produce a health-promoting, nutritious, side-effect free food source. If you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned, perhaps it is time to try eliminating grain from your diet to determine if it is a part of the problem for you. For information on testing and dietary management of these disorders, contact a local Naturopathic Physician. Dr. Tamara Browne, ND can be reached at 250-497-6681 or at www. drtamarabrowne.ca. References: Dr. Michael Albertson, MD. UCLA Health podcast; Dr. Andrea Purcell, ND; Dr. William Davis; Dr. David Perlmutter. SkahaMatters.com | October 2020 | Page 17


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Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 2 - 6 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Summer Reading Club was a little different this year, as the programs were virtual. Over 1377 children from the Okanagan Regional Library participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club. The Kaleden Library Grand Prize Winner is the Smith Family. Congratulations to Meghan, Heather, and Eric! Enjoy looking at the stars through your new telescope!

Just a reminder ... the Kaleden Library is OPEN to the public. Please follow the Covid-19 guidelines posted on the entrance door when visiting the library. Have a wonderful October, (my favourite time of the year), enjoy the leaves on the trees changing colour and cooler days.

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Using the Library safely during Browse & Borrow phase ~ The Okanagan Falls Branch is very happy to see our patrons again! Please come in and browse and borrow! The ORL is committed to providing library service to our communities, while maintaining a safe environment for both staff and customers. We can work together to keep everyone safe! Please follow these guidelines when visiting the library: • There is a limit of 9 people allowed in the building. • A sanitization station is present at the entry of our library customers are asked to please disinfect their hands when entering the library and advised to disinfect their hands when leaving the library as well. • Feel free to wear your face mask when inside the library. • We are encouraging customers to use our self-check-out machine to check-out their materials. • Follow the signs and keep two metres apart. • Return all items using the external book drops. Staff will quarantine all returned items for 72 hours. In-branch book drops are closed. • Feeling sick? Please stay home, as we ask customers to not visit the library if ill or showing symptoms. Items can be renewed by phone or through your account online at orl. bibliocommons.com. No late fees are being charged at this time. Try to keep your visit short ~ We are asking customers to browse efficiently to ensure everyone is able to get the materials they need without undue delay, especially when there is a lineup of people waiting to get in. Additional Safety Measures: • We have temporarily removed high touch items, such as newspapers and children’s toys from the libraries. • Acrylic panels have been placed at all service points to ensure staff and public safety during customer service interactions. • Public Internet Stations are available for use, though numbers have been limited in some locations to ensure social distancing of 2m between users if possible. Summer Reading Club ~ SRC looked very different this year for everyone involved, due to Covid-19. Those of you who participated and need your Reading Medal, please come and get yours before they are gone or by the October 9th deadline. A Big Congratulations to Hugo Pickell (in photo below), who won a main prize from the ORL with his entry for the Summer Teen Challenge. He won a telescope! Good Job and Happy Stargazing!

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By Kilmeny MacMichael For this issue, I decided to focus on books written by and about women for October. Women Talking ~ Written by Miriam Toews and narrated by Matthew Edison. MP3 audiobook runs for 6 hours. Written in reaction to true events. At an isolated Mennonite community in Bolivia, we find eight women meeting in secret to discuss their future. They and other women and children of the colony have been repeatedly raped. The women must decide if they should take what children they can and leave or if they should follow the teachings of their male faith leaders, stay and forgive their attackers. The women know little of the outside world. They have been taught that if they do not forgive their attackers, they will be eternally damned. They do not speak Spanish, can not read or write, and have never seen a map. But, they do have courage. The novel is narrated by a man who is trusted by the women, and who has his own story to tell us. This is a sometimes grim, difficult novel, leavened by moments of humour, sympathy and love. There is much discussion of philosophy and religion. Despite the grimness of what the women have experienced and the difficulty of their decisions, this story is ultimately one of hope. What Rose Forgot ~ Written by Nevada Barr and narrated by Kate Burton. MP3 audiobook runs 8 hours 26 minutes. A stand-alone mystery thriller from the politically opinionated Nevada Barr, author of the Anna Pigeon series which I also enjoy. This story is a bit unbelievable, but fun, as we encounter Rose, a sarcastic older woman who is being held in a memory care unit, until she escapes. Shortly after stopping to take most of her medication, her memory starts to return, and soon an assassin is on her trail. Somewhat violent, in fact sometimes a bit gory (Rose gets a fingerprint off a guy ...) using some obscenities and gallows humour. An exciting thriller, if you suspend your disbelief and let the action carry you along. Murder in G Major - Gethsemane Brown Series, Book 1 ~ Written by Alexia Gordon and narrated by Jessica Carroll. MP3 audiobook runs 8 hours 15 minutes. Gethsemane Brown is a professional musician, stranded in smalltown Ireland after a job opportunity and her luggage go missing. She takes on a position at a local school, promising to do her best leading the school orchestra in to a prestigious competition. The school has not won in seventy-five years. Then, when Gethsemane moves into a historic cliff-side cottage, she quickly discovers that it is haunted - by the ghost of a composer said to be guilty of murdersuicide twenty-five years previously. She sets out to prove his innocence. A competently narrated, quality cozy mystery ensues. Girl ~ Written by Edna O’Brien and narrated by Sheila Atim. MP3 audiobook runs 5 hours 44 minutes. This is a fictional story about a Nigerian girl kidnapped by Boko Haram. There has been controversy around the question if it was ‘right’ for Edna O’Brien, a white Irish woman, to write a fictionalized version of the lives of African school girls kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists, but this book has been long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Multi-talented and award-winning Shelia Atim narrates with apparent passion. This book does not flinch from describing brutality and is not an easy listen.

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Is There Life On Venus? By Tom Landecker If you are an early riser you will have seen Venus as the bright point of light above the Eastern horizon in the pre-dawn hours. Venus is closer to the Sun than the Earth, so we always see it near the Sun. When it is rising ahead of the Sun, as it is now, it is the morning star. On the other side of its orbit we see it after sunset, the evening star. Calculations based on computer climate modelling, devised to understand our climate here on Earth, have been turned on Venus. There is a suggestion, not definite, but a suggestion, that Venus may once have had a pleasant climate, that it may once have had water on its surface, and so may once have been able to support life. Then a runaway climate crisis took over, and today the surface of the planet is as hot as a pizza oven, water will have boiled off long ago, the atmosphere is carbon dioxide, and at the top of the atmosphere is a layer of clouds made of droplets of sulphuric acid. In the 1970s and 80s, both Soviet and American space programs sent missions to Venus. Some sent down landing craft. These typically lasted a few hours in the pressure cooker environment, and they sent back a handful of pictures of a barren rocky environment. If superbly engineered machines could not survive on Venus, it seemed unlikely that any life form might be able to. Until last week. A few days ago a report was published, in the journal Nature Astronomy, that hinted again at life. Using radio telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, astronomers found traces of the molecule Phosphine. Phosphine is a simple compound, made up of one atom of Phosphorus and three atoms of Hydrogen. It’s a smelly gas, and it’s toxic, so it isn’t nice stuff. Here on Earth it is produced by bacteria, and there are tiny amounts in our own atmosphere. There may be bacteria, or something like the bacteria we know, floating around in the clouds 50 kilometres above the surface of Venus. Phosphine is easily destroyed by sunlight, and indeed by the acid environment of the clouds, so the fact that it is there in detectable amounts suggests that there is a steady production of the stuff. Bacteria can survive in hostile environments on Earth. Perhaps they could tough it out in the clouds above Venus. Of course there may be a simpler explanation. It could simply be something about the chemistry of the atmosphere of Venus that we don’t understand. But the next time you are up before the Sun, you should look for Venus above the mountains to the East. And wonder, is someone looking back? Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

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Assistant Superintendent Corday continues to do daily check-ins with school administrators for updates By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee regarding enrolment. At the September 15, 2020 Business Committee of the Whole • The in-school cohort model is designed so students have meeting, the Board discussed the following: contact with a defined group and less contact with the larger • The monthly financial statements for the fiscal year ending school population. This model helps to make contact tracing June 30, 2020. The actual revenues for the year were $61.4 easier. million, expenditures were $59.7 million resulting in a $1.4 • Elementary and Middle schools are operating full days. million surplus, including the $283,990 in restricted funds. Secondary schools are offering two courses at a time per After the payment of $240,980 deficit that occurred in the student. 2018-2019 fiscal year and reducing the restricted funds • Superintendent Manuel emphasized that SD67 is focused on (aboriginal education and special school program funding), the ensuring safety in schools. With the assistance of the Health surplus carried forward is $1.2 million. The recommendation Authority, the current model is deemed to be safe. SD67 was to carry the surplus funding forward to be used for any is able and prepared to pivot back to phase 3, if Covid-19 unforeseen circumstances in the future. infection rates rise across the Province. • Operating expenditures were down in August 2020, because • Doug Gorcak provided a brief update on bus transportation. the district did not run the summer-school program. Buses are being disinfected after every run to ensure student • Superintendent Manuel reported on additional grant funding safety. Currently, bus registration is at approximately 1100 received from the federal and provincial government. The students, which is down from 1400 in 2019-2020. Mr. Gorcak funding is targeted to be used to ensure a safe return to projects that we will be at around 1400 students as registration classrooms for students and staff. The district received continues to increase as more students return to school. $1,009,391 from the federal government. The funding must be In closing, the re-start for the 2020-2021 school year is going well. spent by December 31, 2020 with the possibility of additional Everyone is working together to ensure student and staff safety. funding of approximately the same amount coming in January Please remember to practice safe physical distancing and wear a 2021. The provincial government gave a grant of $484,147 mask to stay safe and healthy. to be spent by June 30, 2021. The funding will be used to Please contact Kathy Pierre at kpierre@summer.com, if you have increase learning resources and supports, transportation any questions regarding this report. and health and safety. Superintendent Manuel expressed that both the grants are welcome supports to help the district implement and enhance health and safety protocols now in place. • Superintendent Manuel presented to the board a recommendation to reduce student fees for 2020-2021, due to Covid-19. Secondary fees were reduced from $55 to $30. Middle School fees were reduced from$35 to $20. Elementary fees were adjusted to $10. The Board approved the student fee adjustments and reductions for 2020-2021 as presented by Superintendent Manuel. At the September 16, 2020 Education Meeting of the Whole, the Kaleden Elementary PAC Update following topics were presented and discussed: By Brad Nunes • Mr. Abhiskhek Lekhi provided a presentation on his family’s Hello Kaleden. Welcome to fall! The season of turkey ... of spooky experience with racism in Summerland over the summer. Mr. kiddos ... of using your cell phone to cheat your way out of a corn Lekhi is a former SD67 student. Mr. Lekhi told his story and maze. provided some considerations for educators in understanding barriers students of colour face and some ways to support KPAC would like to take this opportunity to remind the community anti-racism in our schools. It was a heartfelt, relatable and to ease off of the gas pedal through our school zone. Like for real. sincere presentation that was well done and emotional for There is literally ONE school zone in town. And, it is less than all trustees. The Board extends our thanks to Mr. Lekhi for a block long. I have a dream. I dream of a future where we all being courageous in presenting his story. We recognize more come together to brake just a little bit ... and where I never have to needs to be in our schools to support anti-racism from K-12. mention school zones again! • Superintendent Manuel provided an update on the Education At the time of writing, we don’t yet have a date for our October Restart Plan. Families and students were given options. They meeting, but it should be our AGM. We are looking to fill some could return to full-time in class instruction; On-line learning choice positions on the executive this year and to have some (ConnectEd); Home-schooling; or Gradual Transition back to folks join us who have great fundraising ideas that will work during these socially distanced, COVID times. school plan. • 90% of students have returned back to school full-time Want to get involved in the KES community and be up to date on the latest and greatest info? Please join our Facebook page! You with in class instruction. • 60 students registered in the on-line learning model, also can find it by searching “Kaleden Elementary Parents”. Reach out known as Distributed learning. Although students have to Karen P., if you need more info! registered in this program, several are transitioning back While our normal fall festivities can’t go ahead as normal, we are working hard to find creative ways to celebrate both Thanksgiving to in-class instruction. • Approximately 320 students have elected to do the and Halloween. We would LOVE any cool or interesting ideas to gradual transition back to school option. Schools are make their way to PAC, so please reach out! maintaining a place for these students to return to school That about wraps it up for October. Have a blessed Thanksgiving when they are ready. and a very Happy Halloween. Cheers!


September Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair What a busy month! Lots of learning has been happening for staff and students, as we started our school year with many new protocols to keep us all safe. Everyone is happy to be back and we are looking forward to another fantastic year as the FALCONS! 1.

Passing of the “torch” ~ Retired crossing guard Ms. Rose to new crossing guard Mrs. Alexander.

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Students new learning environments ... inside and outside.

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Handwashing ... We want to keep clean and stay safe!

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Our Falcon staff is OUTTA THIS WORLD! Welcome to our new staff members; Mrs. Griffith (EA), Mrs. Jack (Okanagan Language teacher) and Mr. vanTol (Grade 2/3 teacher)

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Our FREE Okanagan Falls StrongStart Program welcomes children ages 0-5 years with their parent/caregiver Monday through Friday from 9:00-10:15 am in our gymnasium and outside from 10:15-11:00 am. Pre-registration required. Email Ms. Sam at sjames@sd53.bc.ca for more information and to register your child for this program.

Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President First Parent Advisory Meeting will be virtually held Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 pm. Please contact us at okfpac@gmail.com, so we can send you a link to the meeting, plus add you to the contact list. ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF OKANAGAN FALLS ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ARE WELCOME! Looking forward to welcoming new and familiar faces online! GO FALCONS!

OK Mini School Cookie Dough Fundraiser By Chantelle Bruwer OK Mini School is proud to have teamed up with Future Fundraising for our Fall Fundraiser. We are selling delicious Cookie Dough. Quick and delicious snack, great for holiday baking and last minute gift ideas. Perfect for baking with your family. The bonus is that the dough can be stored frozen or refrigerated. The cost is $20 per 3.5 lb pail, which makes 56 cookies. Orders are due by Friday, October 23rd, with delivery or pick-up on Thursday, November 5th. You can choose from Buttery Shortbread, White Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter, Monster, Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin. To place your order, please contact Chantelle Bruwer at chantellebruwer@gmail.com. Thanks for your support!

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School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee It was a tumultuous finish to the 2019/2020 school year, so before I go any further, I would like to sincerely thank the community of Okanagan Falls and their continuing and generous support of the SOSS Bursaries and Scholarships for the graduates of 2020. These funds were awarded to students from Okanagan Falls: •

OK Falls Royal Canadian Legion #227 ~ $2,000

OK Falls Legion #227 Ladies Auxiliary ~ $2,000

OK Falls Senior Citizens Bursary ~ $1,000

OK Falls Lions Club Bursary ~ $500

It is now the beginning of September. Students have enjoyed an extra long Summer Vacation. I know many families will be grateful for a return to school, while other families have some anxieties about what school will look and feel like. By this time, you will all have received information from your school and the new health and safety measures in place. The district’s priority is to ensure a safe return to school for all staff and students. BC’s Back to School Plan is built on three core principles to keep everyone safe. 1.

New health and safety measures

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Increased funding to keep schools safe and clean

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Learning groups to help reduce transmission

I would strongly suggest that parents and caregivers go to the link “BC Back to School Plan” on the district’s website (www.SD53. bc.ca). This is where you can find an excellent resource titled “What Parents Need to Know” that details all the following: •

Our plan

Health and safety measures

Increased funding

Learning groups

Orientation week

COVID-19 science and children

COVID-19 protocols

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Supporting additional needs

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Outside the classroom

I can not overstate the amount of hard work and professionalism demonstrated of all our district staff and school administration teams. These are unusual times that call for patience, understanding and no shortage of resilience. Rest assured we are in good hands and as always, the well-being of our children is the top priority. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@sd53.bc.ca.

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Why Are Riparian Areas Important? * Submitted by the Greater Twin Lake Area Stewardship Society Lands near water are found along the shores of lakes, ponds, wetlands and streams and are important transition zones between water and drier upland environments. Riparian areas support moisture-loving plants such as aspen, cottonwood, cedar, willow, and wild rose and provide valuable habitat for birds, wildlife and aquatic species. The Twin Lakes area harbours riparian zones around Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, on the waterway between the lakes including Turtle Pond, as well as downstream through Park Rill. Practicing stewardship to protect and enhance these important riparian areas on the land benefits the landowner and their communities, as well as species at risk and other wildlife. Healthy riparian areas usually contain mature trees, dead standing snags, an understory of shrubs and plants, and logs and woody debris on the ground. Riparian areas provide better drainage, soil conservation, flood control, shade, bank stabilization, nutrient and chemical filtration, and large woody debris needed by fish. Riparian areas increase habitat for pollinators that are essential for fruit and berry production. In BC, well over 100 species at risk, plus many other wildlife species rely on riparian habitats for all or parts of their lives and may be affected by land management activities there. Fish are highly dependent on riparian areas. Riparian vegetation protects aquatic habitat by moderating water temperature, reducing the input of silt and soil as well as filtering contaminants. Trees and large branches falling into the water, provide cover and, in flowing water, often help to create and maintain deep pools needed by some species. Insects falling from riparian vegetation into the water are a primary food source for many fish. Although most amphibians like frogs and salamanders breed in the water, many spend much of their lives in riparian areas. Riparian vegetation provides cover for amphibians on land. Some species, like Tiger Salamanders, attach their eggs to sticks and tree roots in the water. Riparian areas also protect aquatic habitat from pollution which amphibians are especially sensitive to. Western Painted Turtles living in Upper and Lower Twin Lakes and Turtle Pond, depend upon intact riparian areas. Wetland and riparian degradation is prevalent in landscapes where human activity is extensive. A riparian width of 150 metres was deemed necessary based on migration data.

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Many birds and mammals live in riparian areas for all or part of their life. Hundreds of thousands of birds use riparian areas during migration and overwintering periods. Many invertebrates, including all dragonflies, depend on riparian areas either directly or to help protect their aquatic habitats. Native pollinators like bumblebees and butterflies use willows, which grow predominantly in riparian areas, as an essential early season food source. Clearing of riparian areas means the loss of trees and shrubs that can lead to increases in erosion and may expose the waterway to increased heating, sediment, chemical contamination, and invasion by introduced species. As well, clearing of riparian vegetation adjacent to fish habitat may violate Federal and Provincial laws. Human activities are often concentrated along waterways and can lead to the removal of native trees and plants along the banks. Some people also consider natural riparian areas to be messy and unsightly, so they clear them for visual reasons. Although most people understand that dumping garbage in natural areas is harmful, many still believe that organic material such as grass clippings, pruned branches and other organic waste is ‘natural’ and acceptable to deposit in riparian areas. However, dumping organic waste can smother native vegetation, introduce invasive species and possibly contribute to overloading water bodies with nutrients. Let’s all do our part to preserve, protect and improve the health of our riparian areas. The mature trees, dead standing snags, understories of shrubs and plants, and logs and woody debris on the ground, all serve to provide better drainage, soil conservation and especially flood control. Next month’s topic: Protecting Existing Riparian Areas * Excerpted from http://stewardshipcentrebc.ca/PDF_docs/sar/LandsNearWater.pdf


OK Falls Grocery Store Planning* We are working to establish a grocery store in OK Falls and would love your input! * Store naming contest winners announced in November.

Please email us your ideas or suggestions.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Next Team Volunteer Gathering - Wednesday, October 28th from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Everyone welcome! •

Connect with other volunteers and hear about their recent volunteer involvement.

Learn about volunteer opportunities.

Discussion on Volunteers and Stress Management during COVID-19.

Register by email to info@volunteercentre.info by October 16th and after this date an invite to Zoom meeting will occur, as well as offer of Zoom orientation for those who need it. South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Society Register on the SOSVC website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Like us on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information. Before volunteering, read the “Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering During COVID-19”, on our webpage. For more information or to speak with a staff member, please email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info

Our vision is to set up an independent grocery store: locally owned and operated. Partnering with local businesses: butcher, baker, etc., and promoting local foods. It will be an attractive location where a broad variety of food options are presented in an abundant, welcoming, and vibrant atmosphere. We value respect, fairness, dependability, cleanliness, and fun.

okfallsgrocery@gmail.com We are a BC couple returning after a few years in Edmonton. We are experienced in business, passionate about food and health, and also about caring for the people around us.

Volunteer Spotlight East Side Road Clean Up Crew The Penticton and Area Cycling Association was formed in 2008 with a goal of providing the South-Central Okanagan with a voice for cyclists. On September 12th, seven volunteers from PACA organized an Eastside Road clean up day. In just three hours, these dedicated volunteers collected two pick-up trucks full of garbage along this popular cycling roadway. Thank you so much for taking the initiative and giving your time and effort for all us local residents to enjoy, as well as the local cycling community.

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OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society By Marla Wilson October has arrived and smoky September is gone. That’s a good thing! The Thrifty Boutique remains a busy active place. The fall and winter clothing has replaced the summer stock, which had begun to look a little tired. It has gone into storage to return again in the spring. The shop remains to stay open only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All the other Heritage buildings have remaining closed. The Bassett House has developed some “Old Age” wear and tear and is now in need of some upgrading. The Society will not open the Bassett House until it can be declared safe to those who visit the complex. Finding funding to do the repairs is underway and hopefully we can get going on it this winter and have a fresh new safe building for our visitors next year. Anyone who has some ideas about where we might find some funding is welcome to contribute those ideas to the Heritage Society. Did ja know?

Better at Home is a non-medical program helping seniors remain independent in their homes. We are recruiting the following positions for the Okanagan Falls area: Volunteer Drivers • Mileage reimbursement • Clean driver’s abstract required • 3 million liability car insurance required

Prior to 1973, there was an interested group of Seniors that called themselves the “Okanagan Falls Seniors Social Club”. In 1973, Housekeepers they applied to the Seniors Citizens Association of British Columbia and became Branch #52 of that organization. February 5, 1974, • Flexible schedule they elected an executive: President, Mrs. Sadie LeBeau; Vice • Part time President, Mr. Keeley; Secretary, Mr. Sorenson; and Treasurer, Mrs. O’Keefe. The members of the group met in the Legion Hall. To discuss these positions, please contact They incorporated in 1977 and became the Okanagan Falls 250-495-6925 and/or email bah@desertsun.ca. Housing and Recreation Society and proposed to construct, hold and manage their own building. October 1977, plans were being Thank you very much! discussed to put a building on church property. At the May 2, 1978 meeting, they were still waiting for an agreement on the land by the church authorities. Once approved by the church, re-zoning would be required the building of a Recreation Centre. On January 11, 1983, the Another piece of land was eventually purchased by the Housing Housing Committee reported the building was to be completed Committee at the south end of Birch Street next to Shuttleworth by the end of February, but not ready for occupancy till April. On Creek. On September 23, 1982, a contract was signed to start February 23, 1983, a tour was taken through the new housing building an 11 unit Senior’s Citizens Residence, which they had complex. The Housing Committee opened a Suggestion Box for a been working toward for some time. On October 12, 1982, the name. Shuttleworth Place received the most votes and the Grand Housing Committee reported the building had been started. On Opening was scheduled for May 6th, 1983. November 2, 1982, the Society received a donation of funds from On January 5, 1984, a vote was taken for a drop-in centre, 35 the Legion. They chose to hold the donation and put it towards were in favour and 2 against. Property for the building was beside the United Church. Ed McWilliams was chair of the Housing and Recreation Committee. They began to look for funding. On May 7, 1985, two sets of plans for the new building were drawn up by Bill Barton. He suggested cement block walls and a pitched roof. Cost Deb and Chad Wetter would be about $85,000. When a plan was approved, it would go Award Winning Master Stylist to the Regional District for their approval; and applications for Skilled in all forms of Hair Services grants could be started. Mr. Barton was thanked for his work. At the meeting on November 5, 1985, the Committee chose the 439 Panorama Crescent name “Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre”. Throughout 1986, Just off Eastside Road in Skaha Estates grants began to come in to get the building going. On February 3, 1987, with funding in place, work began. Most of the labour was being donated. Only trades such as heating, electric and plumbing were being hired. They received many donations of furniture and money, 2 fridges, a stove and game room equipment. On March ... 12, 1987, after much discussion, it was decided the new centre Give us a try! would have a “No Smoking” rule. On April 7, 1987, a volunteer was found to make the sign, “Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre”. The Grand Opening of the Centre took place on April 25, 1987. Tuesday - Friday 9am - 7pm eastsidesalon@shaw.ca Thank you to Grethe Jensen who gave access to the minutes of Saturdays 9am - 4pm the Centre for this historical research. The Centre has become the A/G Hair Product Sale! social and recreation meeting place of seniors in Okanagan Falls for the last 30+ years. Thank you for all your hard work. Page 26 | October 2020 | SkahaMatters.com

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The past number of weeks have centered upon Kaleden characters, and it would be remiss not to highlight a couple of the more notable of the Preston clan. TC Preston was the first of the Prestons to arrive in Kaleden in 1909, but it was his brother Burton that made the Preston name synonymous with Kaleden. He had a family of nine, seven of them married by the time they moved to Kaleden and all of the children except for Clara, made their home in Kaleden at some time. There was George, Richard, Albert, Robert, Harold, Edith, Earl and Annie. Not only were there a lot of Prestons, but their complicated relationships made for some confusing conversations in the community, as well as the family. Robert and his sister Edith had married brother and sister, Bill and Hazel Dunn. That led to very little confusion other than whether their progeny were first cousins only or maybe more since they had two claims to the relationship. Much more difficult to decipher were the relationships involved due to the English brides. Harold had married Hilda, an English girl, but older brother George had married one of Hilda’s aunts, which entitled Harold to call his brother Uncle George. But that was only the start - Harold’s father, Burton, a widower, married another of Hilda’s aunts, a sister of George’s wife. Now that would make Harold’s father, Burton, his uncle by marriage and George’s father, also Burton, was now his brother-in-law. I leave it to you to decode the relationships which existed with the rest of the family and the next generation. Harold, as mentioned above, was a war veteran and had brought home Hilda, a war bride from England. When the Hatfields left for Penticton, they took half of their duplex with them and sold the lot and the other half duplex on Oak Street to Harold and Hilda. Harold spent a major portion of his life as the cold storage man for the Kaleden Coop and a more conscientious employee would be difficult to find as he treated each piece of machinery like a member of the family. Hilda was not well during much of their married life and Harold was caught in the dilemma of needing to be at home in the evenings to be company for her and his desire to be part of the community. He solved this in a very unique way - he set up a barbershop in his front room or in the summer on his front porch and invited the community to come to him since he couldn’t get out. I have no idea how many thousand free haircuts he gave over the years, but there were very few evenings when Harold and Hilda sat home alone. Some stores had the Cracker Barrel around which the village yokels gathered, some had their hot stove league, but in Kaleden, Harold’s barber’s chair was the focal point around which all the authentic gossip of the day was hashed over. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

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COVID-19 has challenged individuals and families in unique ways over the past 7 months. Marital relationships, family dynamics, job security, working and schooling at home, adult offspring living with their parents and physical vulnerability can contribute to greater levels of stress and anxiety. The HUB is sponsoring a Listening Ear to those in Kaleden who would like to have a cup of coffee, a walk in the garden and a caring conversation with a community member. On October 5th & 6th and October 19th & 20th from 2-4 pm there will be a few listeners at the Gazebo in Linden Gardens. If you would like to chat with someone, please call 250-462-9975 for a time to meet within these time slots. There is no cost for this opportunity. Some of the community listeners will be Shauna Gill, Spiritual Director; David Ohori, Pastor at KCC; Pat Mosicki and Judith King, community members.

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Sarah Tupholme, KSC Chair We hope that you have had a great but interesting summer. Probably a lot of family visits, or deck and park coffee get togethers and picnics. We hope you have all stayed safe and we know that some have had surgeries, etc. and we wish you a speedy recovery. Now, it is nearly October and summer hangs in there even though the mornings are cool. Soon we will be back indoors and carefully monitoring our visiting. It is at this time that we are concerned for those who do not have family nearby or close friends. If you start to feel lonely or isolated, please make sure you ask for help. We can make sure you get a phone call or visit. You can send an email to the Committee (kaledenseniors@gmail.com), so we can be a help to you. We are here to support each other in these unprecedented times. We hope those of you who attended the ‘snake talk’ on September 28th learned lots and that those invited to the bagged lunches on September 24th enjoyed each other’s company. We hope to have a ‘lunch and learn’ session in November and are working on a ‘wreath making’ session in some form. We will be very conscious of social distancing and the safety of each of us. Please keep your eyes open for updating emails and posters that will be coming to you via the poster boards at mail boxes, as well as right here in Skaha Matters. In the meantime, be safe and keep healthy.

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

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South Skaha Housing Society Update By Michael Livingstone, Vice Chair The South Skaha Housing Society will be attempting to have their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the Okanagan Falls School Gym. Doors will open at 6:45 pm and the meeting will start at 7:15 pm. Unless Covid-19 and the rules set out for events say otherwise when this date and time arrives. There will be a maximum 50 people allowed to enter and physical distancing will be practiced. Masks are required and a contact record of attendees will be maintained. We do not want any negative results or violations of the rules as a result of the virus. Hopefully, we will be able to have our meeting to allow the society to fill some vacancies. Every effort will be made to have information on Phase 2 of the Housing Project at the meeting. See you there.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden It has now been 6 months since Covid-19 hit. Hope everyone is well and checking in with loved ones and friends. Thanks to all our volunteers for helping to keep our doors open. Open Hours ~ We are open 7 days a week starting at 2 pm until close. SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL APPLY. Donations ~ If anyone has any CANS OR BOTTLES you would like to donate to the Legion, please call Bev at 250-809-5537. No Meetings ~ No general meetings will be held, until we get word from Command to proceed. Memberships Now Due ~ Early Bird is from Oct 1 - Nov 30. Meat Draw & 50/50 Draw ~ Only held on Saturdays at 4 pm. Food will be served. Maximum capacity is 50 people. Come early, as we fill up fast! Pancake Breakfast ~ Sunday, October 18th from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults $6, children $3, and those under 3 years of age are FREE. Maximum of 50 people at any one time allowed inside the building.

Come out and support your Legion ... Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our country. We are committed to ensuring they receive the care and This rendered drawing of Highway 97, or 9th Avenue, faces northeast, putting support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in the existing South Skaha Place building to the north and closer to Skaha Lake. Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Phase 2 of this Housing Project in dark colour above is closest to Highway 97. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC.

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

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By Denise Ashton As fall has arrived, we hope all LA Members and their loved ones had a safe and healthy summer, and continue to remain safe and healthy in the coming months. Please Note: No general meetings are scheduled at the moment. Our Cookbook is coming along well and in the final stages. An update on available copies for sale will be announced soon. On October 17th, tickets for our Remembrance Day Basket will be on sale. The draw date is November 7th. This will be followed by a Christmas Basket Draw, with tickets available on November 21st. The draw date is December 19th. While following all Covid-19 protocols set forth, November 15th will be our Ladies Auxiliary Annual Christmas Sale to be held from 9:30 - 2:30. Due to accessibility, we have changed our venue this year to the Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre. After you have enjoyed the Pancake Breakfast at the Legion come, visit us at the centre. We hope to have a Silent Auction, Raffle, and possibly a Bake Table. Look for final updates in the November edition of Skaha Matters.

Sam is our Thursday and Sunday Bartender, as well as our Treasurer. He helps with the 50/50 Draws and Breakfast. One of our many volunteers!

For those collectors out there, through a donation we have recently acquired a collection of Bradford Exchange Collector plates, in their original boxes with their certificates of authenticity too. These will be available at our sale as well. We will have some samples on display at the Seniors Center in their glass display case in the entry hall. Thank you to Seniors Center. We hope to have a variety of vendors once again this year. For further information and to book a table at our Ladies Auxiliary Annual Christmas Sale, please contact Denise at 250-485-4949. We are still holding a Meat Draw along with the Legion on Saturdays at 4 pm. You will be able to purchase our Basket tickets Veteran memorabilia is on display at the Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion from one of our volunteers participating in the Meat Draw. Branch #227. This ignites memories for some and history lessons for others.


Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Society It has been very challenging, but we managed to open our doors this month since closing in March because of Covid-19. With modifications to the building layout, tables arranged to allow social distancing, appropriate signage and notices, we were able to soft launch our opening with our ever-popular Pancake Breakfast on September 5th. It was an overwhelming success! We welcomed people and saw faces we have not seen in many, many months!

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October Calendar Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, October 3 from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday October 5 at 1 pm Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am Exercise ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ October 6, 13 & 20 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays at 9-10:30 am Carpet Bowling ~ Wednesdays at 1 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm ** Please Note: Not all activities can launch now due to Covid-19 concerns, but we are working hard to get them going as soon as possible. Activity Update ~ More people are needed to play Carpet Bowling and Bridge. Please sign up and join in the fun! Some members have said they are interested in getting something going on Fridays, such as miscellaneous games like maybe Sequences, Mexican Train, or Uno. Let Linda Rich know if you are interested and we will try to get it going! October General Meeting Agenda ~ At the General Meeting on Monday, October 5, there will be a guest speaker from the United Way’s “Better at Home” program, which supports the non-medical needs of older adults in BC.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President Remember the ‘old’ song, “Smoke gets in your Eyes”? Well, it certainly did ... and in your nose, throat and lungs, as well as hair and clothes. It finally left, so let’s hope it doesn’t come back. September saw the Lions Club gather (not too closely) at the home of our current President to look at our severely limited activities for the near future. All we can do is be prepared for the lessening of restrictions and carry on. Our regular School Breakfast Program is ready to start again when conditions and rules permit. Funds are in place for our bursaries and the club is stable financially, with thanks to contributions and fundraisers.

Also on the agenda, a nomination committee needs to be formed, We have and will continue to participate at the Legion’s monthly and those persons will be tasked to find names of persons willing yard sale and thank them for providing us the opportunity and to allow their names to stand for election to the Board at the tables. November General Meeting. The end of this month brings Halloween once again. Have a Violin Fund Raiser ~ The Society received a donation of a good time, but let the masks provide as double duty and if anyone gorgeous old violin restored by our member, Malcolm McKay. This knows a necromancer, could you please have them send the violin is a beautiful piece of work, and he wants it sold to raise current demons back to where they came from! funds for our Centre. This violin is perfect for one of those special people who love to and can play music. If you are interested, and Everyone stay as safe as you can. If it means no parties, so be it. would like to make an offer to buy this, please contact President Keep well til next time. Blood, it’s in you to give! (Watch out for vampires this month!) Grethe Jensen for more information. The next Blood Donor Clinics are October 28, 29 & 30 at the Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit www.blood.ca or Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, thank them. For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

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Meeting times are undecided right now and will be for the foreseeable future. We held some meetings on Zoom and it worked okay. Restrictions eased and we started gathering carefully, but now things seem to be going the other way again, so who knows. The important thing is that we are here, as we have been for some time now, and hope to be here in the coming years. Lions worldwide are continuing to help wherever they can in these trying times ... “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion”. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub.


LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC) - Live!

KCC is currently meeting outside at Linden Gardens where you can sit socially distanced. If the weather is very poor, we will be able to move inside the cafe, but we will all need to wear a mask, so bring one just in case. Remember to dress warmly. For the second half of October, as the weather gets colder, we will need to move indoors, so please watch the signboard on the front of the church to find out where we will be holding our services. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: kaledenchurch@gmail.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church - Live!

We are open for Sunday Worship services at 10 am with a maximum of 50 people allowed inside, while following social distancing practices. Jon Manlove is our speaker for October. On Sunday, October 4, Sowin’s will be providing a short presentation about what they do in the community. 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

Okanagan Falls United Church - On Line!

Please join the Okanagan Falls United Church in a Zoom service from Oasis Church in Penticton. The service is at 10 am. Church at home, following directions for all of us to be safe. For further information, please visit our website listed below. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service - On Hold!

Our Lady of Lourdes members are invited to join Holy Mass at CTK Oliver on Saturdays at 5 pm, Sundays at 9 am and 11 am. Weekday Mass is at 9 am. For more info, call the Oliver Catholic Church Office at 250-498-3934 or visit the website at ctkoliver.org. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church - On Line!

Sunday Services and Daily Evening Prayer now on Zoom! Ask a local member for the Zoom details, if you’d like to join in. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rt. Rev. David Irving - 250-767-1842

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May 8,1933 - September 17, 2020 Our much beloved Mother, Nana and friend, Anne passed away peacefully at Dr. Andrew Pavilion on September 17, 2020. She is survived by her children, Charlene (John), Darlene (Bill) and Elvin, her grandchildren Jessika, Tanis (Travis), Jerry (Kat), Ally, Mike, Sarah, Jordan, Gabrielle and her great grandson Jacob, as well as many other extended family and friends from the community of Okanagan Falls. She was predeceased by her loving husband Robert (Bob) in 2017. The family wishes to thank the devoted, caring staff at Dr. Andrew Pavilion, as Annie loved you dearly. Anne was born in Golden, BC on May 8th, 1933 and lived most of her life in Okanagan Falls where she raised her family. Anne loved the Okanagan, her family and her animals. She will be forever missed and loved by everyone who had the privilege to know her. Goodbye Ma, Nana, friend, until we meet again. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. “Kissa Kissa, Hugga Hugga.”

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Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin 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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Flowers to the community for continued support of the local bottle depot at the church house. A BIG THANK YOU to Judith, Randy, Bill, Fran, Lois, Len, Ken, Glenda, Paula, Darlene, Chris, Mike, Jaynie, Greg, Rita, Linda, Lois, Les, Pat, Evan, Ethel and Bill. (I’m sorry if I have forgotten someone). These volunteers have sorted bottles through all those hot days of summer. These wonderful volunteers are all appreciated for their time to various community charities in Kaleden. ~ From the Kaleden Community Association Flowers to Pat and Taija (in photo) for looking after the sign-in and sanitize table at the outdoor Legion Market held on Saturday, September 12th. You were a great help! ~ From Elaine Chernoff & Bev Van Uden of Okanagan Falls

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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Okanagan Falls & Osoyoos

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Gather as much personal information as possible for the person, and for yourself and document it all. Once completed, place the information in a safe place. Information you will need to gather includes: Social Insurance Number; Care Card Number; Date and Place of Birth; Marital Status; Spouse’s Full Name and Place of Birth; Wife’s Maiden Surname, if applicable; Father’s Surname and Given Names (if known) and Place of Birth (if known); Mother’s Maiden Surname and Given Names and Place of Birth; Next of Kin or Executor, Executrix, Lawyer or Notary, along with their name, address and phone number; Is there a Will? Yes or No? If no Will, it is suggested that one be drawn up. If yes, where can it be located? Taking these simple steps of gathering information ahead of time, can eliminate a great deal of stress, when a death occurs in the family. Any questions? Feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email crediblecremations@shaw.ca Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 250-493-3912 (24 hours) www.crediblecremation.ca

Statement From Linda Larson I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all the Constituents of the Okanagan / Similkameen, who over the last seven and a half years have shared their stories, the good and the not so good, with myself and my Constituency Staff. Many issues we have been able to help with, and many not so much. However, we have always treated everyone who has come to us for assistance with courtesy and made every effort to direct their concern to the appropriate Government Agency or Staff for assistance. We have, together, been through devastating fires and floods and I have great admiration for all those who are on the front line and who never falter in their unselfish commitment to our protection. Thank you. Finally, thank you to my Constituency Staff in Oliver and my Legislative Staff in Victoria for always following up on requests in a timely manner and never loosing their sense of humour. It has been a privilege and an honour to serve as MLA for the Riding of Boundary/Similkameen. Stay safe and wash your hands.

info4@nunes-pottinger.com JOHN NUNES

250.493.3912

110-1960 Barnes St, Penticton, BC V2A 4C3 www.crediblecremation.ca

Credible Cremation Services is available by telephone 24 hours to serve your needs, whether at need or pre-need. When you call our number, you will be greeted by Lesley, not by an answering service. If you have had a death in the family, or a family member is imminent in hospital, at home, or in hospice, you probably have a number of questions that need answering. Sometimes, folks do not quite know which steps to take first.

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Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $1190.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1390.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

DARYN POTTINGER

~ Linda Larson SkahaMatters.com | October 2020 | Page 31


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