Skaha Matters October 2021

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Thanksgiving & Halloween By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Skaha Matters With the Federal Election behind us, school well underway, Covid’s latest and greatest affecting our daily lives in some way or another, now is a really good time to reflect on our gratitude for all the little things we tend to take for granted. I challenge you this Thanksgiving Day to pause with your family and friends to share what you’re most thankful for. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Halloween is just around the corner. Time to dress up and have fun! Be sure to watch out for kids walking at dusk on October 31. Up To Date Weekly eCalendar! Sign Up Online

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Richard Cannings Wins Clear Mandate Submitted Press Release on September 22, 2021 NDP Candidate, Richard Cannings has been re-elected in the federal riding of South Okanagan - West Kootenay. While nearly 7000 mail-in-ballots still need to be counted, the numbers tell a story of a clear and improved margin for the NDP incumbent. “After six years, it is humbling to see the increased confidence the people of the region have in my work. Voters clearly voted for action on the climate crisis and investments to make life more affordable. I will take their concerns back to Ottawa with strengthened drive and focus”, said Cannings. “I want to thank all candidates who improved our democratic process by putting their names forward and working hard to share their ideas with our electorate. And of course, my heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers that gave their time and passion to my campaign.” The tally stands currently at Richard Cannings with 24,759 or 41.1% of the vote; Helena Konanz, the Conservative candidate, with 21,140 votes or 35.1%; Liberal candidate, Ken Robertson, with 7,402 or 12.3%; Peoples Party candidate, Sean Taylor, with 4,640 votes or 7.7%; and Green Party candidate, Tara Howse, with 2,322 votes or 3.9% of the vote. With a clear 5% lead, Cannings’ significantly improved his margin from 2019 where he won by only 1.2% of the vote. Numbers to date have Konanz holding at her 2019 vote share with Greens halving their votes and the PPC tripling their vote share. Liberal votes dropped by nearly 5% of the vote share. Once mail-in ballots are counted, voter turnout will drop about 1% from 2019’s 68% participation. “Overall, I think we’re seeing progressive voters make up most of our beautiful riding, from Naramata to Nakusp, and I’m thrilled they rallied behind me with increased unity”, said Cannings. “All parties ran primarily on platforms focused on investments in healthcare, housing, and fighting the climate crisis, which allows me to represent all constituents of South Okanagan - West Kootenay. I’m honoured to have the privilege to represent each of them.” The 44th General Election saw the Liberal Party of Canada maintain its minority government with almost no change to the make-up of the House of Commons.

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For full details, regular updates, to ask questions, or to join committee meetings, please visit our website at To reach the RDOS, please call 250.492.0237. The purpose of this study is to analyze services, with public engagement in the RDOS Area “D” communities on services and opinions on incorporation, and to develop potential municipal boundary configurations. The Service & Boundary Configuration Study, consistent with the provincially supported restructure process, must precede any formal incorporation study. An incorporation study, including a detailed cost comparison, could be pursued based on a specific boundary identified as an outcome of this study. The study has the following timeline: 1. Prepare Fact Sheets on existing Area “D” services and ‘Incorporation Insight’ papers – FALL 2021 2. Mail out Project Overview – END of 2021 3. Hold neighbourhood meetings and panel discussions – WINTER 2022 4. Prepare boundary option analysis and mail out survey – SPRING 2022 5. Prepare draft and final report – MAY 2022 Residents are welcome to attend committee meetings (2nd Wednesday of each month). In October the Committee will review drafts of Fact Sheets, among other items. Residents can sign up for updates and submit questions about the study or process through the RDOS Regional Connections website (in red above). Transit


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Finally, while I keenly look forward to a column that doesn’t need to mention the pandemic, having just come from a debate on the street about ivermectin (an anti-parasite medication, not antivirus), it’s clear we’re not there yet. Simply put, vaccinations are the best tool in our tool kit to help our bodies limit infection and spread of this virus. Please consider others, do your research, and make good choices.

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Locally, I have finally picked up a file (sorry for the delay!) upon request of the Kaleden Irrigation District: how can we facilitate high-functioning Irrigation Districts getting things done for local residents. As is the case across this province, our rural communities thrive on a foundation of strong organizations that are supported by volunteers who step up to the plate on behalf their communities. I am certainly familiar with the challenges of Irrigation Districts, and hope that we can find a productive path forward that helps provide the right opportunities so that the community can help deliver efficient and effective service to our residents.



Serving BC as the Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development, I get the important opportunity to work on behalf of rural communities across BC advocating across traditional ministry silos for positive change. This work is enormously rewarding, and equally complex. Primarily, I’ve been spending my time on rural needs like internet connectivity, and helping facilitate the government’s work to meet our commitment to connect every community in rural BC with high speed internet. A lofty goal, without doubt, but I see that the passion and the resources are in place to create this reality. Now, my attention is focusing on helping local leaders build resilient and vibrant economies for their communities, particularly where changes in the forest sector have destabilized rural economies. Exciting and meaningful work that I’m honoured to tackle.


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By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As the post-election dust settled, I got to meet some of my new colleagues from around the Province. I was told to expect 18 months before feeling like I had a solid grasp of how to effectively do this job. I do take some pride in being a quick study, yet it’s been nearly a year since election and I’d have to concede that their prediction appears accurate! I’m working hard to determine how to most effectively listen, discuss, and make positive change on behalf of our riding. I’ve learned a great deal, and am still learning plenty every day.





bridge. We also discussed the safety and concerns of the KVR trail as users (both local and visitors) attempt to cross Highway 97. We discussed specific accidents that occurred in this area, including the problems that occur as vehicles attempt to turn on Green Lake Road. We discussed development in the Town Centre and traffic impacts that will result. We toured Maple Street, Oliver Ranch Road, McLean Creek Road, Eastside Road, Hody Drive and Skaha Estates (Devon, Carmel, Sunset). We discussed better signage for safety of cyclists encouraging respect and sharing of the road. We discussed concerns regarding cyclists riding 2, 3 and 4 abreast. We suggested that consideration be given to a dedicated bicycle lane on McLean Creek Road and Eastside Road, including a concrete barrier on Eastside Road with the bicycle and pedestrian lane on the lake side of the barrier to help keep cars from going into the lake (as they do every winter). We stopped at Eastside Road intersection with Highland Drive and watched vehicles speed by the right side of left turning vehicles. We suggested better road configuration and a left turn lane. We also discussed better signage at the intersection between Highland Drive and Sunnybrook, where danger of collision exists due to confusion and who has the right-of-way. We discussed the possibility of delegating authority to the RDOS planning development permitting process regarding culvert requirements when building development occurs, so that water drainage down hills can be properly managed without washouts and damage to the existing road infrastructure. We also discussed community concerns regarding safety in snow plowing and street sweeping and timeliness of same. And, we reviewed some very unique issues related to roads that are not presently maintained by MOTI notwithstanding the residents pay taxes and there is a resulting failure of service delivery, including garbage pickup and emergency service access. We discussed the possibility of creative solutions to some of these long-standing unsettled community concerns. I view the meeting with MOTI senior management on-site in our community as a first step in a continuing process in an effort to obtain better outcomes in the future. Municipal district incorporation will provide our community a better solution to these road related concerns. The necessary authorities that come with municipal district incorporation are simply absent under the Regional District governance model. Community members who have lived here for decades know that these concerns are long-standing and have not been solved notwithstanding a large amount of community concern being expressed over many decades. Until municipal district incorporation occurs, I intend to continue to present our concerns to MOTI and ask them to work together with us to provide better solutions. I have also recently spoken again with the RCMP regarding these concerns and they are attempting to find better solutions also. I have also expressed concerns at the RDOS board table and efforts are underway at that level to find better solutions as well. The RDOS senior management, MOTI senior management, and the RCMP senior management all agree that municipal district incorporation would provide us the necessary authorities and tools to be able to address these concerns more efficiently; and, would provide us the solutions we seek. On a related thought; please continue to monitor the Electoral Area “D” Service & Boundary Configuration Study process and public meetings and engagement opportunities yet to come.

I am writing this on September 20, 2021. Covid 19 continues to be of concern. I encourage everyone to follow BC CDC and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s advice and recommendations. On Friday, September 17, 2021, I was joined by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) District Manager Ron Obirek Erik Lachmouth and Area Manager Director of Jeff Wiseman for a four-hour tour of RDOS Area “D” our community. My objective was to promote a better relationship between our community and MOTI with a view to a better tomorrow with better and different outcomes. I wish to extend a thank you to both Erik Lachmouth and Jeff Wiseman for their kind and sincere effort in attending many sites with me and speaking to many concerned community members at many of those sites. Thank you to the many community members who forwarded emails to me or telephone calls or met with us in person on Friday to express concerns on behalf of the community related to roads and MOTI issues generally. Areas of concern that I communicated to MOTI included: road safety, road repair, parking, signage, abandoned vehicles, cyclists, governance, speeding, culverts, and matters related to planning and development. We discussed big long-term issues like a bypass of Highway 97 down Waterman’s Hill west of Okanagan Falls, joining up with Highway 97 south of Tickleberry’s and north of Vaseux Lake. We discussed small short-term issues like paving potholes. We discussed the need for better solutions to long-standing community concerns. We met with community members on 7th Avenue by Christie Memorial Park and discussed community requests to decrease the speed limit to 30 km/h; consider changing the road to one-way; install rumble strips or speed bumps; change the parking to angle parking from parallel parking; and assist with overnight parking restrictions, signage, and enforcement. We suggested a delegation of authority regarding parking and abandoned vehicles, including the ability to tag and tow (just like municipalities have) so that we can prevent the problems that we have previously experienced arising out of overnight parking at our beachfront parks. Specifically, we have experienced violence and crime (including theft of electricity at the park and property damage and theft in the neighbourhood) related to overnight parking. We advised that we have expressed the same concerns to the RCMP and have asked for the RCMP’s assistance in providing solutions and better patrols and enforcement also. The RCMP tell us that they cannot tag and tow, as at present there is no local government authority or capacity to provide the necessary bylaws, because our community is not a municipality. Under the Regional District system of governance, the authority does not exist. We also stopped at the corner of Highway 97 and met with community members to discuss concerns about the safety of the flashing light and unusual stop sign configuration. We discussed the safety of pedestrians as they attempted to cross at that intersection, as well as at Highway 97 and 10th Avenue, and at Highway 97 and Cedar Street. The concept of a traffic circle or roundabout was discussed. Clearwater had a roundabout put in on Highway 5 after it became municipality in 2007, which very successfully improved the management of the Highway traffic Yours truly, through Clearwater. We discussed better signage regarding safety and speed coming Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ down Waterman’s Hill and the accidents and near accidents on the Direct: 250.328.9800 | |

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Randy Perrett, Chair

Thanksgiving ~ Next weekend is Thanksgiving long weekend. As always, I would like to take the time to thank the four other We also make UNIQUE STONE SIGNS! Trustees, who devote a great deal of time to the District with Call or email for a free consultation & quote. meetings, committee work, and special projects. I also want to thank our operators, who have kept us up and running during okanaganstoneworks some very difficult times this year, including extreme heat, smoke, and water restrictions. And, I can’t forget Kim in our office, who I rely on as my right hand, and she goes above and beyond. But Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department this year, I have more thanks to give. It’s to you. The rate payers in Okanagan Falls, who stepped up to the plate when Stage Two By Colin Pickell water restrictions were implemented. Those who listened to our “The body can’t go where the mind hasn’t been.” message and curbed their water use. Thank you to you all. When Our weekly training nights are so important for Interior Health moved us into Stage Two, it was the hope that we us to prepare for many different scenarios, and could reduce our consumption by 30%. You folks went an extra this summer we had two incidents that unfolded mile and we saved 39%. Thanks again to you all. We are making almost exactly how we’d trained for them. adjustments to our game plans for next year in the hopes that we Back in the spring, we were fortunate enough to be invited by the can have a more normal summer. Oliver Fire Department to use their live burn training grounds and train with live fire. It was great training! Especially for some of our Developers ~ We are in a situation in Okanagan Falls that we newer recruits, who hadn’t experienced the heat and intensity of have not had to deal with in a long time. New development in real fire yet. We setup a “kitchen fire” inside a burn building and we our community. There are several developers who are interested practiced positive pressure ventilation to give our attack crew good in setting up some kind of shop in the near future. Water is an visibility to attack the fire. This summer, our department responded important factor in any new development. We have limited wells to a real kitchen fire in town and carried out the attack exactly as and reservoirs. The Irrigation District is excited and willing to we’d practiced, safely putting out the fire in short order and saving provide water to any new development, but it has to be done right. We are working with our engineers and all of the developers to the rest of the house. set up time lines to work together for what they need and how we We also trained a marine rescue scenario that prepared us for a can upgrade our system in order to meet everyone’s requirements. recent incident off the bluffs on the east side of Skaha Lake. Our There are a lot of balls in the air, and so far, we are all playing nice marine crew was able to arrive at the base of the bluffs, administer and working together. first aid to the patient in the water, and transport them on our boat to the waiting ambulance at the closest access point south of the Recruitment ~ Trustees come and trustees go. Every year there is a trustee position that is up for election. This coming year there will bluffs - just as we’d trained. be two. It is possible that the incumbents will put their names forward We’ve heard from a lot of community members after our recent fires for another term. If they are not challenged, they will be reelected this summer, and we appreciate all the support! We’ll continue to unanimously for another term. If they put their names forward and keep up our top-notch training, so we’ll always be prepared. someone else would like to run as a Trustee, there would be an Summer Summary ~ This summer saw some of the earliest grass election at the AGM in April. If anyone thinks they would like to be and wildfire call outs in recent times. Prior to the start of the Thomas a Trustee, I would suggest the following. Please get in touch with Creek wildfire on July 11th, our department had already responded Kim in our office. She can provide you with a Trustee Handbook, to three other local grass fires. The remainder of July saw some a list of the various committees, meetings, responsibilities, and members sent to assist on the Nk’Mip wildfire up Anarchist and commitments. She can advise when our monthly meetings are Baldy mountains, while others remained in our district to protect scheduled, so that you can attend and observe. Lastly, I would our area. Here’s a breakdown of the calls we responded to say that if you are a potential candidate, please do it for the right between July and September: Medical calls - 36; wildfire/grass reasons. Do it because you have a commitment to the community fire, including mutual aid - 11; motor vehicle accidents (MVA’s) - 5; and are truly interested. Not because you have had a bad water building alarms - 5; structure fires - 3; and car fire - 1. week, or you have an axe to grind with the Irrigation District. We want good people who want to do good and to bring their talents Here’s to a safe and healthy autumn! and expertise.


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As fall quickly approaches, please do your part to FireSmart your home to protect our community. For tips and tricks refer to https://firesmartbc. ca/ and download the home owners guide. The Kaleden FireSmart board can be reached through the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department by calling Subrina Monteith 250-497-8231. Just leave a message Director of and a member will return your call. RDOS Area "I" If you are looking for a way to get involved in your community, I’m seeking names of residents to step up to be on the Kaleden Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as the Area "I" Planning Commission. Both have valuable roles in advising the RDOS on the shaping of our community. Please reach out to me for info and I can share more details on the high value each committee provides in advising on decisions that impact everyone from recreation to land use. RDOS is reviewing some important bylaws that impact residents from shipping containers to extended use of RVs on property and more. Make sure to follow the RDOS website to stay informed as changes are discussed and implemented. It’s important to stay informed and provide feedback to RDOS or myself. I’m always available to talk to, so help me represent the community. As vaccine passports are required across the province at various locations, please visit regional-recreation/overview/ for the latest and up to date Covid regulations for accessing any RDOS facilities. This includes the Kaleden Community Hall, as it is an RDOS maintained facility. Change is happening with RDOS moving to a new emergency notification system called Voyent Alert! Please sign up to continue getting important messages from RDOS. To sign up or transition to the new system, please visit Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area "I" Direct: 250.460.0723 | |




Kaleden Irrigation District News By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

Scheduled System Shutdown ... On November 2, KID will be completing major upgrades to our distribution system. This requires shutdown of our Pumphouse and draining of the main distribution system. Residents in our upper zones, including Highway 97, Lakehill Road above Oak Avenue, and Pineview, Linden and Sumac Avenues (see map on website for all areas affected), should anticipate no water from 9 am to 6 pm, and fill containers in advance for essential needs. Residents in our lower zones should have water throughout the day; however, to avoid possible cross-contamination of the water supply, Interior Health has recommended that ALL Kaleden residents store enough water to avoid turning on taps during the shutdown. Due to the loss of pressure on the majority of our distribution system during this shutdown, KID is issuing a system-wide WATER QUALITY ADVISORY, which will be in effect from November 2 to November 8, or until the Interior Health Authority is satisfied with bacterial testing results. A Water Quality Advisory is issued for the public health of the most vulnerable populations such as newborns, infants, breastfeeding mothers, children, the elderly and those with chronic illnesses or immune deficiencies. Pets may also be vulnerable. The recommendation for these populations is to use water that has been boiled rapidly for no less than one minute and allowed to cool, or to find an alternative safe source for brushing teeth, drinking, making baby formula, beverages, food and ice and washing fruits and vegetables. Thanks in advance for your understanding and patience. Have questions or need more information? Check out the KID website or call our Office (see contact details below). Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department A Reminder ... that irrigation season ends on October 15. Agricultural customers needing to irrigate past this date must By Jean Dube complete and submit an Irrigation Extension Request (forms are Fire Prevention Safety Week available online at the KID website, or can be picked up at the KID October 3-9, 2021 Office) prior to October 15. Extensions are done on condition that, Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your if your irrigation connection freezes, you are responsible for repair family safe. When an alarm makes noises, a BEEPING sound or a costs. The same applies to all users, so make sure your irrigation system is completely drained! CHIRPING sound, you MUST take ACTION. It’s Tax Time ... and you will be receiving your 2021 Tax Bill within Key messages for “Learn the Sound of Fire Safety” include: • When a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide (CO) alarm sounds, the next few days from KID. To avoid penalty, be sure to get your respond immediately by exiting the home as quick as possible. payment into the KID Office by October 18. • If your alarm begins to CHIRP, it may mean that the batteries A Freebie! If your outside taps don’t have vacuum breakers on are running low and need to be replaced. If the alarm continues them, contact KID staff and they will be glad to provide them to you to chirp after the batteries are replaced, or the alarm is more free of charge (now required by the current Building Code). than 10 years old, it is time to replace the alarm. And a BIG Thank You ... to all who followed the watering • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms monthly. restrictions this summer. August water consumption was over 32 Press the test button to make sure the alarm is working. million liters less than forecast, which helped to lessen valley-wide • If there is someone in your household who is deaf or hard of drought impacts and saved KID ratepayers some $3,000 in power hearing, install bed shaker and strobe light alarms that will bills. alert that person to fire. 250.497.5407 | • Know the difference between the sound of a smoke alarm and Office Hours: 9-12 Mon/Wed/Thur a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm - 3 beeps for smoke alarms, 4 119 Ponderosa Avenue V0H 1K0 beeps for carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Visit for more safety information.

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Get started now ... FireSmart your property before next summer. Consider these guidelines when planning updates to your yard and as part of your ongoing property maintenance:

Connect Kaleden residents? Enhance opportunities for all

Use non-combustible materials such as gravel, brick, or concrete in this critical 1.5 metre area adjacent to your home. Woody shrubs, trees or tree branches should be avoided in this area; any that are present should be properly mitigated.

Plant only a few fire-resistant plants and shrubs within 10 metres of your home.

Do not use bark or pine needle mulches within 10 metres of your home as they are highly combustible. Gravel mulch and decorative crushed rock mulch significantly reduce the risk of wildfire.

A mowed lawn is a fire resistant lawn. Grasses shorter than 10 centimetres in height are less likely to burn intensely.

Move firewood piles, stored trailers/recreational vehicles, storage sheds, and other combustible materials a minimum of 10 metres from your home.

Regularly clean up accumulations of fallen branches, dry grass and needles from the ground to eliminate potential surface fuels.

Remove all branches to a height of 2 metres from the ground on evergreen trees that are within 30 metres.

residents to participate? Bring neighbours together?


Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.


Grant is open to all ages.


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


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


Grant application may be submitted at anytime to or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0


Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.


Kaleden Community Association Update By Glenda Livolsi As we all say “goodbye” to summer” and “hello” to the cooler days of fall, be sure to enjoy a walk along the KVR trail and look at all the leaves changing colour. Maybe take a nice pumpkin spice coffee or tea in your tumbler to keep your warm along your walk. As you pass through Pioneer Park, keep your eyes open for a new bench and bike rack that will be placed near the washrooms. These have been kindly donated by the Kaleden Community Association. Thank you to everyone for all of your donations to the bottle depot at the Kaleden Church parking lot. Please remember to recycle all your “dairy and dairy substitutes containers” and glass jars at home, as they can’t be returned for money. Thank you to all our volunteers from the Kaleden Community Association, Kaleden Bursary Committee, Kaleden Community Church, and Kaleden Museum for all your help in sorting the bottles. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your weekend spending time with family and friends.

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Travel In A Covid World By Diane Chatfield

Economic Development Office Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday ~ 10 am - 3 pm #1 - 5350 9th Avenue - Hwy 97, Okanagan Falls 778-515-5520

Okanagan Falls Visitor Info Centre Open 9 am - 4 pm #2 - 5350 9th Avenue - Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls 778-515-5520

Area “D” Economic Development Office By Gail Scott, Economic Development Coordinator

Are you starting to think about travel again and confused about where you can go and what the rules are? Reliable Travel is here to help! Some destinations require double vaccines, a negative covid test, and quarantine upon arrival, while others only require a negative test or proof of vaccine. Still others, have no requirements other than an attestation form. It can be very confusing to figure out what the requirements are. While we can’t know the regulations for every destination, we do know where to find the relevant, upto-date information for our clients and is a service included in our research and design fee. Some of the information is available on our website at Remember to check often, as the rules and regulations change quite often these days. To return to Canada, a negative PCR test is required. This is an extra cost, paid in destination, that needs to be factored into the price of your vacation. The cost for the PCR test can be up to $500 per person, and varies widely depending on the destination. Some hotels/resorts have on-site testing available, while others will arrange a test for you at a local clinic or hospital. Some resorts are providing the test free of charge to their clients. It can be more economical to stay at a higher end resort and have the cost of your test included!

Now that fall is officially upon us, it is that wonderful time of year to Reliable Travel is here when you are ready. start looking into what our budget needs are for 2022. This gives our RDOS Economic Development Office a great opportunity to review its accomplishments over this past year, as well as the opportunity to measure those outcomes against the 2020 - 2023 Strategic Economic Development & Recovery Plan for Okanagan Falls and RDOS Area “D”. 250-488-9313

A lot has happened when you look at where we started from last October. The outcomes demonstrate just how much the community at large has come together to make a positive change to where we currently are and to where we plan to go in the future - confirmed development, positive smart growth, and open lines of communications and engagement.

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As a collaborative and cohesive team, the Okanagan Falls “Building Community Spirit” Community Association and the RDOS & Area “D” Economic The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or Development Office was able to secure additional funding streams even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well. and grants to start to make some of these opportunities a reality: •

Okanagan Falls is now one of the newest members of the Destination BC Visitor Centre Network. This status provides $10,000 annual funding to support building Okanagan Falls as a tourist attraction resort community, which in turn builds a stronger economy for the area and for BC;

A new 2021 Okanagan Falls Relocation & Visitors Resource Guide has been distributed and is now into its second print run;

A $15,000 grant from ETSI-BC to review our under-serviced high-speed internet capacity and to build a business case to address the inefficiencies. Currently, we are at a 68% level when the Federal standard is set at 90%. The business case is to be completed by year-end; and

New Pickleball Courts in Okanagan Falls!

In photo to left - RDOS Area “D” Director Ron Obirek cutting the ribbon. It’s official ... Okanagan Falls now has Outdoor Pickleball Courts! Thank you to Director Ron Obirek, the Kenyon Family, Agur Enterprises, Ron Crawford and all the other Pickleball members of the community for helping make these courts a reality. What a great new location to build community spirit through recreational sport.

Okanagan Falls RDOS Economic Development Office in For nominations in this “Building Community Spirit” column, please cooperation with Area “D” Director Ron Obirek is currently call 250-497-8188 or email to working with the Okanagan Falls Fire Department staff to prepare 2022 grant documentation for a new fire truck to Emergency Hampers can be made available replace an expiring vehicle. from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand during the year with proper qualifications. This has been a good year with good outcomes. It has set the groundwork for more positive outcomes for next year. To apply, please call 778-559-2412 and leave a message. Your call will be returned. Page 8 | October 2021 |

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736 Main Street, Okanagan Falls Submitted by Main Street Development Corporation A successful construction project is dependent on good planning and good people. The Share Holders of the Main Street Development Corporation wish to thank the Design Team, Project Consultants, Suppliers and the on-site Contractors. One other Group we would like to thank are the residents and the Okanagan Falls Community. We have had hundreds of folks pass by with congratulations and accolades on the look of the development, the unique design, and many a ‘thank you’ for cleaning up the corner at 8th Avenue and Main Street. We are very proud of our project, and we are happy to be part of the growth of the Okanagan Falls Community. Specific Thanks to: Construction and Project Management Services (CPMS); Beck Vale; McElhanney; BC MoTI, RDOS Field Services; Fortis Electric and Gas; Okanagan Falls Irrigation District; BTN Excavating; Lake Ridge Homes; United Contracting; Loudoun Construction; Strait Edge; Ed the Foundation Guy; South Okanagan Electric; Smart Bros Plumbing; Sarsons Mechanical Services; LAS Contracting; Hair out of Square; Premier Fence Inc.; and Skaha Gutters. Should you have any questions, please contact our Property Management Company at 306-741-0131; however, currently the property is fully leased and occupied.



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Beauty and the Beast? ~ It’s that time of year again, when the Short Rayed Alkali Aster (the Aster) is in full bloom on the beach. A time when a walk along the Christie Memorial Park Beach can lead us to wonder if we’re looking at a ‘beauty’ or a ‘beast’. Of course, it’s probably a bit of both. Some will see the Aster’s flower as a beauty. Little white flowers, a bit like snow flakes, many with hints of purple. Others see it as a beast. A low green/red vine-like growth, rampantly growing on a beach that is the centerpiece of one the town’s primary assets. The Okanagan Falls Community Association is supporting the “Save the Aster / Save the Beach” society to try to address these conflicting views with government. This location of the plant is protected under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA) putting Okanagan Falls ‘on the map’ with the beach area defined under two separate agreements with federal and provincial governments. These agreements ban recreational use of this specific area on Christie Memorial Park Beach from May 1 to October 31 annually.

Interestingly, the Aster is relatively common in the United States. The SARA still applies here in Canada, as only 5-7 locations have been found. Also interesting, the significant growth in numbers and density of plants at the Christie Beach location has not been experienced at all of the other Canadian locations, and is attributed at least in part to specific cultivation practices required by the agreement. Elsewhere on the landscape, several development proposals are actively being advanced and the Association has worked with the RDOS to prepare a status report on Economic Development within the community. This report will be presented to the RDOS Board, as well as to leaders and others, as we work to foster a degree of desirable growth that will provide for ongoing sustainability, viability and even vibrancy within the community. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join the OFCA, please email | October 2021 | Page 9

Assessing Adrenal Health By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health The two adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys, and although they are quite small, they produce a number of vitally important and powerful hormones that help our mind and body manage stress in a healthy way. Stress is inevitable, and comes in many forms. Often, we are not aware of the stress our adrenal glands are busy trying to mitigate every moment of our lives. They quietly go about their business in order to keep the body functioning smoothly and in a balanced manner. But when the stressor is sudden, or ongoing for an extended period, we can feel the effects of adrenal hormones quite profoundly. We have all felt the sudden jolt of adrenaline causing our heart to pound, skin to sweat, and mind to panic when we feel suddenly at risk of harm. This is our body’s way of helping us through danger via the “fight or flight” system. With sudden danger, we just need to act! But once out of danger, this system should settle back into a state of calm vigilance. Not always the case, however, in our modern stressfilled world. Chronic ongoing stress whether physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of these, causes the adrenal glands to become weaker and less capable of helping us cope with future stressors. Often the stress is imagined, but nonetheless, our body recognizes it and responds as if it is real. This is where mindfulness training and reframing our perception of reality can help to lower our stress levels and help preserve our adrenal function. Four stages of adrenal fatigue have been identified: Stage 1: Alarm Reaction This is the stage that occurs suddenly in response to a fright or other stressful event. The body responds aggressively by releasing several adrenal hormones that help to shunt fuel to the vital organs such as the heart and muscles, allowing the body to protect itself through “fight or flight”. Although, in the short-term this response is protective, if it continues for an extended period, it can lead to the underproduction of adrenal hormones and the following, more advances stages of adrenal fatigue. Stage 2: Resistance Response

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Many people experience what we call ‘knots’ in our back, shoulder or neck muscles. These aren’t really knots, but are stiff bands of muscle that have a hard knob in the centre. This knob is known as a trigger point. These knots, knobs, or trigger points, are quite painful to the touch and cause pain in the surrounding muscles and sometimes will twitch or move when pressed. The trapezius muscle is the most common source of muscle knots. These are commonly caused from overuse, repetitive activities, poor posture and stress. It’s important to address the root of the problem with exercise and good posture. Massage is a wonderful way to loosen and relax muscles and can usually help alleviate the pain and work out knots. Massage is also great to reduce stress and improve sleep. Creative Wellness Solutions provides a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are a mobile service, so are able to come to you in your home or you can visit us at one of the locations that we visit weekly. Please call Deeanne at 250-497-5974 to arrange an appointment or to discuss The Grease Cream; which is an amazing, all-natural, cannabis infused pain management alternative that actually works. Be sure to check out our website at, where you can find more information and to read any past articles you may have missed.

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Preschool Storytime is starting up on Tuesday Mornings at 10am. If you are interested in bringing your little one to this program, please call Glenda at the Kaleden Library for more information and to register. Join us and participate in fun stories, small crafts, nursery rhymes, and meet a new friend. For the month of October, children between the ages of 5 to 12 can stop by the Kaleden Library to pick up your “Halloween Take and Make Bag”. Inside each bag is a crossword puzzle, activity page, craft, and a small treat. Happy Halloween! Summer Reading Club 2021 has come to an end, looking forward to next year! Here is a list of all our prize winners: Mystery Box - Nixon (binoculars were in the box); Candy Contest - Carson (51 mystery candies); and Take Out 5 Books Contest - Meghan. Congratulations to other winners of books or craft prizes; Molly, Emma, Ethan, Liberty, Alethea. Elizabeth, Julia, Russell, Callum, Camryn, Bing, Heather, Eric and Ellie. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Submitted by Glenda Livolsi, Kaleden Community Librarian


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SRC Wrap Up ~ Thank you to all who participated in our 2021 Summer Reading Club - Crack the Case! Congratulations to all our book prize, contest, and grand prize winners. We hope next year we will have at least some local programming for SRC. Thank you to all the performers who delivered programming online. A big hooray to all the avid young readers from Okanagan Falls and surrounding area! Book Club Has Resumed ~ Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20th at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the branch, if you are planning to attend. COVID protocols are in place. Storytime Returns ~ At the time of this publication, we are working on resuming Children’s programming. Storytime will be held monthly. Please mark Friday, October 15th at 9 am on your calendar. Storytime is for preschool to 8 year olds. Preregistration is required. Please contact the branch, if you are planning to attend. Other Programming ~ Keep your eye out on our website or contact the branch for up to date details regarding programming for both children and adults. We hope to start our Crafting Circle for adults soon. We will keep you informed as things unfold. Thank you all for your patience during this trying time. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Halloween to you all! Submitted by Lynn Warfield, Okanagan Falls Community Librarian

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Potential Hiking And Biking Trail On The KVR At Vaseux Lake By the Trail of the Okanagans Society Communication Team The Trail of the Okanagans Society met with officials from On Left - Grand Prize Winner of “Crack the Case” is Salvador. On right Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC), the Regional District of Colouring Contest Winners are Jeandre, Margot and Guillame. Congratulations! Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), along with MLA Roly Russell and Osoyoos Councillor Myers Bennett last week as part of the Union of BC Municipalities conference. The topic was the potential for a 6.5 km section of the existing KVR rail bed on the western side Grooming by Gail ~ Over 20 Years Experience of Vaseux Lake to be converted to a multi-use trail. This section would deliver a key part of a 270 km multi-use trail envisioned by COVID-19 Safety Protocols In Place! the Trail of the Okanagans to connect all communities between DOG & CAT GROOMING Sicamous and Osoyoos. Customers are allowed in the shop!

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A 2019 environmental review of the area commissioned by RSTBC determined that the existing rail bed adjacent to Vaseux Lake can be used for that purpose, as long as the habitat on either side of the trail is protected with mitigation efforts identified in the report. The attendees committed to work together to determine a path forward to prepare a Park Plan that will detail the construction work, mitigation measures, and consultation required with follow up meetings set for later this fall.

Janice Liebe, President of the Trail of the Okanagans Society, noted, “This is a very exciting development and one that has been a long time in the making. It has taken considerable effort on the part of government and volunteer groups over the last decade to get to this point. Everyone at the meeting was onboard and excited to see this initiative move forward to the next stage”.


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Twin Lake Walk & Ride Historical Watershed Tour Saturday, October 9, 2021 ~ 10 am to 12 noon Meet at the Twin Lakes sign on Highway 3A. Learn about the history and view the environment of Twin Lake - Upper and Lower.

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RCMP Community Report Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an approach that considers environmental conditions and opportunities they offer for crime or other undesirable behaviors. CPTED attempts to reduce or eliminate those opportunities by using the elements of the environment to: 1) Control access; 2) provide opportunities to see and be seen; 3) define ownership; and 4) encourage the maintenance of territory. CPTED is unusual when compared with other crime prevention or security measures, because it focuses on aspects of design, while other measures tend to be directed at target hardening (denying target access by using locks, bars, sensors and cameras to detect and identify offenders supported by security guards). CPTED is also unusual when compared to some police activities. This is because CPTED encourages prevention and considers design and place, while policing has traditionally valued an efficient and effective response to incidents combined with the identification and arrest of offenders. Over the next few months, I will highlight the basic principles of CPTED - Territoriality, Natural Surveillance, Defensible Space and Maintenance. CPTED was first applied to residential housing, but it is now applied to commercial spaces as well. I will outline a process based on CPTED principles for identifying problems, evaluating your physical environment, and identifying strategies that will remove or reduce opportunities for crime. Next month, I will discuss Territoriality, what it is, how it relates to CPTED and how a better understanding of it can help to reduce crime and undesirable activity on your property. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or

Charles des Blois Green in the early 1900s surveyed most of Orofino Mountain mining claims, including the two gold mines. Des Blois Green was also an avid ornithologist, whose family home site and barn can be seen at the Upper Twin Lake. His family grave site is along Lower Twin Lake. The Twin Lake Dude Ranch Lodge (1945 to 1974) on Lower Twin Lake still remains. The Sutherland’s (sold to Stewarts and was lastly owned by D. Hadley) Twin Lake Dude Ranch entertained international visitors who arrived to ride horses through the hills. Observe where the water comes from and moves to. Hear the influence of the early settlers, road building, industry of mining, logging, ranching and now recreating. Walk in this upland sensitive area with many species at risk and where birders like to visit. RSVP to the Greater Twin Lake Stewardship Society to reserve your place on this educational tour -

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School District No. 53 Board Report

September Highlights From Okanagan Falls Elementary School

By Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee Welcome back to the classroom to all of staff and students at Okanagan Falls Elementary School and to everyone in School District 53. It has been an exciting, positive, and calm start to the new school year. The district is focusing on face-to-face instruction and staff has reported that most, if not all, transition students from last year have returned to in class learning. Last year, as a district we learned how to function with Covid-19 in a healthy and co-operative way. We had very few cases in our schools. We know that cases in the schools reflect cases in the community. The health and safety of students and staff remains our highest priority while offering a “near normal” high quality inperson education.

By Principal Karen Sinclair What a busy month! Lots has been happening for staff and students. Everyone is happy to be back! 1.

Students Teaching Students ~ Outside games: 4 square, hopscotch, skipping, shadow tag, camouflage, basketball, and frisbee. Thanks to our Grade 6-7s for being the teachers!


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Pickleball ~ What a fun game to learn and play! Thanks to the community volunteers for helping us!


Terry Fox Run 2021 ~ We raised over $300 for Terry! Sidewalk artwork to show we care.

What is different this year? 6. • Vaccinations for eligible people 12 years and older • No learning groups or cohorts - students will be able to learn, socialize and play with all their peers. • Students and staff will manage personal space • Buses will not have seating plans • Extracurricular activities, school sports and field trips can resume • Regional health measures can be implemented by local health authorities based on local events • School assemblies can occur (must meet Interior Health recommendations)

Our FREE Okanagan Falls StrongStart Program welcomes children ages 0-5 years with their parent/caregiver Monday through Thursday from 8:30-10:15am in our gymnasium and outside from 10:15-11:00am. Please drop in or email Ms. Sam at for more information.

What will continue this year? • All K-12 staff, visitors and grades 4-12 are required to wear masks indoors and on the bus. • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are encouraged to wear masks; however, this is a personal/family choice. • Daily Health checks are required for all staff and students • A student or staff member who shows symptoms of illness during the day will be isolated and required to return home. • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette will continue to be a priority • No sharing of food or drink • Schools will have plans to manage the traffic flow to minimize congestion. • Daily cleaning and disinfecting including the continuation of day custodians. • Daily attendance management including visitor information. • Ventilation systems outfitted with recommended filters regularly maintained • Health and safety orientation for students and staff. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook! While we begin our third school year affected by Covid-19 and it is not what we had all hoped to return to with the pandemic still affecting our lives, it is not a time to be discouraged. We have Stop by for full details and menu options available this fall. science-based data that shows us BC schools were safe places 5121 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls Any inquiries, email 778.515.6502 last school year. It’s time to embrace optimism as we transition from sitting behind screens to engaging in person. While the Okanagan Falls PAC Update path may be longer than we expected, we are confident that as a school district we will continue to work together to ensure the By Kandis Lipsett, PAC President health, safety and all the activities we know are good for learning Hi folks. The school year for 2021-22 has started and the first PAC and development. meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 pm. Watch For more information, feel free to contact me any time. Janice the school newsletter and emails for the location or Zoom link. Stevens School Trustee for SD 53 at 250-307-4245 or jstevens@ The PAC wants to hear from you and this first meeting is when discussions start for PAC themes. The more ideas ... the better the outcomes. Looking forward to having you attend. Page 14 | October 2021 |

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OK Mini School Update By Chantelle Bruwer The OK Mini School is currently closed, as we were unable to find an ECE for the preschool program. We are working on opening our doors for January. We will not be running our cookie dough fundraiser this year. We greatly appreciate the support we have received from our community and society members during this process and wish you all a very Happy Autumn.

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Join The OSA For New Workshops And Familiar Favourites! By Kim Palmer, Executive Director As the weather cools and thoughts turn to indoor fun, let the Okanagan School of the Arts brighten your autumn with wonderful workshops. On Thursday, October 7, join Candace Moon of Stellar Ground for a Fire Cider Workshop. Fire cider is a traditional herbal recipe used to prevent illness or to help alleviate symptoms of colds and flus. A traditional recipe will be provided, but participants in this class will make a deep red/pink version that includes hibiscus. All supplies, recipes, and ingredients are included. Space is limited, so register today at

We’re delighted that local favourite Nel Witteman is again offering her popular watercolours class on Saturday, October 23. Nel will share her wealth of knowledge, creativity, and skills, along with her gift of awakening the creative spirit in her students. Registration is open now at Our Life Drawing group has moved to a new, more accessible location. Email, if you’re interesting in joining these weekly sessions. We’re still on the hunt for dedicated board members, so if you’re interested in fostering creativity and connection in your community, email our board president at Remember to keep an eye on our website and social media for the latest news from the OSA. We hope to connect with you soon!

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September Highlights From Kaleden Elementary School By Principal Diane Haddow All Kaleden Coyotes are back into their regular school routines after the summer break. We welcomed all of our students back on September 8th with a half day. This year, Kaleden Elementary welcomes 15 new Kindergarten students! We opened the doors with four divisions this year: a Kindergarten class, a grade 1/2 class, a grade 3/4 class and a grade 4/5 class. Welcome to Ms. Aimee Lemieux, who is our new grade 1/2 teacher for this year.

School Trustee Report For SD67 By Kathy Pierre, School Trustee Welcome back to an exciting new school year! Superintendent Report ~ Superintendent Manuel reported that it was a positive school start up with many expressing that things felt “much closer to normal” for everyone. Mandatory masks are required for students in grades 4-12 and recommended for K-3.

On September 27, 2021, the draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy was released by the Ministry of Education. The Board will provide opportunity for public feedback on the policy up to November 5, The school held our annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 2021. The feedback will be gathered via a digital questionnaire 17th at 10 am. The students gathered on the field and then ran “Two and the results will be shared publicly in December 2021. for Terry” around the perimeter of the school. The students raised In September 2021, Immunization Clinics were scheduled at over $140 for Cancer Research! Way to go Kaleden Elementary! Penticton Secondary, Princess Margaret and Summerland Secondary for eligible students and their family members. The school year was launched on September 7, 2021 with the SD67 School Improvement event for Teachers and Administrators. Teachers from across the district tuned in virtually. Indigenous Education Principal Dustin Hyde led the day with a brief update on the SD67 Equity Plan survey findings. Part 2 - Indigenous Ways of Knowing Learning Series Planning for 2021-2022 ~ The Indigenous Ways of Knowing from the Syilx perspective will continue with various Pro D workshop events planned for teachers throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The first Pro D event on September 27, 2021 offered several land-based activities. The afternoon Small Fires sessions included the following workshops: • Exploring Culturally Responsive Literacy • Tmixm Science - Grades 8-12 • Making a Path Together ~ Workshop participants gathered to debrief, share ideas and discovery new ways to implement Indigenous Ways of Knowing into their practice. Please contact Kathy Pierre at, if you have any questions regarding this report. Board meetings are live steamed and can be accessed at Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal


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Hi everyone. Short and sweet this month. We are all very Thankful and Boo! Scary Time! Okay. Rapid fire reminders ... KPAC AGM is on Tuesday, October 12 at 7 pm in the School Library. We are in person, so pants on please. We get to see each other for real! We really, really need some extra bodies to keep this ship sailing, so come join us if at all possible. We are also gauging interest in a family photo session. Reach out to the school or comment on the Facebook page, if you’re interested in a Fall Mini Session. We are expecting some favourite hot lunches from last year to spin up soon. Stay tuned for more information. Gobble, gobble everyone! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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New Art Exhibit Recognizes The Value Of Women

Black Holes, And Dark Matter

Submitted by the Penticton & District Community Arts Council

“At the very centre of the Milky Way galaxy there are so many stars that they run into one another and merge. Over billions of years a black hole has grown there, that now contains 4 million times as much mass as the Sun.” That’s the last paragraph from last month’s story. Today we’re continuing the tale.

The Penticton & District Community Arts Council Galleries, located at 200 Manor Park Avenue in Penticton, is proud to host a solo exhibition featuring the work of Chilean-Canadian artist Karla Avendaño. Hathor: Goddess of Many Things, opens September 24 and will be on view until November 6, 2021. Members of the public are invited to visit the exhibit in person Thursdays through Sundays from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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We see the Milky Way as a fuzzy strip of light, stretching across the night sky. Look at it through a pair of binoculars, and you will find that the fuzzy light breaks up into many points, individual The exhibit will feature portraits of women, recognizing their value stars. Our Sun is an ordinary star, one among 100 billion stars in through art. Hathor, one of the most popular goddesses of ancient the Milky Way. Some stars are ten times as massive as the Sun, Egypt, was the protector of women, but she was worshipped by and some only one tenth as massive. Our Sun is truly a middleall. Hathor’s domains included love, beauty, music, and pleasure. of-the-road star. The portraits represent and explore themes of strength, beauty, The Milky Way is like a thick pancake. From our place inside it we sacrifice, and universal interconnectedness. Asked about the art see it as a strip across the sky. The pancake is 100 thousand light exhibition, Avendaño said that she wants every woman to know years across, and we are half way from the centre, out towards that there is a part of Hathor inside of them, and that all women one edge. The pancake is thicker in the middle, with a big central have the power - and the right - to be a goddess. bulge. Where we live, the stars are quite far apart, and one star Avendaño’s vibrant use of colour emphasizes the light that shines doesn’t bother its neighbour, but at the very centre of the Milky Way there are so many stars, packed so tightly, that they run into from within each woman. Each portrait considers how modern women - daughters, sisters, one another. Over its 5 billion year life, that central black hole has and mothers - are viewed by themselves and by others. In the swallowed as much material as 4 million Suns. That’s a superprocess of creating this installation, Avendaño felt inspired by massive black hole. the unfolding of events in Afghanistan, and discrimination and human rights abuses women and girls living there are facing. In solidarity with women around the world, she has painted everyday goddesses to inspire people to recognize the sacrifices, hard work, and passions of all women. She hopes to promote equal rights and opportunities - regardless of gender - and to help end violence against women and girls.

Karla Avendaño is an emerging artist who works mainly in acrylic and mixed media, creating contemporary surrealist images of the beauty she observes in the world. She is the granddaughter, daughter, and niece of artists. She was encouraged to explore her creativity from a young age and since early 2020, she has been an PDCAC Artist in Residence at the Leir House Cultural Centre. She works out of her studio space in Penticton and lives in Kaleden.

If no light can escape from a black hole, how do we know it’s there? The gravity of the black hole is still active, and stars just outside it are speeding in tight orbits around the black hole. By measuring how fast those stars move, we can calculate the mass of the black hole. (To do that we use the formulas that Isaac Newton wrote down in the year 1687!).

Our Sun is in a huge orbit of its own, travelling once around the Milky Way in 200 million years. Our speed in that orbit (250 kilometres every second) depends on the mass of everything that’s closer to the centre of the Milky Way than we are, not just on the mass of the central black hole. Measuring the orbiting speed of the Sun, and of other stars, lets us weigh the entire Milky Way. That calculation, first made forty years ago, delivered a big surprise. The Milky Way contains six times more mass than we can account for in stars. What is the missing mass? We don’t know. We call it “dark matter”, and it’s everywhere. Even with the most sophisticated telescopes, we can only “see” about one sixth of the stuff in the Universe. Perhaps it’s in black holes? We don’t know. Here are a few helpful website addresses: •

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada and is located at 717 White Lake Road in Kaleden. For more information, please call 250-497-2300. | October 2021 | Page 17

Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator Thank you to each and every one of you who joined us for “Party in the Park” in September! We were treated to such lovely music by Yanti, delicious food from Challen at Crave Creative Kitchen, some of you demoed e-bikes generously provided by Epic Cycles and the weather more than cooperated!

If you weren’t able to join us in September, we have a great Lunch & Learn planned for October 22nd, featuring an Estate Planning presentation by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. Lunch will be served at 12:30 and we hope to see you there! Please see the poster to the right for all the details. Calling all Crafters, Artists and Bakers! The second annual Kaleden Progressive Winter Market is scheduled for November 20th and we are looking for vendors. Please contact kaledenseniors@ to sign up. Details can be found on the poster below. Save the date for our ever popular Wreath Making event! Friday December 3rd at Linden Gardens. Finally, a quick reminder about COVID protocols - these will be followed at all KSC activities. Masks are required and there is a limit to 50 people at all indoor events. Vaccine passports also required. If you have any questions, please let us know. You can reach the KSC anytime by emailing

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King

The next series of articles will include the histories of some of the founding families who arrived in the decades starting in the 1920s. These are recorded from the memories of the descendants of these families. They are written up by me and I take responsibility for any errors. The run-on sentences are also all mine, though the tendency is undoubtedly inherited.

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When Cecil returned home, he got a job as the night watchman in the Killarney and Kilwinning areas of Penticton, where new homes were being built primarily for veterans of WWII - these homes became known as ‘wartime housing’. He also became a carpenter, and in late 1946, built the family’s first personally owned home on Fairview Road and over the next few years built many homes in Penticton. On February 14, 1947 another daughter, Valerie, was born. So not only were Cecil’s talents growing, but also his family. In 1948, Evelyn’s parents, Robert and Hazel Preston expressed an interest in retiring from orcharding and purchased a grocery store in Rosedale, BC, calling it Preston’s Big Little Department Store. So Cecil and Evelyn purchased the 10 acre apple orchard in Kaleden, keeping it in the family and moved into Evelyn’s childhood home. Cecil kept extremely busy tending the orchard, planting new trees, plus continuing to build new homes in Penticton. In the meantime, Cecil’s brother Ray had passed away forcing his wife Erna (nee Knodel) to sell the dairy farm. In 1949, Cecil built a small home on the Hayter property to accommodate Erna and her three children, Roy, Harry and Gloria. Erna helped with the orchard work until 1952, when Cecil helped her get established in Oliver where her two brothers from Estonia, Sask had settled. The 1950s were a time of great transition for the Hayter family. First of all, Cecil expanded his holdings by purchasing 20 acres of bare land near the north end of Pineview Drive, which he then planted in apricots and peaches. He was now a substantial orchardist with over 30 acres in fruit. Luckily, at least for Cecil, he had two teenage children, Sylvia and Marvin, who considered themselves to be very unlucky and bemoaned the fact that they had to spend their summers picking apricots instead of spending time on the beach with their friends. Cecil was fruitful producing apples, apricots and peaches, but this decade was even more fruitful as he and Evelyn produced five more children in relatively quick succession. Ken on April 17, 1953,

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Don on November 1, 1955, Daryl on October 16, 1957, Marlene on March 14, 1959 and Sandra on August 10, 1960. Cecil had to build a new and much larger home to accommodate his growing family. While the family was still growing, the older ones were beginning to leave. In 1957, Sylvia graduated from high school and began work with the royal commission on the tree fruit industry. She travelled to Dawson Creek for a time, then to Hazelton, and then on to Vancouver where in 1958 she entered nurses training. In the meantime, she met a very interesting fellow at her cousin’s wedding and began a cordial relationship with a certain Milton Preston from Kelowna (no relation to the Kaleden Prestons). Their relationship developed and they were married June 6, 1959 and upon Sylvia’s graduation, moved to Terrace where Sylvia worked at the Mills Memorial Hospital as a nurse and then later in a dentist’s office. Sylvia and Milton had three children, all born in Terrace. Geoffry in 1961, Glenda in 1962 and Gloria in 1964. In 1974, the family came back to the Okanagan, to Kelowna, where they lived until after the children graduated from High School. Milt and Sylvia divorced in 1990. In 1993, Sylvia returned once again to Kaleden when she married her childhood sweetheart, Norman Fretz, her friend and near neighbour during their early years. Norm was a carpenter by trade. He built 10 homes in Kaleden, including one he built for them on the old Fretz property across from the school and their retirement home on Juniper where they still reside. Sylvia’s daughter, Gloria Horning, is the only one of the 16 grandchildren of Cecil and Evelyn who currently lives here, but that may change, since Kaleden seems to have a special hold on its former residents and tends to brings them all home after a time. Tune in next month for the continuing story. Join us each 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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Fall has arrived. That means darker mornings and cooler days. In another month, the swans will be returning to their winter home on Vaseux Lake and the sheep will come down from the hilltops to the greener grass for grazing. The Museum has been open for tours all summer, except for those days when it was too smoky to have the doors open. We will remain open until the first of October. By that time, all the touring will be complete and all the buildings will be put to bed until spring. The Thrifty Boutique has been busy putting away all the summer stock that was left over after the Big Bag Sale earlier in September. There is a large number of light jackets and vests that will be selling for $5.00 each. Stop in and check them out! Did’ja Know? Our Volunteer Fire Department has been an important part of our community for many years. The wives of the firemen formed a Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. They supported a number of events and fundraisers for the community. One very popular event was the “Valentine’s Day Tea and Dance” that was held in February every year. Barbara Few reported that her son asked his girlfriend to be his wife while they were at the Valentine’s Day Tea. The Auxiliary worked with the firefighters when they had events like the Fireman’s Barbecue, Christmas parties, and other similar gatherings. Part of the barbecue activities were the foot races for the children. Each race consisted of children in the same age group. The names of the first, second and third in each race were put in a newspaper item in 1975. In 1982, it was reported that “more than 250 people attended the barbecue in June”. All proceeds from the barbecue went to the Community Centre Fund. Also in 1982, the Firemen’s Barbecue held that year was the 15th barbecue held. A dance took place that evening, but was hindered by an hour-long power outage. The Auxiliary also supported a Community Bursary for an Okanagan Falls Graduate, and donations went to the Grade 6 Field Trip, and the Lion’s Summer Camp in Winfield for handicapped children. Each year, the Fireladies also sponsored a babysitting course for girls aged 11 and over. I have no idea when the Auxiliary folded. However, while it was running, it was a going concern. The more I read about Okanagan Falls history, I get the feeling of the bustling and busy place Okanagan Falls was back then.

The Senior’s Activity Society is having their Fall Flea Market and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 9th from 9 am to 1 pm. Donations for the bake table can be brought on October 9th. If you have things to donate that we can sell at the Flea Market, they can be dropped off at the Senior’s Centre anytime during open hours, or you can call Edna Moreland at 250-460-0730 to make arrangements. No clothing or electronics accepted. There are still a limited number of tables for vendors to rent. So if you would like to rent a table, please give Edna a call.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update

By Michael Livingstone, SSHS Chair

The notice of our Annual General Meeting of South Skaha Housing Society is still planned for October 14, 2021 in the gym or meeting room of the Okanagan Falls Community Centre (also known as the Okanagan Falls Elementary School Gym). The meeting will start at 7 pm and the doors will open at 6:30 pm. All current Public Health Orders at that time will be followed, i.e. vaccine passport, social distancing, available hand sanitizer, face masks, and anything else required by the Public Health Orders. Also, a form supplied by the RDOS has to be completed. As mentioned before, there is an application form for potential tenants for South Skaha Place to get on the waiting list. The form can be found online at

By Linda Rich

Activities in October 2021 Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, October 2 from 8-10 am General Meeting ~ Monday, October 4 at 1 pm Canasta ~ Mondays at 10 am Tuesday Bingo ~ October 5, 12 & 19 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 5 pm Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am Bridge ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Fall Flea Market ~ Saturday, October 9 from 9 am - 1 pm Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, October 16 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner & Trivia ~ Saturday, October 23 at 5:30 pm For all activities and events held in the building, masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination must be shown at the door.

Are you over 50? Just $20/yr to join! Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Society! For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669.

Better at Home offers non-medical support services to anyone 65 years of age or older in the Okanagan Falls area. We are currently offering: • Housekeeping • Transportation Please contact 250-495-6925 or email to find our more information. We look forward to assisting you soon!

Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update

Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

By Marla Wilson It is with a heavy heart that I report the Ladies Auxiliary has disbanded. The organization has been an active part of the community for 73 years. The problem was that there were not enough workers to continue to keep the organization going. So, there will be no more meat draws by the Auxiliary, no more bingos, no more Fowl Suppers. The Auxiliary met on September 1, 2021 and much discussion was brought up, but the main thought among the members was that we just could not keep up the pace. The Ladies Auxiliary Charter has been removed from the Legion Wall. The Charter will go back to the Legion Wall, once it has been returned. Money in the Auxiliary account has gone to support the veterans and a donation was given to Branch #227. We wish to thank the Community for supporting our many activities throughout the years.

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Beverly van Uden Hello Branch 227 Members & Guests ~ We would like to thank everyone for the great support in coming down to the Legion. This sure helps keep this Legion open in these trying times of Covid. A Big Thank You ... to one of our pool players, Victor and his wife Bobby, for the new 55 inch TV on the sports floor. It was great summer ... with the Town Market and the Car Show. Stay tuned for updates on the board outside or on Facebook. Meat Draws ~ 5 pm Fridays and 4 pm Saturdays with food available. Due to the lack of volunteers right now, just food on Saturdays. If you would like to volunteer for the bar or Meat Draw, please give us a call at 250-497-8338. Legion Week is October 10-16 ~ Stay tuned for more information. Pancake Breakfast - October 10 from 8-11 am ~ Pancakes, French toast, bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. $7 each. Kids under 3 are free. Poppy Campaign Begins on October 29 ~ Get your poppy! Halloween Fun on October 30 ~ Come dressed up. Prizes for best costumes. Due to Covid, there will not be dance. Any updates will be posted on the Legion Facebook page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. You can also check the sign outside the Legion for updates as well. Membership Due Now ~ Be lucky and get on the Early Bird.

It would seem that the fires mostly are extinguished for another year. We had a short notice federal election and Covid variants are still wreaking havoc. I think Mother Nature is losing her sense of humor, except for the election! Enough said. Lion’s are non-political, which is one of the organization’s strengths, but sometimes it gets difficult to look around at what is transpiring and not shake one’s head. October is upon us, bringing the first full month of Autumn, with cooler temperatures and hopefully some more precipitation to rebuild our water reserves. The urchins will be roaming the neighbourhoods near month end, but you won’t recognize most of them in their costumes and face paint. Drive carefully, they aren’t always looking for cars with all those anticipated goodies forefront in their minds. September saw our fall start to the School Breakfast Program with some minor changes. The school no longer has separate groupings of students, so we can use a single serving point for all, which saves some preparation time for our volunteers. Lion Mike Livingstone has been the prime motivator for a number of years now and has decided to serve Lionism at a District level as 2nd Vice District Governor for this coming year, then moving to District Governor over the next two years. Thanks for all your years of community service Mike and for your continued commitment to Lionism. Mike is a charter member of Okanagan Falls Lions Club, which started in 1979. We’re still collecting eyewear for distribution to needy people worldwide. So if you have old glasses laying around the house, please consider donating them. The Lion’s have collection boxes at various locations in the valley. That’s all for now, as the Romans said, “Dum Spiro, Spero!” See you next time. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinics will be held on October 25 & 26 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre from 1:30 - 5:30 pm. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-236-6283. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club will meet monthly this fall, face to face if all goes well. If you would like to join us, call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and


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Recycling Donations ~ If anyone has cans, bottles, water bottles, please call or text Bev at 250-809-5537. Games ~ The registration sheet for Shuffleboard is now posted. For any info, please call Sue Walker at 250-462-4128. This Remembrance Day and Poppy Season ~ Students in Elementary and High Schools can take part in remembering those who have served and who have given their lives for the Canada we enjoy. Entries must be received at your Royal Canadian Legion by November 15, 2021. We are located at 5009 Veterans Way, Okanagan Falls. For more info, call 250-497-8338. We are a small Legion with a big heart!


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Sunday Service at 10 am ~ Please check for live or virtual options. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Ohori - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church Website: - for up to date event information

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Sunday Service at 11 am ~ Indoor services with Pastor Jon Manlove, also on YouTube at Okanagan Falls Community Church and date. For Children’s Church, Bible Studies, and Prayer Meeting information, please call our church office at 250-497-5131. FB: Okanagan Falls Community Church. Everyone is welcome! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, Okanagan Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

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Sunday Service at 9 am ~ Speakers: October 3 - Rev. Donald Schmidt; October 10 - Victor Ince; October 17 - Sarah Tupholme; October 24 - Rev. Paul James; and October 31 - Sarah Tupholme. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. Please visit or call us for more information. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 or 250-497-2560

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service

Sunday Mass at 11 am - Service held in St. Barbara’s Church 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Father Thomas Kakkaniyil - 250-498-3934

St. Barbara’s Anglican Church

Sunday Service at 9 am with 4th Sunday each month at 1 pm. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Rev. Dr. Guna Vaddadi - 250-899-0163

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Volunteer Spotlight The Voting Volunteers

By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

Feeling lonely? A “dose” of Volunteering makes loneliness less common. We know if we eat healthy foods, exercise, and avoid smoking, our chances of living a happier, longer, and healthier life increases. But, it appears that regular volunteering should be added to that healthy checklist. And, there’s a growing body of research to support this. Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, which impacts our physical and mental wellbeing. The best ways to derive health benefits from volunteering is to: 1. Volunteer for the right reasons; to help others. 2. Volunteer consistently throughout your life. 3. Volunteer to meet the threshold of 2 hours a week. 4. Volunteer in a diverse range of opportunities or organizations. Less-lonely people might be more apt to venture out to volunteer and that’s where the SOS Volunteer Centre can help. Each month we have a Volunteer Gathering where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Volunteer Gathering ~ Join us on October 27 for the monthly Volunteer Gathering. Register at Register on the SOSVC website,, as a ‘Volunteer’ to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a ‘Leader’ in to receive board training and opportunities. ‘Like us’ on SOSVC Facebook. Before volunteering, read the “The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during Covid-19”. For more information, email or call 1-888-576-5661.

A special thank you to the volunteers who spent long hours helping at our recent Federal Election Polls. Thank you for your time and assistance in making things run smoothly for all who came out and voted in Kaleden and Okanagan Falls.

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Flowers to Helen Norman-Shemilt for your years of dedication and service to the people of Okanagan Falls, while you have been with Interior Savings Credit Union. We miss you at the Branch. Hope you are enjoying your well-deserved retirement! ~ From Mel W. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the person who found my Visa card outside Falls Market and reported it lost. They could have gone on a shopping spree. Thank you! ~ From Barbara D. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to everyone involved in the resurfacing of the old tennis court, which now supports the addition of four pickleball courts. This is a great recreational asset to the community. Loads of fun for all ages to join in the sport of pickleball or tennis and for the community to come out and watch a game. ~ From Rhonda M. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Linden Gardens (chickens), Kaleden Post Office, Ponderosa Resort, and Mrs. D’s (Kaleden Elementary School) Thank you for making the Kaleden Library Summer Reading Club Scavenger Hunt a BIG HIT this summer! The children loved visiting you all and looking for a book covers hidden in our community. ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to Frog City Café in Linden Gardens. Thank you for the delicious cinnamon buns to go with our coffees and teas. We will miss you over winter, but looking forward to when you open again in the Spring 2022. ~ From the Wednesday Morning Ladies Flowers to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 for your many years of service to the community of Okanagan Falls. You will be dearly missed! ~ From Skaha Matters Fish Heads to all the people not writing “Fish Heads”. There have been zero Fish Heads for two straight months and it’s too much to bear! When a drunk withdraws from alcohol, they become sick, and when Fish Heads are withdrawn from me, I become vengeful. Someone out there has enough time to complain about something stupid! Is it you? If you have some stupid beef with something childish, please write a Fish Head! My well-being and mental health depends on it. ~ From Wyatt W. of Okanagan Falls DE













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If you live in the Kaleden area and have needs during this time, please call the HUB. Our frozen meals (mostly soup) are available immediately. We can also provide grocery shopping - Please allow a few days advance notice. We are grateful for all the neighbours helping neighbours! HUB NUMBER: 250-460-3387

Al-Anon Meeting Information

If you or someone you know is affected by a loved one’s drinking, please join us for support via Zoom or at local in-person meetings. Alcoholism is a family illness. In Al-Anon we learn new skills, build confidence and self-esteem, gather in fellowship with others with similar problems. We learn that we didn’t cause the alcoholic to drink, we can’t control their drinking or cure it. In Al-Anon, we learn the AA 12 steps and slogans that focus on us like - How important is it? Let it begin with me. Live and let live! District 21 Al-Anon Group ~ 1-250-800-5566 Website ~ | October 2021 | Page 23

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