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Volume 8 : Issue 9

September 2016 Your FREE Monthly Community Newsletter

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Summer lives on ... even in September!”

What a grand summer it has been with great music and parties in our parks, family camping, boating and swimming, lots of organized events for the kids, and tons of glorious sunshine. I hope you and yours have been blessed with a wonderful and fun-filled summer just as my wife Pat and I have enjoyed with our friends and grandkids (and too many trips to Tickleberry’s!). Tom Siddon And, even though parents and young ones Director of will return to their normal routine of work RDOS Area ‘D’ and school after Labor Day, for many of us older folks summer lives on through the month of September! Kudos to our Recreation Staff ~ Speaking of summertime activities, I want to pay special tribute to Janet Black, Nancy Wigley and their great recreational team for offering a range of fun things for kids of all ages to do during the summer. And, I’d like to offer my personal word of thanks to our summer student, Haley Lamont for the several projects she undertook for Area ‘D’ this summer, including the popular “What’s on Wednesdays” program of interesting things for kids to do in August. Good luck to you Haley, as you return to your Education studies at UVic. Olympics Victories at Rio ~ Wasn’t it great news to hear that our Canadian Olympics Team scored 22 medals, including 4 Gold at the Olympic Games in Rio. And, it was very telling to we men that over 70 percent of those medals (16) were won by the women athletes. This is a great testament to our increasing national dedication to fitness, competitive training, self improvement and team spirit. Three cheers to our athletes! We should remember that all of this starts with programs for our kids in our parks and school playgrounds. Wild-fire Wake-up Call ~ For the most part, the south Okanagan has been spared the “big-one” that might have gotten away during the hot, dry days of August. However, we had a close call near Okanagan Falls after the violent wind squall on the evening of August 21st. Due to a yet unconfirmed ignition source, a brush fire went out of control along Green Mountain Road near the Provincial Campground. Within a couple of hours, it had consumed more than 10 hectares of brush and small trees up the side of Mount McClellan. Many residents were awakened by the fire and smoke, and several homes and the campground had to be evacuated before midnight. Thanks to the quick response of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department, with additional support from the Kaleden VFD and the BC Forest Service, the fire was all but contained by late morning of August 22nd. But had the gusty winds not died down, matters could have become much worse overnight. A big thank you to Chief Bob Haddow and his crew, and to the others who were on the spot when we needed them. Once again, we are reminded of the necessity to eliminate all sources of brush, dry grasses and other combustible fuels near our houses and properties. As we learned from the Fort McMurray fire, these are not normal times. Wild-fires can start in an instant with deadly consequences. We must do our utmost to prevent them.

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and Provincial Government agencies to fulfill a broad mandate for more effective governance in our Electoral Area. More recently, following an in-house capacity review, the administration of Parks and Recreation programs led by Janet Black has been rolled in with the Community Services office to create a truly unified and more efficient service delivery model. Congratulations to both Shona and Janet for making this possible, and to all of the CS team for the excellent work you have been doing this past year to serve the needs of Area ‘D’ residents. Town Centre Consolidation ~ As we move toward the implementation of a new “Town Centre Planning Zone” for the core area of Okanagan Falls, I expect to continue building on our past 2 ½ years of community consultations which embody a vibrant, mixed use vision for the town centre. Our consultants have pointed out on several occasions that the community should work towards identifying a town-centered “place magnet” which integrates well with the town’s greatest asset; that being our very valuable lake front parks and associated waterfront amenities. To this end, I look forward to a further round of consultations later this year with local residents, businesses and land owners in the study area. And of course, we must continue to include the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in these discussions given that all traffic corridors, circulations, and intersections will depend on securing final approval from the Ministry. And, given that the former “flea market” property will soon be a thing of the past, I am very much anticipating our discussions with the new owner, Mr. Terry Feeny in the days ahead, as we search for mutually beneficial options, which at the same time will preserve a legacy of lasting value to the entire community for decades to come. Area D-1 OCP Review Winding Down ~ On Thursday, August 25th our OCP Citizen’s Review Committee for Area D-1 was to hold a final review meeting to discuss the draft OCP legislation which incorporates their year-long work with RDOS staff and the EcoPlan consulting group, toward the updating of the Official Community Plan for the Western half of Area ‘D’. Barring any last minute hiccups, and subject to the approval of the Citizen’s Committee, I am anticipating that the Bylaw amendment package will be brought before the RDOS Board for consideration early in September. Governance Study Project Wrapping Up ~ The Governance Study Committee held its final meeting with the Leftside Partners Group on Monday, August 29th. The consultants’ final report summarizes the detailed findings from numerous respondents living throughout Area ‘D’ in response to questions concerning a variety of specific governance restructuring options. Detailed results of this questionnaire have been posted on the RDOS website under the heading Area ‘D’ Governance Study - Survey #2. The consultant’s final report, including a complete summary of the one-year Governance Study will be presented to the RDOS Board by mid-September, and ultimately to the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development with recommendations for future implementation. My compliments to Bob Daly and his Governance Study Committee for their many hours of dedicated work on this important project. Well, that’s it for this month folks. I hope to “See you in September”, perhaps at “Music in the Park” at 2pm on Sunday, September 18th. Until then,

First Anniversary of Community Services Office ~ One year ago I announced the restructuring of our Area ‘D’ office located near the IGA in Okanagan Falls, to establish a new Community Services Office Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca that would provide a “one stop shop” for a wide range of programs and Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520 services to the residents of Area ‘D’. Following a thorough search, Shona Schleppe was appointed last September 1st to serve as the new Community Services Manager. Over the past year, Shona and her team have established an outstanding and highly regarded presence in Area ‘D’, working cooperatively with the many Boards, Commissions, Volunteer Groups


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Monthly MLA Update

Summer in the South Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen brings great weather, wonderful harvests of fruit and vegetables, tourists and traffic. Throughout the region, the flow of traffic slows and frustrations build. In communities like Okanagan Falls, just getting safely across the road even with a marked sidewalk is a challenge. Thanks to Pat Burton, who organized a petition that garnered over 1100 signatures, awareness has been raised and discussions are underway with Highways to improve pedestrian safety with the provision of a controlled and lighted crossing at Highway 97 and Cedar Street. Agriculture is also at the forefront during the summer, as we enjoy the fresh produce available. Many events also happen on farms during this time of year and new Agri-Tourism guidelines will ensure that farming is the primary use of ALR lands by clarifying which events can be held, how many people can attend, and that the footprint of the activity remains in the allowable space and does not infringe on farming operations. The new rules can be accessed through the BC Government website and is the result of discussions with UBCM, the BC Ag Council, the ALC and the BC Young Farmers Association. The first monies from the new Rural Dividend Fund have been distributed. The fund of 25 million a year for 3 years was established to support communities under 25,000 in population improve their economic futures. The first recipients are receiving $10,000 each. Oliver will update its downtown revitalization plan, Keremeos will look at ways to improve the visual appeal of the Village, Midway will get help applying for grants and contracting the improvements to their Community Hall, and Area E (Rock Creek) in the RDKB will work on plans to process and market local meat products. Larger grants will also be announced at a later date. Wine is always “top of mind” and the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards have again recognized some new and not so new wineries in the region. Congratulations to Kismet, Bordertown, Gold Hill, Hester Creek, and Intersection wineries for receiving this very prestigious award. We are very proud of the wines produced in our region and the continuing dedication to excellence of the entire wine industry. As we move once again towards September and the beginning of another school year, we continue to look for new ways to help our smaller communities maintain a vibrant school system. The School Transportation Fund recently announced will help transport students safely and quickly to school and can be directed to the areas that each school district feels would benefit their students. Perhaps to shorten the ride times or reinstate a bus stop that was discontinued due to low numbers of students at that location. Transportation needs for students with disabilities can also be enhanced with this funding. We recognize the value of rural schools to the economies of rural communities and will continue to look for ways to give students the best education possible close to home. Please enjoy the best our beautiful area has to offer at this time of year and be patient on the highways - all of our visitors just want to enjoy this area as well, and take some of the harvest home with them.

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Area “D” Community Services Office

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with Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager The “year” has gone by very quickly .... it has been truly rewarding! Thank you to the community for your patience as the Office did not always have an answer to your questions. A salute to Director Siddon, Vickie & Gina, Janet & Nancy, and the RDOS Staff for the support and response to my endless questions. We are striving to meet community expectations in an effective, efficient, equitable and fiscally responsible manner!

The Park Planning started in early August with meetings with the Commission and a public survey. The community responded and provided valuable feedback that will guide the development of the concepts and designs for three parks in Area “D”. LA West are hosting the Public Meetings mid September ... details to TBA. United we stand, fantastic community cooperation, by the end of July there was over 1100 signatures for the Pedestrian Controlled Traffic Signal at Cedar Street and Hwy 97. What a terrific turnout of community members that morning to witness the presentation of the Petition to MLA Linda Larson on August 3rd! It is our understanding that the MLA Office has sent the petition to the Minister and they will respond directly to Pat Burton. Thanks to Haley, our Summer Student, for tabulating information on the Visitor Centre. The statistics for part of May, June and July indicate the following: 1087 total visitors, most visits between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, highest number of visitors from BC, we hosted 68 European visitors, most frequent information request “where are the falls?”, most visitors stop here for the day and most requested resources are for the KVR and Wineries. A big shout out to the Visitor Centre volunteers who go above and beyond for our tourists and locals! Flora and Fauna in the Okanagan Valley is very delicate. It is a biologically unique area with both high species diversity and species at risk, and is recognized as one of Canada’s most endangered natural systems. The antelope-brush ecosystem of the Okanagan is one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Recently, the flora and fauna on the KVR Trail between Okanagan Falls and Kaleden suffered significant damage. Trees were delimbed, 2 foot stumps remained and many rare species were harmed. Please note, the maintenance of the KVR Trail (3m wide) is the responsibility of the RDOS, as per the guidelines stated in the license of occupation agreement . The maintenance, upgrade and preservation of the trail are guided by a variety of provincial and federal Acts. Any person who contravenes a section in any of the Acts is committing an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment or to both. The trail is a protected area with native habitat and a fragile ecosystem. If the KVR requires attention, please contact us. To get involved positively to protect our unique flora and fauna, please contact Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (info@osstewardship.ca). The results for Survey #2 are available at www.rdos.bc.ca/home/ Popular Links - Governance Study. The final report from Left Side consultants will be presented on August 29th. Please acknowledge Bob Daly and the members of the Governance Committee they are “community champions”! This has been a year long process of intense meetings and public engagement!

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Business Update in Area “D”… This month the “spot light” is on Unit Electrical Engineering Ltd. UEE is constructing a new multi-million dollar fully integrated self-contained manufacturing facility at its existing site in Okanagan Falls, located at 1406 Maple Street. Over the last 10+ years, UEE has successfully grown its business. A new singular building (38,000 sq. ft.) will be located directly adjacent to the existing manufacturing facilities and will provide a fully integrated self-contained manufacturing facility with steel fabrication, paint, assembly and electrical conducted in one core manufacturing facility. This will dramatically increase UEE’s operational efficiencies throughout the entire processing cycle. UEE’s manufacturing facilities integrate seamlessly with engineering and design capabilities, resulting in consistent and efficient manufacturing of both standard and custom designs. From domestic and global mining, oil and gas installations to industrial and commercial applications, UEE powers industry. UEE designs and manufactures custom and standard electrical power distribution and control equipment for mining, oil and gas, renewable energy and various commercial and industrial applications. UEE is also a strong supporter of our community, sponsoring many special events and donating to community projects! Join me in congratulating UEE on the construction of this new integrated manufacturing facility! Kim English, our Age Friendly Business Coordinator, has completed assessments with over 20 businesses in Okanagan Falls and area. Please consider completing the Age Friendly Business assessment. Kim has a few openings in her schedule for the Fall. Remember, an Age Friendly Business is a people friendly business! Good News ... The Center for Dentistry is now open! From Beaches to Bluffs … • Music in the Park - Sunday, August 28th featuring “Flashback“ and September 18th featuring Oliver locals “Mikie and Ken”. • Fall Recreation - Check out the schedule of programs being offered in both Kaleden and Okanagan Falls at www.okfalls.net. • Check out the New Horizon Sampler Programs coming soon to Kaleden for adults. • Community Information Sessions return in September every Wednesday at 1:00 pm (NEW TIME) at the OK Falls Library. • Call out for Tennis Players in Okanagan Falls - please notify the Area “D” Office if interested in some organized play. • Director Tom Siddon’s connection to Story Time from Space, on Tuesday, September 27th ... Check out the sneak preview at the Okanagan Falls Library - see an on screen astronaut reading and a live experiment. Penticton’s Patricia Tribe and veteran Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason designed the experiments. Director Siddon taught Bjarni at the University of British Columbia (mechanical engineering). A farewell to Haley Lamont! Great job on all the special events, What’s on Wednesdays, the Visitor Centre, and the Museum. Best of luck in your academics and in your pursuit of your Education Degree. Area “D” and RDOS have had the opportunity to work with Deb Dunham over the past few months. We all appreciate Deb’s enthusiasm and ability to get the job done! Thanks Deb, you are a gem! Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Office 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department

KVFD September Tip

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A wildfire began near Hwy 97 and Green Lake Road late on Sunday, August 21st, spreading rapidly covering over 16 ha to the Southwest as a windstorm blew through Okanagan Falls. The cause of the fire has yet been to be confirmed. Fortunately, no one was harmed and no structures were destroyed. A HUGE THANK YOU to all our local firefighters and emergency crews! Your speedy hard work through the night was much appreciated by the entire community of Okanagan Falls. Thank you to everyone who helped your neighbours too! It was a very scary and sleepless night. (Photos by Malibu Dreams Photography)

Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ... A few other facts about the 1970’s ... At the community Halloween parties, donations were made by Northwood Mills, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Women’s Institute, the Recreation Commission, and the Fire Department put on a show of fireworks, which was donated by Okanagan Falls Variety Store. The Fire Department donated trophies and awards to the Elementary School for sports and grades. There were even baseball events, Firemen versus. School, where the firemen and their wives played against the school teachers and Grade 7 students. The wives dressed up like clowns and came in the 1936 fire truck. Everyone always had a great time! At Christmas time, a fire truck was there to help Santa get to the festivities, which is still done today. The fire hall administered oxygen to residents if needed, but were not first aid certified. If need be the patient would be transported by the fire department to Oliver or Penticton, if no ambulance were available. Other items of interest was the double lane installed on Waterman’s Hill in 1972. Phone pricing updated. Cable television with 5 channels 1973. The towns hydrants were upgraded and all valves were made uniform. Also, new sewer piping system was installed. Prior to the 911 system, our emergency phone number was 5696, which automatically connected to a special phone at the Lakeview Store, The Jade Shop, and the Fire Chief’s home. The first emergency number for direct contact was in Winnipeg, being 999 taken from England, which was their emergency number. This was on June 21,1959. The 911 system didn’t go into effect in Canada until 1974. Vernon received the 911 system in about 1989. For Okanagan Falls it was 1990 - 1991. Thanks to long term members: Fred Dobransky, Kelvin Black, Angus McLeod, Ian Bowen, Lyonel Doherty, Martin Zenuik, Rini Van Uden, Daryl Hudson, Russell Chartier, Dale Stevenson, Jordan Somerville, Kris Poole, Mike Casorso and Brett Martin. To be continued ... Join us at our annual OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, September 18th from 10 am - 2 pm. We will have a Bouncy Castle, Hotdogs, and Auto Extrication Show, along with a Junior Fireman’s Challenge. Come and check out your Fire Hall! We always welcome new members.

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District would like to thank all the residents of the lower zone for their patience during the Boil Water Notice of July 28th to August 15th. A Boil Water Notice is issued by the Irrigation District and Interior Health when there is either known contamination or a risk of contamination in the water supply. On July 28th, OFID received notice that a July 26th water sample sent for testing from the lower zone tested positive for Coliform and E-coli bacteria. Immediately a Boil Water Notice was issued to the community, and an action plan began, including: communication with Interior Health; flushing lines to remove any sediment (which can sometimes harbour bacteria); increased sampling throughout the lower zone; a series of system checks to ensure wells and sample stations are secure and free of contamination; reservoirs clean and free of sediment, vents covered, no leaks or breaks in lines; no changes in pressures in the system; and chlorine levels within proper limits. Beginning July 29th, three successive water samples at a different testing site in the lower zone tested positive for Coliform contamination. A major flushing of the lines was done until all samples taken throughout the system repeatedly tested negative for contamination, and Interior Health authorized the lifting of the Boil Water Notice. In an effort to reduce further risk of events such as these from occurring in the future, in collaboration with Interior Health and our Engineer, Okanagan Falls Irrigation District is taking the following actions: • Reviewing all system drawings in order to identify possible weaknesses in the system • Reviewing flushing procedures • Increasing sampling • Re-checking back flow prevention valves in the system • Conferring with other Irrigation Districts which have experienced similar problems There have been public comments reported, such as; “This is an ongoing problem here.” However, the last Boil Water Notice in Okanagan Falls was issued in 2014, when a single test sample showed positive for contamination, and it was necessary to issue the order. Repeated sampling that week showed no further indication of contamination and the Notice was lifted. In 2006, Okanagan Falls was into a long term Boil Water Notice. When, after a major effort, the contamination source could not be identified, the system was cleaned and chlorinated and the Notice was finally lifted.

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“Water Today” a website which publishes water notices and advisories across Canada, reports that on any given day there are up to 500 Boil Water Notices in British Columbia alone. This is not to make light of a Boil Water Notice in Okanagan Falls, because staff and the board of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District are also system water users and understand the disruption that it can cause. The Staff and Trustees take their responsibility for delivering safe and reliable drinking water very seriously and will continue to make whatever efforts are required to do so. Receive Emergency Notices: Send OFID your email address or sign up for the Alert on the OFID website, and you will receive immediate notice of any emergencies with the system.

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Every so often you may hear the noise of cows baying to each other or the smell of a stockyard. Well, you are not imagining it, because we do have cows located in a stockyard on the west side of town. In 1941, the Southern Interior Stockmen Association was formed. and it’s head office and auction yard was located in Okanagan Falls. The auction yard is still used today. In the late 40’s, ranches in the Okanagan Falls area registered 19 different brands of horses and cattle. A lot of these ranches still exist and can be seen if you drive through our country side. Hard to believe that summer has come to an end and that we all now have to get back to a normal routine of school and work. I hope that you all took advantage of our local produce, wineries, and activities that the Falls offered this year. But remember, there will still be lots of things happening during the fall and winter seasons.


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New Horizons for Seniors Program with Kim Denis, Program Coordinator

Have you heard about The New Horizons for Seniors Program in Kaleden? It is a Federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors that make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. This program helps to ensure that seniors can benefit from and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through five objectives: 1. Promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; 2. Engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; 3. Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; 4. Supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and 5. Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors. Kaleden has an active committee of 8 people, lot’s of interest from others, and a coordinator to bring interesting senior’s programs to fruition. Various recreational sampler series are being developed (Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, Games), as well as socials (Potlucks, Heritage Dessert Social, Educational presentations with luncheons) and crafting opportunities (Learn to Quilt, Wreath Making, etc.). Seniors and older adults can attend for free between now and March 2017. Afterwards, if there is interest, our hopes are to carry on some of the programs that resonate most with the seniors in our community. Need a ride? Please call ahead. Phone the Kaleden HUB at 250460-3387. To learn more, follow us on Facebook @ Kaleden New Horizons for Seniors Programs, or visit Kaleden Parks & Recreation’s website at www.kal-rec.ca. Any questions or concerns, please email Kim Denis at apfadults@gmail.com or call 250-497-8188.

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*By Appointment Please* 250.490.5887 | tmakos@telusplanet.net | www.footworksokanagan.ca The launch of The New Horizons for Seniors Programs in Kaleden was highly successful, with 25 seniors and older adults coming out to play or learn pickle ball, bocce and croquet. After the games, we shared a dish at the potluck picnic and great conversation with friends. Nice form everybody!

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Update with Jen Charlish Well, by the time people are reading this, we will be into the “dog days of summer”. Some will be looking forward to going back to school and everyone will be getting back into Fall routines. September is often a great time to get out and enjoy our parks with the cooler mornings and warm afternoons. Paving on the KVR continues with the next section being currently completed. What a great project and benefit to all who use it. Summer programs are winding down. They have been well attended and enjoyed by all the participants. Many thanks to the summer students and others who have organized those events and good luck in your winter pursuits. Watch for the Fall Recreation flyer coming out soon. Maybe pick something new to you and give it a try. The New Horizons program held an activity and picnic evening on August 9th. A sampling of bocce, croquet and pickle ball were available and a great potluck picnic followed. Thanks to all those who participated in this event. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the next one. The Kaleden Hall now houses an A.E.D. An information session was held, to familiarize people in how to use this device in the case of an emergency. It is being housed in the hallway by the museum close to the phone. Next time you are in the Hall, please take a look so that you know where it is - just in case someone needs it. Thank you for your participation in the park planning questionnaire. The Recreation Commission and the consultants will be ready to hold a Public Meeting in mid-September to share the responses and display some of the ideas for our parks resulting from the feedback. Watch your email and announcements around town for the exact date of this meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ rdos.bc.ca. We have a website at www.kal-rec.ca where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

Get Bent Chair Yoga

Mondays 1-2pm from Sept 12 - Dec 19 14 Sessions $117.60 held at Kaleden Community Church

Call Get Bent to register at 250.462.1025

at the 1912 in Kaleden

Saturday, October 15th Bavarian Themed Buffet Dinner $30 per guest Call or Text for Reservations

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GARRY B. GRATTON 250.809.7293

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ERNIE SHERIDAN 250.488.1688

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Kaleden is my Home!

Helping Locals with Jonathan Sevy, Program Coordinator

It’s easy! We will provide a bag and you fill it up! Local food banks in our province help feed over 100,000 people each month without government funding. They rely solely on the caring public for donations. Many would go hungry, if not for the generosity of neighbours like you. Over the past 4 years, this once-a-year community partnership has collected nearly 20 tons of commodities for local food banks in Penticton, Summerland and Okanagan Falls. Last year alone, in the Okanagan-Kamloops area we had 750 volunteers and collected over 106,000 pounds of food. It’s a very simple program: 1. Teams of 1 driver and 2-4 “runners” leave a free IGA shopping bag with attached flyer on the door of every home on a route about 2 hours, midweek during September 13th, 14th, or 15th. 2. On Saturday, September 17th, the team retraces their route and picks up bags full of donated food. They leave a Thank You card at each donor household, and drop off the food at the local food bank. For Okanagan Falls, the recipient is the Helping Hand. For Kaleden, the recipient is the Salvation Army Food Bank. The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive supplies the routes, bags and flyers, and follow up Thank You cards. We have about 50 routes, with 28 in Penticton, 8 in Summerland, and 4 in Okanagan Falls. This is about 300 homes each, and a few apartment routes. We would like to add Kaleden to the list for this year’s food drive, if volunteers step forward. Okanagan Falls will need maybe 4 cars and drivers, and a maximum 16 young people as “runners”. Kaleden needs 1 car and 4 “runners”. We invite your clients, staff, friends, sports teams, and clubs to put together teams of a car, driver, and 4 runners to take a route, deliver bags and flyers between September 13-15, then pick up food bags between 10 am and noon on Saturday, September 17th. This is a wonderful family activity for parents and grandparents to serve with their young family members, then head for Tickleberry’s. Sports teams and leagues, businesses, and other groups can add a new dimension to their relationships through this meaningful, productive recreation. If you can bring a volunteer team (or teams) into the partnership, please call Melissa at 778-931-1241. For the Skaha Matters readership ... Depending on where you live, you will either find a bag at your door or you can pick one up at the Okanagan Falls IGA or the Kaleden Community Church the week prior to Saturday, September 17th. You simply place unopened, nonperishable food items in the bag, with the flyer provided, on your doorstep or driveway near the street (only if you recieved a bag at your door should you leave the items outside for pick up on Sept 17th) or drop off to Okanagan Falls IGA or Kaleden Community Church. Some of the foods most needed are protein-rich staples, like peanut butter, beans, etc. On Saturday, September 17th, our volunteers will pick up donations and leave a Thank You card, if door-to-door service applies. Our volunteers will also pick up donations at the two set community drop off locations. Thank you for your support!


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Meet Our New Children’s Program Leader … Mr. Yam Cooper!

Who is this Yam guy anyway? Yam Cooper is a certified education assistant, an author, artist, motivational speaker, and educator. His book “The Story of Bill and His House on the Hill” is a social movement for compassion and creativity. He guides private and group programs for all ages internationally on topics including personal growth, self fulfillment, inhibition management, parenting, creativity and innovation. He is a co-founder of Happy Hive Creative Learning Society, which creates educational creativity programs for children and families. He is also a member of the non-profit band Vivibe, playing world music for peace. Learn more at www.yamcooper.com. Yam is offering new programs in both communities, including improve theatre, a creativity series, and a youth and teen sampler. We’re so excited to get these programs rolling! Watch for more online.

An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature

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

Open Daily

Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice! Here’s Elias enjoying one of the many bountiful fruits of the Okanagan! What’s your favourite produce? Head to Matheson Creek Farm on Eastside Road ... A perfect place to experience the freshest fruit you will ever eat!

9:30-6:00

On Eastside Road in Okanagan Falls

Apples and fresh apple juice, pears, plums, table grapes, peaches & cream corn, tomatoes, and so much more ...

“We invite you to enjoy our farm and fruit stand. Relax under the arbour with a fresh fruit smoothie or a crisp apple, take in the beauty of the area and share with us our love and passion of farming.” ~ The Sloan Family Celebrating 68 years of farming in your neighbourhood!


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What Is TIME & Why Join? with Kandice Davidson, TIME Instructor

Have you heard of the TIME program yet? TIME stands for Together In Movement & Exercise. The TIME program is for anyone and any age who has difficulty with balance and/or mobility. Does crossing the street make you nervous, because you are unsure of yourself? Do you have difficulty bending over to pick things up or to feed your pets? Is it hard for you to get out of your chair without assistance? These among others are the types of functional movements we work on in the TIME program. Some of our locals, who have attended the TIME program regularly and completed some home practice, noticed improvements in just a few short weeks. One TIME participant who uses a walker to come to class noticed she was taking less time walking to class and back home. Another regular used a walker to get from the car into the building, but after a few weeks in the program she gained enough confidence to walk short distances without it. Safely getting into proper position to perform a task and learning how to breathe while moving helps to avoid injury. Many TIME participants who have focused on these core skills have noticed an improvement in the quality of their life. At TIME we work hard, have fun, laugh and take breaks. Everyone works at a level that is safe and comfortable for them. You can join us for FREE on Thursday, September 15th at 11am. And, if that doesn't work with your schedule, not to worry, as your first class is always free! We hope to see you soon.

FIRST CLASS FREE! Improve your BALANCE & MOBILITY with Kandice Davidson

Do you want to become more confident in your balance? Do you want to get fit & increase your energy? TIME is tailored to people who are able to walk 10 meters (about 30 feet) with or without a walking aid and who may live with conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury, or weakness after a hospital stay. TIME is an exercise program for people who have balance and mobility problems. Designed by physiotherapists and led by fitness instructors. Each class is 1 hour and consists of a seated warm-up, exercise stations and a cool-down.

It's FREE on Thursday, September 15th at 11 am OK Falls Community Centre, 1141 Cedar Street Questions? Call 250-497-8188 or email jblack@rdos.bc.ca

George of Bullies Pizza taught the Okanagan Falls Summer Camp kids how they roll dough and make pizza from scratch. Thanks Bullies! We loved it!

Spotlight on Volunteers!

Meet Pastor Les Clarke

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run came through Kaleden on June 29th. Pastor Les Clarke was nominated as “Torch Bearer“ for his continued work on the “To Mexico With Love” project, where Les takes a group of youth to Mexico during Spring Break to help build a home for a family in need. The Peace Run is a global relay that seeks to promote international friendship and deeper understanding. Since its inception in 1987, the Run has traversed over 100 nations and touched the lives of millions of people. By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from many nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future. People from all walks of life hold the symbolic torch to wish for a peaceful world - together we can make a difference!

Volunteers ... Making A Difference

If there is someone you would like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to info@okfalls.net.

Over 30 residents between Okanagan Falls and Kaleden received training in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). Many thanks to St. John's Ambulance Instructor Leslie Roose of Kaleden for leading the workshops. In photo above left to right - Leslie, Ivy and Karl.

INNER BLISS BELLY DANCING by Jenny

Reiki & Ra-Sheeba Master ~ Professional Teacher/Performer ~ Egyptian

Goddess Belly Dancing Workouts in Kaleden Wed’s @ 7:10pm starting Sept 21 & Mon’s @ 1pm starting Sept 26

More Information? 250.497.1189 or jpuls@shaw.ca or www.innerblissbellydancing.com


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Endocrine Disrupters: Why we all need to be aware of them

By Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed & Registered by the BC Ministry of Health The endocrine system is our body’s glandular system, which manufactures and releases hormones. Many glands are involved in this highly tuned and well orchestrated system that controls and directs most of our bodily functions. Unfortunately, our modern world produces many chemicals from plasticizers and pesticides, to chemicals like parabens in personal care products, which disrupt this delicate balance and put us at risk for chronic illness. Research demonstrates that women can absorb an estimated five pounds of chemicals a year from their daily makeup routine alone. Plus, the average adult uses nine personal care products each day, containing 126 different chemicals. Our skin is our largest organ and will absorb whatever we put on it, so as a basic rule, we should not apply anything to our skin that we would not eat. Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) along with the United Nations Environmental Program announced a new report suggesting outright banning of endocrine disrupters may actually be needed to protect the health of future generations. Some of the most harmful chemicals have been identified as Bisphenol-A, PCB’s, phthalates, and agricultural pesticides. According to the report, a wide variety of health problems have been associated with exposure to these chemicals, including: developmental effects on the nervous system in children, ADD/ADHD, prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, obesity, infertility, Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a variety of other diseases. To quote the report, “The diverse systems affected by endocrine-disrupting chemicals likely include all hormonal systems and range from those controlling development and function of reproductive organs to the tissues and organs regulating metabolism and satiety.” The EWG produces list which are available on their website (www. ewg.org) to help consumers avoid chemicals in the products they are using around their homes and in their daily personal care routines. Some easy ways to simplify and avoid the harmful effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals are: • Apply coconut oil to the skin as a moisturizer. It keeps your connective tissue strong and supple and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliates, and makes the skin smoother and healthier. • Most household cleaning products can be replaced with hydrogen peroxide (in place of bleach), baking soda, white vinegar, and lemon juice. • Eat local, organic food and avoid prepackaged, processed food. • Avoid food and beverages in plastic containers. • Replace non-stick cookware with glass, ceramic, or cast iron. These and more tips can be found at www.mercola.com. This website contains many excellent health articles and evidence based scientific data to help us all live healthier, happier lives and avoid the pitfalls of life lived in a sea of artificial chemicals. As always, I encourage everyone to be their own health advocate and do all you can do personally to improve your health and lower your risk of developing disease. Naturopathic Doctors can help you both to avoid chemical exposures and to detoxify body stores of harmful chemicals. This goes a long way to preventing many diseases. Contact Dr. Tamara Browne, ND at 250-497-6681 for more information.

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Intravenous and Injectable Therapies:  Chelation: Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and removes toxic metals from the body.  Oxidative Therapies (Ozone and Hydrogen Peroxide): Safe antimicrobials and immune stimulants. Improve cellular energy.  Supportive Cancer Care: Improving outcomes and quality of life while decreasing symptoms.  Rejuvenation and Detoxification: Personalized IV’s to reduce pain, increase energy, and improve health.  Prolozone Pain Management and Joint Rejuvenation Therapy Plus, bio-identical hormone therapy to optimize health and prevent age related illness. Balancing female hormones helps menopausal symptoms.

Dr. Tamara Browne, Naturopathic Physician 1040 Main Street, Okanagan Falls, BC

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Introducing Janel Bailey

Hello! My name is Janel Bailey. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse and Advanced Footcare Provider. I have lived in Penticton and area for 11 years and studied at the Okanagan College. I worked as a LPN for 8.5 years, mostly in long term care and footcare. My business “Foot Care by Janel” is licensed, insured, and mobile valley-wide. I am also a Blue Cross / Veterans provider. I will take appointments for all ages. I am also a Compression Stocking Fitter and Hernia Belt Fitter. I accept cash or cheques. I enjoy yoga, music, camping, going for walks with my two loveable dogs and enjoy living a clean lifestyle. I also have a Health and Wellness company, Arbonne, where I teach and train others to get their hands on pure, safe and beneficial products from their own online mall at an incredible discount, who then teach and train others to do the same. With over 400 products, there is something for everyone! Please check out www.janelbailey.arbonne.com to learn more. If you go through me, it would be my pleasure to set you up with a discount. I would love to help anyone with either of these services. For more information on my services and Arbonne products, call 250-462-5666 or email janelmariebailey@gmail.com. Make it a beautiful day!


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Yoga Therapy ... Your Personalized Wellness Program By Carol Fisher of Wellness in Motion Are you recovering from an injury? Are you dealing with an illness or health condition? Would you like to improve your sleep patterns and increase your energy and vitality? Are you looking for a personally designed program to move you toward optimal health? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then a personalized yoga therapy program is for you! The process of yoga therapy recognizes that the healing journey is unique to each individual. Personalized yoga therapy sessions address the inter-connectedness of all of our levels of being. When your physical body is hurting it can play a major role in affecting your emotions, mental focus, overall energy and vitality and general sense of well being and contentment. Physical ailments can impact the efficiency and quality of your breath, as the connective tissue in your body tightens in response to protecting the injured or ill area. Imbalances in your body can lead to an increase in stress hormones, making the healing process even more challenging. Lack of a regular, balanced exercise program, carrying excess weight, poor eating habits, and personal stress factors are also huge contributors to a variety of symptoms of ‘dis-ease’ and low energy. Yoga therapy recognizes that our whole being is affected when we aren’t feeling 100%. The goal in yoga therapy is to create balance and integration physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to naturally cultivate an increase in health and wellness. Personalized yoga therapy sessions begin with a discussion of your current health condition and an assessment of your range of motion, posture and breath awareness. Based on your personal needs specific practices of yoga are selected and modified appropriately in order to begin the process of healing and to meet your personal wellness goals. Your customized collection of yoga tools will include breathing techniques to increase oxygen flow and release toxins, hand gestures that encourage harmony and healing, positive affirmations to focus the mind, and deep relaxation techniques. You will learn slow, purposeful movements (somatics), myofascial release techniques, and yoga postures to encourage body and breath awareness, release old patterns, increase range of motion, build strength and improve posture. At the completion of each session, you will be sent a program to practice on your own at home. The biggest and most lasting changes are made when you commit to a series of yoga therapy sessions and integrate the techniques into your daily lifestyle. Yoga therapy encourages the body to heal, relieves physical symptoms and reduces mental and emotional stress. It is effective for all age groups and no prior experience with yoga is necessary! Discover the benefits of Yoga Therapy by booking an appointment with Carol Fisher at “Wellness In Motion”, along side Dr. Tamara Browne, ND in Okanagan Falls. To find out more about Yoga Therapy and the other services provided by “Wellness in Motion”, find us at www.discoverwellnessinmotion.com.

Kim Harris

Cell: 250.462.4232 kimharris@royallepage.ca Office & 24 hr pager: 250.497.5541 837 Main Street in Okanagan Falls

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Holistic Treatments for Health and Vitality

MANUAL OSTEOPATHY, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, PHYSIOKEY THERAPY & YOGA THERAPY Scott Fisher, D.O.M.P. Carol Fisher, RYT500 wellnessinmotion@outlook.com 101-1040 Main St, Okanagan Falls

250.488.2204

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OKANAGAN FALLS WINERY ASSOCIATION all summer long!

July 7-20: Blue Mountain & Noble Ridge

(wine tasting held on July 7 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

July 21-August 3: Liquidity & Painted Rock

(wine tasting held on July 21 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

August 4-17 : Nighthawk & Stag's Hollow

(wine tasting held on August 4 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

August 18-31: Blasted Church & Pentâge

(wine tasting held on August 18 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

September 1-14 : Wild Goose & Krāzē Legz

(wine tasting held on September 1 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

September 15-28 : Topshelf

(wine tasting held on September 15 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

Sept 29-Oct 13: Synchromesh & Meyer Family

(wine tasting on September 29 from 5:30PM to 7PM)

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Live Well HEALTH TIP Stone Creations for your Home, Patio & Garden Custom Signage Wine Racks & Coolers

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner With the Labour Day weekend comes what we’ve come to think of as the end of summer. Most of the tourists have gone back home and the children are back in school. Our gardens are exploding with wonderful vegetables and many are busy canning and preserving. Many gardeners find their gardens bursting with zucchini, which is quite the superfood! According to an article in Organic Lifestyle magazine, “Recent studies have shown, zucchini and other summer squash rank in the top three foods high in antioxidant rich carotenoids like alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein. Summer squash are also high in potassium, vitamin C, manganese, and vision preserving vitamin A, as well as B-1 and B-6. These nutrients support bone health including the health of the teeth, heart health, healthy weight, cancer prevention, collagen production (think beautiful skin) and eye health. Beyond eating them raw, steaming them with the skin intact (as opposed to boiling or microwaving), has been shown to be the best way to preserve those nutrients.” Zucchini You can find so many delicious recipes on the internet, everything from main dishes to delectable desserts. You can also freeze or dehydrate zucchini, so you can have it available all winter long.

While you are focusing on eating healthy, keep in mind your over-all health and book your massage. Massage increases circulation and flexibility, enhances sleep quality, provides greater energy, decreases anxiety, reduces fatigue and stress, even helps with injury rehabilitation. Creative Wellness Solutions is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre on Cedar Street weekly. We offer three 15-minute routines, you can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. We are a mobile service, so are available to meet your unique needs. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

Creative Wellness Solutions

Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching

Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com

Jeff Hickey, Pharmacy Manager

brought to you by Pharmasave Okanagan Falls

Patience and Understanding with Aging ~ Aging is an

inevitable part of life in which changes occur that may have natural causes or be imposed by environmental and societal factors. Many older adults continue to live active and viable lives beyond the retirement age, whereas others are restricted by decreased income and limitations imposed by chronic illness and cognitive function. Aging is defined as a manifestation of changes that advance in a continuous and progressive manner during the adult years. Chronic disease, memory impairment, and depressive symptoms affect large numbers of older adults, and the risk of these problems occurring does increase with age. Social and behavioral aspects of life and the link of loss to age can have a great influence on a person’s mental status and the prevalence of mental health disorders in late life. Losses that occur more frequently among the older populations include loss of health, retirement and work, spouse of loved ones, income, status, friends, cognitive decline, home, independence & roles. Impaired cognitive functioning implies that there is some measure of deterioration in a person’s ability to perform the activities of daily living. The subtle mental decline attributed to the normal aging process is seldom evident in the day-to-day functioning. Normal memory lapses such as misplacing an item, forgetting someone’s name, or forgetting an appointment are considered typical as one ages. In contrast, cognitive impairment is a more defined problem centered on memory loss: There may be a significant loss in the ability to remember the content of what is read, or descriptive details of what is seen or heard. Memory is the basis for our thinking processes. The loss in memory loss leaves the affected person unable to remember past experiences, which are used to make current decisions and judgments. The person is left in a state of confusion, unable to understand present experiences. So, please be patient and understanding with our aging loved ones.

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, September 28th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.

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Baking By Order:

* NEW LOCATION!!! *

Homemade Pies, Cookies, Cinnamon Buns, etc. By advanced order only!

5210 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls (Across from Pharmasave) * Overflow parking available at gas station, along Cedar Street & behind station.

EVERYDAY SPECIALS Breakfast 7:30 - 11am ~ Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns & Toast ... $5.00 Lunch 11am - 4pm ~ Deluxe Burger & Fries ... $6.00 Lunch 11am - 4pm ~ Homemade Soup & Sandwich ... $7.00

WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS Monday ~ Liver & Onions Tuesday ~ Two Can Dine for $18.99 Caesar Salad to start, 2 Chicken Parmesean with Penne in Marinara Sauce with Garlic Bread + Dessert Wednesday ~ Ukranian Feast Borsht to start, Homemade Cabbage Rolls with Farmer’s Sausage & Perogies + Dessert Thursday ~ Traditional Roast Beef Dinner Soup or Salad to start, Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetables & Yorkshire Pudding + Dessert Friday ~ Fresh Battered Cod or Halibut & Chips (4-8 pm)

Nothing is usual ... Every menu item is “All Chef'd Up & Over The Top!” Come hungry & leave fully satisfied! Half portions always available.

Eat In or Take Out

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Free Wireless Internet!

www.orl.bc.ca

Kaleden Branch:

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

OK Falls Branch:

101 - 850 Railway Lane - 250-497-5886 Tuesday 12 - 8 pm / Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Friday 10 - 5 pm / Saturday 10 - 2 pm

Welcome Everyone to our Information Sessions at the Library! Please note that the time has changed from Wednesday mornings to Preschool STORYTIME is starting up on Tuesday, September 20th Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 pm. These Information Sessions are from 10:00-10:45 am. Please join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and free. Come and bring a friend! • September 7 - Special guests Carolyn Cartwright and Jennifer a craft. Meet new friends and our library dog, Marley. Holmes discuss, “What to grow in your backyard for Emergency After School LEGO is being held on Thursday, September 29th Preparedness” from 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register for this event, as space is limited. For ages 5-12 years old and a small snack is served. You can contact • September 14 - Shona Schleppe from our RDOS Community the Kaleden Library at 250-497-8066 or email us kaleden@orl.bc.ca Services Office will discuss what’s happening from “Beaches to for more information about these programs. Bluffs” Kaleden Library is looking for adults to teach basic knitting or • September 21 - Craft Circle - “Card Making with Ineke Fleming”. crocheting instructions to children. If your available to help out with Learn to make a greeting card. All supplies provided. this Fall program, please call Glenda at the Library 250-497-8066. • September 28 - Heads Up For Healthier Brains - Laurie Myers We had a very from the Alzheimer Society. It’s never too soon or too late to successful Summer make changes that will maintain or improve brain health that may Reading Club 2016 help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. this year. Over If you have a topic for discussion and would like to host an information 54 children were session, please contact Lynn at the OK Falls Library. registered at the Join us for an Out of this World Story Time! An Astronaut on the Kaleden Library! International Space Station will read you a book! Then you can To the left is a ask your space questions and do an activity with Patricia Tribe, the photo of Ruell Smith teaching the founder of Story Time From Space. Join us on Tuesday, September 27th from 9:30-10:30 am. children the art of Book Club resumes Tuesday, September 20th from 10-11am. If you origami. Thanks again to all are interested in joining, please let us know. our guest speakers Lego Night resumes Tuesday, September 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm. and the families who All ages are welcome. We welcome any Lego that you would like to donate to our program! joined in the fun.


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School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

Welcome Back! School start up is slightly different this year, due to a Ministry mandated Curriculum Implementation Day scheduled for September 6th. This year the first day will be Wednesday, September 7th and will be a half day of instruction. The school day will start at the usual morning start time September 7th, EXCEPT for the following: • Grade 9 at Summerland Secondary start at 8:35am • Grade 10 to 12 at Summerland Secondary start at 10:15am • Grade 9 at Princess Margaret Secondary is 8:30am - Noon • Grades 10-12 at Princess Margaret Secondary is 10:15am - Noon • Grade 9 at Penticton Secondary is 8:30am - Noon • Grades 10-12 at Penticton Secondary is 10:15am - Noon For detailed information on opening day procedures, new student registrations at all schools, and course changes for middle and secondary school students, please see “Opening Day Procedures and Information for New Registrations 2016-2017” on the SD67 website at www.sd67.bc.ca. The 2016-2017 District Calendar is available on the website as well. I am pleased the district applications for Rural Education Enhancement Funding (REEF) for West Bench and Trout Creek Elementary Schools were successful; therefore, these schools will remain open. Many thanks to the district staff, both communities and trustees for the many hours that went into putting the complex and lengthy applications together. Because these two schools are to remain open, a number of administrative changes had to be made. • Darryl Tenisci was appointed Principal of West Bench Elementary School effective August 15, 2016. Darryl has worked in both teaching and administrative positions in several schools around the district. Before joining School District No. 67, Darryl had been a teacher in Northland School Division 61 (Alberta). • Dave Ritchie has been appointed Principal of Carmi Elementary effective August 15, 2016. Dave comes to SD67 from Fort St. John where he has held administrative and teaching positions at both elementary and secondary schools. • Jeff Redden has been reassigned from Giant’s Head Elementary back to Trout Creek Elementary and Kelly Jones has been reassigned to Giant’s Head from Carmi Elementary. Talented staff, plus great students, plus supportive parents and caregivers, equals a successful school year ... School District 67 has all that and more. For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD#67, at 250-497-6462 or email gmanning@summer.com.

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

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

with Brad Nunes The end is neigh! The end is neigh! Oh woe to the flip flop and the beach blanket for they shall be forlorn and forgotten again until next year. Poor summer, you left us too soon. *Cue Sarah McLachlan and a summer photo montage.* Well, that is a wrap I guess. Now, we are back to the business at hand. Growing our children’s brains and grumbling about having to make school lunches. As always, PAC likes to remind everyone in the community that school zones go into effect on Wednesday, September 7th. Parents will be so giddy while dropping off their children they may not be paying attention to traffic. Please be slow and give them lots of space. Thursday, September 15th is our PAC AGM at 6pm in the School Library. Please come out and participate. I know we have a couple of spaces on the executive to fill. I suggested a traditional test of combat to choose our chair, but I was told that: a) I would just embarrass myself ... again; and b) we don’t have enough insurance. We will just have to settle things like we normally do; by not voting and begging people to take on positions! As always we would like to thank the community. We have some great things in store this year. Please stay tuned to this page for all the exciting details. Welcome Back Everyone!

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Upcoming August Volunteer Opportunities

By Mackenzie Dickeson, Program Manager Show off your community spirit with the SOS Volunteer Centre! Volunteering is a great way to become involved in a worthwhile cause and meet amazing people. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is an excellent community resource for people looking to volunteer. Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer should check out the SOS Volunteer Centre’s website http://www.volunteercentre.info/ for a full listing of volunteer opportunities. If you’d like a more intensive introduction to volunteering please make an appointment to explore your options in more depth call 1-888-576-5661 or email info@volunteercentre.info. Here are some organizations needing volunteers this September: • Grist Mill and Gardens is hosting a Labour Day celebration on September 1st, and volunteers are being sought to help out. For more information, please contact volunteers@gristmill.ca. • Canadian Cancer Society is hosting a Karaoke Extravaganza on September 4th & 5th at Oliver Community Park and is looking for volunteers to help with set up and serving food. Volunteers will be able to attend the event free of charge! For more information, contact Mike Carter at 250-689-2457 or mike.carter@gmail.com • Penticton Recovery Resource Centre is looking for volunteers to help out with their 5th Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 17th. The Tournament will be held at St Andrews by the Lake. For more information, please contact 250-462-1388 or prrs@shaw.ca. • Kidney Walk BC is looking for volunteers to man the registration tables and cheer on those who are walking to raise awareness about kidney disease. The Walk will begin at 10am on September 25th in Gyro Park in Penticton. For more information, please contact pentictonwalk@kidney.bc.ca. • Special Olympics BC is looking for a volunteer to join their Executive Committee as a Local Coordinator. The new Local Coordinator will be responsible for scheduling and chairing monthly Executive meetings, and creating the yearly budget and supporting sport programs and fundraising in the community alongside other Executive members. • Survey BC Seniors: Offer your time, talents, and engage in meaningful conversations! We are looking for volunteers to interview seniors about their experience in residential care. • No previous experience needed, training provided • To minimum commitment of 30 hrs required over 6-8 weeks • Volunteers can start anytime between May and Nov 2016 • Volunteers needed all over BC & must email and internet. To apply or learn more about becoming a Volunteer Interviewer, please visit www.surveybcseniors.org or call 1-877-952-3181.

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By Marilyn Merler, President, BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Assoc. 1. Be an informed parent ~ Open and frequent communication with the school ensures that parents are an important part of the team. If your children’s school offers an open house or a meet the teacher event, make a point of attending. These kinds of events give parents the opportunity to learn more about the school, the individual classrooms and the staff. 2. You don’t need to wait for parent-teacher conference time to meet with your child’s teacher ~ If you would like to share some information about your child with his or her teacher, call the school and make an appointment or jot a note to your child’s teacher requesting an appointment. Teachers are happy to meet with parents and appreciate the opportunity to share information. 3. Know your school staff ~ The school’s staff are a great source of information and are there to listen to your concerns and to help you. Parents are a vital component of every child’s success. By staying in touch with the school, parents can ensure their children have a great year and make the most of the opportunities at hand. 4. Talk to your child about school ~ Your child is also a valuable source of information. Show your child that you are interested in what he or she is learning. Don’t just ask “How was school today?” You will probably get a one or two word answer. Instead, try saying, “Tell me something you learned today that you didn’t know before.” Or, “Tell me the most exciting, interesting or funny thing that happened at school today.” You might be surprised at what you learn! 5. Check out the school website ~ The school’s website is another good way to learn about your child’s school. Often you will be able to get information about the school’s staff, schedules, policy and procedure, supply list and more. For instance, many schools post their code of conduct on the website. Take the time to go over the code of conduct with your child to ensure that everyone knows what is expected, so that proactive over reactive responses are encouraged. Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year! Please contact us today at 250-497-5414, if you wish to volunteer in our One to One Reading program, school clubs, athletic teams, and other school events.

Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre

with Samantha James I hope everyone had a enjoyable summer. StrongStart starts back on Wednesday, September 7th. I look forward to seeing everyone! We have no visitors planned for this month. For those new to our program, we invite many professionals to visit our Centre, which will start again in October. New parents can discuss one on one any concerns or questions with specific professionals, such as infant development, mental health, dental hygiene, health nurse, etc. Each month has a theme, and for September it is “the farm”. We also have our local Librarian Lynn come join us for a special “Storytime”. StrongStart is a great way to meet other parents and make friends. The Okanagan Falls StrongStart Centre is a free drop-in early learning centre for children 0-5 years of age. We are located in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:30 am during the 2016/2017 school year. For more information, please call Sam at 250-497-5414 extension 1.


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Okanagan Falls PAC Update

with Deborah Rivest, Parent Advisory Council Chair Your Parent Advisory Council would like to welcome all students and families back to Okanagan Falls Elementary School for the start of our 2016-2017 school year. I hope everyone had a wonderful, fun-filled vacation and is ready for the Farm Bag sign up is now open! Please sign up at www.localmotive.ca. Our first PAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm in the school library. Everyone is welcome to attend and free childcare is provided. If you have any questions or ideas, please call Deborah at 250-497-5384.

Have you registered your child for the Okanagan Falls After School Program? We welcome children aged 5-12 years old. Please call our Penticton office for details at 250-493-0512.

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Welcome to the Wednesday Market

Thank you to all the locals who have visited thus far in the beautiful Centennial Park on Wednesday in June and July. Our hope was to compliment the awesome new Sunday Market at the OK Falls Hotel and give locals another option for buying and selling their goods. Come on down for fresh produce, arts & crafts, kids crafts, imported clothing, cottage collectables, and much more. Each week is different and new vendors are welcome to join. We are always kid friendly and welcome you to bring your picnic dinner too, as you enjoy this lovely green space with us in Okanagan Falls. For more info, call Maria at 250-809-5722. See you every Wednesday!

OK Mini School OK Mini School is a licensed preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. We are located in Room 8 of the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. We offer a quality preschool program that helps prepare children to become life long learners. We currently have a few spots open for this year. For more information, send an email to Bonnie.OKMiniSchool@shaw.ca.

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It is that time of year when the kids are back to school ... where did the summer go?! Thus, it is appropriate to remind everyone of their responsibilities around School Zones to ensure everyone has a safe transition back to school. As most probably already know, the speed in school zones are 30 km/hr from 8 am to 5 pm on school days. What some might not know is there have been recent amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to take into consideration the increase use of schools for regular classes and for extracurricular activities offered by community centres located in or near schools. The new amendments allow for school speed zone hours of operation to be extended where warranted, with no zone commencing later than 8 am or ending sooner than 5 pm (current school zone time). The school zones with extended hours will display same on their white square regulatory speed zone sign. Signs with no indication of hour will remain 8 am to 5 pm, as they have always been. Thus, you need to be alert and pay attention to what the school speed sign indicate and not assume that after 5 pm, or on the weekend or holiday, that you can driver more than 30 km/hr in the school zone as we could before. Playground Speed Zones remain the same at 30 km/hr every day from dawn to dusk, and can be included within a School Zone. Therefore, making the rules for both applicable. Another concern is the “No Stopping Zones” in front of most schools. The no stopping zones are created to provide a buffer zone and better visibility for children crossing the street to enter schools. The problem is that many parents ignore these no stopping zones and stop in these zones to drop off their kids. They believe this is a safe and convenient place to do this. When confronted about this, the typical reply is that I am only stopping for a minute to drop of the kids, I am not parking, and it is the only place available to stop. While it may be convenient for them, it certainly is not safer for everyone else that is trying to get to school. It reduces the visibility, clogs the area in front of the school and causes traffic confusion and delays that can lead to accidents. Pay attention to the signs, which while the same size and color, display two very different messages. Ones indicated “No Parking” where you may be permitted at times to stop momentarily to drop someone off or pick someone up, while other are strictly “No Stopping”. Finally, watch and obey the rules around passing school buses when they are loading and unloading children. Oncoming traffic and traffic following a school bus are required to stop when the school bus warning lights are activated, indicating children being loaded or unloaded. We will again being having police officers riding on school buses to identify and charge drivers that disobey this rule. With a little planning and consideration, we can all do our part to ensure that everyone’s children arrive and leave school in a safe environment. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca

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Unexpected Opening with Larry Martin

Due to low expected returns, Sockeye was not predicted to have a recreational opening in Osoyoos this season. Rain and cooler than usual mid summer temperatures allowed for safe passage and a return of more than 150,000 Sockeye. As the fish moved up the Columbia River in a fairly contiguous group, the USA fishery openings were adjusted to allow the fish to pass through. Last season, a much larger run was predicted, but the hot weather came as the fish started migrating and there were significant fish losses. A key to keeping fish fresh is to get them on ice immediately. I have used a large hard sided ice cooler for several years. It works well, but takes up a lot of room in a small boat. To solve the space problem, I looked at several soft sided coolers and catch keepers. I purchased an “Icemule”, which fits nicely out of the way and even matches the colour of my boat (not planned). The soft sides allows the Icemule to be stuffed into my livewell for further space savings. (FYI - livewells cannot be used to keep fish alive in BC). It is purpose built for fishing, so there are sturdy hand grips and a shoulder strap to help carry your catch and several attachment points, so that it can be tied on to a Kayak or Canoe. I support the two fish per person keep rule for Osoyoos Sockeye, even in years when it is not required for conservation, as it allows more local people to share in the catch and seems to reduce the aggressive behaviour experienced in other openings. I brought the morning’s catch home fresh for the BBQ. For more info, just ask Larry at fs-lemartin@shaw.ca.

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“Bucket List” Travel with Vi Creasey of Reliable Travel

What is “Bucket List” Travel? Bucket List Travel is a very personal list for each person. This is your “trip of a lifetime”, the trip that you are willing to save for and give up other things for. This is a BYD (before you die) trip! They say, “It’s a small world”, but when you consider the endless travel opportunities in each corner of the globe, the sentiment doesn’t necessarily ring true. Not everyone has Stonehenge, the Pyramids, or a world cruise at the top of their lists. There are certain items on a person’s list that are not in tune with the typical “must see” destinations. Some want to return to where they were born. Others want to visit a place they have read about in a novel, still others want to track their “out of Africa” journey, known as Deep Ancestry. The Bucket List Trip has meaning to the person travelling and post trip they will say, “I cannot believe that I was actually there! ... or, “I cannot believe that I actually did that!” Here are some ideas of Bucket List Trips ... • Bucket List ideas for “Families” are: 1) A week through Orlando theme parks; 2) A ski trip in the Swiss Alps; or 3) Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey • Bucket List ideas for “Foodies”: 1) Wine tour through France; 2) Sicily Italy; or 3) Marrakesh, Morocco. • Bucket List ideas for “Culture and History Buffs”: 1) Taj Mahal, India; 2) Havana, Cuba; or 3) Machu Picchu, Peru. • Bucket List ideas for “Active Adventurers and Nature Lovers”: 1) Sail the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; 2) Safari during the wildebeest migration in Tanzania; or 3) Hike the Amazon Jungle. • Bucket List ideas for “Thrill Seekers”: 1) Climb Kilimanjaro, Nepal; 2) Cycle Death Road in Bolivia; or 3) Shark diving in South Africa. • Bucket List ideas for “TV and Movie Buffs”: 1) Cannes Film Festival; 2) New Zealand (Lord of the Rings) fans; or 3) Iceland for Game of Thrones fans. Call Vi or Dy if you want or need more suggestions for your “Trip of a Lifetime”. We are here to help you plan your trip and make sure it is memorable. www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com

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The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227

Where you are always welcome to join us! Paul James ~ Friday, September 16th ~ Enjoy a Baron of Beef Dinner & Live Music Entertainment with Paul James - Country Music we can all enjoy and dance to! Paul sings the songs we know and love. Paul will begin shortly after the Friday Night 50-50 & Meat Draws. For the Baron of Beef Dinner, pre-sale tickets are available in advance (which helps with inventory reckoning) or simply purchase your dinner ‘the night of’. Please join us! Pancake Breakfast - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month from 8-11am This month the breakfast is Sunday, September 18th. Breakfast includes your choice of Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Coffee or Juice. Adults $5, Children $3 (ages 6-10), and Children 5 and under FREE. Please join us! Sunday is ‘Fun Day’ ~ Starting at Noon. Check out all the fun and games … Please join us! Monday Member Appreciation Day ~ All day, every Monday. Please join us! Friday & Saturday - 50-50 & Meat Draws ~ Every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 5pm. The 50-50 and Meat Draws support both the Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Everyone is welcome. Please join us! In Other News: SPORTS TEAMS begin in October with sign-up sheets available by mid-September: Darts (Evenings); Shuffleboard (Afternoons); and Pool (Afternoons). Our Branch 227 Legion Members continue to receive favourable comments from their visiting extended family, from other new guests, and from out-of-town RV visitors, all enjoying our wonderful South Okanagan hospitality! In Memoriam ~ Legion Members ~ Noreen Morrice Reminders & Future Matters: General Meeting (always the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm) is September 20th. September’s General Meeting will be an important one for Members to attend. The Membership will receive information with regard to two different ‘Project Proposals’ for the ‘Vacant Lots’ west of the current Legion Building. We Need Volunteers ~ We can always make use of additional helping hands ... Ask about helping out! It’s easy and fun to volunteer and assist with the Meat Draw or with the 50-50 Draw. We are also recruiting additional volunteer Bartenders to join our Serving Team. We would love to have you join us! In closing, Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227... “Where you are always welcome to join us!”

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update

with Michael Livingstone, President O shucks, the traditional end of summer is sneaking up on us. Labor Day is coming up. For parents that have children in school, the fall semester is coming up fast! A few people use the fine weather of September to travel, as accommodations are more available and traffic is not as hectic. Our community volunteers have completed a summer of “Music in the Park, Thrift Shop, Legion and Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Women’s Institute, Lions, Visitor Centre, Helping Hands and other volunteer opportunities that improve our community, allowing our visitors and residents to have an enjoyable summer. So it got me thinking, “What would our community be without volunteers?” Without volunteers would we have a volunteer fire department, a legion, a seniors centre, Lions gardens, Kenyon Park? What would our school be without the PAC, the many volunteers doing the school breakfast program, reading program, the playground, and many other volunteer school programs? Would we have safe highway crossing places, if somebody had not taken the time to volunteer to put out a petition for a safe pedestrian crossing? Most school crossing guards are volunteers helping to keep our youngest generation safe. Research has proven that volunteering is good for the volunteer’s health and longevity. And, that knowledge that your community is a better place due to you helping out has to be good for everyone. If you decide that you want to be part of a volunteer group that is making your community a better place, there are many opportunities to help. All you have to do is to decide what group you feel is best for you, whether it is the Lions, the Legion, the Fire Department, the Heritage and Museum, the Visitor Centre, or another volunteer group. You will in most cases be welcomed with open arms and allowed to help improve your community. Try it! I am sure you will have your chance to help make a difference. If you would like to be involved and join the Okanagan Falls Lions Club, please call 250-497-8486 or talk to any Lions Club member. Become a Blood Donor! Blood ... it’s in you to give! The next clinic is September 7, 8 & 9 at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre. Our volunteers from the Okanagan Falls Lions Club that help with the Canada Blood Services Clinics look forward to seeing you there. To book an appointment, call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca.

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with Betty Lynch Dear Reader, September draws near and with it all things pertaining to our continued good works in the community. To that end, the first meeting of the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute will be held on Monday, September 19th at 7pm in the Club Room of the Community Centre. We welcome our old friends and new to come, visit with us, have a cup of coffee. You just might find something of interest to you. I hope you are enjoying the “Music In The Park” concerts at the Women’s Institute Bandshell in Centennial Park. The whole community has pulled this together for the benefit of all of us. Enjoy, Enjoy! “For Home and Country”, Betty Lynch H&M Thriftee Shop

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

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

The Findlay Family

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson

John Clark and Margaret Findlay and daughter Annie, relocated to Summerland from Manitoba in 1910, hoping the warmer climate would help Margaret’s poor health. One of their daughters, named Margaret after her mother, had married Jim Ritchie, who was in the process of founding Kaleden and their son Jud was in Jim’s employ, so the west was a logical destination. That year they purchased and planted 15 acres and after the construction of the hotel and store contracted the same crew to build them a home, which still stands across the street and up the lane from the current store. In spite of failing health, both JC and Margaret were active in community affairs. They both died in Kaleden, he in 1923 and she in 1929, but left a lasting legacy through three of their children who settled here. Catherine initially stayed in Manitoba to pursue her nursing career at Winnipeg General. She resigned her position in the twenties to come and nurse her invalid parents and never did return, since by the time her mother died, she had become doctor, nurse, confidant, advisor and friend to the entire community, ushering many of Kaleden’s new arrivals into the world. She was known to all as Aunt Kate, and letters often came from people who had visited the village with no other address than “Aunt Kate, Kaleden, BC. Annie married Bill King and will be mentioned in that section of these biographical sketches. Jud, the youngest Findlay, married Iva Simpson, a local girl, and raised a family of seven: Alfred, Ray, Shirley, Evelyn, Lorne, Marie and Ken. Jud, who was with his brother-in-law, James Ritchie in 1906 when he first visualized the layout of Kaleden, played a large part in its growth and development. He planted trees and drove a team, hauling cement, one load per day, over the narrow rutted road from Penticton, to be used in the construction of the hotel and store. In 1918, he bought a Model T Ford truck with solid rear tires and operated his own trucking business, upgrading to a Chevrolet Baby Grand, a Federal and finally a 1927 International, hauling much of Kaleden’s fruit crop to the railhead in Penticton. When the railway came through in 1932, he sold out and went to work in the packinghouse, where he worked, mostly as chief shipper, until his retirement in 1960 at the age of 72. Jud served for several years, starting in 1919, as the Secretary of the school board and was involved in most of the sporting activities within the community. Soccer, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, softball, badminton and any other sport available, he played them all and excelled. Iva had come here with her parents as a girl of thirteen, on May 7, 1910. She went to school here, in the top of the store, in a tent, in the Sandy Cameron building and finally in the new school in the hollow, built by Bob Melville in 1912. Iva and her cousin Marjorie Simpson named the two hills west of Kaleden, calling the one behind Kraze Legz Winery “Lookout” and the one behind the present day school “Greyledge” and the names, whether having any official sanction or not, have persisted. Iva took an active role in community affairs including the Red Cross, Women’s Institute and gave long and devoted service to the Baptist Church where, for many years, she was church organist, taught Sunday School and was President of the Mission Circle. Parents of both moved to the Okanagan for reasons of health, and whether or not the move paid off for them, it certainly proved to be advantageous in the lives of Jud and Iva, as both lived to be over 100. Truly pioneers.

Ah, Summer is truly here. There is always the old question, “Hot enough for ya?” Simple answer is, “Yup”. At least it is not the hazy, smoky summer like last year. Well, we almost got away from smoke. I just heard about the Green Lake Road fire. Kudos to the fire crew who took over and got everything under control right away. The Heritage Society held our summer barbecue the end of July. This year, all members and volunteers ate for free. It was our (first) Member and Volunteer Appreciation Barbecue. Member Audrey Steeves celebrated her 95th Birthday and brought her visiting family to the event. Over 40 burgers were cooked and served with a variety of salads, veggie trays, and desserts. Bob Wilson was in control of the barbecue and flipped the patties when they were just right. Sandy Walker brought wines, reds and whites, and there was lots of iced tea for the tea drinkers. The day was perfect! Thanks again to Donna May Thompson for her advice and counsel. President Heather Jackson prepared some question sheets to find out how much history we knew about Okanagan Falls. Those were very entertaining! The Thrift Shop Volunteers held a meeting and it was decided to call the shop “H&M Boutique”. Since we deal only in clothing, shoes, some books, and a few puzzles, “Boutique” seems to fit the shop better than ‘Thrift Store’ that usually deals in everything like housewares, tools, toys and other items we can’t accept, because we just do not have the room for those items. The sign will be changed in the Fall. A “Half Off” sale took place the middle of August to thin out the Summer stock. In September, we will start bringing out the Fall and Winter clothing and put the Summer frocks in storage until next Spring. This winter, we will have to find someone to repair the irrigation system in front of the Bassett House. The lawn is getting quite dry. The June and July rains kept it green, but in the dry hot weather, it is not doing well. Mark Thompson keeps the lawns looking neat and trim and Michelle’s magic touch is throughout the flower beds. Thanks again to them both for their contributions and work. Many thanks and lots of flowers to RDOS Community Office for lending us Haley Lamont to assist Donna May with work in the Museum. Every helping hand is so welcome. Haley returned to her studies the end of August. The first Fall meeting of the Heritage Society will be on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 pm in the Thrift Shop front room. Anyone who wants anything brought up before the membership and can’t attend Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical the meeting, call Marla Wilson at 1-778-439-2275 or the Thrift Shop path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. at 250-486-6371.


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Summer is nearly over and we are moving into Fall, so with the info4@nunes-pottinger.com seasonal change “Music in the Park” is also moving it’s concert time JOHN DARYN into the afternoon. Therefore, our next concert starts at 2 pm on www.nunes-pottinger.com NUNES POTTINGER Sunday, September 18th. 5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 We have an exciting event planned with “Rebel Luv” (Mikie and Ken), who have performed in Okanagan Falls before. They really involve the Norman, Eric audience, are well known in the Valley, and we are very fortunate to February 7, 1940 - July 31, 2016 have them. Eric Norman of Okanagan Falls, beloved Come on down to Centennial Park, gather at the Women’s Institute husband of Christine, passed away at the Bandshell, bring your lawn chairs and family, and enjoy yourselves! Sunnybank Care Centre in Oliver on Sunday, Once again, there will be food services available, as well as the Lions July 31, 2016 at the age of 76. He will be dearly selling cookies to help fund their school breakfast program. These missed by his wife Christine, Son Paul (Lisa), his concerts are free and our sponsor this month is Valley First Bank. three daughters Julia (Ross), Helen (Jim), Angie The committee would like to congratulate and thank the audience for (Darren); grandchildren: Cheyenna, Jazzelle, Luke, Nicole, Seth, leaving the Park after each concert so spotless. Not even a candy Ariel, James, Salena, Alysha, Amanda, Brandon, Jordan, Jaimie; wrapper was left behind! You people are wonderful. great grandchildren: Lucas, Brooklyn, Kamrynn, Haidyn, Kynlie, Asher and Jasper. He will also be lovingly remembered by his brother-inlaw John, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Ivy; his Uncle Frank; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Wilf and Meg, as well as sister-in-law Gwen, niece Jackie and nephew David. Free Consultations Eric was born in England and lived there until emigrating to Canada in 1970. He started out working for Boeing Canada in Winnipeg, MB. BPS Masters ® Certified Eric, Christine and family then moved to Oliver in 1976. Eric worked Implant Retained and Conventional Dentures the remainder of his career at South Okanagan General Hospital as Plant Superintendent/Manager until he retired. In his retirement years, Personalized Teeth Arrangement Eric and Christine traveled and moved to NB eventually returning Hospital / Institution Visits back to Okanagan Falls in 2014 where he lived out the remainder of his years. During his life, Eric enjoyed gardening and being outside Flexible Hours Upon Request with his dogs. He also had a love for photography and spending time with his family. A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of Sunnybank Care Centre. Memorial donations in Eric’s memory may be made directly to the Hemophilia Society of Canada British Columbia Chapter (PO Box 570 Martin St, Penticton 21161, Maple Ridge Sq. RPO, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 1P7). A private graveside service was held at the Oliver Cemetery. To share condolences, visit www.grahamfuneralhome.ca. Arrangements entrusted to Graham Funeral Home, Oliver, 250-498-3833.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church

SkahaMatters.com On August 18th, we had an unexpected visitor come to see us and park itself on one of our lawn chairs on our deck in Okanagan Falls. It is a Falcon of some type. It spent a few minutes letting me snap a couple of pictures before flying away. (Submitted by Carol Van Egmond)

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Special Events and Programs coming this Fall: • “Prayer Walk” - 7pm September 8th at Linden Gardens Gazebo. • “The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere” A 6 week study on the life of Jesus starts Sunday, September 25th at 6:30pm. A search for purpose and meaning in the events and choices of our lives. A costly journey with an unknown destination. A Middle Eastern homeless man from twenty centuries ago and why he still stirs the soul and imagination of so many. • “Caring for Creation: A talk on Solar Energy and Energy Begins again - September 14th Efficiency” on Monday, September 26th from 7-8:30pm. Join us Wednesdays 1-4 pm at Kaleden Community Church • Fall Book Club begins in October (18th tentative start date). All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Our next book: Wrongs to Rights - How Churches can Engage the Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Please contact the Church to order a copy of the book. 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Flowers to all the 1151 citizens that signed the petition for controlled Pastor Les Clarke. Church email: kalgarden@shaw.ca traffic signals at the intersection of Hwy 97 and Cedar Street. Flowers Facebook: Kaleden Community Church to all who attended the presentation when the petition was presented www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - for up to date event info to MLA Linda Larson Wednesday, August 3rd, marking the beginning Okanagan Falls Community Church of our journey of ensuring public safety occurs in our community. Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am & 6:00 pm Flowers to the local business owners, Legion, Seniors Center that 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131 supported the petition and encouraged signing of the petition. Flowers Pastor Wade Harvey ~ Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! to the Elementary School Staff, Parents and Students for their support. Flowers to RDOS Area D Director Tom Siddon, Alternate Director Okanagan Falls United Church Tom Styffe for assistance and support. Flowers to the RDOS Rural Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Services Team of Shona, Vicky, Gina, Nancy and Janet that offered All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. their support by allowing the signed petitions to be collected at their 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / Rev. Ken Jones office and the on-going daily support of the petition. Flowers to Doug www.okfallsunited.ca Rodgers for spreading the word throughout the community. Flowers to MLA Linda Larson who made Okanagan Falls pedestrian Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service and vehicular safety needs a priority when first learning about the Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am petition in May, meeting with The Minister of Transportation and 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil Infrastructure before the petition presentation and being “our voice in Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 Victoria” presenting the petition to the legislature, advocating for our public safety needs. Flowers to our local public voice of the community St. Barbara’s Anglican Church Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th Skaha Matters, along with The Penticton Herald and Global News for covering the story for the community. Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. We did it ! As a community we raised our voices as a unified community Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 to speak out that our pedestrian and vehicular safety needs at Hwy 97 intersections within the community are a priority, they are now a The Well priority! Once we are each personally able to cross Hwy 97 at Cedar Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Street as a pedestrian or motorist safely by use of controlled traffic Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. signals, there can be personal pride taken that “we the citizens” as a Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514 community made it happen! There will be close contact kept with MLA Larson to monitor the progress of our petition request, to ensure the actions taken will meet the pedestrian and vehicular safety needs of the community at the intersection of Hwy 97 and Cedar Street. If you live in the Kaleden Area and need a ride, ~ from Pat Burton, Proud to be a Citizen of Okanagan Falls please call 250-460-3387.

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Flowers to all the people who live in the lower zone and who were so patient during the Boil Water Notice in early August. ~ from the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District Flowers to the local sponsors, Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation, the many volunteers, and the people that brought out their great cars, trucks and motorcycles to the 4th Annual Shriner’s Show & Shine in Kenyon Park on August 13th. And, to the Ladies of the Oliver Eastern Star, who did a great breakfast and lunch. Thank you everyone! ~ from Geoffery Walter-Hughes of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Okanagan Falls resident Terry Feeny, owner of Avro Oil Ltd., who recently purchased the currently known “Flea Market” property along Main Street in Okanagan Falls. “I purchased this property, because I really believe in the potential of Okanagan Falls”, says Terry. Plans for this property will be shared with the community as they unfold. In the meantime, the Flea Market lease was terminated by that organization as of August 31, 2016 and this was not done by the new property owner. Stay tuned for more! ~ from Skaha Matters Flowers to all the locals who have donated stuffies for our tree at 741 Cedar Street. At this time, we could use more medium to large size stuffies. Time to change things up, so if you have any to donate we would appreciate it very much. Pass them to us in person or just throw them over the fence. ~ from Wanda & Eric of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Maria and friends for organizing the fantastic Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Centennial Park. It gets better every week! I am a very grateful purchaser of produce, baked goods and jams. ~ from Elaine Chernoff of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for donating $500 from their garage sale profits towards the purchase of the AED for the Kaleden Community Hall. ~ from Kaleden Parks & Recreation Flowers to the gentleman that walks up and down Waterman’s Hill and picks up the garbage as you go along. Much appreciated! ~ from Bev Van Uden of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Stan Maber, who mans the Donation Jar, and Rod Few who is the Security Man for Music in the Park. ~ from the Music in the Park Committee Flowers and a BIG THANK YOU to the Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Fire Departments and BC Forestry for impressive quick work on the Okanagan Falls fire. I’m glad we have such dedicated and capable people on the job! ~ from Dianne Bersea of Kaleden Flowers to Donna May Thompson for preparing breakfast for all the firefighters who worked through the night to battle the forest fire in Okanagan Falls. You are a community treasure! ~ from Skaha Matters Fish Heads to the neighbours near Kenyon Park who blocked the street shoulder, so no one could park on the weekend of the Car Show. ~ from Norm Dishkin of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to dog owners who do not keep their animals on a leash. Recently, an unleashed dog attacked my cat and followed it right into my living room! Dogs must be kept on a leash in our neighbourhoods. ~ from Lee Munro of Okanagan Falls

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One’s life can be changed in a matter of seconds. Recently, I was a patient at our Penticton Hospital. This was quite unexpected. While in there, I met several folks that had used my services for a loved one, or had made their pre-arrangements with me. It is indeed a very small world, and we are all connected in one way or another. I cannot stress strongly enough, to those who have not made their pre-arrangements to do it now! Next week you may not be in a position to make your wishes known. If nothing else, get a Will drawn up, and write your wishes down somewhere safe. That way, at least the person who has to deal with your final disposition has a place to start. My sincere personal thanks to Dr. Novak and Dr. Jeff Harries for their professional care and encouragement, the superb nursing staff on C-3, all of whom are not appreciated enough for the long hours that they put in. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to John Moses of Penticton, and Jamie of Okanagan Falls. Please folks, make a donation to the Penticton Regional Hospital, to ensure that our Hospital remains second to none when it comes to care.

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