September 2017 Skaha Matters

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Skaha Matters “Bringing Community Matters To You”

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Volume 9 : Issue 9

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September 2017

Interior Savings “Day of Difference”

Though the norm is a call for volunteers, Interior Savings is turning the tables and looking for volunteer opportunities for all 500 of it’s employees, with a crew of 20 people ready to lend a helping hand in the South Okanagan. This October 19th, on International Credit Union Day, Interior Savings is once again celebrating its annual “Day of Difference”, a day to recognize it’s cooperative values and celebrate those who are making a difference in their community. On this day, Interior Savings Credit Union and Insurance Branches will close early and all employees will fan out across 14 communities, from Osoyoos to Clearwater, to assist organizations who are helping build healthy and vibrant communities. Last year, the team in Okanagan Falls worked in the gardens at Blasted Church. In previous years, the team has helped out with the Okanagan Falls Parks Mural Project and yard clean-up for the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society. “As a locally-based cooperative, our success is tied to the success of our communities,” said Kathy Conway, Interior Savings CEO. “Day of Difference is our way of saying thanks to the non-profits and volunteers who give their time and their hearts to help build brighter futures, right here at home.” Interior Savings is looking for organizations in need of volunteers from 2:30 - 5:00 pm on October 19th. They’re willing to do most-anything: yard work, painting, envelope-stuffing, meal prep, or general chores. Interested organizations are asked to email kpollard@interiorsavings. com by September 8th, and include details on what the project is and how many volunteers are needed. Though Interior Savings may not be able to accommodate all the requests received, all organizations will be informed by September 22nd. Stay tuned for next month’s update.

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“A World Full of Wonder! ” This summer, in the midst of a great week of camping with several of our grandchildren at the Sorrento Centre, I participated in a five day course called “A World Full of Wonder”. The program was led by Judy Steers who is a self-professed “science geek” and former aerospace engineer. Judy led us through a fascinating discussion of the interface between science and theology. We studied Tom Siddon the faith-driven origins of the world’s great Director of religions and how they were influenced by RDOS Area ‘D’ the writings and revelations of Aristotle, Galileo, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. It was a remarkable journey through the mysteries of our vast universe as viewed from the divergent premise of Darwin’s theory of biological evolution, in contrast to the concept of “intelligent design” at the hands of a Great Creator. Being trained as an engineer/scientist, I personally subscribe to the latter point of view. However, given the chaotic events of recent times (including local wildfires, floods and Donald Trump) and widespread suffering in the world, it is difficult to understand how all of this can be the product of an intelligent designer. But then, our faith (in God) allows us to choose between the forces of good and evil. And, maybe “intelligent design” can’t prevent bad choices. Speaking of science, it is remarkable that astronomers are able to predict the exact time of the moon crossing between the sun and our earth, as they did again only a few days ago. Thanks to the kind invitation of our neighbours, Bob and Kerrell Lincoln, we were treated to a special “eclipse-watching” party in their “Kaleden garden”, complete with Bob’s narrative. Many thanks Bob and Kerrell for hosting this unique and memorable occasion! Those present remarked on how cool it became when the moon’s shadow covered 87% of the sun’s surface. That is food for thought by us all. Farewell to Summer Fun ~ Pat and I were delighted (in spite of the endless smoke) to witness so many fun activities going on in our parks and at the beaches this Summer. Of particular note were the several “Music in the Park” concerts in Centennial Park, the cool collector car show in Kenyon Park, family fun events in Kaleden’s Pioneer Park, and the international ITU and Ultra Swim competitions held on Skaha Lake. And, I shouldn’t forget the evening showing of the movie “Trolls” at Kenyon Park on August 20th. This well-attended outdoor movie night was sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and by Interior Savings, and was attended by scores of kids with their families. My thanks to all the sponsors, and to our Parks and Recreation staff who helped to organize these popular summertime events. Grants-In-Aid-Awarded ~ Each year at this time we award modest amounts of funding to deserving non-profit organizations that deliver needed programs and services to our Area ‘D’ communities. These projects are funded from an annual budgetary allocation of about $18,000, which costs taxpayers about $2.50 per capita. This year, on the recommendation of a small staff advisory team, I have approved 13 grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 to a number of deserving organizations for the excellent support they offer to the residents of Area ‘D’. These small grants are predicated on a detailed project proposal, matching funding from other sources, and the submission of a final accountability report once the project is completed. A detailed list of the approved projects is available from Shona Schleppe at our Community Services Office by calling 778-515-5520. New Road Paving Projects Underway ~ I have just learned that a number of new road and highway paving projects have now been approved for Area ‘D’ by the Ministry of Transportation for completion by November 2017. These include several km of resurfacing on Highways 97 and 3A, along with a number of local streets in Kaleden and sections of White Lake Road and Willowbrook Road. We are grateful for this needed attention by MOTI.

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We are also pressing the Ministry for a lowering of the 80 km/hr speed limit along White Lake and Willowbrook Roads, and for the long overdue repainting of center line markings to reduce collision hazard at several strategic locations in Area ‘D’. What’s Up and Coming ~ As summer vacations come to a close and the inevitable return to school and regularity begins, I’d like to mention a few important upcoming events in September: First, there’s the Golf ‘Swing and Sing’ Night, a fundraiser hosted at St. Andrews Golf Club by the South Skaha Housing Society on the afternoon and evening of Saturday, September 9th. This is a fundraising event of golf, prizes, burger bar and a karaoke night, allin-one. I’ll be there to take a swing or two or to sing a song with you. All funds raised will go toward the new Senior’s Housing Project in downtown Okanagan Falls. For tickets and information, please call Sharon Proctor at 778- 931-0349 or 250-497-5701. All are welcome. Secondly, there are two meetings scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th to discuss the possible division of Area ‘D’ into two separate Electoral Areas ‘D’ and ‘I’. By now, all registered property owners will have received an information package which describes the motivation for and consequences of creating two separate Electoral Areas, one on either side of the Okanagan watershed. The cost of this proposed change is estimated at less than $2.00 per year, per average taxpayer. The Kaleden meeting runs from 4-6 pm and the Okanagan Falls meeting follows from 7-9 pm. Thirdly, a final public Open House will be held on Thursday, September 14th to discuss the final draft of the proposed Town Centre Revitalization Plan. Our consultant, Mr. Lance Berelowitz of Urban Forum Associates will be present to facilitate the evening’s presentation, with support from RDOS planning staff. Please try to attend this meeting if you have any interest or suggestions for the future development of the Okanagan Falls Town Centre. The public open house runs from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School. Finally, please stay tuned for an early announcement of a Special Meeting to receive an update on the July 4th wildfire in Kaleden, and to discuss a proposed “FireSmart Project” for the community. The meeting is being organized by Mr. Neal Dockendorf on behalf of the Kaleden Community Association and will likely be held later in September. Please watch for the date! In closing, I want to wish everyone a memorable “end of summer”, as you make the most of the Labor Day weekend. And, please remember to drive safe and without distraction as the young children return to school on September 5th. Let’s keep them all safe and sound! Best wishes,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ | Cell: 250-809-2548 | Okanagan Falls RDOS Office: 778-515-5520

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September 2017

Linda Larson, MLA

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The past few months have tested our Emergency Services as never before. Starting with flooding and then moving on to fire. We have been fortunate to not have major fires and evacuations in the South Okanagan. Even a small fire has been attacked with all the resources available and quickly brought under control. The RDOS has done a great job particularly in dealing with the Princeton fire and for that I am very thankful. Flooding was our nemesis this year and we still are experiencing high water in some areas. There will be a complete review of all the concerns raised and certainly some lessons to be learned. For most of you experiencing damage to your properties, the deadline to apply for funding has been extended. I have been assured that every case will be given full attention by Staff. Politically, this has also been an unusual time in BC’s history. For my office and staff it is business as usual. The local and Regional staff in most Ministries has not been affected by the change in Victoria and that is who we go to first when a Constituent brings a problem to our attention. Everyone of you is just as important to us now as you were before May 9th. Economically, I think we are all in a holding pattern as we wait to see how NDP/Green policies will impact the thousands of people employed in the Resource industries in BC. We need to remember we are also Canadians and what happens in BC can have a positive or negative effect on the economy of the rest of Canada. I believe there are good jobs coming in some of the newer clean energy businesses, but it will be many years before there are enough jobs to employ all the people working in our current resource industries. There are no taxes paid into government coffers from unemployed people. I firmly believe in free enterprise and that consumer demand will dictate any changes to the market place.

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Changes Proposed to Electoral Area “D” Attention residents and property owners of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and surrounding areas. The Regional District of Okanagan- Similkameen (RDOS) is considering a submission to the Province of BC recommending the division of Electoral Area “D” into two electoral areas. Each of the two new electoral areas would be represented by their own electoral area director as votes are cast and decisions are made at the RDOS Board of Directors. The RDOS is now reaching out for a final round of public consultation to understand public support for the proposed changes with two open houses and an online survey to provide the opportunity for the public to express their views and provide feedback on the proposal.

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Survey closes Friday, September 15, 2017 Survey - Informational brochures have been mailed out to Area “D” residents. If you have not received yours, they are available at the Area “D” Community Services Office at #1 - 5350 9th Avenue, Okanagan Falls, BC - Next to the IGA. Questions? Contact the RDOS Phone: 250-492-0237 Email: Web:

The Legislature is set to resume with a “Speech from the Throne” on Friday, September 8th. However, as most of you are aware, many policy changes can be done through “Orders in Council” by the current Ministers without everyone coming to the floor of the Legislature for CORRECTION NOTICE debate. Very little information is available to those of us in Opposition at the moment, but I am hopeful that the democratic processes we are The Additional Tax Collected Amounts indicated in the newsletter familiar with will surface again once the Legislature resumes normal mailed out to all households earlier this month contained an error. operations in the Fall. The amounts were inadvertently reversed: those amounts listed for Enjoy the harvest and all the wonderful fruits, vegetables and wines Area “D” should have been for Area “I” and those amounts listed for Area “I” should have been for Area “D”. The correct figures are listed that visitors continue to come here for despite the smoke. below: Remember that School goes back on September 5th and please be Figure 5 - Estimated * Annual Cost to Taxpayer of the Proposed extra careful in school zones. Division for an Average Residential Household ($373,371) Electoral Area (EA) RDOS Services

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Area “D” Community Services Office with Shona Schleppe

Here’s hoping for some smoke free days. It has been a long dry, summer! Please note, the Province is still under a Provincial wide “State of Emergency” and recently the RDOS took a strong stance and issued a Ban on all fireworks, motorized vehicles and smoking in all public wooded, grass Shona Schleppe and brush areas within the unincorporated Rural Services areas of the geographic boundaries Manager of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Campfire and open burning bans are also still in place throughout the Province. The RDOS has posted a lot of Danger High Fire Risk signs on the secondary roads, parks and trails.

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Recall last year’s Governance Study? A recommendation of the study and public involvement process was the division of Electoral Area “D” into two new electoral areas - Area “D” (East side of Skaha Lake) and Area “I” (West side of Skaha Lake). The RDOS is undertaking a round of public consultations to better understand support for this recommendation. A discussion document was mailed to homeowners. There will be two Open Houses and an Online Survey - www.rdos. Please read the document, attend the Open Houses and complete the Survey. It is important to express your views!

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We have a number of very dedicated community not-for-profit organizations. They are committed to making our unincorporated rural area a “better place to live”. The Director received twelve Community Grant in Aid applications for very deserving projects. All submissions were reviewed and applicants should have received notification and grant accountability information. We are very pleased to announce that the Regional Recreation Approach received funding. A funding announcement is expected in early September. RDOS recognizes that recreation is a foundation for quality of life in rural areas. The funding will address gaps, duplications, challenges and further enhance recreation services and program offerings across the region. We will be working closely with, Commissions, School Districts, Municipalities and other partners to leverage facilities, staff and programs to better serve local residents. Part of the approach is to form a Task Force to help guide and advise! If interested please contact me.

Enjoy Farm Direct Pricing! Large orders of 20 lbs or more upon request Call 250-809-5353 The Okanagan Valley is a popular destination in the summer. The population in the Valley likely doubles! There is increased activity in the parks, on the water and in our neighbourhoods. In the last few months, citizens have reported concerns about the frequent parties in the park, on lake road ends and on school grounds. You do not need to feel powerless, please take action! Let’s try for some “positive loitering”. Positive loitering has been proven to be useful in many areas. Community groups choose to occupy the areas typically taken by illicit activities. Let’s reclaim our community spaces by occupying them. Please note, Community Policing recommends REPORTING the incident to Police (non emergency line is 250-492-4300). By reporting, it allows the Police to make a case for further resources or programs to address the problems. We have hired a local security company to do random patrol of the parks. As well, Community policing has asked for additional patrols after 1:00 am. We all need to work together for positive changes in our community!

Studies show that 99% of homeowners consider themselves good neighbours, but how accurate is this? Most people believe that being quiet, cleaning up after your pet, and respecting a neighbour’s privacy qualifies one as a good neighbour. How to Be a Good Neighbour … wiki proposes fifteen steps ... know your neighbour, practice parking etiquette, keep your lawn and garden tidy, put garbage out on the right day, share community news, control your pets and disturbances/noise. From Beaches to Bluffs ... Being on bad terms with your neighbour can make your life frustrating, Saturday, September 9th ~ Join the South Skaha Housing Society day after day. By taking the time to establish good terms with your • at their “Golf, Swing and Sing” fundraising event at St. Andrews neighbours has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, By-The-Lake. To register, call Sharon Proctor at 250-497-5701. the neighbourhood safer, and a nicer more comfortable place to live. • Tuesday, September 12th ~ Electoral Area “D” Proposed Division OPEN HOUSES - Please attend one of these two times below:

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Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association with Bob Daly, OFID Chair

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Budget Planning ~ A major goal of Okanagan Falls Irrigation District over the next several years is to establish sustainable rates and charges for water. “Sustainable” means that the rates and charges set for water cover all the costs for supplying water now and into the future, including the costs of renewing assets such as wells, pumps and water mains when required, as well as the costs of new projects. If the full costs of supplying water are not recovered, the system may not be able to operate safely and effectively in the present, and infrastructure such as pipes and pumps will deteriorate in the future. To date, OFID has worked with consultants from WSP Ltd. Engineering Firm to prepare an inventory of all system assets with their life expectancy, schedule for replacement, and estimated replacement costs. Over the next year, we should have accurate information to prepare a rate schedule for establishing a Replacement Reserve Account for the systematic replacement of these assets. Beginning in 2018, OFID is establishing an Operating Reserve Account to fund operating projects such maintenance and regular upgrading of technology required to monitor the system, addressing security recommendations, short and long-term maintenance of buildings, and expenses related to malfunctions in the system (e.g. leaks, line breaks.) Water Consumption ~ Water consumption was up dramatically this hot, dry summer. We are hopeful for a cooler and wetter fall. In the meantime, there are steps we can take to reduce the demands on our wells: • Don’t let the water run when cleaning fruits and vegetables. Wash them in a partially-filled sink instead. • Wait until the dishwasher is filled before running, and save up to 10,000 litres per year. • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. • Reduce shower time - 10 min shower requires 230 litres of water. For more water-saving tips, and for information about OFID, go to our website at, or simply Google OK Falls Irrigation District. Receive Emergency Notices ~ Send OFID your e-mail address or sign up for the Alert on OFID website and you will receive immediate notice of any emergencies with the system.

The Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association was created by Vaseux Lake homeowners and stakeholders on July 13th, 2017 to help preserve and protect this special ecosystem through liaison with government and other agencies with the means to deal with key issues that affect the lake. Over the past year, Vaseux Lake stakeholders have been working with various government agencies to remove milfoil using a rototiller; complete a water quality study; research the cause of siltation at the North end of Vaseux Lake; and fully treat effluents emanating from the Okanagan Falls Sewage Treatment Plant through a parcel of land purchased for that purpose. The Association is looking forward to working with the various agencies to move these projects forward. Of particular concern this Summer, is the high water level on Vaseux Lake which has now been going on for over 2 ½ months requiring lakeside property owners to continue sand-bagging to stop property erosion. This continues to take place even though Okanagan Lake has been lowered to the July 2016 level, when Vaseux Lake was 30 cm lower. High water in the Okanagan River is also causing flooding for some homeowners along the river South of Vaseux Lake. We look forward to receiving an explanation from The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources on the rational for the present high water levels. For more information and to join the Association, please visit,

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with Barb Aschenbrenner, Information Centre Manager Wow, where did the Summer go! Even with the smoke that lied above us, I hope you had a good Summer while attending all the Okanagan Falls special events. I think a big THANK YOU has to go out to all the organizers of these events, they kept us all entertained, as well as welcomed our visitors to their events. Great job folks! Remember, School Zones are now in effect! Enjoy September and remember to take in any activities happening in our beautiful little town. Vistor Information Centre

Now, for a little history ... Early Mining Hazardous Tragedy struck Okanagan Falls one afternoon in May 1900. A mine was being worked just across the lake by three men, Mr. Mann, Mr. Raynor, and a young man from Toronto. The last two were igniting fuses, when one blast exploded prematurely and the men were caught in the mine. Mr. Raynor died the next morning and two weeks later Mr. Mann died, never having regained consciousness. There had been no need for a cemetery to that point, so a site had to be found quickly. They created one located on Maple Street, which is still in use today.

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“MY MUSIC”, a painting exhibition of award winning artist Tim Okamura – September 9th to October 9th Liquidity is proud to feature a major new exhibit by Tim Okamura of his uniquely styled portraits. Tim describes it as, “My work is really about the idea of our taste in music defining who we are in some form or another, and in the case of this show, defying expectations and most importantly, breaking down stereotype.” Tim Okamura’s work has been selected 9 times to partake in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England. He was even shortlisted to paint Queen Elizabeth. Tim Okamura will be on hand for the opening and a special “Walk and Talk” at 10:00am on Saturday, September 9th where the artist will share the stories and the influences behind his work. Please book online at or call us at (778) 515-5500. Tickets are free but space is limited.

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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Fire Hall History Continued ...

An estimate and plans for the renovation of the Okanagan Falls Irrigation District building started in 1979 with a western theme look. The building housed the Fire Hall, Irrigation Office, and the Regional Library. These plans were dropped in 1982. 1983 saw the start for mandatory seat belt laws. New regulations and rules for Fire Department practices, new systems and standards throughout British Columbia were introduced. In January 1984, consideration was done to install a Fire Department in West Bench, but that didn’t materialize. Also, a test tube baby clinic opened in Calgary, Alberta. On March 23, 1984, the RCMP did a road check by the OK Falls Hotel with 250 cars checked and 23 tickets were issued. A three bedroom ranch style home with large deck, fireplace and a/c, had an asking price of $61,500. Bob Brown Motors in Penticton advertised a 1985 GMC 1/2 ton truck, 5 litre, 4 barrel, dual tanks, two tone paint, H.D. shocks for only $11,900. On July 6th, 1984, the Penticton Regional Hospital passed a recommendation for a non-smoking facility. The Vancouver Fire Department had 800 firemen on their payroll. In 1984, a forest fire burned out of control 50 km South of Princeton, which took two lives when a reconnaissance mission to see if bombers were needed. The pilot and forest service employee were killed outside of Olalla. 90 firefighters had to scramble to get out of the path of the fire. The 5,000 acre blaze was believed to have started by a careless camper. Estimated loss of lumber was enough to build 13,000 homes. During the summer of 1984, firefighters battled 184 forest fires, 28 of them in our area. Fire Hall History to be continued ... Don’t miss our Annual OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, September 24th from 10 am - 3 pm. There will be the Bouncy Castle, BBQ by donation, Auto Extrication Show, along with a Junior Firemen’s Challenge. A Recruiting Seminar will be held at 11:30 am for those interested in joining the Fire Department. All donations received during the Open House will be going towards the rebuild of the Loon Lake Fire Hall. Come and check out your Okanagan Falls Fire Hall! Have you thought of Volunteering as a Firefighter? Please call 250497-5700 or email for more information. Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.


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Gate Codes/Locks & Reflective Address Markers Have you installed a new gate with a code or changed your gate lock? The Fire Department needs to know, so we can access your place in case of an emergency. All codes and keys are kept secure for emergency use only. Please call 250-497-8231 to discuss the procedure with the Fire Chief. Is your property clearly marked with reflective numbers? This is a BIG problem in our fire protection area. Ambulance and fire rescue are often delayed in getting help to patients, as addresses are hard to locate at night. Small reflective address plates can be easily purchased at most hardware stores. Install them on a gate post or fence at your driveway entrance. Need help? Please call the KVFD at 250-497-8231.

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Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is now recruiting fire fighters. To become a fire fighter you must be at least 19 years of age, in good physical condition and wanting to do something for your community. We provide in-house training, as well as specialized training close to home. This is a paid on call position. Our practice is on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm. For more information or to apply to become a volunteer fire fighter, call 250-497-8231 and leave a message if we are not there.

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As always, drivers need to be reminded to be careful in the School Zones and to obey speed and parking signs. Most get the reason why you slow down in School Zones. But, many are not so quick on the uptake, when it comes to the “no stopping and no parking zones” often found in front of schools. To them, it is a great place to drop off their kids and what is the big deal, I will only be a minute. What they don’t realize is that by disobeying the no stopping and no parking with Barb Few, Committee Member signs, even for just a minute, that they are putting their kids and others Well, our Summer season is over and what a wonderful season it was. at risk. We have already started on the 2018 season and have some terrific How can that be you ask? The reason behind the no parking and concerts for you to enjoy. We could not operate without a wonderful no stopping zones in front of schools is all about visibility and safety. line up of people to assist us, and our heartfelt thanks are to the You want motorists to see the kids and the kids to see the motorists people listed below, and if I have missed anybody, please forgive me. when they are coming and going to school. If you and others park • SPONSORS ~ Fortis BC, Brian Moen of Royal LePage Locations or stop your vehicles in these no stopping and no parking zones you West Realty, Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, RDOS are reducing the visibility and the safety in an area already congested Area “D”, United Steelworkers Union, and Interior Savings in with kids and vehicle traffic. Your parked or stopped car with its Okanagan Falls. doors swinging open and kids getting in or out is making it harder for • POSTER DESIGN ~ Linda Grinell everyone else to see what is happening at a very busy time in the • FOOD & BEVERAGE ~ Legion Ladies Auxiliary School Zone. Instead, find a safe and legal place to stop and unload • ENTERTAINERS WASHROOM ~ Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre or pick up your kids, even if it means they have to walk a few steps. • FACILITIES ~ Okanagan Falls Irrigation District I am certain that if someone drove their boat through the marked • PUBLICITY ~ Skaha Matters, Penticton Herald, Penticton swimming area at the beach where your kids were swimming this past Western News, Oliver Chronicle and Oliver Daily News Online summer, you would have been upset. Based on my experience as a • SECURITY ~ Rod Few and Bob Wilson police officer, you would say, “it is unsafe, they can’t see the swimmers • COLLECTOR OF DONATIONS ~ Stan Maber in the water, they could collide with the swimmers, it is unacceptable!” Special Thanks to Myrt Niles You would be right, and these are the same reasons why you don’t • Thanks again for your community support. See you all next season! stop or park where prohibited to do so near schools. I hope I have helped everyone understand this issue a little better. Hopefully everyone has had a safe summer and let’s keep it that way for Back to School and beyond. As always, you can contact me at our Community Police office at 185 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton. Rick Dellebuur, Crime Stoppers & Community Policing Coordinator Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or

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This photo is from the first concert this season held on Mother’s Day with “Amigo Diago” performing live at the WI Band Shell in Centennial Park, Okanagan Falls. Photo by Linda Grimell.

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Recreation Update

with Janet Black, Recreation Coordinator RDOS, Active Living & Healthy Communities What was on Wednesday, indeed! Many thanks to Okanagan Falls IGA for sponsoring our summer long "What’s on Wednesday" Series in Kenyon Park. From hip-hop to cardboard houses, bubbles to Bollywood, and everything in between. Kudos to our many performers, volunteer helper Austin, and especially a warm thank you to program leaders Samantha, Kate and Zoe. (Photos to right from WOW 2017.) Summer is winding down and we are excited to provide a full roster of active living programs. Lots of great kids programs too - fun for all ages. Check us out on line, or stop by the office or library for our full Fall Program Flyer. We sincerely hope to see you enjoying a program or two. Our Yoga programs continue to thrive and fill, so we are adding a new class to the roster. Welcome Back to Annette as a regular instructor in Okanagan Falls. Annette is offering a Gentle Yoga Class ideal for beginners, as well as ‘wounded warriors’ who are wanting to 'try' Yoga in a relaxed, informal and mindful class after having experienced trauma or medical challenges. Through mindful meditation, breath work, stretching, and gentle Hatha Yoga poses you will improve your quality of life, both physically and mentally, as you become balanced and stronger in your Yoga practice. Begins September 13th. Big Screen Movie Nights will be back in the Kaleden Community Hall for three shows during September, October and November. We are seeking a program leader or a group to organize and set up for the show. *Please see our ad space. Join Get Bent in Okanagan Falls ~ Get Bent Yoga & Dance first opened in Penticton 2001 and has grown to offer many different Yoga classes, Bellydance and Salsa. We also have our Youth Esteem Team, which travels to schools all over BC providing anti-bullying and esteem boosting workshops. Get Bent is the largest Bellydance School in Western Canada. Our mission is to overcome the negative stereotypes of belly dancers, unhealthy body standards, and the sexual objectification of women. We teach our dancers to love and respect their bodies and to promote Bellydance as a "respected & respectful art form". We are a safe and supportive space for women of all ages, sizes and ability can learn to dance while wearing stunning sparkly costumes! Check our flyer to join Get Bent here in OK Falls. Finally, save the date ... Paint Night is October 13th in OK Falls. Our last one sold out, so register early for this social and creative event.

Congratulations to Ryan & Taylor!

You may recognize these two lovebirds, as they’ve grown up in our small community. Ryan Bentley and Taylor Charley both attended Okanagan Falls Elementary School, worked at Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, as well as Tickleberry’s. After working together for many years, they started dating in the Summer of 2013, and after 4 years, they tied the knot at Meyer Family Vineyards, surrounded by family and friends on July 29, 2017. Ryan is now an Electrical Engineer and Taylor is a Veterinarian Receptionist. They are currently living in Penticton, along with their two kitties, Phoebe and Binks. Although they have moved on, they will never forget their little community roots. (Photo by Kaila Brianne Photography)

Thank you for your support!

By Laurene Sloboda On behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, I would like to pass on HUGE thanks to the community and visitors to Okanagan Falls and the surrounding area for helping make this event a great success. We raised over $1500! Special thanks to Colin and Marcel at Okanagan Falls IGA, who once again facilitated the donation of our BBQ food and drinks, and to Cameron, who was working at IGA that evening who helped us out when we needed ice or change for our concession. Thank you to Janet and her team at Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation for helping with promotion and for providing us with an awesome venue and supplies for our third year at Kenyon Park! Thank you to Ed and Helen and her team at Okanagan Falls Interior Savings Credit Union for making and selling more than 200 bags of popcorn for us! It was a hot item and once again they sold out! Thanks to Chase Johnston from SUN FM, who came out to be our emcee for the evening. Also, a big thank you to all of the staff from the Oliver and Penticton Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, who came out on a Sunday to volunteer at this event. We really could not have pulled this event off without all of the support from the above-mentioned people, and I am ever so grateful! Let’s hope we can keep this event going every year.

Hundreds of families filled Kenyon Park for the Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Night, showing Trolls. A huge thanks to Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, along with their many sponsors and support teams who made this memorable night happen.

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Recreation Programs for Kaleden and Okanagan Falls Check out our website for all programs details on the following special events and programs | | 250.497-8188 | |

Fall Programs for Children HIP HOP WITH JAKE AND DAMIEN EVAN

Would you like to see Open Gym times at the Zen and Fitness Centre? We are currently seeking volunteers to act as hosts.

Healthy Snack Series Shotokan Karate

Work out to Spin and Fitness Apps with your friends? Please Call Janet Black at 250-497-8188.

Tumble Tots Soccer Academy Bollywood Dance

Fall Programs for Adults

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An Okanagan Falls Healthy Communities Special Feature Making the Healthy Choice ... The preferred Choice!

Is Yoga for you? Check it out!

According to Wikipedia, “Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines, which originated in ancient India.” Today, Yoga is the choice for many people of all ages that want to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Every day, millions of people practice Yoga to improve their health and overall well-being. Whatever your motivation, come to a class, meet our instructors, and see if this healthy choice is for you. There are 6 Yoga classes to choose from in the South Skaha area: Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Okanagan Falls at 9:30 am; Tuesday and Thursday in Kaleden at 9 am; and Thursday at 6:45pm in Okanagan Falls.

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Spotlight on Volunteers Meet Austin & Kelsey

Steve Brown Founder and Race Director of Ultra520K Canada has announced, the event will continue into the foreseeable future. This comes as a surprise, as it was only 6 months ago that it was announced that 2017 and 2018 would be the final years for Ultra520K. Following a period of negotiation with some of the people that have been the main organizers of the event over the years, we have reached an agreement whereby that group will spearhead the event going forward and using myself as consultant”, said Steve Brown in late August. “Not only was it my local group, but I was getting a lot of support and encouragement from the athlete community to continue. The 2018 event is already full and I’m still getting requests to do the event. Following through on those requests, it is becoming obvious that we need to keep moving the event forward. My organizing group, who have become very attached to the event, certainly didn’t want to see it disappear. They approached me with a plan to keep it going and still allow me to step back a little, which was my initial intent. At the same time they wanted to give me a voice at the table to ensure the quality and principles of the event continue to the standards we have always run the event at. With these new developments in place, we have opened registration for the people wait-listed for the 2018 race and those that expressed a willingness to support a 2019 event. We now have 15 confirmations for the 35 available spots for 2019. We are now opening registration for 2019 for general registration to all athletes. For athletes, we will still be offering the same quality event they have come to expect at the previous Ultra520K Canada Events with no change to the atmosphere of fellowship and goodwill amongst those that participate.”

These volunteers were making a difference with kids in our community! Siblings Austin, on left above, and Kelsey, on right with hat above (Program Leader Kate with Canada Flag shirt), dedicated themselves to our children’s programs this Summer with Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation. Austin helped out with our ‘What’s on Wednesday’ series, while Kelsey was there for the Monday ‘Summer Fun Camps’. Your volunteer time was greatly appreciated this summer!

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

Volunteer In Your Community!

For more information, please contact Steve Brown at 250-809-1798 or There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any visit the website at of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other!

September 2017

Update with Jen Charlish Wow! It has been quite a summer! Waking up so many mornings to smoky skies and rejoicing when the sky is clear; even if it is only for a little while. Enjoy what is left of the warm weather for soon we will be into the cool, crisp Autumn air. September, of course, brings our Fall Programs. Check online and the local flyers for new programs and old favorites that will return for another year. Also, watch for information on the resumption of the most popular Seniors programs and some new additions, thanks to our Seniors Committee. There is a new Community Sign Board by the library entrance. Please feel free to post notices of your upcoming events (and then remove them after the event), so that the whole community can be involved. Also, check the notice board in case you are interested in some of the many events that happen in our community. One of those upcoming events is the “Apricot Heritage Social”. Mark your calendar for October 1st and watch for more information. In the wake of the fire here in Kaleden, Neal Dockendorf has been investigating what we can do in the community to decrease the risk of wildfires. He is working on organizing a community meeting, so that pertinent information on being proactive in fire-proofing the community can be shared. Watch for an announcement for that meeting. Please remember that the entire area all the way out to, and including, Twin Lakes is considered to be in this service area and everyone is encouraged to come and participate in this, and all the meetings and activities that are held. Until the meeting, you can visit and get started on managing the fire risk on your own property. Looking to volunteer in the community? There is a call out to anyone who wants to help sort bottles on Monday night in the lot across from the church. Money’s raised from the bottle return are going to different groups in the community and you can choose which group you would like to support with a couple hours of your time. The Kaleden Community Association (K.C.A.) is one of those groups and is using the money raised to help people participate in programs, as well as ongoing capital projects. The Recreation Department is also looking for Program Leaders. If you are interested in working with people in the community, either as a volunteer or for a small honorarium, contact Janet at the phone number listed below and she will be able to tell you how to apply. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email We have a website at where you can find information on our community hall, parks, facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information. Also, if you want to contact the Kaleden Community Association directly, you can email us at

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner As a Seniors Wellness Practitioner, my training focused on the needs of seniors and the many issues specific to people as they get older. There is no magic birthday number when physical issues all of a sudden start happening, we notice them creeping up on us a little at a time. Probably the most important benefit of massage is how it increases circulation. Even if you are not yet a ‘senior’, you’re on your way and by improving your circulation you may be able to ward off some of these issues. As we age, circulation becomes more difficult, we are often much less active. Smoking and poor diet (typified by high sugar, trans fats and alcohol intake), also contribute to different conditions that affect blood flow. The impact of poor circulation means your organs are not getting adequate nutrients and oxygen to allow them to function properly. Your arms and hands, legs and feet won’t be receiving enough blood either. Poor blood circulation can then lead to numerous other problems, including organ damage, high blood pressure, strokes, vertigo, blood clots, numbness, muscle cramps, varicose veins and more. Massage increases the flow of blood to the limbs, heart and all parts of the body. If you are already experiencing any of these issues, why not see how massage can help. Massage provides an abundance of benefits for both mind and body. You’ll not only have better circulation, you will get to enjoy how wonderful it feels, how relaxing it is, and how it can help you sleep better. Chair massage is easy and convenient, as there is no need to remove clothing or climb onto a massage table. Creative Wellness Solutions regularly goes to local retirement residences and is at the Okanagan Falls Community Zen Centre every week. We are available to meet your unique needs, as a mobile service with custom in-home service. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at and visit our Facebook page.

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Kaleden Summer Reading Club had four successful and fun events this summer, with 45 children registered! On August 10th, Kelvin Hall from Penticton Search and Rescue taught us all how to be safe in the woods and presented the “Hug a Tree” program. The Kaleden Library displayed the children’s artwork, including BEAR colouring pages and birdhouses from the Summer Reading Club. The Wind Up Party was a great success with lots of laughs, games, discussing Summer Reading Club, and eating ice cream sundaes! Yummy! Kaleden Library Preschool Storytime will be starting on Tuesday, September 19th. This program is for ages 2-5 years old and run from 10-10:45 am. Parents and caregivers can join in singing songs, listening to stories, and meeting new friends! I am pleased to announce that Emma Stratton (in photo to left) finished her book list of “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”. Congrats Emma, have fun at Kindergarten! After School LEGO is on Thursday, September 28th, which is geared for ages 5-12 years old. This program will also be on Thursday, October 26th, and November 30th from 2:30-3:30 pm. Please register early for these programs, as space is limited.

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Kaleden’s Emma received a book bag and sticker for completing “100 Books to Read Together Before Kindergarten”. Congrats!

The Grand Prize Winner from the Okanagan Falls Summer Reading Club was Tayva! Congrats!

Multi-Level Girl Guide Unit Registration

Wednesday, September 6th at Kaleden Hall from 5:30-6:30 pm. For more information, please call Subrina at 250-460-0723.

Summer Reading Club Children in Okanagan Falls with their medals & certificates.

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Welcome to Karen Sinclair, Principal At Okanagan Falls Elementary School!

Principal Karen Sinclair

A warm welcome to Karen Sinclair, who was appointed Principal of Okanagan Falls Elementary School as of August 1st. Karen succeeds Ms. Lisa McCall, who will be teacher on call this coming school year. Karen has been with the District since 2002. She was a teacher at Tuc-elNuit Elementary, Oliver Elementary and Osoyoos Elementary Schools. Karen was the Vice Principal at Oliver Elementary School before becoming the Principal, which was the position she held during the 16/17 school year.

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September 2017

School Trustee Report for SD67 with Ginny Manning

The new school year is almost upon us, I hope that everyone had an opportunity to enjoy summer fun and that you are looking forward to the exciting year ahead.

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Welcome to Nancy Lomax, Principal At Kaleden Elementary School!

A warm welcome to Nancy Lomax, who was appointed Principal of Kaleden Elementary School as of August 1st. Wednesday, September 6th is the first day of school for students. Nancy succeeds Ms. Heather Rose, September 5th is a Curriculum Implementation Day, as all staff will who was appointed Principal of Trout be working on the transition to and implementation of BC’s renewed Creek Elementary School. curriculum. For the past five years, Nancy has The School District website,, has information on served as Vice-Principal of Giant’s registration, school supply lists, school contacts, student transfers, Head Elementary School. Prior to school boundary areas, calendars and much more. If you have any that, she was a teacher of Special questions or concerns, schools will be open the week of August 28th. Education at Giant’s Head Elementary Please contact your school’s principal or stop in to your neighbourhood for ten years. Nancy joined the District school. in 1995 and before joining the staff at Giant’s Head she worked in various School Cash Online is now up and running. This is a new program Elementary Schools in the District, the District has established to facilitate a secure and convenient way Principal Nancy Lomax holding her including Wiltse, Kaleden, Carmi, to pay for school fees, field trips and so on. The link to register an first grandchild, Mason. Snowdon and Parkway. Nancy has a account is near the bottom of the home page on the School District Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management from Royal website. Roads University and a Bachelor of General Studies with minors in As of September 2017, the monthly Board meetings will take place Learning Disabilities and Elementary Physical Education/Kinesiology on the last Monday of each month at 6:30pm. The Business and from Simon Fraser University. Education Committees of the Whole will take place two weeks prior to the monthly meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

Each year the Board recognizes and thanks outstanding individuals, groups and businesses for their contribution to the School District. with Brad Nunes This year, Jody Bird was recognized for her involvement with the It's the most wonderful time of the year! All those kids off a trudging One to One Reading Program and Hot Lunch Program at Parkway with eyeballs a bulging at the sight of homework! It's the most Elementary School and Marg Bjornson was recognized for her wonderful time of the year! involvement with the District’s Breakfast Program. Yes, it is that time again. Get the lunches packed and give a sigh of Solar panels are now up and running on Penticton Secondary School relief as you punt the rug rats out the door and off to school. Classes and have been generating savings for the District for about 5 months. start promptly at 8:23 am on Wednesday, September 6th. Sadly, it is The panels were purchased through a 50-50 grant from the Carbon a half day, but Thursday we are back in full swing. Neutral Program. The District supports and practices sustainable initiatives to conserve energy and resources, because of various We are getting down to PAC business at 6pm on Monday, September initiatives such as the solar panels; the District has reduced it’s carbon 11th. Come on by to get involved and grill meet our new principal! It will be an exciting year, so get in on the ground level. output by 21% in the last six years. Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year everyone. Buckle up and hold The District has received some additional funding as part of the on for the ride! Provincial Memorandum of Agreement resulting from the Class Size and Composition court decision. Capital funds were received to move a modular classroom from Trout Creek School to Giant’s Head School to provide additional education space. Funds were also received As volunteers retire or move, to support recruitment of teachers under the Rural and Remote we need to replace them. Workforce Sustainability Fund. with Laura Weber, One-to-one Reading Coordinator For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email Kaleden Elementary has a children’s literacy program called Oneto-One Reading. We have a team of dedicated volunteers that tutor children, who will benefit from extra support and enrichment in reading. Morning & afternoon spaces available for 3-5 year olds. If you love children and love reading, you are the perfect volunteer! This is a tremendous opportunity to truly make a difference in a child’s Starting in September in the Kaleden School. confidence and chance of succeeding academically and in life. These Call Grizela Dos Santos at 778.931.0070 are invaluable opportunities for the children to practice reading over and above their classroom instruction. It is fun and very gratifying to Cafe Open witness a sense of confidence rise within the children - YOU truly can make a difference! Mon-Fri 8am-3pm Your commitment is only 1½ hours one morning a week, working with 3 children, 30 minutes each. We are also trying to build our ‘substitute The Ideal Location For list’ at this time, if you want to get involved but can’t commit on a Your Next Special Event regular schedule. We provide all the tools and training needed to open doors to new opportunities for our future generations. YOU be the one to open that door! To join our team of dedicated volunteers helping foster a love of literacy, please contact me, Laura Weber, One-to-One Coordinator for 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden Kaleden Elementary School, at 250-809-1534.


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Many Hats Theatre Company is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for “Real Estate”, a hilarious Canadian comedy, being the 4th show in our 10th Anniversary Season! What does a mystery novelist do when he can’t write mysteries? Joel PRESIDENT’S Hopper has a bad case of writer’s block and to boot has to deal with GOLD AWARD the sale of his family home, his estranged wife and her smarmy new lover. SALES ACHIEVEMENT Enter Emma - an incredibly determined realtor - who decides that Joel AWARD is as much of a “fixer-upper” as the house he lives in. With the addition REALTOR of Joel’s soon-to-be-ex looking to get divorce papers signed and her “man purse” - toting beauty entrepreneur boyfriend in tow, Emma focuses all her considerable energy into developing the curb appeal with Brian Moen, Realtor with Royal LePage Locations West of the house - as well as its inhabitant. You are charged property transfer tax when you make changes to a property’s title, including acquiring a registered interest in the property, Real Estate, by Allana Harkin, produced by Ben Amos and directed gaining an additional registered interest in the property, and becoming by Jamie Eberle, staring Adele McNary, Chuck Peeren, Vance Potter the registered holder of a lease, life estate, or right to purchase for and Jane Stead, opens September 7th and runs until September the property. The amount of tax you pay is based on the fair market 30th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with value of the land and improvements (e.g. buildings) on the date of a Sunday Matinee at 2pm. All performances are on the Cannery registration, unless you purchase a pre-sold strata unit. The tax is Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in charged at a rate of 1% on the first $200,000, 2% on the portion of Penticton. Tickets are $25/adult and $22/student or senior. Purchase the fair market value greater than $200,000 and up to and including tickets at The Nest & Nectar in The Cannery or call 250-493-7275. $2,000,000, and 3% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $2,000,000. For example, if the fair market value of a property is “Real Estate” $450,000, the tax paid is $7,000. September 7-30, 2017 If you’re a foreign entity or taxable trustee and the residential property Cannery Stage Venue in Penticton is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, you also pay the 15% additional property transfer tax on the fair market value of your proportionate share. Your proportionate share is the percentage of interest you are registering on title with the Land Title Office. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry Estimate Tax Payable ~ Use this property transfer tax calculator to estimate what you owe based on the fair market value of your property. ( Helping the Note: The calculator doesn’t estimate the additional property transfer Do-It-Yourself tax on residential property transfers to foreign entities. Homeowner Fair Market Value ~ Fair market value is the price that would be paid by a willing purchaser to a willing seller for a property (land and improvements) in the open market on the date of registration. No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured Open Market Transfers ~ A property transfer is considered to be in the 250.490.6343 open market when anyone likely to be interested in purchasing the property can make an offer. For example, the seller lists the property with a realtor or advertises it for sale. The purchase price is considered the fair market value in most cases Fast & Reliable In-Home Service / Competitive Rates / 30 Day Labour Guarantee as long as you register the property within a few months of signing the 20+ Years Experience / Red Seal Journeyman Appliance Repair Technician sales contract. Otherwise, you will need to verify that the purchase Call Devin Tetz at 250.488.9670 price is fair market value if there was a significant change in value, the condition of the property changed, or you didn’t purchase the property in the open market. with Patty Irwin Non-Open Market Transfers ~ When a property transfer doesn’t take place in the open market, fair market value may be determined using Fall is about putting the garden to sleep for Winter. We bring all that other means such as a recent independent appraisal, or the property is needed, including recyclable garden paper bags. We can also take valuation provided by BC Assessment. the garden waste away, if you prefer. Whatever is needed for the Generally, the property valuation provided by BC Assessment reflects maintenance of your yard ... from mowing the lawn, weedwacking, your property’s fair market value as of July 1st of the previous year. weeding, trimming the hedges ... we can do that for you. We will make For example, the 2016 roll value reflects market conditions at July 1, everything look nice, so you don’t have a messy yard come Spring. 2015. This means that the assessed value may not reflect the current Besides yard maintenance, we offer detailed housecleaning too. fair market value of your property. We can cover both services in one visit or scheduled weekly visits. The current property valuation provided by BC Assessment can’t be “Services for the Heart & Home” is ready to help with your yard work used in certain cases, such as when changes have been made to the and house cleaning chores. Call 778-889-9725 today. property (e.g. rezoning) since the assessment, market conditions in Patty Irwin ~ the area of the property have changed since the assessment, the land is classified as farm land (class 9), and new or additional construction Professional Housecleaner 25 + years has been completed. 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Rock Slinger To Help Kokanee Spawn with Larry Martin

Spawning gravel for Kokanee was put in the beds of Penticton Creek in mid August. This year a “rock slinger” was used. The slinger throws the gravel directly from the truck, rather than dumping gravel on the shore and moving it into the creek. This process reduces potential and unacceptable damage to the riparian area. On August 21st, a section of the demonstration area also received gravel using the rock slinger and several helping hands. We will monitor spawning this season, as it is up to the Kokanee to choose which areas they prefer. Dwight Shanner, RPBio of Aarde Environmental Ltd., was on site to ensure all work was done to the standards of the permit. The area was electro shocked prior to gravel placement to allow safe movement of any fish, which could be injured by placing the gravel. If the Kokanee choose the more natural setting with the boulders and riffles, we would hope to incorporate this practice into the over all plan for the creek. Kokanee should be in the creek now. For those interested, there will be a Kokanee trap placed near the Art Gallery in Penticton Creek. All Kokanee entering the creek will be counted and a small percentage will be kept to produce eggs for the hatchery. Fish will be release up stream from the trap mid morning every day once it is in place. Volunteers cleaning and working on the site will be happy to explain what they are doing ... so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. All photos courtesy of Bruce Turnbull of Nature Captured Photography. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at


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September 2017

Okanagan Falls Lions Update with Bob Wilson, President

Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre with Shirley O'Connor & Loraine Thompson

Greetings to all! August is ending and Autumn will be September is here and our hall is prepared for The Kettle Valley upon us before we are ready for it, “again”. We look for cool spots Brakemen, who are performing on Friday, September 8th at 2 pm. all Summer and try to find warmth all Winter. I guess the younger Admission is by donation. Our acoustic tile, newly installed, will be generation would say, “ What’s with that?” What’s with that is, you put to the test. can be “cool” doing community things all Summer and find the warmth The Monthly Pancake Breakfasts are back, starting on Saturday, of companionship in the Winter by working with service organizations September 9th from 8-10 am. Monthly Drop-in Bingo returns on like the Lions Club. Saturday, September 16th at 1 pm. And, Tuesday Bingo is held the On August 14th, three Lions from Penticton and Okanagan Falls first three Tuesdays of the month, beginning on Tuesday, September went to the border crossing at Osoyoos and Oroville to clean up our 5th at 1 pm. All our activities are re-starting, so look below for more friendship arch, which was erected in 1968 to show the fellowship information. between the US and Canada. We got a good start on the cleanup with Bridge is always looking for new members and an added incentive help from three Tonasket, Washington Lions. Two of whom were new this Fall will be Bridge Lessons taught by Andy Rupp. The lessons to the club and joined after losing their home to wild fires in 2016. The begin on Wednesday, September 20th and run from 10:30 until noon. Tonasket club helped them get re-established and then they joined the If you are interested, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at club. This is what Lions is about, helping each other through tough the Senior Centre. times. Also on the agenda, a Food Safe Course will be offered this Fall. For anyone interested, please call Grethe Jensen at 250-497-5669 for more details. Our next General Meeting is on Monday, September 11th at 1 pm. Please plan to attend. MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The above picture shows the six Lions at the border crossing. The new couple from the US on the far left, Patty and George Hill, with Margaret Ashley from Penticton. On the right is Janet Montaya with Bob and Mike from Okanagan Falls. Janet and her husband have a company that does plasma cutting and they made the 100th Anniversary sign hanging in the arch. You can find the Lion’s tent in the middle of the park at every “Music in the Park” performance with our “Cookies for Breakfast” program. Plus, our cookies are available in the Legion, were we’re working with the “Toonie for Veterans” program which helps the Canadian Armed Forces veteran rehabilitation program. Another project in the works is the “Lions Loo” for Centennial Park. A much needed addition for the popular “Music in the Park” events. We will have more updates on this project in the coming months. We are looking forward to our School Breakfast Program returning this September. We can always use more volunteers, if you should love the bright eyes and huge smiles of the children as they gobble down their hot breakfast Thursday mornings at the Okanagan Falls School. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is September 4 and 5 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-2366283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at okfalls/ and If you would like to join us in our community efforts, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. We are temporarily meeting in the Community Room at OK Falls Elementary School until the Legion becomes available again.

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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update with Barb Few

Well, after a Summer Break, we are back with our usual Sunday Bingo on September 3rd at 1pm at the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. Also, our next General Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6th at 1 pm. Just because there were no meetings over the Summer didn’t mean the Ladies were idle, far from it, they were busy slaving in a hot kitchen doing food for a Celebration of Life, a Wedding Luncheon, food for all 7 ‘Music in the Park’ concerts and other needs as they arose. Thank you ladies, as it was likely not fun for you this hot summer. However, we thoroughly appreciated your many efforts.

September 2017

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 with Bev van Uden

“Honouring Our Veterans”

CPL Dennis E. Kirkwood I joined at the Canadian army in November 1961 in Montreal, as I wanted to join the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. I was sent to Edmonton, Alberta for basic training. I did Phase 1 Basic in Edmonton and Phase 2 and 3 at Albert Head on Vancouver Island. I received the “Best Recruit” award for basic training, which was very special to me. After basic training, I was posted to 1 PPCLl at work point barracks in Esquimalt, BC. While there, I went to Wainwright, Alberta for a Junior N.C.O. Training. Upon returning from Wainwright, I met my future wife Diane. As our Battalion was sent to serve in Germany at the height of the Cold War for 14 months, our relationship was put on hold. When I received my release, I returned to my home town of Malartic, Quebec. After a short time, I went West and Diane and I got together again. I was hired by the Vancouver Fire Department in 1966. On October 22, 1966, Diane and I married in Victoria, BC. We have two children, a boy and a girl, and now have six grandchildren. My career of 30 years with the Vancouver Fire Department proved to be very interesting and quite exciting. It also provided me with many good and lasting friendships. After my retirement, Diane and I moved to Oliver and joined the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227. I have been a Legion member for 53 years and I am enjoying every minute of my retirement. Thank you Dennis for your service!

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Old News Is Good News! with Daniel W. Markin, Certified Barber Breaking news at the OK Barber Shop is “Old News”! The two Barber system is not going to happen after all. Sometimes a good idea does not work, and that is okay. The OK Barber Shop is reverting back to the one person operation, which is the way it always was. The correct business hours are 8 am - 4 pm from Tuesday - Friday, as well as 8 am - 12 pm on Saturday. New business cards are presently being ordered to reflect these hours of operation list above. Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience during this short adjustment period. Please note, the New OK Barber Shop phone number remains the same at 778-515-6585. Thank you for your continued business and looking forward to your next stop in.

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South Skaha Housing Society Update with Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations

Hi everyone! We are back to the ‘drawing board’ with the number of units we can afford with our Seniors Affordable Housing Project. Even though we have a sizable forgiven loan from BC Housing, we still have to raise more money due to increasing construction costs and the ever-rising interest rate. Many thanks to the RDOS for their donation to SSHS. They have always been so supportive in every way! We are September at the Okanagan Falls Legion: still hoping to have at least 35 units. As a result, we are hoping that Friday, September 15th ~ “Lulu and the Lazy Boys” perform live you can support us with our fundraising projects. Come out and join starting at 7pm. Plus, we will have Spaghetti with meat sauce and the “Golf, Swing and Sing” at St. Andrews on September 9th. Enjoy garlic toast for just $7 each. Come early for the Meat Draw & 50/50. 9 holes of golf, including a Burger Buffet and Karaoke, and loads of Saturday, September 16th ~ Candlelight Service at 1pm at the fun! It’s getting closer, so please email ASAP or call 778-931-0349 and let’s get your name on the list! Okanagan Falls Cemetery on Maple Street. Everyone welcome. Sunday, September 17th ~ Pancake Breakfast is every 3rd Sunday of the month from 8-11am. Adults $6, Children $3 (ages 6-10), and Children 5 and under are Free! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, September 19th ~ General Meeting is every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Find out the latest and get involved. INVITES YOU TO A Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5pm. All money raised goes towards charities. Come on out for a good cause. Everyone is welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out all the fun & games starting at 1:30pm. AT ST. ANDREWS GOLF COURSE Sports will be starting in October ~ For Pool information, call Stan GOLF ‘SWING AND SING!’ at 778-531-8228. For Darts and Shuffleboard information, call Denise at 250-485-4949. SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 2-10pm 9 Holes, Raffles, 50/50 We are always looking for volunteers for the Meat Draws and 50/50s. $60.00 Bartenders are also needed. If interested, inquire at the Legion Bar. BUILD YOUR BURGER BUFFET Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. Okanagan Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 OKEY DOKEY KARAOKE with LORNEY “Where you are always welcome to join us!”


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September 2017

OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society with Marla Wilson

The water level in Vaseux Lake has finally receded enough for the log the geese sun themselves on has finally reappeared. It had been under water most of the summer. But now, often four or more geese are using it as a resting spot. One day, Mom and Dad were sitting on the log and three goslings were swimming in circles around them. We’ve been busy at the Heritage Society with a number of visitors and tours. Sue continues her work in the Museum, Dwayne looks after the weeds and the flower beds, and Mark is still doing our lawns. We had a special tour from the ‘Red Hat Ladies’. They are a frisky group, full of fun and lots of laughs. Some Senior’s Residents are also coming out for tours, only when the sky is clear of smoke. Due to her busy work schedule, President Heather asked if we could have our Membership meeting on Wednesday evening the 20th of September at 7:00 pm in the front room of the Thrift Shop. She is now working on Thursday evenings. The H&M Thrifty Boutique volunteers had a ‘Big Bag Sale’ the last two weeks of August to help clear out some of the summer clothing. They will be putting out some winter stuff in September. We have received some really nice coats and sweaters and other winter frocks. Volunteers are what makes our Thrift Shop work. Shifts are for 2 hours in the mornings, or 3 hours in the afternoons. If you would like to join our family, you can speak to Noreen in the shop on Wednesday afternoons or all day Friday, or phone her at 250-486-6371. She can fix you right up! H&M Thrifty Boutique

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit with Meredith King

For the next few issues, I would like to take a look at the history and current purposes of some of the organizations in Kaleden.

Kaleden Community Association

The Kaleden Community Association was established in 1949 and was referred to then as the Kaleden Community Centre Association. It was created as the governing body for receiving money and paying for supplies and labour during the construction of the Kaleden Community Hall. After the construction was completed, it took responsibility for the maintenance and rental of the facilities. When the Kaleden Recreation Commission was created by the Province of BC in 1956, these two groups worked together to make the hall the recreation and athletic centre for Kaleden. In 2009, the association applied for and was given charitable status under the name ‘The Kaleden Community Association’ and the board of directors are the same individuals who serve as the board for The Kaleden Recreation Commission. The Association currently has three main functions: 1. To own and see that the Community Hall is maintained. 2. To encourage the use of the facility for recreation, athletic, cultural, social, and community service events. 3. To receive donations for the maintenance of the hall and other purposes for the benefit of the community. In addition to the hall, the Association has under it’s umbrella, the Kaleden Museum and Archives and the Kaleden Seniors Committee. The Museum was formed to begin to preserve historical artifacts and history of our community and is currently housed in one room of the hall. The Seniors Committee is charged with providing activities (social, educational & recreational) for older adults in the Kaleden area. In 2016, the Community Association realized that it could play a larger part in the community and began to look at ways it could serve. Whereas the Recreation Commission gets it’s funding through taxation, the Community Association realized that it could help by looking for grants to help defray the tax burden on the community. We have received two Area “D” Community Grants in Aid - the first to provide our seniors with a “Lunch and Learn” series and the second to help pay for improvements to and costs incurred for the ice rink. In 2017, the Association was approved for a $21,000 grant from the federal government to provide services to seniors and older adults in the community. Some examples of other projects we are working on are: purchasing an electronic sign for the community; providing better museum facilities; renovating the storage and office areas of the hall; upgrading the door of the park washroom for the handicapped, so it will open with a push button; repairing or resurfacing the tennis courts; and providing lighting for the basketball/pickleball/ice rink area. This is a very active committee working on a number of initiatives to make Kaleden a better place to live for all of it’s citizens. Join us next month, as we share stories and facts down the historical path and building of our community of Kaleden. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995.

Kaleden Seniors Programs

September 2017

with Aja Jackson, Event Coordinator The Kaleden Seniors Committee had a wonderful fruit picking summer season. Our apricot trees were prolific and the apricot preserves perfectly delicious! Our calendar will be bursting with sweetness on Sunday, October 1st with the “Apricot Heritage Social” held at the Kaleden Community Hall. From 1-3 pm, we will feature museum artifacts, a heritage quiz, movie, AND your chance to enjoy the incredible homemade scones with our locally grown apricot preserves ... topped with cream! Over 80 friends and family participated in our Heritage Social last year. Please let us know if you plan on attending, so we have an idea of numbers to expect. Thanks in advance. You can also find more details at our “Cards and Games Club” (including Poker) that starts this month on Thursday, September 7th and runs until December 7th at the Kaleden Community Hall. Time for fun and games is 1-4 pm. The drop-in fee is $3. Or, if you wish to pay in advance, it is only $34. That’s a savings of $8 for the 14 weeks! On Friday, October 27th, we kick off our first “Fun, Facts and Food” Lunch series. We have lined up an amazing cook who is going to share her recipes and tips in our kitchen, followed by an informative and interactive presentation after our lunch. More tasty details to come in October’s Skaha Matters. Watch for information about how you can sign up for the cooking class, as registration will be limited. For more information on any of our programs and events, and to book a seat at our Apricot Heritage Social, please send an email to We all look forward to meeting you soon.

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

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September 2017

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What’s Happening at St. Andrews? By Gail Scott, Executive Administrator

St. Andrews has a number of events that you won’t want to miss out on this month. Mark your calendars and book your time off to enjoy the serenity and pleasure our resort has to offer. On Saturday, September 16th at 3pm, the ever popular Discovery House Annual Fundraiser Golf Tournament takes place at St. Andrews for its sixth year. We are very pleased to be chosen as the host to this tournament that supports Local Men Recovering from Drug & Alcohol Addiction. The event includes 9 holes of golf, a fabulous dinner, putting contest, silent auction, door prizes, golf prizes, 50/50 and many more amazing items. Cost is $75 per player or teams of four for $300. Extra meal tickets are available up to August 31st at $30 each. To register or for more information, reply to or visit our website Calendar Events page at On Saturday, September 30th at 12:00 noon, St. Andrews will be hosting its Inaugural Men’s Amateur 18 Hole Stroke Play with Gross & Net competition and payouts by flights. The tournament is a shot gun start and is limited to 72 golfers with a valid handicap. Registration will be taken up to 7pm on Friday, September 29th. Pre-tournament activities includes a practice round for $20; Par Points Competition; a Horse Race at 5pm; with Long Drive & KP from the Wharf to #7 Island Green at 7pm. Cost is $90 for public players and $75 for St. Andrews homeowners, 2017 Full Play Members and 20 & 40 Flex Pass Holders. Price includes golf, prizes and games, plus a delicious buffet dinner. Hole in One Competition sponsored by Parkers Chrysler of Penticton. This may be St. Andrews first ever Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, but it guarantees lots of fun, laughs, and friendships that will make you want to come back next year for St. Andrews 2nd Annual Men’s Amateur. Registration forms and tournament information is available on our website at


2017 has been a great year for our league plays. All leagues saw an increase in golfers by 20% over last year. While Sr. Men’s league doubled in numbers since the start of the season, you rarely could find an opening for Ladies Day if you didn’t sign up a week in advance. Men’s Night, Ladies Night, and Friday Night Nine & Dine Mixers have also been well attended and great fun for all. Last day for leagues are Friday, September 22 for Friday Night Mixer; Monday, September 25th for Men’s Night; Tuesday September 26th for Ladies Day; Wednesday, September 27th for Sr. Men’s Day; and Thursday, September 28th for Ladies Night. Lots of excitement, fun, and frolics was had by all at the St. Andrews 2017 Ladies Open on Saturday, August 12th. 56 women registered to play this year. The winning team for the 4 Lady Best Ball Scramble was Maureen Kimmiburgh, Peggy Boucher, Judy Minto, and Pat Rawkins. During the play, a wind storm created some interesting moments when one of our beautiful willow trees snapped in half from the force of the winds. Many thanks to the tournament coordinators, volunteers, donors, photographer, pro shop and restaurant staff ... it was a great success because of all of you.

2017 Ladies Open Winners of the 4 Lady Best Ball Scramble were (in no particular order) Maureen Kimmiburgh, Peggy Boucher, Judy Minto, and Pat Rawkins.

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Help Our Local People In Need with Jonathan Sevy, Program Coordinator

It’s easy! Grab a bag and 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 five 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. Fill a bag with non-perishable food items. 2. Drop it off at Okanagan Falls IGA or Kaleden Community Hall between 9-1 on Saturday, September 16th. Items of need include: canned meat/fish; canned fruit/vegetables; peanut butter; baby formula/food; and rice, whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce. Your contribution will go directly to your local food bank. If you would like to help more, please call 250-328-4070. Thank you for supporting the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Feeling lonely? A “dose” of Volunteering makes loneliness less common. We know if we eat healthy foods, exercise, and avoid smoking, our chances of living a happier, longer, and healthier life increases. But, it appears that regular volunteering should be added to that healthy checklist. And, there’s a growing body of research to support this. Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, which impacts our physical and mental wellbeing. Dawn Carr with Florida State University, and lead researcher on volunteering and loneliness, writes ... “We do not know exactly how volunteering ‘gets under our skin’, but there is some speculation that it is beneficial because it tends to require us to use our mind, it requires us to be more physically active, and it almost always requires us to interact with others.” Carr’s study offers a fresh insight into how much of a ‘dose’ of volunteering might be needed and for how long. And, it has to be regular to have a benefit; volunteers need to keep showing up. The best ways to derive health benefits from volunteering is to: 1. Volunteer for the right reasons; to help others. 2. Volunteer consistently throughout your life. 3. Volunteer to meet the threshold of 2 hours a week. 4. Volunteer in a diverse range of opportunities or organizations. Lonely people might be less apt to venture out to volunteer and that’s where the SOS Volunteer Centre can help. We have a “Team Volunteering” project where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. To learn more about this project, and/or to be on a team, contact the Volunteer Centre at 1-888-576-5661 or e-mail At any time you can find your ultimate volunteer position at www. in our searchable database. We encourage residents to register as a volunteer and keep informed as new volunteer positions arise.

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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church


David, Megan, Cora, Hannah and Autumn Jenkins

Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Phone: 250-497-5995 Email: / Facebook: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

Okanagan Falls Community Church

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

Okanagan Falls United Church

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Our Speakers for September: 3rd - Nancy Wyse; 10th - Judi Ritcey; 17th - Rev. David Sparks; and 24th - Rev. Mark Bedford. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. The first ‘Sing For Your Life’ program will be on Monday, October 2nd in the fellowship room. Check it out! David will be the new interim pastor at Kaleden Community Church. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / The Jenkins moved to Kaleden at the end of August. David will be preaching at KCC in September, but will officially begin as pastor in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service October. Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am David, Megan and family come to us from Vancouver, where David 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Neil has been senior pastor at Kitsilano Community Church for the past 6 Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781 years. Along with pastoring, David does counseling through a family St. Barbara’s Anglican Church systems approach. He loves to cycle, ski, sail, hike, grow veggies, Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am for 3 Sundays of the month. The 4th travel, and play piano and violin. Sunday of the month Service at 1:00 pm. The Jenkins are looking forward to getting to know the community, Coffee and social time after the Church Service. at the schools (Kaleden and Skaha Lake), on the beach and around 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704 town. Please welcome the family to our community!

The Well

Sunday Service ~ 6:00 - 7:30 pm Free childcare provided. Location rotates, so please call ahead. Pastor David Oosterveld - 250-488-9514

Music for healthy aging!

Kaleden Ladies Drop-in

Starts again on Wednesday, September 13th

Join us Wednesdays 1-4 pm at Kaleden Community Church All ladies welcome for coffee, conversation and crafts Questions? Call Fran at 250-497-7850

Come and enjoy a Silver Song Group

Share singing and music together for the proven wellness benefits! For anyone aged 65+

Fun, social – with refreshments too


Stimulate your memory and breathing

Nunes ~ Pottinger Funeral Service and Crematorium

You don’t need to be able to sing . . . it’s not about performance or entertainment No registration required. Bring a family member, caregiver or friend along too; just drop in!

250-498-0167 JOHN NUNES


5855 Hemlock Street P.O. Box 788, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0


Available for Evening & Weekend Appointments E: P: 250-770-2951 C: 778-931-0461 W:


NEW Silver Song Group in Okanagan Falls!

Alternate Mondays starting October 2, 2017 Time: 10-11:30am At: Okanagan Falls United Church,

1108 Willow Street

Information: Janet, 250.497.8188

Learn more about Silver Song Group


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Flowers or Fish Heads?

Send yours to Your name and location is required on any submission. (Please Note: Some discretion on content inclusion may be involved.)

Flowers to the OK Falls RDOS office staff. They’re knowledgeable, helpful, and really, really patient. ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Flex Industries in Okanagan Falls for their 30th Anniversary in business. Your great customer service is very much appreciated! ~ From Linda of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the Wright Family of Kaleden! Megan and Ella for their quick thinking and heroic efforts to come to our home to get our animals and belongings, while the planes were still overhead during the Kaleden fire. To John, Val, Jay and Annika for always opening their arms and home to us. To the Kaleden Fire Department and the BC Wildfire Service for all their amazing efforts in protecting us and the many others who have undergone wildfires in their area this Summer. ~ From Joe, Tracy, Grace, Susie, Dot and Bobby Robinson of Kaleden Flowers to Barb of the Visitors Centre. Thank you for remembering the Women’s Institute in the August issue of this publication in such a positive way. ~ From Betty L. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Kelvin Hall for visiting the Kaleden Library Summer Reading Club and teaching the children about being safe in the woods ~ From the Kaleden Library Staff Flowers to the local sponsors, donations in “kind”, Okanagan Falls Parks & Rec, Okanagan Falls Fire Department, the many volunteers, and the people that brought out their great cars and trucks. Special thanks to the lady from St. John’s Ambulance. This was our 5th Annual Car Show in Kenyon Park, along with two other parks. Thank you to the Ladies of the Eastern Star of Oliver, who prepared a superb Breakfast and Lunch offering. Thank you to everyone! ~ From Geoffrey &Grace Walter-Hughes of Okanagan Falls

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Flowers to the person who helps get Max home! Our super sweet and cuddly neutered 4 year old male cat, MAX, is missing! He was last seen Monday, August 7th on Duncan Place in OK Falls. He is an orange and white cat with a striped tail. He is not wearing a collar. He is very friendly, comes when he is called, and loved dearly by his family. If you have seen him, please call 250-488-3499. We miss him terribly! Thanks in advance. ~ From Shari of Okanagan Falls Flowers to the person who is able to connect with their lost bike that was found in the Okanagan Falls Provincial Park in mid August. The Park Manager would like to find the owner. Please call 250-497-5423 with a description of your bike. ~ From Okanagan Falls Provincial Park Flowers to anyone interested in helping Brenda MacLean, as she recovers from a fall making it impossible to work. Her neighbours set up a crowd funding page at Thank you for your support. ~ From Tana MacLean of Twin Lakes Fish Heads to the person who stole the white runners from the red van on Maple Street in August. You might want to go and see the doctor after you have worn those shoes. ~ From Dawn of OK Falls

Credible Cremation Services Ltd.

Sensible Prices for Practical People - At need / Pre need. Call Lesley, our own Senior, Licensed Director Total - Basic Cremation ... No Hidden Costs $990.00 + taxes (Penticton area) $1190.00 + taxes (Kelowna area)

250.493.3912 BC Lic# 49382

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101-596 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4

If Basic Cremation is Your Choice with Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls

Quality of life with a dog beach nearby ~ Summer is almost over and soon the children will be back to school. I would like to respectfully ask those pet owners who use our Dog Beach, to respect the fact that there are full time residents who live adjacent to the park. Constant barking, baying of hounds and crying of one puppy in particular for hours on end is extremely disturbing. While we are all animal lovers, there are limits to even the most tolerant resident. Perhaps, pet owners do not realize how the sound carries over water. The majority of animals that use the park, generally get along very well and seem to have as much fun in the water as the humans. Sometimes there are as many as twenty dogs at a time and most are a joy to watch. My message is very simple. Please be mindful of your pet’s behaviour and be considerate of your neighbours. There may be someone trying to recover from surgery, or an elder trying to have an afternoon nap. Be thoughtful, please. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. is here to assist you 24 hours. We offer sensible prices for practical people with superior service to all that we serve. Cremations are completed in Penticton. For further information, please call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email

Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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