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By Myleen Mallach, Publisher With September here, regular routines return. Summer holidays are over and temperatures cool. Parents celebrate as their little ones are off to school again. Children are excited for new class rooms and connecting with friends. School buses and children fill the streets flowing to and from school every week day. As we all settle into the comforts of a regular routine this fall, I urge you all to add an extra 5-10 minutes to your commute times. Please slow down through school zones. Pay attention while walking, as sidewalks aren’t everywhere. Remember that children and cars can both dart out unexpectedly. Be alert. Let’s all make safety part of our regular routine. After all, someone’s life could depend on it.
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Back To School Safety By Rick Dellebuur Where has summer gone? It seemed to go by so fast this year, perhaps because it took so long to come and when it did it was hot and dry. As I write this in the middle of August, I can actually see some blue sky instead of smoke for the first time in days. With the end of summer comes the back to school time of the year. Those 30 kph school speed zones that we have been ignoring over the summer come back into effect on school days from 8 am to 5 pm. If the school zone is also a playground zone, as many are in the area, then the 30 kph speed zone is in effect every day from dawn to dusk, summer included. You have to always watch out for the signs, as there are various school zone signs placed on roadways near schools. Some tell you to reduce speed when children are present and there are school zone signs with a tab underneath indicating 50 kph ‘Children on Highway’, which are also in effect 8 am to 5 pm on school days. On occasion, there will be school signs with a tab underneath indicating the speed and the hours that it is in effect, which may differ from the regular 8 am to 5 pm. In other words, school zone signs and speed restrictions are not always just in front of the schools, nor only 30 kph or between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm, as many believe. Police and our Speed Watch Volunteers will be out there monitoring speeds in school zones for the start of school. Parents dropping off and picking up their children at school are asked to observe and follow the NO PARKING and NO STOPPING zones, especially in front of the schools. These zones have been set up as safety pockets for the students. You stopping or parking in them, while you drop of your kids, decreases visibility for everyone and causes congestion that greatly reduces the safety for everyone in this area. Pullover where it is safe and authorized to do so to drop off or pick up your kids. The short walk will do them good and could even save theirs or one of their classmate’s lives. And, let’s all of us keep our heads up and eyes open for possible dangers, as we walk to or from school or where ever and not down looking at our cell phone, oblivious to the world around us! You play the biggest role in keeping yourself safe. Have a Great and Safe School Year! Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or sostips.ca
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“Building Community Spirit”
The intention of this column is to share inspirational stories, or even a quick photo, to show that community spirit is alive and well.
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Wednesday Market A Huge Success! By Elaine Chernoff Vivian and I would like to thank the following for their support: • Irrigation District ~ use of Centennial Park • Legion ~ use of washrooms for vendors • RDOS ~ mentorship and printing • Laurie Kingsfield ~ metal frames for Market signage • Music in the Park ~ inviting the Market to join Last Performance • IGA & Tickleberry’s ~ posting our big Market Signs • Musicians ~ Mat Duffus, Megan Lauridsen, Grant Henderson, and Richard Knox • Play in the Park for Older Adults ~ bringing games every week • All the businesses that displayed our posters and leaflets A BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful vendors who came out, week after week. Without you, there would not have been a market. Special thanks to all the multi-generational families, so wonderful to see grandparents and grandchildren, young moms and babies, dads and kids, all “working the market” together. We feel the “Market in the Park was a huge success and allowed our Community Spirit to shine. Centennial Park, with those glorious shade trees, was the best venue for both vendors and shoppers. The last day of the market is Wednesday, September 12th 4-7 pm. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Skaha Housing Society Update By Sharon Proctor, Fundraising and Public Relations
Hi Everyone! The smoke may not have cleared in our mighty little town yet, but we are all clear and happy to announce that Greyback Construction will start on our project in early September. We will be starting an application list in January 2019. We are also pleased to announce that our OFFICIAL SOD TURNING event is planned for Friday, October 5th at 2:00 pm. Keep your eye out for further info on this historic event. We hope to see y’all there!
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Area “D” Community Services Ofﬁce By Shona Schleppe Updates From The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) On June 20, 2018, the federal government announced the legalization allowing the possession and sale of non-medical cannabis would be effective October 17, 2018. In Shona Schleppe response, on July 5, 2018 the provincial Rural Services government released information about Manager cannabis retail store licensing. The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch has been renamed to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). The province will be issuing licenses for non-medical cannabis retail stores. This license requires input and positive recommendation from a local government in whose area the proposed store is located. A number of reports and recommendations were considered by the RDOS Board on August 16th regarding amendments of electoral area zoning bylaws, development procedure bylaws, the fees and charges bylaw in order to introduce processing procedures and fees for cannabis retail store license referrals from the LCRB. To view the Administrative Report go to www.rdosmaps.bc.ca/min_ bylaws/contract_reports/CorpBd/2018/20180816AgendaPacka ge.pdf Fortis Rates? A report submitted by Nick Marty can be viewed on the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) website at www.bcuc. com/Documents/Proceedings/2018/DOC_52133_C3-7-AMCSRDOSEvidence.pdf. The report includes a short executive summary that highlights the major points (i.e. The RCR was designed incorrectly; it is promoting inefficiency rather than efficiency; it is promoting the greater consumption of fossil fuels; it is making high use electricity customers (those consuming more than 15,000 kWh/year) cross-subsidize lower use customers by at least $7 million in 2018). Fortis, the BCUC and other interveners are to prepare Information Requests on Nick’s submission by August 20th. Nick, in turn, will be preparing an information request on the evidence presented by BC Sustainable Energy Association/ Sierra Club, who are arguing for the retention of the two-tier system. If the BCUC agrees to hold an Oral Hearing, it will take place the week of October 15th. The process will wrap up with final arguments by interveners and Fortis and the new rates, whatever they are, will go into effect starting January 1, 2019. RDOS will be attending the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Ministry Meetings - The meetings are scheduled from September 10-14 and provide opportunities for local government delegates to discuss issues and initiatives with Cabinet Ministers and Provincial Staff. The following meetings have been requested: •
Agriculture ~ Siting of Cannabis Production Facilities
Environment and Climate Control ~ Curbside Collection
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Health ~ Medical First Responder Dispatch
Public Safety and Solicitor General ~ Policing and Prolific Offender Sentencing
Transportation and Infrastructure ~ East Side Road, Access to Hwy 97, Public Transit Options, Ridesharing in Rural Areas, and Weyerhauser Road
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Area “D” Projects and News Join the celebration! The Salmon Feast (September 14-16) honours the sacredness of the river at sx̌ ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ (Okanagan Falls), which is a culturally significant site for the Syilx (Okanagan) People, and an important traditional fishing camp, gathering place and trading site. The Salmon Feast is a three-day event that involves multiple activities including; traditional performances and ceremonies, a canoe paddle, stick game tournament, and on the final day (Sunday) a salmon feast and ceremony for snxa?l’iwlem (to honour the sacredness of the river). A Public Hearing was held on August 16th by the Regional District proposing to update the tourist commercial zones found in many of the electoral areas, including Area “D”, as part of ongoing work related to the preparation of a single zoning bylaw for Electoral Areas. Accordingly, Amendment Bylaw No. 2808, 2018, proposes the following: • To consolidate the six (6) current Commercial Tourist Zones into three (3) main zones, being: Tourist Commercial (CT1), Campground Commercial (CT2) and Golf Course Commercial (CT3); • To update and make consistent the permitted uses and development regulations in the CT1, CT2 and CT3 Zones across the Okanagan Electoral Areas; • To update and rename the Marina Commercial (C5) Zone to Marina Commercial (CT4); • To update and rename the Commercial Amusement (C6) Zone to Penticton Speedway (CT5); and • To update the tourist commercial zones on the Zoning Maps, being Schedule ‘2’ of the Okanagan Electoral Area Zoning Bylaws. General Election Information Electors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will elect an Electoral Area Director for a four year term ending in the fall of 2022. Please recall, we have a New Electoral Area “I” in 2018, as Area “D” has been divided (east and west side of Skaha Lake) resulting in two new Directors to be elected. Thinking about running for Local Office? To learn more, please visit elections.bc.ca/political-participants/local-elections-campaignfinancing/2018-general-local-elections/ Nomination Packages are available at the Regional District Office located at 101 Martin Street in Penticton during regular office hours. On Tuesday, September 4th, the nomination period begins with candidates submitting their package. A Declaration of Election By Voting will be confirmed on Thursday, September 20th. Did you know? The campaign will start on Saturday, September 22nd and close on Saturday, October 20th. Please note - there will be advanced polls on Wednesday, October 10th with general voting on Saturday, October 20th. From Beaches to Bluffs ... • Check out the Okanagan Falls Regional Library for a list of Events scheduled for September. • Hope the Okanagan Falls Elementary Students can find their way back to school ~ Thanks SD #53 for the revamp! • Get Active This Fall! Check rec.rdos.bc.ca to register ONLINE for a recreation program! Lots of new offerings! Any questions, concerns or comments, please share. www.okfalls.ca Ofﬁce 778-515-5520 | Shona 250-809-2568 or email@example.com Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!
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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen It’s been another unusual summer for the entire Province of BC. Perhaps it is a new normal, but I sincerely hope these extremes will mellow out into patterns that we can adapt to more easily. The spring floods will continue and the fire conditions will also continue to be unusual. The smoke has forced many of you with health issues to stay indoors and miss out on many of your normal summer activities and it certainly has had an impact on Tourism and family get-togethers. We can only hope for a change in the wind to give us some clearer days into the fall. There are always an abundance of Fall Fairs in Sept. and Oct. and I urge you all to support our Farmers and Artisans who work so hard to bring you the best of BC produce. The famous Rock Creek Fair is on September 15th and 16th. The Similkameen Sizzle Pepper Festival is also on September 15th, and it is possible to enjoy both events. Covert Farms Freak ’n Farmer is on Saturday, September 22nd and is a fun filled family event. There are too many events to mention here, so please go on to your local Tourism websites and check out what’s happening in your area. Wine harvest celebrations also start up late September with the Festival of the Grape in Oliver on September 30th. The entire Wine Region of the Okanagan and Similkameen has become a destination for people from all over who appreciate great wine and the wonderful local foods that accompany it. The new Coast Hotel in Oliver recently celebrated its official opening. Owner Ron Mundi, decided to try modular construction for the Hotel and hired Horizon North to build and assemble the units. It took less than two weeks to assemble the modular units into an 83 room hotel. The Councils of Oliver for many years have been lobbying for a Hotel and finally, everything came together. It takes a positive business future, political and local support and the right business investor to make a project like this happen. Congratulations to Mayor Hovanes and Council and owner Ron Mundi, for thinking outside the box and getting this Hotel up and running - a great asset for Oliver. There has been a lot of local emphasis on crime in Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls recently. It is important to note that ours are not the only communities experiencing a crime wave. What we are all beginning to realize is that, just because we are small rural communities, we are not immune from the OPIOD crisis gripping the entire country or the crime that follows any upsurge in drug use. I attended a forum on crime this spring and acquired lots of good information on how to protect your home and property from theft and I have finally made it a habit to lock my car - something I have always done when travelling to any other community, but somehow missed in my own town. I support the Mayors and Councils of Oliver and Osoyoos in their ongoing lobbying efforts with the RCMP both locally, regionally and provincially. They have built relationships at all levels through respectful dialogue and endless meetings and have ensured that when RCMP personnel become available we will not be overlooked. Both communities will have further dialogue at the UBCM in September and hopefully will be updated at that time on progress for more local RCMP. I’ll finish with a friendly reminder that with all the kids going back to school, please be careful on the roads, watch for school buses and be familiar with the school zones. Our kids are our future and we want to maintain a safe environment for all of them going to/from school. Happy Harvest!
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There are at least fifteen rural properties along the Marron River. All are connected by this small river. Many have water rights for Patio or Dining Room ~ Friday to Sunday from September 4 - October 7. irrigation and/or domestic use for our homes and land. We also enjoy a very unique riparian ecosystem with rare endangered species and other wildlife. We also have concerns about wildfire Saturday, September 16th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm | $50 pp + tax and how to protect our properties and support neighbours. In recent years, many of the long-time residents on the Marron Food and wine pairings in the vineyard, live music and our newly released Legacy wines. have sold and new owners have moved in and new homes have been built on lots that had previously been vacant. It is hard to meet rural neighbours, especially when homes are hidden in the forest at the end of long lane ways. Recognizing the need to connect with neighbours, long-time Phyllis Jmayff and Doreen Olson, applied for the 2018 Information Centre Update residents, Neighbourhood Small Grants Program. They asked for funding to By Barb Aschenbrenner, host a lunch in September and invite the Marron River residents to Vistor Information Centre Information Centre Manager meet one another and at the same time learn about the historical September ... where the heck did July and August go? It’s been a and natural values of this unique area. tough summer. Tourism is down and even our own residents aren’t Neighbours will learn where the river begins and ends. Historian, going far due to all the fires and the smoke. I hope the smoke Randy Manuel, will share stories on the history of the old log barn, didn’t cause you any medical problems and wish by the time you which has recently been restored, and the Junction Ranch. In addition, Lia McKinnon from Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship read this that our weather will have improved a great deal. Society will have information about birds, bats, bears and other If you haven’t already stopped by to say ‘Hi’ and get your copy of flora and fauna. We will also have information on fire protection. our new Okanagan Falls brochure, please do so soon. We will be Lunch will be provided and some fun door prizes will be given away. closing the middle of October for the winter. And, the way time is If you live along the Marron River, we would love to meet you. going, that won’t be too long from now. Please contact Doreen Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more Remember, the kids are back in school on September 5th! So, information. please slow down, especially in school zone and near cross walks. Have a good fall season. Be sure to enjoy the harvest of all the fresh fruit and vegetables our area has to offer. Available Friday - Sunday 11:30 - 3:30 / or call for Private Group Bookings
Tid Bit of History Okanagan Falls’ first newspaper was called the “Okanagan Mining Review”. It published six issues from August to November of 1893. Editor Dr. R. Mathisone, a dentist, was part of the W.J. Snodgrass syndicate hoping to develop Okanagan Falls into the economic center of the province. The paper promoted Okanagan Falls as the geographic, industrial, agricultural, mining, manufacturing and Marron River Residents will hear about the Old Log Barn by Historian Randy Manuel during their first Marron River Community Picnic held in September 2018. railway center of the southern interior of the province. It neglected to mention the nearest railway was at the north end of Okanagan Lake west of Vernon, over 130 kilometers away. DE
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Planning for the Future ~ Over the past two years, OFID has been working to develop a schedule of sustainable rates and charges to cover all costs for supplying water now and into the future. These charges are calculated by the costs related to normal operation of the system, including upgrades to make the system work more effectively, the cost of replacement of system assets such as wells, pumps, mains, pipes, etc. as they reach their life expectancy (Asset Management Plan), and the cost of capital projects as growth creates an extra demand for service on the water supply system (Capital Expenditure Plan). Having gathered this information, OFID is now working with accounting firm KH Craig Inc. to develop a rate structure which will provide funding in order to meet immediate needs through responsible annual budgets, and to allocate to Replacement, Operational and Capital Reserves in order to meet future needs. The District has begun putting the Asset Management Plan to use with the replacement of four fire hydrants, which are beyond their life expectancy and funded through the District Replacement Reserve. Water Consumption ~ As with every summer, water usage increases greatly. In the meantime, here are a few steps you can take to reduce the demands on our wells: • Don’t let water run when cleaning fruits and vegetables. Wash them in a partially filled sink instead. • Wait until the dishwasher is filled before running. This can save up to 10,000 litres per year. • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. • Reduce shower time. A ten minute shower requires 230 litres of water. • Be aware of any leaks in your irrigation system and repair them immediately. For more water saving tips and information about OFID, please visit the District website at www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca.
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Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department Recruitment Information Day Sunday, September 30th
Members of the public, who may be interested in applying for service with the department, are invited to drop in between 9am - 2 pm on Sunday, September 30th. This is a great opportunity to see what we do, and discover if being part of our team is an adventure you’re ready for! For more information, please call 250-497-5700 or email okfire@ shaw.ca. Applications can also be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12noon or 7-9pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.
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In 1993, Okanagan Falls Fire Department sponsored their annual “Sweetheart Dance” on February 13th. All proceeds went towards the purchase of new equipment. This was a very enjoyable event and appreciated by many couples. Okanagan Falls area residents went to the polls on April 3, 1993 for a referendum on the fate of a new firehall and truck. Total cost was $670,000. The existing hall was built in 1960, being a single Office Hours: Tue/Thu 8:30-4:30 (Closed 12-1) story with two bays and over the years four additions were added 1109 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls with numerous renovations. If the referendum was approved, the fire protection service levy on a $99,000 home would increase to P: 250.497.8541 E: email@example.com $89 from $37 a year. The result was a resounding 68% in favour www.okanaganfallsirrigationdistrict.ca of the new firehall and truck. The final tally was 502 yes with 188 Advance Building Systems of Kelowna received the bid to Schwarz Returning To Regional Politics no. construct the new fire hall. It was expected to take four months to Submitted Article build on the existing location of the old hall. After 7 years of rest and rejuvenation, Bill Schwarz is again seeking Five kilometers east of Regina, Saskatchewan, firefighters tried to election for the NEW Area ‘D’ Director for the Regional District. extinquish a building (quonset). The one year old, 32 ton pumper, Over the 9 year term of 2002-2011, Bill was instrumental in which the city paid $298,000 and a large tow truck owned by a numerous projects and initiatives from creating Keogan Sports private contractor were engulfed in flames when the burning Park, curb side garbage pick-up, new waste water treatment building collapsed on the trucks. The fire truck got stuck in the mud plant, fire inspection for commercial businesses, securing the and both vehicles were destroyed. One fireman received minor shoreline for the community, and creating a Heritage Walk along burns to his face and hands. the waterfront in Okanagan Falls. In 1993, Okanagan Falls celebrated it’s 100th Birthday. A two With the new smaller Area ‘D’, it is necessary to put the budget week western theme party from July 25th - August 8th was held. under scrutiny to realize savings. It is equally important to generate Activities included: street dance, pot luck dinners, heritage fashion affordable housing within the town site of Okanagan Falls. With show, slide shows, antique shows and appraisals, Weyerhaeuser the advent of new industry that will generate upwards of 200 jobs, tours, wine tasting, carnival, picnics, hot air balloon rides, beach people will need places to live. Other issues to be looked at are party, parade, and much more. It was a resounding success. bus schedules to accommodate workers going to and from work in To be continued ... Okanagan Falls and adjoining communities. Bill Schwarz is looking for your support at the polls on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Formerly Brightman Electric ~ Serving the South Okanagan Authorized by Bill Schwarz - 1238 Peachcliff Drive, Okanagan Commercial & Residential 250-497-8284 Falls, BC V0H 1R1 - Phone 250-488-5732.
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Greetings “Area I” - Apex, Kaleden, St. Andrews & Twin Lakes Residents By Subrina Monteith
It’s been a smoky time here in the valley and for many people, smoke poses significant health risks. How smoky conditions may affect your health is determined by a number of factors, such as the length of time you are exposed, how much air you breathe in, your health status and the concentration of smoke in the air. Help yourself by limiting your time outdoors and avoid strenuous exercise. Seek medical care, if you have the following symptoms: • A cough that is persistent or worsening • Shortness of breath, beyond what is usually experienced • Chest pain or tightness • Significant weakness or fatigue
My name is Subrina (Herbst) Monteith and I would like to officially announce my candidacy for “Area I“ Director of Regional District Okanagan Similkameen. I have lived in the South Okanagan Fire Smart Tip for most of my life and have spent the last 15 years in Kaleden with my husband raising our family of three girls. Currently, I’m By Linda Dahl completing a degree in Business Administration with a specialty Sadly, we have ended another summer shrouded in smoke. Wild in Human Resources and a minor in Economic Development and land and interface fires will continue to be a reality in BC, due to Political Science. our vast forests and increasingly dry conditions. It is imperative I have always been an active and integral part of the community that we strive to be a Fire Smart community and that everyone which I live in, and if elected I will share my talents on a broader does their part in keeping Kaleden safe. scope. As a Kaleden resident, I have been involved in many Adding few Fire Smart actions to your normal yard work routine leadership roles. I have been involved on countless committees at will help reduce wildfire risks. Regular maintenance and cleaning the Kaleden Elementary School over the past 14 years. I am also of the corners and crevices of your home (where needles and proud of my involvements with leading the Kaleden/Okanagan debris build up) will leave nothing for embers to ignite. Remove Falls Girl Guides and cherish the opportunities it has given me to windblown leaves from under decks, as well as flammable debris relate to our community youth. I help to organize and volunteer for on balconies and patios. almost every Kaleden community event, allowing for many events to continue to be annual community events. In addition to my Kaleden involvements, I have been on countless boards including past roles of vice chair of Penticton Peach Festival, Terry Fox Run organizer for Penticton, board of directors for BC Senior Games to coordinator for BC Championship Pool Tournaments for over 10 years. My diverse community dedication demonstrates the importance I place on building strong community spirit and working together with local government to develop a rural community we can all be proud to call home. One of my best strengths is that I am an action-oriented person. When I see a problem that needs to be addressed, I respond with an action plan that is always thoughtful and comprehensive. I believe in taking time to contemplate issues from a variety of angles, and work toward solutions that are realistic. It would be my honour to represent Area ‘I’. In preparation for this important role, I have put considerable time and effort into learning about local issues affecting residents. Since my decision to run, I have attended all RDOS meetings for the past six months. Furthermore, I continue to request opportunities to open dialogue with as many residents as possible in an effort to understand and support residents in their concerns. Elections will be held on October 20th, 2018. Should you have more questions or wish to share your thoughts on community issues, I’m always available to chat. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my cell 250-460-0723.
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There is a new hairstyling business now open in Kaleden. Be sure to visit “The Studio” at 334 Lakehill Road next to the Post Office. Salon owner, Sheila, comes to Kaleden with extensive training and many years of experience in all aspects of hairstyling. Also on staff is stylist Miel, who is highly experienced with colouring and cutting. Stop by and say ‘hi’ next time your driving by. The Studio is open Monday to Saturday with flexible hours to accommodate the working public. Men, women and children are all welcome. To book your appointment, please call 250-460-1182 or simply stop by 334 Lakehill Road in Kaleden.
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CAREER OPPORTUNITY Manager Position
By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee
As predicted, the hot dry summer of 2018 pretty much mirrors that of 2017. In the previous issue, we noted that our average AprilJune water consumption for 2011-18 was 73% of that for 2001-10. So, how about this July? In July of 2018, KID pumped 74 million gallons (280 million liters), some 13 million gallons (49 million liters) or 16% less than in 2017. Despite rising hydroelectric rates, July power costs decreased this year. Good going, folks! KID Summer Student, Carson Stocker, is monitoring watering restrictions, and reports that most residents were very cooperative, with relatively few violations of the irrigation rules. Many offenders said they were not aware of the time restrictions on the day they can water, and that underground irrigation rules are different from above ground. Most were very cooperative and complied with the rules after the first offence. But some offenders knew the rules and chose to ignore them, and others broke the rules more than once. So, let’s review the restrictions: Properties to the south of Lakehill Road water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; properties to the north water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On assigned days, aboveground watering is permitted only from 6-10 am and 7-11 pm; or from midnight-6 am if you have an automatic underground irrigation system. Three Strikes and You May be Out (of Water)...? What are the consequences if caught watering outside of your assigned times? On the first violation, you get a verbal warning; a written warning is issued for a second violation; and your water can be shut off upon a third violation (which will cost you $50 for the shut-off, and another $50 to have it turned back on). Questions or suggestions? Check out the KID website, or email or phone us (contact details are provided below)!
Kaleden is a picturesque community located on Highway 97 between Penticton and Okanagan Falls on Skaha Lake. It is home to a population of 1,200 and is a mix of agricultural and residential properties in a peaceful rural setting. The Kaleden Irrigation District was incorporated in 1922 and supplies the domestic and irrigation water to the community. As the current manager is retiring, the District is seeking a permanent part-time manager to oversee the operation and administration of the system. Hours of work will be approximately 20 hours per week; additional hours may be required contingent upon work load. A full job description outlining duties, as well as essential and desirable qualifications, is available on the Kaleden Irrigation District website at www.kaledenirrigation.org. Remuneration will be based on experience and qualifications and will include a comprehensive benefit package. Please submit your resume and cover letter by 3:00 pm Monday, September 10, 2018. Resumes may be mailed to P.O. Box 107, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0, faxed to 250-497-5407 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Board of Trustees, Kaleden Irrigation District
Kaleden Community Association
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By Bryn White, South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program Manager If you live on the shore of any lake in the Okanagan you already know what a treasure our freshwater lakes are and how important the water quality is to you, and to others who live, work and play here. Unfortunately, over the last 25 years, development has significantly changed the landscape around Okanagan Lake, and many other lakes in the valley.
Enhance opportunities for all residents to participate? Kaleden Community Association is making Grants available to support your Idea! Grant Criteria 1.
Applicant(s) must be a resident of the greater Kaleden area.
Grant is open to all ages.
Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation.
These changes have also impacted the quality of water we drink and play in - natural shorelines are vital for the surrounding ecosystem to work as it should.
Grant funding is limited to maximum of $150.00 once a calendar year.
Grant application may be submitted at anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC, V0H 1K0
A new resource has just been posted to help foreshore property owners protect and enhance natural areas, and increase the resiliency of lakeshores against changes in weather patterns and increased threats posed by high water and groundwater flooding.
Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.
There’s less natural shoreline, less habitat for wildlife and we’ve seen invasive, non-native species gain a foothold.
The Okanagan Lakeshore Living Guide promotes and encourages stewardship actions for Okanagan Lake, and any other large lake in our region that can improve and effectively manage shoreline while supporting flood preparedness. For more information, please visit http://lakeshore-living.okcp.ca/
SAVE THE DATE - Thursday, November 15, 2018 - A Jazz Music Concert will be held in the evening at the Kaleden Community Hall. More information to follow in the October issue of Skaha Matters.
Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish It’s September! Hopefully, the smoky skies are behind us and we will be able to enjoy clear, crisp mornings, blue skies and warm afternoons. First, a thank you to this year’s hosts of the Garden Party and thank you to all the people who attended. It was a warm, but not too smoky afternoon. It is always wonderful to see our friends and make new ones, even in the busy summer months.
Beginner Yoga 6 Week Program By Annette Shattenkirk Curious about Yoga, but need a comfortable place to start? Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation wants to provide everyone with an opportunity to experience and enjoy all the benefits that a Yoga practice can offer in your daily lives. And, in an informal, friendly, and fun class.
Okanagan Falls Parks & Recreation is offering the entire 6 week program for a very special ‘Try Yoga’ rate of $25 for the series. By the way, Yoga is great for the guys, as well as the ladies. Register With September comes the release of the Fall Recreation Guide. early to get a spot! Call the office at 250-497-8188 or try the new Watch for information on new programs and the schedules for old on-line registration process. favorites or see it online at kal-rec.ca. There are programs for all Mondays 5-6 pm from September 24th - November 5th ages. Annette teaches in Palm Springs in the winter months. If you’re in September also brings the resumption of Sports Clubs, Cards and the neighbourhood, you can catch a class there too! Games, and Wednesday Afternoon’s Ladies Group with their wide variety of activities. Drop in to any of these activities to check it Are you over 50? Just $15/yr to join! out. New people of all ages are always welcome. As well, the Enjoy activities. Meet new people. Get out and have FUN! Seniors Committee are busy planning for this year’s activities and Become a member of the OK Falls Seniors Centre! presentations. I’ve heard some popular programs like Wreath For more information, call Grethe at 250.497.5669. Making and Cooking Classes are returning, as well as some new activities are being added. Watch the sandwich and bulletin “Play In The Park” Series boards around town for posters about the times and locations for these events. Again, on the business side, the Kaleden Recreation Commission are waiting on an engineering plan, so that the pile of rock, gravel and asphalt can be distributed to the appropriate places to support parking and traffic flow around Pioneer Park, as was outlined in the Park Plan. We once again have the floats and ropes (with thanks to the community) to designate the swimming area. A gentle reminder that swimming should take place in the swimming area and boating should take place in the boating area. Also, pets are expected to be on a leash in the park and not to be bothering other patrons. Again, the Kal-Rec board meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. If you are curious or have any concerns, please come to one of our meetings or contact a Kal-Rec member to be put on the agenda.
For Older Adults By Aja Jackson, Program Coordinator
August was packed with activities, painting, food and entertainment in the Market in the Park. Thanks to the Market for the summer fun. Play in the Park has a fun-filled event for September! We would love you to invite your “older adult” friends and neighbours to “Coffee, Croquet, Checkers & Lawn Games” on Thursday, September 6th at KENYON HOUSE. Grab a partner for Big Game Checkers or invite a couple of your pals for a Bocce or Croquet match. PRIZES TO BE WON! Free coffee, games AND complimentary delectable treats from KJ Coffee Bar. Join in the fun and games from 1-3:30 pm on September 6th. See you at Kenyon House!
Urban Pole Walking continues every Tuesday in September with September is a great time for new beginnings. Hopefully, you will the ”Sprightly and Spirited”, Sharon Proctor. Meet at Kenyon House find the time to get out and enjoy the park, try out a new program, at 10 am. All levels welcome. Poles are available at no charge. Sharon leads a walk and talk around the parks and KVR trestle or join a new activity. of OK Falls. ALL Play in the Park activities are at NO CHARGE! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or If you have an idea for an activity in our parks, we would like email email@example.com. We have a website at kal-rec.ca, to hear from you. And, if you would like to borrow FREE sports where you can find information on our community hall, parks, equipment to play in the park, call Janet Black at 250-497-2016 or facility rentals, and a full activity calendar. You can subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 kaledencommunity@ gmail.com. www.LivingInTheOkanagan.com
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Escape Room – Coming Soon! A Daring Adventure for Youth & Teens ... What? The concept itself is enough to get you excited. At its most basic, this is about locking a group of people inside a themed room for 60 minutes and leaving them to find their own way out, via a few cryptic clues and puzzles which they have to find hidden within the room.
Who? Get together a group of 4-6 and register for a session.
When? Watch for clues in the community.
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It is important to note that we listen to our client’s needs. Getting a massage doesn’t mean we’re going to hurt you. Some people do By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner enjoy a deeper massage, but we always strive to meet the client’s It’s amazing how many people I talk to suffer preference for appropriate pressure. Our upper body massage from neck pain. And strangely, statistics show focuses mostly on the neck, upper back, arms and hands. We about 60% more women are likely to develop provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a neck pain than men. comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, most neck pain is associated with poor Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the posture combined with age-related wear and Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning. Call Deetear. To help prevent neck pain, keep your head centered over anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your your spine. Some simple changes in your daily routine may help. appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose Consider trying to: from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, • Use good posture. When standing and sitting, be sure or any combination. Come and see how effective massage can your shoulders are in a straight line over your hips and your be to your well-being. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite ears are directly over your shoulders. • Take frequent breaks. If you travel long distances or work chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the long hours at your computer, get up, move around and workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. stretch your neck and shoulders. • Adjust your desk, chair and computer, so that the com and visit our Facebook page. monitor is at eye level. Knees should be slightly lower than hips. Use your chair’s armrests. Providing a unique combination of Chair Massage & Wellness Coaching • Avoid tucking the phone between your ear and shoulder Call Dee-anne ~ 250-497-5974 when you talk. Use a headset or speakerphone instead. www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com • If you smoke, quit. Smoking can put you at higher risk of
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developing neck pain. Avoid carrying heavy bags with straps over your shoulder. The weight can strain your neck. Sleep in a good position. Your head and neck should be aligned with your body. Use a small pillow under your neck. Try sleeping on your back with your thighs elevated on pillows, which will flatten your spinal muscles. Neck pain can also be caused by an injury, but most problems with neck pain are quite often caused by muscle dysfunction so respond very well to massage therapy. Regular massage of the area will go a long way toward eliminating the problem and many people will feel better immediately. Massage therapy is enjoyable and has a multitude of health benefits. Since neck pain can also cause headaches, it can be a drug-free approach to relieving the pain.
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Intravenous Chelation and Other Cutting Edge IV Therapies For Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease and Other Chronic Diseases By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health Chelation and various other intravenous therapies have been used for decades to successfully prevent and help in reversing heart disease, as well as many other diseases. Following is a brief review of the indications, effectiveness, protocols, and safety of Chelation, as well as the other well studied and proven intravenous therapies. IV Chelation was first administered to treat lead poisoning during the 1940’s and 50’s. These initial treatments not only removed lead from the human body, but also improved symptoms of cardiovascular disease such as angina, leg pain with walking, shortness of breath, cold feet and hands, and fatigue. Since this time, IV Chelation has primarily been used to reverse and prevent cardiovascular disease safely and effectively. Coronary heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women and is affecting people at younger ages now more than ever. Plus, only 1 of every 3 heart attack victims have warning signs ahead of time. Sadly, 50% of those without warning signs do not survive the first heart attack. Atherosclerosis or arterial plaquing is the primary cause of heart attacks, stroke, cerebral vascular disease, peripheral artery disease, and other chronic diseases related to poor circulation. This disease causes more death and debility than any other causative factor. However, the great news is that it is largely preventable and reversible. Research consistently shows that 80-91% of patients with various cardiovascular disorders show clinically measurable improvement after a series of Chelation treatments. Plus, when lifestyle improvement measures and targeted nutrition are added to the protocol, the results are even more astounding. Chelation has not only proven itself to be extremely safe, but also extremely effective at improving quality of life and preventing debilitating and often fatal vascular events.
parasites. IV hydrogen peroxide is also the treatment of choice for COPD, chronic asthma and emphysema. It has significantly benefitted a variety of illnesses including bell’s palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraines, temporal arteritis, chronic pain, shingles and multiple sclerosis. This treatment has been around since World War I when it was first used to increase survival rates by an astounding 50% during the epidemic influenza outbreak.
IV Vitamin C safely increases blood and cellular vitamin C concentrations to a much higher level than taking vitamin C by mouth. This has many beneficial effects, which include destroying IV Plaquex is another therapy used to diminish arterial plaquing. pathogenic microbes such as viruses, yeast, and harmful bacteria; The natural ingredient, phosphatidylcholine, is also the main neutralizing and removing toxins; and improving quality of life healthy component of all human cell membranes. Administering it in cancer patients through a variety of mechanisms. Studies through an IV revitalizes every cell in the body. Additionally, Plaquex indicate that IV Vitamin C enhances the effect of radiation and detoxifies the liver, increases the neurotransmitter acetylcholine chemotherapy and protects the body from many of the side (which is diminished in Alzheimer’s disease), and removes fatty effects of these therapies. Intravenous vitamin C has cured viral plaquing from the inner lining of arteries. Studies have shown infections, which can be debilitating and even life threatening such this incredible treatment to increase the life span of a variety of as swine flu, measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, chicken pox, species of elderly animals by up to 36%. With age, the human shingles, herpes, viral pneumonia, colds, and flus. body produces less and less of this important molecule. Now, we As a precursor to collagen, Vitamin C improves connective tissue have Plaquex to replenish body stores and make our cells and health including strengthening arterial lining and preventing organs more vigorous. Both Plaquex and Chelation significantly arterial injury from free radical damage, improving joint cartilage improve quality of life and they are often used together to improve thickness and quality, enhancing skin health, and strengthening all arterial blood flow and cellular oxygenation more effectively. the other connective tissue that holds our body’s together. Vitamin IV Hydrogen Peroxide is another remarkable treatment that C maintains healthy bones, teeth, gums, and tissues. It aids in powerfully boosts the immune system and kills pathogenic micro- wound healing and combats inflammation and pain. In essence, it organisms ranging from bacteria, viruses, and yeast, to parasites. behaves like a “natural aspirin”. Research proves that just one treatment can cure the flu in most For further information on this and other natural, safe intravenous people. Often a series of treatments is required to have an effect therapies for various illnesses, check out www.drtamarabrowne.ca on more deep-seated infections such as candida, pneumonia, or call the Natural Family Health Clinic at 250-497-6681. bronchitis, chronic urinary infections, viral infections, shingles, and SkahaMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 13
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Okanagan Falls resident Sandra felt something in her heart a few years ago, some might name it a ‘calling’, an altruistic calling. I just call it the ‘ultimate gift’. She donated a kidney to a stranger! Before this happened, Sandra spoke with her husband and did a LOT of research online and looked up ‘what organs can you donate while still alive’. She soon called her friend who donated a kidney to her cousin. This brought her a lot of comfort that this was the best decision for her. After a lot of prayer, talking to her family, friends and pastor, her wish came true. In January 2015, Sandra anonymously donated a kidney to a stranger who was on the ‘waiting list’. She says, “the best part of donating a kidney was to be able to challenge people to do better.” She often worries about wording it that way, as she might be considered conceited. I say, not at all. If your heart tells you that you should so something for the greater good, listen to your heart! Whether it’s to shovel your neighbors driveway or to step forward to save a life ... DO IT! Contacts for Living Donor Programs: Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program - Kidney and Liver, Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, 1.855.875.5182, email@example.com; St. Paul’s Hospital Living Donor Program - Kidney, Unit 6A, 6th Floor, Providence Building, 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, 1.877.922.9822, firstname.lastname@example.org
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People who suffer from dry eye often describe their eyes as feeling sandy or scratchy. Other symptoms include burning, itchy or eyes feeling tired, blurred vision, redness, discomfort, and irritation from light. There are numerous causes of dry eye which include: medical conditions, medications, activities that reduce blink rate (reading, watching TV, using computers, tablets, or cellphones), wearing contact lenses, environmental factors (smoke, low humidity, high temperature, and wind), and increased age. Occasional dry eye is irritating, but long term or severe dry eye can cause damage to the eye(s) which can lead to reduced vision. Avoiding environmental factors, taking regular breaks from activities which require eye focus, ensuring proper cleaning and care of contact lenses, and avoiding medications (if possible) that can cause dry eyes can help reduce the amount of dry eye. The mainstay treatment is using artificial tear products. There are several options and often require a trial and error process to figure out which product works the best for each individual. Systane Ultra seems to work well and is one of the most recommended eye lubricants. Artificial tear products that are in a gel or ointment form will last longer, but can cause blurry vision (good for bedtime). Artificial tear products that are drops can be applied several times a day, but with regular use the preservatives can cause irritation. EDTA and benzalkonium chloride are known to be harmful to the eye, but are still used in many eye products - avoid products that use these if possible. If artificial tear products need to be used regularly, then use a preservative free product. HYLO products are effective and preservative free with a 6 month expiry after opening, but are expensive. Ask your Live Well Pharmacist at Pharmasave for advice when choosing eye drops or if you have problems using eye drops - there is a simple technique that is helpful for people who blink while the drop is being instilled. CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY at Pharmasave OK Falls! Wednesday, September 26th ~ Receive 15% OFF* *Excludes prescriptions, codeine products, sale items, phone and gift cards, lottery and stamps.
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3 Not-So-Obvious Indicators It’s Time To SELL By Sergej Sinicin
There are many good reasons to put your property on the market. Some examples include relocation, children leaving the nest, the need for something bigger/smaller - the list goes on and on. There are also some less-than-obvious indicators that it may be time to sell. 1. Your Property Is No Longer A Good “Fit” ~ Your home may have been perfect for you when you bought it, but things change families grow, yard is getting too big to care for. Needs evolve. For any number of reasons, your property may no longer be a good fit for you. If that’s the case, it makes sense to at least take a look at what’s available on the market. Who knows? Your next “perfect” home may be for sale right now, within your price range! 2. You’re Ready For Your Dream Home ~ Remember when you purchased your current property? Did it have every feature you wanted? Was it your dream home? Or, did you have to compromise on a few things, such as the size of the kitchen? If you had to make some tough choices back then, it might be time for you to finally get the home of your dreams. 3. Your Market Is Changing ~ Our market currently is changing and some are predicting a trend to more balanced levels. Only 673 units sold in Penticton compared to 804 in the past 12 months to date from last year - that’s a 16% decrease. In July, 9% more units were listed than last year and my prediction is that this percentage will grow over the next 12 months. Days to Sell went from 36 days in July of 2017 to 58 this past July - a 22% increase in how long it takes to sell. Good news so far, the home prices remain high in favour of the seller. However, we are seeing more investors listing properties from their real estate investment portfolios and that is a good indicator for changes to come. So, if you think that you need to consider possibly selling your home or you would like to find your next dream home, call or text me at 250-328-3664. I can also show you what’s available on the market, and keep you informed of new listings that match what you’re looking for. I will be glad to provide you with a completely free, no obligations complimentary home evaluation. Once you know what your home’s current fair market value is, you will be able to make the absolute best decision for you and your family. Contact me anytime.
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What Sergej’s client said about him last month: I would recommend Sergej as a realtor without reservation! I had an unusual property to sell. It was vacant and I was out of province to add to the mix. Not an easy assignment! He was incredibly attentive to my situation and needs. He was in continual communication with me, regarding offers and showings of the property. Because the property was vacant and I was not there to observe the goings-on, he would send me videos of himself at the property checking it out, sweeping it and preparing it for upcoming showings. He was diligent in ensuring that the property showed Welcome to Uwe and Cheryl Zink our new “Kaleden family members” moving from the well. So grateful!!! His negotiating skills were stellar, encouraging Lower Mainland. After buying in our beautiful community, they chose to make a donation of me to hold out on more than one occasion. It was as if it was his $500 to a wonderful organization - the BCSPCA Penticton Branch. Awesome choice guys! own property and he wanted the best dollar. He cares! Sergej was in contact via email, text and phone and promptly replied to my inquiries, always within minutes. I feel that his recommendations and suggestions were valid, in preparing the property for sale. He is very detail oriented and found the answers to things I was unaware of. I enjoyed his banter and great sense of humour, which is so needed during what can be a very stressful experience. If you need a realtor, Sergej is your guy! Did you know that this year he donates a portion of his commission to the charity of your choice? I highly recommend him for all your real estate needs! Thanks Sergej!!!
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The Kaleden Library has completed another successful Summer Reading Club! We had 50 children registered for the five programs over the summer. All were entertained by a Bubble Man, a Magician, a Fitness Instructor, and also learned how to do Zentangle. Thanks to all our wonderful guests and the families who joined in the fun. Preschool Storytime is starting up on Tuesday, September 25th from 10-10:45am. Please join us for stories, rhymes, songs, and making a small craft. Meet new friends and our library dogs Marley or Rosie. This program will continue on Tuesday mornings until December 11th. Afternoon LEGO is on Thursday, September 27th from 2:303:30pm. This program is for children ages 5-12 years old. A door prize will be awarded and a small snack will be provided. The dates for future LEGO sessions are October 25th and November 29th. Please register for the above programs, as space is limited. We were very honoured to have local author Shauna Gill (pictured to left) read to us her story, HENRICK THE ROOSTER. Henrick is a young rooster who has some important lessons to learn about kindness, friendship, and being humble. If you’re interested in buying a copy of Shauna’s book, please contact Glenda at the Kaleden Library at 250-4978066 or email us kaleden@ orl.bc.ca.
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What’s Happening at the OK Falls Library in September: •
Awaken the Doctor Within - Tuesday, September 11th - 6:30- 8pm. Join Elaine Hopkins as she discusses the psychology of illness, how to prevent illness by changing your thoughts, and the placebo effect and much more. Smoking Cessation - Wednesday, September 12th - 6:308pm. Join Elaine Hopkins and Ronaye Daly as they discuss why we smoke, how we can quit on our own, the cost of smoking on your budget and overall health. Slipping Into Autumn with Helpful Herbs - Friday, September 21st - 3-4pm. In this class, Jennifer Holmes, will discuss herbs and practices that help us to reconnect with ourselves, healing and soothing the areas of our bodies that take on too much stress. We will talk tonics for lungs tired of smoke and ash in the air, skin softeners and healers for your garden worked hands, and assorted teas and elixirs to bump up our immune systems for the colder months to come. Craft Circle - Wednesday, September 5th & 19th - 1-3pm. Join the fun and bring your projects to work on, or get some inspiration from others! Market in the Park - Wednesday, September 12th - 10-12 noon. Join the “Market in the Park” volunteers and vendors for a recap of this year’s successes. Included is a review of finances and what we have left over to start next year. Also, we need to find someone who is interested in managing future markets, discuss a few changes and CELEBRATE!!! Book Club - Join us for our book club meeting - Wednesday, September 19th - 1-2pm. We’ll be discussing one book we read this summer and starting our monthly read! The Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education is an easy way to learn how to save, invest and work toward your financial goals. Whether you are just starting out or want to learn something new, the workshop will give you real-world strategies that are easy to follow. No matter what your age, chances are you want a better future. Wednesday, September 26th at 11:30am and Lunch will be served. Pre Registration is required. Experience new and exciting technology ... “The Maker Crew” is Coming! 3D Printing Demonstrations, Activities, Hands-On Learning. All ages and skills levels are welcome. Tuesday, September 18th - 10:30-11:30am.
A big thank you to our outdoor play facilitator Megan • Laurisdsen. Megan inspired kids to unplug and play outside this summer. She was seen towing the RDOS Physical Activity Trailer (PAT) all over the region. Best wishes with your continued Kinesiology studies Megan. Do you have a special talent or something you would like to share with your community? We are looking for you! Please contact the library with your ideas. We are going to start a “Friends of the Library” group at the Okanagan Falls Library. Are you interested in volunteering some time to help raise funds for the library? Please contact the library. In photo to right - Congratulations to Cole and Paisley Morris on their completion of “100 Books To Read Before Kindergarten”!
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Mrs.D’s Summer Camp would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Megan from RDOS PLAY for the amazing crafts and activities she provided over the summer. We all had a great time! (Photo by Grizela)
Learn to play a universal instrument. It’s easy, fun and fast. Uken’ do it! All levels and groups welcome. 250.497.7162 www.ukenplay.ca
School Trustee Report For SD67
Ready For Another Elected Term
By Ginny Manning
By Ginny Manning
Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had an opportunity to enjoy I am pleased to put my name forward for re-election on October some summer fun and that you are looking forward to an exciting 20, 2018 as your School District 67 Rural School Trustee (RDOS year ahead. Areas D1, D2 (I), E and F) for another term. It has been my Wednesday, September 5th is the first day of school for students. privilege to serve as your rural trustee representative and to bring Classes are scheduled for a half day only. Information for Opening the interests and concerns of our outlying schools to the Board of Day Procedures is available on the School District website home Education for the past 16 years - four of those years as Chair of the Board and another four as Vice-Chair. page at www.sd67.bc.ca or on individual school’s websites. Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 4th for School Passionate about public education, I believe my experience, Improvement Day. All staff will be involved in professional including the professional development I have taken, plus the strong relationships I have built with parents, teachers and development and planning for the new school year. administrators will serve the district and communities well if I am The School District website, www.sd67.bc.ca, has information on re-elected. registration, school supply lists, school contacts, student transfers, It has been my pleasure to attend Parent Advisory Council school boundary areas, calendars and much more. If you have meetings, school and community events, visit classrooms and any questions or concerns, please stop in to your neighbourhood help out when volunteers are needed. I am very proud of the school or contact your school’s principal. passionate and talented staff at every level, the innovative School Cash Online is now up and running. The District has programs, involved parents and community, and amazing students established this program to facilitate a secure and convenient way that make up School District 67. to pay for school fees, field trips and so on. The link to register an Thank you to all who have strived to enhance the education account is on the home page of the School District website. experience of our students. I look forward to working with you to The monthly Board meetings take place on the last Monday of continue this important task. each month at 6:30 pm at the School Board Office, located at If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 425 Jermyn Avenue in Penticton. The Business and Education email@example.com or call 250-497-6462. Committees of the Whole take place two weeks prior to the monthly meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Looking forward to a great year of fun and learning! For more information, contact Ginny Manning, Trustee for SD67, at 250-497-6462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DE
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Kaleden Elementary PAC Update By Brad Nunes
We are back baby! Whoo! All you parents, please pat yourselves on your backs. I mean you did it. You survived the summer. I don’t By Laura Weber, One-to-One Reading Coordinator know about you, but I was really stretching for activities at the end Kaleden Elementary has a children’s literacy program called One- to stave off the constant screams of ‘I’m bored’. In hindsight, some to-One Reading. We have a team of dedicated volunteers that ideas were better than others. Playing house turned out better than tutor children, who will benefit from extra support and enrichment playing with house wiring. Rolling down a hill with your brother in reading. worked out better than rolling your brother down a hill. And finally, If you love children and love reading, you are the perfect volunteer! drinking water from a hose was better than drinking water from a This is a tremendous opportunity to truly make a difference in a fire hose. I mean we all live and learn. But now, we can pawn off child’s confidence and chance of succeeding academically and in all creativity on our well rested and super eager school staff. They life. These are invaluable opportunities for the children to practice really love it when you shove your kid into their classroom and reading over and above their classroom instruction. It is fun and cackle ‘Your problem now!’, as you dance down the hall. But for very gratifying to witness a sense of confidence rise within the real, be sure to thank your teaching staff. I know firsthand they children - YOU truly can make a difference! have already put in hours and hours over the summer getting their Your commitment is only 1½ hours one morning a week, working rooms ready and planning for the year. You have been engaging with 3 children, 30 minutes each. This fall, we need a Thursday your kids for 2 months, they have 10 ahead of them. They have my morning reader and we are also trying to build our ‘substitute list’, thanks and my respect. if you want to get involved but can’t commit to a regular schedule. Not too much on the calendar this month. Don’t forget, teachers are We provide all the tools and training needed to open doors to new back on September 4th, but the ﬁrst day for kids is Wednesday, opportunities for our future generations. YOU be the one to open September 5th and it’s a half day. Our first PAC Meeting is that door! ready to rock and roll on September 10th at 7 pm in the school To join our team of dedicated volunteers helping foster a love of library. You can meet and greet the new executive. I have not literacy, please contact me, Laura Weber, One-to-One Coordinator been able to confirm that free high fives will be given out, but that is for Kaleden Elementary School, at 250-809-1534. the current rumor going around. That is it for this month. Cheers!
Welcome Back Falcons! By Principal Karen Sinclair
Welcome back for the 2018-19 school year! We are very excited to start this year with our freshly painted “new look”. A big THANKS to our District for the beautiful paint job on our school, and all the cleaning and maintenance that has been done over the summer. Our summer reading program was a huge success, and thanks to Ms. Souch and Ms. Morhart for organizing it, and all the students for participating. A special thanks to Mrs. Walker for generously donating her time to volunteer at the program! A reminder to parents and students that our ﬁrst day of classes is Tuesday, September 4th from 8:28 - 11:00 am, except for Kindergarten students. Also, there are no school supplies lists, as supplies will be purchased directly from the school this year. Our staff is mostly returning from last year, although we’d like to welcome Mrs. Lynn Laboucan, as our new Indigenous Advocate. We are looking forward to a fantastic year with lots of learning and exciting experiences! GO FALCONS!
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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President Parent Back To School List: • 8:00 am: Make sure tea/coffee is in to-go cup ready to go, while you get ready • 8:11 am: Tell kids to get shoes and backpacks on to go, while you get on your shoes • 8:14 am: Tell kids again to get shoes on • 8:15 am: Take drink of tea/coffee, while it is still actually warm • 8:17 am: Pick up children in one hand, shoes in the other and smoosh them together ‘Robert Munsch’ style, while shoving everyone out the door • 8:24 am: School bell rings for kids to start school • 8:28 am: School starts and you join other rejoicing parents on the playground, while drinking cold coffee/tea Welcome back from Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC! What is PAC? Parent Advisory Council (or Pretty Awesome Community). As a parent of a child in the Okanagan Falls Elementary School, you are automatically a member of PAC, which is YOUR voice, for YOUR kids, at YOUR school. It is also a great way to get to know other parents and be informed of what’s going on in the school. There will be a School Open House for all families on Thursday, September 13th from 5:45-6:45 pm, which is a great chance to meet teachers and staff. Our first PAC Meeting for the year will be on Thursday, September 20th at 6:30pm in the school library. Childcare can be made available during meetings, if parents need. Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC”.
School District No. 53 Board Report By Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee Welcome back to our students and staff! On behalf of the School District, I wish you all an exciting, positive, and active-learning year! I know that the administrators, teachers, and support staff have all been working hard preparing for the 2018-2019 school year, so that every student will be offered new opportunities and experiences. School Trustee: As you know, I will not be running for School Trustee of Okanagan Falls in the next election. General local elections in BC will be held on October 20, 2018. I encourage anyone with a strong interest in wanting to help make important educational decisions and advocate for children, to help set goals and budgets, and to be instrumental in setting policy and helping govern school jurisdictions, to consider this elected role. The School Trustee nomination packages are now available on the school district website. www.sd53.bc.ca/apps/news/article/803547 For more information, contact Sam Hancheroff, School Trustee for Okanagan Falls, at 250.497.5878 or email@example.com.
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Got Bats In Your Belfry? Submitted Press Release
Have you noticed more bats around your property? Mid-summer is when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations. These are usually the young pups. If you find a bat, alive or dead, never touch it with your bare hands. Bats in BC have very low levels of rabies infection, but any risk of transmission should not be treated lightly. Contact a doctor or veterinarian, if a person or pet could have come into direct contact. Landowners can visit the Got Bats? BC Community Bat Program’s website (www.bcbats.ca) for information on safely moving a bat, if necessary, and to report bat sightings. The Okanagan Community Bat Program also has a toll free number (1-855-9BC-BATS ext. 13) for further advice. The Program is currently seeking reports of mortalities at bat colonies in houses, barns, or bat houses. The BC Community Bat Program and their support with batty matters is funded by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, and the Government of BC. Female bats gather in maternity colonies in early summer, where they will remain until the pups are ready to fly. Some species of bats have adapted to live in human structures, and colonies may be found under roofs or siding, or in attics, barns, or other buildings. Having bats is viewed as a benefit by some landowners, who appreciate the insect control. Others may prefer to exclude the bats. Under the BC Wildlife Act it is illegal to exterminate or harm bats, and exclusion can only be done in the fall and winter after it is determined that the bats are no longer in the building. Again, the BC Community Bat Project, can offer advice and support. For more information, download the “Managing Bats in Buildings” booklet by visiting www.bcbats.ca or call 1-855-9BC-BATS ext.13.
Fishing In Hot Weather By Larry Martin
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When fishing during high surface water temperatures, you should consider keeping all fish caught, within the legal limit. In particular, Sockeye, Kokanee and Trout, which are typically caught in the deeper cold water. Bass are more temperature tolerant and can be released with some certainty of survival. Some local areas, like the Kettle River, are closed by regulation during the expected high water temperature and low flow period. Fixed closure dates are for the most part based on long term seasonal averages. The closure dates can be modified by in season regulation changes, but we should take the responsibility to know how our fishing practices effect the resource.
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I caught the Sockeye (pictured below) in Skaha Lake and quickly released it, but it likely did not survive. I stopped deep water fishing for the day, as I did not want to catch fish that had to be released with little chance of survival. If you do intend to keep fish, it is best to keep them on ice. I use a soft sided cooler produced by Icemule, as shown below. There are several manufacturers of purpose-built soft sided coolers often referred to as “kill bags”. It does not take much exposure to warm temperatures to turn good table fare to mush. An old styrofoam cooler will suffice and is much cheaper, just not as “cool”.
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Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin
A new season has arrived. Welcome September! The fall clean has begun. I enjoy being outside and taking care of the garden. Weeding, cutting back overgrown plants, weed wacking, lawn mowing and all general yard work and maintenance. As for the inside job, the home, a good cleaning up of the summer sand and dust from all the windows being open might in order. At this time, I am doing my practicum to receive my ECE certificate (early childhood education) to complement the diploma I already have as a CSW (community support worker). This means I can work with seniors and children. I have been volunteering my time at a daycare as well. Give me a call at 778-889-9725, if you would like more information on my services and rates.
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Things To Know About River Cruising By Vi Creasey
Reliable Travel is having Peter Ouzounov from Avalon Waterways come to Okanagan Falls on October 17th. We would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning about River Cruising to attend. This event has limited space, so please RSVP to Vi at 250-497-8785, Dy at 250-497-6077 or Diane at 250-4978182. This event will take place at Wild Goose Winery. Show time to be announced next month. Following is some information about River Cruising. So, what’s the difference between a river cruise vs. ocean cruise? Plenty. In some ways, river cruising is more similar to a land tour than today’s ocean cruising experience. However, you’ll find there are better benefits, such as only having to pack and unpack once. You won’t find any sea days, although there are periods of scenic cruising. Best of all, most river cruises include shore tours, and many other inclusions in their fares, making it easier to budget. Here is a list of key things experienced seafarers should know before their first river cruise. 1. River ships are smaller ~ Ocean ships have passenger counts in the thousands, while riverboats carry 200 passengers or fewer. The atmosphere is quite social, so you quickly get to make new friends. The small size of the boat means there is likely one main restaurant with a couple of smaller dining venues, and a teeny-tiny spa, gym or computer room. 2. River cabins are smaller ~ River ship staterooms are smaller than those in ocean ships, but they’re not short on home comforts. 3. There are fewer restaurants ~ Most ships have one main restaurant. To make up for having only one big dining room, ships get creative, spreading casual breakfast and lunch offerings on the bar in the lounge or setting up BBQs out on deck. Plus, the small passenger count and daily port calls mean the venues are better able to bring in fresh ingredients like fish and produce or offer regional specialties at mealtime. 4. Entertainment is low-key ~ You’ll find no splashy production shows on the river, or guest comedians, or karaoke. You will find a resident pianist or small ensemble on most ships, plus folk dancers, singers or other local troupes brought onboard for a quick evening show. During the day, you can expect educational seminars and maybe the odd cooking demo, wine tasting or quiz. With river cruising, the passing scenery and destinations visited are the main star of the show.
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firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org 5. Itineraries are port-intensive ~ River cruises are port intensive, and you’ll visit a new destination each day, sometimes two in one day. The ports, not the ships, are the key attractions, and you will certainly pack a lot of sightseeing into a week or two. This kind of travel can be exhilarating, but also exhausting. Bring comfortable shoes, and don’t be embarrassed to take a day off if you’re getting overwhelmed. The tours might be included, but there’s no obligation to go on all of them. 6. Shore tours are more limited and culturally focused ~ The hallmark of the river cruise shore excursion is the walking tour, the kind where you follow a guide with a lollipop sign or umbrella, as she rattles off details of a quaint city’s history and culture, followed by free time for shopping or a quick drink in a local cafe. River cruise lines have introduced options for active travelers, such as guided bicycle rides, hikes, golf, kayaking and even running tours, along with activities including cooking and art classes, music recitals and trips to the ballet or opera. 7. There are few “sea” days - most sailing is done at night ~ With the exception of particularly scenic stretches of river, such as Germany’s quaintly castled Rhine Gorge and Austria’s UNESCOlisted Wachau Valley, full sailing days are a rarity. Usually, you’re only on the move for a couple of hours a day. The majority of sailing is done during the late night or very early hours, and you’ll miss most of it. 8. More items are included in the fares ~ If you’ve griped about being nickeled and dimed on oceangoing ships, you’ll find river cruise fares refreshing. Fares will typically include wine, beer and soft drinks with meals, dinner in specialty restaurants, 24-hour tea and coffee, Wi-Fi and the standard tours in each port. Some lines offer all-inclusive fares covering all drinks, tips, transfers and even a hotel night before your cruise. With fewer onboard attractions to part you from your cash, you won’t be racking up such an extensive onboard bill. Plus, most river ships allow you to bring wine or your special bottle of something back on board. 9. You’ll wake up early ~ Late-riser breakfast starts around 9:30 am, and if you’re eating then, you’ve likely missed the morning tour, which can begin as early as 7:30 or 8 am. River cruises are not for sleeping in, lounging around and proceeding ashore at a leisurely pace (unless you are planning to do your own thing and skip the morning excursion). However, all is not lost as upscale lines offer a choice of excursions that include one or two in the afternoon or evening. 10. You’ll dock right in town ~ Your riverboat will dock right in town, often a short walk or quick bus ride into the heart of the city. 11. Distances between ports are shorter ~ Please call one of us at Reliable Travel to join us on October 17th. Peter will make sure you have all the answers to best enjoy your river cruising experience.
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Do I Have To Leave The Property If My House Is Being Shown?
By Meribeth Phipps
Your home is just that - yours. You own it, so no one can force you to leave it, if you don’t want to. It’s best, however, to make yourself scarce when you’re trying to sell it. Though some realtors are too polite or tactful to bluntly say so, all of them would very much prefer it if you disappeared while prospective buyers tour your residence. Hanging around makes you look desperate to sell, increases the risk you’ll say something you shouldn’t and makes most home shoppers incredibly uncomfortable. You may not have to leave, but there are many reasons why you should. Feeling Crowded Persistent sellers who resist leaving the home during a showing should take a step back and consider how the buyer feels when they’re present. Many buyers feel uncomfortable when viewing a home while the owner is lurking in the next room. Buyers like to open closets and peek into cupboards, and they feel conflicted doing so with a seller present. Buyers also like to critique a home and discuss aspects of it with either a spouse or their agent, and they don’t want to do so in the seller’s presence. Buyers tend to fear revealing that they like a home, as it gives the seller more bargaining power. They also won’t criticize a home if they fear insulting the seller. Prospective buyers judge a home’s feel, as well as its features, and your presence can create a creepy, crowded vibe. Open Mouth, Insert Foot Yes, it’s true that a homeowner knows more details about a property than anyone else. No matter how educated your agent is, you’re bound to know more about the home than they do. You may think that talking to buyers yourself is the best way to convey accurate information, but saying too much can blow a deal. Sellers often inadvertently reveal something damaging. Telling a buyer, for instance, how much you love the house and hate to leave it can make them think you’ll stay too firm on the price. A funny quip about a neighbour’s weird habit may turn a buyer off. Even seemingly innocent statements may reveal more than they should, so leave the small talk to your agent. Don’t risk revealing confidential information or disclosing information that could bring you a lower offer. Coming Off Desperate Buyers tend to view clingy sellers as desperate. A pesky seller who insists on overstating all the home’s positive benefits can appear too overpowering for a potential purchaser. Not only that, sellers who are present during a showing might give off the impression that they are overbearing, difficult to work with or untrusting. If your home is sound and your agent competent, why do you need to hover around and oversee showings? Some buyers who sense desperation will circle like sharks in the water and try to beat you up on the home’s price. Others will brand you as overbearing and assume working with you will be far more trouble than the home is worth. The Lived In Look When placing your home on the market, your realtor likely gave you a checklist of things to do before every showing. List items likely included removing clutter or personal belongings, cleaning dishes, lighting scented candles, turning lights on or playing soft music. It’s hard to keep a house spotless while you’re using it however, and sellers who remain during showings often ignore their pre-showing checklist. You can’t, for example, put away your kids’ toys if they’re currently playing with them. Avoid presenting an unkept look by doing a quick declutter before the showing and then leaving, so the home stays neat and tidy for the buyers.
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Your Fall Financial Clean-Up By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor Simplify your ﬁnances ahead of a busy year-end. For many people, the fall season offers a bit of breathing room before the holiday season rush. It can therefore be a good time to get an early start on your end-of-year to-do list. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to help simplify your financial plan. 1. Set-up a regular Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contribution. A pre-authorized bi-weekly or monthly RRSP contribution is a simple way to set-up a pay yourself-first savings plan. A regular contribution also eliminates the need to come up with a lump sum contribution each February. The funds provide flexibility for your portfolio and can be used to rebalance your portfolio, dollar-cost average into specific investments, or allocate as opportunities arise. 2. Open a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), or consolidate it with your other accounts. With the contribution room growing to almost $58,000 since its inception in 2009, the TFSA is quickly becoming an important, tax-efficient tool. TFSA contributions grow tax free, income earned inside your TFSA is not taxable, and you can make tax-free withdrawals, at any time, for any reason, providing both flexibility and tax advantages. 3. Review your asset allocation. If this is something that often gets put off, the fall might be the right time for this review. It’s an important part of managing your portfolio and a basic review might simply ask: 1. Are you still comfortable with your target asset allocation? 2. Is it still appropriate for your overall financial plan? 3. Do you need to rebalance? 4. Talk with your tax advisor. There are several year-end tax considerations that can benefit both individuals and businesses. For example, individuals might want to look into tax-loss selling opportunities to offset taxes on investment gains. Business owners might want to consider whether to pay a corporate dividend, or the benefits of making asset purchases this year rather than next. The 2018 federal tax changes may also affect your finances. Getting organized now might allow you to benefit from tax-saving opportunities this year. 5. Help make a difference - set up a regular charitable contribution. Many Canadians donate to their favourite charities around the holiday season each year. While always appreciated, many charities struggle due to ongoing costs or heavy use of their services at different times of the year. As a result, many charities can greatly benefit from regular bi-weekly or monthly contributions. This information is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. SkahaMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 23
OK Falls Heritage & Museum Society
Honour Box Self Serve
By Marla Wilson
At music jam sessions last week, we considered playing “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “On Top of Old Smoky”, but we didn’t do either song. Ah well, this too will pass ... but I wish it would hurry! The Heritage Society has been a hive of activity all spring. The Bassett house is completed, so visitors are coming in daily and touring through the Bassett House, Museum and Kenny McLean Room. We are also doing some much needed upgrading in the apartment. It really needed some tidying up. We had a great picnic in July. We celebrated the Birthdays of Audrey Steeves and Gerrie Jackson. President Heather Jackson provided some neat games and great door prizes. Bob Wilson ran the barbecue and provided the hotdogs and hamburgers, while the salads, veggies, and other foods were donated. Sandy Walker provided a few bottles of wine, so we all got to wet our whistle. All members and volunteers of the Society were fed free of charge. Lifetime memberships were awarded to long time supporters, Mary and Ed Findlater and Fred Wiley. Although the weather was warm that day, it was quite comfortable in the shade of the old Hawthorn tree.
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The Thrift Shop is in the middle of it’s summer clearance “Big Bag Sale”. Manager Noreen Fowler has requested that we let people know that we could use a bit more jewelry. In September, there should be lots of room for the winter clothing that has been donated through the summer and had been put in storage as it was unpacked. There is a great team of volunteers to look after shoppers and shop duties. The Engineer has been in town to study the Heritage Conservation Project being done by the Society. They have taken photos and are doing drawings as to what should be done with the project. We will be hearing from the professionals in September. They will want to come and meet with the town and membership about their findings and recommendations for the project. Very exciting! The next general meeting of the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm in the front room of the H&M Thrifty Boutique. All are welcome. H&M Thrifty Boutique
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On July 27th, the provincial government announced that Okanagan Falls is officially recognized as a distinct wine-producing area. Changes to the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation mean eligible wineries on the east side of the Okanagan Valley from Vaseux Lake to just north of Shuttleworth Creek can label their wines as coming from Okanagan Falls. Including the area-specific labelling helps people recognize the wines are made with local grapes, and enhances the area’s overall reputation as a wine and agri-tourism destination. “British Columbia wine is enjoyed both here at home and around the world, and consumers will now be able to identify the unique terroir and wine from Okanagan Falls,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “Congratulations to the wine producers in this fantastic area and I look forward to seeing the Okanagan Falls label on BC VQA bottles soon.” “We are thrilled with the announcement of BC’s second official sub-appellation, Okanagan Falls. Our focus is to produce single vineyard wines to showcase the terroir of each individual vineyard,” said Jim D’Andrea, proprietor, Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery. “Having a legal definition to include ‘Okanagan Falls’ on the label is one step further in helping consumers relate to the unique terroir where the grapes are grown and taste the distinct difference from this specific area.” Okanagan Falls includes about 150 hectares of vineyards that produce over 1,100 tonnes of grapes per year. Wineries in Okanagan Falls include the BC Wine Studio, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, Bonamici Cellars, Liquidity Wines, Meyer Family Vineyards, Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Stag’s Hollow Winery, Wild Goose Vineyards and Synchromesh Wines.
Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King
This column is taken from the recollections of Kaleden pioneer Ron King, who was born here in September 1915, the second child born in the community. He wrote these musings about his life in Kaleden before he passed away in 2010. These are his words, his memories, his thoughts, just as he wrote them down, run-on sentences included.
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Summer was a special season, with the dock for the good ship York and its barge being the centre of activity. The social life of the junior set all summer long would concentrate at the lake during the day, shifting in the evening to the ball diamond, the lacrosse field or Dad’s lawn where the croquet matches took place. I presume we had chores which required our attention at some point but, for the most part, memory has recorded only long happy hours lounging, swimming or playing sports. There was no public beach at that time, although the private beaches at Banbury or Ponderosa Points were sometimes used for a picnic or some special event, but these were usually organized by adults. Left to our own devices, we would simply gravitate to the wharf, since that is where everyone else would be. It provided several levels of diving platforms and as we grew bolder, we would find our way to the next level. The dock itself was at the two meter level; the piling supporting the dock might be at the three meter mark, as would the floor of the shipping shed from which the box cars on the barge were loaded. The true measure of manhood was to climb up onto the roof of the shed and dive from there. While at the very outside this might have been five meters above the water, it involved a great deal of courage to take off from this level, courage that was bolstered by the total ignominy of climbing back down without daring to dive. The pride in being manly enough to dive from this height was diminished somewhat when Shirley Findlay, a younger cousin and a girl at that, did it with a casualness that was infuriating. All we boys were in awe of Harvey Wells. Our dives from this elevated position were very cautious adventures; eyes closed, straight down, let’s get it over with, too late to back out now affairs. Harvey’s dives, on the other hand, had to be seen to be believed. Gripping the edge of the roof with his toes, he would push off with such force that the entire building shook and nails popped through their covering of green paint. Arching out in a perfect swan dive,
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he would cleave the water with hardly a splash and emerge finally almost halfway across the lake - or so it seemed. All the girls would watch with adoring fascination and we boys, green with envy, would resolve, “Someday I’m going to do it like that”. We never did! There were other rites of manhood associated with the lake. Every spring there would be an unstated competition to see who would be the first one to brave the still icy waters of Skaha. It had nothing to do with enjoyment or healthful recreation or stimulating the body and had everything to do with bragging rights. I can recall one March 17th when there were still great ice floes at the north end of the lake, where they had been driven by strong southern gales. I donned my bathing suit and headed down to the wharf where I was joined by David Goodwin and Ray Findlay, who enquired as to my intentions. When I removed my outer garments and they discovered my purpose, I was committed (anyone who considers swimming at that time should be committed). I had intended climbing down the ladder, a quick ducking, a brisk rub down and then home to hot chocolate. The presence of onlookers meant that I had to pretend that the whole experience was one of the more enjoyable and gratifying events that I had encountered - a proposition that was negated by the chattering teeth and the very becoming shade of blue that my body was adopting. Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. SkahaMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 25
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #227 By Bev van Uden
“Honouring Our Veterans” William (Bill) Dean Leaving school at the age of 14, Bill worked in farming and forestry until receiving his calling up papers from national service and entered the army on July 20, 1950. At this time, National Service calls for 18 months, but it was changed to two years. After basic training, William joined the West Yorkshire regiment in Austria. William’s friend, David Allen, was to go to Malaya with the Green Howards, so William volunteered for Malaya and was accepted. He sailed from Southampton on New Year’s Eve. After three weeks jungle training in Singapore, William moved up to Malaya on posting in various areas. Our enemy was the communist terrorists trying to take over Malaya, during the 12 years of Malayan Emergency (now Malaysia). The Malayan jungle was amongst the densest in the world. William returned to the U.K and was discharged in August 1952.After awhile, he joined the Territorial Army and served 7 1/2 years, then 4 years on Reserves. Coming to Canada in October 1966, William worked for Consolidated Grocers in Vancouver for 6 years, followed by over 20 years at G.H. Woods & Co. in Burnaby. He retired in 1993. William met Mary in Vancouver and they married in Kelowna, and then made their home in Burnaby for 35 years before moving to Okanagna Falls in 2003. William is a 50 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. William, thank you for your service.
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On Monday, August 13th, the Canadain Heroes stopped at the Okanagan Falls Legion Branch #227 for a meet and greet. One of the soldiers was a local boy from Penticton. For more information, please visit the Canadian Heroes website at www.canadianheros.com.
September Events at Okanagan Falls Legion:
Saturday, September 15th ~ Dinner & Dance with Buzz Byers starting at 6:30 pm. Sunday, September 16th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11am. We have pancakes, French toast, hashbrowns, ham, bacon, sausages, coffee & juice. Adults $6, Children $3, and those under 3 eat FREE! Let our wonderful volunteers do the cooking for you. Tuesday, September 18th ~ General Meeting every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Find out what’s going on at the Legion. Wednesday, September 26th ~ Music Trivia with Russ at 7pm. Food will be available. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Friday & 4 pm on Saturday. Come on out ... You could be Lucky! Everyone welcome. Sunday is Fun Day! Check out the fun & games 1:30 pm start. Darts & Shufﬂeboard will be starting up. Call Denise for more info at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for the Pool League at 778-5318228. We love to see new faces at the Legion. Come out and try volunteering. It’s a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome to become a member. For more information, please call 250-497-8338. Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!”
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Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update By Barb Few
What a summer we all had. The Ladies Auxiliary really laboured away during the heat wave supplying food for the “Music in the Park” concerts. The heat in the kitchen was really hard for them, but they did it. We are now back to our regular routine. Our monthly LA Bingo is on Saturday, September 1st at 1:00 pm to start off the month. Our General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5th starting at 1:00 pm. So, come and see what will be happening. If you are new, come and be welcomed, and see what we are about.
Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, President
This summer reminded me of a well known song, “Smoke on the Water”, after all the water this spring, then onto this awful fire season again ... another calamitous time for many of our residents. Hopefully, all will get better as we head into the fall. A suggestion was made at the Okanagan Falls Legion the other night to change the name of Okanagan to “Smokanagan”. I don’t know how that would impact our latest Okanagan Falls enterprise! We start up our new Lions year with our first meeting on Monday, September 10th at the same location of upstairs at the Okanagan Falls Legion. Everyone is welcome to join us. We plan to carry on (hopefully) with our dinner meetings starting on Monday, September 24th, which will be every 2nd meeting of the month. The Lions Breakfast Program at Okanagan Falls Elementary will also return again this month. Volunteers are always welcome. We are all looking forward to another year of Lionism and community involvement, leading to our Club’s 40th Anniversary in 2019. Thank you to the Okanagan Falls community at large for their support over the years with our many fundraisers and activities. We are carrying on with all the usual events this next 12 months and hope you will join us once again. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is September 5, 6 & 7 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 www.blood.ca or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-4392275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s Club is online at www.e-clubhouse. org/sites/okfalls/ and www.facebook.com/okanaganfallslionsclub. “Where there’s a need ... there’s a Lion!”
“Rebel Luv” performed at “Music in the Park” on Sunday, August 26th in Centennial Park.
Music In The Park By Barb Few Our 3rd season is now in the books and what a terrific line up we had. Thanks to our performers; Rob N Walker Band, Penticton Concert Band, Penticton Swing Band, The Thursday Jazz Band, Cindy Doucette, Grant Henderson, Sax Among Friends and Rebel Luv. The free concerts were possible with thanks to our sponsors; Fortis, Brian Moen of Royal LePage Locations West, Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation, Weyerhauser, and United Steelworkers Union. Many thanks to the people who help us; Bill for collecting donations, Rod and Bob for security and setting up the stage, Ladies Auxiliary for food, and Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre for artists’ facilities. We couldn’t run the concerts without you all and if I have missed anyone, thank you too. See you next year with new line ups.
Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre By Loraine Thompson
Once again, we’ve been dubbed the ‘not so sunny Smokeanagan’. Hopefully, with cooler temperatures coming, the fires and smoke will settle down, and we’ll get some much needed rain. In spite of it all, we’ve been busy. Activities going during the summer were well attended by our members and several guests. I don’t know if we think about how lucky and blessed we are to have such a facility as ours, but a couple of our summer guests were impressed with our hall. They said it’s one of the most beautiful and well built Seniors Centres they’ve ever seen. That’s quite a compliment and testament to the original members that planned and built this building so many years ago. It’s nice to have a place to call our own. You’re all invited to come and enjoy activities and programs here. It’s a great place to get to know others and have fun too. The cost for membership is just $15/year. September 1st starts off with our Saturday Pancake Breakfast. Catch up with friends who’ve been traveling, or busy with family visiting from out of town. The Fall Flea Market will be held Saturday, October 13th from 9am - 1pm. When you are doing your fall cleaning and have some no-longer-needed-goods, please consider donating them towards our flea market. No electronics or clothing please. Our Spring and Fall Flea Markets are major fundraisers that help the Centre provide programs to our members throughout the year. Do plan to attend the General Meeting, Monday, September 10th at 1pm. It’s always informative. Did I mention there will be cake? For more information on anything to do with the Seniors Centre, please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out.
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Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, September 1 from 8-10 am Canasta ~ 1st 3 Mondays at 10 am - Starts September 3 General Meeting ~ Monday, September 10 at 1 pm Exercise ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 am Tuesday Bingo ~ September 4, 11 & 18 at 1 pm Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm - Starts September 11 Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am - Starts September 6 Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm Drop-In Bingo ~ Saturday, September 15 at 1 pm Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, September 22 at 5:30 pm Fall Flea Market ~ Saturday, October 13 from 9 am - 1 pm Music Jam ~ Sunday, October 14 at 1 pm (light lunch at 11:30) Music Jams run from October to April
OK Barber Shop News By Daniel W. Markin
Effective Tuesday, September 4th, the OK Barber Shop has reduced the hours of operation. We are now open Tuesday to Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. WANTED: Part-time Certiﬁed Barber ~ To provide Holiday and Part-time Barbering Services. For more information or to apply, please contact Daniel at 250-328-3888. Thank you for your continued support.
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Learn To Social Dance This Fall
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Swing, Latin and Ballroom dance lessons are being held this Fall starting October 4th for 8 weeks in Penticton and October 5th for 8 weeks in Summerland. There are monthly dances for the enthusiast in Summerland. The first dance is September 22nd at St. Stephens Anglican Church Hall in Summerland. It is only 10 years young, 1800 square feet, bright and airy with myself as DJ spinning great danceable music. There is also a mini dance lesson at 7:30 pm before the dance party starts, which will feature a Salsa lesson. Dancers are coming from all around the Okanagan to take lessons and get together for fun, exercise and meeting new dance friends. Brian Udal is a certiﬁed DVIDA dance instructor since 2004. Brian specializes in American Rhythm dances. Brian is new to the Okanagan and has had great success since starting his 2018 Winter and Spring Classes and Dance Parties. Dancing has been scientifically proven to be a top rated activity to improve your health. It improves your brain, physical and emotional health, plus meeting new friends on the dance floor. Get yourself ready for a cruise, a party, a wedding, a date night or a spin in the kitchen. All ages are welcome. I am also speaking to the youth. You can improve your social life and the quality of people you meet by learning to dance. You can go to any country and seek out the dance community and be instantly welcomed. You all have a common ground and it beats the heck out of being awkward. Young adults/adults this is your chance to take wedding dance lessons. Brian Udal has taught hundreds of couples to be comfortable on the stage for your big day. Just 5 private dance lessons can get you started on your way to memories that will last a lifetime and also keep giving back. It is a skill that pays you. Check out Brian’s website and then call him on the phone or email him for current schedule information.
Music has a way of taking us on a journey into the heart, mind and soul of our being. I believe it is because music can only be enjoyed in the present moment. One cannot enjoy a song ten minutes ago, nor can we plan to enjoy it five minutes from now. Music is not something we enjoy at the end of the song, either. We enjoy it from note to note ... from moment to moment. Music is very much a part of our daily lives. Yet, so much of it we “tune out”. Elevator music is a good example of this. So, why is it there in the first place? Why have music in an elevator or a store? Music is played everywhere in our daily lives to “soothe the savage beast”. That is to say, that it is presented in an effort to soothe our stresses and help us feel more comfortable within our environs. It is an interesting phenomenon that people often have the most fun at a gathering when there is music being played. The key to this exalted feeling is that the music is recognizable and familiar. Have you ever noticed that you tend to hum the last tune you heard, even if it was from a commercial? How do you feel leaving an event where you didn’t recognize the music at all? Without a doubt, music sets the pace and the mood of any gathering. Therefore, it is wise to hire a well-seasoned professional for your event. Retro-Tunes Entertainment can bring decades of experience and personality to your special day. Call Grant today! “I do not sing because I am happy. I am happy because I sing.”
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We are a group of women who get together each quarter to drink a little wine, network and give back to the community. We combine our donations to be able to offer one local charity a substantive donation, as well as to give two others $500 each. It’s a great way to have a fun evening and make a difference. No charge to attend. Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is hosting our 3rd quarter 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan event starting at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 12th in Summerland. Come join us. Our event starts out in the Sparkling Wine Cave. We get to explore the entire winery, including the Black Sage Hall and the Far Side Barrel Room. The winery has planned food and wine pairings, tastings and more. We have three worthwhile charities presenting this evening and we will be donating more than $4500 towards them. For more information or to RSVP, either visit us on Facebook at 100WomenSouthOk or www.100womensouthokanagan.com.
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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Find more opportunities to connect at www.volunteercentre.info The Volunteer Centre works with organizations to help fulfill their community service mandate through effective volunteer help. New member organizations are always welcome to join. Find more information on membership through our website or contact our office to speak with our member coordinator. Thank you to those members who signed up since July to learn how to increase and sustain the number of volunteers they need in the upcoming year: Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Okanagan Women in Need, South Okanagan Restorative Justice, Critteraid, Canadian Mental Health Association SOS Branch, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, Habitat for Humanity, Haven Hill Retirement Complex, South Okanagan Brain Injury Society, Cherry Park Retirement Residence, Oliver Parks and Recreation, University of Victoria, SPCA, Salvation Army, Oliver and District Heritage Society, Mental Wellness Society, Peach City Beach Cruise, South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre, Seniors Wellness / Better at Home, Penticton United Church, and South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls.
Strategic Volunteer Involvement Info Session
Wednesday, September 19th ~ 10:00-11:30 am Location: Penticton TBA RSVP by Friday, September 15th to: 1-888-576-5661 or email@example.com Volunteers are ambassadors for your organization and for the area! They are most likely the first people guests meet at events, festivals and programs. Strategic Volunteer Involvement is free to staff and volunteers of organizations that draw on volunteers for programs, events and festivals. There is a new publication from the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre available. Thank you to the City of Penticton for supporting this initiative.
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Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Team of Volunteers where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. The next team gathering is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, which includes lunch and refreshments. Our organization guest speaker is Mirriam Leslie from the Salvation Army. RSVP by September 21st to firstname.lastname@example.org. The SOS Volunteer Centre is a registered charity that serves to connect residents with meaningful volunteer work. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by visiting www. volunteercentre.info and then click on “Browse Opportunities”. You can also register as a volunteer to receive volunteer opportunity updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email email@example.com or call 1-888-576-5661.
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“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”
Get your deerstalker cap on! The play’s afoot! For the 4th show in Many Hats’ 11th season, we’ve chosen a hilarious modern take on a classic murder mystery by none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” is one of Doyle’s most enduring stories and “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” is a modern adaptation by master playwright Ken Ludwig. Ludwig, the award-winning mastermind of comic mayhem, has created a fast-paced mystery-comedy about everyone’s favourite detective solving his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. Baskerville is directed by Josephine Patterson and produced by Shannon French. Marlena Dolan stage manages. Cal Meiklejohn and Martin Pedersen headline as super-sleuth Holmes and his right hand man, Watson, respectively. Playing multiple roles are Rob King, Alyosha Pushak and Kim Russell. Baskerville opens September 6th and runs until September 29th. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2 pm. All performances are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. There will be two gala opening nights. First on Thursday, September 6th and then on Friday, September 7th, with a reception following both performances. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for students or seniors (GST included). As usual, tickets can be purchased from our good friends next door at The Nest and Nectar or reserved during their business hours by phoning 250-493-7275. (Note: The Nest and Nectar is open for dinner during performance nights and is closed on Mondays.) For more information, please visit www.ManyHatsTheatre.com. Great News! The Cannery Stage will have completely new seats by opening night! Thanks to the City of Penticton, Hansel Aluminum Products, The Cannery Trade Centre, and our dedicated crew of volunteers!
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LOCAL CHURCH DIRECTORY Kaleden Community Church (KCC)
Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Church in the Park ~ Sunday, September 9th at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: email@example.com / FB: Kaleden Community Church www.kaledencommunitychurch.org - 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 Hymn Sing at Church ~ Sunday, September 9th at 6:00 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 September Speakers: 2nd - Nancy Wise; 9th - Victor Ince; 16th Judi Ritcey; 23rd - Rev. Mark Bedford; and 30th - Sarah Tupholme. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 / www.okfallsunited.ca
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Service
Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781
St. Barbara’s Anglican Church
Sunday Service ~ 9:30 am 1st 3 Sundays & 1:00 pm 4th Sunday Coffee and social time after the Church Service. 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Incumbent Rev. Rick Paulin - 250-494-0704
Helping Hands Food Drive By Carmen Dixon, Helping Hand Chair
Food Banks operating in Penticton and surrounding areas have been in operation for over 30 years and provide food to upwards of 1000 people per month. The needs are growing in these difficult and uncertain economic times, particularly in September with the start of the school year. The Food Banks are entirely dependent upon the generosity of the contributors and volunteers, who gather, sort and stock the food that is provided to those who qualify for support. We are again organizing the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive to assist the Okanagan Falls Helping Hands organization provide food for the needy. With the help of the local IGA and other local supporters, we will be collecting food donations at the Okanagan Falls IGA on Saturday, September 15, 2018, as part of a provincial wide community service to support as many of the Food Banks of BC as possible. The Okanagan Falls IGA has donated the food bags, which will be mailed out to local residents who are asked to donate non-perishable food and place it in the bags and deliver it to the Okanagan Falls IGA between 9 am - 12 noon on September 15th. Please check the “best before” dates and make sure your donations are not stale dated, as we cannot accept those. Should it ever become necessary for someone that you know and love to require the services of the Food Bank, we hope that there will always be those who are generous enough to donate. Thank you for supporting of the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive! Page 30 | September 2018 | SkahaMatters.com
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Fish Heads to the persons responsible for stealing my 1930 Mangle off my deck on Grand Oro Road. This mangle has been in the family for many years and has travelled with me to 12 locations and I am so disappointed you felt the need to lift it, and it took two people to do that I know. Should your guilt eat away at you, please call Marion at 250-486-1376. ~ From Marion W. of Twin Lakes Flowers to Vivian for organizing the Wednesday Market with me, couldn’t have done it without you. I love your calm, professional approach to everything and everyone. Special thanks to your family too, as all generations helped keep the market running smoothly. ~ From Elaine C. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Myleen for all your support of our market in Skaha Matters. Your input certainly helped the markets become an Okanagan Falls summer success! ~ From Anne B. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to Wyla Poole and her husband, Junior who live next door to me. They came to my aid after I had stupidly thrown my keys into the dumpster along with my recycling. Junior jumped right in, found my keys and saved me from a mountain of inconvenience. Thank you so much! ~ From Shirley O. of Okanagan Falls Flowers to those that help sort bottles and cans at the Kaleden Community Church parking lot on Monday evenings at 6:30pm. More volunteers are always welcome. ~ From Randy C. of Kaleden Flowers to those that want to help bring the Telus Fibre Network to our community. Visit https://fibre.telus.com/iwantfibre/ to fill out the online form. This could possibly expedite the installation of fibre. Thank you! ~ From Brian L. of Kaleden
Experience Harvest on the Ridge! Annual Harvest Party September 29th Pick grapes, sip wine, enjoy food & wine pairing stations, and live music! Wine Shop Open Daily Join us for a picnic! T: 250.497.7945
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If Basic Cremation Is Your Choice By Lesley Luff, Resident of Okanagan Falls
Credible Cremation Services is available by telephone 24 hours to serve your needs, whether at need or pre-need. When you call our number, you will be greeted by Lesley, not by an answering service. If you have had a death in the family, or a family member is imminent in hospital, at home, or in hospice, you probably have a number of questions that need answering. Sometimes, folks do not quite know which steps to take first. Gather as much personal information as possible for the person, and for yourself and document it all. Once completed, place the information in a safe place. Information you will need to gather includes: Social Insurance Number; Care Card Number; Date and Place of Birth; Marital Status; Spouse’s Full Name and Place of Birth; Wife’s Maiden Surname, if applicable; Father’s Surname and Given Names (if known) and Place of Birth (if known); Mother’s Maiden Surname and Given Names and Place of Birth; Next of Kin or Executor, Executrix, Lawyer or Notary, along with their name, address and phone number; Is there a Will? Yes or No? If no Will, it is suggested that one be drawn up. If yes, where can it be located? Taking these simple steps of gathering information ahead of time, can eliminate a great deal of stress, when a death occurs in the family. Any questions? Feel free to call Lesley at 250-493-3912 or email email@example.com. Credible Cremation Services Ltd. 250-493-3912 (24 hours) www.crediblecremation.ca Flowers to those who join the Kaleden and Twin Lakes community Facebook pages. These pages are for community sharing of information, notifications, and questions that pertain to our area. The pages are called “Kaleden Community Page” and “Twin Lakes BC Information Page”. ~ From Raydene G-M of Twin Lakes Fish Heads to RDOS for putting a lock on the Okanagan Falls trestle gate, and signs for no jumping or diving from the bridge. Maybe a “use at your own risk” and a self closing gate would be enough. Now everyone climbs over the gate and rail to jump. There are no hidden hazards, no swirling vortex of currents. Let the tradition continue! ~ From Orian H. of Okanagan Falls Fish Heads to young people trying to scam older residents. A young fellow came to my door and offered to wash my windows. I agreed, he did the job, and I paid him. A few days later he returned asking to borrow $50 for a pair of work books he needed to get a job. I knew I was taking a risk, but wanted to help. I agreed to lend him the money to which he would pay me back in a few days. I asked for his phone number to follow up and perhaps I would have other odd jobs to help him out. Well, the young man never returned to pay me back and the phone number I tried to call ended up wasn’t a correct number. Watch out for this scam and be very careful who you let work around or in your home. ~ From Gerhard K. of Okanagan Falls SkahaMatters.com | September 2018 | Page 31
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