Skaha Matters September 2019

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Skaha Matters

Volume 11 : Issue 9

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September 2019

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen I think this time is often referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer”, that time we have between summer and fall. This has not been a typical South Okanagan summer. We did not get the several weeks of clear skies and 30+ degrees that we expected. Already the air is much cooler in the mornings, a bit more like September temperatures. Still, our roads are crowded with visitors here to take advantage of all the fruits and vegetables available along the highway, which continues to be a solid boost to our economy. One of the many celebrations of what is grown in the Boundary Similkameen is the Rock Creek Fall Fair. It is celebrating its 73rd year on September 14-15, a tradition that draws people from all over the southern parts of BC to admire the fruits, vegetables, baking, preserves and art in all its forms. I always enjoy seeing the young 4H members proudly showing the livestock they have raised all spring and summer. Also, the South Okanagan and Similkameen grape growers and wineries will showcase their amazing wines at many events throughout the fall, the largest being the Festival of the Grape on October 6th in Oliver. On a different topic, and of interest to many, is the announcement of a partnership between the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, Interior Health and local First Nations communities that has allowed the South Okanagan Primary Care Network to provide a centralized list for all residents currently without a family practitioner. Patients visit

to get on the list and as a provider becomes available patients will be matched with either a nurse practitioner or a family physician. Over the next three years, 20 more health care providers are expected in this region. As I write this, all danger to local infrastructure appears to be over as the Eagle Bluff forest fire moves to the north and east of the greater community of Oliver and Gallagher Lake. While we watched fascinated and fearful, the BC Wildfire Services did their job. Thanks to all of the firefighters and crews that set up camp and came to help out. The expression being in a “war zone” was often used to describe the constant drone of helicopters that filled our local skies. And, for the BCWFS, it was a war with “Mother Nature” and a constant challenge to see which way the fire would move next, a battle that they now have the upper hand on. As always, there are “arm chair” experts who are critical of the job being done, but they have been few and far between. I want to sincerely thank all personnel from BC Wildfire Services, the Communications Team, the contractors and support services, as well as the people of Oliver, who reached out to the firefighters with offers of accommodation, food or just a simple thank you. A potential disaster was averted by the coordinated efforts of many individuals. Well done and thank you! Finally, the yearly UBCM conference is in Vancouver this September and will welcome thousands of delegates from municipalities and cities all over the province. During the convention, Mayors and Councils and Regional Directors get a chance to “get up close and personal” with the current government ministers with asks for everything from changes in legislation to financial assistance and more. I attend all of the meetings from the local governments in my riding to keep up to date with those asks and do follow up if necessary. Enjoy the fall harvest!

Our Story Behind Block 300 By Fred Trainor, Owner Four times in my adult life I have re-invented myself. Easily bored, I find it fun to plan and execute an entirely new vision, regardless of the industry. I’ve done it with Broadcasting, Commercial Printing, Real Estate Development, and now, a Restaurant. I have always believed I have transportable skills and something new excites me. All my family and friends tried to warn me away from a restaurant. I knew it would be a challenge, but I had no idea how big a one. We opened Block 300 Casual Steakhouse in early June. We were far from ready. It was pandemonium. Exciting, but terrifying. We were often overwhelmed. By mid-July, we realized we needed more time to train new staff and put in place systems that should have been done long before. We decided we had to do a complete re-set, so we closed for twelve days. That was probably the most difficult decision I have ever made in business, to close a brand new restaurant in high season. But, it was the right thing to do. We’re not perfect, but we are better today than we were yesterday and will hopefully be better tomorrow than today. Our food was always good; thank God for that! If you visited us in our early days, I hope you’ll give us another chance. If you haven’t been to The Block yet, we hope you will come. We feature an Express Lunch from 11 am - 3 pm, Happy Hour from 3-5 pm and Dinner Service from 5 pm. Our recently expanded menu offers something for everyone, including: Steak Nachos (with a peach drizzle); Giant Scallops and Champagne Garlic Prawns; Fish n’ Chips; Beef Dip; Pecan Crusted Salmon; Maple Butter Baby Back Ribs; Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps; Five Salad Choices; Block Poutine; Killer Burgers, including our signature Block-and Bleu, Lamb Burgers, and a whole lot more. Our Steaks include the Baseball Sirloin, Filet Mignon and Rib Eye. Block 300 Casual Steakhouse is located at 340 Main Street in Penticton in the building which housed the Elite Café since 1927. We completely renovated the space, but we didn’t take down the iconic sign, nor did we make any structural changes to the outside. 340 Main is on the City of Penticton’s building registry. We respect the history of the Elite look forward to welcoming you to The Block! Reservations are not necessary, but if you’d like to make one, please call us at 250-492-3051 or go online to Footnotes: The last renovation before this current one was in 1964. The sign was erected in 1952 and was the last neon sign to be grandfathered in Penticton. (1970) Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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It is back to school time. The summer season is ending and the fall is about to begin. The summer weather was much better than the last 2 years. Let’s hope the fall season continues on the same path. Interesting news in the Penticton Herald on August 15, 2019 regarding the milfoil. The article reports that Ron Obirek the federal government shall not be Director of declaring the Rocky Mountain Mussel RDOS Area ‘D’ as endangered. This is a step forward regarding milfoil mitigation. Previously, the province was preventing the rototilling of the milfoil due to concerns related to the Rocky Mount Mussel. Special thanks to all the good work done by Anna Warwick Sears of the Okanagan Basin Water Board in advocating on behalf of our region regarding the need to keep the milfoil under control. I will do my best to encourage the RDOS Board in supporting these efforts. I will also do my best in encouraging the Province to support the OBWB’s efforts in this regard. This is a very important issue to everyone in the region and especially for Vaseux Lake and Skaha Lake.

Unfortunately, Superintendent Ted de Jager has moved on to the RCMP headquarters. In the interim, a replacement will be found. In due course, I plan on inviting the new RCMP Superintendent to our community for a public meeting. Once we have our Community Development and Administration Office staffed, we will be able to incorporate our plans for Citizens on Patrol and Community Watch-2 programs that we will implement with the assistance of the RCMP. Watch future Skaha Matters for more details. I have expressed concerns on behalf of the community to the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. I have specifically communicated concerns regarding safety related to the pedestrian crossing at Highway 97 and 10th Street, as well as regarding the safety of the bridge at the bottom of Waterman Hill and the KVR Trail crossing immediately east of the bridge. I have requested a review and a response to concerns raised by community members. The FireSmart committee is meeting with the FireSmart consultant on August 28, 2019. The focus of the FireSmart consultant will be the interface area on the east side of Skaha Lake. Thank you to all the volunteers who are participating.

The UBCM conference is in September. This is the one time per year where we as local elected officials have an opportunity to meet with members of the provincial government and raise issues of local concern. I have requested 5 meetings with ministers (regarding issues ranging from affordable housing to a health Thank you to Doug Lychak and Dale Fehr of the Heritage Hills services building and improved and better health services for and Lakeshore Highlands Community Association in the good our community). I won’t know until September if my request for work they are doing on behalf of the community with respect to meetings will be granted. I will provide an update in the coming the Heritage Hills Park project. And, a very special thank you to months. RDOS project manager Doug Reeve, who has done an excellent Also of interest is a local community group called “Let’s Grow OK job working with the community and moving the project forward. Falls” that has been formed by a number of concerned citizens Playground equipment and plans for installation are expected in who are organizing with the goal of improving quality of life and October. General design and planning is in the works for the pond, delivery of services in our area. They have organized a meeting including improvement of the discharge drainage and a plan for and invited both myself and our MLA Linda Larson to attend. I aeration. Although slow, progress is being made and I look forward will report further on this interesting initiative in the October Skaha to the completion of this community park project. There is a lot of Matters. work in the planning stage that is expected to be delivered within Our coffee meeting with the Director at the Legion on August 12, the next 12 to 18 months. The Save the Aster Save the Beach Society is working on plans 2019 was well attended. Every month we see new faces and to find additional locations of the Aster in the South Okanagan the return of others who have been to previous meetings. Many region. In the alternative, they will be seeking suitable habitat interesting questions are presented and excellent ideas are locations. In either event, steps will then be taken to amend shared. Our next coffee meeting with the Director is scheduled the existing Stewardship Agreement that relates to the Aster on for Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9 am at the Legion. All are Christie Memorial Beach and relocate the Aster to a more suitable welcome. Members who have attended the coffee meeting have location. I shall continue to advocate on behalf of the community suggested I be available at the office and also have suggested with both the provincial and federal governments towards the an evening meeting for people who work in the daytime. As a goal of returning the Aster patch on Christie Memorial Beach to result, I will also be available at the Community Development its former high value public recreation use. Anyone interested in and Administration Office next door to Bullies Pizza near the IGA joining the Society or participating in the project is encouraged to from 2-4 pm on Monday, September 16, 2019 for anyone who email They are offering might like to meet me in person and a more private setting. And, in a $500 reward for verified new (not previously identified) and October, I plan to change the coffee meeting to an evening time at confirmed Aster locations. This looks to be a very fun and positive the Legion to allow for community members who work during the day to be able to attend. Please watch the October Skaha Matters community participation opportunity. for date and time. I will be available to meet with anyone who RDOS staff are assisting in creating job descriptions for transition would like to speak regarding any concern, comment or question. staff in our Community Development and Administration Office. As always, phone calls or emails are welcome. Anybody interested in working in the office should watch the RDOS job listings for opportunities that I hope will be posted in the Yours Truly, near future. The new staff will be part of a transition plan into 2020. Ron Obirek, Director of RDOS Area ‘D’ In 2020, we hope to have permanent staff in the office. Our goal is Direct: 250.328.9800 | | to build upon the successes of the past and fine tune the focus to provide even better services to the community in the future. I join “Everything you need for your Ponds and Waterfalls” many in our community who feel that this past year feels like a step Open 10-5 Friday & Saturday backwards. On the other hand, I am confident that the new staff or call 250.497.5658 for an appointment will provide the community excellent service into the future. I want to thank everyone concerned for their patience.

Okanagan Falls Irrigation District News By Rick Wilson, Chair This past month our Administrator, Ms. Judy Morris, left the District after 34 years, she will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our Ratepayers, I want to thank Judy for the awesome professional way she has supported our District and wish her the very best. When this change occurred in the District office, we immediately started a search for a replacement. We found a very capable person and we would like to welcome Ms. Kim Kirkham to our Team. Kim comes to us from the Penticton Chamber of Commerce and will bring changes to the way we do business from her vast and varied experience. I would like to thank all the applicants that sent in their resume. There are many talented people in our area. The replacement of Well No. 4 pump will take a little longer than we anticipated, as Interior Health Authority has asked for a Construction Permit, which requires an engineer to be involved in the design. Our engineering firm, CTQ Consulting, will take us through the Permit stages. Ferguson Place Project mainline replacement and enhanced connection to the Lower Zone is ongoing, the engineers have collected all the data they require. They should have drawings to the District for our comments in the coming weeks and out to tender soon after that date. At Pumphouse No. 4 on Commercial Way, we provide an outlet for water that many people from the Lower Zone use for drinking water as it is unchlorinated. It is intended for our Ratepayers, please use it responsibly. I would like to thank the Board for the extra effort they have put in on your behalf during the past few days and weeks. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 3rd. We would like to thank our Ratepayers for the great job you do conserving water and still our yards look awesome.

South Skaha Housing Society Update By Robert McLeod, Chair, South Skaha Housing Society

“OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING CEREMONY” Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 2:00 SOUTH SKAHA PLACE 5081 - 8th Avenue Okanagan Falls, BC The South Skaha Housing Society (SSHS) is excited and proud to personally invite you to “South Skaha Place”, our significant Affordable Housing for Seniors project. The SSHS has been working diligently with BC Housing, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, the community of Okanagan Falls, Greyback Construction, Atcorr Development Consulting and numerous other community organizations to recognize the goal of providing affordable housing for seniors in the South Okanagan. Our new purpose-built building located at 5081 8th Avenue will provide 26 units of affordable housing for independent seniors. Centrally located near local amenities, such as physician, dentist and naturopath offices, a pharmacy, grocery stores, restaurants, a post office, and of course our beautiful waterfront, this housing will provide modern, affordable and well designed living spaces. You can pick up applications at the Okanagan Falls Library, RDOS Community Services Office, Okanagan Falls Visitors Information Centre, and Locke Property Management, located at 528 Main Street in Penticton. A display suite at the Housing Site will be available soon. Please join us on Thursday, October 3, at 2:00 pm to celebrate. Please RSVP by September 27, 2019 to

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very few communities within the RDOS area to become certified as FireSmart and it’s something we should all be proud of. A community that works together can achieve its goals!

Summer of 2019 has been an outstanding season, mostly smoke free with lots of residents spending time at the beach or outdoors. I’ve seen many residents enjoying Pioneer Park and the KVR.

Residents have been asking for an update on the sewer project. Staff at RDOS have been working on selecting a contractor that will create a design for the project with costing. The expected timeline right now is that the contractor should be in place early September with community meetings in February, but may be in March. A referendum will be by Spring or Summer of 2020.

One of the goals I had for my term was to increase communication and gather input from residents. I have Subrina Monteith initiated with RDOS staff, two surveys Director of that will run until the end of October. RDOS Area ‘I’ The surveys will be surrounding Area ‘I’s use of BC Transit and Parks and Recreation services. The surveys will support Kal-Rec and I when we are working on budgets for 2020-21. The survey will be online, in October’s edition of Skaha Matters, and on Please participate and have your voice heard, as I value resident input before decisions are made to increase or decrease a service.

I’ve had some calls regarding extra garbage tags and where to purchase them. Currently, the only places to purchase them are at the Heritage Market in Okanagan Falls or at RDOS main office at 101 Martin Street. I’m working with staff and hope to have a local Kaleden and Twin Lakes location in the near future. I share the retirement of an RDOS staff member who has been a large part of our community over the last few years. Shona Schleppe will be missed at Kal-Rec meetings and her support in RDOS PLAY Regional Recreation will be missed by many. There are two community events to wrap up the summer. On August 29th from 2-5 pm at Pioneer Park and September 8th from 11 am - 2 pm with a Potluck BBQ. Details for both events can be found on the community website and Facebook group.

I’ve been working with RDOS staff and Area ‘D’ Director Obirek with the division of services between Area ‘I’ and Area ‘D’. Area ‘I’ has now been removed from the Area ‘D’ Economic Development If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Bylaw and Area ‘I’ has its own. Economic Development contains Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ a wide range of potential functions, including public engagement Direct: 250.486.1346 | | to grant writing. I will be working on setting a budget for 2020 that will be less than previous years with a more targeted approach to resources. HUB We would like to welcome you & provide you with a package Congratulations to Kaleden for becoming a FireSmart community of community information. Please call 250-460-3387. with the newly posted sign on Lakehill Road. Kaleden is one of DE












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Kaleden Irrigation District News

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By Bruce Shepherd, KID Trustee

A “Goldilocks” Summer ...? Not too dry, not too wet; and not too hot, not too cold - just right! Mother Nature allowed the Okanagan to be downgraded from Level 3 to Level 2 drought conditions in late July. But, we still must ensure that there’s enough water for fall crops and for salmon returning to spawn. Along with Mother Nature, most KID ratepayers - but not all (more on that below) - did their part. July water consumption this year was only 75% of that in 2018; saving almost 68 million liters! How Can We Help You to Get With the Program, People ...? KID’s summer student, Kevin Stephenson, has been monitoring adherence to watering restrictions. In his first month of patrolling, almost 70 incidents of folks watering outside their allotted times were recorded, with some being warned twice. So, to review: On the first violation, you get a verbal warning; a written warning for the second; and your water can be shut off with a third violation, costing $100 in shut-off and reconnection fees. Most of the guilty parties indicated ignorance of the watering restrictions. I have to ask, what more can KID do? Ratepayers get written notice of the restrictions by mail with their bills. The information has been posted at the three Kaleden entrances, in Skaha Matters, and on the KID website. On behalf of KID, Subrina Monteith kindly posted the information on the Kaleden Community Facebook Page. To briefly review domestic watering restrictions: Properties south of Lakehill Road water Tue-Thu-Sat; properties north of Lakehill Road water Wed-Fri-Sun. On assigned days, water only between 6-10 AM and 7-11 PM. Underground irrigation systems may operate from midnight to 6 AM on assigned days. (See any of the above communication platforms for more details.) What’s Up With Those Signs ...? By the time you read this, there should be signs posted at key locations in Pioneer Park and along Alder Avenue. These show the boundaries of KID’s Intake Protection Zone (IPZ), explain its purpose and ways to help protect our water supply (details were provided in an earlier column). The key message: If you don’t want to drink it, don’t put it in the lake! KID thanks Area ‘I’ Director Monteith for her support of this project done cooperatively with RDOS staff, and especially for her initiative in amending the Community Grant-In-Aid Bylaw that allowed KID to apply for, and receive, funding for the project. Two Final Reminders ... First, to landowners with 1.0 acre or more: irrigation bills will be sent out the first week of September, with an October 3rd due date for payment. Second, to all residents north of Lakehill Road with a former RR#1 address: if you have not already done so, please provide your updated address, either by calling the office directly at 250-497-5407 or via email.

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Kaleden Recognizing FireSmart Efforts By Linda Dahl Many residents are doing great things to make their properties FireSmart. From tree thinning, to weed whacking long grasses, trimming dead cedars and limbing trees 6 ft up from the ground ... it is making a difference. We would like to showcase a few properties from time to time in an effort to display what some FireSmart practices look like. Committee members may approach you in the near future to post a sign for a short period of time. Thank you so much for all your efforts.

Left Above - New FireSmart signage. Right above - FireSmart property example of trees limbed and thinned, grasses contained, and pine cones/needles removed.

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Kaleden Community Association Update

All new website for all things Kaleden!

By Randy Cranston IT’S OFFICIAL: The Kaleden Community Association has established the Kaleden Community Fund with the Community Foundation of the Okanagan-Similkameen (CFSOS) AND an anonymous donor has indicated they will match donations to the Kaleden Community Fund up to $2500. So, that means we should easily be able to raise $5000, as we don’t want to loose out on the matching donation! Watch for further information in this column about a matching donor campaign, as well information sessions about how you can donate or designate funds from your estate to this fund, thereby supporting community projects in Kaleden. If you wish to make a donation to the fund and have your donation matched by the anonymous donor, contact the CFSOS at or call 250-493-9311. Check out the KCA website - - for ongoing updates to the website and information about events happening in Kaleden in the fall. In particular, check out the calendar. The various groups in Kaleden will be using the calendar to provide information about activities, programs and events they are planning. The website will also have information about GET JAZZED 2019. Tickets will be on sale shortly for this evening of dinner and dancing with the Penticton Concert Band. The event sold out last year, so you’ll want to get your tickets as soon as they go on sale. This event is KCA’s major fundraiser, along with the volunteers who designate their time at the Kaleden Bottle Depot to KCA. Bottles are sorted on Monday evening starting at 6:30. From the most recent pick up, $846.43 was allocated to KCA. These funds are used to support a KCA Bursary through the Kaleden Bursary Fund focused on a student who has been engaged in community/volunteer work while in school. Other funds raised this year are being targeted towards renovation of the storage rooms on the stage at the community hall, as well as supporting the KCA Small Grant program (see the display ad to the right and visit the KCA website for the application form). Relax ... Rejuvenate ... Heal

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To bring neighbours together? Connect Kaleden Residents” 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. 2. Grant is open to all ages. 3. Grant activity or purpose must engage and/or connect residents of Kaleden and enhance opportunities for participation. 4. Grant funding is limited to a maximum of $150 once per calendar year. 5. Grant application may be submitted at any time to kaledencommunity@ or in writing to Kaleden Community Association Box 136, Kaleden, BC V0H 1K0 6. Applications may be requested by contacting KCA at either of the above addresses.

Information Centre Update Vistor Information Centre

By April Howe, Information Centre Manager

Well, I hope everyone is having a great summer. Soon our 30 degree weather will be long gone, so enjoy. I have been asked what is the most common question from visitors to Okanagan Falls. It is “where are the falls”? Most people are disappointed with not being able to see them. We have some good pictures past and present of the falls, which helps to explain it. To date this season, we have be able to help 969 visitors up and through August 1st. The numbers keep growing and thanks to our volunteers, we are getting excellent feedback. We will be closing our seasonal operation for the winter in mid October. Thanks for all the local support. Talk to you next month.

B e S a f e — B e I n f o r m e d — B e I n v o l v e d I n Yo u r C o m m u n i t y S I G N U P TO R E C E I V E I M P O R TA N T R D O S N OT I F I C AT I O N S To ensure the residents and property owners of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen are safe, informed and involved in their communities, the RDOS has implemented a mass communication service called CivicReady. This system allows the RDOS to communicate out emergency and routine messages through email, text and/or phone call.

To sign up or learn more about CivicReady go to: & look for the alarm button or sign up link on the right-hand side

Emergency Notifications:

Routine Notifications:

EOC Updates

Community Events

Sandbag Pick-Up Locations

Water & Sewer System Alerts

ESS Locations

Wildfire Updates

Curbside Pick Up & Landfill Hours

Dangerous Animals in the Area

Regional Recreation

Land Use Changes

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Area ‘D’ & ‘I’ Community Office & Economic Development Service Review Public Engagement Results The public engagement process commenced March 2019 and was expected to continue into the Fall of the same year; however, a request to discontinue the process early resulted in a Board resolution to finalize all work and report out effective June 30, 2019. Prior to June 30, some face-to-face public engagement had been completed. In addition, a survey was distributed via ad mail to residents in Electoral Areas ‘D’ and ‘I’. The survey was also accessible online and was heavily advertised, resulting in 282 responses. The responses from the surveys are viewable in the Final Report, which is available at legislative-services/area-d-i-community-service-office/



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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.

Music In The Park Community Spirit was alive and well at every “Music in the Park” special event this season. A HUGE Thank You to the event organizers, Barbara Few and Marla Wilson, who brought the community together to enjoy live music in Centennial Park this summer. Thank you for your planning, and problem solving, which made for memorable evenings together in Okanagan Falls.

Photo on left - Music in the Park organizers Barbara Few on left and Marla Wilson on right. Photo on right - Line Dancers during Music in the Park on August 18th.

RCMP Community Report Frustrating, Head Shaking! I thought I would focus on a couple of things that can be frustrating, things that make you shake your head and ultimately can be unsafe. Let’s start with slow drivers. If you find yourself leading a parade of vehicles behind you perhaps you are going too slow. There are lots of reasons that you may be driving slower than the posted speed, such as you are a new driver or are not a confident driver, or you are pulling a trailer or? For whatever your reason is at the time that you need to drive slower, if you find traffic is building up behind you, simply pull over when safe to do so and allow the vehicles behind to pass. This keeps everyone, including you, safer. While following posted speeds is important, it is also important to keep traffic flowing smoothly and keep frustrations down that lead to poor decisions and motor vehicle incidents. Just as it is against the law to go too fast, it is also against the law to go too slow or impede traffic. Finding a balance is what keeps us all safe on the roads. Next is bicycle helmets. BC Law requires you to wear a helmet when riding or a passenger on a bicycle on a highway. It is also against the law for a parent or guardian of a person under the age of 16 years to authorize or knowingly permit the person to operate or ride as a passenger on a bicycle on a highway without a helmet. The fine for either is $29. It appears that people cycling around Penticton and area that wearing a bike helmet has become an option rather than a requirement. Part of this is because the police have not had the resources to enforce the law as they have in the past, and the rest of the reasons just makes you shake your head. Some of the many reasons I have heard include, “it is only a bike, what is the big deal, it messes my hair, I can’t find one that fits properly, they look stupid”, or the most frequently used reason that is also used by motorcycle riders, “it should be my choice if I wear a helmet”. Perhaps you could successfully argue the latter if you were prepared to pay any related medical costs associated with any head injury you were to suffer as a result of not wearing your helmet. However, since our medical system is funded by society, it is reasonable that society would have some input on how to save costs. Preventing head injuries is certainly one way to save money. In fact, some injury claims are being reduced if it is shown they could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. Bike theft is again on the rise, so take time to secure your ride and register it with 529 Garage at We have the 529 Garage decals at our Community Police Office at 185 Lakeshore Drive, Penticton for $5. Rick Dellebuur, South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP Community Police Direct: 250-490-2374 // Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or

Over 200 people enjoyed the last concert of the summer on August 18th. If there is someone or a group you’d like to see honoured in this column, please call 250-497-8188 or email to

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2019 Skaha Lake Ultra Swim By Annick Lim

For the 22nd time, the Skaha Ultra Swim took place on August 11th. And for the 2nd time, the charity supported by this event was The Kidney Foundation of Canada - BC & Yukon Branch. The collaboration came after the organizing committee discussed what personal backgrounds and experiences brought them together. It turned out that Matt Hill and Chad Bentley both had family who had kidney disease. Matt’s mom Annick at the 2019 Ultra Swim and Chad’s family who has a genetic (Photo by Natalie Stanton Grant disorder that causes a disease called @grantmediapr) Polycystic Kidney Disease. With 79 participants aged 13-79 plus their paddlers, they raised more than $1,100 for the charity. Thanks again to Skaha Lake Ultra Swim for choosing The KFOC as your charity beneficiary. 1 in 10 Canadians has Kidney Disease, with millions more are at risk. Each day an average of 15 people are told their kidneys have failed. If you’re concerned about your kidney health, ask your doctor for a blood test that checks how well your kidneys are filtering your blood, called GFR (glomelular filtration rate).

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In 1998, the VW Beetle was reintroduced into the North American market after a 19 years absence. The new design was an immediate success. A 25 hectare forest fire raged out of control east of Oliver on Mt. Baldy. Four water bombers and Weyerhaeuser crew of 40 attacked the fire in a Weyerhaeuser logging cut block that threatened the campers at Conkle Lake. The rain that came unexpectedly saved the campground and the fire was under control within 2 days. The blaze was accidently caused by the Weyerhaeuser forestry crews. Fifty firefighters started battling a blaze in the steep terrain near Princton on September 1, 1998, which grew to 4,000 hectares within 24 hours in the Lawless Creek drainage area. In total, 15 helicopters, 4 water bombers, 62 pieces of heavy equipment and 250 firefighters were on scene, including a Sky Crane (capable of hauling huge amounts of water), with 9,650 hectares scorched. Evacuation alerts were issued to the residents of Tulameen, Brookmere and Otter Valley. The fire was believed to be caused by lightning. The cost came to over $3 million. This fire was the second largest fire in BC for 1998. The largest was 24,000 hectares near Telegraph Creek in northwestern BC. After 18 days, the fire was snuffed out, but at the same time, 27 new fires started in the Kamloops region. Reports came in from Vernon, Salmon Arm, Enderby and the biggest near Falkland. All caused by lightning. The storms also caused over 40 fires in the Castlegar region.

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On September 4, 1998, a grass and brush fire along Eastside Road threatened 3 homes. The fire never came closer than 100 metres to one house. With the cooperation of air tankers, helicopters, Okanagan Falls Fire Department and forestry crews, the fire was contained to 4 hectares and closed Eastside Road for up to 4 hours. The fire was believed to have started from an engine fire on a pick-up truck driving on the hillside above Woody’s Appliance Repair Shop.

As we approach the end of summer, so unfortunately, does the OK Falls Market come to the end of its 2019 season. Once again, it has proved to be a great community event - thoroughly enjoyed by both young and old.

For the 1998 year, BC residents saw more than 2,200 forest fires at a cost of $116 million. These fires were the worst in a decade. Some of the noted fires were Greenstone Mountain (west of Kamloops), Nahatlatch River Valley (near Boston Bar), Fountain (near Lillooet), Aberdeen (near Vernon), Elevator Mountain (north of Clearwater), Dore River (west of McBride), and Knox Mountain (in Kelowna). Alberta also handled some tough fires around Slave Lake and Waterton Lakes National Park. To be continued ...

Grant Henderson’s singing and choice of music has been a pleasure for everyone. Our thanks to Harold for providing ‘custom made’ hamburgers and hot dogs!

Safety Tip: Children are back to school, please keep an eye open for them. Children are too busy playing and talking to their friends to be on the lookout for cars and trucks, especially Rose’s corner. Have You Thought Of Volunteering As A Firefighter? For more information, please call 250-497-5700 or email Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am or 7-9 pm. There are benefits and all training is supplied.

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Our group of dedicated vendors are to be complimented on their perseverance - in both rain and sun - in coming out week after week to set up their wonderful array of crafts. We are thankful to our farmers from near and far, who work hard to provide our market with the freshest fruit and vegetables.

The market hopes to carry on until Wednesday, September 11th, depending on the weather. Thanks for supporting the Market!

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Kal-Rec Update By Jen Charlish

By Nancy Wigley, RDOS Recreation Clerk

Back to School and Regular Routines. It’s September! That doesn’t mean that there isn’t lots of time to enjoy Pioneer Park and all its amenities. It does mean that the new Fall Program Guide for Recreation opportunities is available. Check it out and get involved in some of our favourite programs returning to a venue near you or try something new. You can view the new guide online at or contact someone at the Recreation office at 250-497-8188. I think there are a few paper copies hanging around the Kaleden Community Hall as well.

Would you like to chat with our recreation staff about fall programs? Are you ready to register your child, your partner or yourself for one or more of our great fall programs? Have you tried to register on-line, but need a few pointers? •

OK Falls Community Centre (Located in the School) Friday, September 6th from 1:30-4:30 pm

The Kaleden Seniors Programs will also be resuming their Lunch and Learn series this Fall with their first event to be held in October. The Women on Wednesdays meeting held at the Kaleden Community Church every Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm will also be starting again this month. Come for a cup of coffee, play some games, work on a craft and make some new friends. We look forward to seeing you there. Cards and Games will also resume this month. Watch this paper and the community sandwich boards for more information.

Kaleden Community Hall Wednesday, September 11th from 1:30-4:30 pm

The Kal-Rec Commission would like to welcome new members, Margie O’Brien and Dave Gill to the Commission. Our next regular meeting is Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm at the Kaleden Community Hall. We are now starting the budget process for the year 2020. We have examined some possible projects for the next 5 years and tried to prioritize them. Now, we get to look at the budget from the RDOS and see what can be accomplished in the next year. Are you interested? Members of the public are always welcome. We are also still waiting for funding and permit approvals for the next phases of the Pioneer Park Plan.

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Our facilities are also OPEN during these time slots for active play and recreation. Be sure to check out our Fall Program line-up on our website at If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 250-497-8188 or email

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Kaleden Parks and Recreation office at 250-497-8188 or email kalrecinfo@ We have a website at, where you can find a full activity calendar, information on our community hall, parks, and facility rentals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most current information.

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$500 REWARD For each of up to four new growth sites, verifiable by “Save The Aster Save The Beach” society. The SRAA is on the endangered species list. Verifying new growth sites will support the community in regaining full use of Christie Memorial Park Beach, a significant portion of which has been set aside as a protected area for the SRAA. Don’t know what SRAA looks like? Check Christie Memorial Beach, as it is in full bloom until mid-September! (Photo to right) Please contact for any further information. Your community: fostering SRAA habitat, community enjoyment and community growth. Join Our First Public Meeting ~ Monday, September 16th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Recreation Centre, located at 1141 Cedar Street. Page 12 | September 2019 |

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner

By Annick Lim

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks; according to the National Institute on Aging. Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but for those suffering with dementia their quality of life can make a big difference. As the disease progresses, their needs will increase. There have been many studies and research done that show how massages help people with dementia. The chair massage is comfortable and convenient and makes it easy to massage the back, neck, arms and hands. The chair massage helps dementia patients feel safe and relaxed, which will decrease anxiety and physical expressions of agitation such as pacing, wandering and resisting care, it can also increase their ability to sleep through the night. Massage gently stimulates blood flow, which increases serotonin and dopamine which are the “feel good chemicals” in our brain and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Fear can sometimes cause violent or aggressive behaviour and it has been found that massage can reduce this response. As we get older, it is even more important to work at being healthy. A healthy body makes for a healthy brain. To be proactive as we get older, we should try to get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep and stay socially active. This will help both our body and our brain. Keeping mentally active as well as physically active is very important and we can do this by trying new things, challenging ourselves, starting a hobby and playing games. Card games, jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, chess, Scrabble are all opportunities for brain stimulation and some include an opportunity for socialization as well. Brain activities actually help to keep and repair connections in our brain. I came across an online crossword puzzle that was easy and fun at www.boatloadpuzzles. com and there are lots more available. It is also very helpful to use a day planner, make lists and have a daily routine. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. Come and see how effective massage can be to your well-being or to someone you love with dementia. We are conveniently set up every week at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre Wednesday mornings and at numerous retirement residences in Penticton. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-4975974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com and visit our Facebook page.

Kidney Walk is cherished by many locals, young and old, who have experienced kidney disease. Penticton came in 2nd place provincially (out of 15 walks) and raised $29,660 in total ... WOW! Now, I’d like to introduce to you to this year’s Top Fundraising Team - Melissa Campbell and her daughter Ainsley! They came just short of their $10,000 goal this year, but still managed to be the TOP 2019 TEAM! Ainsley is now 7 years old and was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, at age 5. The syndrome affects 4-8 children out of 100,000. You might recognize Ainsley’s picture on the coin collection boxes placed at local markets, grocery stores, and local café shops. Ainsley was chosen as the “poster child” this year for the Kidney Foundation of Canada - BC & Yukon Branch. She was overjoyed to have her picture all over the fundraising tools used for this year’s walk and awareness creation tools. We all worked together to host three BBQ fundraisers between Summerland IGA, Penticton IGA and Safeway with Ainsley’s Grandfather, retired fire chief Randy Wilkes, who grilled the dogs and burgers for us. We hope that if you’ve lost a loved one to kidney disease that you’ll come and walk in their honour next year. It’s all about sharing our stories and helping one another through our experiences. Thanks to all who came and I hope we have many come out next year. Don’t leave the burden to your family to make one of your last decisions for you ... Be sure you’ve registered your wishes regarding organ donation (whether ‘yes’ or ‘no’) at

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ActivAge™ is a free 3-month group-led physical activity program for inactive older adults. It introduces participants to physical activity and reinforces their commitment to incorporate it into their daily lives. The program is progressive with planned physical activities (stretching, activity, and cool-down) based on ActivAge™ training. This fun and social program will help get participants moving in a relaxed environment with like-minded people. Classes are on Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

Choose to Move is a 6-month model designed to introduce older adults to the habit of physical activity, help them meet new friends, and make a positive healthy lifestyle change. Choose to Move is free and flexible, and provides participants with the motivation and support to become more physically active. Participants work with a trained activity coach who will support them as together they develop a physical activity plan tailored specifically to each participant. Group meets every second Wednesday.

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LDA: Effective Treatment For Allergies And Autoimmune Diseases By Dr. Tamara Browne, ND Naturopathic Physician, Licensed and Registered by The BC Ministry of Health LDA stands for Low Dose Allergen Immunotherapy and has been in use since the 1960’s in its earliest form. It has been perfected and recently introduced to Canada by Dr. Butch Shrader, MD, who has been using it successfully for decades. The advantages of this therapy over traditional allergy treatments is that it treats a broader range of sensitivities including food allergies, and works even when the underlying cause of the immune issue is not known. Further, it is the best immunotherapy for chemical sensitivity, it treats autoimmune diseases, and is considered the best treatment for eczema, hives, and atopic dermatitis. It is safe and effective for the treatment of anaphylaxis and can be effective for patients of any age. As far as diagnostic testing, due to the nature of this therapy which uses a broad range of ultra low dose allergens, no diagnostic testing, aside from patient history, is required. The allergy desensitization mixes contain most of the allergens affecting patients and due to cross reacting of allergens, virtually all allergens are covered. Prior to administering this therapy, patients are screened for possible contraindications to the treatment and to ensure they have symptoms compatible with LDA. Certain pre-treatment preparations are required and a special hypoallergenic diet must be followed for 3 days around the time the therapy is administered. Administration involves 1-3 tiny injections under the skin. These cause very little discomfort and are administered every 2 months for a minimum of a year in most cases. According to Dr. Shrader, about 65% of patients have some improvement after the initial treatment. LDA works by presenting very precise dilute dosages of allergens, made active by an enzyme called beta glucuronidase to dendritic cells in the skin. This signals the immune system to increase T-Regulatory cells (T-Reg cells), which are the part of the immune system that addresses inappropriate reactions to allergens of all types (food, mold, chemicals, inhalants, pollens, etc). The LDA will continually “immunize” and create a growing population of protective white blood cells (T-Reg cells) that will last for years. LDA has helped patients with the following complaints: • Fatigue including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia • Frequent illness and poor immune system function • Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, rashes • Urticaria (hives) • Anaphylaxis • Autoimmune Diseases • Food Intolerances • Migraines • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities • ADD/ADHD • Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, IBS For more information about this therapy, visit Dr. Shrader’s website at Potential patients are asked to read the Pink Book, which can be accessed free of charge from the lower part of Dr. Shrader’s home page. Book your free introductory appointment to discuss this therapy further with Dr. Tamara Browne at 250-497-6681.

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Homo Investorus: hope for the modern-day investor ~ Today’s investors have the benefit of research, expertise and wellregulated markets. A well-structured and thought-out plan based on your goals and risk tolerance is the best way to control your ingrained survival instincts and keep on track. Strategies such as regular investing can help us avoid emotional decisions based on short-term market movements. The first step to being a modern day - and successful - investor is to quell the caveperson within us. And, to find safety and security in the fact that, those who stand their ground against the real investment woolly mammoths are most likely to achieve their goals. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

Developed over tens of thousands of years, the deeply ingrained instincts that kept us alive for so long now often work against us as investors. But, there is hope for us yet. Surviving in a woolly mammoth world ~ In one form or another, humanoids have roamed the Earth for over two million years, slowly developing into what we call Homo-Sapiens over 300,000 years ago. It was a precarious existence for our ancestors, having to survive in a hostile world with multiple threats, including animals, disease, the elements and each other.

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Learning to play well with others ~ To survive, we developed key instincts, such as the all-important fight-or-flight. Sizing up a one-on-one with an ornery woolly mammoth, your instinct would likely (and wisely) have tended towards a flight to safety. But backed by 50 of your spear-wielding mates? That same beast was a tempting dinner. So, we began to realize that there was “strength in numbers,” and that it was better to fit in with a tribe than to be on the outside looking in. We came to rely on the tribe for our survival. Ancient instincts, common investment pitfalls ~ Gradually, mankind developed laws, policies and regulations - and the institutions to enforce them - to help eliminate many of the ancient threats to our survival. But the same instincts we honed to survive, can cost us when it comes to investing: • Fight-or-flight: Research has consistently found that, due almost entirely to emotional reactions during periods of market stress that resulted in poor timing decisions, the annual return of an average investor over 20 years was significantly lower than that of the S&P 500 Index, and resulted in a difference of $120,000 on an initial investment of $100,000 (Dalbar, 2017). • Herd mentality: Evidence shows that investors “follow the herd”, consistently buying high and selling low, which can hurt portfolio performance over the long term. As equity markets were soaring in the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2008/09, so were equity fund sales. And, following the crisis when equity markets tumbled, Canadians redeemed their equity funds (IFIC, Morningstar, 2018). • The tribal grapevine: Listening to the (unqualified) press - who are often rewarded for generating alarmist content and friends and family for your investment information is fraught with risk. And, it is extremely difficult for even qualified forecasters to accurately predict where markets will go in the short term, and no forecaster has insight into your unique situation.

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Enjoy Italy With Collette By Vi Creasey, Reliable Travel Whether it’s old-world traditions and wonderful culture, cuisine, history, fashion or natural beauty, Italy is special to many people for different reasons. Few other countries boast so many legendary cities. There are also many charming hill towns and coastal villages that showcase Italy’s amazing natural beauty. From the big cities to the small towns, there is always something exciting to see in Italy with Collette. We consider everyone who travels with us to be our personal guest. Every moment matters to us, because we know it matters to you. This may be because at heart we are a family owned company that has been in business for 100 years. It may be because our team are passionate about sharing their own love of travel and uncovering mysteries. When you’re travelling with Collette, we’ll be there to guide you to all the must-see sites, dynamic cultures, and hidden treasures along the way. Enjoy the peace of mind of an itinerary planned by international experts with you in mind. With Collette, you’ll visit must-see destinations such as Cinque Terre, the Colosseum, the medieval city of Lucca, and other sites you simply cannot miss. Visit a Tuscan winery and farm to sample local wines, enjoy a chefled cooking class with lunch, and partake in an interactive pastamaking demonstration. Choosing Collette comes with benefits that take your guided travel experience to another level. Our inclusive tours provide you more value for your money and more of what makes travel special. Register to join us for our complimentary event, “An Evening In Italy”, on Tuesday, October 1st at Medici’s Gelateria at 522 Fairview Road in Oliver. Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation starts at 7:00pm. There are door prizes and exclusive promotions.

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101 Linden Avenue - 250-497-8066 Tuesday 1 - 5 pm / Thursday 1 - 8 pm / Friday 1 - 5 pm The Kaleden Library had another successful Summer Reading Club for local children. A total of 51 children registered for the club and over 160 participated in the four programs. Everyone was entertained by the “Bubble Wonders”, “SPCA”, and a “Magic Show by Leif David”. Our Wind-Up Party was fun! Miss Lynn and Miss Glenda handed out prizes and books to all the children, and certificates and medals were distributed to all the Summer Reading Club participants. We had fun playing charades and eating our delicious ice cream sundaes! Yummy! Kaleden Preschool Storytime will be starting on Tuesday, September 24th from 10-10:45 am. This FREE program is for children ages 2-5 years old. This Storytime program will continue on Tuesday mornings until the final session for the year on December 10th. Parents and caregivers can join in singing songs, listening to stories, making a small craft and meeting new friends. Thank you to all our Summer Reading Club participants and their families and friends who joined in the fun this past summer. Thanks also to the parents for helping clean up after these programs. Miss Lynn and Miss Glenda appreciate all your support!

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Adult Programs: • Crafting Circle ~ Bring your projects to work on or get some creative inspiration from others. Wednesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 18 both from 1-3 pm. • Book Club ~ Come to our first after summer book club and tell us about a great read you had this summer. Our feature this month will be, “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena. New members welcome! Wednesday, September 18th from 1-2 pm. • South Okanagan Scribes (S.O.S.) ~ Please join local author Faye Arcand, leading this writing group at the Okanagan Falls Library. A safe place to share while building a writing community, having fun, learning, and growing in your craft. Tuesday, September 17th from 6-8 pm. Fall/Winter programming is happening now! Do you have something you would like to present to other members of the community? Please call us for details and get a date for our programming line-up. Congratulations to Robbie Clarke, who won the Friends of the Library coffee gift basket. Get your tickets for the next gift basket being drawn September 24th! Proceeds to the Okanagan Falls Friends of the Library raising funds for children’s programs and services. Children’s Programs: • Our children’s programming begins in October, when we will begin our story times, after school building club, and unplug and play Saturdays. Look for details in next month’s issue of Skaha Matters. • Summer Reading Club was a huge success this year. Many thanks to all of you who attended and kept up your reading skills for the summer! A big thank you to the Okanagan Falls Friends of the Library who provided funds for some of our guest performances. Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Book Sale. Support by you helps the Friends of the Library raise funds to support and enhance material and services, including special programs for kids at the Okanagan Falls Branch. If you would like to join the Friends of the Library volunteer group, please call the library at 250-497-5886.

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Fall “Hospice Volunteer Training” serving Osoyoos, Oliver and Okanagan Falls runs from Sept 21st to Oct 26th. Deadline for sign-up is Sept 13th. Contact Julie, Interior Health Coordinator of Volunteers at 250-498-5026 or Shelley, Volunteer Program Director, Desert Valley Hospice Society at 250-495-1590 ext 103.

Thanks For Your Support!

Kaleden Elementary PAC Update

By Leigh-Anne Lafrance, Senior Worker, Oliver Boys and Girls Clubs

By Brad Nunes

On behalf of the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, I would like to express a HUGE thanks to the community and visitors to Okanagan Falls and the surrounding area for helping make our Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Night on August 12th a great success. Close to 200 people attended and raised over $1100! The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs would also like to send a special thank you to the following companies and individuals ... • • • • • • •

Interior Savings for being the title sponsor of this event. Okanagan Falls IGA and Loblaws who donated our BBQ food, concession items and drinks. Janet Black with Okanagan Falls Parks and Recreation for helping with promotion and for providing us with an awesome venue and supplies for this event! Helen and her team at Interior Savings Credit Union, for not only sponsoring us, but making and selling over 400 bags of popcorn for us! It was a hot item once again. Alysha Williams from SUN FM, who came out to be our emcee for the evening. Camille Clarke of Funky Faces. Truly a gifted artist, whose face painting line was never ending. RDOS for their Physical Activity Trailer.

We would also like to give a big thank you to all of the staff and volunteers from the Oliver and Penticton Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, who came out on a Monday evening to help make this event a success.

Welcome back everyone. Fresh new year and a fresh pile of kids trudging back to school, suntans already fading, along with the slurpee sugar high. I for one have been practicing wrist exercises. I don’t want to get a cramp from writing all those cheques for all the programs the kids want to try in the fall. I think we just need to start combining things. Like how about we mix the outdoorsieness of Scouting with the grace of figure skating and the action of basketball. You have to set up a tent on the ice while the other team lobs dodgeballs at you. Call it BaskScoutPades. Get it all done in one day a week! But sadly, we just run around everywhere instead. Anyway, lots to talk about. KPAC is employing the buddy system with KOPs (Kaleden on Patrol). If you want to point lasers at people, (I think it is technically radar ...), and see how fast they are going, there will be a training session offered soon. Please contact KPAC or KOP for details. KPAC hopes to use the devices to monitor speeds in the school zone. The annual Welcome Back BBQ is still TBD, so keep your eyes on the school newsletter or the Facebook page to see when the date is set. I have also been told there will be a KPAC meeting in September. History tells me it will be in the library, but the date and time are still up in the air. If you like to do the Monster Mash, then please contact KPAC to help organize/run the annual Halloween Dance! Help scare up some fun! Lastly, the new KPAC executive would like to once again thank the outgoing executive for all their hard work last year. Everyone is very excited to see the new bars for all the monkeys at the school. That is it, that is all folks! Thank you as always for your amazing community support. | September 2019 | Page 19

School District No. 53 Board Report By Janice Stevens, School Trustee Welcome to the 2019/20 school year. I hope everyone had a great summer full of wonderful Okanagan sun, beaches and lake time. Maybe even a few jumps off the Trestle Bridge in true Okanagan Falls style. Here are some ideas for everyone to ease back into the school year. Establish a back-to-school routine ~ Summer holidays tend to bring with them more relaxed routines around bedtimes, meal and snack times, and other elements that bring structure and rhythm SHINE Through Dance to the day. You can help your child get prepared for the school-day rhythm by having them go to bed earlier, get up at the time they By Wendy Goudie, Sparkle Dance Academy will need to get up for school, and get dressed and ready to go for New dance classes are coming to the Okanagan Falls Community the day. It can be helpful to plan morning activities that get you and Centre this September from Sparkle Dance Academy! These fun your kids out of the house in the final weeks of summer, so that classes are for all ages and include a variety of popular dance the early morning routines are well underway before the first day styles. This unique program builds a positive foundation in dance of school arrives. by teaching dance skills from many popular styles including: Bollywood, Bhangra, Belly Dancing, Tribal Fusion, Flamenco, Talk about upcoming routines that you need to have in your family once the school year starts. For example, what will the Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Break Dancing. after-school routine be; what activities will they be part of (music Sparkle Dance Teams learn how to Shine together. Along with lessons, sports, etc.)? This will help them start getting a sense of developing confidence, coordination, and fitness, Sparkle Dancers the weeks and months ahead. learn important life-skills like teamwork, organization, public speaking, and presentation skills. The Sparkle Dance Teams Connect with Teachers and Your School Community - Get perform all season at children’s festivals, parades, retirement Involved in PAC ~ Attend classroom orientations, “meet and greets”, and other events that may be offered through your child’s homes, and our annual Sparkle Showcases. school. These bring you together with teachers, other parents and Shine on stage as a Sparkle Dancer! Dazzle audiences by the school community. Your children see that going back to school learning exciting techniques from many popular dance styles. is a family affair, and that you, as a parent, are part of their school Our mission is to help you Shine through dance. If you want to community. This can set a positive foundation for the school year make positive friends, perform in dazzling costumes, and shine in ahead. It also creates familiarity and connection between you and the community, then Sparkle Dance Academy is for you! the other adults, teachers and staff who have such an influence We encourage people of all ages, sizes, and abilities to experience and important role in the day-to-day school experience for your the joy of dancing and performing by joining our non-competitive child. and inclusive dance teams. Join the PAC! It is fun way to have a positive influence on the Register at and Shine.

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Set Positive Intentions for the School Year Ahead ~ Kids can benefit from making goals and setting intentions for the school year ahead. You can help your child think and talk about their hopes, fears, goals and intentions for the school year by setting up a family time to discuss such things. Some of the questions (conversation starters) include: What is the one thing you really hope happens in grade 3 (or whatever grade your child is entering)? Who are you excited to spend time with at school? What do you want to learn about? What worries or questions do you have about the school year ahead? What is your biggest wish for the school year ahead? The Board will have the first meeting of the 2019/2020 school year on September 25, 2019. I am looking forward to my second year as trustee for Okanagan Falls. For more information, feel free to contact me, Janice Stevens, SD53 School Trustee, at 250-307-4245 or

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Welcome Back To Okanagan Falls Elementary School By Principal Karen Sinclair

Welcome back for the 2019-20 school year! We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Okanagan summer, and is excited to return to school. A huge THANK YOU to the firefighters in our region for their hard work and dedication protecting our communities. Our first day of classes is Tuesday, September 3rd from 8:28 am - 11:00 am, except for Kindergarten students, and our afternoon bus will depart at 11:05 am. A reminder that there are no school supplies lists, as supplies will again be purchased directly from the school. We’d like to welcome new staff members Mrs. Doell, replacing Mrs. Gittel, and Ms. Mosimann, who is joining our EA team. Also, congratulations to Ms. Laboucan, our Indigenous Advocate, who was married over the summer, and is now Mrs. Alexander. We are looking forward to a fantastic year with lots of learning and exciting experiences. We are always looking for volunteers for various activities, so please contact us if you are interested.



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Okanagan Falls PAC Update By Lindsay Hainstock, PAC Vice President

Lunches, schedules, and bears ... oh my! Well, little cubs growling ‘bye’, as they lumber off to school again. The first day week month back to school can be overwhelming as a parent, so PAC is postponing our first meeting of the year until Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm in the school library. Childcare is available during meetings. Find us on Facebook in the group “Okanagan Falls Elementary PAC” or email any comments/questions to okfallspac@ All parents/guardians/helpful grandparents are all welcome (and greatly appreciated) to participate in meetings and events with our school. Everyone has different ideas and talents to bring to the table and contribute to our lovely little community. This year’s PAC Executive to bug are: President - Chelsea Fairweather; Vice President - Lindsay Hainstock; Secretary - Katie Munro; Treasurer - Dominique Kruger; and Members at Large Alisha Hardy and Amber Cissell A Huge Thank You to Meyer Family Vineyards, Tickleberry’s, Remember to stop for all school buses with their lights flashing and signs out. and ATS Healthcare for the generous donations and space for the Always slow down through School Zones and watch out for children walking to and “Movie Night in the Vineyard” fundraiser! Despite the rain clouds from school. Please drive safe! (Photo courtesy of Malibu Dreams Photography) earlier in the day, it turned into a beautiful night in a beautiful setting for all those that came out to support us. The BIGGEST THANK YOU goes to SHOLEH JORDAN for organizing the whole event for our school. Coming up we also have a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23rd in the school gym. Please contact Chelsea, if you wish to participate. Come and see us for amazing late summer 2346 Sun Valley Way blooms and colorful shrubs! Okanagan Falls Available by appointment Monday to Friday. 250-497-5641 Volunteer Spotlight Please call 250-497-5641 Open Saturday 10-4 or By Appointment Thank You Denzer & Zoe! These two siblings volunteered to paint the Little Free Library at Kenyon Beach. Remember, you can ‘take a book’ and ‘return a book’ at this great self-serve OK Mini School is currently hosting a Cookie Dough Fundraiser. kiosk. There is also a second kiosk The cost is $20 for a 4 pound pail, which makes 60 cookies. The located at Okanagan Falls Elementary flavours to choose from are; Buttery Shortbread, White Chocolate School. If you have any extra books, Macadamia, Peanut Butter, Monster, Healthy Choice Chocolate please drop them off to either of these Chip, and Healthy Choice Oatmeal Raisin. You can either order Little Free Library locations. through one of the Pre School Moms or send an email to Chantelle

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Volunteer In Your Community!

There are many volunteer opportunities in your community. Call any of the non-profit groups included in this issue. Let’s help each other! | September 2019 | Page 21

Observatory Open House ~ Sept 7th By Tom Landecker What do astronomers do all day? What do engineers do? Why is there an observatory in Kaleden? Can I listen to a radio telescope? How old is the Universe? What does a career in science or technology look like? Come to the Open House at our Observatory on Saturday, September 7th to find out. Gates open at 10 in the morning and you can stay till 5 in the afternoon answering those questions, through lectures, through demonstrations, and through one-on-one conversations with all of us. Our first telescope, the 26-metre “dish”, was built 60 years ago, and was operating when the Observatory opened in June 1960. Over those years, technology has gone through profound changes. The telescope is still a powerful tool, and is now being refitted with new and sensitive equipment to face new challenges. You will be able to see this new technology and understand how the telescope moves.

Fish Counting Trap In Penticton Creek By Larry Martin

The fish counting trap will be in Penticton Creek again this year, as part of an ongoing study of spawning Kokanee. A portion of this year’s returning Kokanee will be offspring from the Penticton Creek Hatchery. Hatchery stock were marked via a heat treatment, which That original telescope can be steered in any direction above produces a unique imprint on the Otolith. The inner ear (Otolith) of the horizon, using motors and gear boxes. Our latest telescope, the fish has growth rings that can be seen under a microscope CHIME, has no moving parts. It is a “digital” telescope, using and used to distinguish and compare growth and other factors computer electronics to form 1000 beams on the sky. But, it does between fish raised in the hatchery to fish that spawned naturally have one moving part, the Earth: as the Earth rotates the 1000 in the creek. We will be collecting fish after they have spawned to beams sweep across the sky. Taking a tour of CHIME, you will see examine Otolith samples (the analysis has to be done in a lab), so we will not really know the results until later in the year. the powerful computer “farm” that makes all this possible. We make an important contribution to science and industry by monitoring the Sun’s radio output. The light and warmth from the Sun are unchanging day to day, and this is important for keeping us alive and well! But, there are subtle things going on inside and on the surface of the Sun, and we can monitor these activities with small radio telescopes, work that has been ongoing in Canada since 1946. Data from our Observatory are used around the world, relevant to activities as diverse as space exploration, the search for oil, the operation of major electricity transmission systems, and avoiding oil-pipeline accidents.

The fish counting trap is in Penticton Creek near the Art Gallery. Volunteers from the Penticton Flyfishers along with Freshwater Fisheries Society and local Ministry staff with be at the trap every day to do maintenance, count and release fish. You will notice fish above the trap most mornings before they head up to spawn in the new habitat enhancement area and spawning beds above the fish ladder. For more info, just ask Larry Martin at

All these radio telescopes are made of metal, steel or aluminum. After a decade of development, our engineers are now making radio telescopes from composite materials, materials that are strong and stiff, but weigh very little; you will see it all. For fifty years, engineers at our Observatory have been developing worldleading digital signal-processing equipment for radio telescopes. See the latest developments from the people doing the work! Join us Saturday, September 7th from 10 am to 5 pm. Here are a few helpful website addresses: • • • The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is operated by the National Research Council Canada. For more info, 250-497-2300.

Services For The Heart & Home By Patricia Irwin Spectacular September of colour and change. Are you ready for the fall season? I like taking care of the garden when it is a bit cooler. Give me a call if you could use some help around the yard, or would like your home cleaned. I can also clean cars and do detail work. Call me at 778-889-9725. Happy September!

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Warblers, Kinglets and Sparrows are among the many songbirds who head south from the Okanagan at summer’s end. We may hear Sandhill Cranes far overhead, sometimes overnighting at White Lake, resting and eating before continuing on their 7,000 km trip. How do they do it? Migratory birds have long pointy wings, providing improved lift. Their bodies are streamlined and their bones hollow, minimizing air resistance and weight. Their four-chambered hearts are proportionately six times larger than ours. A songbird’s resting heart rate is 500 beats per minute, providing the endurance needed for long flights. Their respiratory systems are very efficient - two lungs and air sacs which comprise 20% of the bird’s volume (vs. 5% of human’s). Their lungs are continuously inflated as the sacs act like bellows, providing a constant supply of fresh air. Large pectoral muscles are highly oxygenated and well supplied with nutrients. Most songbirds migrate at 150 to 600 meters high, and some fly at 1800 meters, and oxygen levels are low. To compensate, the blood of migratory birds has two adaptations; a high concentration of red blood cells; and for some migratory birds, two forms of hemoglobin which differ in their oxygen carrying and releasing capacities, ensuring an adequate oxygen supply at any altitude. Migration requires energy. Since fat stores twice as much energy as protein or carbohydrate, is lighter and more compact, a rapid weight gain is necessary prior to migration. During the 2-3 weeks before take off, migratory birds may eat enough to increase their weight by 1-3% (and some up to 10%) per day! Migratory songbirds going short or medium distances attain a fat load of between 10 and 25%. Long distance travellers may need fat loads of 40 to 100%, which is needed to fly over deserts, high mountains, or large bodies of water. The birds can attain this by switching from a diet of insects (protein) to berries and fruit, which provide sugars and convert to fat. Many migratory birds which are not otherwise social, gather together preparing for migration, which may help with avoiding predators, locating food and navigation. Most songbirds migrate at night, which may reduce loss by predators, dehydration and overheating, and for favourable winds and nighttime’s stable air mass. Food is more easily found during the day. Although we see it every year, annual bird migration continues to fascinate and inspire awe.


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What To Do When Every Little Bit Doesn’t Cut It By Kristy Dyer The 2016 German/Canadian study of households found that in households with incomes above $52,000 per year (CAD), environmental attitudes make little difference in people’s actual carbon impact. The carbon impact for wealthy households comes from square footage, daily transport, (lack of) vegetarianism and vacation flights. If recycling and LED bulbs aren’t cutting it, what would make a significant difference? 1. Get global warming on the ballot. Global warming isn’t a personal choice. It cannot be changed by one person at a time. Western civilization has 300 years of preferring (and sometimes subsiding) the carbon economy; therefore, fixing it requires political action. More effective than simply voting, you should call, email or write a letter asking both candidates and politicians what their opinion is and what they plan to do. 2. Own your square footage with pride. It’s a major accomplishment to own a home in Canada, even more so to own one in the beautiful Okanagan (and your view is carbon neutral!). Proud homeowners maintain their investment, replacing roofs and invest in their property, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. You should have the same pride and pleasure in knowing that you’ve reduced your house’s carbon footprint - getting an energy audit, adding solar. If you’re the competitive type, what’s your HERS rating? Can you cover 90% of your electricity use with solar? 3. Take advantage of the BC and federal tax credits to make your second car electric. Yes, you can keep a four wheel drive or a truck. Yes, you might still want a gas-powered car for all those cross country trips to Ottawa. But to and from town to buy groceries and ferry kiddos? There’s no reason to have anything but electric. Afraid of battery life? That’s what leases are for. 4. Become a weekday vegetarian. I love bacon, I love a good steak, but I confess that 90% of the meat I eat is not really very thrilling. Penticton has a bunch of really great butcher shops - what if, rather than having a series of OK meals with your standard meat, you had GREAT meals with prime cuts on Saturday and Sunday, and ate vegetarian Monday-Friday? You could even ramp up slowly from a Meatless Monday, stopping at your comfort zone. Rather than make 10% of us 100% vegetarian, let’s make 80% of us vegetarian five out of every seven days. 5. Carbon offset just your vacation flights. Let’s not freak over every taxi and every frozen margarita. If you are in the income bracket where you can afford flights to Mexico, Disneyland, Tahiti, Cuba, and Thailand, it’s time to start offsetting your vacation flights. It’s easy, and it’s inexpensive. One round-trip flight from Penticton airport to Mexico for one person can be offset for about $50 CAD. And, if you want to feel really cool, pick an offset project set in the country you are visiting. Here’s what to obsess over: keep kicking the climate change ball back into the political arena. With the rest of your life, take a middle road, tweak your way of life, and you can make a huge impact, without deprivation. As a bonus #2, #3 and #4 save you money (unless lobster is your Saturday meat) and are great investments. #4 can be good for your health (french fries and ketchup are not a vegetarian meal!) and #1, #4 and #5 are easily affordable. Don’t forget to review us on TripAdvisor & Facebook!

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“Rapture, Blister, Burn” By Many Hats Theatre Co.

For our 59th production and the fourth in our 12th season, we are pleased to bring you a contemporary comedy “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by award-winning American playwright Gina Gionfriddo, who has written for ‘The West Wing’ and ‘House of Cards.’ Can any woman have it all? After university, Catherine (Tammy Hansel) and Gwen (Dianna Zumpano) chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband Don (Neil Ritcey) and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory. Sparks fly and the age-old question arises, “What do women really want?” Rounding out the cast as Alice Croll is Many Hats favourite Eleanor Walker and as Avery, Dana Beecroft. Eric Hanston Directs and Shannon French is the Producer. “Rapture, Blister, Burn’ dissects modern gender politics in this breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy, set in a small New England college town. Traversing the experiences of women across the generations, this play is a hugely entertaining exploration of a new style of feminism, ripe for the twenty-first century. “Rapture, Blister, Burn” opens Thursday, September 5 and runs until Saturday, September 28 on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, located at 1475 Fairview Road in Penticton. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors/students. There will be an Opening Night Reception on September 5, featuring the wines of Play Estate. And, a Second Night Reception on September 6, featuring the craft brews of Cannery Brewing. For tickets, simply visit our website at and click on the ‘tickets’ link to purchase your tickets. Any questions or concerns, email or call 250-462-6428. The Nest and Nectar will be open for dinner (and brunch on Sunday) before each show. Reservations are recommended, so give them a call at 250-493-7275. Check out their menu and hours of service at For more information, please visit our website at

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“Knowledge is in the Sun”: Youth On The Learning Journey By Elmira Galiyeva On a sunny afternoon, a group of young leaders took a trip to Osoyoos. This was the OneWorld Youth Crew and they came to Osoyoos Park to meet with the Elder - Chalen Ewing. “Knowledge is in the sun”, shared Chalen, “spirit is more important than body”. She shared stories about residential schools and what happened when children were torn away from their families and how many years and tears it took to regain their roots - learn native languages, cultures and traditions. Many didn’t get a chance to go back ... “It happened for them, not to them”, Chalen underlined. Inspired by the stories that her mother told her, Chalen and her colleagues made a documentary - “Childhood lost: the residential school experience” (Chalen Ewing, Doug Cuthand, Blue Hill Production, Grey Wolf Productions, Shenandoah Film Productions). The conversation turned to the medicine wheel and how it represents four seasons and stages of a human life - from the curiosity of spring to wisdom of winter. The wheel tells us that all aspects of our life are inter-connected and helps us understand who we are. The journey continued to the Osoyoos Desert Centre that gracefully rolled the sandy paths of knowledge about nature in front of the group. There was also a story about how coyote helped bring the fish back to the river and how animal people helped other people learn how to fish through sharing their knowledge. The sharing of knowledge and building inclusive communities is the essence of the OneWorld Youth Crew led by the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services ( The youth represent diverse communities (Immigrant, Indigenous and Canadian) of the South Okanagan. They research and learn about the issues in their respective communities, connect to available services, and bring forward the message of inclusion as it relates to youth, but also the broader community. The youth express and voice their understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion through art and story telling. If this resonates with you, please join us! “Think of how quickly we could heal this world if more of us were dancing, singing, story-telling, and spending time in silence ... especially, if we were doing these things together, in gatherings, everywhere ... “ (Indigenous wisdom).

100 Men Who Care Launch Year 4 100 Men Who Care-Penticton is about to begin the fourth year of serving charitable organizations in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen region. To date, the group has donated $80,000 to 36 charities. The next meeting of the group will be:

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 Slackwater Brewing 218 Martin Street in Penticton Doors Open at 5:00 pm Event Begins at 5:30 pm The concept of 100 Men Who Care is quite simple. Members meet four times a year and each member commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to make a “pitch” where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. 100% of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. In May, 100 Men met at the TOPFLIGHT Helicopter Training Centre where the Highway to Healing Support Society, Osoyoos & District Arts Council and Canadian Red Cross-Southern Interior Division all received funds to support their good work in our communities. If you want to make a difference in our communities and are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to attend as a guest to see what it is all about and take the opportunity to hear from three charities you might not be aware of. If you are a member, consider bringing a friend. More information can be found on the website at or you can email Don’t Despair We’ll Repair! ICBC Insurance Out-of-Province Insurance Claims Windshield Replacement ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty Computerized Free Estimates

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Join Our Next Event On September 19th 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan ~ Join us as we take a sneak peak in to one of our member’s fabulous house! Carmen Miller will be hosting our group on a beautiful September evening. Be sure to bring your hat and sunglasses. As always, there will be food. And, refreshment’s available for purchase. The OneWorld Youth Crew, led by the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services, met with Elder Chalen Ewing in Osoyoos.

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Date: September 19th, 2019 Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm Where: Carmen Miller’s House - 269 Upper Bench Road South RSVP: Please email You can come as a guest to check out the organization and how we give back (and have fun doing it) or join us. Visit our website at See you there! | September 2019 | Page 25

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director 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. under ‘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 info@ or call 1-888-576-5661.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain injury Society is looking for volunteers that are interested helping out with the following; Creative Art program, Baking Group, Pole Walking, Common Grounds, Community Connections, Bowling, and helping out at annual events. To volunteer, please call 250-490-0613 or email to

Considering Volunteering? Join our Team Volunteer Project! Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next Team Gathering Scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th from 11:30 to 1:00 pm, which includes Lunch & Refreshments. Please RSVP by September 20th via email to Find more info on these and other volunteer opportunities by visiting SS Sicamous Heritage Society is seeking Museum Reception and Gift Shop, Handy Person and KVR Model Railway volunteers. Contact Arlana at 250-492-0403 or Critteraid is needing volunteers to assist at the animal sanctuary, cleaning at the cat sanctuary, helping look after our farm animals or cuddling some of our cats who need a bit of extra love. If working in a Charity Thrift Shoppe is more your style, well we have that too. Contact Andrea at 250-486-2444 or Seniors Wellness Society is looking for volunteers to choose from the following opportunities; Friendly Visiting, Driving, Shopping, Odd Jobs, Office Support, Cooking, Social Outings, Yard Work, Snow Shoveling and Special Events. Contact Misty at 250-4877455 or The Okanagan Falls Visitor information Centre is seeking volunteer hosts to help. Meet new people. Learn more about the area. Help tourists with their questions. Training provided. Familiarity with the area and what it has to offer is a plus. 4 hour shift during the day. Weekend help needed. Contact April at 778515-6588 or The Penticton and District Arts Council offers many types of volunteer opportunities; the annual Arts Rising Festival, Workshop & Try It events, opening nights & special events, board & committee members, office support, exhibition sitters. Contact Bethany at 250-492-7997 or Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre is a social club that provides recreational activities and programs for its members and the community. We hold monthly potluck dinners and pancake breakfasts, as well as weekly activities, such as cards and other games. We have a very popular music and coffee drop-in program several times a week and bingo every week. We have flea markets twice a year with silent auctions. Drop in and pick up a schedule of activities and come out to participate at 128 Willow Street, Okanagan Falls. To volunteer, contact Grethe Jensen at 250-497 8199 or Penticton Soupateria is located at 150 Orchard Street, Penticton. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and do everything from food pick up, shopping, preparation, serving, volunteer recruitment and coordination, clean up, yard work, building maintenance, fundraising, bookkeeping, promotion, advertising, board membership, and anything else that needs doing. Download our volunteer application form or email Page 26 | September 2019 |



Kaleden Seniors Committee Update By Eryn Wiedner, KSC Coordinator What a wonderful smoke-free August we’ve enjoyed here in Kaleden. Now that September has arrived, folks are getting back into their routines and the Kaleden Seniors Committee is looking forward to seeing you at the following events: Women’s Drop-in resumes on Wednesday, September 11th from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Church. Quilting with some instruction is available and ladies also crochet and knit and some play table games. Join us each Wednesday to reconnect or meet new friends - all ladies welcome at this no charge gathering! Thursday, September 12th will be the first Cards & Games session from 1-4pm at Kaleden Community Hall. A variety of cards and games are played and all levels of players are welcome - from beginner to advanced. $4 drop in fee or $25 for 10 weeks, if paid in advance at this weekly gathering. Be sure to mark October 25th on your calendars and plan to attend the next KSC Lunch & Learn. Details will be in the October issue of Skaha Matters, but expect to have all your questions about the new RDOS recycling guidelines answered at this informative session. As always, all feedback and suggestions are welcome - we’d love to hear from you! You can reach the Kaleden Seniors Committee at Enjoy these last blissful days of summer in September!

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Kaleden Museum ~ A History Tid Bit By Meredith King

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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.

What a wonderful summer we have had so far! There has been just enough rain to keep everything green. Thus, there has been no choking smoke to keep us all indoors. The Heritage Society has a new roof on the Apartment/Museum building. The old roof was put on in the 80’s, so it was time to replace it. Maintenance man Andrew has been doing some neat work in the gardens with borders and such. He has also been Tales From A Fruit Farmer Beside the itinerant workers, Dad and I would have two or three pruning back the overgrown bushes and shrubs. It is looking year round employees. At one time, Norm Ashe and Tom Flynn fabulous in the yards and gardens. were the regulars. Norm was married to my sister Betty and Tom We had a fantastic picnic the end of July. Heather Jackson put was married to one of the Lockhart girls. Tom was an Irishman and together an Okanagan Falls cross word that kept every one scratching their heads. Winners got beautiful citronella patio the possessor of a truly Irish sense of humour. One time during thinning season when Tom moved from one tree candles. The meal consisted of pulled pork sandwiches and salads to the next, he found the new tree had an usually large number of with a big birthday cake to Audrey Steeves and Gerrie Jackson. ants living under one side of the tree. He deliberately made some Cold drinks of lemonade and iced tea went down well. blatantly false statement that he knew Norm would inflammatory. The Thrifty Boutique has been having their end of summer Big Then as the argument became heated, he manoeuvred Norm Bag Sale. Andrew Feniuk finished off a little room in the shop to toward the spot where the ants were domiciled. Caught up in the be a change room for the customers. It is an exciting time to see discussion, Norm did not notice the ants until they had swarmed the end of summer clothing and what has come in for fall. Noreen all over him and he ended up tearing off most of his clothes while Fowler and her volunteer staff are still doing a great job. Tom convulsed with laughter. We had many visitors throughout the summer. Executive Funny enough the first time, but somehow Tom managed to entice members, Karen Feniuk, Donna May Thompson and Marla Wilson Norm into this same predicament time after time. Maybe it was became tour guides for visitors. The Oliver Kiwanis included us in Tom’s gift of the gab or maybe it was Norm’s sincerity in trying to their Summer Rally in August. That was great! disabuse his friend of his obviously misinformed and misguided The first fall meeting will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September statement that made Norm fall into this trap over and over again. 17, 2019 in the Community Room at the School. See you there! But over the years of their employment, if it happened once it happened a dozen times. Open 10-3 Tuesday - Saturday Tales that were visited often over the years. Accepting Clean & Gently Used 250-486-6371 Tune in next month for more ramblings on the intricacies of Clothing & Accessories Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum Place - 1145 Main St In Person When Open Please! Kaleden life. To donate an item to the Kaleden Museum, please | September 2019 | Page 27 contact Meredith at 250-497-6995. H&M Thrifty Boutique

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By Loraine Thompson Catch up with friends who have been traveling or busy with family visiting from out of town at our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, September 7th. The Fall Flea Market will be held 2 weeks earlier this year Saturday, September 28th from 9 am - 1 pm. If you’re doing your fall cleaning and have some no-longer-needed-goods, please consider donating to our market. Call Edna Moreland at 250-460-0730 for more information. No electronics or clothing please. Our Spring and Fall Flea Markets are major fundraisers that help the Centre provide programs for our members year round. Carpet Bowling will start Wednesday, September 18th. Rumor has it that September’s Potluck will be a Hula-of-a-good-time. I wonder if that means cheesecake? Watch for posters around town. Do plan to attend the General Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 1 pm. Some of our members have been busy working on renovations that they’ll be excited to share. Meetings are also the time to find out what activities and events are going on here. Did I mention that there will be cake? Check the calendar below for dates and times.

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Okanagan Falls Lions Update By Bob Wilson, Past President

Okanagan Falls Lions Club has had and hopefully will continue to have a good year. All of our events and activities were attended and supported by the community. A big “Thank You” to all who participated and helped. September sees us getting ready for the school breakfast program again, which will begin near the end of the month at Okanagan Falls Membership is just $15/year. For more information on the Centre, Elementary School every Thursday morning to provide students with good start to their day. Volunteers are welcome to help (it’s please call Grethe at 250-488-3925 or stop by and check us out. early) and also join the club in it’s other community activities. Monthly Special Events: Music in the Park & Market in the Park were taken under our wing this year, as part of our community programs and “Cookies for Pancake Breakfast ~ Saturday, September 7 from 8-10 am Breakfast” sales were a great success. Once again, these sales General Meeting ~ Monday, September 9 at 1 pm help fund the school breakfast program and providing monies Drop-in Bingo ~ Saturday, September 21 at 1 pm to help the club continue Coats for Kids, our annual Easter Egg Annual Fall Flea Market ~ Saturday, September 28 from 9 am - 1 pm Hunt and Walk for Guide Dogs. Another “Big Thank You” to the Potluck Dinner ~ Saturday, September 28 at 5:30 pm Okanagan Falls Legion, who opened their doors to allow usage of their washrooms during Music in the Park & Market activities and Weekly Activities: to the Ladies Auxiliary for the food services during these events. Canasta ~ 1st 3 Mondays - Starts September 2 at 10 am We are trying to get to the Canada-US border in September Exercise Class ~ Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9-9:30 am once again to complete the clean-up on our border arch. One (For all men & women, seated or standing exercise program) day we’ll do it, with participation of the Tonasket Lions Club from Tuesday Bingo ~ September 3, 10 & 17 at 1 pm Washington State, we’ll give our friendship arch a brighter smile. The Lion’s Multiple District to which we belong has member clubs Evening Pool ~ Tuesdays at 6 pm in British Columbia, Washington and Idaho, who again are all part Music & Coffee ~ Wednesdays & Fridays from 9-10:30 am of Lions Clubs International with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois Scrabble ~ Thursdays at 10 am - Starts September 5 and charter clubs worldwide. Wherever you go in the world , you’ll Bridge Club ~ Thursdays at 1 pm find Lions Clubs doing what they always do ... “Where there’s a Cribbage ~ Thursdays at 7 pm need, there’s a Lion”. Blood, it’s in you to give! The next Blood Donor Clinic is September 2 & 3 at the Penticton Senior Drop In Centre. The Canadian Blood Services needs both donors and volunteers for their clinics. To become a donor and/or volunteer, please visit or call 1-888-236-6283. When you see a volunteer, please thank them. The Okanagan Falls Lions Club meets September to June on • Okey Dokey Music Bingo every 2nd and 4th Monday each month at 7 pm in the Okanagan Music Trivia, Name That Tune & Family Feud Falls Legion. The 4th Monday is a dinner meeting, with meal prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary. If you would like to join us, talk to a Lions member or call 778-439-2275. Okanagan Falls Lion’s • Okey Dokey Karaoke Club is online at and www.


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Emergency Hampers can be made available from Okanagan Falls Helping Hand throughout the year with proper qualifications. To apply, please call 250-486-2767 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

Two Medals Available For Veterans By Guy Black, Recipient, Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers I would like to inform the readers about two very special medals that are available for our veterans. These are the National Order of the Legion of Honour from France and the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea. Our veterans of the Second World War and the Korean War have both fought hard and made tremendous sacrifices and they have both won the greatest level of respect and thanks we can give them. The Government of France is awarding their highest medal to all living Canadian veterans who directly helped to liberate their country between June 6 and August 30, 1944. The Republic of Korea is presenting its Ambassador for Peace Medal to all Canadian Veterans who participated in the Korean War and its peace keeping operations between 1950 and 1955. Living veterans or the families of veterans who have passed away may be eligible to receive this special medal from Korea. If you are a veteran or know someone that is and who might be eligible for one of these important medals, please contact me. I am an unofficial volunteer who is willing to help you with your application. There is no fee involved. For more information, please contact Mr. Guy Black c/o 515 - 95 Moody Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 0H2 or email Korea19501953@ and include the subject “Veterans Medals”.

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September Events at Okanagan Falls Legion: Sunday, September 15th ~ Pancake Breakfast from 8-11 am. Pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausages, coffee and juice. Adults $6, Children $3 & under 3 are Free. Everyone welcome! Tuesday, September 17th ~ General Meeting at 7 pm. Come and find out what is going on at the Legion. Friday & Saturday Nights ~ Meat Draws & 50-50 Draws starting at 5 pm on Fridays & 4 pm on Saturdays. Come on out ... you could be the winner! Everyone welcome! Sunday Fun Day ~ Check out the fun and games starting at 1:30 pm. Hot dogs and smokes are available. Everyone welcome! Sports ~ Darts and Shuffleboard will be starting up soon. Call Denise for more information on darts at 250-485-4949. Call Stan for the pool league at 778-531-8228. We love to see new faces at the Legion. The Wii is ready for anyone to come and use too. Canteen Hours - Open Monday to Saturday from 2 pm to close and open Sunday from 12 Noon to close. Come Out & Try Volunteering ... It’s Lots Of Fun! For more information, please call 250-497-8338.

Show Your Support & Become A Member ~ The Royal Canadian Legion cares for those who have served our nation. The Royal On left above - National Order of the Legion of Honour from France. On right Canadian Legion is committed to ensuring they receive the care above - Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea. and support they deserve. We are located at 5009 Veterans Ways in Okanagan Falls. For more information, call 250-497-8338. Thank You Volunteers! ~ Branch #227 Executive would like to thank all Daniel W. Markin - Certified Barber our volunteers ... from the Tuesday - 778-515-6585 morning staff to yard and ground bartenders, Meat Draw Ladies Auxiliary of Branch #227 Update maintenance, & 50/50 helpers, all the cooks from the kitchen and outside BBQ, sports By Denise Ashton Now that Summer is nearing its end, there is not a lot to report. We organizers, bingo callers to Sunday will continue with our Meat Draws on Fridays and Saturdays, along Fun Day staff ... Thank you!!! with the Branch. Our next Ladies Auxiliary General Meeting will Facebook Page: Royal Cdn Legion - Branch 227 Okanagan Falls BC. “Where you are always welcome to join us!” be held on Wednesday, September 4th at 1:00 pm. See you there. We wish everyone a continued safe and enjoyable summer. Open: Tue-Fri ~ 8-2 / Sat ~ 8-12 Closed: Sun/Mon & Holidays 5208 9th Ave. Okanagan Falls

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Family Worship ~ Sundays at 10:00 am Church in the Gardens ~ Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 am 443 Lakehill Rd, Kaleden / Pastor David Jenkins - 250-497-5995 Email: / FB: Kaleden Community Church - for up to date event info

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Sunday Worship ~ 10:00 am Speaker for September ~ John Rankin Hymn Sing ~ Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 pm Come join us in celebrating God’s Love! 1356 McLean Creek Rd, OK Falls / Office: 250-497-5131

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Sunday, Sept 8, 10 am Linden Gardens Everyone Welcome!

Sunday Service ~ 9:00 - 10:00 am Speakers: September 1 - Rev. Mark Bedford; September 8 - Judy Ritcey; September 15 - Victor Ince; September 22 - Kerry Brewer; and September 29 - Nancy Wyse. The September Pianist is Lori. All ages are welcome! Coffee and social time to follow service. 1108 Willow St, OK Falls / 250-497-1171 /

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Sunday Mass ~ 11:30 am 1039 Willow St, OK Falls / Administrator - Father Dominique Okanagan Falls Contact: Lorraine Harrison - 250-497-8781

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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 / Rev. Glenda Drew - 204-981-6368

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By Lesley Luff of Okanagan Falls Flowers and congratulations to Myleen on Skaha Matters 10th Just a reminder that we have moved from our Martin Street address Anniversary. You are a true champion of the community. ~ From the Vendors of the OK Falls Market to our new location: Unit 110 - 1960 Barnes Street, Penticton, V2A 4C3. Our phone number remains at 250-493-3912. We Flowers to all the vendor’s who brought their beautiful crafts and are located at the top of Okanagan Avenue, one block East of produce to our market each week, despite the wind and rain. Government Street, just two blocks from the Penticton Hospital ~ From C H E and M of Okanagan Falls and Moog Hospice House. Flowers to Grant Henderson whose lovely voice kept everyone My red van with our name on it has been retired from service. Like happily singing-along, while they enjoyed their Wednesday everything else, it had served me well and had come to the end afternoons at the Market in Centennial Park. of the road. It has been replaced with a newer model white Toyota ~ From Vivian and the Market Vendors Rav 4. Flowers to the Okanagan Falls IGA. We at Helping Hands would Another Summer is almost over, and the children will be going like to thank IGA for all they have done for us, all of our clients back to school soon. We must all be extra vigilant, especially along and the town of Okanagan Falls. The wonderful staff will be sorely the Eastside Road, with school buses back on the road. Drive with missed, but our best wishes and hopes that they find great success care and be alert at all times. in all of their future endeavours. Lesley is always available by phone to answer any questions ~ From the Okanagan Falls Helping Hand regarding cremation, whether it be at need or pre need. Call Flowers to the new members of Okanagan Falls Fire Department, 250-493-3912 or email or visit our Scott Cudney, Eric Olsen, Craig Anderson and Chris Stevens. website at www New recruits are always welcome, so please call 250-497-5700 or email Applications can be picked up Wednesdays between 9-12 am & 7-9 pm. ~ From the Okanagan Falls Fire Department Fish Heads to the early morning bootcamp in Pioneer Park. You wake up the neighbourhood at 6 am with your loud instruction and music every class. Perhaps your playlist of “Everybody Dance Now!” could hold off until a more respectful time? The class starts well before park hours do, and far earlier than many people want to be woken up, so please take some regard for the rest of your community. ~ From Beverly A. of Kaleden Flowers to the pure joy of watching your garden grow and grow. I planted some bulbs and tubers, not really knowing what varieties I was actually planting. So, it was a huge surprise to see this Dahlia grow to over 6 feet tall in my front yard this season. The blooms were absolutely gorgeous and way bigger than my hands. I’ve grown Dahlia’s before, but never to this size and magnitude. How does your garden grow? ~ From Mary of Okanagan Falls The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen is accepting applications for their 2020 Grant Cycle from August 23rd - October 18th. Community Grants are open to registered charities in the SOS. They support projects that cover all areas of need in any community within the RDOS. There are grant writing workshops available. If you have any questions, contact their Manager of Grants, Sarah Trudeau, at or at 250-493-9311.

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